Spain’s Top Gourmet Paradores The “Paradores de Turismo de España” brand was founded in the early 20th century by Spanish King Alfonso XIII to save historical patrimony and promote tourism simultaneously. Castles, fortresses, manor homes, palaces, convents, monasteries, and other historic buildings were converted into hotels and state-run under the Parador brand. The very first […]
What is Tempranillo wine? Great terroir may influence a regional wine style’s nuances, but it is the raw materials that enable the magic to happen. Fortunately, Spain has both. The Iberian Peninsula boasts some of the most varied and complex terroir in Europe, supported by an eclectic palate of internationally renowned grape varieties. The most […]
Madrid, Spain’s exciting and beautiful capital city, offers a smörgåsbord of world-famous art museums and historical landmarks, but for us, the biggest attraction is the food and wine. Located at the country’s exact center, Madrid has always been a crossroads attracting Spaniards from all the other regions to live and work, meaning you have restaurants […]
Spanish herbs and spices Spain’s cuisine is fascinating, varied, and influenced by many diverse cultures, from the Moors, Sephardic Jews, and Latin America. Dishes so ubiquitous in Spanish cooking now (Spanish tortilla, “pan con tomate,” “gazpacho,” and roast peppers, to name a few) did not exist in Spain before colonization. Ingredients such as tomatoes, peppers, […]
Seville is considered by many to be the “Tapas Capital of Spain,” and hence of the world! There are thought to be more than 3000 tapas bars, the highest concentration anywhere. What is on offer is a fantastic range of food. There’s something to suit all tastes, and it would be impossible to try to […]
The Best of Spanish Dessert Wine Most wine regions, and indeed wine nations, have their surprises and unexpected turns. Even seasoned Bordeaux aficionados are often surprised to learn that Sauternes, a region famous for sweet wines, also makes some of Bordeaux’s most appetizing dry white. Tuscany, hallowed and sacred ground for red wines, also makes […]
Cider, called Sidra in Spanish, is produced all over the north of Spain, mainly in Asturias. In Asturias, the main centers of production and apple orchards are around the towns of Nava and Villaviciosa, and also close to the city of Gijòn. In addition to its natural homeland in Asturias, cider also has quite a […]
In the space of just over twenty years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury Spanish wine hotels has ensured that Spain is now at the forefront of global wine tourism. Pioneers like Marques de Riscal, Abadia Retuerta, and Castilla Termal have given the industry a much-needed boost with their natural talent […]
Best Restaurants Andalucia The Basques and Catalans may well disagree, but in recent years the quality of cooking in Southern Spain has risen dramatically, with chefs like Tono Perez of Atrio fame now winning pundits worldwide. Indeed, once derided as a gastronomic backwater, Southern Spanish cooking is today held in high esteem, and the region’s […]
Standing at a crossroads in the Mediterranean, the Balearic Islands are some of Europe’s most idyllic and captivating destinations for a luxury break. Indeed, you must be prepared to banish the cliché of islands solely dominated by brash resorts – the Balearics continue to lure a sizeable number of jet-setters and film stars, who head […]
Best Basque Seafood Restaurants The French and Italians would undoubtedly disagree, but in our experience nowhere matches the Spanish Atlantic coastline for the quality and freshness of their seafood. Indeed, Northern Spain is a positive mecca for lovers of great fish and shellfish: spider crab, oysters, mussels, scallops and lobster, dover sole, cod, bay eel, […]
Rueda: Spanish White Wine Spain has long been celebrated for its versatile and delectable wines; Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, and Priorat are now all major household names. From London to New York, you’ll hardly come across a wine store or restaurant list that doesn’t contain at least a few Spanish wines – the country is […]
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