Gastronomy in Spain
Spain is truly a paradise for foodies. Each of the regions offers its own unique specialty. From the famous miniature canapés known as “tapas or pintxos” to some of the best wines in the world, beautiful traditional markets and avant-garde creations by leading Michelin Star Chefs, Spain is indeed a country to savour.
Caceres Gastronomy Capital of Spain for year 2015
It is a year of culinary goodness in the city of Cáceres as it celebrates its selection of being this year 2015’s Spanish Gastronomy Capital.
The award gives recognition to the city´s unique variety of agricultural food products. The region of Extremadura is proud to host eight origin-designation certifications of various food products such as Dehesa de Extremadura Iberian Ham, Torta del Casar cheese, Ibores Cheese, Gata-Hurdes Olive Oil, La Vera paprika, Jerte cherry, Villuercas-Inores honey and Ribera del Guadiana wine, and two protected geographical indications of meat brands namely Corderex Veal and Corderex Lamb from Extremadura.
Join the Iberian Ham Gastronomic Route in Caceres, featuring ham-slicing workshops and photographic safaris in the typical wooded pastures known as the “dehesa”, or go on the Cheese Route, which explores the daily lives of cheese-makers. You can also make your way in Caceres to experience its food festivals such as the flowering cherry festival which features cherry-themed street markets and tasting of cherry- flavoured brandies, the Trujillo National Cheese Festival, and the Tench Festival in August. These are just some of the many special gastronomic activities that you should not miss out in this charming World Heritage City.
El Celler De Can Roca: Best Restaurant in the world for 2015
El Celler de Can Roca once again bagged the first place at the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, held June 1 in London.
The award giving body said that curiosity and creativity drive the Rocas to be back on top while praising it´s traditional and avant-garde expertise in their cuisine. They have also put emphasis in the restaurant´s familial warmth and consistency in serving delicious cuisine and outstanding wines.
The three-Michelin star restaurant located in Girona, Spain was opened in 1986 and is run by the Roca Brothers (Joan, Josep and Jordi).
This recognition has given Girona’s cuisine the spotlight of global attention and provides yet another good reason for all international travellers to visit the city. At the same time, Girona is also becoming both the origin and destination of professionals and students from the world of gastronomy.
Spain’s Gourmet Markets
Mercado San Miguel (Madrid)
Located in the heart of the tourist center of Madrid, this traditional market was declared as the only iron structured market surviving to the present day. Thanks to its long opening hours, it is an ideal place for leisure both during the day and by night, as it also has wine bars and bars serving delicious tapas. Other venues include a gastronomic library, a florist’s shop and a design shop.
It is classified as a Property of Cultural Interest in the Monument category. Its construction, under the direction of Alfonso Dubé y Díez, was completed in 1916. What’s more, it is located in the Plaza de San Miguel square (beside the Plaza Mayor ), in one of the liveliest parts of Madrid.
La Boqueria (Barcelona)
Sant Josep Market, better known as “La Boqueria”, is in the heart of La Rambla Avenue. It is Barcelona’s most famous and picturesque market. This emblematic spot in the city, was once the patio of Sant Josep Church. Initially the market was open-air, with travelling sellers’ and farmers’ stalls, selling their goods directly to the public. It was eventually covered and made into an indoor market in 1914.
The exterior of La Boqueria is a metallic/glass structure. Nevertheless, it is the inside that is most interesting, making this market, famous for the quality and diversity of products on sale from all over the world, a place well worth visiting. The best way to feel its special atmosphere is to stroll around the stalls with fruit and vegetables, fish and meat, and pop into its bars and restaurants to enjoy the mixture of sounds, aromas and flavours.
Central Market (Valencia)
The Central Market in Valencia covers more than 8,000 square meters, over two floors, with a predominantly eclectic pre-Modernist style. Its uniquely styled roofs and interiors attracts many. The beauty of the building stands out especially on account of the light that enters through the roof at various points, and through coloured window panels.
Mercado De La Ribera
This unique produce market is in the heart of the Old Town, alongside Bilbao Estuary and was built in 1929 and covers 10,000 square meters, making it the largest indoor market in Europe.
Outside, the Mercado de la Ribera has a variety of art ornamentation, combining beautiful windows and floral decorations with other decorative elements. It is outstanding not only for its beautiful windows, but also for the excellent variety of fish and seafood on sale.
Madrid continues to attract more food enthusiasts to the capital city of Spain with a gastronomic attraction, “Platea”.
Boasting a 62,000 square feet and five level gastronomic space, Platea offers a unique and complete culinary experience—everything from cookware and gourmet shops, Spanish tapas to Peruvian and Japanese cuisines including restaurants owned by Michelin Star Chefs, the restaurant “Arriba”, by Chef Ramón Freixa located on the first balcony that highlights a modern approach on traditional Spanish cuisine.
Platea combines restaurants, bars, and gourmet shops in one stunning complex set in the former Carlos III movie theater and guarantees its guests with entertainment such as concerts, movies and theatrical plays to make the visit extra special.
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