Spain Regional Guides – For Foodies!
Explore the wealth of delicious food, fresh produce, wines, and recipes that beat at the heart of Spanish cuisine.
Our comprehensive Spain regional guides are made for foodies, by foodies!
The Beauty of Spain, Explored One Mouthful at a Time!
There are 17 autonomous regions of Spain, all offering a wealth of natural resources and fresh produce. From the bustling streets of the capital of Madrid, stunning mountainous regions of the north to the pristine blue shores of the Mediterranean sea, our regional guides delve deep into the culture, produce, and culinary traditions of Spain and its people.
Discover the diverse Spanish landscape and cuisine, through recipes and world-class produce from every region.
Asturias, above any other region in Spain, offers some of the greatest diversity in cuisine that blends sea and mountain ingredients, with premium-quality beef, fish, and cheeses, as well as shellfish, fine wines, and ciders. Our Asturias regional guide will take you on a culinary tour to explore this exceptional region of Spain.
The Basque Country
Straddling part of the border between France and Spain, the Basque Country (País Vasco) has an incredibly diverse landscape that extends far beyond the renowned foodie capitals of larger cities such as San Sebastian and Bilbao. While the region is small, it has the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world per capita.
Exploring the far northern Galicia region by food is like opening a foodie treasure trove. With a rugged coastline that divides two seas, undulating hills, and large fertile plains that benefit from the highest annual rainfall in Spain. Galicia is blessed with exceptional quality fresh produce, seafood, meat, and dairy products at every turn.
Galician cuisine is perhaps most famous for the stunning dessert, the Tarta de Santiago, but visitors to the region should take time to explore the many delicacies and dishes that are made in the region.
Located in the middle of the Iberian Peninsular lies a region with rich umber-colored soil that glistens in the hazy afternoon sun. Castilla-La Mancha is home to a rich culinary history, dotted with many unique inland towns and cities that are scattered throughout the inland plateaus and stunning snow-capped mountain ranges.
From the hanging houses of Cuenca, to the stunning former capital of Spain, Toledo, all are homage to the region’s embrace of simple and hearty cuisine, shaped in part from their neighboring regions, and also in part influenced by a strong agricultural and pastoral origin.
They say that all roads lead to Madrid and a small stone slab lies discretely within Madrid’s Sol Plaza celebrating the geographic kilometer ZERO of Spain. But, it’s just a short stroll in any direction where you’ll find the rich aromas of authentic Spanish food wafting from the alleyways and narrow cobbled streets that are lined with Madrid’s famous tapas bars and prestigious restaurants.
Madrid is not only the geographic center of Spain but also the renowned melting pot where Spain’s culinary cultures merge. This is no more evident than in the enormous range of Spanish and international cuisine on offer throughout the capital, and with nearly 10,000 restaurants within the Madrid region, you’re spoilt for choice!
It is almost unimaginable that so many famous dishes and world-class produce come from this region. From rich farming communities that produce the Iberian pig (Jamón ibérico), to the expansive region of Jaen, responsible for a majority of Spain’s olive oil production., there’s so many dishes to be sampled at least once, or maybe even twice!
The East (Mediterranean)
Catalonia / Cataluña
The Catalonia region is perhaps best known for its thriving capital, Barcelona, but a close second when you mention Catalonia is the food. The region offers a wealth of authentic Spanish cuisine that has resonated all around the world.
With its borders spanning from the Mediterranean Sea in the east, to the stunning rugged grazing plains of Aragón, to the picturesque mountainous zones of the Pyrenees mountain ranges, the Catalonia region has it all!
The Valencia Region
With its white-sand beaches and turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea, the Valencia region harbors some of the best cuisine and fresh produce in Spain. Orange groves are dotted all the way up and down the region, and the rich fertile soil makes for ideal vineyards, producing excellent wines. It’s also one of only two UNESCO-listed locations for gastronomy and is home to many of Spain’s most renowned restaurants.
The Region of Murcia
The Murcian landscape is pockmarked with almond orchards, orange and olive groves, plus a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetable orchards. The prosperous agricultural land grows around quaint villages and towns, many of which are built around historic medieval ruins or roman castles and are steeped in history.
The fruitful landscape is evident in the food found throughout the region of Murcia. The locals share a fondness for fresh ingredients such as fruit and locally grown vegetables, plus recipes that require the freshest seafood and fish. Meat dishes are often served as hearty broths and stews and beef and pork are favorites throughout the region.
The Balearic Islands
Scattered within the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean sea, the Balearic Islands is an archipelago off the eastern coast of Spain that boasts an incredible gastronomic culture. Each island harbors its own specialty dishes whilst also sharing an appreciation for the many neighboring island dishes as well as drawing culinary influence from neighboring Catalan and Valencian communities.
A trip to the Balearic Islands is surely a treat for the tastebuds and well worth exploring one mouthful at a time! Let’s check out each island and discover its own unique appeal and what’s not to be missed!
The Canary Islands
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