Spain Food Tours & Cooking Vacations
Exploring culture through traditional, regional foods is the perfect way to get to know the Iberian Peninsula and its people. From waves of medieval invasions and a rich Moorish past to the discovery of America, Spain’s complex history is well-preserved in not only its art, architecture, and languages—but its cuisine. Our local guides expertly take small groups through markets of tucked-away neighborhoods and introduce you to generational food producers to let you experience authentic, intimate Spain.
Spain’s regional cuisines incorporate old and new traditions. This is especially true in the Catalonia region, where one of the world’s first cookbooks was written, Llibre de Sent Sovi: Medieval recipes from Catalonia (1324). You can still buy it today! Yet Catalonia is also home to exciting Barcelona, where imaginative young chefs use traditional ingredients to create new dishes. They might be paired with regioinal wines such as cava, Spanish sparkling wine that is made mainly in Catalonia.
Spain’s diversity is apparent in its celebrated cuisines. It’s renowned for its Mediterranean seafood. With nearly 3,107 miles of coastline, Spain’s beaches often make lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Every region in Spain has its own unique version of jamon (cured ham) from pigs raised on its hills and mountains. Its mountains are majestic, from the northern Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa to the Sierra Nevada in the south. Abundant fresh fruit and vegetables make a trip to the local market a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Spain even has a desert—Europe’s only desert!— Cabo de Gata in Almeria, where Hollywood spaghetti westerns were filmed.
If you are ready for a trip of a lifetime, our immersive Spain cooking vacations are perfect for you. Please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us for more information.