Gastronomic tourism, an experience for your senses

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Nowadays eating is not just taking a bite to your mouth or quenching your appetite. Many people have made it a reason to go on a trip and travel the world, look for flavors, smells and textures that surprise the palate, in a true adventure for the senses. Gastronomic tourism, also known as gastronomy, is a new way of traveling, increasingly consolidated in the international tourism field.

Its existing reason? That the gastronomy of the country visited is the predominant activity during the tour.

Five keys you should know if you want to take advantage of it for your business:

1.Gastronomy as a decisive factor:

As we have commented on the food offered by the country, it has become a decisive factor when assessing the destination to travel to.

2. Experience is one of the main objectives:

We no longer trust the travel agency, everything is consulted on the internet and we always look for more than a nice accommodation. Now, everyone travels to live an experience. To experiment, to discover.

3.El producto local es el número uno:

The local product is number one: nobody travels to Vietnam to eat at a chain restaurant (or almost nobody). In terms of gastronomy we travel to know and enjoy the local cuisine.

4.The three new objectives to travel:

The first one is to discover the products of the area, the second the classic chefs that embrace them them or the new talents capable of re-interpreting them, are the new objectives of our trips.

5.Gastronomic tourism is a great opportunity:

Gastronomy is a reality and all bars and restaurants should take advantage of this magnificent opportunity. It is a new way of traveling and understanding tourism.

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Which places in the world are the best for tapas?

Having a list of the gastronomic routes of each town, province or city in the world is not an easy thing. International cuisine is made up of a variety of dishes, recipes, drinks are influenced by cultural characteristics. It is worth visiting some places to get to know its native cuisine.

In the case of Europe, one of the outstanding territories has been Portugal

which, thanks to the good use of land and sea, is highly recognized in the gastronomic field today. You can take several routes along the rivers Minho and Douro, there is an extraordinary tourist route to surprise the palate, with dishes such as green broth (a cabbage soup, from the Minho river, and smoked sausage). The cod a la Gómez Sá, the rice with octopus and cod, or the Porto style guts, are some typical dishes of the region that can be tasted.

We can also highlight Edinburgh, in Scotland,

which boasts recipes such as haggis, a very typical sausage of lamb and deer meat, which is served with mashed potatoes.

This kitchen adapts to the environment and the rainy climate in Scotland, creating its own dishes such as cock a leekie soup, based on chicken, vegetables and plums. The emblematic alcoholic beverage of the country is whiskey, or the water of life in Gaelic. Hence Scotland also has a wide variety of excursions and whiskey tastings.

On the other hand, Tuscany, in Italy,

A land that mixes the traditional atmosphere with magical flavors. Mixing products such as olive oil, raviggiolo cheese and vegetables. The region is full of medieval and rural villages, which translates into the delicacy of simple and traditional dishes such as ribollita (vegetable and vegetable soup) or cacciucco (mixed fish dish, originally from Livorno).

Croatia is another European country that offers a tourist tour
based on its most authentic gastronomy.

The elaboration of the fish a la gradelavanje, cooked first on the grill with firewood and then roasted with abundant olive oil, is unique in this country.

In the case of France, a remote mountain and sea place known as Provence

stands out, one of the most privileged and exclusive regions in the country. The five regions that make up the area are ideal for exploring French haute cuisine, since each one has its own dishes. Some of the most sought after by tourists are Moules à la Marseillaise (mussels in tomato concentrate), Salade Niçoise (green salad with tuna and anchovies) and Poulet à la Provençale (Provencal-style chicken). Some fruits such as apples, pears and apricots are also famous in these lands, not to mention grapes, whose vines take over the Rhône region.

Finally, tapas in Spain is a gastronomic experience,

since it is an unavoidable custom in almost all the Iberian geography to spend the night from bar to bar, from drink to drink, from sandwich to sandwich.

In the rest of Europe, other important routes are the lobster in Sweden. We also add the apple in England and the beer in the United Kingdom.

Do not miss the fantastic experience of gastronomy to enjoy with all the senses.

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The most spectacular caves in Spain

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Spain has amazing tourist attractions from beaches to mountains along with a great gastronomic offers and other countless leisure possibilities. Surely, coast activities on, such as diving, surfing or simply sun and beach tourism are the most popular choices and the best known options to everyone. However, today we will not talk about any of them but rather about another incredible alternative which is also attractive and that will impress you on your visit to the Iberian Peninsula. Let’s talk about the best caves in Spain!

Our country’s natural wealth, even hard to believe, also resides in the Earth’s interior. The caves which are listed below, were genereted there. They are natural treasures that have been formed over the years, and have reached our days with beauty and a conservation status that is worth seeing in itself.

These are the Spanish caves that we recommend you visit:

Cueva del Drac (Mallorca)

Mallorca is a clear example of what was metioned before. This city does not only stand out for its coves and beaches but also for its four wonderful caves connected together that make up the Cueva del Drac. Cova Negra, Cova Blanca, Cova de Lluis Salvador and Cova dels Francesos were formed by the action of rainwater. Some experts date the appearance of the cave in the Miocene. If you visit it, during the tour (which lasts one hour), you can also attend a classical music concert on the shores of an underground lake.

Price: € 15

 Cueva del Valporquero (León)

The beauty of this place is stunning.  It is one of the most beautiful caves in Spain and it is located in León. Its remarkable stalactite columns make up a structure of seven different halls open to visitors. Some of them are considerably high. An example of this is the 40-meter long gallery called Gran Vía, named after its length although not especially wide, barely 8 meters wide. Under the tourist zone, there are passageways only suitable for speleologists and experts.

Price: € 8.50.

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 Cueva El Soplao (Santander)

It is located in Cantabria among the villages of Herrerías, Valdáliga and Rionansa. It is best known for its natural formations: it is the area with the highest concentration of eccentric helictites. They are a very peculiar type because they grow in all directions. Since 2005, it is possible to visit this cave that is more than 20 km long. The Fantasmas, Coliflor or Bosque galleries are some of the areas that you can visit.

Price: € 12.5

Grutas del Águila (Ávila)

In 1963 it was discovered by pure chance by some hunters who were crossing Valle del Tiétar. To date its origin, we must go back more than 10 million years ago. It is estimated that it is approximately 12 million years old.

Price: € 8

Cueva de Mendukilo (Navarra)

Although it has been open to the public for only a few years (it has been reserved for speleologists) and it is not even possible to visit it completely, the amazing nature of this place has earned a place on the best Spanish cave list. If you happen to go to Navarre, we recommend you to see the three halls that are open to visitors at the Cueva de Mendukilo.

Price: € 8

Cueva del viento (Tenerife)

Outside the peninsula, particulary in the Islas Canarias which is another of the main beach tourist destination, we also have a grotto to know. Although  it would be better to say, that it is the longest volcanic tube in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. It’s the Cueva del viento. With more than 2000 years of history, it stands out for its volcanic, biological and paleontological importance.

Price: € 20

Cueva de Nerja (Málaga)

While the Grutas del Águila cave was discovered by chance by some hunters, in this case, the Cueva de Nerja was discovered by a group of children. The Sala de la Torca is well-known for its cave paintings. With more than 4,800 meters in length, it is one of the most developed in Andalucía.

Online price: € 11. Tourist guide price: € 13. 

Cueva de Los Enebralejos (Segovia)

It is the most important one in the province of Segovia, located particulary at a short distance from Prádena de la Sierra. It is a cave packed with history because inside of it, many paintings and engravings have been found. The grotto was a necropolis that now is millions of years old. Price: € 6.20

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