July 24, 2017
When I travel, the food scene is just as important as the sights and activities. For me, enjoying real, local cuisine enables me to immerse myself in another culture—and garner inspiration from around the globe.
When I plan vacations, I like to consider regions that are known for exceptional food and wine. Many of my clients do the same. If you enjoy delicious meals at home, imagine what a vacation centered around exploring food culture would be like.
Interspersed with cooking classes, trips to outdoor markets and fine-wine pairings, you have the opportunity to elevate your palate and expand your horizons.
If you fancy yourself a food connoisseur, consider these Mediterranean travel destinations for your honeymoon or annual vacation:
Located in Tuscany, the town of Cortona offers everything you’d imagine an Italian village would: a square surrounded by trattorias, taverns and gelaterias. Set against the stunning mountainside, it’s a feast for all the senses.
Take advantage of fresh truffles, wild boar and homemade pastas for an authentic experience. A freshly baked pastry or espresso gelato will complete any meal.
You can’t go wrong traveling (or eating) anywhere in Greece. But Santorini is one of the best travel destinations. An island located in the Aegean Sea, it features the quintessential whitewashed architecture. When you close your eyes and picture Greece, Santorini is what you’ll see.
Be sure to eat seafood, and lots of it—you’re on an island, after all! Have the horiatiki salata (Greek salad), as it will be better than anything you’ve tried outside of Greece. Saganaki (fried cheese) is also a must. And, of course, don’t forget to pair it with a bottle of local white wine.
Home of Antoni Gaudi—the architect best known for his ornate basilica, La Sagrada Familia—you will not be a loss for things to do and see. Enjoy touring around, but be sure to plan plenty of time for meals. In Spain, food isn’t rushed; it’s experienced.
Visit La Boqueria market to explore and sample local favorites. The jamon is not to be missed. Enjoy slices with cheese or prepared as a sandwich. Or, scout out a few spots and try tapas all afternoon. For dinner, make a late reservation for a coursed meal.
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