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Huelva, 2017 Spanish Capital of Gastronomy

One of the reasons that always makes us keen to travel is good cooking. So if you’re planning an escape to Spain, this year’s first choice has to be the capital of the Costa de la Luz, Huelva in Andalusia, the 2017 Spanish Capital of Gastronomy. Now that you know, check out the image above. Looks good, doesn’t it?

Trips nearby the city of Huelva

What can you expect to find during the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2017 celebrations?

Urban art initiatives, a gastronomic tourist train, the 'Tasting Huelva' photography rally, the 'A chef cooks for you' cooking workshops, thematic weeks devoted to local produce, tourist packages like 'Today we’re eating Huelva' (which includes accommodation, a set menu and a visit to the city)… There will be an array of activities connected with this nomination. Huelva will also host events such as the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition, the 8th Virgin Olive Oil Tasting and the 'Minimal' Miniature Haute Cuisine Conference.

And when it's time to eat... which typical products are worth trying?

Huelva’s three 'star' products are the Iberian ham, white shrimps and strawberries. Check out the series of images on the left. You mustn’t leave without sampling them. But also don’t forget the many others like the famous 'pescaito frito' (cuttlefish, sea bream, marinade, anchovies, etc.), Huelva extra virgin olive oil, the Isla Cristina salt-cured tuna or the Condado de Huelva Denomination of Origin wines. On the restaurant menus, you’ll find dishes such as marinara style clams, tuna cooked with onions, roasted sea bream, wedge shell clams, skate in paprika, tomato soup, 'papas' (potatoes) with cuttlefish, etc.

Because it's not all about eating...

Take advantage of your visit to Huelva to stroll around its old quarter and shop in its pedestrian streets (Concepción, Palacio, etc.) with their traditional businesses. You can also visit the Odiel MarshesNatural Park. Did you know that one of the things that makes this area special is its connection with the discovery of the Americas? Near the city of Huelva you can visit the Monastery of La Rábida and the Port of Palos, where Christopher Columbus started out from. In fact, this year sees the celebration of the '525th Anniversary of the Meeting of Two Worlds', with cultural events, commemorative regattas, craft fairs, etc. More interesting sites in the province Any of the fantastic beaches of the Costa de la Luz, Doñana National Park or the Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Nature Reserve.

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