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Living the gastronomic experience

In inland Spain, gastronomy is much, much more than simply sitting down to eat. It is a genuine way of life in which you are warmly invited to take part. Scouring the forest in search of wild mushrooms, enjoying the pleasures of Spain's gastronomic festivals, visiting food-themed museums... and even the chance to form part of a culinary team led by one of Spain's top chefs! Come and savour life to the full.


Aragon

Aragon Tourist Board

Food and agricultural tourism

Discover for yourself how to make wine, oil, cheese, sausages, beer, sweets… In Aragon you'll find businesses that organise this type of activities through guided visits. Let the winery owner himself show you the tanks, barrels and the bottling plant; see at first hand a typical almazara (oil press) in operation; discover the secrets of pastry-making in the only private cake and pastry-themed museum in Aragon; visit one of the oldest beer factories in Spain… Sound appetising?

Gastronomic visits to Zaragoza

If you don't believe you can actually taste a city, you're completely mistaken. In Zaragoza you'll have the chance to experience two guided visits which are absolutely mouth-watering. The 'Chocotour' will show you the sweetest chocolate-makers in the city, and the 'Saborea Zaragoza' ('Taste Zaragoza') tour will uncover the origins and the flavours of the typical gastronomy of Zaragoza. The activities involve a visit to a food workshop, and the chance to sample typical products in traditional establishments.

Wine tourism

Are you familiar with the Somontano Wine Route ? In the province of Huesca you'll find wineries where you can sample the best wines in the region. What's more, you'll also be able to visit vineyards, take part in guided tasting sessions and take some of your favourite wine back home with you.

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  • >The Food and Agricultural Tourism guide to Aragon provides information on each of these activities: visiting times, duration, number of people required, languages available, form of payment…
  • >Advance booking is recommended for the gastronomic visits to Zaragoza. You can check prices, times and schedules on the more information links and at the tourist offices throughout the city.
  • >It is advisable to contact the wineries before visiting and reserve the activities in which you wish to take part.

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Food and agriculture tourism in Aragon

Gastronomic visits to Zaragoza

Somontano Wine Route

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Castile-La Mancha

Castile-La Mancha Tourist Board

Mushroom collecting

Get ready to spend a gastronomic day in the heart of nature in Castile-La Mancha collecting mushrooms. The best idea is to seek advice from specialised guides who will reveal the most likely routes for collecting edible mushrooms. You'll be able to explore settings such as the Cabañeros National Park and the Alto Tajo Nature Reserve (some companies even offer 4x4 routes), you can visit the La Casa del Níscalo Mycological Museum (in Albacete ) and above all, you'll have the satisfaction of learning more about this subject, as well as cooking the mushrooms you yourself have collected!

Wine tourism

Have you tried the wine from this region? If you have, you'll love the chance to visit the wineries and take part in tasting sessions. And if you're not yet familiar with it, what better than to sample it while you enjoy the activities arranged by the wineries on the La Mancha Wine Route .

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  • >We recommend always being accompanied by an expert in mushroom collecting. Do not hesitate to check with the companies who organise these activities.
  • >Before consuming any mushroom you have picked, check with an expert, as it could be poisonous.
  • >If you book a mushroom-collecting activity through a company, they will provide the necessary equipment (knife, wickerwork basket, etc.) Although the guide's explanations are usually in Spanish, it is sometimes possible to arrange group outings in other languages.
  • >Autumn is the best time for mushroom collecting in Castile-La Mancha. Most companies only arrange mushroom collecting activities at this time of year.
  • >Some of the most easily recognisable species are the saffron milk-cap, boletus, and the oyster mushroom.
  • >It is advisable to contact the wineries before visiting and reserve the activities in which you wish to take part.

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Mushroom collecting

Wine tourism

Castile-León

Castile-León Tourist Board

Mycotourism

Did you know that Castile-León is home to over 1,500 species of wild mushroom, and that many of them are edible? Come and visit this area, and you'll find organisations and businesses who will be happy to arrange a mushroom collecting excursion to the countryside. What's more, between October and November in Navaleno (Soria), you can enjoy this experience in a very special way: accompanied by musicians in a natural setting who play music while you search for mushrooms. And if you prefer to savour this delicacy sitting at the table? Then the best time is in November, because for ten days over 100 restaurants throughout the region create special set menus based on wild mushrooms during the mushroom-themed gastronomic festival.

Burgos, Spanish Gastronomy Capital 2013

Burgos was named Spanish Gastronomy Capital 2013 thanks to its high quality recipes and wine-producing tradition. You're guaranteed to love the typical local products when paired with world famous wines. What's more, the Ribera del Duero was named "2012 Wine Region of the Year" by the jury of the Wine Star Awards. Doesn't Burgos sound appetising?

Gastronomic festivals

Would you like to see how to make a paella for hundreds of people? Would you like to learn what is meant by a 'gran caldereta' (macro-stew) or 'pimentada' (roast pepper feast)? And how about taking part in a country pilgrimage, or browsing for typical produce at stalls while you sample the wares? All this is waiting for you in the more than 50 gastronomic festivals held throughout the region of Castile-León. You only have to find out what festivities are scheduled in each town or village, and when they take place. You're guaranteed to have a great time!

Wine tourism

Anyone wanting to raise their glasses and drink to a successful stay must definitely make the acquaintance of the best-known wine in the region of Castile-León: the wine with the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin. In September and October there are numerous wine harvest festivals to enjoy, and the rest of the year you can take part in wine-tasting sessions and visit wineries.

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  • >If you're thinking of trying mycotourism (mushroom collecting), it is advisable always to be accompanied by a specialised guide who will show you the right way to pick the mushrooms and guide you to the most likely spots.
  • >If you decide to go on your own, remember that you need to request a permit and to be aware of both the regulated zones and the type of mushrooms you are permitted to collect. The standard permit is for one day, a weekend, or the whole collecting season.
  • >Before consuming any mushrooms you have picked, check with an expert, as they could be poisonous.
  • >Check with the tourist office in Navaleno to confirm the schedule for the 'Mushroom Symphony' concerts.
  • >Remember that the basic equipment for mushroom collectors is a basket and a knife. If you're on your own, don't forget to take a map, a compass and a mobile phone. And of course, comfortable clothing for an excursion to the countryside.
  • >For the exact dates of the Buscasetas gastronomic festival, we recommend checking with the regional tourist offices in September and October.

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Mycotourism

2013 Spanish Gastronomy Capital

Gastronomic festivals

Wine tourism

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Extremadura

Extremadura Tourist Board

Gastronomic routes

Olive oil, kid, lamb, Iberian cured ham, ground red pepper, goat's cheese… All these delicious products are typical of Extremadura . If you want to find out the best places to enjoy them, you can take any one of the 13 Gastronomic Routes in Extremadura. Because there's nothing like arriving somewhere and being sure you're going to be able to sample the very best.

And what is the jewel in the crown? Iberian cured ham. To enjoy it as it deserves, there are two specific routes: the Montánchez Route and the Route of the Sierras de Badajoz. In fact in the Sierra de Montánchez y Tamuja district you can reserve a guided visit to the typical wooded pasture known as the 'dehesa' or to a drying plant, and restore your strength with some dishes based on Iberian cured pork products. Delicious!
 

Gastronomic festivals and markets

Get together with friends and family to share and savour the gastronomic festivals of Extremadura. There are numerous events throughout the year, including the Chanfaina in Fuente de Cantos (last Sunday in April), the Cheese Fair in Trujillo (first weekend in May), the Cured Ham Fair in Jerez de los Caballeros (May), the Tench Festival in the villages of Tajo-Salor (last Saturday in August), Cured Ham Day in Monesterio (6 September)…And what about a visit to a street market? We recommend the market which takes place the first Tuesday in August in Plasencia . You'll find top-quality products against a backdrop of music and drummers and popular songs!

For more information

Anyone interested in fine food will be able to discover the secrets of the products of Extremadura in the Wine Science Museum in ( Almendralejo , Badajoz), the Cherry Museum (Cabezuela del Valle, Cáceres), the Cheese Museum (Casar de Cáceres, Cáceres), the Turrón Museum (Castuera, Badajoz), the Red Pepper Museum (Jaraíz de la Vera, Cáceres), the Olive Oil Museum (Monterrubio de la Serena, Badajoz) or in Pastoralia, the Visitor Centre for Torta del Casar cheese (Almoharín, Cáceres). Which one takes your fancy?

Wine tourism

Regale your senses on the Ribera del Guadiana Wine Route. You can begin your experience at the Wine Science Museum in Almendralejo, and then go on to visit some of the wineries which are open to the public, followed by a meal in any of the restaurants offering the regional gastronomy, in addition to themed accommodation, specialised businesses, wine bars…

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  • >The Gastronomic Routes around Extremadura are not signposted or set itineraries, but rather suggested routes for doing at your own pace.

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Routes

Gastronomic festivals

Wine tourism

Enoturismo

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La Rioja

La Rioja Tourist Board

Make a note of La Rioja in your diary. The reason? In 2012 Logroño  was named Spain's Gastronomic Capital, and La Rioja offers various options revolving around the same theme.

Experiencias Echaurren

If you've ever wondered what it's like cooking for one of the best restaurants in Spain, here's your chance to find out. In La Rioja you can do so for a few hours with the award-winning chef Francis Paniego, and the whole kitchen team at the Hotel Echaurren in Ezcaray . Picture yourself there!

Gastronomic festivals

Where can you sample all La Rioja's most typical products? In its gastronomic festivals of course! At these traditional festivals in this region of Spain you're guaranteed to find a range of exquisite dishes. The Vegetable Festival, the Trout Festival, the Truffle Fair… Discover what events are held in each town and village and what dates they take place (you'll find there are various on offer at any time of year).

Wine tourism

Cast aside the idea that good wine can only be enjoyed at the table, and come and discover that in La Rioja it can be experienced at every turn. You'll be able to visit its great temples to wine, enormous avant-garde and modern wineries, which are distinctively different from many other more traditional buildings. You can take part in a wine harvest and even help to bottle the crop. You'll also learn the secrets of wine tasting, serving wine, and combining wine with food. You'll have the chance to enjoy a spa treatment based on wine. And as a souvenir, as well as your favourite wine, don't forget to take away a wineskin, an urn, or a handcrafted water jar.

Gastrohotels

Are you tempted by the idea of combining accommodation with fine dining? La Rioja's gastrohotels are a chance to do exactly that, as they include the gastronomic experience as one of the most important features of their offer. Find out where they are.

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  • >The activity 'Experiencias Echaurren' takes place only in Spanish, but it is so entertaining and participative that fun is guaranteed even without any knowledge of the language.

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Experiencias Echaurren

Wine tourism

Gastrohotels

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Madrid

Madrid Region Tourist Board

Renowned restaurants

The chance to sample dishes from the cuisine of prestigious chefs like Paco Roncero, Sergi Arola and Ramón Freixa… Sounds good, right? Treat yourself, and make a reservation at any of their restaurants in the Madrid Region . You'll find most of them in the capital , although there are others dotted around the region. A genuine delight which must be experienced at least once.

Gastronomic events and routes

With the excuse of trying one of the typical dishes, we suggest an outing to any of the places in the Madrid Region which are a must for their gastronomy. To guide you on your way, Madrid recommends these four Gastronomic Routes as a guide: the Northern Route, the Southern Route, the Wine Route, and the Ecological Route. And if you want more, why not try some of the numerous culinary events that take place in Madrid all year round (gastro-markets, congresses, tourist markets…). Check dates.

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  • >Advance booking is always recommended before visiting any of the restaurants.
  • >On the webpage of the Madrid Region you'll find a guide in Spanish and English with content on the Gastronomic Routes.

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Restaurants headed by renowned restaurateurs

Gastronomic events and routes

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Navarre

Navarre Tourist Board

Original culinary visits

In Navarre , you'll be able to enjoy its gastronomy far beyond its restaurants. You'll have the chance to explore the history of some of its typical foodstuffs in museums such as the Cheese and Cattle Migration Museum, and the Truffle Museum. But you'll also be able to sample these products and learn how to make them in wineries, oil presses (trujales), preserving plants, liqueur distilleries and cheesemakers which are open to visitors. These are places where you'll find everything is totally organic, and of course, where they are happy to let you sample the wares.

Gastronomic activities

As a lover of fine food, just imagine the following treats: taking part in a typical meal, following the Pintxo Route, dining in a cider hall, enjoying a catered event in some of the most beautiful natural spaces in Navarre… These are just a few of the activities on offer from companies throughout the region. Why not make a reservation for the one you find most attractive?

Wine tourism

If you would like to experience the gastronomy of Navarre to the fullest, you need to discover its wines. Come and visit its wineries to learn how the wines are made, and then take part in a tasting session.

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  • >If you are planning to visit wineries, oil presses, preserving plants, cheesemakers' and liqueur distilleries, it is advisable to book with the company by phone in advance.

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Original culinary visits

Gastronomic activities

Wine tourism

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