08 Oct 2020
#CataloniaforFoodies. GASTRONOMIC ROUTES IN CATALONIA.
A way of connecting gastronomy with tourism and the culture of the tourist destination.
In recent years, there has been a great deal of evolution in culinary programmes, trends and techniques, which has led to an ever-increasing interest in culinary tourism. Gastronomic tourism allows visitors to learn about the history, geography and culture of a tourist destination in a more enjoyable way, as it gives them a complete experience of the territory they have chosen to visit.
With the current situation caused by the Covid19, this model of tourism has accelerated and shown increasing interest, as it allows for programmed routes and stages to be made to suit the needs of each visitor and the trip can be made with the family or in small groups. To promote this, tourist organisations and operators have generated numerous gastro-tourist programmes for a wide variety of foodies.
The word foodie is used to describe people who are fond of good food that allows them to experience new flavours, try new recipes and share it with a tour of the territory. The foodie is not a great specialist, like a gourmet, nor a person with very refined tastes, like a gourmet. They are simply passionate about good food and getting to know the products and gastronomic proposals of the territory they are visiting, in the broadest and most enthusiastic sense.
In the last year, it has been detected that reservations for holidays or weekend breaks have been oriented towards gastronomic purposes. Travel restrictions have been a determining factor in choosing destinations that are close by and that have allowed you to enjoy new local products and surprising tourist experiences, without having to be far from your place of residence for many hours. Nowadays, gastronomy is an increasingly important attraction for tourists who travel and allows them to enjoy the traditions and gastronomic customs of the visited territory. Gastronomic tourism offers a platform to incorporate culture, local economic development, sustainable practices and gastronomic experiences to offer an exceptional tourism proposal that helps tourist destinations to market new products and services in the local area.
Catalonia is a tourist destination that has always promoted its gastronomy and in this last stage it has promoted, with great success, specific routes for foodies. Since the first Greek and Roman settlement, the Catalan tourist destination has felt a special fascination for its gastronomy, taking care of the raw materials and the way they are cooked in order to obtain the best results. As gastronomy is a fundamental element of Catalan culture, it has helped to prepare a long and varied menu of gastronomic routes that invite you to live a unique experience full of emotions and entertainment.
Now that the cold weather is approaching and we have entered the autumn season, the gastronomy varies a little. The dishes are more stewed and not as light as in summer, and incorporate typical products of the autumn season such as mushrooms, chestnuts, sweet potatoes and panellets which, by tradition, are eaten on 31 October.
Catalonia is a tourist destination easily accessible by train and plane from other countries, allowing you to travel in a group or family, either by coach or private vehicle, complementing routes and activities by bicycle, on foot or even on horseback, and enjoying the landscape, wine and gastronomy.
We can recommend some gastronomic tourism routes that allow you to embark on an exciting sensory journey.
CATALONIA - GASTRONOMIC ROUTES. A country to savour.
1.- Priorat Oil Route – The Priorat Oil Route allows you to visit several olive groves and eight mills and different cooperatives where you can taste the best oils and other products of the region
Bisbal de Falset, la, Cabacés, Falset, Masroig, el, Ulldemolins, Vilella Alta, La, Vilella Baixa, la / Costa Dorada
2.- From the field to the table. Culinary tradition with designation of origin. – Lleida treasures extraordinary artisan products. It is essential to try the extra virgin oil DOP Les Garrigues, the DO wine Costers del Segre or the nougat from Agramunt.
Agramunt, Almacelles, Arbeca, Artesa de Lleida, Borges Blanques, las, Pobla de Segur, la / Terres de Lleida
3.- The lands of the south. Discovering another world. – Built in such a particular landscape, the Terres de l’Ebre have a personality that transmits this unique feature of the Delta area. Visiting these places will allow you to taste a good wine and a good oil on the table.
Ametlla de Mar, L ‘, Amposta, Ascó, Bellmunt, Benifallet, Capçanes, Corbera de Ebro, Cornudella de Montsant, Falset, Gratallops, Horta de Sant Joan, Miravet, Mora de Ebro, Morera de Montsant, la, Pinell de Brai, el, Porrera, San Carlos de la Rápita, Tortosa, Ulldecona, Deltebre / Tierras del Ebro
4.- The soul of Catalonia. Natural and urban landscapes – Practice adventure sports in the valley of Núria, savour homemade sausages, contemplate the works of Salvador Dalí live or fly in a balloon over the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa. To get to know this territory, the best thing is to live it and feel it live.
Castellar de n’Hug, Folgueroles, Pobla de Lillet, la, Vic, Vilanova de Sau, Rupit y Pruit, Arbúcies, Besalú, Camprodon, Olot, Ripoll, Sant Hilari Sacalm, San Juan de las Abadesas / Costa Brava
5.- Sausage route – Sausages stand out in our gastronomy. Cured or cooked, those made from pork are well known everywhere.
Granollers, Camprodon, Castellfollit de la Roca, Planoles, Ribes de Freser, Ripoll, San Juan de las Abadesas, Bellver de Cerdanya, Estamariu / Pyrenees
6.- Mountain and forest products route – The love of mushrooms is well known, but also of aromatic herbs, fruits of the forest or chestnuts.
Berga, Guardiola de Berguedà, Viladrau, Vilanova de Prades / Pyrenees
Grand Tour of Catalonia. An initiative that allows tourism to take place all year round, it is also a divided tour in nine itineraries that cover almost the 42 natural regions of the territory. It is a circular route that can be divided into different itineraries and that allows visitors to discover the main heritage, natural and gastronomic attractions.
Photos courtesy Tomas Pinel