A Step into Culture & Cuisine
"From the delights of tradition and a celebration of food in San Sebastien to the pintxos of Basque Country; the diverse regional differences allow for a full-bodied exploration of the country’s history and culture."
“De la panza sale la danza” - From the stomach comes the dance
Spain | A Food Journey
The Seasons of Spain | Best Time to Travel
Conte recommends travelling in late spring (April to May) or early autumn (September to October), due to the pleasant temperatures and lighter crowds. However, Spain is a year-round destination worthy of a visit almost any time. Spain’s climate varies due to its size, the north being considerably cooler than the southern cities and beaches which consistently bring warmer days. You can generally expect Mediterranean temperatures, with hot, sunny summers and cooler winters.
Flight Time (New York to Barcelona) - 7 hours 35 minutes
Flight Time (London to Barcelona) - 2 hours 05 minutes
Flight Time (Singapore to Barcelona) - 15 hours 45 minutes
As a gastronomic destination, Spain leaves little to be desired; from the delights of tradition and a celebration of food in San Sebastián to the pintxos of Basque Country; the diverse regional differences allow for a full-bodied exploration of the country’s history and culture.
It is undeniable that the cuisine of the Spanish has been adopted into many other cultures - we see it in the many tapas bars that line the streets of London, and dream of visiting the bustling metropolis of Barcelona where these appetising bites originated. The mosaic of flavours which freckle these iconic dishes include those of patatas bravas and croquetas de jamón. These dishes are to be enjoyed leisurely; 'sobremesa'—the Spanish phrase for the time spent lingering at the table after a meal, fosters a feeling of connection between those around the table, and the culinary traditions that tie them together.
With most of its boundaries edging bodies of water Spanish cuisine is, similar to many other European destinations, highly focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Throughout the capital city, Madrid, one might encounter paella reminiscent of the coastal towns or jamón ibérico originating from Castile. Perhaps it is the grounding spices of saffron and paprika which interconnect every dining establishment in the country; almost guaranteed to be included in the 271 Michelin kitchens and the markets of Andalucia alike.
A culinary journey in Spain is an in-depth exploration of the harmonious relationship between its people, diverse communities and regions, and the gastronomic evolution that has shaped it into the vibrant food destination it is today. Whether dining at 3-starred Aponiente, or your local restaurant escondido (“hole in the wall restaurant”), enjoy the inclusive attitude to dining and the exceptional delights of this culinary region.