Catalonia is undoubtedly one of the best places to sample the finest Mediterranean cuisine.
A gastronomic paradise which offers the perfect blend of heritage, produce, geography, tradition, creativity and innovation. The Catalan capital, Barcelona, has an endless selection of restaurants for all tastes and pockets, and is home to some of the world’s most renowned chefs, such as Ferran Adrià, Carme Ruscalleda and Sergi Arola.
Catalonia’s gastronomic heritage dates back to mediaeval times, and even today is still based on the quality of the ingredients and where they are produced; locally grown seasonal food that demonstrates the region’s immense natural resources: the sea, mountains, allotments, forests and the sea breeze?. Out of this tradition come two famous recipes, escudella, a heart-warming meat and vegetable soup, accompanied by carn d’olla, which consists of the meat and vegetables that the soup is made from, and escalibada, roasted peppers, aubergines and onion; just two of a long list of local dishes that win over tourists year after year. And to this list of deliciously varied traditional dishes we should add the creative cuisine d’auteur, which has placed many Catalan restaurants at the forefront of gastronomy worldwide. So much so, that in 2016 Catalonia was named European Region of Gastronomy.
There are few cities in the world like Barcelona where a first class gastronomic experience is guaranteed. Catalan cuisine is in a constant process of evolution and innovation, making it one of the city’s top attractions for visitors from all over. The city offers first class examples of the culinary tradition and wealth of a country steeped in the cultural influences of the different civilisations that have either passed through or made their home here. For lovers of good food, Barcelona is a real paradise.