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10 Outstanding Food and Wine Experiences

There’s no better place than the Mediterranean to indulge your passion for great food and wine. Here food is lovingly prepared and savored as an important part of la dolce vita while wine has its origins in the region. Take a look at 10 outstanding culinary adventures that await you in the Med, from East to West.

  1. Barcelona’s 40 lively food markets are a delight for gourmands! Colorful stalls, deli counters and tapas bars introduce you to local produce, fish, meat, fruit and sweets. La Boqueria, one of the largest, is conveniently situated right on La Rambla.
  2. Spain’s Cava caves, where the refreshing sparkling wine is produced, offer guided tours of the cellars and production process, tastings and sometimes the chance to create your own signature Cava! In the Penedès region of Catalonia, near Barcelona.
  3. Attend a cooking class in Provence to uncover the secrets of the delectable Provençal cuisine. After the morning tour of the market to collect the fresh produce, small-group classes may take place in an unusual setting like the vegetable garden or a wine cellar!  
  4. Dining at its finest : Le Chantecler Restaurant, Nice. The two Michelin star restaurant showcases the cuisine of Provence by Master Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland. The restaurant is housed in the famous and historic Le Negresco Hotel, featuring elegant Louis XIII style combined with modern elements. This will be an evening you’ll never forget!
  5. Be immersed in the Slow Food movement of Tuscany and Umbria on special culinary tours of the region. In addition to participating in cooking classes, you’ll visit cheese producers, balsamic vinegar makers, prosciutto factories, wineries and even join a truffle hunt. Enjoy tastings and special meals in unique locations along the way.
  6. Naples; where Pizza was first created - so this is the place to enjoy the internationally famous dish. There are many courses in pizza  around the city and surrounding area for those wanting to perfect the skill.
  7. Palermo’s Capo food market and history tour is led by noted food historian and author, Mary Taylor Simeti, who explains the history of Sicily through its food. A unique and inspirational market tour.
  8. Malta farm visits introduce you to Maltese wine, olive oil and cheese production. Get to know the unique produce of Malta while combining your culinary interests with vacation time on this magnificent island, steeped in history.
  9. Santorini’s wines and signature dishes enhance any visit to this spectacular Greek island. Visit the vineyards and learn about centuries-old production methods for Assyritko, Nykteri and Vinsanto wine. Savor a Santorini-style meal of Greek salad, an appetizer of tomato fritters and main course of pork chops on sweet Vinsanto wine sauce.
  10. Istanbul’s Egyptian or Spice Bazaar is a delight for the senses with its stalls of colorful, aromatic products. The bustling covered market dating from 1664 has 88 vaulted rooms where, in addition to spice, you’ll find a superb selection of nuts, honeycomb, dried figs, caviar, herbal teas, cheese, Turkish delight and much more.

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