Culinary experiences are such an important part of our vacation memories. Savoring local ingredients, enjoying wine and beer tastings, and taking cooking classes offer authentic food experiences. These are my favorite food focused destinations in Europe.
San Sebastian, Spain – This small seaside town in Northern Spain frequently tops the list of the world’s best places to eat. It is quite stunning and I fell in love with it from the moment I arrived. The city has a cool and fun vibe while still being charming and elegant. San Sebastian is filled with restaurants and pintxo (tapas) bars.
Along with the amazing culinary scene, San Sebastian offers a vibrant and beautiful beachfront – Playa La Concha. This picturesque city has beautiful stone lined pedestrian streets filled with boutique shops, restaurants, and tapas bars. It is hard not to fall in love with San Sebastian, the food, the views, the beach… it is one of Europe’s loveliest cities.
Portugal - this small country in Western Europe has some of the biggest flavors and freshest fish and seafood around the world. Portugal also has several wine regions to explore with the most well known being the Douro Valley. A designated UNESCO World Heritage region and one of the top wine regions in the world. This area runs along the Douro River with mountain ranges of tumbled granite creating the perfect environment for wine producing grapes.
History, great food and wine, stunning beaches and cobblestone villages make Portugal a fascinating European vacation destination.
Bordeaux, France – best known as the capital of wine but don’t forget its food! This region of France offers an exciting history, an amazing wine culture and unforgettable culinary experiences. Our customized itineraries to this region include private wine tastings and classes, visits to stunning chateaux and charming pedestrian streets for shopping and gourmet meals. You can also cycle through vineyards to visit spectacular chateaux and wineries. In the evenings have time to enjoy area attractions such as the opera, bars, and shows.
Bordeaux is a wine lover’s paradise. This beautiful area offers so much to do and taste… relaxation, beautiful vistas, exploring vineyards and the countryside, along with amazing culinary experiences.
Germany - There is no better place for the beer lover than to visit small German villages. Germany is the motherland of beer. We can build customized tours to introduce you to a myriad of styles of beer, from the most popular to some less known. The tours are always tailor-made and modeled around the travelers' interests and tastes. Sometimes they focus on a specific region, like Bavaria, other times on selected styles of beer or we design the tour around special events like the Munich Oktoberfest.
No matter what your preferences are you will enjoy private brewery visits and tastings along with spectacular sightseeing activities in Germany.
Italian countryside - Italy's cuisine is very regional and each area has its specialties. But one thing is for sure, the best food is found in the countryside. Here is where you'll find the freshest ingredients and most authentic dishes.
So where to begin? Northern Italy offers rich and creamy foods to keep you warm on cold nights. Rich pastas, polenta and meats are prepared with German and French influence. Central Italy… the Tuscany area world renowned for its wine also offers incredible farm to market experiences. How about a private visit and lunch in a vineyard where your meal is prepared with the freshest local ingredients? Southern Italy has the Mediterranean feel with fresh pasta, olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish. In Naples you’ll find Italy’s best pizzas—after all, this is the birthplace of pizza! Southern Italy is also known for its olive oil regions where you can enjoy touring olive groves and private tastings of their delicious oils.
All our itineraries are completely hand-crafted and customized. We focus on your preferences and hobbies building a trip that will be enjoyed by all.
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I work with my clients on creating personalized travel itineraries while consulting on everything from destinations to excursions and logistics of the trip. Through my personal travel I seek unique activities including private guides and tours for exceptional experiences. More on Belkys