When visiting a new destination, one of the most exciting ways to immerse yourself in its local culture is to sample the local cuisine. With fewer people in the spring, May is the perfect time for a culinary adventure.
Quieter restaurants and markets, milder temperatures, and budget-friendly experiences all make for a delightful off-season break. Here’s a tantalizing collection of dining experiences offering the ultimate taste of local life – from tasting budget-friendly tapas to sampling Thailand’s bustling street food.
Discover Menorca, European Capital of Gastronomy 2022
The Balearic Island celebrates its designation as European Region of Gastronomy 2022 with an extensive program of events based on fresh, local ingredients and traditional cooking methods. The island’s varied cuisine, which encompasses sobrasada sausageensaimada pastries and caldera lobster stew, led to its declaration as European Region of Gastronomy 2022.
An extensive program of activities showcasing local produce makes this year the perfect time to visit this charming Balearic island. From fairs dedicated to Mahón cheese and tapas food trucks to Menorcan wine tasting days, there are events and tours for everyone. Travelers visiting Menorca in June can enjoy special menus at 50 local restaurants as part of the ‘Menorca on the plate’ event. Complete program here.
Jet2holidays offers a five-night stay at Hotel Palladium Menorca from £576 pp All Inclusive in a Deluxe Room and includes return flights from London Stansted to Menorca and coach transfers. (Based on 5 nights from Sunday June 5th) www.menorca.es
The Michelin guide visits Estonia
Estonian cuisine is known as a celebration of their landscape, with many restaurants using locally grown produce, either by small producers or in some cases by sourcing them themselves. A new generation of Estonian chefs are at the forefront of a booming food scene, transforming foraged products into innovative and modern cuisine.
The chefs use centuries-old techniques as well as contemporary European methods to create a style of fusion cuisine. A peculiarity is PNA, which prepares dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Combined with their signature cocktail list and views of both the sea and the Tallinn skyline, this is one of Estonia’s dining highlights.
For more information, please visit: https://www.visitestonia.com/en/why-estonia/introduction-to-estonian-cuisine
Cheap tapas tasting in Spain
From tapas trawling experiences to late dinners, visitors can enjoy great food while staying on budget. The region of Murcia is famous for its tasty yet affordable food and wine. The region has a deeply rooted gastronomic heritage thanks to the exceptional products it offers, such as its high quality fruit and vegetables from the fertile lands of La Huerta de Murcia, fresh seafood from the Mar Menor and beautiful pieces of inland meat. farms. Murcia is famous for its incredible tapas made from its fresh produce and inspired by La Huerta such as Pimientos Asados, Mar and Tierra and Albóndigas de Bacalao.
Murcia’s iconic wine bus service is back this spring. Departing from Cartagena or Murcia City, travelers will visit the best of Murcia’s vineyards, soak up views of the surrounding landscape aboard the wine bus, and taste the delicious wines that Murcia’s beautiful vineyards have to offer .
The tour costs £50 per person and includes transport, insurance, guided tours, food and wine tastings. murciaturistica.es
Expedia has a three-night stay at the four-star Atrio del Mar hotel in the coastal town of Los Alcázares, with a remarkable swimming pool and nearby golf course. The all-inclusive holiday is priced at £173 pp based on two adults sharing, including return flights from Gatwick with British Airways departing May 19.
Traditions of Sicily with local chefs from Trapani
Spring is an excellent time of year to explore Sicily as the temperatures are mild and the island is less populated. Various civilizations have not only left behind an unprecedented cultural heritage, but also a culinary history that distinguishes Sicily from mainland Italy.
Exodus Travels Eight-Day Journey Culinary adventure in Sicily is priced at £1,799 per person and includes flights, all accommodation, all breakfasts, two wine tastings, a cooking class, five tastings/lunch, all transport, specialist tour guides and airport transfers . Multiple departures in 2022 (Exodus.co.uk0203 1312 785)
An introduction to Puglia
Italy’s sun-drenched heel has long been considered one of the country’s most enchanting regions. The port city capital, Bari, is known for its medieval architecture, beautiful beaches and gastronomic delights. Favorite dishes are ear-shaped eggless pasta, orecchiette, and riso, potato and cozze, layers of rice, potatoes and mussels cooked in terracotta pots.
Set in spectacular farmyards in the Pugliano countryside, Masseria Montenapoleone is the perfect place to enjoy the charm of southern Italy. The on-site organic kitchen offers cooking classes, introducing visitors to the art of Puglia cuisine. The courses relate to the preparation of the specialty of the region, orecchiette, from scratch, while listening to the chef’s anecdotes about culinary tradition and local history. Massiera Montenapoleone prides itself on its organic farm which produces delicious fruits, vegetables and extra virgin oil, all for use in the kitchen.
Thai Street Markets to Savor in Bangrak
Thai cuisine is a melting pot of cultures and Bangrak pays homage to all the classics. The area prides itself on the panache and fun of family restaurants where locals indulge in their comfort food meals with family or friends. On this tour, locals enjoy The Peachthe gastronomy expert, will introduce visitors to the local cuisine, with great feasts of multiple dishes, all flavored with ingredients from different cultures.
Toursbylocals offers you Bangrak Street Food Tour prices from £251 for a group of five (prices vary depending on group size) which includes guided service, public transport tickets, tuk tuk ride, four courses of delicious Thai food ( or more) and two desserts plus drink/water in the restaurant and one alcoholic drink at the rooftop bar Sala Rattanakosin. (Toursbylocals.com)
Discover the best flavors of Tuscany
The Italian region is well known for its wonderful world-class cuisine. The beautiful city of Lucca has many cafes, trattorias and restaurants where you can taste the best of Tuscan cuisine. Locals recommend All’Olivoan elegant restaurant where travelers can taste Tuscan specialties from the sea and land.
Meanwhile, in the beautiful historic center, visitors will find the Buca di Sant’Antonio, one of the oldest restaurants in town. The town also has a selection of Michelin-starred restaurants such as Giglio Restauranta long-established restaurant in a beautiful 18and palace of the century, while Butterflywas inspired by one of Puccini’s greatest operas.
Visitors cannot leave Lucca without popping into the recently opened Sommità Martin Orsyn Champagne Bar at Grand Universe Lucca, as it is the first of its kind to open in Tuscany.
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Book the “Summer In Lucca” package directly with Marriott for a four-night stay for two at Grand Universe Lucca. The package includes accommodation for two in a king-size room on a bed and breakfast basis and a wine tasting experience for two from £1,542. Based on June travel dates. Fly to Pisa. (Marriott.co.uk)
Stay in an ecological farm in La Gomera
A quiet little island off the coast of Tenerife, La Gomera is ideal for those looking for a quieter break. Hotel Jardin Tecina is an ideal base for exploring the island, with a wide range of activities to try and 11 bars and restaurants to enjoy. The hotel’s ecological garden can be visited by guests on a guided tour to learn more about their unique approach to agriculture.
The visit shows how Jardin Tecina takes care of the plants and gives the opportunity to see the many farm animals that inhabit the land. A visit is best ended with a visit to the El Laurel restaurant, which offers a menu of 100 organic dishes made with produce harvested from the garden.
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