The Food and Wine of the Mediterranean - Spain

Apr 11 2014
When travelling to a foreign country, a major part of the experience is enjoying the local cuisine and the most popular local beverages. Spain is the third largest wine producer in Europe behind France and Italy. Your Mediterranean cruise is likely to visit some of the incredible Spanish ports,allowingyou the opportunity to savour an enchanting bottle of local wine,as you enjoy the flavours of Spanish cuisine that will entice your senses and keep you wanting more.
Some of the more famous Spanish wines include Cava, which is a sparkling white or pink wine produced mainly in the Penedes region, about 40km South-West of Barcelona. Other typical Spanish grape varieties used in wine making include Airen which is a white grape variety, and Tempranillo, a black grape variety producing a full bodied proudly Spanish red wine.
With the modernisation of the Spanish wine industry more international grape varieties have started to be cultivated in Spain, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. When you’re in Spain you will most likely want to enjoy local specialities, so look out for the indigenous wines from local grape varieties such as Godello, Graciano,Cariñena,Mencia and Treixadura.
Some of the Spanish towns and cities that lie on the Mediterranean coast include Barcelona,Valencia, Murcia, Almeria, Melilla, and Málaga. Each region along the coastline has its own unique Spanish delicacies. Explore the regions as much as you can and delve into the flavours of Spain.
From the Valencian region, you’ll find some interesting and tasty dishes such as Arròsnegre which is a cuttlefish and rice dish, similar to Paella. Fideuà  is a noodle dish from the same region, and is another dish you may want to try out. Cuisine from this region usually consists of seafood, fish and aioli sauce - This is what Spain tastes like!
If you come across Manchego cheese which is from the Castilla-La Mancha region, do yourself a favour and get your hands on some. It is one of the more well-known and tasty cheeses of Spain.
Catalan cuisine produces dishes which rely heavily on typical Mediterranean ingredients. You’ll find plenty of fresh vegetables, wheat products, olive oils, legumes, mushrooms, pork, cheese, poultry, lamb and fish such as sardine, anchovy, tuna and cod.
Book your Mediterranean cruise with Cruiseabout and enhance your Spanish experience by sipping on a glass of Cava while enjoying a delicious Fideuâ. Listen to the seagulls chirping and the waves lapping on the Spanish shoreline. As life passes you by, relax and savour the tastes, sights, and sounds of wonderful Spain and the beautiful blue ocean