Catalonia has an extraordinary cultural heritage and landscape, but it is also one of the world's main gastronomic destinations. Its cuisine is a driving force for tourism because Catalonia has a substantial supply of high-quality culinary products and services. Thus, our country's gastronomy is a first-rate asset and adds value to the rest of what the country has to offer.
Moistening a piece of toasted bread by rubbing it with a very mature tomato cut in half, drizzling it with extra virgin olive oil and then adding a pinch of salt is, for those who come from abroad, one of the best introductions to the cuisine of the country. Pa amb tomàquet is, surely, the traditional food most commonly eaten by Catalans, even though it is a relatively new dish since tomatoes arrived from the Americas only a little more than five centuries ago. But the simplicity of this dish's ingredients is not entirely representative of the richness of the country's cuisine. A visit to Catalan markets - each town has its own - shows the diversity of indigenous products; there you can find peppers, cherries,strawberries, oranges, endives, mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, sardines, prawns, veal... A splendid showcase of fresh food, that varies with each season of the year.
A favorite destination
Aside from the quality and richness of Catalan produce, over the past few years Catalonia has become an international culinary reference point thanks to its innovative cuisine. Food lovers from around the world have come, for example, to enjoy the dishes made by the three-star Catalan chefs Ferran Adrià in Roses, Santi Santamaria in Sant Celoni and Carme Ruscalleda in Sant Pol. Other Catalan chefs have also been working hard to raise Catalan cuisineup to its superb present level. This is one of the reasons why Catalonia has become the destination of choice for lovers of fine cuisine.
16 routes to get a flavour of the country
There are unlimited possibilities for travelling around Catalonia and learning about its leading products, it's most traditional dishes and its most emblematic gastronomic museums. From the fish markets on the Costa Brava to the craft cheese dairies in the Pyrenees, and taking in the wineries in El Penedès, the calçots (blanched onion shoots) fields of Valls and the small embotit (sausage) Shops in Osona, there are a whole culinary world to discover. Here you will find a fine selection of what the counties of Catalonia have to offer in the way of gastronomic tourism. There are a total of 16 thematic routes divided into four large sections: the routes of the Dos (denominations of origin), the produce routes, the craft foods routes and the trades and traditions routes. Each section has its own directory with practical information about establishments, visits and information centres. We hope you enjoy them!
List of the 16 routes in the multimedia catalouge:
- The wine route
- The Cava route
- The olive oil route
- The seafood route
- The rural produce route
- The mountain and forest produce route
- The livestock produce route
- The poultry route
- The sausages route
- The cheese route
- The pantry route
- The traditional cuisine route
- The pastries route
- The markets route
- The food trades route
- The museums route
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