Since I began my blog in early 2012 I have met quite a few interesting people in Spain. This post is about some of the foodie folks I have come across in Andalusia and further afield. I hope that you aren’t hungry when you are reading this….
My neck of the woods is Eastern Andalusia; Granada, Jaen & Almeria. These cities & provinces are the ones in Spain that offer Free Tapas with your drinks. This is a good starting point.
Here you can find Gastro Tapas tours that take you around 4 different bars around the city of Almeria. Steve Homer knows the city and province of Almeria just as well as the locals. Also they offer wine tours and too, with 23 bodegas in Almeria province there is certainly plenty to choose from. More info here: Food Odyssey
The lovely Gayle is running Granada Tapas Tours in the magical city of Granada. You get a great guide for the evening to see local tapas places around the city. More recently she is also offering Tango & Tapas activities. Either way you´ll be guaranteed a great night out. Find Gayle on twitter too: @GranadaTapaTour
Great places to visit in Jaen province are Baeza & Ubeda. If you are in the province of Jaen make sure you get in touch with Rachel Webb who runs Jaen Tapas Tours and also offers walking routes in the beautiful Sierras.
You will certainly get a taste of real Spain in this corner of inland Andalusia. One of the places on the Jaen tapas route is over 120 yrs old! Check out @spaniola timeline on twitter too.
Moving east across Andalusia we come to Malaga. The old town is a great setting for a Market and tapa tour with Guided Gourmet Tapas Tours in Málaga. They also offer the excellent combination of Flamenco & tapas. For these gourmet guides, tapas for them means “small is beautiful”. Their tours are designed for couples or small groups of friends. They love “eating their way around Málaga” and have been doing this for 6 years. You can also find @tapasinmalaga on Twitter.
The folks at Toma Tours have to be on this foodie list too. They have alot of different activities in and around Andalusia. One of their newest and most exciting is The Gourmet Walking Holiday on Mr Henderson´s Railway. This trip combines Andalusian history, Railways, delicious food and walking too. You can join a scheduled trip your or it can be booked for a private group. The day of Cocina Española with Toma Tours is a days cooking yummy Spanish dishes in the beautiful beachtown of Tarifa, Cadiz. @Tomatours1 are also on twitter.
While we´re in this area I must mention Vejer de la Frontera & Annie B´s Spanish Kitchen. These activities are quite a bit more than just cooking. In this quaint corner of Costa de la Luz you will have an insight into the food culture of the area and of course – Sherry. We are in the Sherry triangle in this part of Spain. No one will educate you in Sherry better than Annie. Follow her on twitter @cookinginspain
Not Just a Tourist offer lots of different activities in Seville. There are quite a few things to choose from, Tapas Tours and my personal favourite Flamenco Cajon I have always wanted to try this. This is the box that taps out the beat at a Flamenco show. Biking tours and walking tours are also available so you can choose the best way to get to know Seville. Find them on twitter @NotJustaTourist
I met Lauren Aloise of Spanish Sabores last Sept. As soon as we both got talking about the wonders of Cadiz and Ice cream in Puerto de Sta Maria we got on really well. Based in Madrid she offers Tapas tours and also routes including some of the fabulous markets of the capital of Spain. Her tours are small groups or tailor made. This is a small company focused on high quality tours. You will get to know about Spanish gastronomy, wine and Madrid’s history.Madrid Food Tour can design custom tours like “Tapas & Flamenco” “Bizarre Foods Tour” or even an “Off the Beaten Path Food Tour” if you feel like something a little more personalised. Follow Lauren on twitter @MadridFoodTour
Valencia & Teruel
In Valencia & Teruel the Spanish Thyme Traveller offer great food based activities, they are usually combined with a local cultural or historical slant. You often sample various local dishes many of which are pretty unknown outside the regions of Valencia and Teruel. They have a trip called the Valencian Paella Project. A long weekend that revolves round paella, buying ingredients in Central Market with the chef and then learning how to cook them. Whilst the paellas cooking there is a Cava tasting of new and very good local cavas. The emphasis is on different recipes with their cultural roots….recipes here are very different from the tourist paellas on the beach. Follow @SpainThymTravel on twitter.
As you can see I have quite a lot of friends dotted around the country to get the best culinary tours wherever you are heading. I´m off to the kitchen now to find something nice to eat! Que aproveche!