Spain is a country famous for its sunny climate; clear blue seas; majestic mountains; flamenco music & dancing; the unique sound of the Spanish guitar; exquisite wines and original cuisine. Those lucky enough to visit this Mediterranean gem may not remember everything they see or experience, but things like the famous Spanish jamón (ham); gazpacho; paella; tortilla etc. etc. forever linger in their memories as they are dishes close to the heart of the always cheerful Spanish.
In fact, Spanish cuisine is talked about with genuine national pride, matched only by a similar pride they have for their sporting achievements!
Maybe it’s not surprising then to learn that last year alone Spanish gastronomy attracted more than 5.6 million foreign tourists, 4.25% more than in 2011.
Gastronomy or “Food Tours” are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Spanish culture, which has the kitchen at its heart, and is becoming increasingly more popular with tourists from all corners of the globe.
Putting this into plain economic terms, tourists lured by Spanish cuisine and wines added an important income to the Spanish government to the tune of 6 Billion, 393 Million Euros, an increase of 10.1% on 2011!!
It’s safe to say that Spanish cuisine continues to play an important role in attracting foreign tourists to the country, especially in regions which offer distinct treats for the palette such as Costa Blanca, Costa de Almeria or the picturesque island of Mallorca.
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