Since the time of the first Greek and Roman settlements, Catalonia has been fascinated by gastronomy. It is omnipresent in all corners of the country, both in the form of producers, who are the first link in the gastronomic chain, and top-quality restaurants.
"Catalan cuisine is the landscape placed in the pan", as writer Josep Pla said. The sea and the mountains are two ingredients that are also mixed in traditional Catalan cuisine in the form of different products. The Catalan pantry is varied, delicious and of the highest quality. Cheese, sausages, wines, cava, meats, fish, vegetables ... Products that vary according to the season, seasonal products that fill the markets of towns and cities throughout the provinces
This historical legacy has inspired innovative offerings from chefs such as the Roca brothers, Ferran Adrià and Carme Ruscalleda. Chefs both in the past and today's gastronomic circles have made quality, local produce the cornerstone of their recipes which has helped catapult Catalonia as a culinary reference worldwide.
Year after year Catalonia shows it can compete at the highest level in the restaurant world, and what better way to prove it than with the prestigious Michelin award. From sea to mountain, with traditional and signature cuisine, Catalonia boasts 54 restaurants with one or more Michelin stars.
Wine tourism in Catalonia has many faces since it is a land of contrasts: the agricultural landscape of Priorat, where the elevated terrain of the terraced llicorella soil requires the planting of small plots, which gives the wine that unique taste; the vineyards by the sea that are twisted by the winds of the Empordà; grapes are grown at 1,000 metres altitude on the Vi de Lleida route; or the vineyards of Bages, protected by the majesty of the Montserrat mountains. In total there are 11 wine Designations of Origin and one cava Designation of Origin, which means there are twelve ways of experiencing the history of wine growing in the region.
Olive Oil Tourism
Every day, more and more people visit Catalonia for olive oil tourism. It is a way of immersing yourself in Catalan culture through an indispensable element of the Mediterranean diet: olive oil. Olives have been a part of the Catalan landscape for millennia and have shaped the culture of the land. There is five protected designation of origin oils throughout Catalonia, each with its well-defined flavour and body.
No visit would be complete without visiting the village of Horta de Sant Joan, where the oldest olive tree in Catalonia can be found. Lo Parot is over a thousand years old and in 1990 was declared a monumental tree.