Top 10 Destinations
A recent poll by Travel Weekly asked a cross-section of experienced travel consultants and agents to list their top destinations for a number of specific holiday types ranging from Food and Drink to Luxury. Over the coming days we will be counting down the top 10 for each category starting with Food and Drink, so be sure to sign up for our updates and join us on our social media feeds to get the lowdown and any trade secrets!
So with no further ado let the countdown begin:
Food and Drink Holidays
Taste your way through the labyrinth of souks, sampling everything from pickled lemons and warm olives to almond juice and fresh dates in Marrakesh. Why not take in a demonstration of exactly how couscous is prepared and learn how to make authentic North African dishes while also taking in the sights. The Kingdom of Morocco is incredibly rich in history, culture and atmosphere. Visit Morocco’s most prominent monuments, from the exterior of Casablanca’s Hassan II Mosque to the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the holy city of Moulay Idriss.
Pack your chopsticks and celebrate thousands of years of food artistry by diving into one of the world’s most elegant, eclectic and harmonious cuisines. Spend your time spent seeing the sights and scouting out prized eating and drinking spots. Watch yakitori sizzling in front of you in Shinjuku’s Memory Lane, eat fresh-off-the-boat sashimi at the incredible Tsukiji Fish Market and learn to make soba noodles in a hands-on cooking class. Glimpse a geisha drifting through the alleyways of Gion while in Kyoto and experience a charming obanzai dinner of Kyoto-style home-cooked dishes. Stay in a traditional ryokan in Takayama and eat vegetarian shojin ryori (monastic fare) with monks in Koyasan. If you’re looking for a trip that tantalises the tastebuds as well as sates a sense of adventure, this Japan Real Food Adventure ticks all the boxes.
Throughout India, be it North India or South India, spices are used generously in food. Indian food is rich in variety, taste and flavour. Each region has its own style of cooking and unique cuisine. Renowned for exotic gravies and spices, Indian food has something to satisfy every palate.
From the northern tea plantations of Darjeeling to colourful coconut flavoured fish curries of Kerala, India will appeal to all looking for a food focused holiday.
Spain’s cuisine and wines are one it’s many great attractions. The Spaniards take their food seriously – be it diner-style menus del dia (menus of the day) or elaborate, nouveau cuisine in gourmet restaurants. Food is generally dictated by the seasons and fresh, whichever corner of Spain you go to. Why not sample tapas (pintxos in the Basque Country): small snacks served with drinks in local bars across the country. They can range from gourmet canapés to simple plates of olives, cheeses and cured meats, and may be charged or given free. Spanish drinks have also brewed up quite a storm worldwide – from the thirst-quenching sangria to bubbly Cava to the sophisticated Rioja wine.
Food and wine is an important aspect of the culture of Greece. Famous for their good quality and amazing taste. Some dishes are common all around the country, whereas some others are local culinary specialties and can be found only in a specific region or Greek island. The famous Greek mezze is more a feast to savour and enjoy during a summer evening. A truly wonderful experience.
05. SOUTH AFRICA
If you are looking for some of the best food and wine, which can be savoured among the most breathtaking settings on earth, then South Africa is the country to visit. Try superb food from the braai (bbq), a Cape Malay curry to make your heart sing or an enormous platter of piri piri prawns all paired with exquisite, award-winning wines. Follow wine routes in Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek!
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