Although Spain is a year-round epicurean destination; smoky valleys in the winter producing the famous Iberico ham, outdoor markets in the summer showcasing festive fruits and vegetables, and October hosts the annual saffron harvest...if you take one trip to Spain, take it in the spring. Not withstanding the odd April shower, Spain is often blessed with warm, bright days and beach-ready temperatures, plus the added bonus of less crowds.
Spain boasts the widest range of extra virgin olive oils credited to the influence of the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Continental climates. Spanish wines are now being rated as some of the world's best by Wine Spectator and Robert Parker.
The cuisines of Spain are defined by its regions; Catalan, Andalusia, Cordova, Mediterranean and Basque. You will need to revisit many times to learn all that this vast and interesting country has to offer. Food & Wine trails offers locally hosted journeys to all regions, with expert guides who love cooking and wine as much as you do!