Gastronomy has become one of the fundamental aspects when it comes to traveling abroad and visiting new places. Nowadays it is not only those experts in the culinary art the ones that enjoy the gastronomic diversity around the world, but even tourists with no knowledge of cooking techniques are becoming more and more interested in touring and getting to know new places through their flavors and food.

Eating is one of life’s great pleasures, and it is not surprising that many cultures around the world revolve around food. There are many societies that gather to enjoy moments of recreation and leisure around a delicious shared meal, so it is obvious that food occupies an important place in most of our lives.

Thus, you can travel the world and get to know different cultures, societies and customs through gastronomy. That is why, in this article we will tell you which are the best cities in Europe for a gastronomic tour.

In this article we will put together the best food tour to taste dishes in Italy, Spain and many other countries that you didn’t even know they had an outstanding gastronomy. This is our selection of cities to put together the best gastronomic tour in Europe.

Bologna (Italy)

When it comes to taking a food tour in Italy, most people are carried away by trends and usually choose to travel to Rome, as it is the capital and the most recognized city in Italy. But we want to introduce you to another destination, which has much more to offer gastronomically; Bologna.

As you can imagine, being an Italian city, the main focus is still on typical cold meats and pasta, as well as desserts. One of the classics of this city is mortadella Bolognese, which is made in various flavors, including pistachio. Another classic is tortellini, which also comes in different flavors; or lasagna, which can be made with meat or vegetables.

The croissant is another classic Bolognese meal, usually accompanied by a cold meat, such as prosciutto, one of the most delicious in Europe; it can also be eaten with cheese or vegetables. Needless to say, the classic Italian pizza is a must on the list of Bologna’s dishes. And finally, we cannot fail to mention the typical sweet dishes of the city, such as lemon pie, which you cannot miss, and homemade ice cream.

Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain)

This city is increasingly recognized for its culinary offerings. The typical cuisine of Sanlúcar is based mainly on local products, such as fish, crustaceans and mollusks; it also has a great variety of vegetables and greens. But in addition, we cannot fail to mention the great variety of vineyards that allow the production of wines and champagnes.

The dishes of this city are as famous as the raw material used to elaborate them. We recommend you to try the famous prawns of Sanlúcar, the tomato soup, the rice with seafood, or the monkfish with fried bread. Delicious!

Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Located on the coast of Dalmatia, this charming city surrounded by a medieval wall offers an exquisite Mediterranean style cuisine. Fish and seafood are usually caught on the spot. The restaurants in this town are usually family-run, very cozy, where the homemade dishes are as delicious as those of the most prestigious restaurant. Here you can try the incredible black risotto made with cuttlefish ink.

Dresden (Germany)

A beautiful baroque city that is full of bars and restaurants offering delicious Saxon cuisine and the famous German beer.

The Saxon gastronomy is characterized by cooking mainly with meat. There is a great variety of sausages that can be pork or beef, seasoned with many spices. Of course there are also dishes that do not contain meat, such as the Eierschecke, a cheese and raisin cake; one of the most outstanding dishes of the city.

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

A city that put Slovenia on the gastronomic map and today is one of the most outstanding culinary destinations in Europe. Slovenian cuisine is characterized by combining ingredients from different neighboring cultures, such as Italian and Mediterranean, but also Austrian and Balkan.

Some of the unmissable dishes that Ljubljana offers are cremeschitte (vanilla and cream cake), and burek (puff pastry dough filled with spinach or meat).

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