Catalunya supplement 2006

Live the good life

It’s time to enjoy the best of nature’s bounty

If having the time to travel is a luxury, then enjoying the best food along the way must be ultimate in opulence. And for those in pursuit of the good life, Catalunya delivers in abundance.

This compact northeastern corner of Spain distils the best of the country into one small, easily accessible region. British tourists have been visiting for years of course – we took our first package holidays to the Med when the Costa Brava opened up to charters in the 60s; more recently we’ve driven Barcelona into the big league for city breaks.

Now travellers are getting more sophisticated and want an extra dimension to their holidays, be it sports, culture, history or any number of hobbies. If food is your passion then it doesn’t get much better than Calalunya. Fortunately, eating well here doesn’t always mean conforming to traditional – and costly – notions of luxury. Good food is so ingrained in the culture that you can be sure to eat well even in the simplest local restaurants. The region is also home to some of the best chefs in the world – with the Michelin stars to prove it – and in this guide you’ll see how they’ve led a culinary revolution over the past few years.

The common theme of all Catalan cuisine is the choice and quality of fresh produce: meat, cheese, fish, vegetables and the finest olive oil make any meal here a feast. As home to of the some of the best wine and cava producers, it’s easy to turn a Catalan feast into a party.

I hope this guide encourages you to visit Catalunya and sample some of its finest cuisine – you’ll see on page 15 just how easy it is to get there. With such a wide choice of flights and operators there’s no excuse not to visit. And remember, you’re just a couple of hours away from the best meal of your life.


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