The Mediterranean diet is famed for its healthiness. The south of France, Italy and Spain all offer a wealth of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood in their regional cuisines. If you'd like to try these culinary delights, then we have some treats for you! Check out our gourmet experience, exclusively designed for you!
The three kingpins of the Mediterranean diet are olives, wheat and grapes. These give us olive oil, bread and pasta and wine. In addition to these, fantastic plump vegetables, especially peppers and tomatoes, abound. Fish is common and fresh seafood is prized in these areas of Mediterranean Sea.
Different regional cuisines take these primary ingredients in many directions. Italy is famous for pasta and pizza. In France, Provençal meat and fish stews make great use of tomatoes and peppers. Meanwhile, the Spanish love octopus, shellfish and other seafood cooked in olive oil.
Dining in Italy
Italian cuisine focuses on basic, high-quality ingredients. Simple and tasty pasta dishes include spaghetti alle vongole, with fresh clams and white wine. Cacciucco is a delicious Tuscan fish stew.
If that sounds exciting, book yourself a table at Hotel Sant'Andrea, The Originals Relais, where homemade cacciucco is one of their specialities. The hotel is beautifully situated on the coast, with views of the sea and the mountains of Elba.
In and around Barcelona, Spain, organic restaurants are becoming increasingly popular. At only 40 minutes from the city, a must-visit is Can Bonastre Wine Resort, The Originals Relais. This boutique hotel is the perfect location for gastronomy and relaxation. Here, you'll find regional and fresh organic products, especially local meats served in their gourmet restaurant Tribia. Don´t miss the opportunity to taste their wine tasting menu. The hotel has its own cellar and it´s located in the wine region of Penedes.
Classic French flavour
France is probably the premier food destination in Europe. From farm to table, restaurants in France deliver the very best the country has to offer. If you're keen to keep it organic, Aix en Provence has some great options. The Maison Arquier, The Originals Relais, is one of the best organic restaurants in Provence. Here, the chef sources local organic ingredients. You can try dishes like escabeche, marinated sardines, or pissaladière, a delicious Provençal pizza. Calisson is also a must, a traditional confection from Aix en Provence.
La Villa Vicha, The Originals Relais in Aubais is another great choice for gastronomy. Here, the chef takes traditional Occitan dishes and adds modern twists. The kitchen sources high-quality natural, organic and local produce.
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