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Apr 20, 2012 07:05 AM

Heading to Spain and Canary Islands...Best Cities for Food/Wine?

My husband and I are in the process of planning a trip for our 15th anniversary and finally nailed it down to Spain and the Canary Islands. I've been to Spain (Malaga) before, but it was in high school and I think it's safe to say my food/beverage "requirements" are vastly different now. I vaguely remember sitting on the beach eating olives, sliced cheese and popsicles (not at the same time) all day and eating pizza every night.

We haven't finalized our destinations yet and I'm hoping to get some input from fellow CH'ers. We are looking for a city where we will have access to some good local restaurants and tapas bars. We probably won't have a car, but walking is fine as long as it's safe. We'll probably spend 4-5 nights in Spain and 7 nights in the Canary Islands.

Any recommendations? Our short list in Spain includes Barcelona, Marbella or Seville and we are looking at Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.


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  1. If food is a priority, you must go to San Sebastian. It remains my favorite food city in the world. If you're deciding between Marbella and Sevilla, I think Sevilla will be a much better bet for eating.The last time I visited Marbella, it had a strange 'past its prime' feel and much of the restaurants seemed really touristy. If you decide on more specific cities, post them here and you'll get better specifics.
    Sounds like a great trip!

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Thanks for the info. Food is definitely a priority ;) If we don't go to Barcelona, then we will most likely focus on finding a city in Southern Spain or Andalucia, so maybe we'll put San Sebastian on the list for another trip (maybe in combination with a trip to France?)

      I have heard similar reviews of Marbella We definitely prefer places that cater to locals rather than busloads of tourists, so maybe we'll scratch that one from the list. Our ideal is a nice little restaurant or tapas bar where we can enjoy some great food and great wine and immerse ourselves in the local culture.

      Will not having a car be a challenge? I assumed there would be enough places within walking distance of any hotel in any city we pick, but maybe that's not really the case. Although, we have been known to frequent the same establishment over several days during a trip if we really like it. Maybe the question I should ask is in which city in Southern Spain is there the highest concentration of good local eateries?

    2. Wine is produced in the Canaries although it's relatively small scale in comparision with the mainland growing areas. Tenerife sees most of the production - I'm not sure if there is anything really like commercial production on Fuerteventura.

      You'll be aware that the island's main industry is tourism, as is the case on most of the Canaries - catering mainly to we north Euroopeans. I see you are looking for a city to stay in - that'd probably mean the island's capital - Puerto del Rosario - the biggest place but with a population of only 25,000 it's more small town than city. .

      1. where did you end up going?!