Spain’s tourism sector is preparing for what could be its busiest summer to date. Travel agency Turespaña has responded by naming the third Thursday in June as World Tapas Day.
The latest data reveals that food tourism alone attracted over 9.5m visitors to Spain in 2015, and this day has been created to capitalise on this success.
World Tapas Day will offer fun, tapas-focused events in Spain and help to build the reputation of Spanish cuisine in other countries. According to figures from Turespaña, over 20 countries around the world have already signed up to participate for the first World Tapas Day today.
This global celebration of Spain’s culinary delights is set to enhance Spain’s ranking as the perfect destination for a foodie getaway.
Leading travel dating website and app TourBar.com has found that solo UK travellers have named Spain as the top location for a solo foodie holiday. A huge 19.6% of its members, who plan to travel this summer, have named the home of sangria and chorizo as their top destination to visit for a gastronomic adventure.
The Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, Marc Pritchard, is delighted that Spain’s culinary achievements are being recognised on a global scale.
He says: “Tapas has become a symbol of Spanish culture and is enjoyed by diners all over the world. The variety of dishes means there is something for everyone, from the traditional favourites to new, more daring creations. When visiting Spain, those with access to their own kitchen facilities can take full advantage of the local produce available, in order to create a personalised tapas menu. Both locals and visitors alike are always keen to sample all that the myriad local markets have to offer.”
However, dining out is still a popular option for those wanting to experience authentic tapas. The Costa del Sol in particular is becoming a foodie destination in its own right, with Marbella alone home to 16 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Britons looking for overseas property, whether a permanent residence or holiday home, are flocking to the Costa del Sol to enjoy the treats that Spanish living has to offer.
If you’re an expat living in Spain or have a holiday home over there, enjoy the delights of Spanish tapas this summer!