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Where is the best place to eat in Spain?

This is the million-dollar question: where to eat better in Spain.  And it is difficult to answer it in a country where there are 15 million mothers who make the best potato omelet, 10 million women who cook the best lentils, 5 million in-laws —without the “d”— who prepare the best paella, 100,000 bars with the best squid sandwich … Everything is the best, but I can’t be everything.

Gastronomic tourism in Spain is becoming stronger. It is something that I was able to verify recently in the Congress of Gastronomic Tourism of Navarra. In it, one of the papers —that of Dinamiza Asesores— was dedicated to presenting the II Study of the Demand for Gastronomic Tourism in Spain, which has allowed them to characterize the Spanish gastronomic tourist and discover the best gastronomic destinations.

We all like to eat; we love it! On many occasions, it is the main argument for setting up a weekend getaway, a bridge trip, or a vacation. Spain has a great wealth of market products, top-quality raw materials, and a lot of chefs who treat them with care and love. But in each city, in each region, things are different and that is why we travel to one or the other depending on their gastronomy. We recently published an article with other travel bloggers talking about traveling gastronomy.

Where are the best place to eat in Spain and other questions that we all ask ourselves

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In this study of gastronomic tourism demand, many questions are raised and many answers are given that help us to know the motivations of gastronomic tourists —people who travel motivated by gastronomy— and that of travelers, generalist tourists —for which is an important element, but not the main one. Both of them, although with different criteria, seem to be clear about deciding where to eat best in Spain, in which Autonomous Community, province, and locality.

What Is A Gastronomic Tourist?

A gastronomic tourist can be considered one who has made a trip or escapade in the last two years moved solely by gastronomy. You are one of them? Gone.

Of these gastronomic tourists, only 25.7% can be considered “pure”.

The profile of this gastronomic tourist is as follows: woman, between 36 and 45 years old, in an active employment situation, with higher education. These data dismantle the idea of ​​the great gourmet of high purchasing power that has been sold to us for a long time.

How Do Gastronomic Tourists Travel?

They usually do it as a couple (68%). The next options are with family and friends. The means of transport most used by them are the car and the plane. They stay in mid-range and high-end hotel establishments. The majority (40%) travel at least once a month. And 53% of them make an international trip a year.

Where Are They Informed And Where Do They Share Their Experience?

Gastronomic tourists also need to know the opinions of third parties to plan their trips. The websites specialized in comments from diners —such as Tripadvisor— are the most consulted by them; up to 70% of travelers use them. More than 50% enter the official pages of the destination. Analogous opinions and recommendations from family members and co-workers continue to be useful for more than half. 40% of them use social networks to gather information. And the same percentage seek advice from travel blogs and magazines.

Gastronomic blogs and television cooking programs are the most successful within the specialized media.

Traditional media are not doing very well. Supplements and radio programs occupy the last places on the list.

55% tell how their gastronomic trip has gone on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but what they all like is being the official recommender of restaurants and gastronomic destinations in their closest circle of family and friends, up to 95% of gastronomic tourists surveyed do so

Why Does A Gastronomic Tourist Travel?

68% do so because they like to try dishes from cuisines other than their own and learn about new products. 57.5% consider that gastronomy is a cultural value and includes it within this type of trip. There is also a 56% bon vivant for whom eating is one of life’s great pleasures.

Other motivations are the authenticity and the closeness that it implies with the local people.

There is also an epicurean segment. 20% of gastronomic tourists seek to visit the most exclusive and renowned restaurants in each locality and region.

What Do You Prefer To Do On Your Gastronomic Trips?

Eating in restaurants is the main objective of both gastronomic tourists and generalists. Going for tapas is the second option for the former and the main one for the latter. This may be one of the causes of the boom in recent years of establishments that offer a menu of tapas and portions —more or less elaborate—, dispensing with traditional menus with more elaborate dishes. Buying gastronomic products is the next activity.

Visits to wineries and tastings are beginning to gain strength on the list. Although it cannot be compared with other European countries, Spain is beginning to make a firm commitment to wine tourism, which is gaining more and more followers. And the fact is that we are a country of wine in which almost nobody —even if we think otherwise— drinks it. The consumption figures for other beverages such as beer are devastating in comparison (8 liters per person per year for wine, compared to 19 for beer).

Visits to cities and towns and routes are the preferred complementary activities of gastronomic tourists.

What Types Of Restaurants Do We Like The Most?

A lot of Top Chefs, Master chefs, and Superchef, but at the moment of truth, both what they like are traditional restaurants. And it is that no matter how much spherification we see on TV when people travel they prefer the stew and the homemade stew.

The main difference between gastronomic tourists and generalists is in second place in the ranking. The former opted for gastro bars, the great disruptive phenomenon of recent years, and the latter for cheap restaurants. And it is that the price is still a decisive factor when deciding on one or the other.

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