Spanish food attracted 5.6m tourists last year

Indeed, barely a week after Spain was shown to be the dominant country in Restaurant magazine’s list of the top 50 Restaurants in the World, a new report has revealed how food tourism is becoming an increasingly important sector for the Iberian nation.

  The latest statistics from Spain’s tourism office show that the country’s food was thought to be a key attraction for as many as 5.6 million visitors last year, with an estimated expenditure on food and wine placed at €6.4 million representing a delicious 10% increase on 2011.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Manager for leading Spanish house builder Taylor Wimpey España comments: “I’ve lived on Mallorca for almost 20 years now and have never tasted food quite as good anywhere else. We cater to all tastes, from family run tavernas tucked away in the hills above Palma serving the finest steaks to small fishing villages dotted along the coast offering the freshest catch of the day. And if meat or fish aren’t to your taste, Spain prides itself on a variety of national dishes using home grown fresh vegetables such as Patatas Bravas, Tortilla and Berenjenas con miel, slices of aubergine, fried and covered in a dark, slightly bitter honey or molasses which are to die for.”

Southern areas such as the Costa del Sol in particular have plenty to offer, adds Taylor Wimpey Espana, serving up fresh prawns with a spicy sauce, what the Andalucians know and love as gambas al pil-pil, a regional favourite. The salsa is made up of a combination of garlic, paprika, chillies, and white wine, arriving to your table sizzling and guaranteeing to get your taste buds tingling.

“With such a range of gastronomic delights on offer, it’s no wonder that we have experienced a whopping 123% y-o-y increase in sales in April this year with 25% of second home buyers coming from the UK, up 50% from last year!”

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