Top trips and holidays for foodies
Food, drink and new discoveries are a major attraction for holidaymakers to Europe. We have come up with six top trips for food and drink lovers. We even suggest a few trips that offer guilt-free foodie delights, where you walk or cycle between culinary gems (so that eating and drinking is cancelled out by the exercise!) Best for: Walking and wine If you love walking and wine (and so many of us do!), a week’s holiday in the famous Chateauneuf du Pape region of France would be your heaven on earth. Enjoy walking in the foothills of this stunning region and taking in beautiful vineyards. Of course, the wine tastings are all part of the experience. Overnight accommodation is also chosen to have a wine or vineyard theme! Check out Provence: Walking and wine Best for: Seafood fans Candlelit wooden verandas and panoramic sea views over a private cove. Seeing – and experiencing – is all in the believing at Cornwall’s magical Driftwood Hotel & Restaurant. The Michelin-star establishment is a top destination for feasting on locally caught lobster and crab, while the beach and extensive Cornish coast is the place to walk off the calories (if you happen to over indulge on several long and relaxing meals!). Best for: Going remote Mainland Britain’s most remote pub, The Old Forge, offers a unique experience for travellers – and highly rated locally sourced seafood, too. Located in the wilderness area of Knoydart in north-west Scotland, you will also find a great range of local beers to try. But this area is also for keen walkers. You can only reach Knoydart by boat or on foot, and once there you’ll discover a wonder-world of scenic walks and majestic mountains to explore. Best for: Serious foodies The two Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxford will enchant food lovers who take their food very seriously indeed. And the surroundings of stunning gardens and extravagant rooms, as well as a cookery school and softly lit restaurant will leave you spellbound. Many say that Raymond Blanc's country paradise offers the ultimate culinary experience. Best for: Walking with Whisky Head off for a short break to Scotland, the home of whisky, where you can walk between world famous Speyside whisky distilleries, such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Following the River Spey you will also experience walking with “spirit” along original smuggler’s trails in the shadow of the Cairngorm Mountains. See Speyside Whisky Trail Best for: Uncorking secret gems Bordeaux and the surrounding area is a treasure chest for lovers of good food and wine. Producing more than 700 million bottles of wine each year and famed for its foie gras, fresh Atlantic shellfish and sweet canelés there is so much to discover in this region. And what better way to ravel in France than by bike? The country that is home to the Tour de France, offers a wealth of road-friendly cycling just perfect for working off the tempting treats at every breakfast, lunch, evening meal and overnight stop. See Classic Bordeaux Cycling
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