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Foodie heaven

Good food is a key ingredient of all Inntravel holidays, but, naturally, some are more gastronomic than others. Here are the regions and holidays which promise a particularly mouthwatering experience, a real treat after a day of walking or cycling (which, of course, gives you the perfect excuse to indulge).
  • Think of west Sweden and the first thing that springs to mind is likely to be the rocky coastline dotted with red clapboard houses, rather than dishes of internationally acclaimed cuisine. Until now, that is. West Sweden is fast establishing itself as a foodie heaven and Gothenburg has no fewer than five (refreshingly unstuffy) Michelin-starred restaurants. There are many outstanding restaurants beyond the city, too, where you can savour dishes featuring some of the world’s best lobster, oysters, mussels, crayfish and prawns; venison and other game; and fine regional cheeses.
  • Enjoyable as the walks across the herb-clad hills are, To the Pont du Gard is essentially a celebration of French cuisine, and as such is one of our most gastronomic walking holidays. As you stroll through carpets of thyme, pausing to admire the views of distant blue mountains or to cool your feet in the River Gardon, the thought dominating your mind is likely to be what culinary delights await you next. All three hotels boast first-rate restaurants, but the jewel in the crown is the Hostellerie le Castellas, with its exquisite interpretations of Provençale dishes.
  • Competing for renown with the region’s picturesque coastline is Catalonia’s highly innovative gastronomy, of which the cornerstones are the locally grown rice; sauces made from tomato, garlic and pine nuts; and the fusion of ingredients from the sea (mar) and land (muntanya), such as chicken with lobster. Combining this mouthwatering cuisine with high-quality hotels of character, idyllic medieval villages, and a fantastic finale by the sea with dinner at the acclaimed restaurant of the Hotel Llevant, Flavours of Catalonia offers all the ingredients, quite literally, for a highly enjoyable holiday.
  • In a country that prides itself on its cuisine, the gastronomy of Burgundy stands out as the crème de la crème. Instead of cream, though, it is, of course, wine that flavours dishes such as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, oeufs en meurette (a starter of poached eggs in red wine) and pôcheuse (fresh water fish cooked in white wine and served with garlic croutons). Our cycling holiday is not just about food, however – by day you can feast your eyes instead, on architectural gems such as the Louis XIII-style château in Cormartin and the intricately tiled hospice in Beaune.
  • ‘Elegant’ is an apt word to describe our Secret Lake Iseo walking holiday, applying equally to the 4-star hotels, the presentation of the refined cuisine – which draws on the abundance of lake fish, with dishes such as grilled sardines, steamed crayfish, and stuffed tench served with polenta – and even the scenery of neat vineyards, angular mountains and colourful lakeside villages. ‘Indulgent’ conveys the essence of the holiday even better, though, and it’s no wonder that this is one of our most popular walks.
  • With distinctive dishes such as goose à la Périgordine (in a truffle and foie gras sauce), cassoulet, ballotines (stuffed duck or goose) and maigrets de canard (grilled duck, usually in a creamy mushroom sauce), just browsing a menu in the Dordogne will set your mouth watering. If you have spent the day exploring the enchanting landscapes on foot or on two wheels, passing medieval villages, walnut orchards, and châteaux standing sentinel above the meandering river, you have the perfect excuse to indulge…
  • The holidays above aren’t the only ones with a strong emphasis on gastronomy. Other holidays which you might like to consider include Villages & Vineyards of Alsace cycle in France; Piedmont’s Hills & Vineyards walk in Italy; Olive Groves, Vineyards & Abbeys walk in Umbria in Italy; and Treasures of Aracena walk in Spain.

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