Our Top 10 Holiday Homes for Food and Wine Lovers
Eating and, more importantly, having the time to sit back and really savour the taste of what your eating is one of the most fantastic things about being on holiday. But it’s not just about finding the best restaurants. For a real foodie, a chef or a home-cook, self-catering accommodation is essential so that they can cook in a decent kitchen and really enjoy those fresh local ingredients from food market, to pan, to plate.
So here are our Top 10 Holiday Homes for food and Wine Lovers…
1. This villa in Vila do Bispo in the Algarve, Portugal
Seafood lovers will not want to miss a trip to Vila do Bispo in Southern Portugal. Here foodies can try percebes – tender and salty crustaceans fresh from the sea. This sun-drenched town is one of the few places where fisherman still harvest them by hand.
2. This villa in Montaoine near Florence in Tuscany, Italy
This villa is within an hour’s drive of Florence, the regional capital, where there are plenty of Tuscan specialities to be sampled. Try bistecca alla fiorentina (a vast T-bone from local Chianina cattle) or pappardelle al cinghiale or al lepre (broad ribbons of pasta with a wild boar or hare sauce) washed down with a large glass of Chianti.
3. This farmhouse in Bergerac in the Dordogne region, France
Bergerac is famous for its wines and, in particular, the sweet wines of Monbazillac. Look for Confit de Canard on the menu: an indulgent dish where the duck joints are cooked very slowly in their own fat.
4. This apartment in Barcelona, Spain
A treasure trove of tapas restaurants, we love Barcelona for its Patatas Bravas, Jamon Iberico and Escalivada. Check out our blog post on the Top 10 Food and Drink You Must Buy in Barcelona for more culinary inspiration.
5. This mountain farmhouse in Chania on the Greek Island, Crete
Greek food is much more than just feta and tomato salads, and that’s where Crete comes in. When on this gorgeous Greek Island, you must try Sfakia pies, lamb with stamnagathi and dakos, washed down with a Cretan Brandy (Raki or Tsikoudia). This is the perfect traditional villa to sit outside and enjoy an al fresco style dinner.
6. This villa in Messina on the island of Sicily, Italy
Sicily’s cuisine has many influences: Greek, Spanish, French and Arab in fact! The food in Southern Italy is a bit lighter than the pizzas and pastas of central Italy. Vegetables often take the place of meat in pasta dishes and fresh fish is always on the menu. Buy Tarocco Blood Oranges from the food markets and sample Arancini risotto balls from street food vendors.
7. This villa in Sorrento not far from Naples, Italy
Sorrento is a beautiful and colourful seaside resort and is within an hour’s drive of pizza’s birthplace, Naples. Need we say more? Plus, this villa has a hot tub… on a terrace… overlooking the sea…
8. This villa in Istria, Croatia
Istria is the food capital of Croatia and is famous for its seafood and truffles. You can go truffle hunting when on holiday in Istria, and the world’s largest truffle was once found here.
9. This villa in Calhetta on the island of Madeira, Portugal
Famous for its wine production, Madeira is the ultimate holiday destination for wine-lovers, earning itself the nickname ‘Island Vineyard’. There are plenty of wine tours to embark on. And what are holidays for if not to get happily merry?
10. This apartment in Lapad Bay in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Food in Croatia doesn’t get better than in the ancient, southern stretch of the country. The wine-tasting tours are well worth a go and the oysters at the waterside restaurants are as fresh as it gets.