Where to find the best Mediterranean food
Renowned for its health benefits and vibrant flavour combinations; Mediterranean food is one of the most widely eaten cuisines worldwide.
Anyone who cooks at home will undoubtedly know how to make some of the basic recipes, from pasta to a Greek salad. However when you get the chance to visit these sun-drenched countries you can discover the locals own take on the specialities their region is famous for.
Finding holiday deals for next summer to one of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea is simple enough and, once you arrive at your chosen destination, can there be anything more exciting than feasting on local delicacies?
Mediterranean food comes from European countries, such as Italy, Spain and Greece, as well as incorporating food from African and Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
A great place to go to in 2013 in terms of deals and food is the Balearic Islands. An Ibiza holiday, for example, does not have to be something only clubbers do; your family can find a fantastic place to stay and sample tasty Spanish cuisine in the sun.
Typical fare on the island of Ibiza includes gazpacho, a type of cold tomato soup, and zarzuela, which is a national delicacy of fish stew. Sampling this locally sourced and caught food at a lovely restaurant overlooking the sea, is simply one of the best things Ibiza has to offer.
Staying in the Balearics, an island perhaps better known for its food is Majorca. Majorca holidays can offer you and your family a sunny stay on a lovely island, but it can also be a great place to sample some delicious Mediterranean cuisine.
Majorcan dishes are more often than not produced from ingredients grown on the island, so it is very vegetable-orientated with lots of tomatoes and olives used. There is also freshly caught fish in abundance so suit all tastes. Some great fare to try includes fideua, the local paella, with noodles instead of rice, and local sausage.
Of course, Rhodes holidays offer up a completely different take on Mediterranean food. You won’t be able to go far without finding a Greek salad – a delicious combination of olives, feta, tomatoes and cucumber, which you can eat before moving on to your main course of moussaka, soutzoukakia meatballs or grilled fish.
Rhodes food has something to suit all tastes, but be sure to try all the different Mediterranean countries next year for a different culinary experience every time.