Dreaming of warmer climes and fresh seafood? Yep, us too. If you’re looking to escape the chill of British weather and enjoy some fine dining, look no further – here’s our roundup of the best foodie weekend breaks.
If you love tapas and want to sample the real deal, head straight to Seville. Bar hop with the locals, sip on a chilled glass of fino and order anything and everything. You really can’t go wrong.
For a modern take on tapas, try Azotea, a tiny, bustling restaurant with fresh interpretations of classic dishes. For something a little unusual, look out for emparedado de anchoas con leche condensada (sandwich with anchovies and condensed milk) – sounds bizarre, tastes delicious.
If freshly caught sardines grilled over hot coals sound like your idea of heaven, then Lisbon’s the place to be. Fresh fish and seafood is the backbone of the local diet and shrimps don’t get much tastier than those served in this sunny city.
Try Cervejaria Ramiro for cold beers, fresh clams in butter sauce and bizarrely, a steak sandwich for dessert. Yes, really.
If you’re looking for something a little more ‘high-end’, San Sebastian is a dream come true. With more Michelin stars per square-mile than anywhere else in Europe, you know you’re in good hands.
For serious fine dining, head to Arzak. Boasting three Michelin stars and classed as one of the best restaurants in the World, it’s a real San Sebastian institution. We’d recommend the space egg – served with pig trotters, mushroom and three different sauces.
For those who love a glass of red, hop on the next flight to Bordeaux. This belle ville makes the perfect base for exploring the vineyards of the region. Half-day wine tours leave daily from the city centre and are a steal at €35. Take in the quaint town of Saint Emilion or sip on the sweet, sticky wine of Sauternes.
For fabulous fish dishes and a place buzzing with locals, visit Le Petit Commerce. The menu changes daily depending on the catch, so you know it’s as fresh as it gets.