Europe is home to some delectable cuisines so if you’re a foodie who loves to travel these European destinations need to be on your must-visit list!

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Spanish cuisine has something to offer everyone. Travel on a river cruise to Spain to discover mouthwatering Mediterranean flavours to suit all palates.

Spain is of course famous for its paella and you’ll find this delicious rice dish widely available throughout the country, particularly in Valencia – the undisputed home of paella!

Tapas is a series of small plates (in Spanish, ‘tapa’ literally means a snack or appetiser!) that can be eaten alone or combined to create a full meal. Traditional tapas dishes include olives, cured meats, cheeses, potatoes and seafood such as prawns or squid.

There are also lesser-known Spanish delicacies such as gazpacho (cold soup) or Basque cheesecake.


We couldn’t write an article about food destinations without including France! The country is world-renowned for its Haute Cuisine and if that’s your thing you’ll certainly find plenty of it, particularly in the capital city, Paris where there are over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants.

French cooking isn’t just about fancy dishes and luxury ingredients, though. Provincial French cuisine is a humbler affair, based on the availability of fresh, local ingredients used to create simple hearty dishes such as bouillabaisse and ratatouille.

Foodies with a sweet tooth will be delighted by the pâtisseries and chocolatiers that line the streets of Paris. There are seemingly endless stunning pastries and desserts on offer from mille-feuille to macarons and crème brûlée to tarte tatin, meaning the only issue will be deciding what to try first!


Italy is globally recognised as being a foodie’s paradise and Italian cuisine is replicated and appreciated the world over. Yes, we all love pizza and pasta but if you think that’s all Italian cuisine has to offer, you’re in for a treat!

Take a tour of one of Italy’s many vineyards or olive groves to learn more about how world-class wines and olive oils are created – as well as tasting some samples, of course!

With so many coastal towns and villages, Italy is also a master at seafood dishes made using the freshest ingredients from the latest catch. Inland, you can expect hearty dishes like stews with homemade bread or vibrant, fresh salads all colours of the rainbow.

You can round your taste tour off with gelato – the best can be found in Bologna. Or if you’d prefer something with a little zing, try a glass of chilled limoncello.


Greek cuisine incorporates the ‘Mediterranean diet’, which means it’s all about fresh, seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on fresh fish and seafood, vegetables and grilled meats such as souvlaki (pork skewers) and gyros.

Dips are also a big part of Greek cuisine, with classic dips such as tzatziki, fava and taramasalata being dinner-time staples. The Greeks also love their sweets, such as the classic baklava – parcels of filo pastry with nuts and honey.