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Join Zingermans Food Tours for a taste of Spains pantry. This area has amazing artisanal food and wine, which certainly you will savor to the fullest. You will learn directly from local producers about olive oil, cheese, wine, chocolate, pimenton, and more. And of course, you will do full honors to the king of cured pork: jamon Iberico de bellota, created only in this region from the famed black-footed pigs, which dine on Spanish oak trees acorns. Enjoy the beauty of the region and taste your way through some of the best food Spain has to offer!
During this tour, you will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of clean and comfortable hotels. Guests will be provided with daily accommodation, from very modern to simpler country style hotels.
This tour will begin and end in Madrid, traveling around the region of Extremadura, Spain. You will travel south and west of Madrid, with brief stays in Avila and Valverde del Fresno. You will also spend three nights in the ancient city of Caceres and two nights in Valdastillas.
Some of Spain's true greatest hits of traditional food hail from the southwest area of Madrid. You will eat and drink amazing local food and wines, and immerse yourself into Spain's culture and cuisine, as you pay behind-the-scenes visits to some of the best artisan producers. You will do full honors to the Iberico ham, learning about the process and tasting the amazing results, and throughout the tour you will see the encina trees that cover this region. These trees are actually Spanish oaks that produce the bellota, acorns, on which the black-footed pigs dine.
You will learn about the world-famous pimenton, the spice made of ground smoked peppers that comes in sweet, semi-sweet, and spicy varieties, that hails from this region. The two kinds of peppers grown only here are from seeds brought by monks from the new world, and are slowly dried and smoked over low-temperature wood fires before being ground into the pimenton.