Spanish property investors who research the best places to buy property in Spain should consider a regions food as part of their research so says Homesgofast.com.
The portal that carries investment property from dozens of Spanish locations has seen the rise in food tourism.
Nick Marr Ã¢â¬Å Traditionally investors always looked at factors that included how easy a destination was to travel too, the weather, tourism, property prices etc. Now food is fast becoming a factor as restaurants and food styles influence the desirability of a location.
Statistics from Spain's tourism office show that the country's food was thought to be a key attraction for as many as 5.6 million visitors last year, with an estimated expenditure on food and wine placed at Ã¢âÂ¬6.4 million representing a delicious 10% increase on 2011.
Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Manager for leading Spanish house builder Taylor Wimpey EspaÃÂ±a comments,
"I've lived on Mallorca for almost 20 years now and have never tasted food quite as good anywhere else. We cater to all tastes, from family run tavernas tucked away in the hills above Palma serving the finest steaks to small fishing villages dotted along the coast offering the freshest catch of the day. And if meat or fish aren't to your taste, Spain prides itself on a variety of national dishes using home grown fresh vegetables such as Patatas Bravas, Tortilla and Berenjenas con miel, slices of aubergine, fried and covered in a dark, slightly bitter honey or molasses which are to die for.
Indeed, it may only be 2 hours by plane from the UK but Spain offers a completely different dining experience for budding master chefs!
Southern areas such as the Costa del Sol in particular have plenty to offer; serving up fresh prawns with a spicy sauce, what the Andalucians know and love as gambas al pil-pil, a regional favourite. The salsa is made up of a combination of garlic, paprika, chilies, and white wine, arriving to your table sizzling and guaranteeing to get your taste buds tingling.
Costa Blancan cuisine boasts an enormous range of local products to sample such as the sticky rice that is the basis of the ubiquitous Paella which is grown in the rice fields south of Valencia. But these gastro delights aren't just restricted to the mainland; Mallorca also offers hundreds of tasty specialties from llom amb col, a pork dish wrapped in cabbage with pine nuts and raisins all grown locally, to Tumbet, a traditional rustic vegetable dish that's like a Provencal ratatouille bursting with colour and flavour.