Here’s a nice infographic from Ireland Walk Hike Bike, serving as a reminder for foodies (or anyone who likes to eat) looking for some of Europe’s tastiest and most scenic and culturally rich regions.
It’s by no means comprehensive — France doesn’t make an appearance — but who needs a reminder that French food is some of the best on the planet?
Ireland may be better known for Guinness than the food that goes with it, but I can certainly vouch for the seafood on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, where I once spent a week on a hiking trip eating nothing but fish for my main course three meals a day. I hadn’t initially intended to do that, but after a couple of days it became a challenge of sorts that I couldn’t resist — and I was glad I didn’t.
Tuscany, of course, is famous for its food, while Italy’s prosecco wine region is less well known. (After you’ve done the Rome-Florence-Venice triangle, I recommend getting around to some of Italy’s other regions that are less touristed but often just as delightful.)
I’m glad to see Greece included here. The cuisine there is far more varied than the standard Greek food — souvlaki, gyros, hummus — that you find in the U.S. Some of the best meals I’ve had in Europe were served up on the Greek islands and the Peloponnesian Peninsula.
I have less personal experience with Spain’s Galicia and Portugal’s Douro Valley, so this infographic serves as a good reminder to me as well — that there are always new places to go and new dishes to eat. And I never get tired of that.
Rounding out the list is Copenhagen, Denmark, which has become a prime foodie destination in the past few years, including some of the world’s top-rated restaurants.
And now, for me at least, it’s time for lunch — I don’t care if I just finished breakfast.