Canary Islands Food and Wine Tours

Discover the rich cuisine of paradise by the sea

A paradisiac group of islands, which enjoys a wonderful climate with a constant mild temperature all year long, with splendid beaches of fine sand, and an amazing gastronomic culture. The Canaries consists of 7 islands such as Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro and a few smaller ones like Alegranza, Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Lobos. Each island with its own unique landscape and a range of cultural options to explore, including the monumental site at San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which was recognized as a World Heritage by the UNESCO, and the work of César Manrique in Lanzarote; as well as the spectacular Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

This Spanish archipelago located just off the southern coast of Morocco offers the best traditional cuisine, which combines traditional recipes of Spain with African and Latin-American influences. It's diverse like few other places, you can be startled by giant lizards in a tropical banana plantation, or climb a snow-capped volcano as well as sample some of Spain’s finest wines on a bodega tour after a day of snorkeling or dancing.

Food is always a reflection of the society and how it has evolved, the cuisine of the Canaries is hearty rather than refined. Throughout history, life was fairly precarious in the islands, and the emphasis was on inexpensive and substantial local produce. Today, no meal is complete without papas arrugadas(potatoes cooked in their skins, sprinkled with salt and served with two sauces, mojo verde and mojo picon). And gofio (a ground mixture of toasted wheat, maize and barley) still remains indispensible in the Canary diet.

Try a wide range of Canarian dishes like ropa vieja, cazuelas, sancocho and carajacas. Each chef keeps in secret the detailed recipe of Mojo, as those sauces are indispensable components of other typical dishes like Mojo Cochino, a ragout of pork, and if you like fish, recipes like Caldereta and Sancocho Canario, are also made with salted fish in a Mojo sauce. 

Several of the islands have a typical cheese-specialty of their own, best known are the smoked cheese of La Palma and Flor de Guía in Gran Canaria. On the sweet side, Canarians use gofio with many dessert recipes like for example, Morcillas Dulces, sweet blood sausages which are made of pork blood, sugar, almonds and raisins. To indulge on the sweet side there are also a variety of exotic fruits that are the base of several excellent desserts and sweets, like Platanos Fritos

When it comes to wine, the Canaries also have game; among the islands' wines worth trying are the Malvasía from Lanzarote and the red-wines of El Hierro, La Palma and Taraconte in Tenerife. Another must-try of the islands' alcoholic specialties is Honey-Rum.

Despite their geographical isolation, these islands have had a fierce development of their tourism industry and have stepped it up in the gastronomic scene as well. Canarian kitchens are full of tasty produce, with intense flavors born out of rich volcanic soils. What really lifts Canarian cuisine into it’s own class though, are also the local Designation of Origin products such as the wines made on most of the islands and traditional cheeses like the Majorero from Fuerteventura, Palmero from La Palma and Flor de Guía from Gran Canaria are valued widely all over the world. The Canaries are basically Spain’s sunny treasure islands with a Latin culture and a gastronomy worth being explored. 

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