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Burgos, Gastronomic Capital of Spain 2013

Ricardo Migueláñez, Editor of and Wiki Spanish Food

The Gastronomic Capital of Spain event, sponsored by the Spanish Hospitality Industry Federation (FEHR) and the Spanish Federation of Tourism Journalists and Writers (FEPET), aims to promote gastronomy, at both national and international level, as one of Spain's main tourist attractions. According to the most recent data from Turespaña, of the 59.2 million tourists that visited Spain, five million came exclusively for culinary tourism.

The idea is simple. Each year a different city is named Gastronomic Capital of Spain, a title that is held from 1 January to 31 December. Logroño-La Rioja had the honor in 2012. At the end of the year, on December 18, the jury unanimously chose Burgos to hold the title in 2013.

Burgos has a very rich and well-known culinary offer. Every year, the city's magnificent cathedral attracts thousands of tourists, who also take advantage of the exquisite food at local restaurants.

The central streets near the cathedral, and San Lorenzo street in particular, are chock-a-block with bars and restaurants serving typical tapas and pinchos, including los cojonudos, which consist of a quail's egg with red pepper and spicy chorizo atop a slice of bread, and la cojonuda, in which morcilla is used instead of chorizo.

The history of morcilla is inextricably linked with that of the city, where it is served in countless recipes and varieties. Other classics worth trying in Burgos are tigres (stuffed mussels) and patatas bravas (fried potato squares topped with a spicy sauce), even if they aren't served as free tapas with your drink.

Products from Burgos

Burgos is home to the Ribera del Duero and Ribera de Arlanza Designations of Origins, which have 83 and 12 wineries, respectively, in the province.  

The agri-food industry in Burgos province is committed to quality regional products, with strong, clear support for the excellence that has brought them international fame. Foods included under the "Products from Burgos" label, supported by the local government, include emblematic items such as young lamb from Aranda de Duero, morcilla from Burgos, beans from Ibeas de Juarros, fresh cheese from Burgos, cherries and Reineta apples from Las Caderechas, beef from Las Merindades, and many more products that have achieved well-deserved renown and prestige.

Burgos is the perfect city for a weekend getaway, and boasts a broad, varied accommodation offer both in the capital and outside the city, where lovely country houses abound in nearby towns.

Visitors will also enjoy the archaeological site of Atapuerca, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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