What is gastronomic tourism

Food tours - discover Europe in a new way

Posted on June 16, 2014 in: Resorts

Obzor is a place for a cozy and quiet holiday in Bulgaria, far from the hustle and bustle of youth resorts. Ideal for families, but young people will not be left without entertainment. One of the main advantages of this resort village is that rest in Obzor is several times cheaper than in other resorts in Bulgaria.


The resort-type village of Obzor is located on the Black Sea coast between the two largest sea cities in terms of area, Varna and Burgas. Moreover, each of them is no more than sixty kilometers away. And if you want to get to one of the most significant resorts in Bulgaria - Sunny Beach, you will need to spend no more than forty minutes, since it is completely located at a distance of about 20 km from Obzor. Despite the fact that the location of the resort is considered to be central, even in July there are not very many people on the beach, which makes the rest as comfortable as possible.

Resort Features

Obzor is a small but very romantic corner of nature, stretching along the coast in an incredibly beautiful area. From one side of the resort there is an amazing view of the Black Sea, and from the other - of the beautiful mountains. Mostly tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of nature, comfort, and also silence go to this resort. The resort also captivates with its polite attitude towards guests. By the way, from Obzor you can easily go for a walk to Varna, Nessebar or Sozopol. Buses run there on schedule, and if necessary, you can order a taxi.

The resort has a huge number of different entertainments:

- wide strip of beaches with soft sand,

- water attractions and much more.


The Bulgarian resort Obzor has one of the largest and longest coastlines

The resort has one of the largest and longest coastlines, not only in Bulgaria, but throughout Europe. The beach is covered with fine golden sand and stretches over seven kilometers in length and sixty meters in width. In Obzor, the sea is a couple of degrees warmer than in the resort of Albena or in the popular Golden Sands. The entrance is quite steep, but if you are traveling with a small child, you can find places where there are shallow shallows to enter.

Climatic conditions

Wine and gastronomic routes coordinated with the tourist industry are being developed in Bulgaria and hotels offering local food to tourists will be encouraged. This is done to strengthen Bulgaria's position as a year-round destination.


As the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova said at a round table dedicated to this issue, it is expected that the first specialized wine and gastronomic routes agreed with tour operators will be presented early next year and will receive the necessary promotion. Thus, the "wine roads" will be included in the electronic catalog of 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria. One of the first on this list will be the wine and gastronomic routes of the town of Sredets, where agriculture is well developed.

In addition, as Minister Angelkova said, it is planned to encourage hotels that offer tourists local cuisine and regional products. “Currently, amendments to the Law on Tourism are being prepared, which imply the introduction of a voluntary quality mark for accommodation facilities. It will be awarded to those hotels that use the products of local farmers. For the development of this project, a memorandum has already been signed with the Bulgarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, as well as nine other organizations. All studies show that 30% of the positive experience of every tourist in Bulgaria and around the world is associated with local gastronomy, ”explained Nikolina Angelkova.

According to her, the concept of the so-called slow (Slow) tourism, which they want to introduce in Bulgaria on the basis of gastronomy, will fit well on the “soil” of Bulgarian traditions and culture. “There is nothing more enjoyable than trying local delicacies prepared by people who grew up in this region,” the minister said.

As Nikolina Angelkova emphasized, the promotion of winemaking and gastronomy will strengthen Bulgaria as a year-round and all-season tourist destination.


About 3.3 million foreign tourists visited Bulgaria in the first half of the year (+ 8% over the same period in 2016). In her opinion, the increase in the number of foreign visitors indicates an increase in the quality of the Bulgarian tourist product.

As Vestnik ATOR previously reported, in the first 6 months of this year, more than 210 thousand Russians rested in Bulgaria (+ 4% compared to the same period in 2016). Tour operators report strong demand in the Bulgarian direction and in the velvet season.

Commenting on the course of the summer season, the head of Bulgarian tourism said that the total revenue from international tourism for the first half of 2017 amounted to 2.4 billion leva, which is almost 13% more than in the same period last year.


In addition, as Nikolina Angelkova noted, the interest of investors in the hotel fund of countries is increasing. So in 2018, three high-category hotels are expected to open at once on the Black Sea coast.

To accelerate the development of the hotel sector, the Bulgarian Ministry of Tourism is working to reduce the administrative burden. It is planned to eliminate the re-categorization of accommodations, and to establish clearer rules for checking hotels.

There are many places in Bulgaria worth visiting. I want to tell you about two of them. This is the residence of the Romanian Queen Maria in Balchik and Cape Kaliakra. We included a visit to these sights in one excursion 12 hours long and costing about 200 leva for four (4000 rubles).

First impressions

Balchik, view from the veranda of the palace of the Romanian Queen Mary

We left the town of Saints Constantine and Helena right after lunch in a comfortable large bus with air conditioning and huge windows. We got to Balchik in about an hour (along with the arrivals for the rest of the tourists). The Botanical Garden appeared before us. The territory of the residence is huge. To really enjoy it, to go around all the hidden corners, I think you need to go for at least a day, or even two. We, along with a sightseeing tour, were given 2 - 2.5 hours. The guide got an original one, with an original outlook. He not only speaks Russian well, but also sings. The story was very interesting. We went as a family - 2 adults, children 10 and 3 years old. The eldest followed the guide and caught every word, which was very surprising, since she usually does not listen, but runs from exhibit to exhibit. Then my daughter told us a lot of interesting things. With my youngest daughter, we did not keep up with the group, and I also lingered at every step - I like to take pictures. We came to the conclusion that you need to come here at least twice - the first time with an excursion to learn the history of the place, and the second time ourselves, in order to enjoy the beauty and touch the secrets of this world.

Residence Description

Palace of the Romanian Queen Mary

The whole complex is built in the same style. Very nice. There are many different stairs and ladders, paths and paths, houses and forks.

They said that the layout was conceived of the type of the Minotaur maze. The garden contains plants from different parts of the world, an endless sea of ​​flowers, a huge "Garden of Gethsemane" of roses. The scent is amazing. There is a "cactus garden" - a whole area is allocated to these plants. Some of them grow in a large greenhouse. There is a tuya alley, along which the stylized "river Styx" flows, stepping over which, you seem to move into another world, leaving everything earthly, secular. Probably, this is how the Queen of Romania wanted to isolate herself from the outside world, retiring in her own.

As we understood from the guide's story, Queen Mary collected a lot: jugs, plants, Muslim tombstones, stone crosses ... This woman had unusual views for her time. She preached a doctrine that proclaimed the fusion of religions and cultures. Her entire residence is imbued with this spirit. Here, among the trees, you come across an Orthodox church, and around the bend of the path you suddenly see a Muslim pavilion with "fountains". In the corner of the garden there is a grotto with a bas-relief of the Virgin Mary, and on the next path there is a stone turban or a tablet with Arabic script.

Jugs are everywhere. Big, small, huge.

The husband said that he never understood how, in the tale about Ali Baba, the robbers - adult men - could fit in a jug for butter.

We saw one that can fit two people. And on the veranda of the palace lie the remains of a jug, the throat of which is about a meter in diameter. Imagine how huge it was!

There is one more attraction in this garden. This is a millstone. Legend has it that once the queen was presented with 19 stone millstones, symbolizing that she was born in the 19th century. After some time, the twentieth century appeared, which marked the twentieth century. This millstone was installed as a table in one of the corners of the park, out of the remaining 19, a platform was laid out. Recently, during the reconstruction, the 21st millstone was allegedly found and the Bulgarians decided to continue the queen's tradition, installing it instead of the twentieth as a tabletop as a sign that the 21st century has come, and adding the twentieth to the first 19.

In addition to getting acquainted with the culture, traditions and architecture of other countries or the usual holiday at sea, you have a unique opportunity to join the culinary traditions of different countries, learn the secrets of making real Italian pasta, French cheese or Belgian chocolate from connoisseurs and masters of their craft.

According to statistics, when choosing a country for recreation, about 5% of tourists are interested in local cuisine, and another 3% are ready to travel to the other end of the earth to try different delicacies.

Some of the best food tours in Europe

Gastronomic tours are of different types, it all depends on your preferences - if you want to know better the national characteristics of the country through its food or gain experience in cooking with the best restaurant chefs.

Gastronomic trips to the countryside

You are settled on a farm, where you study the preparation of a particular product, such as sausage, cheese, foie gras, olive oil. Get acquainted with local traditions, folklore, taste the final product.

Such gastronomic tours to Italy are especially popular, since a certain area here specializes in some kind of product. For example, to get acquainted with the preparation of delicious parmesan, you will have to live in Parma, here is the best cheese dairy, which has been operating for more than nine centuries.

And to see how olive oil is made, you will have to live in the famous Villa Monini, in the Umbria region. France does not lag behind Italy in this type of tourism - visit the province of Bordeaux, where the best wines in the region.

France cannot be imagined without cheeses., trips to the provinces of Provence, Champagne will introduce you to the famous Roquefort, Camembert.

The second type - restaurant tours

This type of gastronomic tourism is closest to us. In addition to going to restaurants, there is always time to see the sights of the city, museums and just take a walk.

It is always interesting to get acquainted with the gastronomic customs of people from different parts of the world. It doesn't matter if you are traveling for business or just relaxing. There are always places where you can find unusual food. What is gastronomic tourism?

In this sense, each country has special dishes that represent its own characteristic taste, but they are not always the most popular. Tourists can try different food options and get to know this country better, its national dishes and aromas that make up the flavor of this place.

For “gourmets” who love to travel, it is a pleasure to taste special and even “strange” food. Any exotic food can lead to an unforgettable experience in the places they visit.

For this type of tourism, it is important to know if you are allergic to a particular type of food. This way you will not expose yourself to unpleasant, unwanted experiences.

In addition to having allergies, it is important to identify what you are sensitive to. Very often, when you eat something that you have never tasted before, your body will most likely give it up. Your health should always be your top priority.

On the other hand, we can ask the locals for a short list of places that we need. These can be restaurants, local markets or food fairs. For example, Chileans celebrate their "Feast of the Patrice" by sharing typical food and wine from different regions of Chile. In Venezuela, Christmas is usually associated with the eating of hallaka, chicken salad, and pan de jamon (ham bread).

Exotic food

In this regard, there are people in China who dare to eat scorpions, frogs, snakes, dogs and other strange things in their local markets. In Australia, locals eat animals such as kangaroos, wombats, desert lizards and even "flying foxes" (many of the largest bats in the world). As tourists, we could also watch them cook, including a rich selection of herbal ingredients and aromatic spices.

In most cases, when traveling to exotic places or cultures, we can find very curious, if not very strange, eating habits accompanied by local guides. For example, it is well known that the French eat "snails" and frog legs. Some Hispanics eat ants and spiders in the jungle. And in Scandinavian cities people eat really "stinking" herring (local fish).

Also, among the strangest foods you can find in the world, we can mention mouse wine, tuna eyes, fiber soup or poisonous globe fish. And these are just a few of them. However, eccentric people love to taste them as if they were some kind of delicacy.

The foodie travels to another country or area to enjoy food and drink with minimal attention to other aspects of sightseeing, culture and history.

Nowadays tourists are more experienced, have enough funds to travel and more free time. More and more tourists around the world are seeking new experiences.

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