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Meat & Fire


Dive into the scenery of Castilian Spain and the greatest grilled meats in the world

Best time to go

All year-round
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Suggested Length

5-7 days

Ideal Traveller

Glutton
Exquisite


Spain has some of the finest, if not THE finest, asadores in the world. In the North, they have truly mastered the art of cooking with fire. Crunchy, juicy, buttery suckling pig and lamb; intensely flavoured, 90-day matured beef; this is a journey to a meat Nirvana not suited for amateurs.

Wood, fire and salt: the Holy Trinity of a good asador. The grill and oven: the Holy Grails. Together, these elements form the base of a religion as deeply infiltrated in Northern Spain’s culture as the fat in the choice cuts served in these meat temples.

Red cow beef or ox beef, sacrificed at four, seven or fourteen years of age. The meat matured a the chamber for four, 30, 90+ days, maturing processes that confer flavours and textures applauded by some and repudiated by others, master grillers sanctified or condemned to the bonfire. Myths and legends are forged in iron and fire in the north of Spain, but there is only one reality: we eat the best meat in the world.

Their life is short but the memories they leave behind are eternal scars in our minds. Both lechazo -suckling goat- and tostón -suckling pig- are alive for a few short weeks. Each bite of these choice cuts, roasted only with water, salt and fire, is a flavour bomb that explodes in three phases: first the skin, thin and crunchy; then comes the fat, of an indecently intense flavour, and finally the meat, delicate, silky, and juicy.

Touring these meat and fire sanctuaries is to visit deepest Castilian Spain, the land that saw Don Quixote bravely fight windmills, boasting an incredible cultural and gastronomic heritage. Wending through vineyards, wheat fields, castles and medieval monasteries, majestic cathedrals, Romanesque churches and universities, that have fed human curiosity for centuries. It is a trip through Spain´s most sensual stoves.

The Experience

Embark on a roasted meat marathon, with pit stops to sleep and replenish energy. This is serious eating: suckling pig and goat, sublime aged beef, deep fried pork, charcuterie

Meet the producers of these meaty wonders. How and where they raise the animals, often in places of spectacular beauty, and discover the true origin of the products that drive our palates crazy.


Make room for more while walking through spectacular cities with Spanish heritage jewels such as the Segovia Aqueduct, the medieval Walls of Ávila or the Burgos Cathedral.

2000 years of winemaking history and some of the greatest wines in the world are the calling cards of Ribera del Duero, a mythical and legendary wine region. Explore until the last drop.


Take a detour to
the Bierzo region
and taste the unique
red wines.

The gastronomy of this region is spectacular, pair this meat and fire fantasy with an abundance of local delicacies: wild mushrooms, stews, sweets, trout, game… an endless feast.


 

A Taste of the Route

Cecina:
salted and dried beef
Ox T-bone steak
Traditional chickpeas stew
Acorn-fed Iberian pig:
produces excellent ham and meat
Cochinillo:
roasted suckling pig
Lechazo:
roasted suckling lamb
Morcilla:
blood sausage
Local wines from Ribera del Duero region
Local wines from Bierzo region
Migas:
ancient dish made of leftover bread and pork
Black truffle
Torrezno:
dried pork belly strips fried in olive oil


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