Whether purchasing cheese from a local market to eat in your Catalonia villa rental or if you are offered cheese at the end of a meal or as a tapa, there are many in the region to choose from. Sheep, cows and goats are raised in this mountainous area to produce some of the best cheeses in Spain, and as word spreads these cheeses are becoming more popular worldwide. Here are a few you should definitely try during your holiday in Spain. Many local chefs use new blends of Catalan cheese in their cuisine, and many are preserved in olive oil and infused with herbs offering a unique taste sensation.
Costa Negra Catalan Cheese
Within the backdrop of the Pyrenees mountain range, Costa Negra cheese is made. It offers a complex blend of tart and sweet, and the name negra comes from the black rind on the outside. The taste and texture is sweet and sour and has an elasticity that could be compared to edam or gouda.
Alt Urgell- Cerdanya
This is one Catalan cheese that has reached its own must status, which means it is the first cheese in the region to have its own denomination or origin. It is made from cow’s milk and has with a soft and creamy texture with an elegant, smooth flavour. Look out for it at artisan markets and pair it with your favourite wine as you relax by the pool in your Spain holiday rental.
Mato de Montserrat
This is a young cheese, fresh and only days old. Made from either cow or goat milk (on occasion a blend of both) it is unsalted and perfect to complement walnuts and honey for a tapa or dessert.
Tupi is actually a clay jar where the cheese ferments with an aniseed liquor. Made from sheep, goat or cow milk, it is added to the aniseed and comes out with a very bold and punchy flavour. If you are looking for a different taste of Catalan cheese try this one.
If you are a lover of cheese and enjoy nothing more than a baguette with cheese or a variety with crackers for an after dinner treat, then these wonderful Catalan cheeses can be found sold in local country houses, artisan markets and supermarkets. Take them back to your villa with a private pool in Spain and indulge in all of the gastronomic delights this region has to offer.