A Guide to the Best Seafood in Europe

From fresh Atlantic cod to giant king crab, Europe has an amazing selection of seafood. Explore the regional cuisine of traditional plates from around the coasts of Europe. Find the freshest seafood at a fishing village market or in a five-star restaurant. Head onto the waters with a guide and catch your own fish and learn how to prepare it. Whether it’s caught in the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean or the North Sea, European seafood is a treat.

Clams in a cataplana like the ones pictured here have been a Portuguese favorite for generations.

Spend some time in a charming coastal town. Many fishing villages have picturesque harbors, like the Nyhavn Harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nyhavn was originally a busy commercial port where ships from across the world would dock. Today, the area is full of quaint award-winning restaurants for a modern preparation of the finest fish.

King crabs can grow to a tremendous size and are a staple in Norwegian cuisine.
King crab safari in Finnmark

For a different seafood experience, explore the coastline of Bulgaria. From Ravda Village restaurants to the fish market in Balchik, Bulgaria offers a wide variety of delicious fish. One of the most popular fish markets in located in the city of Burgas. Purchase fresh fish and vegetables, take a walk down the long sandy beaches, or explore the town’s many shops. End the day with a seafood meal at one of Burgas’ many acclaimed restaurants—try the BBQ seabass at Ethno or the grilled turbot at Rose.

One traditional Atlantic seafood specialty comes from Portugal. Clams in a cataplana is a traditional dish with a secret – using a clam-shaped copper pan of Arab origin. This distinctive pan helps retain all the flavor of the food.

In Norway, catch your own fish to eat. Head up north to Finmark to search for giant king crabs. Back on land, learn how to cook the perfect crab with traditional Norwegian methods and dressings. Catching your own crab makes it taste even better!

Things to consider before traveling

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Some tips to consider while traveling

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