In the shade of old oak trees in south-western #Spain, Eduardo Donato and his team at Dehesa Maladúa quietly preside over a herd of 200 spotted Iberian pigs. This rare breed is used to make jamón ibérico de bellota, ham with a decadent bouquet of flavours.
It takes Donato seven years to produce each jamón, a process that involves dredging the meat in salt and leaving it to dry in the cool mountain air. The resulting ham contains notes of butter and nuts, with a texture that melts in your mouth. The organic process, the rare breed and the unique environment justify the jaw-dropping price of €4,100 a leg, making this the most expensive ham in the world.
Click the link in our bio to read more about Donato's jamón ibérico. #WorldsRarest#bbctravel 📷: @maximduncan
The Chin Men Theater in Tainan, #Taiwan, is the only cinema left in the country that still displays hand-painted film posters. These immense, 20-sq-m canvases are the work of 66-year-old Yan Jhen-Fa, who has been painting film posters for 48 years.
These hand-painted posters were once common, but in the era of digital printing and computerised billboards, Yan is one of the last remaining film poster painters in the world. His craft has taken its toll: he is on the verge of losing his eyesight. But he is not yet ready to give up painting. "I’ll paint until I can no longer see," he said.
Click the link in our bio to read more about Yan and his artwork. #bbctravel 📷: @eliot.stein
#England's Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of worship for more than 1,300 years, and its expansive history is represented in its stunning architecture. Thanks @pics_pix for sharing your photo using #bbctravel!
#FridayFeature! It's easy to see why the Wanaka tree is said to be one of the most photographed trees in #NewZealand. Set against a backdrop of the South Island's Southern Alps, this lone tree rises from the waters of Lake Wanaka. It's difficult to find, but the views are worth the effort. Thanks @photography_by_ko for sharing your photo using #bbctravel!
Myanmar (also known as Burma) is often referred to as 'the golden land'. Here, gold is used to decorate temples and furniture, but it is also incorporated into traditional medicines, food and beverages. The Burmese even add gold to their face creams. "It’s very good for the skin; after three to five minutes the gold is gone. I think it goes into our skin and gives us our smiles,” said Sithu Htun, a local guide from Yangon.
Click the link in our bio to learn more about how the Burmese use gold! #WorldsRarest#bbctravel 📷: @drvivcumming
Rising three storeys, the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading in Rio de Janeiro, #Brazil, is home to the largest collection of Portuguese texts outside of Portugal. Thanks @elensham for sharing your photo using #bbctravel!
For more than 150 years, the Punta Carena lighthouse in Capri, #Italy, has guided sailors through one of the country's busiest shipping lanes. But like many lighthouses around the world, Punta Carena will soon become automated, meaning light keeper Carlo D'Oriano must vacate the post he's held and the home he's lived in for the past 13 years. "Think about how many keepers have lived inside these walls, always keeping the light on to guide others," D’Oriano said. "This work is beautiful, but it’s dying." Click the link in our bio to learn more about D'Oriano's final months on duty. 📷: @eliot.stein