What to Eat
As you have already caught on, Spain is very diverse, and so is its food. Although you’ll find many of the same flavors and some of the same foods throughout the country, like jamon and chorizo, many of the dishes are unique to each region – whether it’s a slight difference, or an entirely different recipe.
You’ll find famous dishes like paella from Valencia, gaspacho and Boquerones al Limon (fried anchovies marinated in lemon) from Andalucia, and Fideuà from Catalonia.
When in Galicia, Spain, try these dishes, with local ingredients, especially from the sea. In Catalonia, there are a wide range of food products that are unique to that area as well. We tried 37 unique products there that blew us away.
Dishes to look out for are pulpo a la gallega, Spanish tortilla, paella, Jamon Iberico, patatas bravas. If you have a chance to eat tapas, which would be extremely difficult to avoid in Spain, you’ll see the wide array of dishes that are served in Spain.
For foodies, one of the top cities to visit is San Sebastian, where the number of pintxos bars and fine dining restaurants is larger than anywhere else. We also love visiting Logrono, in La Rioja, for the world-famous pinchos crawl.
What to drink
Spain is one of the top wine producing countries in the world. The land is fertile and perfect for growing grapes – and not just in one area, but all over the country. Some of our favorite wine regions in Spain are La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rias Baixas. All of them are fantastic destinations on their own, but add in the great opportunities for wine tasting and you have the perfect vacation spot.
Of course, wine isn’t the only thing to drink in Spain. You’ll also find a lot of Vermouth, coffee and sherry. Some drinks to look out for are Txakoli and Cava (sparkling wine), sidra (cider) and Tinto de Verano (wine and soda).
- Mealtimes are later in Spain – expect to eat lunch around 2pm and dinner around 10pm.
- Pintxos or pinchos are found in Basque country and are basically tapas served on a piece of bread or held together with a toothpick.
- Know your ham! Jamon iberico de Bellota is the most expensive – and delicious.
- Shops and stores generally close between 2pm and 5pm, for an extended lunch and afternoon break.
- When driving on the freeway, stay right except to pass. Immediately switch back to the right lane after passing.
By reading this Spain Travel Guide, you now know what to do and where to go, and have sorted out the right time to visit Spain. So, pack your bags and book your tickets, because Spain awaits you!
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