Gastronomic destinations in Spain

Spain in itself is one of the most recognised destinations in the world for its exquisite gastronomy that is healthy, varied, culturally diverse and fun. However, within Spain, there are many corners, cities and small villages that are a cut above the rest. Without devaluing any and knowing that we will fail to mention lots, below is a mini list of gastronomic destinations in Spain you should not miss out on visiting.

Madrid.-The undisputable capital of vermouth on Saturdays, calamari sandwiches and cuisine par excellence. In Madrid you eat, and you eat well (at a good price). It’s true that you have to do more research and, if you can, it’s better to go with a local to discover trendy places with a good quality to price ratio, however sometimes you have to let the chips fall where they may. At the end of the day, you can find delicious tapas and servings; all types of international cuisine and authentic traditional restaurants anywhere in the capital. The best thing to do is book a hotel in the centre, like Iberostar Las Letras (near to the most classic pubs in the Los Poetas neighbourhood) or Petit Palace Mayor Plaza, in the Plaza Mayor.

Cádiz. Even reading about Cadiz is enough to make your mouth water. Or not? Well, there’s no better place to try the freshest and most delicious fried fish (along with shrimp) than at Tacita de Plata. Drinking beer after beer, in front of infinite beaches and waves that invite you to surf, Cadiz invites visitors to try marinated dogfish, mackerel with pipirrana, shrimp tortillitas, tuna in tomato and potatoes.

Salamanca.-Because you cannot say you have tried Spanish food without having visited the bars in the Plaza Mayor of Salamanca: there’s no better place to try cold cuts and ensaladilla rusa en palomita, costillejas, cochifrito, atraditional hornazo pastry and meat stews. All of these served with Toro wine.

Asturias. If you have chosen Asturias as a holiday destination, then go on an empty stomach because you are going to find out what it is to eat; in quantity and quality. The best example of eating well in Asturias is the cachopo: 2 giant beef fillets stuffed with ham and cheese, breaded in eggs and breadcrumbs, served garnished with potatoes and, sometimes, salad. Apart from cachopo, other must-try dishes are fabes with compango and pitu de Caleya.

Galicia. From north to south, Galicia is pure food. In Galicia, eating is life. If you stay in either of these places, both located on the Atlantic coast, you should try the goose barnacles with Spanish omelette in A Coruña, oysters and lobster with rice in the Rías Baixas. For seafood, head to O Grove. For meat and stews, Lugo. For octopus, O Carballiño, in Ourense.

Barcelona. Fresh, light and completely mediterranean. The food in Barcelona is perfect for sharing: there are traditional bars where you can try the typical breakfast: pa amb tomaca, have an escalivada aperitif, try the butifarra con mongetes and, if it’s the season for it, try the famous calçots. If you stay in a hotel likePetit Palace Boquería Garden you’ll be a stone’s throw away from the market of La Boquería which is an authentic world of aroma and flavour.

Seville. If you have read up to here, it’s because you have been missing this place. This is normal as this Andalusian capital combines the best gastronomy of its neighbouring provinces, some of which are staples of Spanish cooking like salmorejo and moraga de sardinas. In Seville it is very popular to order tapas in order to be able to try everything, although they’ll come in small bites. In addition to this, the true spirit of the city resides here, in the bars and on the terraces. To experience this easily, choose a hotel in the centre. Choose Hotel Murillo orPetit Palace Marqués de Santa Ana, near the cathedral.

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