When visiting a new country, trying the local food is usually high on the agenda with Spanish food being no different. From tapas to paella to even a calamari sandwich there is endless choices to try and devour!
We’ve rounded up our 9 favourite Spanish foods for you to try when you visit Spain.
Like flamenco or football, paella is synonymous with Spain. Rice cooked in a shallow, wide pan with saffron to give it that unique yellow colour with either seafood, vegetables, meats, and more traditionally rabbit. Paella should be on the top of your list to try!
2. Bocadillo de Calamares (calamari sandwich)
You can’t visit Madrid without trying the famous bocadillo de calamares. A fresh bread roll filled with deep fried calamari, very similar to a chip butty but with calamari!
Tapas are small sized portions of food, or essentially bar snacks which are usually served with drinks. Popular tapas to try include patatas bravas (roast potatoes), croquettes, pimientos de padron (fried peppers) or even manchego cheese and olives. The choices are endless.
4. Tortilla de Española
A classic Spanish dish, it’s simply just a potato omelette. Usually served as tapa, this delicious comfort food is served in most bars and cafes in Spain.
5. Churros or Porras
The famous debate, do you prefer churros or porras? Fried dough pastry covered in sugar which is dipped in chocolate or café con leche (coffee with milk). Churros are usually thin and knotted in a loop whereas porras are longer and a lot thicker. Decide for yourself which one you think is better.
Usually served as a starter, Gazpacho is a chilled tomato soup, perfect for a hot summers day in Spain!
7. Jamon Iberico
Wafer thin slices of cured pork which can be eaten on it’s own or with bread, tomato or even melon. Yum!
8. Gambas al ajillo
Sizzling prawns which are cooked in a clay dish of hot olive oil, heaps of garlic, and some fresh chilli for that extra kick.
So technically not a food, but we couldn’t not include Sangria on the list! Traditionally red wine, with soda water and fruit, try not to drink the whole pitcher otherwise you’ll definitely feel it the next morning…