One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Spain's food culture is by embarking on a tapas tasting tour. Let’s learn a little more about tapas!
Tapas, small plates of savory dishes, are an important part of Spanish cuisine. They provide an opportunity to sample an array of flavors and ingredients in a single meal. The tapas culture encourages socializing and sharing food with friends and loved ones.
Each region in Spain has its own unique specialties. In Barcelona, you can indulge in classic dishes like patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce) or pimientos de padrón (blistered green peppers sprinkled with sea salt). In Madrid, you'll find jamón ibérico (cured ham) and gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) among the myriad of offerings. And in Seville, the birthplace of tapas, you can try salmorejo (a chilled tomato and bread soup) and espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas).
When planning a tapas tasting tour, it is recommended to venture beyond the major cities and explore the lesser-known regions of Spain. San Sebastián, in the Basque Country, is a hidden gem for food lovers with its concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants and pintxo bars (the Basque version of tapas. The northern region of Galicia, known for its seafood, is another must-visit destination for a true tapas aficionado.
A tapas tasting tour is a great way to immerse yourself in Spain's food culture. But, for a taste of Spain at home, pair any of our Olivo Amigo products with your meals.