Where to Look for Authentic Spanish Food

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From the legendary tapas to the inventive Basque region with its Michelin-star restaurants, there is no denying that Spain is a paradise for foodies. Whether you’re visiting Spain for a quick weekend break or an extended adventure across the country, there is certainly no shortage of delicious, authentic Spanish food to enjoy. Although Barcelona gets a lot of attention for being a perfect food-lover’s city, there are plenty of other fantastic Spanish destinations and regions where the food is just as wonderful. 


If you’re a foodie traveling to Spain on a budget, you will definitely love Granada. Wherever you buy a drink, it’s accompanied by a small tapa ranging from traditional favorites to inventive, multicultural options. And, the best part is that with a drink and a tapa costing around 2 euros, you can eat until your heart’s content. If you visit in the summer, be sure to try a Tinto de Verano, a marvelous Andalusian drink made with red wine and lemon soda. For the best tapas, it’s definitely worth joining the Granada Tapas Walking Tour, where you can explore the Albayzin neighborhood for just over two hours, indulging in some of the best tapas bars in the region. 


While San Sebastian tends to be the city that foodies flock to in the Basque region, Bilbao also offers an impressive array of options for those looking to sample some delicious authentic Spanish dishes. There are tons of great tapas bars offering a huge amount of inventive, delicious treats, making Bilbao a worthwhile option to add to your next tours to Spain. You can enjoy stunningly tasty tapas known as pintxos, made from delectable seasonal and local ingredients on a slab of fresh bread. Complete your foodie experience by washing it all down with the local white wine, txakoli, and sidra, a hard, dry cider that’s surprisingly refreshing. 


The capital of Spain is an amazing place for food, with several awesome tapas restaurants to explore, especially in the Puerta del Sol neighborhood. Museo del Jamon, or the Ham Museum is definitely a place to go if you enjoy meat, and desert-lovers will be amazing by the beautiful churros con chocolate, a popular breakfast or midday snack. Once you’ve finished exploring the capital, take a Madrid to Malaga train to explore the food on offer in Spain’s coastal areas, with plenty of fresh fish and seafood to be enjoyed. 


Barcelona’s northern neighbor Girona might not get as much attention when it comes to food, but it’s definitely worth visiting. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you might recognize some areas in the historic old town, which is filled with cheap and delicious places to eat authentic Spanish food. It’s perfect for a budget, with tapas available for less than 2 euros and a stunning range of amazing goodies to try. 

There’s no denying that Spanish food is awesome, and there’s no better place to try it than Spain itself. If you’re a foodie considering visiting Spain, these are just some of the best cities to find the most delicious food on offer. 

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