Spanish cuisine is varied due to differences in geography, culture and climate, and is heavily influenced by the variety of seafood available from the waters that surround the country, making it a very tasty travel destination. The country’s rich culinary history incorporates foods and flavors from the Greeks, Romans, French and Moors. Typical Spanish meals include almonds, ham and beans, goats’ cheese and a selection of seafood and shellfish. From the New World, Spanish cooks added tomatoes, potatoes and chocolate, and olives always have a central seat at the table.
Megan shared with us some of her “must-do” culinary experiences. “In the north in San Sebastian they do something called pintxos” she explains. “At around 1 or 2 o’clock in the afternoon, all the small bars are lined up with tables and morsels of fish and seafood creations. Each one stabbed through the center with a toothpick. You get a plate, stand at the bar and pick whatever takes your fancy, and at the end you pay according to the number of toothpicks you have left over.
“To find a really good bar you need to look out for lots of locals and lots of small napkins lying on the floor!” Meagan advises, as only someone in the know can. “This is such a fun experience; visitors really love it and it is a great opportunity to chat with the locals. I am a big fan of trying many kinds of food and this is always the perfect opportunity.
“In the south in Andalucía, which makes for a great holiday destination, you have lots of influence from the Moors who came over from Morocco and you simply must try these dishes, I always eat Moroccan food in Granada. It is also a southern tradition to give you tapas with your drinks to start also. They might start you with some jamon and cheese, and then after a few drinks they give you the seafood and so on. This is also a really fun way to dine.”