No genuine food lover could ever die complete without taking part in a foodie’s trip to España. The home of such culinary icons as paella, tapas, gazpacho and of course sangria, the Spanish take great pride in their food, passing down family recipes from generation to generation. The food itself is a sensual cacophony of tastes, aromas and colours, and in our opinion, some of the best in the world. Are you ready to experience the tastes of Spain?
There’s been something of a food revolution happening in Madrid over the last few years. The humble tapa (tapas) has been shaken up by some of the city’s most innovative chefs, who've been using international flavours to add a modern twist. Our favourite instance of this has turned into something of a local legend. The story goes, chef Beto of Baco y Beto closes his restaurant every Sunday, during which time he translates the fevers of his Saturday night dreams into exquisite, imaginative dishes. You’d never think duck breast marinated in tequila and soya milk would ever work, but it does. We can’t help but wonder what he was dreaming about!
Baco y Beto, Calle de Pelayo
You probably know Bilbao best from the legendary BBK festival, but in fact Bilbao is also something of a foodies haven. The city is literally packed with Michelin-starred restaurants and charming eateries, and whilst we’re not quite on that extravagant budget, there are still tons of tasty places to eat. We personally love Xukeia in the old town. Full of character, it has the look of a small town French bistro but serves the most incredible Spanish food, in particular the pintxos, which at €1.50 a go will make you keep on coming back, and back, for more.
Xukeia, Calle de Perro
You can’t talk about Barcelona and food without mentioning the La Boqueria market. Loud, big and bustling, La Boqueria is the perfect place to go to fully understand the flavours and ingredients that go into Spanish cuisine. Wander round the stalls, learn about Catalan cooking or grab a bite to eat at one of the market stalls. For a slightly more relaxed and intimate experience, try out Sense Pressa, a split level basement eatery where tiny tables for two await. Serving up exquisite Spanish dishes based heavily on both the season and how the chef’s feeling, we couldn't get enough of the lobster and bean stew. Queue watering mouth at the memory.
Sense Pressa, Carrer d’Enric Granados 96
And so to Seville, and the tastes of authentic Andalusian cuisine. Fresh seafood, chorizo, salmorejo, gazpacho, olives, lentils, beans and jamon are all key ingredients to Andalusian cooking, and this is no more apparent than in our favourite restaurant, Dos de Mayo. Totally traditional, Dos de Mayo has a friendly, family vibe with bartenders who remember your name and constantly crack jokes. The food itself is cheap and simple but packed with flavour. For a real Seville experience, try the espinancas con garbanzos (spinach with garbanzo beans), jamón ibérico de Bellota (Iberian ham of Bellota), pan con boquerones (bread with anchovies), and bacalao con salsa de tomate (cod in a tomato sauce). Delicioso.
Dos de Mayo, Plaza de la Gavidia, 6
Our foodies guide ends on the White Isle, our personal favourite of the Balearics. If you’re not too busy dancing till dawn, Ibiza has some incredible eating options, one of which is Camí de Balàfia in the tiny hamlet of La Balafia. Such a favourite amongst locals, you’ll barely notice that you’re in fact also eating alongside celebrities and superstar DJs (just don’t gawp). The speciality here is barbecued meats with big salads and delicious hand cut chips, and with the setting underneath a canopy of gently twinkling lights, you might just feel like you've died and gone to Balearic heaven.
Camí de Balàfia, Carretera Sant Joan, Camino Santa Eulalia
Ready to discover the out of this world tastes of sun drenched Spain? Our Spanish Spree trip is just ready and waiting for you to start your adventure.