For many of us, Spanish food needs no introduction. Tapas is loved the world over and, of course, it’s best when it’s authentic. Tapas are basically appetizers and snacks, served hot or cold. Patatas bravas and croquetas are popular ones. Although tapas aren’t the only type of food that Spain features.
Spanish cuisine differs regionally and is heavily influenced by the history of that area. As an example, gazpacho is a typical Andalucían dish. It’s a type of soup that includes tomato, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, water, wine vinegar, salt and stale bread. In La Rioja the locals enjoy Rioja potatoes, which are basically potatoes with chorizo, garlic, olive oil, salt and the spice pimento, a Spanish sweet paprika.
It’s in Valencia that paella hails from. It’s a delicious dish that combines white rice, chicken and rabbit, white beans, green beans, snails, rosemary and saffron. Seafood paella (replacing seafood with meat) and mixed paella (combining the two) are two popular varities, although there are many more across Spain.
Safe eating while travelling in Spain
Food hygiene standards in Spain are generally very high so travellers are unlikely to fall ill from food posioning during their trip. As with anywhere in the world, it is important to be wary of any meat or fish that has not been cooked thoroughly. If food looks old, unclean or poorly prepared, it is best to avoid it.