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What to try in Spain? Spanish cuisine is a national cuisine that has developed from different culinary traditions in all regions of Spain. In Spanish cuisine can be noted a large predominance of meat dishes, which we have already talked about in the journey to Barcelona, the least in this kitchen you can find fish dishes. In meat national dishes of Spanish cuisine can be identified ” Ham” – ham, cooked and dried on seasonings, be sure to recommend.

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Olive oil, garlic, aromatic herbs and wine in this kitchen are mandatory ingredients for cooking national dishes of the country, but it is worth noting that until the 20th century in Spain only animal fats were used for cooking. Moreover, the climate of the Spanish continent allows the Spaniards to grow all the ingredients in their territory, preserving all the traditions of Spanish cuisine.

Spanish cuisine according to its geographical location is divided into several cuisines in different regions of the country. For example, on the North coast of the Atlantic pronounced Basque cuisine (the basis of this cuisine-seafood, fish, beef). Cantabrian cuisine in Spain is distinguished by an abundance of trout, sardines, shellfish, salmon. Asturian cuisine is famous for various kinds of sausages, beans and bacon. North-Western cuisine of Spain is distinguished by pork legs, rutabaga, fish, octopus.

Catalan cuisine is a mixture of French and Italian cuisine, it is based on tomato sauces, onions, garlic, herbs, pepper. In Castile you can taste roast pig and roast lamb, this region is the parent of meat dishes from the roast. All dishes in different regions of the country are diverse, you can not try everything, but from the dishes of Spanish cuisine you can still choose several types.Snacks (in Spain called Tapas) Spanish cuisine can surprise any tourist. “Topaz bar – – street fast food, where you can try different kinds of snacks. Topaz bars for the Spanish population are an integral part of life, there are always a lot of people. Among the popular snacks are olives with lemon, sandwiches, fried squid and shrimp, ham, cheese. Pies with a variety of fillings of meat, fish, vegetables are also an integral part of the snacks.

What to try in Spain
Snacks in Spanish cuisine

What to try in Spain from salads? Salads are traditionally prepared at lunchtime, be sure to fresh or boiled vegetables, seafood (shrimp, mussels, squid). Mandatory dressing for the salad is olive oil and vinegar. One of the favorite salads is the dish “tomato with garlic” (it includes tomatoes, garlic and sprinkled with all this greens with olive oil dressing).

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Spanish seafood salad

salads in Spain
Fresh vegetable salad

What to try in Spain from soups? Soups are served here after salads. Soups in this country are refueling or soup. National Spanish soups are “Olha podrida” – a thick soup with stewed meat and vegetables, soup ”Gazpacho” — a cold vegetable soup consisting of tomatoes, garlic, spices, olive oil and bread.

Gazpacho Soup

Spanish soup with seafood
Spanish soup with seafood

Fish dishes in Spain are an integral part of traditional cuisine. The main fish is Tuna, which is prepared immediately after being caught in the sea. Fish dishes in Spain are served on the table very often, unlike other traditional dishes. Spanish cuisine is the second in the world after Japan in terms of consumption of seafood, the most favorite types of Spanish seafood include shrimp, mussels, scallops, oysters.

Tuna in Spanish
Tuna in Spanish

Meat dishes here are famous for their huge portions of roasted or felted meat with spices. The most important meat dish is ham (Ham) – felted pork ham, which is first salted, then dried and dried in Spanish ancient traditions. Jamon you can taste in any restaurant, one of the restaurants we will tell…

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The restaurant “4Gats” is located at ul. Montsia 3. This Spanish restaurant is famous mainly for the tourist flow with a “thick purse”, who decided to taste the jamon. It was in this restaurant that Picasso himself held an exhibition of his paintings and designed the menu of the 4Gats restaurant, so the menu of this restaurant has remained unchanged for many years.

the restaurant 4gats
The restaurant 4gats

Prices restaurant 4 Gats, we can say rather big, for example Greek salad will cost you 17 euros, Paella costs 35 euros, Entrecote 34 euros, hot dishes about 45 euros, wine reaches several thousand euros.

Let’s be honest, restaurants in Spain are not very popular with the local population and are designed mainly for tourists. Spanish cuisine is so colorful that the local population used to cook at home according to their secret recipes and eat in family circles.

Now tell a little about the bird, which also occupies a place of honor in Spanish cuisine. As a rule, the poultry cuisine of Spain is dominated by chicken meat. Depending on the region of the country, chicken meat is cooked on a spit or grill, served in tomato sauce with vegetables.

Desserts here by and large, developed only because of the tourists, who very much like the local dessert called “turron”-nougat with nuts, made from honey, egg whites and nuts. Production of turron has been known since ancient times, its recipe passed from the Arabs, who began to prepare turron about a thousand years ago.

the bakeries
The bakeries

Dessert Polveroni (GSR) is another sweet Spanish cuisine, without which it can not do any holiday table in Spain. Polvoron is a crumbly biscuit, cooked in lard with the addition of almonds and cinnamon with a core of chocolate or lemon. Another sweetness in Spain — a cream and puddings, consisting of yolk, sugar, milk, cinnamon, lemon.


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Spanish cuisine is also famous for cheeses, cheese production in Spain is developed in all its regions. Unlike France, in Spain, cheese is served on the table, cut into slices or with bread. Famous Spanish cheese is “Cabrales” c blue mold, it includes cow’s, goat’s or sheep’s milk. When cooking, this cheese is necessarily covered with animal excrement and wrapped in maple leaves, from this cheese has a very pungent smell and sharp taste.

What cheeses to try in Spain?
Cabrales cheese

The variety of Spanish cuisine includes several dozen cheeses of different types. Each region of Spain is famous for its individual types of cheese. Of them are “invisable” from the Basque country made from sheep’s milk and smoked over charcoal of beech wood. In Castile, proud cheese – “La Manche”, made from pasteurized sheep’s milk.

In Leone produce “Burgos cheese” is the fresh or salt made with young sheep’s milk. In Catalonia, cheese is made only from goat’s milk, which produces hard cheeses, one of which is the cheese “montsec”, grated after cooking with ashes. In the Balearic Islands cheese is prepared ”Mahon”, it includes cow’s milk and spices.

cheese invisable
Cheese invisable


Now let’s talk about drinking Spanish cuisine, which includes alcohol. There is also its national alcoholic beverages, which are produced by distillation and fermentation of fruit raw materials.

Wine produced on the Spanish continent is famous for one of its species-sherry, strong wine made from several grape varieties, the ancient name of this wine – “cherish”, from which the name sherry. By the way, you can read about the wines in our article. Wine in Spain is consumed in huge quantities, it is simply an integral part of the table in Spanish cuisine. If you do not know how to choose wine for a particular dish, then read our article about wine selection.

What to try from wine in Spain
Wine map of Spain

Spain has about 60 wine regions, which grow about 90 varieties of grapes. We have already written about some grape varieties in the previous article. So, one of the drinks of Spanish cuisine is “Sangria ” – the national Spanish alcoholic beverage made of dry red wine, with a little sugar, spices, fruits of all kinds, maybe even orange. Translated from Spanish, Sangria means blood, which shows its red color.

The next traditional drink is called-Cider. This drink is made mainly in the North of Spain and comes in two varieties-a sparkling and natural cider. Natural cider in Spain is valued most of all, its strength is 7%. Sparkling cider is a semi-dry low-alcohol drink with a small addition of sugar. His fortress 4%.

Liqueurs are in second place for use after wine. The most favorite type of liquor here are drinks with a taste of spices and spices. For example, a liqueur called Licor23 is composed of 23 different components most of the components are herbs. Hierbas de Mallorca in its composition has 25 different types of herbs, some of which are mint, rosemary, Myrtle and others. Pacharan liqueur consists of blackthorn berries, anise and fruit additives. Palo liqueur is composed of cinnamon, sugar,nutmeg, carob.

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