Spain Eating Guide: Best City Eat Treats

Eating in Spain: The Best City Eat Treats

Paella, sangria, patatas bravas, tortilla, jamon, chorizo - we’ve all craved for Spanish food at some point, haven’t we? Spanish restaurants make up 30% of the Top 10 ‘World’s Best Restaurants’ list for 2014 and with Spanish food being the number one reason for many people who choose to travel to the largest country in the Iberian Peninsula we thought we’d highlight some Spanish cities that should be on everyone’s travel menu.

Girona

Giron's El Cellar de can Rocca, one of the world's bestGirona's El Cellar de Can Rocca, one of the world's best Voted the World’s Best Restaurant in 2013 and number two in the 2014 list by the World’s Best Restaurant Academy members, El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona is a must for any foodie. The family owned restaurant boasts a 14 course degustation of the finest Catalan ingredients, and with only 55 seats in the restaurant, you’ll want to plan your visit well in advance. Visit Girona on our Catalonia Cycling: From the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean or Catalonia by Bike for Families trip.

San Sebastian

Anyone travelling on our walk in the Picos de EuropaBasque Country Cycle or the Best of the Compostela Trail might want to add a couple of extra days to your trip so you can nip off to San Sebastian to visit two more restaurants featured in the Top 10 World’s Best Restaurant list for 2014. From techno-emotional Spanish to modern basque flavours, Mugaritz and Arzak, listed 6 and 8 respectively, offers diners quite unique experiences, from not offering a menu before you book to unlaid tables. If it sounds shocking, it’s meant to, as Mugaritz chef Andoni Luis Aduriz explains, “We strive to transcend the customs that curtail our freedom.”

Santiago 

Santiago de CompostelaWalking the Camino - where the journey is as important as the destination From the Abastos Market, known locally as Santiago’s second temple, to the more refined Galician flavours at the city's only Michelin star restaurant, Casa Marcelo, Santiago is a city known as much for its food options as it is for its churches. Spending an extra day to experience the gastronomy of Santiago is a pilgrimage of its own, as outlined by Andrew Bain in his article "Walk, Pray then Feast”. Experience the Casa Marcelo on our Food Lovers Pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela or view all trips that visit Santiago.

Rioja region

While you might be attracted to the Rioja region thanks to its world famous wines, there’s a good chance you’ll want to stay longer because of its fabulous food traditions. One of the many culinary highlights of our Food Lover’s Pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela and Cycle the Rioja trip is a much anticipated dinner at the Echaurren Tradición famed for its exceptional interpretation of local Rioja cuisine by Marisa Sanchez, awarded the national award for the best cuisine chef in 1987 and 2008. Considered the doyenne of Rioja cooking, her passion for the local produce will be evident in the first bite. View all trips that visit Rioja.

Granada

Flamenco show in Granada, SpainFlamenco show in Granada, Spain If you’re happier with a humble homage to local food over Michelin menus then it really doesn’t matter where you go in Spain. Just grab a drink at any tapas bar and experience the delight of the famous Spanish tapeo. In some cities you may be need to pay extra for your tapas even if you do buy a drink, but that's not the case in Granada. The city of Granada is well known as the Spanish capital of the free tapas with a huge rivalry between the various bars to produce the most original dishes and provide the most generous portions. Feeling hungry? You'll definitely feel moreish on the Granada & the Alpujarras walk. What do you think? Are there any cities we missed that should have been on the list? Leave your responses below.
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