A Spain Food Guide For Travelers
I have always dreamed of moving overseas, and for years it was a toss-up between Spain and Italy. After over 4 years living in Southeast Asia, we finally made a choice. There is something about the Spain food travel scene that draws me in. So we moved to Spain (well, Catalonia to be exact).
During our first visit to Barcelona, in 2007, we spent most of our time hanging around Las Ramblas and exploring La Boqueria. I was mesmerized by the market, the fresh ingredients, the Spanish tapas, the pork. And, let’s not forget about the cava, the sparkling Spanish wine that I am infatuated with when it comes to eating in Spain.
Since that time, we’ve enjoyed long lunches with some of the best food in Spain. We’ve learned to cook Spanish recipes. We’ve enjoyed Spanish traditions like the siesta, and shopping at local markets. If planning a food tour of Spain, this Spanish food guide will help plan your trip. And, we will continue to update this Spanish food blog as we continue to learn more about our adopted home. Subscribe here to keep up-to-date on updates to our Spain Food Blog.
Let’s explore some of the best food cities in Spain!
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The Culinary Travel Guide to
The Costa Brava
Most Spain tours focus on Madrid and Barcelona, and that’s okay. There is one region, though, which is a shining star for culinary tourism. It might not be home to many of the most famous foods in Spain, but it is definitely home to some of the best food in Spain (well, Catalonia).
The Catalan region of the Costa Brava is the coastal region that runs from Barcelona to the French border. And it should be on a list of places to go in Spain. The rugged coastline is the perfect place to explore the traditional seafood that is popular in the Costa Brava from some top beach hotels. And, home to more Michelin stars per capita than any other region, this tradition meets modern in a high-end dining scene like no other. To top it off, there is an amazing up and coming Spanish wine region, Emporda, where winemakers are taking centuries-old vineyards and bringing them into the modern era in a wine renaissance. To learn more about Spain food travel in the Costa Brava region, take a look at the posts below.
To find good food in Spain, sometimes you need to get out of the big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, to really explore! No good Spanish Travel Blog would limit advice to just the big cities. Because there are some amazing restaurants and some of the most popular foods in Spain in smaller towns and villages.
Girona Restaurant Guide – Where to eat great Catalan cuisine in Spain
Catalunya – The Unknown Culinary Tourism Corner of Europe – Why the Costa Brava is a “hidden” destination for Catalan food.
Foodie Spain has to include Catalan Spain. Girona is home to the number 2 restaurant in the world, loads of Michelin Star restaurants. When wondering what is Spanish food like, to get a really good idea – come to Catalonia!
Recommended Day Tours in The Costa Brava
As part of this foodie travel guide to Spain and the Costa Brava, we are including recommended food tour Spain options, most of which are days tours. We recommend GetYourGuide for a great variety of Spanish food and wine tours, all across Spain.
Andalusia Spain Travel Tips
Andalusia is a semi-autonomous region in Southern Spain. It borders Portugal to the west and faces the Alboran Sea and Africa to the South, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its historic influences include Muslim and Jewish religious settlers, which still shows influence in the architecture, the music, and even the food. Many of the churches and cathedrals were once mosques, and still show the effects of Islam. Andalusia has one of the best Spanish food cultures in Spain. It is where tapas originated. Even today, there is a tradition of free tapas in Granada, which makes it a pilgrimage for many food travelers. Our guide to Andalusia focuses on the most popular tourist cities including Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, and Granada.
Learn More About Traveling in Andalusia Spain
There is so much to experience in Andalusia. It’s home to some of the most famous tourist sites in the country. And, it’s home to some of the most amazing cuisine and Spanish food culture. Check out our top posts about where to go in Andalusia, what to do one you get there, and best of all what to east in Andalusia.
Seville Food Guide – Includes What and Where to Eat in Seville, including some of the best tapas bars in the city
Seville Tapas Guide – The top 23 tapas to track down in Seville
The Top Things To Do In Sevilla Spain – Includes Plaza de Espana, Seville Cathedral, and Alcazar
Ultimate Granada Tapas Guide – What and where to eat in Granada Spain, including tips on how to find the best Spanish tapas in Spain
Malaga Food Guide – Where to eat in Malaga Spain when looking for traditional Andalusian food
Malaga Tapas Guide – 15 of the best Spanish tapas to eat in Malaga
Top Things To Do in Malaga – Yes, there’s more to visiting Malaga than the beach
Cordoba Food Guide – What and where to eat in Cordoba Spain, a city known for its Muslim and African influences
Spain Food Guide To
A dream destination for any self-proclaimed foodie, San Sebastian is the home of pintxos, small bites of delicious Spanish food. A lot goes into understanding the Spain food culture of San Sebastian. From the private San Sebastian food and gastronomy associations, where generations of male chefs cook typical Spanish food for their friends while singing to traditional music. To the many Michelin Star restaurants and contemporary gastronomy. From the cider houses to the local wines. From pintxos that range from simply grilled prawns, to elaborate modern pintxos that require explanations on how to eat. A trip to Spain is almost incomplete without San Sebastian on the itinerary. It’s also the place to learn about some of the Spanish famous foods known as pintxos.
Check out The Best Pintxos to Eat in San Sebastian
Book a Devour San Sebastian Tour starting at €99. Book here. It’s one of the best tours in Spain.
Why Good Travel Books on Spain Recommend San Sebastian
San Sebastian seems to have it all, but there is more to the city than just San Sebastian food. The city itself is stunning, with a fabulous mix of neo-classical and Belle Époque architecture. The city formed between the end of the Napoleonic era and World War I. It’s the most French-looking city in Spain and offers a unique geographical position, surrounded by water on about 5 sides.
Any Spain vacation guide is bound to include San Sebastian not only because of the architecture but because of the unique Spanish foods from Spain that are on offer in the Basque Country. People often ask us if there are any foods to avoid in Spain. When it comes to San Sebastian the easy answer is no! Eat. All. The. Food.
Learn More in Our San Sebastian Spain Food Travel Guide
Recommended San Sebastian Day Tours
Valencia Spain Food Guide
There are a lot of things to love about Valencia. The Valencia beach, the architecture, the love of the outdoors. For me, though, it’s the Valencia food. There is just something about the Valencia cuisine that I found a little surprising, even though we live just a bit up the coast. There’s something to the Valencia restaurants, and the Spanish food and drink, that made us plan our return trip before we even left. Most importantly, there is more to Valencia than paella!
As food travel bloggers, it’s no secret that we travel for food. But, we understand two important things. First, not everyone is focused 100% on eating like we are. Second, and more important, you have to fill the time between meals. That’s why we not only wrote a comprehensive Valencia Food Guide but that we want to share our recommendations for the top things to do in Valencia Spain.
Canary Islands Food Guide
Now that we live in Spain, we’ve been trying to make the most of our time here by trying to explore new Spain destinations. One destination that was entirely new to us was the Canary Islands, Spain. We traveled to Gran Canaria to learn about Canary Islands cuisine and wine. We ate so much food and drank so much wine to research our Gran Canaria food guide, to share with you what to eat in Gran Canaria.
Just Google “where are the Canary Islands” and you would quickly agree with me that it doesn’t seem like a typical wine producing area. We were surprised to learn about Canary Islands wine as we were planning our trip to Gran Canaria Spain. We offer recommendations on a few Canary Islands wine bodegas to visit. And, we recommend other places to try some of the best wine on the island. If you are looking for lesser-known and off-the-beaten-path wine destinations, this is the one for you.
Spain Food Guide
Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in the world. Hands down. I love Southeast Asia, don’t get me wrong, but there is something about the Spanish city by the sea, and the Spanish lifestyle that just draws me in. Once I figured out how to explore Barcelona like a local, and created my own Spain food travel guide to focus on the food scene in Barcelona, I really fell in love.
To learn more about one of the most popular Spain holiday destinations and Spain day trips, take a look at these posts:
The 10 Best Tapas in Barcelona – A Spanish foods list
La Champagneria Barcelona – A unique way to enjoy Spanish cava
Devour Catalan Cuisine on a Barcelona Food Tour – Enjoying popular food in Spain
The Best Food Market in Barcelona – Shopping for Spanish products
Bodega 1900 in Barcelona – One of the Spanish restaurant names you should know
Churros y Chocolat in Barcelona – Learning about Spanish breakfast foods
When to Eat in Spain – How to plan Spanish meals
A Barcelona Food Tour – With Food Lovers Company
Recommended Barcelona Day Tours
Madrid Food Guide
Madrid is one of the top cities in Spain to visit. Nestled in the heart of the country, its size can be intimidating when looking for great food. We were lucky in that we met up with some friends who were able to provide us the inside scoop about where to go for the best tapas scene in Madrid. We were able to try Vermouth like the locals, and eat bacalao like the locals. This is the way to see Madrid, to explore the city with a Spain food travel guide that is focused on the best things to eat in the city.
Tapas in Madrid – Some of the best Spanish food
Eating Like the Locals in Madrid – Spain travel tips
Madrid’s Museo del Jamon – Learning Spanish food facts at a “museum”
Recommended Madrid Day Tours
Looking For Great Spain Food and Wine Tours?
Any trip to Spain must involve some of the traditional Spanish dishes and Spanish wine. After all, there’s more to Spanish food than Spanish tapas. Although those are great too! In addition to our recommended Spanish restaurants that we shared in our travel food guides above, here are some recommended food and wine tours to help you visit Spain.
Above, we recommended tours through GetYourGuide. Here, we recommend Spain food tours with Viator, which offers even more options than GetYourGuide. It’s also a good idea to book your Spain food tours before leaving home. By using Viator you can confirm your Spanish culinary tour immediately, and secure your preferred date and time.
|Tour||City||Duration||Price From||Book It!|
|Half Day Small Group Wine Tasting in the Costa Brava||From Girona||5 Hours||$148|
|Traditional Cooking Class||From Girona||6 Hours||$94|
|Spanish Cooking Class||From San Sebastian||4 Hours||$219|
|Rioja Wineries Tour||From San Sebastian||10 Hours||$361|
|Evening Pintxo Tour With Wine||From San Sebastian||3 Hours||$156|
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What is the Most Famous Food in Spain?
Barcelona Restaurant Guide – Bodega 1900
Train Travel in Spain
The Spain rail map is extensive covering cities across the country. It can be cost-effective and efficient. Plus, I just love the romance of traveling through Europe on a train. And, as much as we’ve had some nightmare train journeys in Eastern Europe, we’ve had a lot of success on train routes in Spain. There are over 2,000 train stations in Spain with almost 1500 miles of track within the Spain rail system.
In this Spain Train Guide, we will explain the Spanish rail network. This includes a guide on how to go about booking trains in Spain, the good and the bad. We talk about how to book rail tickets. Most important, we explain how to book and use the Renfe Train Pass, which is a great option for travelers exploring Spain. Overall, our goal is to make train travel in Spain easier!
Check out our Guide To How To Travel By Train In Spain
Recommended Food Travel Books – Spain
Our Spain food guide only scratches the surface of what there is to do and eat in Spain. We tried to cover some of the best food cities in Spain and offered recommendations for Spain food and wine tours. For more information, please check out one of these Spain travel guide book options, which do offer a little more information than a Spain travel blog can.
Lonely Planet offers a good Spain visitors guide for backpacker and budget travelers. Fodor’s and Frommer’s also publishes some well-regarded Spain travel guides. For us, we tend to like the DK Eyewitness Guides. Their Spain guidebook, and other guidebooks we’ve used from them in the past are lovely to look at and give great maps and diagrams. They make traveling to Spain easier. All of these Spain travel books offer great recommendations.
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Spanish Food Guide
In this guide, we hope that we shared recommendations for some of the best food cities in Spain. Of course, we are still exploring and have a lot on our to-do list now that we live in Spain. Trust me, it’s hard for us not to just rent a car every weekend, or hop a train, to explore new areas of this country. One of the best things about Spain is just how diverse it is. The culture, the food, and the languages differ across the country. The food in Catalonia is entirely different from the food in the Basque country and they are each different from the food in Andalusia.
We are consistently updating this post with all of our new Spanish food blogs. If you are planning to travel to Spain, then save our Spain Travel Food Guide to one of your Pinterest boards to reference later. Better yet, follow us on Pinterest. We also have two specific boards to learn more about good food in Spain. Check out our two Pinterest boards: Spain Travel Guide and Spanish Recipes and Spanish Food.