Gastronomy in Spain A unique experience

Cured meats and spanish ham

Cold meets are a firm favourite in Spain. Cured ham tops the list and is prize delicacy in Spain, known as ‘’Serrano Ham’’ or Jamon, it’s delicious to eat at any time of the day and you will soon get used to the unique taste. Ideally, good quality Spanish ham should be sweet rather than salty.

One of the best types of Spanish ham is from the town of Jabugo in Huelva in Andalucia where the finest Pata Negra ( black foot ham ) is cured, surely one of the pinnacles of excellence of gastronomy in Spain. There are also several types of sausages made of pork meat, especially chorizo (spicy and thin) and salchichon (dry and very similar to Italian salami).

Rice Dishes

Paella is probably the most famous Spanish dish, known throughout the world and is a rice dish cooked in many different variation depending on the region. Usually Paella is cooked with seafood or chicken or rabbit and sometimes all at the same time.

Where do you find the best paella? Well Valencia is the province where this famous dish was born, so arguably the best varieties can be tasted around this region. It is often a custom to cook huge Paellas during many of the festivals in Spain.


Spain is a Mecca for fish and seafood lovers and on average a whopping 8 kilos of seafood per person is consumed be each and every year. The choice is remarkable and what you would expect from a country surrounded by the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas. Lobsters, langostines, crabs, barnacles, shrimps, octopus. oysters, mussels and clams are amongst the favourites on offer all over Spain.


There is always a good selection of fresh meats on sale at the larger supermarkets and indoor markets to be found in most towns and villages throughout Spain. Beef is eaten quite a lot in Spain and is called ternera. Other favourites include fillets of ternera, chuletas de cerdo ( pork chops ) lamb chops, chuletas de cordero. Galicia is well know for producing the best Spanish beef due its extensive are of green pastures and temperate climate.


The wine in Spain is by excellence, the preferred Spanish drink when dining out. Along with France and Italy, Spain is one of the top producers in the world. It has a wide variety of quality wines from 57 different areas. Spanish Rioja is the king of wines and Sherry is the international wine of Spain, due to the increasing exports in recent years. This world renowned wine whose name derived from Jerez, the reason being the first vines of this type were raised in the city of Jerez de la Frontera. Sherry (or Xerez) is available in various versions: dry fino, manzanilla very dry, semi-dry amontillado or Oloroso semi-sweet.

White wine is “vino blanco”, red is “vino tinto”. Some of the most famous vineyards are found in Rioja, in the picturesque northern central area of Spain and at Penedes, near Barcelona. Sangria is known in Spain as a sort of punch prepared either with wine or champagne, mixed with pieces of fruit and sometimes with spirit drinks. Sangria is usually served in mugs with a kind of ladle, being very refreshing.

Cheese from Spain

Spain is also home to some fine cheeses, there are around 100 different varieties. Every region has its own speciality, covering a full range of cheese types, from fresh to cured and fermented to blue-veined. One essential characteristic is the type of milk used in the production. Depending on the area, time of the year, climate, or tradition, cheese in Spain is made of cows milk, sheep’s or goats’ milk, or indeed a mixture of all three.

Eating and drinking in Spain represents more than a necessity, it defines the country’s culinary traditions and customs, really delicious and one of the major attractions of the country is the opportunity to try out countless bars, cafeterias and restaurants, as a way to relax at dusk, after a tiring day at at work or after spending the day on one of Spain’s top beaches.


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