Tapas Of Spain In Andulucia – It’s How You Eat, Not What You Eat

Tortilla Española

Tortilla Española

By Christine Medina

Tapas seem to cause a lot of confusion with people. One largely held belief is that tapas are
a type of food, when in fact, they are a way of eating food. Tapas can be anything. From piping
hot patatas bravas, to crispy San Jacobos. The unifying theme behind all tapas is that they are small portions served on either small plates or atop a piece of bread, pierced with a toothpick (also called pinchos).

Tapeando, or going out for tapas is a quintessentially Spanish experience. The normal procedure is to gather a group of friends, pitch in a few euros together (this is called the bote), and hop from bar to bar, sipping and sampling all of the delicious Spanish treats in front of you.

So you have a craving for Rioja wine and savory Spanish food, your friends are gathered and you’re ready to take on this Spanish experience. Where are the best places to go for tapas in Andalucía? Here’s a handy guide for some of the south’s major cities:

Granada

Granada

Granada

Bless your heart, Granada. Not only are you packed to the rim with tapas bars, you also have upheld the seriously amazing tradition of including a free tapa with every glass of tinto I gulp down.
C/Navas, next to the Ayuntamiento (town hall) is a tapas-lover’s dream. Head down here around 9 p.m.  (remember, Spaniards enjoy a good late-night meal) and relish in the fun of picking out a tapas bar amidst the buzz in the air and clinking of glasses.

Tapa Sampler Plate

Sevilla

Though in Sevilla, the free tapa with drink idea isn’t true, you’ll still find delicious dishes nearly everywhere you go. Check out  C/Betis in the Triana neighborhood for bites and drinks, or stay in the enchanting Santa Cruz neighborhood for an authentically Andalusian feel.

If you love cava, Spanish champagne, trade in your wine glass and try La Cava del Europa (Puerta de la Carne, 6).

If you find yourself near the Cathedral, head for Casablanca (Adolfo Rodríguez Jurado, 12), a truly classic Sevillana tapas experience, well-known by locals for its mariscos and tortilla al whisky.

Málaga

The historic center has a large variety of tapas bar. A popular choice with unique, high-quality tapas, friendly staff and a large wine
selection is Tapeo de Cervantes on C/Carcer, 8. In the Plaza de Uncibay, 8 you’ll find a famous Malagueño bar serving up traditional Andalusian fare like ajo blanco (the name of the bar), a white garlic soup, gazpacho, a cold tomato soup, smoked meats and patés.

Cádiz

In the seaside city of Cádiz, traditional tapas bars and restaurants are to be found in the area around the Plaza Juan de Dios, crammed into its narrow alleyways and winding streets. Ventorillo del Chato (San Fernando) is a bar credited with historical documents for introducing the modern day tapa. So now that you know how to tapear, as well as uncover these cities’ zona de tapas, march up to the bar with confidence and order. ¡Buen provecho!

Christine Medina, originally from Seattle, Washington. She shares her travel advice, anedotes and photographs at:
http://www.christineinspain.com/

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3 Comments

  1. Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    But what about the rest of Andalucia?

    Almería, Córdoba, Jaén and Huelva are the provinces so often left out, especially Jaén and Huelva.

    A little more tapear -ing to do. I´ll join you in Jaén!

    Rachel

  2. admin
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    sounds like a good plan! what’s your favorite tapa from that area?

  3. admin
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Christine…totally agree. Nor can I imagine it without patatas bravas!

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