A tapa is a small Spanish snack served in a bar. Almost all bars in Spain serve tapas because eating tapas is typical of Spanish culture. When a tapa is held together with a toothpick, it is called a pintxos or a banderillas. Every tapas bar in Spain has a different range of tapas. And the tapas differ greatly from region to region. For example, in the center of Spain, where it is a bit colder, you will often find hot tapas, while in the south the cold tapas are popular and on the coasts there is a lot of tapas with seafood. A trip to Spain is not complete without exploring this unique Mediterranean cuisine.
The Spanish capital Madrid is maybe not as popular as Barcelona, but this royal city and the many interesting places are worth a visit. The main attraction of the city is the royal palace of the Spanish royal family. This is the largest royal palace in the world. The main square Plaza Mayor, the Almudena Cathedral and the royal theater Puerto de Alcalá are also not to be missed. In addition, a visit to El Rastro, a huge flea market, can be a lot of fun as well. Most museums can be found close together in the Golden Art Triangle. Some of the most popular ones are Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. You can also just stroll around and relax at one of the many cafés in the city. Order a table full of tapas or feast on a tasty paella.
In the south of Spain, especially in the city of Granada, you will find Moorish and Spanish influences from centuries of history. The Alhambra, which was once the home of the Sultans, is the best known treasure in this region. A visit to this old fortress is a must. Within the walls of this majestic complex you will find Arab palaces, beautiful gardens, imposing Christian churches and medieval towers and buildings. It is a feast for the eyes.
Seville is a very colourful and culturally rich city. The streets are decorated with orange trees and the houses have different beautiful colors. It is a city where the sun always shines and people will happy introduce you to their culture. Delicious food both authentic and trendy can be found in the many famous restaurants, there are flamenco performances to see, and traditional siestas to experience. The old historic center of Seville is also a large open-air museum in itself. Everywhere you look there are amazing architectural sights that ooze history. The world's largest Gothic Cathedral and the breathtaking public park Parque María Luisa are absolutely not to be missed during your trip here.
La Sagrada Família is a church in Barcelona and the most visited monument in the city. It is for Barcelona what the Eiffel Tower is for Paris: the symbol of the city and the symbol of Catalan modernism. People from all over the world visit Barcelona just to admire the basilica, some for its architecture, others for religious reasons. This is also the most famous work of the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. Both inside and out, the basilica is designed with unique shapes and structures and it is completely different from any other church in the world.
Bilbao is the largest city in the region of Basque Country in Spain. The city has thrived in recent years and is a popular destination. Mainly because of the many sights that the city has to offer. The Guggenheim museum is one of the main sights, but Bilbao also has a wonderful historic city center called Casco Viejo. Architecture lovers will certainly enjoy strolling around the city. Basque Country is also the place to be for pinxtos. These are a certain kind of tapas unique to this region. You’ll be able to try these culinary highlights in many cafés and restaurants.