Spanish cuisine is at the forefront of world gastronomy. From the fruit of traditional culinary heritage to recipes with artistic creation bring new and exciting flavours. Restaurants of every variety, from high end cuisine to café’s and bars are plentiful in Spain.
Spanish cuisine special is its regional dishes, and the plentiful seafood that offer a varied selection, one of the typically Spanish dishes is paella, that is served in a very hot metal pan. A rice dish, usually cooked with seafood, pork, rabbit or chicken and seasoned with saffron is a must try when in Spain.
Madrid, the capital of Spain is a city full of busy activity as well as relaxation. From nature and art to history, Madrid is renowned for its cultural heritage. World Heritage sites include: Ávila, Segovia, Toledo, and The Monastery of El Escorial. One can visit The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) with its beautiful architecture, or “The Convento De Las Descalzas Reales”, founded in the 16th century, houses a valuable collection of paintings, carvings and tapestries.
Around the Puerta Del Sol the streets at night become packed with people, well into the early morning. There are plenty of discotheques, cafés and casinos. Why not head out to a Tapas bar, El Txoko, is an excellent bar/restaurant that serves Tapas with anchovies, and even cod soufflé, and baked apple. Try put out Albur located in Malasaña, Indulge in some mouth-watering tapas and in the best jamon iberico canapés.
Visit the Casa Vallejo, located on San Lorenzo 9, try out their specialties that include revuelto de morcilla (scrambled eggs with black pudding), pimientos de piquillo rellenos de vieiras (small red peppers stuffed with shellfish). Head out to Casa Mingo, located on Paseo de la Florida 2, One of Madrid's many Austrian taverns, best to try out a cider when on one of the long wooden benches.
Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain is also the capital of Catalonia, a city rich in it’s landscape , history, tradition and cultural influences make it a must visit. Head out to The Barri Gotic that contains a concentration of medieval Gothic buildings a few blocks northeast of La Rambla, a maze of interconnecting dark streets where there are plenty of cafes and bars. Visit Museum Picasso that is home to the numerous works of the artist.
La Sagrada Familia is truly magnificient with the life’s work of Antoni Gaudí. Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, and parks. Catalunya has a reputation for producing some of Spain's finest cuisine. Try oca (goose) and canalons (Catalan cannelloni) or wild mushrooms. Known for its eclectic fusion cuisine, Barcelona is also known for its exceptional seafood.
Visit The Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) on Montjuïc where one can find some of the most unique nightspots. Or The Olympic Village in Poble Nou has a good selection of clubs and bars.