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Top 10 Best Cities for Tapas in Spain
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 @ 3:04 PM

The summer is in full swing and it's time to get together with friends or family and decide what plans to make. If you have already enjoyed the beach and the pool, you may want to try a gastronomic adventure. One of the best ways to enjoy Spain and good company is to have some tapas in the purest Spanish style. Recently the internet users on the holiday website Holidu voted for their 10 best cities in Spain for ‘tapas’. These were the results:


1. Seville

With a score of 10 out of 10, the Andalusian capital has more than 215 establishments that offer these small portions with the highest quality. Its gastronomy is full of traditional recipes such as "cazón marinado" - marinated dogfish or otherwise known as mako shark, the Montadito de Pringá or a very cool Gazpacho.

2. Granada

With a score of 9.22 out of 10, Granada ranks second in this ranking thanks to its more than 150 restaurants that work to offer the best tapas you have ever tasted. Its tasty, varied and simple gastronomy, based on the variety and richness of local products that nature offers, such as vegetables, meats from Sierra Nevada or fish from the Motril coast. Tapas such as roast ham, croquettes or "Carne en salsa - meat in sauce" will keep you coming back for more.

3. Santiago de Compostela

Achieved a score of 8.06 out of 10 and has 72 restaurants specialising in tapas. The Galician city stands out gastronomically for its seafood, considered the best in Europe, although we cannot ignore its excellent meats. All this translates into spectacular snacks that, enjoyed with a good bottle of Albariño, will make you touch the heavens.

4. Cadiz


Achieved a score of 7.91 out of 10 and has 82 restaurants specialising in tapas. Cuttlefish, bluefin tuna, shrimp omelette or mackerel with piriñaca definitely stand out. Typically food in Cádiz is made up of a variety of dishes and delicacies predominantly from the sea.

5. Malaga

Achieved a score of 7.46 out of 10 and has 137 restaurants specialising in tapas, Malaga's gastronomy is characterised by being healthy, of quality, varied and, above all, well priced. The art of tapas in Malaga goes much further than just tasting small and tasty snacks; tapas are enjoying the company of friends, a good bottle of wine, a chat and letting yourself get impregnated by the open character of the people of Malaga. The fried fish or the Malaga salad is not to be missed.


6. Salamanca

It has a score of 6.90 out of 10 and has 76 restaurants specializing in tapas. Its gastronomy is recognized for its great variety and quality, with special emphasis on its legumes, denomination of origin, meats such as roast lamb and sausages such as Iberian ham or chorizo.

7. Toledo

Achieved a score of 6.78 out of 10 and has 55 restaurants specialising in tapas. Apart from its medieval beauty, Toledo has another attraction: its gastronomy. Toledo's cuisine is characterised by deep-rooted traditions and this is shown in its most typical tapas such as Repollo de Ludeña - cabbage, grilled octopus or the Bomb at the Trebol restaurant.

8. Almeria

Once again in Andalusia, we find Almería, which has a score of 6.56 out of 10 and 114 restaurants specialising in tapas. Being a typically agricultural region with a coastal area, its cuisine is closely linked to the vegetable garden and to the sea. As a result, a multitude of tasty tapas such as fish roe in vinaigrette, grilled octopus or "patatas a la pobre" will make you extend your stay in this wonderful city.

9. A Coruña

In the north, Galicia stands out again and in this case A Coruña with a score: 5.92 out of 10. There we will find 84 restaurants specialising in tapas in which fish and seafood are the protagonists. Tapas and servings of the highest quality can be found throughout the bars, taverns and restaurants all over A Coruña, along with wines, beers and a sensational atmosphere. The octopus, the empanadas and the pork shoulder should definitely be on the list.


10. Pontevedra

Finally and once again in the Galician community, we find Pontevedra and its 68 restaurants specialised in tapas. It achieved a score of 5.81 out of 10 and a multitude of small bars that populate every square and every alley, and that will delight everyone who wants to try the fantastic traditional Galician cuisine. Seafood, with its famous oysters and cockle patties, or fish and lamprey as the main protagonist, is the most requested in bars and restaurants. But you can also enjoy good pork and beef.


Start eating!

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PablodeRonda said:
Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 4:30 AM

And, what about San Sebastián or Pamplona and possibly Bilbao?

Michal said:
Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Lets be honest - all are amazing!

Phil said:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 8:43 AM

I’ve eaten at most of these Cities and are extremely good! None can top San Sebastián 15/10 in my view.

Lagalesa said:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 12:21 PM

I am also amazed that San Sebastian wasn't on the list. There are also many fine tapas bars in smaller towns and villages!!

John said:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 7:23 PM

It’s worth remembering that the Granada province is one of the few that still provide free tapas with your drink.

Encarna said:
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 1:03 AM

The best are in Puertollano, all of them free with your drink!

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