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Spain Food and Drink

If you choose to stay in one of the Spanish beach resorts or cities then you will find a wide range of local and international cuisine on offer. If you would like to sample real Spanish cooking then you have several options. You can either eat in a traditional comedor (dining room) or restaurante or head for a bar serving tapas (small snacks) and raciones (larger portions designed for sharing). Most comedors and restaurants will offer a menú del día at lunchtime which usually includes bread, wine and dessert. Restaurants often offer a menú de degustacíon in the eveningallowing you to samplea variety of delicious Spanish dishes. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Spain holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Marbella directly from your local home owner. Remember the Spanish tend to eat later in the day, lunch being served between 1 and 4pm and dinner between 8pm and midnight. Leaving a tip (propina) is customary throughout Spain.
 
Traditional Spanish breakfast consists of chocolate con churros, thick, sweet hot chocolate and doughnuts! For those with less of a sweet tooth, tostadas (toast), huevos fritos (fried eggs) or tortilla (omelette) are widely available as is café (coffee) and (tea). Most towns will have a panadería or croissantería selling a good selection of pastels or bollos (pastries). Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Spain holiday accommodation, Spain holiday apartments, Spain holiday villas and Apartments. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Spain holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Spain home.
 
Tapas bars offer a good selection of local delicacies normally laid out on the counter in small dishes and are accompanied by a either a beer, glass of wine or fino, dry sherry served straight from the barrel. Typical dishes include olives, salads, pulpo Gallego (slow cooked octopus in a paprika sauce), veiras (scollops), mojama (dried pressed roe) or jamón Serrano (Palma ham). It is cheaper to eat at the bar and the idea is to enjoy a couple of local dishes the bar is famous for and then to move on to another bar to sample some more.
 
Spain is well known for its amazing seafood and whether you are on the coast or inland look out for restaurants which specialise in seafood known as marisquerías. You will find delicious zarzuelas (fish stews), salted cod, hake and squid dishes on the menu together with rice based paellas (traditionally from Valencia) containing both fish and meat.
 
In comedors or restaurants meats are usually grilled and served with fried potatoes and salads. Vegetables are noticeably lacking unless you are in the countryside or the north where you’ll find hearty vegetable soups on the menu and plates of green vegetables and boiled potatoes offered as a starter. Refreshing Gazpacho (cold soup) and tortillas (omelettes) can be found on most menus. Every region has its own specialities such as Fabada Asturiana (a stew of cured meats, pork and beans) available in the north and Fideuá (paella made with noodles instead of rice) in Eastern Spain, Cochinillo (roasted suckling pig) from Segovia and in the south Pato a la Sevillana (a tasty duck casserole).
 
Dessert is often simple either fresh fruit, flan (crème caramel) or pudín(rice pudding) both with regional variations and a choice of commercial ice-cream dishes popular with children. As for drinks, look out for vino blanco (white wine) such as Albariño from Galicia, vino tinto (red wine) from Rioja, Navarra or Ribera del Duero or cava, sparkling wine from Catalonia. Andalusia is famous for its brandies and sherries and sangría (a mixture of wine and fruit) is served at most fiestas and tourist bars. Salud! Cheers! Of course, a foody holiday in Bilbao or Madrid, Spain, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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