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Spanish foods are full of flavor and character. If you are traveling to Spain don’t forget to try these famous foods here. Whether you decide to go it alone or join a food tour in Spain, make sure to check them all off your list!

1. Tortilla de patatas

Many a tourist has been puzzled by the Spanish tortilla: a classic staple that bears no resemblance to the Latin American food of the same name. This dish is also known as Spanish omelette. It is a traditional food in Spain Cuisine.

2. Gazpacho

This is a so delicious, so refreshing food. The reddest, ripest tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, bread, peppers and cucumber are blended until silky smooth, then chilled and poured into bowls or glasses. In Andalucía in southern Spain, people have it every day in summer and there is always a jug on the counter in tapas bars. Also try salmorejo from Córdoba, a thicker version that is often served with pieces of Ibérico ham on the top.

3. Gambas al ajillo

You walk into a tapas bar, the barman is handing a customer an earthenware dish of sizzling prawns, the tantalising aroma hits your nostrils and you just have to order some too. To recreate it at home, just fry some sliced garlic and green chilli in olive oil, throw in the prawns for a couple of minutes and add some parsley. Couldn’t be simpler, couldn’t be tastier.

4. Patatas bravas

This dish is a native food can find everywhere in Spain, but all versions involve chunks of fried potato. In Madrid, bravas sauce is made with sweet and spicy pimentón (Spanish paprika), olive oil, flour and stock – but never tomatoes. Some people add garlic, some a dash of fino sherry, while others selfishly insist on keeping their secret ingredients to themselves. 

5. Pollo al ajillo

This dish consists of chicken pieces drenched in garlic sauce. Unpeeled cloves of garlic are fried in olive oil to flavour it, then taken out before adding pieces of chicken. The sauce is usually made with white wine, stock, garlic, and herbs such as bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary. It is recommended to serve pollo al ajillo with vegetables or mushrooms on the side. But there is no definitive recipe for this much-loved dish.

6. Cochinillo asado

People might claim they are going to Segovia to see its astounding Roman aqueduct, fairytale castle or elegant cathedral, but really all that is just to build up an appetite for lunch. And in Segovia that means either roast suckling pig or lamb. The meat is cooked in huge wood-fired ovens and is so tender it is cut with the side of an earthenware plate.

7. Olives

It may sound simple, but trust me: you haven’t tried olives until you’ve tried them in Spain. This simple fruit is central to Spanish cuisine, whether in the form of that beloved all-purpose  ingredient, olive oil, or in its original state. You’ll often be served a small bowl of olives before a meal or to accompany a drink.

8. Carrillada

Carrillada can best be described juicy, rich, and melt-in-your-mouth tender food. This dish consists of pork cheeks or beef cheeks braised to perfection, usually soaked in some kind of delicious sauce. It’s hard to go wrong with this classic, but do yourself a favor and try it a la Pedro Ximénez or with a sweet red wine sauce.

9. Fried fish

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the miles and miles of Spanish coastline is the incredibly fresh seafood you’ll find throughout the peninsula. And this is one of popular sea food that you can try in Spain.

10. Pan tumaca

Pan tumaca is the simplest Spanish dish of all, pan tumaca (or pan con tomate) is made of bread, olive oil, salt, and fresh tomato spread. This is the perfect breakfast, side dish, or merienda (afternoon snack), and can be found all over Spain but it’s especially famous in Catalonia.