If you come to Barcelona, you have to know what are “tapas” and you have to taste it. Tapas are small, snack-sized portion of anything, served with a drink.
The word “tapas” has his origin in the verb ‘tapar‘ (to cover), so a tapa is a lid. This inspired a popular notion that the old practice of covering drinks with plates to protect them from dirt or insects was later replaced with a small snack, that people could eat.
Eating tapas is a social activity. People meet in bars with friends or family in order to eating tapas and have a nice time. Moreover, for the tourists is a perfect way to fast a lot of different local dishes.
Years ago, people went to eat tapas at the afternoon, at after-work time. But any time is good for tasting tapas. It is true that people usually go to eat tapas between 5 P.M. and 8 P.M., before the dinner. However, a lot of people go to eat tapas at noon, before the lunch, especially on weekend or on holydays.
For example, if you are visiting Barcelona, you can make a break between visits and this moment is a fantastic opportunity to eat tapas and relax! 🙂
The most typical tapas in Barcelona:
There are a lot of typical tapas in Barcelona because in Barcelona there are a lot of local dishes to taste, but here there are some good examples of tapas that we recommend:
- Aceitunas: olives never miss in any tapas table.
- Calamares: a very common tapa in Barcelona. Calamares are usually fried and served with lemon.
- Embutidos y queso: a selection of cold meats and cheese. You have to taste it!
- Jamón Ibérico: It is one of the delights of Spanish sausages. A lot of people think is the best “embutido” (cold meat) we have in Spain. It usually served on bread with tomato (“Pan con tomate”, very typical in Spain).
- Patatas bravas: A very typical tapa. Small fried cubes of potatoes drizzled with one delicious sauce (usually, all-i-oli, a typical catalán sauce)
- Pimientos de Padrón: these small green peppers were originally from Galicia. They’re typically fried in olive oil or served raw. Some of them are spicy.
- Tortilla española: 100% made in Spain. It is one of the most famous Spanish dishes. This thick Spanish omelette is made from egg, potatoes and usually onions.
- Wine… or beer!: One tapa tastes better with Spanish wine (or beer, if you prefer) as accompaniment.
If you go to eat tapas in Barcelona, is important to find a good place where eat well. Although in any place from Barcelona you can eat tapas, there are some areas, such as El Born or Poble Sec where there are a lot of small bars with a great variety of tapas and very good prices.