Holiday Lettings, a TripAdvisor.com company, has asked if I would like to collaborate with them. My first post for Holiday Lettings is about where to find unique tapas in Spain, written by Felicity Howlett. Since I lived in Spain during college and have returned several times since, I loved reading all of her restaurant recommendations. Here’s what she had to say:
Where to Eat Tapas in Spain
No trip to Spain is complete without trying some tapas. There are menus listing these tempting small plates of traditional Spanish cooking wherever you turn – here are Holiday Lettings’ top five trusted establishments offering something a little bit special.
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Never made it to El Bulli? Then why not try revolutionary chef Ferran Adrià’s new tapas place. Many of his El Bulli signatures are on the menu: liquid ravioli, air baguettes, exploding ‘marinated olives’.
Be warned: El Bulli got over 1 million reservation requests every year (400 for each table), and Tickets is now one of the toughest places in the world to get into. You can book a table from 12am Spanish time 60 days ahead – it’s a booking that’s definitely worth staying up for.
El Pimpi, Malaga
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El Pimpi is a Malaga institution. Its many fans include artists who’ve left their autographs on the restaurant’s wine barrels, from the Picasso family to Antonio Banderas. You’ll love the sweet local wines, porra (thick tomato soup) and fried anchovies too.
The big outdoor terrace is amazing on those long, hot summer nights and has spectacular vistas of both the Alcazaba fortress and Roman theatre. It’s often warm and sunny enough to sit on the terrace and admire them even in December and January.
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We would highly recommend Segovia as a day trip from Madrid. When you’re there, do eat at Narizotas. The restaurant terrace spills onto one of the prettiest plazas in Spain: it’s the perfect place to try their famous fried onion or stuffed peppers. You might even catch a guitar player strumming in the square.
Wander past the Alcázar, Spain’s most famous castle, after dinner. If you stroll along El Camino de la Cuesta de los Hoyos, the rocky outcrop setting makes the ship-shaped building look like it’s sailing towards you. It’s particularly dramatic when its witch’s hat turrets and Rapunzel towers are illuminated at night.
La Tortilla Mere, Logroño, Rioja
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The bars in Logroño tend to focus on one dish – and make it perfectly. Choose La Tortilla Mere’s tortilla española – gooey and smothered in home-made red sauce – and follow it with the region’s best value wine: Bodegas Prudencio Larrea’s Los Porrones de Nedurp 2006.
To investigate the local wines further, take a trip to neighbouring town Haro. Here, López de Heredia winery successfully brings together the traditional (winemaking as it once was) and the contemporary (wines are available in their spaceship-style shop). Next door, fellow winery Roda – all low-lit walkways and glass walls – specialises in growing Tempranillo grapes.
Jardines de Zoraya, Granada
Located in the Albaicín district of Granada, Jardines de Zoraya offers delicious tapas, and wonderful flamenco performances as well. Be sure to book a table in advance, and weather depending, you might want to book a table on the patio. Don’t miss the assorted cheese and jamón plates, or the delicious gazpacho.