Amazing Foods You Have to Try in Spain and Only Spain

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Getting a feel of a country’s culture, history, and traditions through food is one of our favorite ways to travel. Here are a few amazing dishes that will open Spain up in a new way. 


A quintessential Spanish meal, paella is a flavorful rice dish cooked with saffron, vegetables, seafood, and/or meats. Originating from Valencia, there are numerous regional variations, each offering a delicious local twist. 

Jamón Ibérico

Spain is famous for its cured hams, and Jamón Ibérico is a true delicacy. Produced from Iberian pigs, this ham undergoes a meticulous curing process. Sliced thinly, it’s a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Pulpo a la Gallega

Hailing from the region of Galicia, this dish features a tenderized octopus seasoned with paprika, salt, and olive oil. Served on a bed of potatoes, it’s a seafood-lovers heaven. 

Patatas Bravas

A beloved tapas dish, patatas bravas consists of fried potatoes topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce and aioli. It’s a deliciously hearty and satisfying snack.

Crema Catalana

And finally, dessert. Often compared to crème brûlée, Crema Catalana is a creamy custard dessert with a caramelized sugar crust. Flavored with cinnamon and lemon zest, it adds a sweet finale to any Spanish meal.