The Food on Holiday in Spain

Paella Street Food in Spain by Diacritical on FlickrWhen we go on holiday to a foreign country, one of the great things is trying all of the local foods that are on offer. If you go to Spain on holiday then you will have lots on offer to keep the hunger away with a mixture of traditional Spanish food as well as lots of food which originates overseas. Spain is one of the countries that you really do not have to worry too much about the food that you will find as with so many tourists going on holiday to Spain, there is food from countries all over the world available. Even if all you like is fast food burgers or the likes, you will be able to eat till your heart’s content when on holiday in Spain, no matter which part of the country you to go visit.

Foreign Food

With so many foreign tourists coming on holiday to Spain, the restaurants and hotels have made sure that although there is plenty of Spanish food on offer, there is also food from other countries, especially those countries which have lots of foreign tourists visiting. This means that if you are British and really do not like foreign food, you can still get your sausage and mash or fish and chips at a lot of establishments all over the country. Many restaurants and bars which sell food will cater towards a specific nationality, although other nationalities eat there as well and there may be other dishes on the menu. A lot of the time this is because the owner, or person who is running the establishment, has come from the country that they are catering towards, so they cook what they know their fellow countrymen would like when they are on holiday. Of course, you also have plenty of fast food as well if that is more your thing.

  • McDonald’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Burger King
  • KFC
  • Subway

There is plenty of choice for you to get your junk food fix if you so desire when you are on holiday in Spain. If you are a bit more adventurous though, you may wish to try some of the local food on offer.

Spanish Food

When you think of Spanish food, most people automatically think of Paella, which is a popular dish in Spain. There is a lot more on offer than just this though, and there are some historic dishes which can be traced back to the time of the Romans. The Spanish were known for their wheat and also their pork back in the time of the Romans, and the Spanish pigs were considered to be the finest pork meat available in the empire. Having such a rich sea faring history, there is also a lot of sea food on offer in Spanish cuisine. If you go to a typical restaurant then you will find lots of dishes with fish, shellfish, squid, octopus and even shark on offer. The prominence of seafood on offer shows that the Spanish people have always been a sea faring people using the oceans foods to survive over the millennia. Some of the most popular dishes throughout the country are;

  • Potato Omelets
  • Paella
  • Stews
  • Sausages
  • Migas – A breakfast meal usually made from leftover bread”

Each region does have its own delicacy and specialty that is on offer, although you do find certain specialties have been adopted nationally, such as Paella, which means you can find them all over the country. Each region though you may find the same dish is slightly different as the produce which is available locally is incorporated into the dish, giving each region its own twist on the same recipe. This is the same with most countries though. One thing that you can be assured of though when you go on holiday to Spain is that no matter what your preference is, you are going to be able to find some great tasting food at a reasonable price as well. With plenty of fresh ingredients used you may just keep coming back to Spain on holiday for the food alone!


Ted Hunter wrote this article for a Travel Republic review. Ted is an avid traveler who likes to share his experiences in the articles and blogs that he writes.

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