If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie who loves to travel and explore hidden food treasures around the world, Spain is the place to be. It is one of the best destinations for foodies in Europe.

With its Mediterranean cuisine, tapas culture, and rich local gastronomic offerings, visitors are spoilt for choice. However, you might need help finding the best spots for food lovers. Spain is overflowing with food choices, but here are some valuable insights from Irina Bukatik for foodies exploring Spain.

Read on to learn more.


If you have only enough time to make one stop in Spain, you must come to Barcelona. There are a lot of delightful specialties you need to try that originate from the Catalonia region, like escalivada; it’s a popular type of salad that is packed with flavors from the local vegetable produce.

From local bodegas to Michelin Star restaurants, Barcelona truly has it all. Additionally, the city is also a treat for all chocolate lovers, with several dairy shops, locally known as granjas, and chocolate shops.


As the capital city, you can find cuisine from all around Spain in Madrid. Some local classics include caracoles a la Madrileña (Madrid-style snails) or callos (tripe). You can also visit neighborhood markets to get your hands on some fresh produce and head to enjoy a classic Spanish picnic.

Furthermore, Madrid is one of the top spots for fish and other seafood in Spain. It is home to the world’s largest fish market after the city of Tokyo, Japan.

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San Sebastian and the Basque Country

San Sebastian is probably the best foodie destination in Spain. You can find everything here, from three-star Michelin fare to miniature pintxo. Pintxo is a wonderful food that presents local produce, from fresh local seafood to spicy guindilla peppers.

Moreover, Basque Country favorites include hearty stews, salt cod, Txakoli wine, and Idiazabal cheese.

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I – Irina Bukatik – am a food and travel blogger. You can follow my food blog – Wanderlust Food – to explore more about my food most amazing travel experiences around the world. 

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