The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many people used to traveling beyond our borders will be swapping their vacations for “staycations” and going on trips that are closer and more local. This is definitely good news for the tourism industry in Spain. While it’s likely that foreign bookings will drop, domestic tourism will get a new lease on life.
Given this situation, and for those of you who still aren’t sure what to do this summer, today we’re going to suggest seven tourist destinations that are really worth considering. And we’re also going to throw another variable in the mix: gastronomy. Suitcases at the ready, let’s go!
This city is undoubtedly one of the gems of our country. It’s full of charm and lots of attractions, one of which is the food. It’s heaven for those who enjoy eating well, where you can do everything from treating your taste buds to Michelin-starred restaurants (Akelarre, Arzak, and Martín Berasategui) to tucking into some pintxos (small snacks, often served on top of a baguette slice), a juicy steak, or cod with peppers in the old part of the city. It’s an unbeatable setting and if the temperature’s right, La Concha beach is the best spot to take a dip in the sea.
Santiago de Compostela
The quality of Galician products, whether from the sea or the land, have made Santiago, as well as other Galician cities, a unique culinary destination. Mesones (traditional inns), pulperías (bars specializing in octopus), marisquerías (seafood bars), and even churrasquerías (steakhouses)… The range of options can’t be beaten, with something for every palate and every budget, although it’s undoubtedly the perfect destination for seafood lovers.
Beautiful inside and out, this Andalusian city’s culinary offering is essentially based around tapas and small plates, making it a spot-on destination for those who like to do a bit of bar hopping to enjoy some tapas and drinks in the company of friends or family.
This is one of the Spanish cities with the widest array of gastronomy. Like in San Sebastián, there are options ranging from sampling a tasting menu in three Michelin-starred restaurants, such as chef David Muñoz’s DiverXO, to grabbing a typical bocata de calamares (sandwich with fried squid rings) by the Plaza Mayor or stopping for a classic lunchtime set menu featuring traditional stews such as callos a la madrileña (with tripe and sausage) or cocido madrileño (with chickpeas, meat, and vegetables).
It is impossible to think of the Valencian Community and that a good plate of paella doesn’t come to mind. Paella is possibly the most famous Spanish food in the world. And always the same question: What does the traditional paella have? The original recipe is prepared with all the Mediterranean ingredients: rice, chicken, rabbit, green beans, garrafón (a type of bean), tomato, rosemary, saffron and olive oil. And of course, it comes cooked in a paella. If you have not visited La Terreta yet, you have it pending. 🙂
Like Granada, Seville claims to be one of the most famous cities for “tapas”. Every day, thousands of tourists arrives to the Andalusian capital to see La Giralda, La Torre del Oro and the Triana neighborhood, but also to enjoy a good gazpacho, the famous “fried fish” or bull tail.
The Catalan capital is one of the meccas of haute cuisine. Names such as Albert Adrià, Jordi Cruz, and Carme Ruscalleda have made Barcelona the perfect place for fans of Michelin-starred restaurants. But, as in other cities, the cuisine on offer doesn’t end there. Pinchos, patatas bravas, and all kinds of tapas are also found among one of the world’s best culinary offerings. And we can’t forget La Boquería, a market that’s wonderful for wandering around and stopping for a bite here and there as you go! 😉
We’re sure that you’ve probably already visited some of these cities, but it’s always nice to go back and see them again. And if you haven’t been yet, now’s as good a time as ever to discover them. Hop in the car and get ready to head off on your staycation. It’s bound to be a memorable experience!