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Best Spanish food trips of 2016

Spain has some of the best fish and meat Europe can offer. From melting calamari to beef carpaccio with truffle, the food is fresh and delicious. Here were the top five Spanish food trips we took in 2016

Alicante, Spain: top 10 places to eat and drink

It’s worth lingering in this sun-baked city on Spain’s south-east coast to make the most of local squid, saffron-spiked rice dishes and turrón made from local honey and almonds. La Taberna del Gourmet is the place to go to enjoy a few tapas plates at the bar. Vegetables are at the heart of this region, so try the ensaladilla rusa de La Taverna (Taberna’s potato salad), espárragos verdes a la plancha con romesco (grilled green asparagus with romesco sauce) and pan de cristal con tomato (bread with tomato and olive oil). Once you’ve had your vegetable fix, pick up a few slices of jamón Ibérico de bellota from Jabuguito to enjoy in the evening sun.

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Find out more about eating your way around Alicante here

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Best 10 places to eat and drink in Barcelona for 2016

Local food writer and culinary tour guide Tara Stevens picks the 10 best places to eat and drink in Barcelona on a weekend break. Barcelona has it all, from churros and hot chocolate to grilled fish, it makes a great foodie holiday in all the seasons. Check out Granja La Pallaresa for hot chocolate so thick you have to eat it with a spoon and freshly fried churros. After that indulgence, head on offer to Casa José Montalbán for the best and freshest fish this city has to offer. With a griller and a fryer, dishes like crisp fried anchovies and grilled wild turbot off the bone are produced.

Read more about food and drink in Barcelona here

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Menorca, Spain: best places to eat, drink and sleep

Fly over the island of Menorca, just off the eastern coast of Spain, and it’s easy to see why tourists began flocking here in the ’60s: clean turquoise waters lap against golden beaches, while lush greenery borders the picture-perfect homes that are dotted along the coastline. But unlike parts of the costas on the mainland, or the neighbouring party isles of Ibiza and Mallorca, this small Balearic island has managed to stay relatively unspoiled – in everything from the landscape to the food and culture.

As on mainland Spain, tapas is big here, but thanks to numerous occupations by the Moors, Brits, Catalans and French, the local cuisine is a literal melting pot. The most famous dish is caldereta, a Menorcan lobster stew that’s cooked and served in an earthenware pot. The recipe starts out with a classic Spanish sofrito of garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes, which bubble and melt together slowly, before raw lobster is added.

Find out more about the Menorcan cuisine here

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Madrid, Spain: top 10 places to eat & drink in 2016

The Spanish capital is known for its molecular gastronomy but there’s plenty besides, from stellar Ibérico sandwiches and tortillas to freshly-churned ices. For a Spanish tortilla like it’s meant to be, head on over to Sylkar. Their tortillas are creamy with a little bit of liquid in. The family-run cafe has been open for over 45 years and the recipe hasn’t changed in that time. If you need to pick up some edible gifts after your time in Madrid, pop along to Cristina Oria for everything from lemon cake to flavoured oils. They’re all wrapped beautifully, too.

Read more about eating in Madrid here

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Ibiza: 5 best places to eat & drink | 2016

Taste another side of island life with lazy beachside lunches brimming with artichoke and gambas salads, fresh-from-the-boats grilled fish and pineapple cream catalans. If you’ve spent the day on the beach, go to El Chiringuito for fish as fresh as it gets. You’ll have to make a booking in advance as the amount of fish they buy depends on the amount of reservations. The grilled fish with potatoes is a must for the main – a simple dish executed in style. If you fancy somewhere reservation free, spend some time at Atzaro Beach. You can enjoy the warm sand while eating fresh salads and grilled fish.

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