Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity. Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these delicious small plates with a cold drink. However, tapas is a dish best served free…unbelievably the concept of a FREE tapas with a drink is still alive and well in the Granada region of Spain. We have been spoilt rotten with an incredible range of culinary creations, all provided gratis, and in our local village we were even rewarded with a family sized portion of tapas when ordering coffee!
Did the concept of Tapas start when a 13th century Spanish King was too ill to eat larger plates of food? Or was it when another king ordered a drink in windy Cadiz and it came served with a slice of ham on top? As Tapa means lid or cover, it is also possible that sherry was served at farmer’s bars with a saucer on top to keep flies out and to encourage return visitors small portions of food were placed on top of the saucers. Whatever the origin, Tapas is a deep rooted tradition and an important part of Spanish culture.