The food and drink of Spain

by Great British Chefs 21 October 2020

See all our foodie travel guides and features about Spain and Spanish cuisine, before delving into our collection of Spanish recipes to get a taste of the country at home.

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Spain is home to some of Europe's best food. This, combined with its rich culture, thousands of years of history and some seriously stunning countryside make it a world-class destination for tourists in the UK and beyond. But while it's fantastic to experience the tapas bars of Barcelona; discover bite-size pintxos in Bilbao; see the huge pans of Paella in Valencia and, if you can get a table, eat at some of the most famous fine dining restaurants in the world, there's plenty of opportunities to enjoy the flavours of Spain in your own kitchen.

The recipes and articles below are the perfect resource to start getting to grips with the wealth of incredible food and drink Spain has to offer. Try your hand at some of the country's most beloved traditional dishes and learn more about its famous and coveted produce, before seeing how top chefs utilise Spanish ingredients in all kinds of dishes and take a closer look at what the distinct and unique regions, cities and islands of Spain offer the more intrepid foodie.

Spanish ingredients and recipes

Chorizo: a history

Spain's famous sausage has been made since time immemorial, but it didn't become the red, spiced thing we know it as today until the sixteenth century. Take a look at how it's evolved and changed over the years.

How chefs use Spanish produce

Cava: Catalonia's sparkle

Nancy Anne Harbord takes a look at the history and production of this sparkling wine, and what makes the best, beautifully crafted bottles so complex and unique.

Spanish classics

Time for tapas

The charms of chorizo

The wild, rugged and fertile region of Asturias in northwest Spain is famous for its cider, cheeses, fish and hearty stews, making it a must-visit for the intrepid foodie. Get to grips with what makes the local cuisine so delicious.


The Spanish capital is a cosmopolitan melting pot – and its food reflects that. With squid sandwiches, churros, world-class jamon and robust stews on the menu, see why the city's dishes have become known the world over.


It might be famous for its nightlife and (more recently) high-end wellness retreats, but the food found on Ibiza is quite different from mainland Spain. Take a look at our food-focused travel guide to find out what the island has to offer.


The largest of the Canary Islands is a hit with tourists, but the food offering is just as much a reason to visit Tenerife as the beaches and weather. From unique potatoes to some very special honey, here's a crash course in the ingredients and dishes that make the island a gastronomic paradise.