1. Visit a paradisiacal beach and taste the local food
Have you ever tasted the espeto? Freshly caught fish prepared by the espeto technique especially in the south of Spain but you can also taste good fish at restaurants or fish markets in every fishing village. If you don’t know which beach is your best option, maybe you can consult the Traveler Spain app where they have compiled a list of 150 Spanish beaches.
2. Discover a “chiringuito” beside the beach
Visiting Chiringuitos is the national sport during summer. Places where you can eat or drink something. You can choose among quiet and family friendly or night beach bars full of life. Choose your option and enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets. It is said that you can see the best sunsets in the Balearic Islands, but there are also wonderful beaches and beautiful views along the Spanish coast. There is for example a nice new beach bar, Cala Bandida, in Jávea (Valencia).
3. Enjoy a terrace bar and taste the Spanish aperitivo
If you visit Spain during the summer you should try an aperitif at a terrace bar. Relax yourself in any of the myriad terraces open during summer. It’s one of the best options to have a good time with friends.
Don’t miss Martinez in Barcelona, a wonderful terrace bar with amazing views over the city.
4. Take a gastronomic tour
The Spanish pantry and gastronomy is rich and varied so you will find a lot of gastronomic tours. You can choose your food tour depending on your tastes and wishes. But anyway, I’ve selected some options for you: The Cider Route, The Anchovy Route or the Vermuterías Tour in Barcelona.
The Camino de Santiago is a medieval pilgrim route stretching from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain and it is a good option to discover, some Galician dishes like, for example, pulpo a feira, empanada gallega (Galician pie) or excellent wines, like Ribeiro’s.
5. Taste the authentic Paella from Valencia
I’m sure you have already tasted Spanish paella, but have you ever tasted the authentic paella from Valencia? On the Wikipaella website you will find a list of restaurants from Valencia which prepare the authentic recipe.
6. Visit a gourmet shop or a local market
There are a lot of gourmet and grocery shops in Spain but I would like to recommend you a new one in San Sebastian, Pantori (an online store that has just opened a real shop in the city centre).
Another good option is to visit a local market: The Central Market in Valencia, La Boquería in Barcelona or San Miguel Market in Madrid are well-known options, but there are farmers’ markets in almost every city and town in Spain where buying fresh and local products.
7. Learn to cook
Do you like Spanish food? There are a lot of cooking workshops where you can learn to cook in a Spanish way and also international food. I recommend you the bread workshops by Ibán Yarza, some of the workshops organized in La Magdalena de Proust in Madrid or the online courses from famous creators and chefs from Creative Signatures.
8. Discover how crops are grown
Summer is probably the season in which most fruits and vegetables are harvested. If you have the opportunity to visit the Spanish countryside try to learn how the local products are grown and harvested. I recommend you, for example, the rice farming in Delta del Ebro. You can visit the family business Illa de Riu and stay in one of their country holidays houses.
9. Visit a food bookshop
I recommend you A Punto Libería in Madrid. Before planning your trip to the beach, mountain or countryside, visit this bookshop to find something interesting to read during the summer or to participate in some of their activities.
10. Enjoy a street food proposal
The Spanish law bans street food, but there are some exceptions, markets and festivals where you can taste this kind of food. Don’t miss events like Eat Street Barcelona or San Ildefonso Market in Madrid. If you are lucky maybe you will find a street vendor by chance. Good options are Caravan Made or Reina Croqueta in Barcelona.
Pics (in order of appearance): Cala Bandida | Travel Basque Country | Pantori | Illa de Riu | Caravan Made