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Tapas in Granada, Spain: The Million Dollar Idea

Here in Granada, Spain, tapas are a popular, key aspect of everyday life. Tapas are like mini appetizers of any sort. The thing that makes tapas so great here in Granada is that they are free with any drink, even if you just get a water! This idea of free tapas was centered around the fact that many restaurants in Granada realized that the majority of their customers are broke college kids, so free food would attract many students. I personally think it is an amazing idea and it should be brought to the states!

There are many different types of tapas. At some places, the tapa is just a small portion of some type of potato salad, for example. Other places might offer chicken skewers or french fries. But at the best places, in my opinion, are the places where they offer large tapas that are practically a meal in itself, like medium sized sandwiches or even hamburgers.

My friends and I love to go out at night and tapa-hop until we are full. It is a great way to explore the town and try the different foods that Spain has to offer. – Eden Shemuelian

Eden Blog Photo 7.29.15

Walking down the streets of Granada you will be faced with a very hard decision. Which restaurant you should eat tapas at. Granada is a city full of diverse, culturally rich restaurants that serve some of the most amazing tapas. From traditional Spanish dishes to the all American hamburger, there is something for everyone.

While staying in Granada we have had the opportunity to try a few of the many places to get tapas and I don’t think any of us in the group were disappointed. There are so many options and places that you can choose from, and you can have a few at one place and then move on to another restaurant and have more. It’s a great way to explore the city, try out new foods, and spend time with friends while also meeting new people.

We have asked locals for some recommendations on where their favorite tapas places are and then gone and tried them out.  If you go out at night you may even see a flamenco show or some street performers. Walking around the city is such a fun thing to do. You will find yourself at a little restaurant on a street you didn’t know existed meeting locals and talking about your experiences so far.

Some of the few tapas we have tired while on the trip so far are tortilla Española, rich dishes, the Spaniards’ take on French fries, and salads.  Where ever you go there will be something that you know you like or something new to try. The food here has so many flavors and seems very fresh. Madison Paige Hart - Migas y berengenasTapas are a big part of the dining scene here in Granada and wherever the tapas are, fun follows. – Madison Hart

– The above post was contributed by Eden Shemuelian, and Madison Hart, who studied abroad with ISA High School in Granada, Spain in 2015. 

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