Where to stay and what to eat in Spain?

Where to sleep?

  • Spain has literally thousands of accommodation options, from budget hostels and sprawling all-in resorts to high-end boutique hotels and luxury villas with private swimming pools. Especially the coastal areas and big cities have an abundance of tourist lodgings. Airbnb has also reached these shores.
  • Paradores are historic buildings turned into unique hotels.
  • Spain has a lot of camping grounds differing in size and amenities. Especially the family friendly campsites and those with swimming pools can get super crowded during peak season.
  • Wild camping is allowed but restricted to certain rules such as at least one kilometre from an official campsite and not in National Parks or on beaches.

What to eat and drink?


  • When you think of Spain, you think of food. Paella, tapas, jamon, gazpacho, flan, the list is endless. No wonder the Spanish have so many times dedicated to food throughout the day (from desayuno – breakfast – and la comida – lunch – to la hora del aperitivo – tapas hour – and la cena – dinner) and are firm believers in mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacking (almuerzo and merienda).
  • Lunch is the most important and is usually a hot meal. Dinner is eaten relatively late, around nine or ten in the evening and is usually a lighter meal.


  • Paella. A saffron infused rice dish with seafood, fish, chicken and spices. To Spaniards this is not a national but a typical Valencian dish.
  • Flan. A dessert made of egg custard covered with caramel sauce.
  • Pulpo a la Gallega (or Pulpo a Feir). An octopus based dish flavoured with smoked, sweet and or spicy paprika.
  • Tortilla Espanola (or Spanish omelette). An omelette made with potato, garlic and chives.


  • Sangria. A red wine based punch with fresh fruit and sugar. Orange juice or brandy can also be added.
  • Spain is an excellent wine producer. Well-known wines are the Rioja, Tempranillo and Cava, a sparkling wine produced in exactly the same way as champagne.
  • Mosto is a refreshing alcohol free drink made from white grapes.
  • Spanish tap water is not suitable for consumption.

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