It is often argued that this term originates from the custom of covering wine glasses with a piece of bread or ham to prevent flies or dust from getting into the drink.
If we go back to the history of the modern age, it is said that tapas as we know them today were born as a consequence of a period of scarcity caused by the Spanish civil war; thus feeding on small bites to eliminate hunger.
History takes us back to the Middle Ages, where tapas appeared during the reign of Alfonso X the Wise in the 13th century; it is said that due to an illness he suffered from, he was forced to take a few sips of wine by medical prescription, and to avoid the effects of alcohol, he took small snacks between meals to accompany his drink. After his recovery, he ordered that wine should not be served in the inns of Castile without being accompanied by a portion of food; this measure ensured that diners were not so affected by the alcohol in the wine, thereby masking its effects. https://es.wikipedia.org
There are different versions that tell us that tapas began to be served as a courtesy in bars, thus generating an incitement to consumption.
And this is how tapas have become Spain's greatest gastronomic identity. It is part of the culture, part of everyday life and a way of socialising.
We have tried different types of tapas in many cities in Spain, but in our opinion the best ones were in La Rioja, in the area of Haro. We tried many tapas, the one we liked the most was a delicious cod croquettes.
As well as offering a wide range of pinchos (tapas), this area also offers a unique wine experience. They say that Rioja is experienced through the senses.
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Without a doubt, every Spanish city offers you a variety of tapas, take the risk of trying them all, you will discover a mixture of flavours that you have never imagined.
Some tapas that you can't miss out on
The potato omelette
The patatas bravas
The croquettes are of (squid, cod, cheese, shrimps or prawns).
Pan tumaca (Bread, tomato, olive oil, garlic (optional) and salt. It is typical of Catalonia, where it is also called "pa amb tomàquet". Depending on taste, you can add ham, sausages, omelette or cheese.
And to drink? Wine, beer or sangria. A mix for the palate that you will love.