Ultimate Guide To Spanish And Catalan Food


Many travelers coming to Spain for the first time are surprised to discovered that Spanish food is very different from Mexican food. Our food is not spicy, and it has a lot of Mediterranean influences, mainly French, Italian and Arabic, with its own uniqueness due to the variety of landscapes that provide a wonderful selection of products to work with.

Discovering new foods is a wonderful part of traveling, but often uninitiated are lost at knowing what to order. In this Ultimate Guide to Spanish and Catalan Food we’ve compiled for you our local foodie knowledge to guide and inspire you when ordering food during your stay. Good appetite!


Spanish is uber famous for its cured ham: Jamón. More exquisite than Italian prosciutto, it has somehow eclipsed other wonderful charcuteries. Some might have heard of chorizo, that for the most part lacks of the elegance of jamón, but there are other great delicacies to try. You can often order them as a platter or just grab a few slices at a food market.

Iberian Ham varieties | ForeverBarcelona
Types of Spanish Ham
Cheeses from Spain you've never heard of | ForeverBarcelona
Great Spanish Cheeses
Spanish Cold Cuts
Spanish Cold Cuts & Charcuterie


You absolutely don’t need to limit your carbs intake to paella when you are in Barcelona. You definitely want to try it, but if you are a pasta and rice eater: the existence of marshals in the river deltas has made rice part of the local coastal landscape in many regions, and the historical connections with Italy have made pasta a staple in our kitchens.

Soup from Spain
Spanish Soups
Spanish rice pot | ForeverBarcelona
Rice Casseroles from Spain
What is paella española
What is Paella?
Catalonia pasta recipes | ForeverBarcelona
Catalan Pasta Dishes


Spain is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, so fish and seafood are intrinsically connected with local food. Besides, the different temperatures in each water (warmer in the Mediterranean, colder in the Atlantic) stimulate the growth of different fish and other edible sea creatures, what creates a very attractive variety of fish options in our menus. Plus airplanes allow us to receive fresh seafood from the other end of the country on the same day! 

Spanish Types of Shellfish | ForeverBarcelona
Seafood Tapas
Soups and Stews from Spain
Fish Stews
Spain Fish Dishes | ForeverBarcelona
Traditional Fish Dishes


Spain mild weather is great for growing vegetables and fruit. And while nowadays the competition with foreign produce arriving by plane is fierce, most restaurants and market stalls are proud to serve local veggies that keep changing as the seasons evolve.

Vegetarian Tapas in Barcelona | ForeverBarcelona
Vegetarian Tapas
Types of Olives Spanish
Spanish Olives
Mushrooms in Barcelona: must-have list for foodies
Spanish Mushroom Dishes
Winter fruit and vegetables Spain | ForeverBarcelona
Autumn and Winter Fruit
Eating Calcots in Barcelona | ForeverBarcelona
Eat Calçots Like a Local
Spanish Summer fruits | ForeverBarcelona
Summer Fruits


Tapas are a super convenient way to eat lunch on tour. This is why in all our full day city tours we stop for lunch at some great tapas restaurant. And while there’s no hoping from bar to bar like we do in our tapas tours above, there’s always enough variety to make it fun and exciting. Our guests often end up going back to those restaurants because they loved them so much!

Spanish tapas dishes you need to try | ForeverBarcelona
Traditional Tapas
Weird Spanish foods to try on your next trip if you are brave
Weird Foods From Spain
Top Unusual Spanish Food
More Unusual Spanish Foods


Favorite Spanish Desserts
Spanish Desserts
Spanish Christmas Foods and Sweets | ForeverBarcelona
Spanish Christmas Treats
Turron Nougat from Spain
Turron Specialties
Turron Nougat from Spain
Turron Specialties
Spanish cakes and pastries | ForeverBarcelona
Typical Pastries From Spain


But the truth is that planning a comprehensive meal schedule where you can try lots of different things requires a lot of research and it’s a huge time investment. The guides at ForeverBarcelona are all foodies, and that’s why there’s many food tour options that will help you getting in contact with flavorful specialties without having to go through the research nightmare. And unlike other companies, our food tours don’t have set stops with pre-ordered tastings: food is not included so you have the flexibility to decide where you want to be taken, what you want to eat, and ultimately… when you want to eat it. It’s ok to not make any purchase at a store or skip a bar and maybe go back on your own. We don’t get commissions from the venues we visit, so there’s no urge to make you spend there.

Best tapas tour Barcelona Spain
Private Tapas Tour
Private Food Tour Barcelona Spain
Private Food Tour
Moments of our tapas and flamenco tour, Barcelona (Spain)
Flamenco and Tapas Tour


When we stop for lunch on our full day (and some of our half day) private city tours, we often go for tapas. Not just because they are fast compared to the average seat-down meal, but also because the tapas sharing concept allows you to sample many more dishes than you would if everyone order for themselves (although if sharing isn’t your thing, tapas can also be ordered in a non-sharing way!).

Sites seen in our Barcelona full day walking tour
Full Day Walking Tour
Gaudi and Tapas Tour
Sagrada Familia & Tapas Tour
Barcelona scenes seen in this day tour
Walking & Chauffeured Day Tour
Images of our Gaudi Day Tour
All Day Gaudi Tour
One Day Tour In Barcelona
Full Day Chauffeured tour
View of the 1929 World Fair area during our Montjuic Tour
Montjuic Walking Tour
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