An essential ingredient to Spain's world famous culinary culture, tapas is a must try when visiting the illustrious country. Spain's larger cities are packed with vibrant bars and restaurants, and whilst the popular cuisine wont be hard to come by, deciding what to choose may prove difficult! Don't be surprised if you find yourself captivated by the many dishes being whizzed around you, filling the air with rich and enticing aromas. Here are our top 9 tapas dishes you simply MUST try when visiting Spain...

1. Jamon Serrano

One of Spain's most quintessential tapas dishes, Jamon Serrano is a delicious cured, dried meat, salted and aged for the perfect texture and colour. 


2. Boquerones en Vinagre

Lightly pickled in vinegar, salt and garlic, Boquerones en vinagre are fresh anchovy fillets. They are a small portion bursting with flavour!


3. Tortilla Española

A popular tapas dish found on every menu, the egg and potato omelette is light and tasty, served sliced, cubed or as a whole piece. 


4. Albondigas en Salsa

Most often braised in a rich, spiced tomato sauce, these pork and beef meatballs are a tapas favourite with a combination of fragrant aromas that are bound to make your mouth water.



5. Pulpo a la Gallega

Fresh octopus cooked in a sweet paprika spice, this dish is a must try with the tentacles often served in tasty little bites.


6. Patatas Bravas

One of the most famous tapas dishes, Patatas bravas is a classic, must-order dish. Whilst they can come deep fried, boiled or sauteed, they will always be cooked with the essential chilli ingredient that gives it its unique flavour.


7. Croquetas

Made with a thick bechamel base and flavoured with ham, shrimp or cheese - prepare for a lovely crispy exterior and a rich, soft inside. 


8. Gambas al Ajillo

A lovely dish, cooked with fresh shrimp and olive oil, complimented with garlic and chilli seasonings. Easily one of the most flavoursome and popular dishes!


9. Espinacas con Garbanzos

One for the veggies! This dish is a wonderful combination of spinach and chickpeas, complimented by a variety of light and subtle spices. Super healthy and extremely tasty, this is a great choice for vegetarians!

Are your taste-buds tingeling? Let us know your favourite Spanish tapas dishes in the comments below!