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Tips and advice

Eat in Spain - Tips and advice

  • Make the very most of the slower pace! Spaniards often devote a couple of hours to lunch (usually from 13.00 to 15.00), after which they take their world-famous siesta while the sun is at its strongest.

  • Remember that dinner is eaten late in Spain, usually at around 21.00–23.00. It is in that period that you will experience the real "restaurant rush-hour". If you follow the standard North European meal times, the restaurants will often be a lot quieter.

  • It is customary to tip in Spain. Many restaurants include a service charge in the bill, but you are always welcome to add a little extra in recognition of particularly good service. At cafés and bars, it is sufficient to leave a few coins.

  • You can drink water from the taps in most parts of Spain, even though it may taste a little unusual. However, if you want to make sure to avoid stomach problems it is best to purchase bottled water, which is available from all grocery shops.

  • Make the most of the opportunity to visit small local shops, where you can buy charcuterie, cheeses and bread. You could even become a "regular" at some of the shops close to your home, which may mean extra service and good value ...

  • Dare to ask! There is so much more to Spanish cuisine than the classic "tourist menus". Try new specialities and ask which wine/food combinations are recommended.

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