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Granada’s best food & drink

  • Granada, Andalusia, Spain

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 29 March, 2024

Andalusian cooking is renowned for fresh seafood, olives and olive oil, sun-ripened vegetables, garlic and paprika.

Cooking is simple, letting fresh, delicious ingredients speak for themselves. Much of the preparation in the kitchen is minimal – fish is usually lightly dredged in flour and golden fried in olive oil.

Cold soups star in summer, hearty stews in the winter and melt-in-your-mouth cured ham (jamon serrano) year-round. Many of the desserts, many involving almonds, go back to Arab times.

Sangria, as elsewhere in Spain, is a popular drink, as is sherry.

What to try

Try Andalusia’s famous cold soups: gazpacho, but also ajo blanco, made with garlic, almonds, and bread, and thick creamy tomato salmorejo.

Seafood classics include mixed fish fry (pescado or pescaita frito), bluefin tuna (atun Rojo), and gambas pil pil (garlic and paprika prawns).

Other specialities include carrillada (braised pork or beef cheeks), rabo de toro (bull tail stew) and pringa (slow-cooked beef or pork and sausage).

Also see our round-up of traditional Spanish foods you must try in Spain.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The food markets of Andalusia are often surrounded by tapas bars and traditional restaurants, patronized by the locals. For eating and drinking recommendations, check out the town-by-town restaurant listings at Andalucia.com.

When to do it

Spaniards traditionally eat later than most Europeans, and in the hot summer months, the Andalusians often dine as late as 11pm or midnight when it’s cool enough to sit out on the terraces. Restaurants, however, open much earlier, and there are always tapas to keep hunger at bay. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day, eaten between 1pm and 3pm. In the summer following it with a siesta is strongly recommended.

Who to go with: organised tours

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On our 3.5 hour Taste of Granada Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to discover Granada’s traditional products, dishes and hidden treasures. Have a stroll through the beautiful city centre, tasting a selection of locally made specialties paired with delicious wines. From local style ham cured in the mountains, to dry fruits and nuts in one of the oldest grocery shops in Spain to traditional Granada tapas in a charming family-owned restaurant you’ll enjoy delectable dishes and drinks as you learn about Granada’s rich history and culture, passing by some of its most emblematic sites and culinary hotspots.

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Scout out Granada’s top tapas bars which offer the best wines by the hand of a private official guide while learning about the city’s history on a 2.5-hour evening walking tour! Taking place around the Albaicin neighborhood where Granada’s history is etched into the streets, the tour visits four locally loved tapas bars in between sightseeing. See Plaza Nueva, Santa Ana Church and the famous vantage point of Mirador San Nicolás; learn about the Moors who once ruled the city; and savor small plates of delicious tapas alongside a select drink in each bar. Numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention at all times, you can choose a private tour,

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Granada Flamenco & Tapas Tour

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Old Granada Market & Food Tasting Tour

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