A Spanish Tapas Pub Crawl in Palamos Spain

Having Spanish tapas is so much fun for foodies in Spain to do. There may be a bit of misunderstanding about what exactly tapas means, but regardless of that, you have to try them! The Spanish tapas I tried were bite-sized morsels of food that ranged from tiny serrano ham sandwiches to prawn cones to quail eggs, as well as amazing desserts. So many of the Spanish tapas were on a stick. You name it, the Spanish have figured out how to make it tiny or to put it on a stick!  They even had things like fried brie with raspberry sauce, pimientos de Padron (tiny green peppers), and an amazing assortment of olives. On my last night in Spain, my group decided to have a Spanish tapas pub crawl! What fun! We wanted to get to know the “real Espana”.

✦ Spanish Tapas Can be A Variety of Things

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Each pub/restaurant that we went to had every type of small hors d’oeuvre that you could imagine, even ones you can’t imagine! Look at this photo below, a sea urchin gratin with cava cream! This is something I never would have imagined! Sorry for the dark photos, but it was night and hard to get a good shot!

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes


They even had steak on crusty bread with a slice of potato!


Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Spanish Tapas in Palamos, Spain


and pizza on a stick! (oops, blurry photo!)


Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Spanish Tapas in Palamos, Spain

Spanish Tapas and Spanish Cava

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Cava

The Spanish tapas are made to be eaten with cocktails (or wine, beer or their traditional drink: cava) and are linked with both the culinary and the nightlife scenes in Spain. Pretty much anywhere you go in Spain, you will find these tasty delights.

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Spanish Tapas in Palamos, Spain

Each tapas in Palamos, Spain was typically on a large toothpick so that you can eat it with your hands. The waitresses can count how many toothpicks you disposed of on your plate so that she can total your food bill for the night!  What a great system!  I only wish we had tapas in the USA.  It would be the perfect combination, as you can eat as much or as little as you want, depending on how hungry you are, how much you drink, and what your budget is for the night.  So instead of going out and spending a lot of money on an expensive meal in one restaurant, as we do in the USA, you could go to several places, all within easy walking distance from each other. Each with different and fun atmospheres! (Oh, and at half the price!  This reminds me of when I was in my 20’s and bar hopping!)

✦ Spanish Tapas and Being Social

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Also, I find that Spain is much more social than the USA.  Maybe it’s the fact that they eat like this, which is more like sitting or standing at the island in the kitchen in one’s home than it is actually sitting at a table with only the people you came to the restaurant with.  Spanish tapas pub crawls work out to be easy if you are single and traveling thru Spain without a companion, as you can move along at your own pace, yet be with others you meet.

✦ Spanish Tapas: Stop one Taverna El Galeo

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Our first stop was in the heart of the old town of Palamos, Spain at Taverna El Galeo.  It was a tiny little place where we could barely fit into, but the bartender and owner could not have been nicer.  Their motto was  “Taverna El Galeó: hot and cold tapas, wines and cava. Quality, value, and friendliness. Visit us.”  It was a nice warm up to the entertaining evening.  Next up was Godard Taverna, which a great array of foods and had many customers waiting for more.  Unfortunately, it has since closed. The last place for our Spanish tapas pub crawl was my favorite, Taverna Uru. It had the most variety and when they heard we were coming, they opened their doors wide!

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Spanish tapas in Palamos, Spain


The food just kept coming and coming and coming!


Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Spanish tapas in Palamos, Spain

They were busy, busy, busy and we barely had enough room for our group and all the other partakers.  It was a loud and boisterous night.

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Spanish tapas desserts

(Oops! Someone snuck two deserts right as I was about to snap my photo! Maybe in Spain, they don’t actually take pictures of their food, but actually, eat it! ha!

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Chocolate mouse balls with salt

✦ Where to stay in Palamos, Spain

So myself, and my new friends pub-crawled through the town of Palamos in the Costa Brava area of Spain. We frequented three Spanish tapas restaurants each close to the  Mediterranean Sea and our hip, seafront hotel, Hotel Trias. With the likes of Truman Capote and Ava Gardner staying here at one time, I knew we were in good hands!

Too bad I had a 4:30 am driver scheduled to pick me up for the airport in Barcelona or it really could have been a great ending to a great trip.  Little did I know that in fewer than 4 hours from then, I would have two Spanish men fighting over who was to drive me to the Barcelona airport, but that is another story!!

✦ Spanish Tapas at Home

Once I got home to the USA I couldn’t wait to make my own Spanish tapas and scoured the internet to find a few simple recipes. I found this one Last Minute Tapas and this one Turn 5 Easy Tapas Recipes Into a Party! One of my favorite from these recipes was the recipe for garlic shrimp.

Spanish Tapas, spanish appetizers, tapas recipes

Gambas al Ajillo or Garlic Shrimp

This is one of the most common and popular tapas in Spain. I found that this dish is quick to make and easy.

Ingredients for Garlic Shrimp

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 large cloves of garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound shrimp (25 count to a pound; deveined, shells left on)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 ounces Spanish brandy or dry brandy
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Spanish paprika
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
  • 3 teaspoons fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
  • 1 fresh baguette

In a frying pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for about one minute. Turn the heat up to high and add the shrimp, lemon juice, and brandy and paprika. Stir well to coat shrimp, then sauté until the shrimp turns pink – three minutes should do. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Then transfer the shrimp with the sauce to a plate. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with the fresh bread.

 

Disclosure: As is common in the travel industry, I was provided with accommodations, meals and other compensation for the purposes of review by the Costa Brava Tourism Board. While it has not influenced my review, PointsandTravel.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. All Photos were taken by the author/or were given permission from the photographer. Affiliate links may be located in this article.

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4 Comments

  1. Miquel Strubell Prats May 19, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Tapas are spanish, but we catalans imported them from Spain. I’ve never seen a flamenco dancer in Palamós!

  2. Pointsandtravel May 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Yes, most people do not know the history of the Catalonians. When they think of Spain, they think of tapas, bull fighting and flamenco. I know that Catalonians don’t think of those things as representing them at all.
    The title of the article was meant as a play on words and not to offend the Catalonians. At first when the article was published, I called it “my tango dance with food”. But I later decided to change it for the more appropriate “flamenco” dance,
    since “tango” is more traditionally Argentinean. This has angered the Catalonians, yet to the average person, they don’t see what the big deal is. Spain=flamenco to them, just like bull fighting and tapas. This article in no way was meant to offend
    you as a Catalonian. The tapas I had in the Catalonia area were amazing, although you are correct, no flamenco dancers did I see!

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