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Tapas in Leon

Morcilla at El Rincon del Gaucho bar in Leon. Photo Credit: (c) Damian Corrigan

More free tapas.

What’s Tapas Like in Leon?

Everyone knows about the free tapas in Granada. Fewer are aware that the same system of free tapas exists in Leon too.

A little tip: while in most of Spain, one would order a ‘caña’ as the smallest beer, in Leon there’s a size one smaller: a ‘corto’. Order this and you’ll get the same amount of food but for less money and inebriation.

Traditional Dishes in Leon

Morcilla is black pudding or blood sausage, but served more like a very wet pâté. The texture is not for everyone (nor perhaps the content!) but it is delicious if you can get over the rest of it. Also look out for cecina a cured beef ‘ham’, much like beef jerky!

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A Ridiculous Amount of Meat in Avila

That’s my hand next to my chuleton de Avila. Yes, it’s a fully grown man-hand. Photo Credit: (c) Damian Corrigan

Can you eat it all?

Traditional Dishes in Avila

The main dish in Avila is the Chuleton, a giant beef steak served with a side of chunky chips (fries to some of you).

Yes, it’s huge, but it’s also tasty (if perhaps also not the leanest meat you’ll ever eat). Get it as part of a two-person menú, served with starters of Castilian soup, a bean dish and a mashed potato dish to get the complete Avila experience.

What’s Tapas Like in Avila?

I’ve had little plates of tapas given to me in a few places in Avila (at La Bruja, just outside the city walls, for example) but as most people only come to Avila as a day trip from Madrid, it makes sense to just go for chuleton and have tapas in another city.

See also: Segovia and Avila Guided Tour from Madrid

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Tapas in Ronda

Tapas at De Locos Tapas in Ronda. Photo Credit: (c) Damian Corrigan

Ronda, far from the maddening crowds up above the Tajo ravine, is an excellent spot for tapas.

What are Tapas Like in Ronda?

Ronda tapas is traditional Andalusian fare. Nothing comes for free here, but prices are low and quality is high.

How to Eat in Ronda

Avoid the touristy squares and eat either just above or just below these areas. There are a few good tapas bars north of the center, around Calle Lorenzo Borrego and Calle Molino (such as Patatin Patatin, La Vina and Bodega Socorro) or south of the center near the Gate of Almocabar and Plaza Ruedo Alameda (such as De Locos Tapas and Casa Maria).

This makes it easy to tapear, to bar hop, taking a small beer and a tapa in each location.

Traditional Dishes in Ronda

Ronda is in Andalusia, so expect to see a lot of the same dishes you’ll see all over the region, as well as some slightly  more hearty dishes to help cope with Ronda’s harsh winters. Dishes described as ‘a la rondeña’ are at least being marketed as local. Bean stew, rabo de toro (oxtail), local pumpkins and chestnuts are all popular.

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