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Finding the best food during your tour of Spain

A tour of Spain offers up a world of opportunity. It's perfect for history buffs, who may want to visit the important landmarks such as the Great Mosque of Córdoba. It's also an ideal destination for the more culturally-minded travelers who walk through the Prado in Madrid. Yet, while Spain is teeming with history and culture, it also offers some of the best food in Europe. However, you need to know where to look and what to order, and there are some dishes you can't leave Spain without having tried. 

Gazpacho
While you can order gazpacho anywhere, you should make sure you sample the variety offered in Andalusia. The southernmost community in Spain also offers some of the best food, and this traditional soup is no exception. It comes in a wide variety of styles and can be made from many different sources. However, some of the best variations include tomatoes, cucumbers and garlic. Although it may not be big enough for an entire meal, sipping some gazpacho can be the perfect way to pass an afternoon in Andalusia. 

Cremea Catalana
While it seems similar to creme bruelee, cremea catalana offers a uniquely Spanish twist on a traditional favorite. While they do have some things in common, there are substantial differences. Most notably cremea catalana uses citrus peels and cinnamon to create a bolder flavor. There are plenty of good places to try out this Spanish desert, but Barcelona is arguably the best city for cremea catalana. 

Tortilla de Patatas
You may think you have had a good omelet before, but don't be so sure until you've tried tortilla de patatas. This delicious dish is not only made with beaten eggs, but it is also stuffed full of diced potatoes and onions before being fried in olive oil. Tortilla de patatas can be served for any meal throughout the day, and you can likely find it wherever your tour of Spain takes you, whether it's Madrid or Toledo. 

Paella
Perhaps the most well-known food to come out of Spain, paella is a must-have. Although you've likely consumed some variant of this rice dish before, it probably will not compare to sampling some from where it originated - in the coastal city of Valencia. 

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