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Spain Tapas 101

In talking with our customers for our private tours of Spain over the last 20 years, we see some very understandable confusion about tapas… Spanish food is much more always than tapas.

Tapas is not about the ingredients in general. It’s more about the portion size, serving style and even the type of plates used. For example, if your want to share tapas for 3+ people, we suggest una racion

  • Montadito (small bit of food “mounted” on or between a small piece bread)
  • Tapa (small plate / snack) – This might be a few pieces of cheese, or olives, or tortilla Española
  • Media Racion (half portion) – This is more food, maybe 2 tapas but can vary.
  • Racion (full portion) – This is again more food, maybe 4 tapas but can vary.
  • Pintxo (food on a stick) – typical in northern Spain but found in Andalucia also.

Experience Spain’s Tapas with Experts

To experience the best of Spain’s amazing cuisine, you MUST avoid the slick tourist traps that seem authentic but are a poor imitation of the best foods and charms of Spain.

This is a key part of all of our private 6 to 14-day private custom-planned tours of Spain. See more here.

Why should you consider our private Spain & Portugal travel planning and 24/7 tour concierge service?

Unlike the internet, we care. We talk and email and often intuitively understand our upscale clients.

You Want An AMAZING Trip to Remember… But

  • BUT you don’t have time to research and organize the trip yourself.
  • BUT you don’t want a mediocre “cookie cutter” trip.
  • BUT you detest missing out amazing experiences.
  • BUT you hate the idea of packaged tours.
  • BUT the idea of standing in lines or tourist traps.
  • BUT you’re not sure what to believe online.
  • BUT you don’t want to feel like a tourist.

Contact us today to start planning your own perfect Tapas tour at hello@magicalspain.com or by filling in the form below!

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Hola from Spain! I’m Dan O’Beirne, founder of Magical Spain.

Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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Fill out the form with the destinations, wish-list, & personal preferences for your perfect trip. If you would like your tour planner to offer some inspiration, then we are happy to provide a suggested itinerary which we can then refine with you until you are 100% delighted with it.

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Soon after receiving your request, your personal tour planner will be in touch to begin planning your custom tour. You will then receive a tailor-made tour itinerary which can be revised an unlimited number of times to ensure total satisfaction and the perfect vacation.

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As Spain and Portugal return to normal following the pandemic, we at Magical Spain & Portugal continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate the health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to our team. As you can see above, we’ve been awarded the “Safe Tourism Certified” accreditation for meeting and exceeding all government protective guidance.

The safety & protection of our clients is – and always has been – our number one priority and as such, some of the changes made are as follows:

All our luxury vehicles will undergo an overnight sanitizing and cleaning process (while drivers will also take opportunities during breaks throughout the day to wipe down the vehicles with sanitizing equipment);

We’ll be providing additional hand sanitizer and hygiene packs including masks for all travelers;

Fresh bottled water will be supplied for all passengers.

We’re not only protecting our client’s personal safety but also their wallets…

Our booking promise means that if your travel is interrupted by Covid and you’re unable to enter Spain or Portugal due to travel restrictions, we’ll provide a free rescheduling service, or if you’d prefer a refund, we’ll return all costs paid for our services as long as the cancellation comes at least seven days before your tour start date.

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Hola from Spain! I’m Dan O’Beirne, founder of Magical Spain.

Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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The highlight for me was going to the restaurant you picked for us in Cadaqués. Wow, what a treat! Mercedes is an incredible guide. As I reviewed some Rick Steves videos, I noticed that your guides Jesús, and Mercedes featured in them! I’m so glad we had your company to get us to the airport or we’d be standing in Plaza Catalunya waiting to board a bus to the airport after wheeling all our luggage there from the hotel. We’re feeling bad for others but thankful for your excellent planning and the 24/7 support by Inma and Mercedes! Thanks again and we hope to return to do Andalucia and or Portugal soon!”

Anne & Sean K, (NYC)

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“I hire lawyers, doctors, tax experts …. well this year I hired the Magical Spain expert team for a custom private guided Best of Spain trip with my granddaughter…. excellent luxury hotels, perfect planning, comfortable transport, no stress and memorable experiences of Spain’s history, cuisine, wine & culture.”

Cheryl Powers (San Francisco, CA)

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“I urge everyone who values unforgettable vacations to contact Magical Spain and talk to Dan or Rachel.

Beyond the personalized planning and fine 24-7 tour support, we loved the quality and care of the licensed guides, the delicious tapas, the exotic ambiance of Seville and Granada, Madrid’s majesty and art, medieval Toledo, and meeting the olive oil estate owners, artist, chef & winemaker.”

R. Mathews, wife & friends (Northern Virginia)

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“Our private Spain guided trip was superb and stress-free, thanks for the customization.. we loved the Seville and Granada walking tours, but also the historic hilltowns, medieval castles, wine tasting with the winemaker,  tapas on the plazas, flamenco guitar…great insight and memories!”

R. Fergerson (NYC)

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“Outstanding, seamless planning with a very personalized itinerary executed perfectly…..

In Spain, we felt like VIPs as we met the winemakers in La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the chefs, the village mayor  and flamenco dancer in Sevilla! The unique experiences and memories beat that of 4 or 5 cruises.  We will be back to do Andalucia or Portugal in a few years”

Scott & Kisha McCann (NYC)

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