Granada Food and Wine Tours

A Blend of Spanish and Arabic Culinary Traditions

Granada sits just at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where four rivers meet. The Moorish influences typical across all Andalusia are particularly notable here in the architecture, food and culture. The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace is one of the most famous architectural sights in all Spain and draws countless visitors every year. The Generalife gardens which extend from the Alhambra, the stunning Cathedral of Granada and the historical Albayzin district are just some of the many cultural gems that make Granada well worth a visit.

If you love Spanish cuisine, you’ll be right at home in Granada. The city’s food culture blends Spanish and Arabic traditions and stands out for its liberal use of spices and other condiments. Desserts are often flavoured with anise and cinnamon in North African fashion. Unusual dishes such as tortilla del sacromonte, an omelette containing cow or sheep’s brains are worth a try for adventurous travellers, or stick with popular favourites such as pipirrana, a tomato-based salad, or typical cold soups such as gazpacho and salmorejo. Beans are also an integral part of the city’s cuisine, featured in dishes including saladilla con habas (a kind of pie served with green beans) or habas con jamón (broad beans with cured ham). You can also treat yourself to sweet specialities such as barreta (made of almonds and caramelised sugar), tortas de la virgen, and roscos de San Lázaro (almond biscuits).

Thanks to its location between the mountains, rivers and sea, Granada has access to a huge variety of fresh foods. Locally-grown vegetables, quality olive oil and cured meats often take centre stage in a range of typical dishes. The city’s proximity to the sea gives locals a steady supply of seafood such as grilled or fried sardines and anchovies, or sole, sea bass and snapper baked in a salt crust, or added to stews. The Alpajarra region produces a mouth-watering array of cheeses and sausages, not to mention the world-famous jamón ibérico, an air-cured ham made from specially-bred pigs that are fed mainly on acorns.

You certainly won’t be stuck for places to eat out whilst in Granada. Mirador de Morayma specialises in local delicacies, whilst popular restaurants such as Velázquez and Pilar del Toro offer a spectrum of Andalusian cooking. Or, if you want a really special experience, the Restaurante Arriaga, run by top chef Álvaro Arriaga, is situated on the top floor of the Museo Memoria de Andalucía and boasts stunning views across the city. Tapas is also an extremely popular way to dine in the evening, with many bars offering free tapas alongside drinks. Enjoy your meal accompanied by a glass or two of excellent Spanish wine or local sherry such as Pedro Ximenez.

Discover a taste of Granada’s foodie culture with one of our culinary experiences: from tapas evenings to tasting classes, we’ve got you covered.

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