Barcelona’s location on the Mediterranean Sea within close proximity of the Pyrenees mountains has long ensured an abundant supply of fresh local ingredients in its cuisine. Whilst the resulting combination of meat and seafood dishes (Mar i Muntanya) is a common feature of Catalan cuisine there’s also a vast range of pork, chicken and vegetable dishes sourced from the farmlands of Catalonia. Typical ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet such as olive oil, garlic, fresh vegetables, legumes and fish are an intrinsic part of a local cuisine which is thriving in the city’s tapas bars and restaurants.
Whilst traditional Spanish tapas dishes such as ‘patatas bravas’, ‘tortilla de patatas’ and ‘croquetas’ are available in most tapas bars there are other dishes with a more Catalan flavour. These include the simple ‘pa amb tomàquet’ (tomato and olive oil rubbed onto bread) and ‘botifarra amb mongetes’ (pork sausage with white beans). You’ll also find a selection of creative salads such as ‘esqueixada’ which includes salt cod and a great choice of pork based ’embutidos’ (cured meats) and cheeses from all over the country. Be sure to look out for ‘alioli’ which is a very garlicky mayonnaise sauce which is frequently served in Barcelona tapas bars.