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Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula, known as the "tail of Europe" and the "head of Africa." Since ancient times, along with the influence of various nations and cultures, Spain has developed a unique culinary culture that makes the most of fresh seafood and mountains.



Spain is a multi-ethnic country with 17 autonomous regions, each with its own unique culture, customs and food etc. For example, "pintxos" is a new style of tapas that emerged in the Basque Country in the north after 1970, and "paella" is the cuisine of Catalonia and Valencia in the east, where rice cultivation flourishes. Gazpacho," a cold soup, originated in the hot southern region of Andalusia.

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In Spain, people eat five times a day. Breakfast is served twice a day at 8:00 (Desayuno) and 11:00 (Almuerzo), lunch (Comida) as the most substantial meal of the day is served around 14:00, a snack (Merienda), such as a bocadillo (sandwich) is served around 18:00, and dinner (Cena) is served around 21:00.



Bars is gathering places like a combination of a café and a tavern. It is an essential place for Spaniards to casually drop in, eat, drink, and chat. They are crowded from morning till night with people enjoying coffee, wine, tapas, etc.



The custom of taking a nap and resting after lunch, known as siesta, has taken root in Spain. In recent years, some major companies have abolished it in order to align with the international community, but it still remains in small towns.

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欠かせない食材 Indispensable Ingredients


Olive oil, tomatoes, and garlic are essential for Spanish cuisine, which is characterized by simple flavors that make the most of fresh ingredients. Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil.

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トルティージャ Tortilla


Tortilla, an omelette filled with potatoes, is a standard tapas in bars. It is usually well cooked, but in the capital city of Madrid, tortillas with a thicker texture inside are a specialty.

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バンデリージャ Banderilla


Banderillas, skewers of green chilies, olives, anchovies, and other ingredients, are one of bars' popular pintxos. Eating the whole in one bite is the Spanish way.

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モスト Mosto


Most is made from the freshly squeezed juice that is produced when making wine. Although it is non-alcoholic, most has a wine-like aroma and taste. Also like wine, it is available in red and white.

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​パン・コン・トマテ Pan con Tomate

スペイン全土、特にカタルーニャ地方でよく食べられている朝ごはんの定番といえば、トーストしたパンにトマトを塗った「パン・コン・トマテ」。お好みで生ハムなどを乗せて食べます。 A breakfast commonly eaten throughout Spain, especially in Catalonia. It is toasted bread with tomato spread on it., eaten with prosciutto and other ingredients of one's choice.

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エスカリバーダ Escalivada


In Spain, vegetables such as paprika, eggplant  are grilled, marinated, and preserved in summer when there are more vegetables than can be eaten. This is also a traditional Catalan dish.

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ガスパチョ Gazpacho


A cold, fireless soup made by mashing summer vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and bread etc. It originated in Andalusia, a region in southern Spain where temperatures can exceed 40℃ in summer.

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コラカオ Cola Cao


Chocolate drink as a national favorite in Spain. It is familiar in bars and restaurants, and is drunk at any time by men and women of all ages. 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games' official beverage.


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タルタ・デ・サンティアゴ Tarta de Santiago


Almond cake with the shape of a cross which was made in the monastery of Santiago de Compostela, the final stop on the pilgrimage route where the remains of Santiago (St. James) were enshrined.


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