Thursday, 20 October 2011 2:24 PM
If you're planning a stay in cheap Barcelona hotels with the view to sampling some tasty tapas, you'll certainly be in the right place.
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a cultural hotspot that attracts thousands of people every year for its vibrant arts scene, rich history, sandy beaches and - of course - its fantastic cuisine.
If you're hoping to save money where you can to indulge your passion for new tastes, consider booking into a hostel for your trip. If you require basic accommodation, making use of cheap hostels could see you save money, which you could then put to better use during your stay.
Once you've settled in, it's time to begin your search for the authentic flavours of Catalonia. Head then to Quimet i Quimet - a lively bodega that serves up unique and tasty titbits for its hungry visitors.
Try artistically arranged pickles, cheeses, tuna, caviar and salmon, or ask for an assembled plate if you can't make up your mind.
Another top spot in the city is Cal Pep - a popular venue serving up fresh seafood tapas. Due to its exclusive nature, however, the restaurant can get busy and dishes are expensive.
Call in at the intimate location of La Divinia in the Gothic Quarter to try classic morsels like langostinos in garlic, anchovies in vinegar or the savoury chilli snacks pimientos del pardon.
Alternatively you could visit the Middle Eastern-influenced Kabara and sample shrimps in sesame sauce, pinchos, patas bravas or smoked beef with pa amb tomaquet.
Perhaps one of the best places to try some tapas and benefit from a wealth of choice is at La Boqueria Market. Here you'll find a selection of tiny restaurants that source the ingredients for their tapas from the adjacent market, so you can be sure the food will be fresh.
Afterwards, you might wish to take a look round the bazaar, where you can pick up preserves and candied goods, alongside other tasty treats.
Visit Taberna Basca Irati if you'd like to absorb a traditional ambience with equally rustic tapas, such as pintxos montaditos, or for something a little more intriguing, head to Casa Jacinta, where you can sample mashed potatoes with coriander cream, venison pate and aubergine mousse.
This is just a small selection of the vast array of tapas bars to be found in Barcelona - why not book your journey today to discover the rest firsthand?