tapa means lid and is the popular name of a wide variety of appetizers in Spanish cuisine. The tradition of serving these small snacks with drinks is found all over Spain and is popping up all over the world. It is not certain the true origin of the tradition though the most widely accepted version holds that people at local bars would cover their glasses with slices of bread between sips in order to prevent flies from landing in the drinks. This edible lid was the precursor of modern-day tapas.

In Spain, tapas can be eaten at any time of the day, they are often enjoyed between the main meals – between breakfast and lunch, between lunch and dinner, and during the bar-hopping that occurs after dinner. To understand Spanish culture you should experience the Mediterranean tradition of going out for tapas or tapear, visiting bars to sample their most appetizing bites. We could say that tapas is synonyms for gastronomy, drinks, conversation and friendship.

 

  BODEGA CASA MONTAÑA

69 Calle José 46011 Benlliure, Valencia

Poblats Maritims (Port District)

Telf. 963 672 314 District – Poblats Maritims
www.emilianobodega.com
Casa Montaña is a century old tavern located in the area of "El Cabañal" near the port of Valencia. A high quality cellar committed to promoting the culture of wine. This neighbourhood bar with its décor of bottles-and-barrels has been selling champañet (mistelle brandy mixed with soda water) and cask-poured wine since 1836. Today, it is one of the most popular tapas bars in town.  Some of the delicacies include tangy Santoña anchovies, cod croquettes with pine nuts, and michirones (spicy fava beans). Closed Sunday evenings . Price €30
     
  CASA GUILLERMO

Calle José Benlliure 26, 46011 Valencia
Telf. 963 673 825
 
District – Poblats Maritims
www.elreydelaanchoa.com

Large range of tapas with the speciality of the house being anchovies. Casa Guillermo is located in an old wine cellar in the heart of what was the old sailors district of the City. Guillermo and Carmen, the owners have been hand salting and marinating anchovies since 1957. The process is traditional. Price - €30
     
  BODEGA LA GOYESCA

Maestro Gozalbo, 25

Telf. 963 951 894
 
District - L'L´Eixample
www.bodegalagoyesca.com
In 2008, this bar obtained first prize in the Cruzcampo Tapas Contest, with its Serrano stew. The owner, born in  Cordoba, moved to Valencia bringing the atmosphere that you may find in the original Andalusian bars. You can have your tapas on the bar as the tradition demands or in the large dining room, decorated with pictures of  bullfighting and Andalusian culture.
     
  TINTO FINO

Calle Corregeria, 38, 46001 Valencia

Telf. 963 153 964
District – Ciutat Vella
www.tintofinoultramarino.com
Just 50 m from Plaza de la  Reina, this is a wine bar with over 100 choices of the best international wines. It is also a restaurant with quality tapas, sausages, conserves, and cheeses from all over the world and fresh local foods prepared daily. As the owner says “ Share our passion for wine and genuine dishes. Save water, drink wine “ Open daily from 8 pm
     
  JAMON JAMON

Calle Bolseria 36

Telf. 963 925 877
 
District – Ciutat Vella
www.tabernajamonjamon.com
Located in the heart of Carmen this lovely Bodega offers a huge range of Tapas and of course the speciality if the Jamon Iberica Pata Negra – the famous Iberian black pig cured ham. There is a very extensive wine list and also natural cider. All the deserts are home made.
     
  TASCA ANGEL

Calle de la Purisma 1

Telf. 963 917 835

District – Ciutat Vella

Established in 1946, this busy stand-up bar behind the Lonja serves supreme quality tapas. This place is a legend in Valencia and you would do well to have your tapas experience here. It has been particularly popular for the filleted and fried sardines; they are among the best in town.
     
  NEW ORLEANS VALENCIA TAPAS & COPAS

‎Calle Bolseria, 20, 46001 Valencia

Telf. 961 133 546‎

District- Ciutat Vella

Right in the heart of Carmen offering a good selection of Tapas and some rice dishes to be enjoyed in a warm cosy atmosphere. There is a selection of coffees and chocolate drinks, Sangria, Agua de Valencia, wines etc.
     
  SAGARDI  
 
San Vicente Mártir, 6
Telf. 902 520 522

District – Ciutat Vella
www.sagardi.com
Located in the historic city centre, between the Cathedral, the Town Hall and the Central Market, Sagardi is a very popular meeting place. It has a bar area serving cider and wines and 80 different types of Tapas and a restaurant with a firewood grill serving Basque cuisine.
     

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