“Tierra de tapas”. 

Tapas are the ubiquitous bar food of Spain, but no one is entirely sure how they originated. The word tapa means a top, or cover, which reflects how tapas have traditionally been eaten, on a little plate balanced on top of a drink glass. 

Not long ago, Almería was named Spanish Capital of Gastronomy for 2019. Our city was chosen for many reasons, among them its “unique and exceptional culinary offer that combines land and sea,” according to It was recognized for its extensive fish selection, from octopus to squid to sardines; its canned specialties, such as mackerel and tuna; and its charcuterie, cheese and many other delectable products.

Also, while in most of the Spanish cities either charge for tapas or give out what they have available, in Almería you will have a large list of free tapas to choose. 

But not everything is about tapas. Some of the best restaurants of the region are based in Almería, where you can have high quality meals.

Casa Puga

With hams hanging from the ceiling and marble-topped tables and walls covered with tiles, this is an outstanding tapas bar for -founded in 1870 – with a great atmosphere and loyal clientele.

They also have one of the best wine cellars in Andalucía.

El Quinto Toro

f you ask someone from Almeria which tapa he will have at 1:30pm, the answer will be “Potatoes and fried egg” from El Quinto Toro.

One of the most emblematic pubs in the city with more than 70 years of experience making people happy with their amazing food.


La Gruta

Enjoy a luxury lunch/dinner inside a cave.

Established in the 80’s, tranquility and well-being emanate from its limestone walls inviting customers to experience the pleasure of tasting fabulous food.

Spectacular wine cellar that holds more than 30,000 bottles with a representation of all the Designations of Origin. The facilities consist of a spacious entrance and reception hall plus four lounges of different capacities.