Published: Friday, September 21, 2018
Barcelona’s magnificent La Sagrada Família, the orange-tree-lined streets of Seville, and the beaches of Ibiza are major hot spots for most visitors to the country. However, there’s far more to Spain than these well-known locations – you just have to dig a little deeper to find these hidden gems. Words: Ben Groundwater
1. Girona, Catalonia
You may not be able to afford to eat at Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, one of the world’s best restaurants based in the city of Girona (pictured above). But you can call into Rocambolesc. This gelateria is run by El Celler’s dessert wizard Jordi Roca, who churns out 6 delicious flavours of ice-cream a day. Guava jam, caramelised apple and even shortbread – it’ll be hard to pick from the 34 toppings, but the best bet is to let the expert staff choose a combination for you.
2. Logroño, La Rioja
The Basque city of San Sebastián has earnt its reputation as a culinary hot spot; however, the nearby town of Logroño, in the Rioja wine region, also has a host of amazing tapas bars with a fraction of the crowds. The culinary speciality here is called pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, and served in the myriad of bars spread throughout Logroño’s medieval old town.