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Try some tapas in Madrid

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Try some tapas in Madrid
If you're sitting on your bed in your Madrid hostel and have stumbled across my blog in search of inspiration about what to try first, then, my friend, you have come to the right place. The activity that should be number one on your travel agenda is taking in some tapas and luckily, the country has lots of bars for you to choose from. Finding somewhere that offers up these little treats from heaven should be no challenge whatsoever.

No one knows this better than website the Examiner, which stated that there is one bar for every six people in Spain, suggesting that your odds of locating somewhere that caters to your needs is going to be fairly simple. Your first stop should be the La Latina district, most notably Cava Baja street as this area is dedicated entirely to tapas bars. Or Almendro - on Calle Almendro just around the corner - which is renowned for its fried eggs and potato plates. Scrumdiddlyumptious!

If you're wondering just what tapas actually is, however, allow me to enlighten you. According to the news source, many people think they started back in the day when people would order beer but no food. A small plate was put on top of the beer glass to stop flies getting at it and which was eventually used for a small bite to eat. Apparently, tapas derives from the Spanish tapar, meaning to cover.

While in Madrid, you also really need to head to Malasana, which offers tired and hungry tourists a host of bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as the chance to learn something about the region's diverse history. Web page What Madrid says that the area was the setting for a cultural revolution, paving the way for a more liberal outlook on life.

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