Tapas stand out in Spanish cuisine. It's not simply a meal but a means to appreciate cuisine socially. In the past, taverns covered wine with bread or ham to avoid dust and insects. According to folklore, King Alfonso XIII stopped at a Cadiz bar for wine. It was windy, so the pub owner put ham in the glass to keep sand out. The King loved the notion, and he and his courtiers began asking for "wine with a lid."
Tapas were once an appetizer, but today they're the main course. Spain's tapas are a significant draw. Trying a variety of beverages, eating different foods, conversing, and mingling are necessary when visiting our nation.