Cuenca is a perfect city to go for some tapas due to its fun and cosy atmosphere and for its variety in areas and establishments. It is a very generous city when it comes to tapas, as all the bars and taverns serve them for free, without having to ask for them. They are excellent snacks that accompany your drinks.
The most famous area is the centrally-located Calle San Francisco, a pedestrian street located in the modern part of the city, a reference point to all young people who live here. Another sought-after area for tapas is the Old Town, known as Casco Antiguo in Spanish, (Plaza Mayor, Castillo district…), where terraces play a huge role due to the spectacularity of the area. One of the most complete ones is the terrace of Hotel Leonor de Aquitania, thanks to its setting and variety.
Once the establishment has been chosen, to start with we recommend our most traditional dish, morteruelo, which is served in most bars and mesones. You can order it as a starter or as a tapa if you are eating on the bar itself, a ration that will perfectly accompany an excellent local wine. The morteruelo is served hot, in a clay pot and with bread to dip. Regarding the drinks, we have spectacular wines of no fewer than four denominations of origin (Mancha, Ribera del Júcar, Uclés and Manchuela), but our most authentic drink is resolí, a homemade spirit of Arabic origin with plenty of character. It has a sweet twist and is perfect to finish off a good meal, accompanying the other ancestral recipe, the alajú.
Depending on the time of year, the weather and your budget, at reception we will indicate you the most popular bars to go for tapas in Cuenca.