The origin of tapas: an old story
If you are Spanish or used to travelling in Spain, tapas are almost a daily habit.
But probably nobody knows the old story behind this tasting tradition.
Some authors assert that the tapa was born when, due to an illness, the Spanish king Alfonso the 10th, the Wise, had to take small bites of food with some wine between meals. Once recovered from the disease, the wise king decreed that no wine was to be served in any of the inns in his land, unless accompanied by something to eat.
Another realistic version says that Tapas appeared as a habit for farmers and workers to have a small amount of food during their working time, which allowed them to carry on working until time for the main meal.
What we know for sure is that once the taverns became established throughout Spain, the Tapas habit remained in place.
If you are a tapas lover, one place you can't miss is Taberna Tierraranda in Marbella. This tavern is very centrally located, even if a little bit hidden.
Anyway it is well worth to look for it, because you'll find a special Spanish atmosphere, far from the touristy style. This is a real tapas heaven in the heart of Costa del Sol.
Following the tradition, tapas are served with a selection of high quality wine.
Staff are friendly and the decoration is stylish and elegant.
In the Marbella tradition, many people consider Tierraranda the best place for tapas in town.
Many think that there is no bar in town with a similar wine selection.
Calle de San Lázaro, 1 29601 Marbella – Phone (+34) 952 82 95 97