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There are now fancy tapas bars in the stylish parts of almost every city worldwide. But in Spain tapas run the gamut, from elegantly decorated prawns in honey and basil sauce to potato chips with a splodge of potato salad plonked on top.  The name tapa (literally, cover) is said to originate from a small plate that was traditionally placed on top of a glass of drink. ln many bars tapas are automatically part of your drinks order – it’s a surprise included in the price. It may be just a slice of bread with olive oil, a few slivers of chorizo, fuet or salchichón sausage, it might be calamares, or patatas bravas – chunky french fries in spicy tomato sauce – it could be pickled fish… you get the idea.

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