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Miriam García is the HomeAway blog travel expert on Spanish cuisine. She can also be found on her blog The Winter Guest.
Madrid, located in the very centre of the Iberian Peninsula, is the capital city of Spain. As a capital and main crossroads since the times of the Visigothic Kingdom in the 7th century, it has received all kinds of influences along the way, particularly regarding food. Known for having several areas and even whole quarters where you can simply spend hours tasting different specialties in various bars, Madrid's a great spot for a gastronomic break.
The end of the summer and the autumn is the time for olive picking in the Mediterranean. And we Spaniards love our olives. Spain is not only the biggest producer of olive oil in the world, but table olives are eaten as a “tapa” or accompaniment all over the place. I would say that maybe a handful of olives served on a tiny “barqueta” (a boat-shaped dish) is the most ubiquitous tapa of all. By Miriam Garcia