Spain is a complex place. The country is carved into 17 different regions, and each is fiercely proud of its local traditions and history.
And when it comes to food and drink, the regional contrasts are especially marked.
From Asturias to Andalusia, and from Catalonia to the Canary Islands, the locals make merry in very different ways.
In this week's Local List food expert and tour guide James Blick takes us on part one of a two-part tour of the top regional food experiences in Spain.
James Blick works for Madrid Food Tour.