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Eight of the very best Instagram accounts to follow in Spain

To spur some inspiration as you eat, drink and explore your way through Spain, The Local has compiled a list of the best Spain-based Instagram accounts to follow.

Eight of the very best Instagram accounts to follow in Spain
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You're already scrolling through Instagram anyway, why not follow these accounts:

1.     Madrid No Frills

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At the top of our list is Madrid No Frills, a blog that highlights the parts of Madrid untouched by the gentrification and modernization that has transformed the city in recent decades. The blog highlights abandoned homes and cheese factories, undiscovered street art, haunted buildings, and overlooked stories to show you the grittier, real side of Spain’s capital.

2.     Disfruta Sevilla

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If you are planning a trip to the city that everyone is talking about this year, make sure to follow Disfruta Sevilla, an account that showcases the city’s most beautiful sights. And if you can’t make it to Sevilla just yet, follow the account anyway—these shots of the Plaza de Espana and the Catedral will fill you with wanderlust.

3.     Devour Tours

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If the pictures of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Alhambra in Granada don't convince you to travel through Spain, the pictures of Jamon Iberico and Seafood Paella will. Devour Tours combines classics like the famous Chocolateria San Gines with small, local restaurants and market. Follow their account for must-eats in every region of Spain. Warning: you will get hungry while scrolling through their feed.

4.     SpanishSabores

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Another food account to follow because, let’s be real, you are not doing Spain right if food and wine are not at the center of your travel universe. This one is run by the creator of Devour Tours, Lauren Aloise, whose account is a fun mix of Spanish food markets, highlights of her food adventures abroad, and recipes she’s picked up along the way.

5.     Madrid Diferente

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Madrid Diferente’s account and website is paella of things to do in Madrid. Organized by neighborhood to make your exploring easier, MadridDiferente recommends restaurants, bars, cafes, and places to grab a copa, shop, and take your kids. One of the best features of their instagram account and website is that it highlights events taking place in Madrid including temporary art exhibitions, flamenco classes, and musicals.

6.     Spain

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This is the official Instagram of tourism in Spain, and a must-follow if aesthetically pleasing feeds and gorgeous photography are your thing. With nearly 300K followers, the account is linked the magazine of the same name and has some of the most beautiful shots of Spanish cities you’ve ever seen. Their website also includes places to go, things to do, and practical information to keep in mind as you travel such as weather, embassies, and accomodations.

7.     Cheap in Madrides


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If you’re traveling through Madrid on a budget this is the account to follow. While the instragram page only launched this year and has a few hundred followers, the account includes the best days and times to visit Madrid's landmarks for free or reduced entry.

8. The Local Spain 

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Follow The Local Spain as your guide to Spanish food, culture, news and travel. Every day we feature pictures taken by our followers from every region of Spain and keep you updated on where to go and what to do. And we follow back!

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The best vegan and vegetarian Spanish dishes

These are two words that don’t often go together – vegetarian and Spanish, as most vegetarians and vegans will only know too well, however, it may come as a surprise to discover that there are a few Spanish dishes that naturally do not contain any meat or fish.

The best vegan and vegetarian Spanish dishes

Whether you live in Spain or you frequently travel here, if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan you’ll know that finding traditional Spanish dishes can be tricky. But if you don’t want to have to eat international food all the time, you will discover that there are several meat and fish-free dishes that are Spanish classics. 

Espinacas con garbanzos

A dish traditionally found in southern Spain in Andalusia, this is essentially exactly how it’s translated – spinach with chickpeas. The dish has a long history dating all the way back to the Moors, who ruled southern Spain for almost 800 years. Completely vegan, the spinach and chickpeas are made into a type of stew with herbs and spices like paprika and cumin. Often pine nuts and raisins are added to the mix too.

READ ALSO: What did the Moors ever do for us?’ How Spain was shaped by Muslim rule

Spinach and chickpeas is a classic Andalusian dish. Photo: Xemenendura / Wikimedia Commons
 

Escalivada

A classic vegan dish from Catalonia, escalivada is a mix of slow-roasted vegetables, usually onions, peppers and aubergines. It can be eaten as a type of topping for large toasts called torradas and can sometimes have goat’s cheese melted on the top.

Calçots with romesco sauce

Another much-loved Catalan vegetarian dish is calçots with romesco sauce. Calçots are like a cross between a spring onion and a leek and are only available in the winter or early spring seasons. They’re typically grilled over an open fire until blackened. You must then remove the burnt exterior with a pair of gloves before dipping them in the romesco sauce. The sauce is a concoction made from toasted almonds and hazelnuts, tomatoes, garlic, toasted bread, olive oil, vinegar and dried ñora peppers. They can be a bit messy to eat, so restaurants will often give you a bib to wear too. 

READ ALSO – Recipe: How to make, eat and enjoy calçots

Try some calçots at a traditional calçotada. Photo: Esme Fox
 

Gazpacho

A dish that many are familiar with, this cold soup is traditionally from Andalusia, although it’s likely you’ll find it all over Spain in the summertime. It’s made from blended tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, bread, olive oil and garlic. 

Gazpacho is a cold tomato soup. Photo: Ирина Кудрявцева / Pixabay

Paella de verduras

Ordering paella in Spain can be tricky for vegans and vegetarians because the most traditional either contain seafood or rabbit, chicken snails and butter beans, like the ones from Valencia. Many places, however, now offer a paella de verduras, featuring only vegetables. Restaurants will use whatever is in season, whether that’s artichokes, green beans, peppers, asparagus, mushrooms or courgettes. The only difficult part is that many places will only do paellas for two or more people, so you have to hope your companions are willing to eat the vegan version too. 

A vegetable paella is completely vegan. Photo: Corophoto / Pixabay
 

Berenjenas con miel

This simple tapas dish translates as aubergines with honey and is essentially deep-fried aubergines usually dipped in bread crumbs or battered and then drizzled with molasses or treacle which is actually miel de caña, not the type of honey from bees. Although you can find it in many places in Spain, it’s typically from Andalusia and is very popular in Granada and surrounding areas.

A plate of berenjenas con miel is always a veggie favourite. Photo: Esme Fox
 

Patatas a lo pobre

Poor man’s potatoes might not sound very appetising, but this dish of fried sliced potatoes with onions, peppers and garlic is actually delicious. Again you’ll find it mostly in Andalusia, particularly in the Alpujarras mountains, just south of Granada.

Try some patatas a lo pobre in the Alpujarras. Photo: pxhere

Pisto

Similar to the French ratatouille, pisto is a stew made from cubes of aubergines, onions, peppers, courgettes and tomatoes. It comes from the region of Castilla-La Mancha and is often served with a fried egg on top. To make it vegan, simply ask for it without the egg.

Pisto is similar to the French ratatouille but is often served with an egg. Photo: Arnaud 25 / WikiCommons
 

Ajo blanco

This white garlic soup is a tasty combination of almonds, garlic, olive oil, bread and white wine or sherry vinegar. It comes from the areas around Málaga and Cádiz and like gazpacho is served cold. It’s sometimes served topped with grapes too. 

Ajo blanco is often served with grapes. Photo: cyclonebill / WikiCommons

Croquetas de boletus, ceps or espinacas

Croquetas are a favourite tapas dish throughout the country, and while many of them are filled with jamón (ham) or even squid ink, there are several vegetarian varieties too. Unfortunately, they are not vegan because they’re made with bechamel sauce, which contains dairy. The bechamel is mixed with various flavours and then covered in breadcrumbs before being deep-fried. Vegetarian varieties come in varieties such as boletus or ceps (types of mushrooms), espinacas (spinach) or cabrales cheese – a blue cheese from Asturias. 

READ ALSO – MAP: How well do you know your Spanish cheeses?

Try croquetas filled with spinach, mushrooms or cheese. Photo: Ralf Gervink / Pixabay

Salmorejo

Salmorejo is a cold soup similar to gazpacho, but it’s much thicker and creamier. It’s typically made from just four main ingredients – tomatoes, bread, olive oil and garlic. You can find it all over Andalusia, but it’s actually from Córdoba. Often it’s topped with ham and boiled egg, so simply ask for it sin jamón y huevo for it to be vegan. 

Ask for your salmorejo sin jamón for it to be vegetarian. Photo:Javier Lastras / Wikimedia Commons

Tortilla de patatas

One of the two only non-vegan dishes on our list is the classic tortilla de patatas, which you can find all over Spain and is definitely a meal you can rely on if all else fails. It is of course made from eggs and potatoes, but Spain is very divided on whether you should add onions or not. The Local is firmly on the onion side! 

Do you like your tortilla with or without onion? Photo: Luis MGB / Pixabay
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