The best Spanish food and drink to keep you cool during the summer heat

If the summer heat is making you lose your appetite, these delicious Spanish food and drink specialties will help fill you up whilst keeping you cool. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal).

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Though you might not feel like eating a lot when the weather is so warm, some Spanish food and drink can have an amazing cooling effect, from fresh, chilled gazpacho to icy, refreshing granizado. 

READ ALSO:  Ten things that only happen in Spain when summer arrives

So follow The Local’s guide to the best food and drink to consume this summer to stay cool as a cucumber. 


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While outside of the Iberian peninsula, soup tends to be reserved for the coldest of months, Spaniards have their own ideas about food. Gazpacho is a soup served cold, traditionally made of tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic. Look out for modern versions with a twist, such as Gazpacho with a hint of watermelon.

READ ALSO: Where to buy the best gazpacho, Spain’s summer soup classic


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Sometimes called “white gazpacho”, this cold garlic soup is popular in Andalusia in southern Spain. In Málaga, it is often served with fresh fruit like apples or melons.

READ ALSO: Recipe: How to make Andalusian Ajo Blanco soup

Papas aliñás

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This cold summery potato salad dish comes from Cádiz in southern Spain. It’s prepared with onions, parsley, sherry vinegar and usually topped with slices of hard-boiled egg.


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Much like its sister dish, gazpacho, this cold soup graces the menu of many a Spanish restaurant during the summer. It’s thicker and creamier than gazpacho and is often served, as pictured, with bits of serrano ham and hard-boiled eggs on top.

Salpicón de marisco

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Translating to seafood medley, this Spanish dish is made with diced or minced tomatoes, onions, prawns and other seafood.


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This cool drink is made in different ways depending on whether it’s in Spain or Latin America. The Spanish beverage is typically extracted from chufas, or tigernuts, and mixed with water and sugar for a sweet, creamy flavour.
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Basically a Spanish version of a slushee or a snow cone, these freezing cold beverages come quite in handy when the mercury starts to rise.
Helado de turrón

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If you’re desperate to try Spanish specialty and Christmas favourite, turrón, but also need a cooling fix, why not mix the two by sampling the nougat-like snack in ice-cream form? A popular flavour in Spanish heladerías (ice-cream shops), you’ll have no problem finding this very Spanish summery treat wherever you might be in the country.

Tinto de Verano

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This mixture of red wine and lemonade (or casera, a sweetened soda water) is best served on a terraza and only ever ordered in the hottest months of the year. While tourists stick to sangria, tinto de verano is a much more authentic summer drink among Spaniards, and is guaranteed to quench that summer thirst.

Café con hielo

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Need your caffeine fix but can’t stand the thought of a hot drink? Don’t panic! Order your coffee just the way you like it but with a side of ice. It’s an art to tip the hot drink into the ice-filled glass (never the other way round) without spilling it across the table but for coffee addicts, it’s one worth mastering.


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Juicy, thirst-quenching and refreshing, sandia, to use the Spanish name, are the perfect treat to cool you down on a hot afternoon. Guaranteed to put a smile on the sweatiest face!

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EXPLAINED: What should I do if I lose my wallet in Spain?

It can happen to the best of us, but what should you do if you lose or have your wallet/purse stolen in Spain?

EXPLAINED: What should I do if I lose my wallet in Spain?

Whether you’re visiting Spain or live here, losing your wallet or purse can create a huge amount of stress, not to mention the potentially laborious bureaucratic processes you have to go through in order to sort everything out.

Anyone can drop or misplace their wallet, and although Spain is a safe country, like any big city in the world pickpockets do operate. This is particularly true in the more touristy areas of Barcelona.

READ MORE: How Barcelona is once again Spain’s pickpocket capital

Hopefully it never happens to you, but what should you do if you lose your wallet in Spain? 

  1. Search – This one almost goes without saying, but be sure to retrace your steps, search thoroughly at home, and in bags, pairs of trousers etc before reporting the loss of theft. If you start the denuncia process (more on that later) and then find your wallet or purse, you’ll have wasted a lot of time and energy navigating the quirks of the Spanish bureaucratic system. Many cities in Spain have a lost and found office (oficina de objetos perdidos) which you should also consider visiting before getting in touch with police authorities. There are plenty of honest people in Spain, so fingers crossed the person who finds it will hand it in.
  2. Cancel your bank cards – If you’re certain you haven’t just misplaced it, consider cancelling your bank cards. Although many people now use their phones to pay, if you’ve lost your wallet or had it stolen it makes sense to cancel any debit or credit cards you had in there. Be sure to call your bank as soon as you’re sure you haven’t misplaced them.
  3. File a ‘denuncia’ – If you suspect your wallet was stolen, you should go to the nearest police station as soon as possible and file a report (denuncia in Spanish). It is also possible to do it by phone (the Spanish emergency number is 112) or online, but you will have to go to the police station to sign the denuncia at some point eventually, so it’s better to do it all in one go, and to do it as promptly as possible.

    It’s worth noting that very few Spanish police officers speak English, so, if possible, try to go with a Spanish speaker who can help you. Some police stations in larger cities may have a translator on site, but don’t count on it.

  4. Replace your ID cards – If you keep all your bank and ID cards together in your wallet, then losing it will mean that not only are you left without any money, but no identification to prove who you are.
    1. Passports – If you’re visiting Spain on holiday and lose your passport (or ID card, if you’re from an EU country) you should contact your embassy and arrange a short-term emergency passport in order to travel home.
    2. Driving license – if your driving license was in the wallet, you’ll need to go down to your local Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico and request a replacement. It is not usually necessary to make an appointment, but you will need to bring some kind of ID with you. Obviously this could be much more difficult if all your ID cards were lost or stolen in the wallet. If this is the case, bring any official documentation with your name, date of birth and crucially, photo, to help your case.

      You’ll also need to bring two passport photos and pay a fee of €20.

      All being well, you’ll be given a temporary license to allow you to drive until the replacement arrives.

    3. TIE/NIE – If you live in Spain, it’s likely you kept your TIE or old residency card (the small card-sized green document) in your wallet and have also lost that. As a foreigner living abroad, getting a replacement is important.

      To get a replacement, you’ll need to make an appointment (cita previa) at the extranjería. You can do this online by choosing the ‘card duplicate after theft or loss’ option on the dropdown menu. Some of the documents you’ll need are:

      – Form EX-17, (download here)
      – Proof of payment of the fee (790/012)
      – Original and copy of your passport.
      – Three passport photos.
      – Your denuncia.

FIND OUT MORE: What to do if you lose your TIE or other Spanish residency document