To ask a spanish what a tapa is, is like asking an Englishmen about the tea. Nevertheless, although its meaning is worldwide known, a small snack or appetizer of food, less people know about its origins.
To widen your knowledge about this tradition, we would like to make a comment on the etymology of the word. “Tapa” means cover. The use of this word for small portions of food comes from the tradition of covering the drink with a piece of bread to protect it from dust or flies. However, another popular explanation says that the king Alfonso XIII stopped by a famous tavern in Cádiz (Andalusian city) where he ordered a cup of wine. The waiter covered the glass with a slice of cured ham before offering it to the king, to protect the wine from the beach sand, as Cádiz is a windy place. The king, after drinking the wine and eating the tapa, ordered another wine ”with the cover”.
The word tapa was incorporated to the spanish language as an andalusian term and rapidly got extended throughout the territory. For this reason, the Costa del Sol is a perfect place to enjoy a good tapa. The Hotel Florida, situated near the center of Fuengirola, is the perfect place to stay at to try tapas as it is situated very close to local bars and taverns.