Almería tapas row

Local hostelry association stunned by Junta’s refusal to recognise provincial bar snack

The map of Turre for this year's annual tapas run, a popular event with local villages

By David Jackson

A refusal by the regional government to recognise Almería’s tapas as being of special interest to the tourist has ignited a furious row over their place in the province.

Almería has always been proud of its tapas, the name given to morsels of food delivered free with each drink.

Local history claims that the tapa has as proud a history here as it does in Málaga, but the Junta disagrees. An attempt by regional tourism chiefs to have them protected has been rebuffed, leading to claims that other provinces in Andalucía have influenced the decision.

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