Spanish Travel Diary – Tropicana Taberna

I’ve come back from Spain to find that none of my clothes fit, the trainer at the gym greets me with “hey stranger!” (that’s how long it’s been!) and sneakily unbuttoning my jeans when I sit down, but it was ALL worth it because of all the yummy food I got to experience while in Spain…

As many of you will know, writing travel diaries is my favourite part of blogging! Spain is a special place as we go every year and I’m super lucky as my parents have a place out there. Every August, my best friends and I make a little pilgrimage over to enjoy sun, sand and vitamin sea!

This year we decided to explore our surroundings a bit more. Our first stop was Ronda – a pretty old town with some stunning architecture.

All credit goes to my friend D for finding Taverna by using his nimble Trip Advisor skills.

From the outside, it looked like Just Another Tapas Bar; nothing too special… The inside was cutesy and rustic in its own little way, but nothing super special …

The hour-long drive through all sorts of windy roads up the mountain, and a slightly late night the night before we were pretty hungry whilst we waited for the others to arrive – so we each opted for the Crispy Oxtail; which is winner of the best tapas in Ronda. It was a TOTALLY worthy winner, too!

Next up, it was time for the mains – a fair few of us went for the Prime Burger – the bread buns had been cooked all night – doesn’t sound too appetising, does it? But Oh-Em-Gee; these fresh baked buns were cooked to perfection. Local goats cheese on top of perfectly cooked beef, topped with caramelised onions and the most heavenly fig jam…

D opted for the Beef Entrecôte which came with a side of aubergine chips.

They also do a pretty amazing range of salads, should meat not be your thang: H opted for this one which is the pickled quail salad, and I have it on good authority it was particularly delicious!

Although we could have stayed all day enjoying their cocktails and feasting on more tapas, it was time to get out and explore, but more on that later!

Also, I was super impressed by their menu having all allergens listed super clearly; we have a nut allergy sufferer in our group so we always have to be super careful, this menu made it easy for us!

I can’t recommend Tropicana enough! Have you eaten anywhere else in Ronda?

Kate x







  1. August 13, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I’m SO hungry after reading this! That burger looks amazing! Your photos are beautiful (as usual!) 🍔
    I love finding hidden gems on holiday, it sounds like this was definitely one of those spots! I can’t wait for more of your holiday posts! 💙💙
    Hels xx

    • Kate
      August 14, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      It was sooo tasty Hels! The Tripadvisor trick was so handy – stupidly I’d never think to look there but after D’s find I’ll definitely be using this more often! 💙💙
      Kate x

  2. abbeylouisarose
    August 13, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Wow, you’ve absolutely killed it with your photography in this post, Kate!! These photos wouldn’t look out of place on the most high quality Pinterest boards! I love the shabby chic vibe of this place, good on your friend D for discovering it! If I saw oxtail on the menu it definitely wouldn’t be something that I’d have as my first choice but after seeing your photo, I think I’d be way more inclined to give it a try, it looks delish! Why oh why did I decide to read this before breakfast?! Can’t wait for more travel diary instalments!

    Abbey ❤️

    • Kate
      August 14, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Awww thank you so much Abbey! That’s so lovely of you to say but the food made it easy work to be honest! I know – I wasn’t that keen on the idea of it but the guys ordered it and honestly, it was so lovely. Hahah I hope you had your hunger craving satisfied – can’t wait to share more of the travel diaries with you! 💙💙

      Kate x

  3. August 13, 2017 / 11:15 am

    The food looks amazing Kate, completely worth your trainer barely recognising you!

    • Kate
      August 14, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Ha SO worth it Llinos!

      Kate x

    • Kate
      August 14, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      Oooh that means so much coming from you guys! Thank you! Its so fun to live through travel blogs – its precisely why I love yours!

      Kate x

  4. August 16, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    This restaurant looks absolutely adorable, so cute and pretty! Your photography is FAB in this post also, total Pinterest worthy! They seem like they have some amazing veggie options on their menu, and now I’m hungry!
    Hayley X

    • Kate
      August 27, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Awww thank you – my ultimate goal is to be Pinterest worthy so your comment has brightened my day no end!
      Kate x

  5. August 18, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I’d love to go to Spain! Your trip sounds fun and that food looks delicious, I’m not very adventurous with trying new food but I certainly like to try some new food on holidays!!

    • Kate
      August 27, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Aww you should def make the trip its such a beautiful country!
      Kate x

    • Kate
      August 27, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much lovely!
      Kate x

  6. September 1, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Your photos are amazing! I’d love to have family in another country so I could pop over and visit (and accidentally stay for a few months, haha). It looks like you had an fab time!

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