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Where To Get That Fiesta Feeling In Edinburgh

Feb 2017

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Are you daydreaming about warmer waters, salsa rhythms, sunsets and sombreros?

No need to wait for the summer holidays to turn up the heat and enjoy some Spanish culture.

Our Get Your Spanish On In Glasgow blog was a popular one, so we decided to have another go. This time, we’ve zoomed in on the Scottish East Coast, and our beautiful capital Edinburgh.

We’ve tried to gather some expert and unbiased advice for getting your Spanish on in Edinburgh, and we think we’ve come up with a pretty great list of things to do if you are in need of some yummy food and fiesta vibes.

Hablo español?

Not only is Spanish an attractive language to learn, it’s also one of the simpler languages to learn. Especially for native english speakers. A great feature of the language is the shallow orthographic depth. This means that words are written the way they are pronounced.

If you want to learn a new language, we think Spanish is a damn good choice! There are plenty of language schools in Edinburgh, both at universities and at dedicated Spanish language schools. Take a quick Google tour and see for yourself.

If you’re looking to pick up some beginner phrases, if you’re in desperate need of some holiday slang, or if you just want to brush up before going abroad; then jump the wave of the app-revolution. There are loads of free and brilliant language apps that’ll quickly get you up to speed through some fun and interactive learning.

Tapas for two

There’s nothing quite like a tapas for two is there? Tapas used to be served at bars and mostly as appetizers and snacks, but the popularity over the last few years has skyrocketed and now there’s a tapas place in almost every town. Hooray!

If you’re a food lover, you’ll love tapas. Instead of choosing one course that you fancy, you get to choose several.

Edinburgh University Spanish Society kindly shared their favourite Tapas place in Edinburgh with us, Lasal. A tradition Spanish tapas restaurant, with flamenco performances on the weekends – what’s not to love?

McDaidPR said that Leith is booming with delicious Spanish cuisine:

‘We have Serrano Manchego and the amazing Tapa. Both make me so happy. The wine! The cheese! The berenjas!

But hey. If you’re a bit low on cash or if you fancy a night in, invite some friends over and cook a delicious series of meals. The more friends you are, the more different dishes you can make! Your imagination is your only limit. If you’re looking for some inspiration – Basco is a spanish foodie blog filled with delicious recipes.

If all this Tapas talk has left you feeling hungry but a little lost, then The Edinburgh New Town Cookery school hosts regular Flavour of Spain classes where you can boost your skills and harvest some new inspiration.

Hips don’t lie

Are you the type that can’t stand still, do you love a good dance throwdown, or do you just like to move your body? We’ve got good news for you! The Edinburgh Spanish/ Latin scene is extremely rich!

Everything from Salsa societies to bars and clubs with latino vibes, Edinburg has got it all!

Marta from EUSA Salsa Society said that you can basically go dancing every day if you know where to look, and suggested checking out El Barrio, self-proclaimed home of Mojito and Fiesta.

Another amazing place to shake your booty is Boteco de Brasil. The name Boteco comes from the Portuguese word Botica. Botica means a place where you meet people, have drinks and food, chill out and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. And that’s exactly what Boteco is, a little slice of heaven in the middle of Edinburgh.


As you might know Edinburgh is the city of festivals, and they’ve got a Spanish themed one too. Though not until October, the Spanish Film Festival is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Showing blockbusters, low key pieces and artistic Spanish films; the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival it’s a place where you can embrace all things Spanish.

The national sport of Spain is football, and they’re rather good at it. If you’re a football fan then throw a pair of shorts on, join a cub in the meadows and pretend you’re not freezing. If you’re more of a spectator, the La Liga will provide you with some slightly theatrical weekend entertainment from the comfort of your own couch.

There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh to get that fiesta feeling, to reminisce over past summer holidays, to prepare for new adventures and to just have a really good time!

What are you waiting for? Go get that fiesta feeling!

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