Spain is known for its characteristic "mercardos" - markets. These markets are the equivalent of a girl's candy store. Only better. If you know anything about Spain, then you know that they are first rate in jamon and manchego. Amongst other things are veerrryyy fresh seafood. My first experience at a mercado was in Barcelona a few years back - the famous La Boqueria on the Las Ramblas. Heaven! Second experience - Madrid's Mercado De San Miguel. Heaven x 2!!!
In Madrid's Mercao De San Miguel, one should laze the day away eating, drinking, resting, pontificating, then eating and drinking all over again! Start on one side of the market, and eat your way through to the other side. Look, stop, ponder. Tantalize all of your senses, visual, smell, taste, and feel! Oh! PERO NO TOCAR!!