Clip: Doing the Tapas Tango in Madrid

Tapas bars are the focus of nightlife in cities and towns throughout Spain. Make your meal an adventure. Ask for a banderilla, a small skewer of spicy, pickled veggies — eat it all at once for the real punch; it's named after the spear matadors use to spike the bull. Gain (or just fake) an appreciation for cured ham, dry sherry, and bull's-tail soup, and the Spaniards will love you for it. Here's a 3-minute video appetizer course.

Be there: Have your own adventures with tapas (pintxos in Basque) on any one of Rick Steves' tours in Spain.