Tapas in Madrid, Spain

So what are tapas? Here in Madrid, a city known for its tapas culture, tapas are free. Yes, I said free. When you order a drink at a tapas bar, they bring you a tapa (small appetizer) to go with your drink. What they give you as a tapa is completely up to the bar. Now if you want to order something more substantial to eat then you order a racion. Typically tapas bars have a menu with their raciones offerings. Raciones are large appetizers and run between 4 to 10 euros. Some items on the raciones menu are available in smaller portions called either a pincho or media racion, depending on the item.
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These are tapas.

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This is a racion.

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