Best Spanish Hams: Definitive Guide (2021)

Ham is one of the star products of the Mediterranean culture. This product is increasingly popular not only in Spain, but in many countries around the world.

There is a great variety of hams, depending on the designation of origin, the breed of the pig, the animal's diet, the preparation of the ham ... And a good combination of all these factors makes some hams achieve excellence. When this is achieved, tasting this succulent delicacy becomes a unique culinary experience.

In this article we are going to show the best hams on the market. The best ham brands have something in common besides the unmatched characteristics of their products. And it is that ... ALL COME FROM SPAIN !! Talking about the best ham in the world and the best ham in Spain is talking about the same thing. And it is that the best Spanish ham brands have raw material, conditions and experience that are unattainable at the moment by the rest of the producers.

With a wide range of prices but with extreme quality, these hams must be tasted by anyone who loves this product, to discover what a top quality ham really is.

In the world of Ham there are fewer competitions than in other fields such as olive oil or wine. Most of them are held in Spanish territory, and some in local food fairs in different parts of the world. However, the most valued hams are not usually presented every year, due to the cost that this entails or because the company's business strategy does not include a strategic plan to obtain these awards.

But all these hams always remain in the top positions of the contests they choose. For this reason, the number of medals is not decisive to assess the excellence of the ham, but it is more important to consider what positions are reached in the competitions to which they are presented.

In the end, what makes the difference between these hams and the rest are their qualities and characteristics, and the consumer experience when tasting them.


As we explained above, the best ham in the world is of Spanish origin. However, within the broad Spanish geography, there are different regions that have sufficiently differentiated characteristics for their hams to have a special recognition. Some of them even have the Protected Designation of Origin, such as Jabugo (Huelva), Guijuelo (Salamanca), Dehesa de Extremadura (Extremadura) or Los Pedroches (Córdoba). These are the main producing regions of the best Iberian hams in the