Part of travelling is enjoying the taste of the local region. Spain has its own cuisine, and the Mediterranean coast has some unique flavours. Tapas is a great way of tasting a variety of new flavours simply (and in some instances cost-effectively! The local Denia prawns are a delicacy with a €200/ Kg price tag at some times of year).
Seafood is a focus, and rice is a common part of many meals. Prawns, cod, and eel are all options. Mouthwatering paellas are the results. If fresh fish and seafood aren’t your styles, you won’t go hungry. Lamb, traditional sausages, and beans provide interesting and novel choices. Morcilla, a black sausage, is similar to black pudding.
The region is also known for a wonderful range of fruit and vegetables, such as pomegranates. To provide for your sweet taste buds there are also some unique sweet options such as crispy doughnuts, known as Banuelos falleros. These are made with flour, yeast and sugar, and sometimes have squash or pumpkin added. Another local favourite is churros, which is often served with thick hot chocolate as a breakfast meal. Local confectionary options such as Valor chocolate and turron (an almond confectionery similar to nougat). Horchata de chufas is a sweet, aromatic local drink made from mashed tiger nuts.
Alicante is known for its wines. Wine tours are available, or you can sample the local produce in many of the local restaurants and bars. The region isn’t limited to one style, with reds, whites and blushes available. Fondillon is a local speciality, a sweet wine that you’re rarely going to find outside of Alicante.
The Alicante region is home to the Quique Dacosta, a Michelin 3-star restaurant, rated as the 26th best restaurant in the world. It is an hour’s drive north of the city, but how often are you going to have the chance to dine in such style?