Foodie trip to discover Spanish food culture
As a family we have a clear focus when we travel to Spain. We just love to go on a discovery Spanish food trip. We want to share our pick for the best places to eat in Alicante and Vega Baja after having tasted many restaurants and other food places.
Southern Alicante is a great choice if you want learn about he local food culture and production. Go to a local farmers market and spend a morning smelling, tasting and buying fresh vegetables and fruits. Above all. enjoy a great lunch in one of the many restaurants in the region.
I have over the years enjoyed great food and one each time I go I try out something new. It is exciting to find new restaurants, bakery, street kiosk and other exciting food related places.
A region with great local produce
Alicante has historically held a strong position in the green industries. Mainly in the production and cultivation of vegetables, fruit and wine.
In Vega Baja, where Villa Balea is located, the local farmers grow: tomatoes, paprika, broccoli, artichoke, onion, cucumber, salad, eggplant, melon.
However, if you go inland, towards mountain areas, you will find almonds plantations, located on terraces on the slopes of the mountains. Virtually wherever you go you can see citrus cultivation. Only 20 minutes from Ciudad Quesada, in Elche you can find pears, peaches, dates and pomegranates.
A must is to find a restaurant serving a plate of grilled recently harvested artichokes. It is a delicacy.
Our list of best places to eat in Alicante and Vega Baja is based on:
- We follow many local food blogs and their recommendations.
- Our Spanish friends help me to find the best places to eat.
- Suggestions from local repair people that come to fix Villa Balea. They have a great insight into where you can get the best value for money lunch menu.
- We would always keep our eyes open for new restaurants in the center of Ciudad Quesada, Rojales and Benijofar.
- Not all the places on this list are restaurants, there are also bakeries, dessert shops, and food markets etc.
- However, the list is in not particular order.
Our top picks – Alicante
- La Taberna del Gourmet – Spanish gastronomy
- Restaurante La Ereta – Alicante cuisine
- La Taverna del Racó del Pla – Tapas
- Piripi – Spanish gastronomy
- Nou Manolín – Spanish cuisine
- L’arruzz, Alicante – Mediterranean
- Cervecería La Galería – Casual Spanish cuisine
- El Portal – Spanish cuisine
- El Chaflán de Luceros – Spanish cuisine
- Prefiero Sussu – Pastries and cakes
- La Magdalena – Pastries and cakes
- Pasteleria By Torreblanca Alicante – Bakery
- Turrones Espí – Dessert and win shop
- Mercat Central d’Alacant – Alicante Central Market
- Kiosko Monerris Sirvent – Pastries kiosk
- Restaurante Nugolat – Traditional cuisine
- El Estanquet – Traditional and Mediterranean cuisine
- Gran Bar Pomares – Pub
- Bar El Resspiro – Pub
- El Nuevo Cocodrilo – Pub
- La Meson Cuchara – Paellas and rice dishes
- Restaurante El Cortijo – Casual cuisine
- Pastelería y Panadería La Espiga de Oro S. L. (T1) – Bakery
- Mesón Tono – Casual cuisine
- Rincon De La Murada – Casual cuisine
Our top picks – Vega Baja
- Nature reserve and Salt production museum
- Restaurante la Herradura – Spanish gastronomy
- Hostal Maruja – Mediterranean
- Chema – Variety cuisine
- Cervecería Don Carlos – Casual cuisine
- El Cruce – Mediterranean gastronomy
- Confiteria Castell – Cake shop
- Pasteleria Crujiente – Pastries shop
- Mister Singh’s – Indian
Spend a day in Elche: Commerce, history and great restaurants
Elche is a very nice city to visit. Here you can find palm parks, orchards, some of the best places to eat in Alicante, and great shopping. In other words, it is a city with a lot of businesses and commerce, trade and manufacturing. As Spanish love their businesses lunches, you can find great and high quality food here.
Among other things Elche is Europe’s “city of dadel”. There is a significant production of dates. It is a historical legacy from the Arabs and Phoenicians. These people settled down in the area around Elche.
Nevertheless, dates are sold fresh October to January. The rest of the year you can buy frozen or dried ones.
Another fruit that is very much connected to the Elche region is the pomegranate. In addition, Alicante municipalities, Elche, Albatera, Crevillente, produce approximately 90% of Spain’s total production. It is a delicious fruit, rich in C and E vitamins and antioxidants. Buy and taste the delicious Pomegranate “Mollar de Elche”.