Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Here you can read our insider guide for best eating out & dining opportunities in Costa Blanca, including best restaurants, outdoor cafes, gastronomy and cuisine. The gastronomy of the Costa Blanca is very fantastic and worth a taste from traditional to nouvelle or avant-garde cuisine as Alicante is undoubtedly the best area of Spain to eat.
Holidaymakers may find the wide range of great restaurants, bars and gastrobars on the Costa Blanca where you may find excellent quality and diversity of the raw materials available both from the sea and vegetable gardens are typically Mediterranean.
Gastronomy & Popular Dishes
The Alicante wines, liquers from Alicante, bagged grapes from the Vinalopo area, cherries from the Alicante mountains, medlars from the town of Callosa d’En Sarrià and turron (nougat) from Jijona and Alicante are the world famous products grown and manufactured in different areas of Alicante.
The dishes “eaten with a spoon” are also traditional in Costa Blanca. Those dishes combine meat, vegetables and pulses and cooked in a variety of pans. “Olleta” is the most popular of them and has many varieties.
Another classic dish is a meat stew with meat balls. “Gazpacho” with meat is also very popular.
On the coasts, especially in Torrevieja, Santa Pola and Tabarca island, “gazpacho” is typically made with grouper fish and fish stock.
Alicante offers a wide range of quality wines. The Alicante wine route is a perfect proposal for the wine lovers. The route covering the area of Vinalopó in the south that include the towns of Algueña, Monóvar, Novelda, Petrer, Pinoso, Salinas, Villena and Elche are a must. Also the route further to the north covering the areas of Marina Alta and Baja with towns that include Alcalalí, Benissa, Senija, Llíber, Benigembla, Parcent, Castell de Castells, Murla, Xaló and Alfàs del Pi are a must.
Rice is without a doubt one of the most famous and important dishes in the gastronomy of Costa Blanca. There are over 300 recorded different recipes that you can make using rice in Costa Blanca. In the seaside towns, rice dishes are prepared with fish and seafood. Further inland rice is made with meat, pulses and vegetables.
As for seafood in Costa Blanca; red prawns, king prawns and shrimps are the most famous seafood species. The most common fish in Costa Blanca are whiting, hake, red mullet, monkfish, red sea bream, sole, anchovy, sardine, sea bream, sea bass, conger eel, mackerel, horse mackerel, bonito, ray, turbot, common dentex, four spot megrim, tuna and swordfish.
There are also several lovely markets along the Costa Blanca where you may find fish auctions. The “suquet de peix”, “calderos”, “calderetas”, “llandeta” and “fideuá” are the typical fish dishes in Costa Blanca. The red prawn from Denia is also internationally renowned. The king prawn from Guardamar del Segura is also one of the most prized seafood.
As for sweet and dessert; the Costa Blanca is also famous for its internationally renowned Alicante and Jijona types of nougat. Villajoyosa is famous for its chocolate industry. The town of Jijona is the birthplace of nougat. The Nougat Museum in Jijona and the Chocolate Museum in Villajoyosa is worth a visit.
Hand made ice cream is also popular in the towns of Ibi and Jijona.
There are also many places to visit in Costa Blanca related to gastronomy that include companies, museums, wineries, oil mills and more…
There is a wide range of gastronomic meetings and events taking place in many different locations in Costa Blanca including contests and gastronomic weeks devoted to rice, seafood, stews, and tapas. There are also exhibitions, tastings and food and craft markets.
The “GastroAlicante” that takes place at the IFA exhibition centre in February is one of the most important gastronomy events in Costa Blanca. together with the “Winecanting Summer Festival” that takes place in the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) in June.
Michelin Stars Restaurants
There are seven restaurants in Alicante province that have earned nine Michelin stars. The Chef Quique Dacosta has three stars for his restaurant in Denia.
The restaurants that has one Michelin star include; Kiko Moya’s L’Escaleta, Susi Diaz’s La Finca, María José San Román’s Monastrell, Sole, Pepa and Tona’s Casa Pepa, Alberto Ferruz’s Bon Amb and Alfonso Egea’s Casa de Alfonso.