TYPICAL DISHES OF THE COSTA BLANCA

Typical dishes of the Costa Blanca

THE BEST DISHES ON THE COSTA BLANCA

 

At Costa Cálida Promotores we not only build homes with the best materials, the most modern and respectful techniques and the most meticulous finishes. At Costa Cálida Promotores we also choose the best places to live. Communications, services, beach, sun… and the best typical dishes.

Because if the Costa Blanca is famous for anything, apart from its picture-postcard villages (as we saw in this article), it is for its gastronomy. A gastronomy with thousands of years of history, based on the Mediterranean diet and with the products of the sea at the heart of its creations (without forgetting the vegetables harvested in the huerta). A sea rich in fish and seafood, from which the freshest and most flavourful delicacies are obtained.


Are you thinking of coming to live on the Costa Blanca?

Well, don’t think twice, because you’ll be able to enjoy typical dishes like this.


ARROZ A BANDA

 

Arroz a banda
The rice dish with the most sea flavour on the Costa Blanca

 

Rice from the Comunidad Valenciana is famous around the world. But the dishes that can be prepared with it go far beyond the well-known paella. Such as arroz a banda, a typical fisherman’s dish, made with fish stock, seafood, ñora (a spicy dried pepper) and served with the famous alioli sauce, an emulsion of olive oil and garlic. A perfect dish to enjoy on the seashore and with a good piece of homemade bread.

 

PARRILLADA DE MARISCO

 

Parrillada de marisco
The best grilled seafood for sharing

 

Without leaving seafood, a dish that is a must try on the Costa Blanca is the parrillada de marisco (grilled seafood). A simple dish but one that impresses with its flavour and variety. It consists of a large platter full of all kinds of seafood (prawns, langoustines, lobsters…) cooked on the grill with salt, garlic, parsley and olive oil. One of the most Mediterranean mixes you can try.

Tip: if you want to enjoy the authentic parrillada de marisco of the Costa Blanca, you have to go to Calpe.

 

FIDEUÁ

 

Fideuá
The essence of paella made from thick pasta noodles

 

Originally from Gandía, this plate is very similar to a paella or a typical rice dish. The main difference lies in its basic ingredient: rice is replaced by thick pasta noodles that absorb all the flavours of the cooking broth. As with arroz a banda, it is usually prepared with fish stock, seafood, vegetables and the essential alioli sauce. A dish that may seem strange at first sight, but has a unique flavour and texture.

 

PERICANA

 

Pericana
The most original salad on the Costa Blanca

 

This is a typical recipe from the inland villages of the province of Alicante. It consists of a mixture of olive oil, dried peppers and salted fish. It is ideal to eat with bread or to accompany other dishes, as it can be considered a salted fish salad. It is undoubtedly one of the most authentic dishes that combines the great tradition of the huerta and the sea.

 

BORRETA

 

Borreta
The best Alicante stew topped with an egg

 

Another typical Alicante creation that combines land and sea. Borreta is a stew with potatoes, spinach, ñoras and salted fish. Perfect for winter days after a long walk through the inland areas of the Costa Blanca. As an extra, a poached egg is usually added per person.

 

OLLETA

 

Olleta
The ideal meal to get your strength back on winter days.

 

We continue with perfect dishes for the coldest days of winter. It is considered a unique meal, as the mixture of ingredients is one of the most complete you can find. Olleta has: rice, vegetables, legumes, pork ribs, bacon, onion and ñora. There are hundreds of variations on this recipe (even a vegan version without meat), but with one thing in common: a couple of spoonfuls, and you will recover all your strength.

 

As you can see, the Costa Blanca is much more than beautiful villages, dream beaches, rugged terrain and an enviable weather. The Costa Blanca is also a temple of the most traditional Mediterranean gastronomy, where the huerta and the sea go hand in hand in every meal to create intense and healthy flavours.

Because the gastronomy of the Costa Blanca is not just cuisine, it is a way of life.

 

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COSTA BLANCA VILLAGES

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There are many reasons to live on the Costa Blanca, as we mentioned in this article. But one of the most important, without a doubt, is its towns and villages. There are hundreds of places to discover on the Costa Blanca, and all of them tell a little piece of Spanish and world history.

That is why Costa Cálida Promotores is going to review the most emblematic places to visit in the southeast of Spain. But first, a bit of context.

WHAT IS THE COSTA BLANCA

Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Spain.

The Costa Blanca is the name given to the coastline in the province of Alicante in southeastern Spain, one of the regions with the best climate on the Iberian Peninsula. It stretches from Denia in the north to Pilar de la Horadada in the south. 244km of beaches, coves and cliffs.

And why is it called Costa Blanca? As we will see later, most of the villages in this area paint the facades of their buildings white. As the sun hits the houses, the villages glow, making the whole area look like a white coast from the air.

But the towns in this part of southeastern Spain are much more than white walls. They play with history, with the ancient and the modern, without forgetting the natural landscapes that range from the eternal beaches of fine sand to the most rugged corners of the mountains.

Places like the ones we are going to see below (although there are many more).

 

ALTEA

Altea
Altea, one of the most beautiful villages on the Costa Blanca

It is considered by many to be the most beautiful village on the Costa Blanca. Overlooking the sea and with a fishing tradition, Altea stands out for its whitewashed houses and cobbled streets that form postcards to stroll through. In the same day you can visit all the tourist attractions of this town: the promenade and the port, the old town, the Garden of the Senses, the Orthodox Church, the walled remains, the church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo

To visit Altea is to be surprised at every step, as this fishing village hides in its streets as much history as beauty. If you are on the Costa Blanca, you have to visit it. If you don’t, you will have wasted your trip.

 

CALPE

Peñón de Ifach
The Peñón de Ifach in Calpe is one of the most impressive natural structures on the Costa Blanca.

Calpe is another of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Blanca. The best known image is the Peñón de Ifach, a 332-metre high mountain that has become a natural park thanks to its bio-diversity. But there are more things to see in Calpe, such as the salt flats, the Baños de la Reina, a Roman archaeological site on the seashore, the Roman Baths, the Torre Molí del Morelló, an Arab windmill, the 15th century walls of the old town and a thousand other secrets.

To go to Calpe is to be fascinated by nature, history and gastronomy.

 

DENIA

Denia's castle
Denia’s castle over the marina

Without leaving the coast, we travel to Denia, a city that dates back to Roman times. With so many years behind it, it is not difficult to guess that its streets and corners are full of stories from all eras, such as the Torrecremada Park, the Fish Market and Drassanes, the Fishermen’s Quarter, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (located in an old air raid shelter from the Spanish Civil War)…

But, without a doubt, the place that stands out most in Denia is its castle, located on a hill that rises up from the heart of the town and built in the Islamic period. Its views and the stories it conceals make it a must-see for any tourist.

 

TABARCA

Tabarca Island
Tabarca Island is the only inhabited island on the Costa Blanca.

One of the most peculiar enclaves on the Costa Blanca. Located nine kilometres from the coast, this small village is the only inhabited island in the area. Remains from Roman times have been found on its land, and it was permanently inhabited in the 18th century. It has a medieval wall in perfect condition, cobbled streets, white-walled houses and beaches and coves with turquoise waters that more than invite you to swim, they force you to do so.

If you are on the Costa Blanca, you have to swim in Tabarca.

 

VILLAJOYOSA

Villajoyosa
The colourful fishermen’s quarter of Villajoyosa is one of its greatest charms.

In rivalry with Altea for being the most beautiful town on the Costa Blanca, this town has existed since Roman times. Villajoyosa is famous for perhaps two main reasons: its Moors and Christians fiestas, where historic battles are reenacted on land and sea, and its gastronomy, which has gained international recognition thanks to its deep-rooted fishing tradition and the numerous gastronomic events that take place in its streets.

Another highlight of Villajoyosa is to be found in its hanging houses, buildings that defy gravity over the Amadorio river. But perhaps its most outstanding feature is the Fishermen’s Quarter, located next to the port and with the facades of the buildings painted in different colours. A visual note that makes the town a must-see.

 

JÁVEA

Jávea
Jávea’s natural environment is one of its main attractions.

Like almost all the towns on the Costa Blanca, Jávea has a cobbled old town centre and white-walled houses that will delight any tourist, not forgetting its Playa del Arenal and its extensive marina. But the most famous element of this town is not in the streets, but in the surroundings.

Jávea has some of the most stunning natural spots on the Costa Blanca. Places such as the Granadella cove or the Montgó Natural Park, which includes places such as the lighthouse of San Antonio cape, the Cova Tallada, the Molins de la Plana or the sea caves that can be visited from the sea.

 

GUADALEST

Guadalest
The medieval village of Guadalest is the best way to travel back to medieval times.

Somewhat lesser known internationally, this beautiful village has retained all its medieval essence. Perched on a rise in an inland valley in the province of Alicante, this historic gem boasts a castle that seems to rise out of the mountain, streets and houses perched on steep cliffs, and views that stretch for miles around.

If you want to feel history in its purest essence, you have to visit Guadalest.

As you can see, the Costa Blanca is home to places that are striking for their beauty and history. But the Costa Blanca is much more than towns and cities, as we will see in future articles. So be sure to visit our blog to discover a thousand more secrets.

Do you need more reasons to come and live in this piece of paradise? You have them in our homes! In Costa Cálida Promotores we understand and respect the environment, building houses that fit perfectly with the history and beauty of the Costa Blanca. You can visit them on our website.

Don’t miss the opportunity to live life!

If you have any questions, please contact us through the means indicated on this page. We will be delighted to help you.