Local And International Cuisine In Guardamar del Segura On The Costa Blanca
Eating Out In Guardamar del Segura
In Guardamar del Segura the choice of cuisine is extremely varied. You are bound to find a restaurant to suit your taste, and your pocket. In Guardamar del Segura you could eat out at a different restaurant every night of a two week stay and still have some left to try.
You will find a host of restaurants serving a variety of dishes, starting at under €12 for a three course meal. Eating out in the Costa Blanca is fun and there are plenty of places to discover the traditional Spanish dishes.
International Cuisine In Guardamar del Segura
If you want a choice of international cuisine whilst in the Costa Blanca, Guardamar has a huge variety of fantastic restaurants to choose from. You could eat Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Chinese, German, American or English dishes and still eat at a different restaurant every night.
If you like Chinese food there are some fabulous Chinese restaurants where you can have a four course meal for two with a bottle of wine included for around €15.
One of our favourite restaurants in Guardamar del Segura is La Vuelta (photo above), it serves a selection of Spanish and international foods plus has music every Friday. It is a little more expensive but you are not rushed. You could go in at 8pm and leave at midnight and still have only spent about €20 to €25 per head with all your food and drinks taken into consideration.
Local Valencian Cuisine
Guardamar del Segura has a fine mixture of restaurants serving traditional Spanish food and drinks. You will find restaurants that are geared towards tourists but also a large selection of the much more traditional Spanish restaurants where the locals eat.
The Valencian cuisine is based on a fertile ‘huerta’ or market garden, and fresh fish and shellfish caught from the Mediterranean.
Fruits and vegetables are available at almost any time of year. There is an abundance of wonderful fresh food from which to base the many fantastic Valencian dishes.
Spanish Rice is the basis for many classic Valencian dishes as it is grown here in abundance. The famous Paella (pictured above) is a typical Valencian dish, whilst usually meat based with rabbit or chicken and greens it is common to find a seafood paella especially in coastal villages. Another typical dish of the region is fideuà it is similar to Paella but is made with noodles instead of rice.
There are other traditional rice dishes cooked to keep people happy and on their feet, including many savoury rice stews cooked in earthenware bowls. These are usually a more economical meal and include ingredients such as cardoons, beet tops, dried haricot beans, diced cuttlefish and cauliflower, or turnip cubes, pork sausages, spinach, chick peas or lentils.
Other rice based dishes include arroz al horno, arroz a banda with fish and shellfish and arroz caldosa. Alicante has a rice stew variety known as arroz caldoset. The rice dishes are traditionally served with allioli a traditional side dish made with olive oil and garlic and often served with bread.
Other popular Valencian dishes are "Gazpacho" (above left), a cold soup of bread, tomatoes, garlic, salt, vinegar and oil, Olla churra, made from pieces of pork and black pudding, "Hervido" made with beans and potato and "Chorizo" which is a spiced pork sausage.
Many of the desserts have their roots in Arabic origins including rosegons, arrop i talladetes, and arnadí, pumpkin pastries or other sweetmeats made during local festivities, such as Easter buns and Sant Dionís sweets in October.
There are an abundant variety of delicious fresh fruits, including strawberries, melons, oranges, grapes and cherries to mention but a few. Turrón (right) is a fantastic nougat based confectionary from the area around Alicante, a popular brand that is often seen in the duty free and supermarkets in Spain being "El Amendro". The chocolate from Villajoyosa has a long history behind it and is definitely worth trying.
A traditional sweet dish that is worth a mention are Churros, these are strips of deep fried dough (similar to doughnuts) sprinkled with sugar and usually dipped in hot chocolate.
A "Churreria" is a cafe that serves Churros, these are usually open quite early as Churros are often eaten in the morning for breakfast and are absolutely delicious. There is one quite close to our apartment in Guardamar, try it out for yourself.
Tiger nuts grown outside Valencia city are ground up into tiger nut milk "horchata" and served cool on hot summer days. This has become so famous that it is now bottled and sold throughout Spain. Another traditional drink of the region is agua de Valencia, a mixture of orange juice and cava, which has won many followers.
The wines in this region are fantastic. Don't be frightened to buy a bottle of wine costing as little as €1 (or less) as often these are delicious. You will see many well known brands such as "Campo Viejo" that are a third of the price that they are in the UK.
In summary make sure that you try some of the local dishes. If you don't try them you may be missing a fantastic meal. If you don't like it then don't buy it again, but if you don't try it you will never know.