Summer is coming so why not head to a great beach in Spain that is also known for great food? Packed with beaches and with a buzz, Benidorm is a great holiday location and then some. But don’t be having so much fun during your stay that you forget to sit down and sample some of the culinary treats Benidorm has to offer.
Benidorm is a seaside resort on the eastern coast of Spain, part of the Valencia region’s famed Costa Blanca. A tiny fishing village till the 1960s, it’s now a popular Mediterranean holiday destination known for its boisterous nightlife. Its two wide beaches, Playa Levante and Playa Poniente, are backed by palm–lined promenades, bars, and rows of skyscrapers. Here are some of the best places to grab some authentic Benidorm grub and the specialties they serve there.
La Cava Aragonesa is a Benidorm renowned for serving yesca, which is a Catalan-style toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and with tomatoes spread all over it, topped with a choice of Spanish meats, such as the famously delicious Serrano ham, or cheeses. Originally, the restaurant served nothing but cava, when it first opened in 1980. How times have changed! As well as the yescas, the restaurant serves a wide variety of tapas! It’s also often packed with locals, which is always a good sign!
Bread and Sardines
If ever you wanted to eat at a quintessentially Spanish restaurant, you’d be wise to visit the Elizando Taberna. The masterpiece of this typically Spanish restaurant is sardines and bread — and will only cost you around €2.50.
Sardines on the Med are always that little bit special, that little bit fresher, so don’t miss out. If you’re not feeling that adventurous, though, you can plump for a menú del dia, a set menu of different courses that you can select from. They’re good value for money.
Cider from the Cask
One of the delights you can sample while you’re in Benidorm is cider served directly from the cask at the Sidrería Aurera. This restaurant and cider house, inspired by the Basque cider houses, specialises in serving cider this way, which is referred to as ‘sidra al txotxi’. If you haven’t come just for the tipple, you can’t go wrong with the the beef cheek stew or the prawns. If you’re looking for something light, the Greek yoghurt salad is tasty.
Remember while you’re on your Benidorm holidays that lunch is served a little later than UK time — despite the throngs of tourists — generally taking place between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm. One of the best places to go for tapas is the ‘Calle de Tapas’, or ‘Tapas Alley’, which is well known for its ample offering of tapas restaurants. So pull up a chair and dig in!
Andrea Spirov is a content developer and entrepreneur currently travelling the world with her husband, John, and living as an expat when she isn’t. With a Masters in Media and Communications, Andrea is a specialist in online and is fascinated by the intersection of conversations and technology. Born in the United States, Spirov is a dual American and Australian citizen and has travelled extensively in North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She currently blogs at InspiringTravellers.com and also takes on freelance projects and consulting work in social media and community management.