Enjoy COSTA BLANCA traditional gastronomy, as well as its history and culture
Tradition, good soil and a great climate are the secret to many of the products with a Denomination of Origin that grow or are produced in numerous locations in the Costa Blanca.
Inland or by the coast, the offer is truly varied: peladillas (sugar-coated almonds) from Alcoy, dates from Elche, chocolate from Villajoyosa, and ice-cream from Ibi. Dénia is renowned for prawns, and Guardamar del Segura stands for cray sh, ñora peppers and pomegranates.
Rice is the staple of this cuisine. Order it in a stew, with seafood on the side, over-backed rice, whit rabbit and snails, or whit beans and turnip.
If you are heading inland, go for traditional dishes eaten with a spoon like caldo con pelota, gazpacho.
Wines also have their Denomination of Origin. Traditionally a wine-growing area, the main wineries are in Vinalopó, Las Marinas and El Comtat, and produce award-winning red, whites, rosés and mistelas. El Fondillón – produced using Monastrell grapes– is exclusive to Alicante, and is one of only ve wines recognised by the European Union as unique luxury wines.
HISTORICAL PLACES, ART AND CULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
The Arab and the Christian cultures left behind a host of beautiful monuments in this area. Crenellated castles are perched atop mountains and hills, commanding views over the horizon. Some sit by the sea, others are located inland. Over the centuries, the coast has been lined with watchtowers that tell terrifying tales of bygone pirates.
The historical centres in many villages in the Costa Blanca have been listed as Cultural Heritage Sites. Be sure to stroll around, marvelling at the beautiful sights. Orihuela stands out for its palaces and religious monuments, declared an Artistic Historical Ensemble.
Travelling inland from the coast, the mountainous territory is dotted with charming little villages. Remote towns that add specks of white to the valleys and mountains. Many preserve vestiges of their Moorish and medieval past.
History can be traced back to prehistoric times through numerous archaeological sites. MARQ, the archaeological museum, picks up the pieces of the puzzle and innovatively uses cutting-edge technologies to reconstruct the past.
Wine enthusiasts will enjoy an appealing route that covers the wineries and vineyards in the province.
Cid Route is another culturally enticing proposal that follows the itinerary of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in the book Cantar del Mío Cid.