Spanish food is often recognised as one of the top cuisines in the world, and some traditional Spanish dishes and recipes date hundreds of years. Food has become as integral to Spain as its rich and tumultuous history, with each region of Spain – once a collection of numerous, distinct kingdoms – boasting their own unique cuisines and flavours.
In bars you’ll quickly find the usual top Spanish tapas all around the country, for example olives, Manchego cheese, tostadas con tomate (grated or scratched tomato on Spanish bread), pinxtos (Basque-style, mini sandwiches) or a plate of Spanish bravas (fried potato with spicy tomato sauce). While Spain’s tapas are a gourment exploration in itself, here are some more top Spanish foods you have to try.
You can find Spanish a plate of croquetas in almost any restaurant or bar, each made to the establishment’s own – sometimes secret – recipe, combining ingredients such as jamon (cured ham) or bacalao (Atlantic cod fish) with béchamel sauce, which is then breaded and fried. The creamy cheese (queso) croquettes pack a smooth flavour, or try the croquettes of local sweet-spiced black sausage (morcilla) or Spanish blue cheese (queso de Cabrales) for unique Spanish flavours.
The Spanish omlette is another beloved top Spanish food – and everyone has an opinion on how to cook it. It’s a great starter (or meal) for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and no doubt you’ll come across many Spanish potato omelettes during your time in Spain. Like croquetas, you can find them in almost any bar and to varying degrees of quality and flavour.
3. Pisto – Spanish ratatouille
This vegetarian top Spanish dish is for all ages, eaten in Spain as a tapa, appetiser, a side dish to meats, or even as a meal with a fried egg on top or chorizo. It’s a Spanish ratatouille of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, garlic, and of course, olive oil. The palatable competition of intense roasted flavours makes this a tasty recipe to try at home. You can find it in restaurants around Spain, and especially in the towns across the plains of La Mancha, south of Madrid.
4. Cured meats – jamon, chorizo, salchichón
Jamon is ubiquitous in Spain, carved thinly off cured legs of pork that you will see hanging in most bars and restaurants. Jamon is a serious business and an art in Spain, with many factors in place to determine quality, such as what the pigs are fed, the type of pig and the curing process. Jamón ibérico de bellota is the top category, where Spanish pigs (Ibérico) are free-range and acorn-fed (bellota); other types include Ibérico (corn-fed) or Serrano ham, which are typically cheaper.
This rice-based dish is well known internationally, although in Valencia you will find many authentic variations that equally vie for attention. Some consider this a national dish of Spain, but many consider it a Valencia dish, from where it originated and you can typically find the best paella. The most traditional Valencian paella is a mixture of chicken or rabbit (or both), white and green beans and other vegetables, but seafood is also common, where you can find an array of seafood suprises among the flavoursome rice, such as calamari, mussels, clams, prawns, scampi or fish, depending on the type you order. For the adventurous, a black rice stained by octopus ink is a must try (arroz negro), and if you find paella with less common ingredients such as eel (anguila) or duck (pato), don’t miss the rare chance. Fiduea is tasty twist on the rice-based paella, as it uses a small curly pasta instead.
6. Patatas bravas
Perhaps the most ubiquitous of tapas, patatas bravas vary quite a bit around the country, but all versions involve chunks of fried potato. In Madrid, bravas sauce is made with sweet and spicy pimentón – Spanish paprika – olive oil, flour and stock – but never tomatoes. Some people add garlic, some a dash of fino sherry, while others selfishly insist of keeping their secret ingredients to themselves.
Where is Quesada ?
Well that´s were we live on the Costa Blanca Spain. Just 10 minutes from the large town of Torrevieja and 40 minutes from the city of Alicante.
Why pick there? Lots of reasons, Guardamar is just ten minutes from our home, which has some of the best beaches in Europe and some really nice restaurants and shops. It´s where all the Spanish go on holiday, so that speaks for itself. Guardamar has one of the largest Moors and Christians fiestas in Spain. Funny thing though, the Spanish all go there in August, so we don´t go there in August as it can be pretty busy and the beaches nearly full. But the rest of the year it´s a great place to go and relax on the white sandy beaches.
Torrevieja is a big town with a fishing port and a very large marina. With Zenimar Boulevard close by, which is one of the biggest and most spectacular shopping centers in Europe with 365 day opening from early till late and a large selection of restaurants, you can spend a whole day shopping there no problem.
Don´t forget the salt lakes, one of which is pink. Yes pink, you won´t believe your eyes and the Pink Flamingos in abundance. The World Health Organisation says it is one of the healthiest places on earth to live.
You also have within 40 minutes the very large cities of Elche, Alicante and Murcia. Nice to visit for the day and experience the Spanish way of life. You can go by bus, train or car and see the sites on the way there. There are always street markets and fiestas for you to see.
What about Quesada itself, close to all the facilities as mentioned and it has it´s own large water park, lots of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and pubs. You are also very close to lots of small local Spanish villages also with lots of eating and drinking places. Quesada is close to everything including 30 minutes from Alicante Airport. Everything you need is minutes away from Quesada.
“Costa Blanca” (White Coast).
Is the name of the 200 km long coastline . We find many wide sandy beaches as small coves and beautiful landscapes with palm groves, wetlands and several nature parks.
The climate, has over 300 days of sunshine every year and an annual average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, with lots of tourist facilities that can be found along the coast and some of the most fantastic beaches in Europe.
The name “Costa Blanca” was invented in 1957 by the airline “British European Airways”, which advertised their flights from the UK to Spain with this slogan. The name will not be surprising for anyone who has seen an aerial view of the coast from the air: the white sand beaches, rock formations and small villages with whitewashed houses form an impressive contrast to the deep blue Mediterranean sea.
In the northern part of the coast there is Denia, Javea, Calpe, with its massive rock formations, in the south of it there are the artist’s paradise Altea, Albir, as well as the touristic center of the coast, Benidorm, with incredible leisure facilities and nightlife. Passing Cala Finestrat and El Campello the way leads on to the capital of the province, Alicante and furthe South of Alicante there are Santa Pola, Guardamar del Segura, Torrevieja and Pilar de Horadada. When hiring a car most of these towns and areas can be reached in just over one hour. Giving you lots to see as well as lots of sandy beaches.