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Alicante’s iconic Explanada de España, a colourful palm-tree lined walkway parallel to the harbour, has an abundance of tapas restaurants serving up small platters of cured meats, seafood, montaditos (grilled sandwiches) and salad with lashings of olive oil.
You’ll also find some of the best places to eat tapas in El Barrio, the old quarter of town, where there are plenty of Alicante restaurants that prove popular with the locals – always a good sign. The province of Alicante is also a renowned wine making region, so be sure to sample a glass of robust red made from the Monastrell grape during your holiday.
It might even come with a complimentary plate of cold cured meat from the nearby mountains, or salted fish, a Mediterranean appetiser local people have enjoyed for centuries.
The best place for seafront dining in Alicante is on the marina, where there are numerous restaurant terraces offering sea views. Gorge on fresh seafood, cocktails and jugs of sangria while watching boats bobbing away as the sun goes down over the glistening sea.
As well as seafood, paella, tapas and other Spanish delights, many of the cafes and restaurants in Alicante serve up cuisine from all over world.
So whether you want eggs Benedict for brunch, pizza for lunch or a spicy curry for dinner, you can find what you’re looking for in cosmopolitan Alicante.