Local food to eat in Alicante

One of the best things about being on holiday in a different country is sampling the local cuisine. Alicante is renowned for its food – from a fresh catch of the day to choosing from all the tempting desserts. We know the value of a good meal, so here's our pick of local food to eat in Alicante during your stay. As you know, at Holiday Extras, we want to make your trip as hassle-free as possible, so our airport transfers are a doddle - leaving you free to concentrate on what to feast on first.

Main meals

Seafood is the name of the game throughout Alicante. Paella is always a good start, but if you branch out a little all number of dishes have their place. Try arroz a banda, bomba rice with monkfish, cuttlefish and a host of tantalising spices or arroz negro, fresh squid cooked in its own ink. Juicy red Denia prawns – known as the world's best prawns – only need a little garlic and oil to bring out their rich flavour. For something heartier, olla churra is a warming stew cooked slowly to fully enhance the taste of meat mixed with beans and vegetables.

Sweet stuff

Indulge – you're on holiday! Alicante's desserts are legendary, as they encompass sweetness, fruit and all-out carb goodness. Buñuelo, fried balls of dough rolled in sugar, are a must-eat, particularly when served with warm dipping chocolate. Follow this up with a pomegranate fresh from the tree. These are delicious juiced or made into sweet ice cream, and good for your heart as well. The most famous local food to eat in Alicante has to be Turrón, a rich, sweet and nutty flavoured nougat typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts. Enjoy this after dinner at a pavement restaurant – you'll feel just like a local.

Raise a glass

It wouldn't be an Alicante holiday without sampling some of the local tipple. You can get experimental with some hyperlocal drinks: Fondillón, for a start, is a sweet red wine that's difficult to find outside the local region, while Cantueso Alicantino is a herby thyme-based liqueur. If you're up for sticking to the classics, Alicante has a wealth of local reds and whites to pair perfectly with any dish. You won't even have to worry about driving you and your group to and from the airport. Our Alicante Airport transfers will pick you up and drop you off wherever you need to be.