Delectable Dishes To Try in Benidorm
With its warm climate, exclusive beaches, busy and bustling nightlife and quaint old town charm, Benidorm is visited by scores of tourists every year.
The delectable and delicious cuisine on offer in Benidorm is also a great reason for travelling and there are countless dishes that promise to make your mouth water in anticipation.
Benidorm and the surrounding Spanish region of Valencia has its own unique specialities that simply must be sampled if you ever come here on holiday.
Valencia is often said to be the paella capital of Spain. The dish is said to originate from the area around La Albufera, around 120 kilometres north of Benidorm.
Paella Valenciana was originally served at festivals or on public holidays, but can now be found on most restaurant menus. It features light and fluffy rice, meat and seafood, as well as the magic ingredient of saffron.
Yet another staple of Spanish cuisine, ordering tapas means you can try lots of different dishes without getting too full or breaking the bank. In Benidorm, you are spoilt for choice in “Tapas Alley,” which runs from Plaza de la Constitutio to Santa Domingo. So, grab a drink, sit with the locals and order one or more of the following:
- Patatas Bravas– Fried potatoes covered in a fiery sauce
- Calamares– Rings of squid, usually battered, served with salt and lemon
- Croquetas– Fried balls of potato and meat rolled in breadcrumbs
- Tortilla– Small Spanish omelette filled with potato and onion
- Boquerones– White anchovies served in vinegar or deep-fried
Given its coastal location on the western banks of the Mediterranean, it will come as no surprise to hear that Benidorm specializes in seafood. Typical catches include spotted flounder, hake, red mullet, anglerfish, sea bass, whiting, and conger.
For an authentic eating experience, try fish prepared with dry edible salt, which is a technique known as “salazón.” This is very characteristic of the Valencia region and gives diners a real taste of the sea.
Although Benidorm makes up part of the Valencian Community, it is also within the smaller province of Alicante. Must-try dishes from here include:
- Bajoques Farcides– Peppers stuffed with rice, pork, tomatoes and spices
- La Pericana– Cod fish, olive oil, dried peppers and garlic
- Turron– An nougat candy containing almonds and honey
In addition to its appeal among beach-bunnies and club-goers, Benidorm also has plenty to offer wandering foodies!