Enjoy food and drink on the Costa Blanca

There is a lot more to do around Javea and Denia than just enjoying the
sunshine on the beach and any time of the year its great to just relax and
enjoy the many bars and restaurants in the area.
It is always a pleasure to enjoy a leisurely lunch while overlooking the
sparkling sea but there are also many inland towns and villages to explore
where you can sample traditional Spanish food and wine as enjoyed by the
locals.

Javea Old Town

In the centre of Javea old town, many restaurants offer a ‘menu of
the day’ most priced at less than 20 euros or you can sample a selection of
tapas in one of the bars in the square around the old church. Look out for
restaurants offering a tapas menu which give a choice of different dishes to
share between you, for a set price.

Denia

Denia has recently become a Unesco City of Gastronomy which is reflected
in the quality of food on offer. Calle Lorreto in the town is well worth a
visit and you can stroll along and choose where to stop. The Marina is a
delightful place to eat overlooking the yachts, watching the ferries come
and go and with a lovely view of the Montgo mountain. Both Denia and
Javea are fishing ports so the local restaurants are well worth sampling the
fresh catch.

Tapas

If you are lucky your visit may coincide with a ‘Tapas Route’ week when a
selection of bars will collaborate and offer a drink and their own special
tapa for a set price and you can walk around and try them all for a different
evening or lunchtime experience.

Markets

Most towns have a traditional covered market and an open weekly market
where you can sample and buy fresh fruit and vegetables and a wide choice
of cheeses and oils, dried fruit, herbs, nuts etc. On a day trip to Valencia
the indoor market is in a beautiful traditional building and you can take as
long as you like to select your purchases from the wide choice on offer –
we recommend the rosemary flavoured manchego cheese and the lemon
olive oil.

Jesus Pobre

The Sunday market in Jesus Pobre is a farmers market selling home-grown
and home-made produce as well as crafts and as always in Spain, there is
a bar for refreshments. You can also visit the local bodega to sample and
purchase wine and then go inland and explore the wine-growing area of
Jalon.

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