A guide to food and drink in Costa Almeria
In Costa Almeria you’ll find an array of Spanish, Mediterranean and international restaurants and cuisine. Because you’re right on the water, you can indulge your seafood cravings with the fresh local selections prepared at almost every restaurant. If you want more of a British dining experience, there are also several British pubs serving up classic fish and chips, while American-style restaurants have the usual burgers and steaks.
Exploring Costa Almeria's delicacies
As one of Europe’s largest suppliers of fruit and vegetables, chef’s and restaurateurs take advantage of the abundance of flavours from land and sea in Costa Almeria. As such, delicacies are prepared by the locals here in the same way as generations before them. You’ll struggle not to get caught up in the tapas culture in Costa Almeria, the likes of which are best accompanied with a glass of tantalising, locally produced sherry.
Other specialities include a variety of soups, usually made from seafood and seasoned with garlic and tomatoes. You may also enjoy the lentil and lamb broths, infused with saffron, corriander and the famous gazpacho. Producing more olive oil than any other Spanish region, you’ll also find this healthy substance in everything from fried fish dishes to fresh Mediterranean salads.
Best tapas at Stilo Campo, Roquetas de Mar
Known for being one of the best places for tapas in Costa Almeria, Stilo Campo has always been a very busy establishment. Dishes are created with the highest quality fresh ingredients and are presented beautifully. This restaurant is frequented by locals, so it’s best to arrive early if you don’t want to wait in line. Serving up modern tapas at good prices, Stilo Campo is a must-try dinner destination for any visitor to Costa de Almeria.
Simple seafood at Restaurante Chiringuito Nido Playa, Roquetas de Mar
This popular beach front restaurant in Roquetas serves up the best ocean views alongside sumptuous plates of fresh paella, filled with wonderful treasures from the sea. With friendly staff and equally friendly prices to match, you’ll find a wide range of local produce on the menu including seabass in salt, fried squid, and mussels.
Tantalising tortilla at La Mala, Almeria
Nestled into the quaint streets of Costa Almeria’s centre, you can’t miss this bright red tortilleria on the corner. La Mala is a small but friendly restaurant, offering a rustic dining experience with dishes a long menu filled with tortillas and spanish omelettes filled with chilli, prawns and vegetables. With a few tables upstairs, if you haven’t reserved a table, don’t be surprised if you end up standing at the bar with the locals as you tuck into your freshly made tapas served on the house with your drinks.
Dine at fresco at Bella Vista, Mojacar
Located near the beach, Bella Vista offers up sea views on their terrace while you indulge in paella or mixed grills. This restaurant has an extensive menu with a large variety of dishes. Try their large portion of fresh steamed mussels or one of the lovingly homemade desserts. A three-course meal at Bella Vista only comes to around €12
Creative tapas at Taberna Nuestra Tierra, Almeria
This award-winning tapas bar serves up great portions of food and generous glasses of locally produced wine. Their tapas dishes are extremely creative and are sure to be something you haven’t had before. Try their red anchovy dish or the grilled aubergine with honey and red mullet.