Being a coastal city and once a traditional fishing village, fish and seafood play a large part in the locals diet and feature highly on many of Torrevieja’s restaurant menus. From the humble sardine to extravagant lobster, there are many places in the city where visitors can enjoy seafood for as little as 1€, such as tender calamari on a fresh mini roll at Euromania or in the case of some more traditional tapas bars, free. The Spanish diet, and indeed most of the Mediterranean is predominantly healthy, and fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil and fish are eaten practically every day.
When visiting Torrevieja, unless your budget is very healthy, the restaurants in the popular tourist areas and especially along the beach front can be pretty expensive when ordering seafood, with a small lobster averaging more than 40€ on most menus. Be bold, venture away from the beach, even just a block or two and you will find some real gems, maybe not as elaborate and without the sea view but you have your whole holiday to look at the sea. Many of the tapas bars feature a small drink and tapa at great prices such as a ”cana” (small beer) and plate of calamari for 3€ or 10 prawns and 2 canas for 5€, and some will give you a tapa such as grilled sardines free with your drink order.
Commonly known as the fish market, Mercado Central La Plasa is an indoor market in Torrevieja specialising in fresh fish and seafood, although there is many other excellent produce on offer. The variety of fish and shellfish is fantastic and reasonably priced, perfect for a BBQ on the beach. If you don’t fancy cooking there is a very popular stall called La Mar Sala that offer a great range of home cooked seafood that can be eaten cold or simply heated up. Their freshly made paellas are legendary.