Alicante old city center and local culinary specialties. Best tapas & top places. ( Chose either Castle or Central Market)
If any city embodies the Mediterranean, it is Alicante!
If you are a "food lover" and enjoy an excursion through our Cultural Spots & our Culinary Traditions, this is your tour.
You will conquer all its wonder flavors walking along the streets where the land is perfectly placed along side the sea.
Includes Alicante Cultural "highlights". Upon your own interest: our Santa Barbara Castle, Cathedral, our Festivities: Bonfires, Santa Cruz, (optional gorgeous Central Market & great fishing tradition which is perfectly bound to our gastronomy).
(Optional) we will visit the best places to taste the our unique gastronomy visiting special local places: wine, cheese, almond, nougat, olive oil, olives, horchata. . .
As a local from generations I will explain the cultural & economic aspects associated to the Alicante goods.
OPTIONAL: STOPPING at top restaurants for "tapas" & for our dish that reigns supreme: Paella.
* Sometimes, even are confirmed, some schedules do not depend on me and can be changed w/out notice.
1- I will meet you at our meeting point, SHORE(extra), or meet at Central Market.
2- Depending if it is a 10 am -15-16 pm tour or 17-22 pm (notice Central Market is close after 14:00 pm & holidays) we start taking a refreshment flavoring some traditional limonade or cold horchata/coffee/ hot chocolate in a traditional place. (Or Wine:)! )
3- Then Central Market & traditions visiting some gourmet quality places.
We will taste our goods at these places. (1'30 hours). And optional buying. Optional one stop for Tapa!
4- City center: If you have not visited yet will stop by our Cultural Highlights & Spots. (Cathedral, Santa Cruz, small streets, etc) Stop for tapa.
Another one/two stops for tapas.
(5- Optional buying Wine/ Olive Oil in a gourmet bodega. Optional buying. )
6- At this point it would be lunch (13:30-15 pm) or dinner time (20-22 hours).
This is one/ two stops for the culinary tour standing at quality bars &/or previous BOOKING we will seat down at quality restaurant. ( we can book same day also)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Central Market or SHORE/ Harbour / your place if it is around the city center.
Also TRANSPORT EXTRA FROM SHORE
End location: SHORE/Marina/ City center...
Duration: 6 hours
This tour may last 5-7 hours, also it can last 4-5 if you are short of time .
I am flexible with times, starting time or finishing, depending on your timing. Specially cruises timing.
Santa Barbara Castle opens at 10:00.
Some tapas bars around old city and Central Market are open in the morning.
Please remember restaurants start at 12:00: the most of the special ones ( gourmet) at 12 or even 12:30.
Also if we visit the surroundings areas of Alicante we may go for lunch around 13 or 14:00 hours.
Mostly walking through the city center.
However upon request we can hire taxis.
We can also take my car if needed to the City Center and return to your place if it is around City Center, or for special people needs. I drive you in my AUDI 4 GTD for 3 seats, not included in the price.
Or hire any service you need including VIP car service.
- If you take a complete WALKING TOUR I could pick you up walking from your the harbour( PORTAMARIS HOTEL where transfer bus leaves you/place/hotel. Then, I will guide you all over the special local places where most tourist would not reach.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
6 euros - Option depending on budget and gourmet style:
All from 6€ to 40 € ( Gourmet) in tapas & wine & beer
An option is having a paella tapa : 3-4 € or paella lunch: 10€ to 25 € per person.
PLUS the money pocket to buy your gourmet goods from 3 €..to your desire. This is optional as well.
Please remember to come with an empty stomach :)
- This tour runs places where all is pretty close together but if you prefer to take a taxi or renting a car to some places that is not included.
- Lunch is extra
- I could drive you with an Black AUDI 4 GTD, max 3-4 people: Car & Gas if needed if picking you up and taking you back from SHORE or meeting point, (that is extra 30 eur )( 3- 4 people depending on you) plus: a cruise tour to the City Center.)
- We could rent a vanette up to 8 people. ( ask quotations)
- We could rent a minibus up to 25 people.
- Service to pick you up from or to the airport if need it.
- A private Wine Tasting upon request including an a apperitive of gourmet ham and cheese.
-Purchasing different kind of Alicante goods such almonds to jamon serrano, ham, cheese, Alicante area best quality wines, Alicante area olive oil, ...sweets, from 3€- 6€- 15€- 20 € always best qualities where we stop. This is extra and optional. And it is great idea to go shopping in the Central Market or gourmet shop.
- I could provide an Audi 4 or rent a service.
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Carolina met us at the dock. It was a little confusing to find her because the security person did not let her go into the area right in front of the ship. But it worked out. She worked out a very nice tour according to my requests. We visited the Castillo, dined at a cafe with delicious sardines and goat cheeses, had sushi and shopped at the market, and walked through the older part of the city. Carolina is very down to earth and very flexible. Her knowledge of the local area is wonderful. High marks!