Spanish Food in Playa Flamenca

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Some Spanish restaurants, cafes and bars near to Playa Flamenca on the Costa Blanca.

Going north (towards Torrevieja and Alicante) from the Alameda del Mar roundabout on the N332, as far as Punta Prima.

On the landward side of the N332.
Asturias restaurant (five-minute walk, by go karts on N332), breakfast until late. Lots going on here usually. Extensive menu ranging from traditional British tucker to Spanish tapas and a full menu of restaurant-style food. Often entertainment in the evening. Cheap drink and food. However, there is a rumour that this establishment will move across the N332 to a largely undeveloped site with a tower on it at present. This may not happen by summer 2009.

El Carmen pasteleria
(10-minute walk on N332 past Brico House), open during morning and afternoon. Excellent coffee, baguettes with Spanish fillings and cakes.

Patio Andaluz
(15-minute walk – on the far side of the Punta Marina commercial centre at the Punta Prima roundabout). Have not tried this, but said to be good Spanish fun by all who have been.

On the seaward side of the N332.
Restaurant Cantabrico, at Torrejoven Hotel
(15-minute walk, also on the Punta Prima roundabout). Have not tried this, but may have Spanish dishes. The hotel is home to a disco also.

Don Quijote cafe bar
(12-minute walk) Mixture of Northern Europeans (including the British) and Spanish patrons at this. The N332 restaurant, which is just along from Don Quijote, also attracts Spanish patrons.

Punta Prima Restaurante
(20-minute walk, first along N332 crossing at the blue bridge, then going back towards El Rincon to Avenida del Mar. There is a sign for the restaurant on the corner of Avenida del Mar and the N332. Another route is to cross the N332 at the roundabout on the Burger King side just down from El Rincon and walk along the coast.) You can sit inside or on the terrace overlooking the sea.

Going South from the Alameda del Mar roundabout on the N332 (away from Torrevieja and Alicante).

On landward side.
Cafe Picaso, in the complex containing Mercadona near Calle Pablo Picasso (15-minute walk)

El Abuelo, (10 minutes by car, accessed from streets off the N332, but facing the N332)

Bodega Baco (10-minutes by car on the service road alongside the N332)

El Balcon, at the sliproad off the N332 signposted for Dehesa de Campoamor.

Restaurante Asador El Cortijo,
accessed from the next roundabout on the N332, after the diversion right for Dehesa de Campoamor, but also signposted for Dehesa de Campoamor. You can see it on the right-hand side of the road before you get to the roundabout. At this roundabout take the turn off into the Urbanisation and very quickly turn left, then follow the signs for El Cortijo and one which is crucial that says The Ranch. You will travel back towards Playa Flamenca, past a new urbanisation called Monte Mar and then under the N332. There is a riding school associated with this restaurant that is open 12 until late, but not Monday.

Casa Alfonso,
which has a Michelin star and many Spanish awards.
As for Restaurante Asador El Cortijo, use the roundabout on the N332 signposted for Dehesa de Campoamor, but travel on past the left turn for that restaurant along Calle Saavedra Fajardo. As soon as possible do a U-turn into Ronde de Garcilaso de la Vega. You will at this point be travelling back the way you came initially, but this road bears left. Turn right and then left to arrive at this Casa Alfonso in Calle Salvador Rueda. Opening times: 13:45 to 16:00 and 20:00 to 23:00. Monday closed; Tuesday half day.

Restaurante Las Villas.
Is also in Calle Salvador Rueda. It is closer to the N332 than Casa Alfonso. You will see it as you retrace your path from Casa Alfonso directly behind the petrol station.

On the seaward side

Playa Flamenca Snack Bar, on the seaside walk to La Zenia (about 25-minute walk).

Restaurante La Bahia at Cabo Roig marina (about 40 minutes along coastal track).

Behind the Alameda del Mar roundabout

Bar Restaurante Harlequino at Horizonte (five-minute walk). Run by Spaniards serving pizzas and Spanish food, including fish and chicken. The clients were mostly British the day we were there.

Meson Gallego on Avenida Parana (10 to 15 minute walk)

El Padrino on Avenida Parana (10 to 15 minute walk)

(Merendero) Los Cucalos (about 10 minutes by car) at Urb. Los Dolses

Rancho Blancho, outside Torrevieja.
Follow signs for the public hospital from the N332 exit for Torrevieja nearest Alameda del Mar. Pass the hospital and continue, driving through many roundabouts. Eventually you will come to a roundabout for the AP 7. Go around this roundabout until you see an exit marked Camino, equipped with ladies of the night usually. As you drive up this rough road, you will see the first sign for Rancho Blanco. Follow the signs along the dirt road and you come to the restaurant. Distance from roundabout about 1.6 km.

Miramar Restaurante and tapas bar La Luna underneath the restaurant.
Overlooking the marina on the walkway between the town and the harbour, with Gaudi-style seating (10 minutes by car from Alameda del Mar, park in underground or above street parking at the marina).

Meson de la Costa Have not visited this, but have heard it is good.

El Rincon de los Jarras
(10 minutes by car from Alameda del Mar, park in underground or above-street parking at the marina and then about a five-minute walk). This pub has an extensive tapas menu and located in Calle Maria Porodi. Maria Porodi runs up into the town from the harbour by the long fountain.

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