outside Alicante central market

The best tours for foodies and wine lovers on the Costa Blanca

When we visit a new place we love to try the local food, and the best way to do this is in bars and restaurants away from the usual tourist areas.

Now we know more Spanish and have lived here for a while we don’t mind wandering away from the tourist hotspots to find a bar full of locals. However, when we first moved over, or when we visit somewhere new on holiday, it can sometimes be both daunting and difficult to know where the best places to eat and drink are.

If you truly want to experience the Costa Blanca like a local, then you need a local tour guide. We’ve picked some of the best tours for foodies and wine lovers on the Costa Blanca for you to book onto…

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Alicante Secret Flavors Food Tour

We did this Alicante Secret Flavours Food Tour a while back and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try some local delicacies.

You meet a local guide outside Alicante Central Market and together visit 10 different food and wine stalls in the market to sample the best food and drink. You’ll get the chance to try (and also buy) products typical of the region, including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cheeses, as well as trying handmade sweets and local wine.

cheese stall at Alicante central market

We also learnt a lot about the history of the market and chatted with some of the most experienced stall holders.

Alicante Evening Tapas Tour

Looking for a way to spend the evening in Alicante? On this evening tapas tour in Alicante you’ll get to visit 3 of the most authentic tapas bars in the city and sample some authentic cuisine.

With an expert local guide you’ll step off the tourist route and into the local tapas bars where you’ll learn more about Alicante’s gastronomy and wines. The tour includes 3 drinks and 8 tapas.

Seafaring route with fresh fish tasting

If you like seafood then this fresh fish tasting tour in Alicante is for you!

As well as learning about the history of fishing in the city and all about the boats and equipment used by fishermen in Alicante port, you’ll get to visit the fish market to attend a royal fish auction. This is followed by a tasting of the fresh fish auctioned along with a drink.

Alicante port view with boats

Vineyards of Alicante: Wine Tasting Tour

Did you know that the Alicante region produces its own wine?

On this wine tasting tour you’ll get to visit a beautiful winery in one of the best wine-producing areas of the Alicante region, located about 45 minutes from the city centre.

On this afternoon trip you’ll take a tour of the cellars and holding tanks, and learn about the wine making process before a tasting of different wines produced at the winery.

Private Painting and Gastronomy Experience in Denia

For lovers of art and food, you’ll be in your element with this painting and gastronomy tour in Denia.

During a sunset in front of the sea you’ll have the opportunity to paint a picture, enjoy drinks and appetizers, and after you’ve finished painting you’ll have a light dinner based on 4 Mediterranean tapas and 1 dessert.

Alicante: Paella and Sangría Cooking Workshop

As lovers of paella, one tour that is on our wish lit to try is this Paella and Sangría Cooking Workshop in Alicante!

A local guide takes you to Alicante’s Central Market to buy the best fresh ingredients before you learn how to make an authentic Alicante paella and sangría with a local chef – and of course enjoy your creations at the end.

La Cañada Guided Tour With Oil Tasting & Typical Breakfast

The Costa Blanca region is well known for its olive oil production, and on this oil tasting tour you’ll get to see how its made as well as taste the produce.

You’ll also discover how wine is made in one of the oldest wineries in La Cañada, have brunch with unique and tasty local products, and walk through ancient olive trees to discover stories of secrets, crimes and legends.

Alicante: Food Walking Tour with Tastings

If you love exploring and trying local food, this is the perfect tour for you.

On this Food walking tour of Alicante you’ll first explore the local food market with an expert guide before visiting a variety of bars to try local tapas and wines.

Wine Tour through the vineyards with tasting by Salt Lake

If you haven’t visited the salt lakes in Torrevieja you can combine a trip there with this Wine Tasting Tour.

You’ll explore the La Mata Natural Park on a guided walking tour before enjoying a pairing of local, organic wine with olive oil, homemade cheese, and tapas.

The 10 tasting of Benidorm walking experience

For visitors to Benidorm who want to try some more authentic dishes, join this culinary tour of Benidorm.

As you enjoy authentic local food and drinks, you’ll also discover the highlights of the area including the old town, the market and the most famous tapas bar area. A local tour guide will tell you everything you need to know about the food, the bars and the town.

Which of these delicious tours for foodies and wine lovers on the Costa Blanca would you like to try?

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