Halal & Kosher food on the Costa Blanca - Tue 28th June 2011

We have been getting an increasing number of requests, from clients, for information regarding their dietery requirements whilst on holiday in Spain.

There is a large Moroccan community in Spain and every town has halal butchers, where  you could ask for advice on eating out locally at restaurants serving halal or kosher foods, as well as picking up supplies for your self-catering at one of our holiday villa rentals.
The best one in our region is in Teulada, on the ‘Avenida Santa Catalina 48', which is in the centre of town, by the town hall, near the Aquagest (water company) office. There is another in Calpe and Benissa.

There are plenty of established Indian restaurants in the area, mainly in the resorts of Moraira, Calpe, Javea and Altea, and they may be serving halal meat, so best to check.

There is a lovely family-run Lebanese restaurant in Calpe - SHADI, Tel 96 583 6464. Cabo La Nina (close to fountain by the dry river bed at the bottom of the town).

AL ZARAQ Carrreterra N332 - Calpe Tel: 96 573 1615 (on the national road, signposted, just north of Calpe). Upmarket Lebanese restaurant set within beautiful grounds overlooking Calpe. Very special, formal and abit pricey but well worth it if you are looking for something different. Tables outside in lovely gardens.

For tapas, there are a lot of seafood and vegetable tapas (tortilla, calamares, mejillones, olivas, anchoas, pulpo) - hope this does not count as halal, as they are delicious, and would think that, like kosher food, seafood is alright so long as the animal has scales (fish). Also, just tell the barman that you are allergic to pork! Happy eating.

Please let me know of your own thoughts and recommendations as we like to provide as much information as possible to our clients who enjoy renting villas from us and the joy of home from home comforts, with a bit of warmth and sun, I hope!

Posted by Bruce Gibson

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