THIS WEEKEND the Mediterranean beachfront city of Torrevieja hosts the latest autumn edition of their popular tapas route, the “Ruta de la Tapa”.
Diners can enjoy a wide variety of authentic Spanish tapas during the autumn iteration of the popular event, with 23 venues taking part. However, in a departure from previous editions, this year's autumn experience lasts for two weekends.
The event normally occurs twice yearly – once in the spring and once at this time of year, but due to the ongoing global pandemic, the springtime event was cancelled. To compensate for the adjustment to the social calendar the latest autumn event runs for two consecutive weekends – this weekend representing the last chance for residents and visitors to experience the gastronomic delicacies on offer.
One of the coastal city's most successful innovations and now in its fifth year, the Torrevieja Tapas Route event offers people the ability to sample beautifully presented Spanish fayre at prices that offer excellent value.
Torrevieja Tapas Route 2020: one of the most popular autumn events
For this autumn a selection of revered local restaurants are taking part in the event, including specialised tapas bars such as Brasas y Tapas, and Tapa y Caña in the city centre; and our favourite beachfront restaurant, La Cantina, on the main promenade adjacent to the city's port.
This year´s role-call of local establishments includes some big names on the south Costa Blanca restaurant scene, including city centre venues such as Restaurante Báhia, Namm & Gastronomic, and Restaurante Las Columnas directly overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
For each sitting, two different types of tapas will be available: a “Home-style” (or “Author”) tapa and a traditional “Gourmet” tapa, each served with a small beer or soft drink for just €2.50 per tapa respectively.
Typically, the tapa is accompanied by a small Spanish beer, with Cruzcampo, Mahou, Estrella, Ambar, Alhambra, and San Miguel well represented throughout the city.
Alternatively, the tapa can be enjoyed with a small glass of fine Spanish wine, and a selection of Rioja, Jumilla, and other Valencian label speciality wines will be available for tasting.
Dishes are available for lunchtimes (12:00 until 16:30) and for evening dinner (19:00 to 23:00) and present an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase their culinary skills, resulting in some ornate and perfectly beautiful dishes.
The Torrevieja Tapas Route event offers a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon or evening, touring the centre of Torrevieja and discovering many of the hidden sights and delights within the city.
Torrevieja Tapas Route 2020: sample classic Spanish cuisine for just €2.50
The local organisers in association with Torrevieja Gastronomica have provided a leaflet with a map showing the route available from local tourist information offices.
The leaflet outlines the participating venues and provides further details regarding the menu offered by each restaurant on the different days over the forthcoming weekend.
The event has been organised by Torrevieja Gastronomica in association with local businesses and receives support from Torrevieja's tourist board.
Usually held twice yearly in the spring and autumn, Torrevieja´s Tapas Route has quickly become a popular staple event that has been replicated across local communities throughout Spain, and it is always a success with both residents and tourists wherever it is held.
The autumn 2020 Torrevieja Tapas Route finishes this weekend, Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th September 2020, with participating venues across the city. Visit the official website for more information and to see the full list of restaurants.
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