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The countryside of the Costa Cálida is highly fertile, meaning there is a huge amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that form the basis for the region's cuisine.
Rice is commonlpace and finds its way into many local dishes. The abundant and varied seafood from Mar Menor and the Mediterranean Sea, together with game and meat from reared cattle that graze in the nearby mountains, all make for delicious dishes.
Some typical dishes:
* Arroz y conejo (Rice with rabbit)
* Arroz de verduras (Rice and vegetables)
* Arroz y costille jacket (Rice and ribs)
* Arroz marinero (Rice with seafood)
* Paella huertana (Vegetarian paella)
The giant prawns are of an exceptional quality. The "huevas de mújol", a kind of caviar, is also a local speciality. Many desserts and cakes, often made from almonds, are prepared in this region. Taste the 'Jijona' ice cream, which is still made in the traditional way and contains real 'nougat' ice cream, again made from almonds grown in the region. The excellent wines from Jumilla and Yecla are widely recognized in Spain and abroad for their full-bodied taste and round, fruity finish.
Typical dishes of the Costa Cálida:
Typical dishes of the Costa Cálida include calderos (rice dishes with different kinds of fish and peppers), mojama (salted tuna), pastel cierva (pie stuffed with pigeon, rabbit or chicken and eggs), while desserts include melon, figs, grapes from Cartagena or goat's cheeses. At the end of a meal, people drink an asiático (coffee with cinnamon, milk, liqueur and coffee beans).
There are many options when it comes to daily shopping. Within cycling distance (less than 1 km) you have:
- Spar Express 800m
- Aldi 900m
- Lidl 950m
- Mercadona 950m
Large shopping malls:
- 5 min. from DOS MARES shopping mall (70 stores, 16 restaurants and a cinema)
- 15 min. from the ZENIA BOULEVARD shopping mall
- 25 min. from ESPACIO MEDITERRANEO shopping mall
- Molina Plaza in San Javier (Mercadona supermarket and several stores)
Panaderia Jose Antonio on Bolarín 33 in Santiago de la Ribera where you can also have a nice coffee. In the Dos Mares shopping mall there is an Eroski supermarket and a Carrefour HyperMarket.
San Javier is perfect for the lovers of culture. It has a wide cultural schedule. In summer, many national festivals take place, such as the Theatre and Dance Festival or the International Jazz festival, which was declared interesting tourist destination.
Color, spectacle, music and folklore are what it's all about in the region of Murcia. There is a celebration or festival in the region every month of the year, as well as music, theater and dance. A famous pub in Santiago de la Ribera is Mytika Beach Club.
Our favorite restaurants nearby:
- La Boheme 950 m
- Asador Sierra de Cazorla (grill)
- La Pizza (italiaans)
- La Torrero Restaurant (meat, fish, tapas)
- Bombay darbar (Indian)
- San Javier Nous restaurante (Avda Sandoval 29 Santiago de la Ribera) (Italian)
- La Cazoria 500 m
- La plaza 800 m