Restaurants in Santa Pola tend to be concentrated around the city centre and marina. This makes it easy to ‘menu browse' before deciding where to dine. They range from cheap and cheerful little tapas joints with just a few daily specials to stylish upmarket establishments offering fine dining. Being a seaside town with a rich fishing heritage and bustling fish market, many of Santa Pola's restaurants feature fresh fish and seafood highly on there menus. However, those fond of meat, fast food junkies and vegetarians are all well catered for, as are fussy eaters and children.
Town Centre Restaurants
For the size of Santa Pola, it certainly has its fair share of restaurants to choose from. Visitors will also find many tapas bars where you can try a variety of these tasty little treats for just a few euros. For those who are sceptical about the ingredients in some traditional tapas, try visiting Lizarran in the marina or 100 Montaditos a block behind on Calle Fernando Pérez Ojeda. These are local chain restaurants found throughout Spain. They specialise in tapas and small filled rolls more suited to foreigners tastes. These range from just 80 cents and not much higher than 4€. 100 Montaditos special of two tostadas and a fresh filter coffee for 1.80€ is exceptional value.
Restarante Casa Rico is a family favourite located on Carrer Gabriel Miró. Their extensive menu offers some unusual but delicious local dishes such as black rice paella and scorpion fish caldron. Seafood dishes feature highly and there is a good choice of tapas. For great pasta dishes, pizza and vegetarian options head to Sapori D'Italia on Calle Hernan Cortés. To experience traditional Asturian cuisine in a lovely setting try Restaurante Asturiano La Sidrería de Santa Pola. they are located on Calle Sacramento and, as the name suggests, they also specialise in tasty ciders. Great steaks and delicious seafood, especially octopus, are highlights on the menu at Restaurante en Santa Pola Pulpería Narcea. They are located on Av. Vicente Rías Baixas near the roundabout.
With all the swimming, water sports and activities most people enjoy during a holiday in Santa Pola, it's easy to work up an appetite. This is taken care of with a good selection of beach side restaurants. Many are located along the beach promenade and in the marina. Batiste enjoys a lovely location in front of the marina. Outdoor terraces offer al fresco dining with superb views and indoors are large comfortable lounges. Being close to the Fish Market, visitors can rest assured their fish and seafood dishes are super fresh. Rice and paella dishes are exceptional too.
Further south but also fronting the marina is La Taberna de Lucia. Here you can choose your shellfish straight from the tank or splash out on delicious fresh oysters. Great steaks cooked just the way you like, vegetarian dishes and a summer snack bar ensures something for everyone. One block back on Av. Granada, Restaurante La Sal does a good value and tasty set menu for 12€. Right on the beach off Av. Gonzalez Vicen is Cafetería Peña Grande. This is a great place for a burger, pizza, sandwich or tapas, practically on the sand with lovely views and sunsets.
Tabarca Island Restaurants
Most visitors spending some time in Santa Pola will take a trip to nearby Tabarca Island. Visible from much of the mainland, the island was a haven for raiding Barbary pirates in days of old. It is Costa Blanca's only inhabited island and a very popular tourist attraction. Many visit for the superb snorkelling and scuba diving as the island is a marine conservation area with pristine waters. Regular daily boat trips and fast water taxis get you to the island in no time. Visitors can also enjoy guided snorkel safaris, as well as kayaking, stand up paddle and jet ski excursions.
The charming village is a pleasure to explore and home to some excellent restaurants. Fresh fish and seafood features highly on many restaurant menus. Overlooking the central beach and handy for swimmers and sunbathers is Restaurante Amparín. Service is fast and friendly and prices reasonable. Try their cauldrons, fried fish, baby squid, paella or black rice. Close to this is Casa Ramos and Los Pescadores. A further choice of restaurants and bars are located in the village. Try the clams and other shellfish at Restaurante Casa Gloria which are excellent although rather pricey. For more reasonably priced meals and friendly service head to Don Jeronimo.