Choices for the city

Cara del Moro: Alicante’s best legend


El Postiguet Beach.

A few metres from Melia Hotel.

Yes! That’s the right position.

Then you raise the look to the prominent Santa Barbara Castle, concretly to the Benacantil Mountain’s slopes and you’ll see it. This particular profile sculpted on the rocks – Cara del Moro (Moor Face) – reminds us the best keeped legend of Alicante and, apparently, the reason of its actual name.

The legend tells the story of one Califa and his only daughter, Cántara. He found two pretenders to marry her – Ali and Almanzor – and to decide the right one, the beloved father orders each one to perform a concret task. He ordered Almanzor to cross the world till India and pick up some spices to bring as present for Cántara; for Ali it was to build a ditch from Tibi’s reservoir to Alicante. Instead of that, Ali prefered to win Cántara with songs and poems, falling both in love. As Almanzor returned with the spices, the Califa decided to marry Cántara with him. Downcast after this decision, Ali suicided dropping himself from a cliff, and then Cántara followed him. After the love tragedy, the Califa died of sadness, bringing the town the name of Alicantara by its subjects and this carved profile on the mountain slopes as homage to the Califa.

A tragic (true or untrue?) legend that take us to another time engraved throught the Benacantil mountain. A free Alicante highlight which serves as perfect hook for a quiet visit into the Santa Barbara Castle. But. . . that’s will be another time. By the moment, let’s think that Ali and Cantara are together in another perfect place.

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Gourmet Choice: Asturian Tapas in Alicante

If you are in Alicante with some spare time and you don’t know what to do, there’s a lovely place you could go. It’s an intimate asturian bar/restaurant where you can taste and discover some of the best dishes of their region only by 1€ each beer or wine with tapa. I bet you could not take only one.

bodeguitaWhy you should try ?

  1. Price → Very economic. 1€ for an icy beer/wine with a tasty tapa !!
  2. Quality → Awesome cooker. All the food is fresh and first class
  3. Exotic → Different from the typical caña&tapa’s food.
  4. Art Auctions → Each two weeks they will put on display different artworks to bid.
  5. Charity team member → Ong’s contributors, all the tips go to a food bank.

La bodeguita

Things I recommend to taste:

  1. Spicy Mussels called : “Asesinos” (Killers).  If you really love spicy things, you should try the : “Psicópatas” (Psychopath). The stronger version of the killers.
  2. Cabrales Cheese. They have several dishes with it, but I recommend the pâté, and the “Sepia al Cabrales”.
  3. “Papas locas” (Crazy Crisps): Fried potatoes with some spices. You’ll become addicted!  You can also ask for the spicy version called : “Papas locas cabreás”( Crazy crisps pissed off) You can even choose how angry do you want them to be.

How to get there?

It’s easy, it’s close to Plaza de Toros (Plaza España).

And If you’re wondering “what does Asturian Gastronomy consist of ?”  don’t worry, we could sum it up for you saying that their specialities are:

  1. Fabada (A stew made from dried white beans)
  2. Beef (Famous by their high quality)
  3. Cider (Also used for cooking)
  4. Fish and seafood
  5. Cheese (Including the outstanding blue cheese Cabrales )

If you want further information, we recommend you to visit : Foods from spain.

Enjoy it!

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