Our second day in Spain was spent touring Castell de Santa Barbara in Alicante, walking the Esplanda d’Espanya, sightseeing in Benidorm, and of course eating wonderful food.
What we learned on our second day in Spain:
- Spain is an extremely clean country; from the streets to the homes to the gas station bathrooms. White immaculately clean tile is everywhere. The shop-owner of our breakfast place swept the floor 3 times while we were there, and every place we visited was spotless.
- Even though there is a lot of great fish dishes in Spain, the word is to avoid raw fish, as the Mediterranean is quite polluted. Indeed, we saw no sign of sushi in Spain and all of the fish we had (with the exception of sardines perhaps) was thoroughly cooked or sautéed.
- Coffee is good and strong and consumed throughout the day, but never “to-go”, and never in large mugs.
- Although they don’t tow you in Benidorm, they do ticket you for 90 Euros if you park in a blue zone without finding the hidden and ever-changing parking machine/monitor!
Spanish dishes enjoyed along the Costa Blanca (White Coast):
- Fried Eggplant with Honey;
- one of the “Boards” which was a wild mix of cured meats, sardines on toast and sardine croquettes, tortillas (similar to a potato omelette), cheeses, mashed garlic potatoes, tuna salad, pork meatballs with sauce, and fried vegetables.
Finished the day driving north up the coast to Valencia, where we had some late tapas and went to bed so we could enjoy the morning in Valencia before driving inland.