The Mediterranean, the best place to enjoy cooking and landscape

20 marzo, 2014
The Mediterranean, the best place to enjoy cooking and landscape

Iván Grau is one of the best chefs in Spain and very famous for his awards.

A good holiday or a complete break are those that bring spectacular scenery, relaxation, fine dining and excellent weather. Spain is a country that offers its visitors all of this, because it has amazing places for tourists and also offers the best dishes. Especially, the Mediterranean area is one which combines all these factors best. Its climate is mild throughout the year (little rain throughout the year, hot in summer and not very cold in winter) and is famous for the Mediterranean diet, the healthiest. Specifically, one of his Valencian municipalities, Teulada, with its port in Moraira, is known for its good work in the culinary part, with typical products of Alicante.

Teulada is located in the district of Marina Alta. It is divided into two towns, Teulada (near to the mountains) and Moraira, looking to the coast. It is a beautiful place for visitors and has been inhabited for thousands of years. Proof of this are the prehistoric sites of Cova de la Cendra, Morro del Castellar, Tossal de la Font Santa, Cova de les Rafes or Punta de Moraira, among others. Visitors also enjoy strolling through the castle of Moraira, Capd’Or tower and the old walls. It is a very touristy area. In fact, this activity is its economic engine, over fishing. Many people, both Spanish and foreign, have made this town a place where they have their second residence house, attracted by the climate, the landscape, the sea and the gastronomy.

The latter is one of the key pieces for visitors. The town is in a select group for food writers thank the restaurants who risked enhance the local cuisine with personality and quality. In addition to good products that grow on the microclimate of the area, characterized by growing in the mountains of Teulada or proceed entering the sea through the port of Moraira, visitors can also enjoy their wine production, worldwide reference.

Rice is one of the signs of identity of the Mediterranean diet. In Moraira you can eat dishes like rice with octopus or the senyorent arròs. Rice is one of the cornerstones of the traditional cuisine of the area and can be combined with seafood, meats and products from the land.

Fish is the second of the gastronomic hubs place due to the proximity of the sea. There are a variety of pieces that cook dishes like putxero of polp (boiled octopus), peix soup (fish soup ) or suquet de peix (stew).

Within seafood, they are also important shrimp, lobsters and mussels, plus exquisite sea urchins.

Sobrasada, blanquet, llonganisa and butifarra are ways of preserving pork and very traditional in the Mediterranean Sea. Meat, legumes and vegetables are also in many of the dishes as arròs amb fessols i naps (rice with beans and turnips), the putxero amb pilotes (cooked meatballs wrapped in cabbage leaves), the arròs al forn (baked rice ) and arròs amb fava pelada (rice with dried beans).

Moraira’s restaurants are also famous for dishes made with almonds and raisins sweeten palates of diners. The sweets are the mona de pasqua, la dama or the coca María.

We recommend to visitors go to the restaurant Zensatez , or gastro-bar, as its owner call it. Its fabulous terrace overlooking the sea gives a special romantic touch. But besides the food it is spectacular. That’s why his and owner chef, Ivan Grau, has received awards and recognitions throughout his young career, developed in a national and international level .

Moraira Zensatez opened in July 2012 next to Alicante sea. Since then, it is considered one of the remarkable restaurants of valecian Yearbook 2012 by food critic Antonio Vergara. It has also received the certificate of excellence in Tripadvisor for the great customer acceptance. And in November 2012, the Zensatez restaurantwas nominated as a finalist for JOVEMPA because of the best careers in the Marina Alta, for its distinctive restaurant concept.

To book, simply call 96 574 42 55 or write an email to the address For those who also enjoy the food a lot and want to practice their different dishes at home, at the restaurant’s website,, they can find numerous recipes with typical products of the area.

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