Glimpse of our holiday in Torrevieja and prawns in garlic, olive oil and lemon marinade

It’s certainly become a tradition for us.

spring, for the past five years we go to Torrevieja.

Torrevieja (Old Tower),
pronounced as [toreˈβjexa], is a coastal
city located in the south-eastern Spain. Situated in the Costa Blanca and is just
47 km from the second-largest Valencian city – 
Alicante. With two airports nearby, one in Murcia and other in Alicante,
Torrevieja is easy to access. 

between the sea and two large salt lakes (Las Salinas), Torrevieja was
originally a salt-mining and fishing village and only in 1931 was given
official city status.

Torrevieja is relatively small city, there are plenty of thing to do and to see.
Whether you like an active holiday or just looking to enjoy a slow paced
Spanish life, there is something for everyone.


Even though Spanish
cuisine differs from region to region, they all have one in common – using locally
grown, fresh ingredients. Many dishes prepared nowadays are same as they were
hundreds years ago and recipes are usually passed from generation to
generations. Some dishes were developed with the help of the other cultures,
both invaders and visitors.

With all the
water that surrounds Spain, there are large choice of fresh seafood and fish at
the market. You can find anything from sea bream to shrimp and octopus.
The most
typical dish in Torrevieja is ’’Caldero’’, it’s a fish stew which consists of
different types of fish and rice and is cooked in cauldron – cast iron pot with
a tight-fitting lid. Caldero translates as cauldron, hence the name of the


There is
weekly market with abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as freshly
baked bread, pastries and other great produce. It takes place every Friday
morning at Salinero Calle. 

With the
plenty of seasonal and local food choices available, we always cook ourselves. The
meals are usually very simple and always consist of some kind of fish or
seafood and always a huge salad to accomplish the meal. Garlic, lemon, sea salt
and olive oil –  all what we need to
season our meals.
fresh and healthy.
Without any
doubt, after long winter and cold spring, warm Spanish sunshine is what we
needed.  Long walks along the beach, listening
to tranquillity of the waves and just sitting in cafe and sipping cortado or
coffee con leche and watching the world go by.
 We always come back recharged and ready for
the next challenges that awaits us back home.
Here is
simple prawn recipe we cooked a lot at Torrevieja. It only needs few
ingredients but it tastes flavoursome and complete.
Serves 2
500g prawns,
2-3 garlic
cloves, minced
Juice of 1
2 tbsp
chopped parsley
3 tbsp olive
Sea salt and
pepper to taste
In bowl combine
garlic, lemon juice, parsley, olive oil and salt and pepper, mix well until
Place prawns into marinade, make sure all prawns are well coated in the marinade.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat a non-stick
pan over medium heat, place prawns into the pan and cook for about 3 minutes
on each side. Discard the marinade used for prawns. 
shrimps to cool off a bit before serving.

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  1. Sounds positively delightful. We're serving shrimp this weekend, I am going to use your recipe. Gracias.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this nice article, Torrevieja- After reading your above post i really like to travel their in my upcoming holidays, It is for those who love to enjoy their life and very fond of eating…. Really a very beautiful place to travel.

  3. The bougainvillea looks gorgeous

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