No Mar Menor holiday is complete without sampling some of the finest cuisine in Spain. Fortunately for tourists, La Manga restaurants offer a taste of everything. Hungry travelers can find any fare from continental breakfasts to casual lunches to fine regional cuisine.
The Mar Menor is actually a saltwater lake, the largest one in Europe to be precise. When speaking of the Mar Menor region, people usually refer to the coast around the Mar Menor, also known as the "Little Sea." It's located near the southeastern tip of Spain. It is completely separated from the rest of the Mediterranean Sea by a 22 kilometer strip of land called Gran Via.
The Mar Menor area is an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is frequented year round by visitors from all over the world. There is a total of 70 kilometers of coastline surrounding the Mar Menor Sea. The coast is home to luxury resorts, hotels, villas and of course restaurants.
La Manga del Mar Menor is located at the southernmost portion of the region. La Manga restaurants are particularly noteworthy on the coast for their distinctive regional fare. La Manga del Mar Menor is home to the world-class La Manga Club, which features over 20 restaurants and bars. Each has a distinctive theme and specialty. Between the outlying region and the resort itself, travelers have a variety of La Manga restaurants to choose from.
Many La Manga restaurants feature authentic regional Mediterranean cuisine. La Manga restaurants take full advantage of proximity to the sea and offer a variety of fresh seafood on their menus. Fresh local produce is also prominently featured in most every dish. Rice is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. Tourists will find that most every meal includes it in some fashion.
Mediterranean food is truly special because of its is distinctive regional spices. The Spanish palette tends to eschew ordinary salt and other additives. Instead, dishes are enhanced with a variety of local sea salts. The true culinary artists achieve delectability without the use of regular salt. They focus instead on the range of sweet, savory and pungent spices common to the area. Saffron and Spanish paprika (more flavorful than the version found in North America) are common in regional dishes. The use of citrus is also common in Mediterranean food.
Tourists are sometimes surprised to see rabbit dishes on the menus of La Manga restaurants. Usually those from outside of Europe find this most peculiar. However, seasoned with traditional Spanish spices, it is a culinary experience worth having. Aside from rabbit, other meat dishes feature more familiar staples like pork and beef.
Tourists who bring children may find that their picky appetites can't adjust easily to the regional cuisine. Many La Manga restaurants feature alternatives that are more familiar to kids, so fussiness isn't a problem. Pizza, burgers and other standards are available at reasonable prices.
No La Manga restaurant meal is complete without a glass of Murcian wine or perhaps sangria. Enjoy it on the strip, and you'll have a fantastic view of endless coastline and two different bodies of water. Travelers will enjoy the local dining experience no matter which La Manga restaurant they choose.