The little town of El Campello, 10km away from the city of Alicante, is a perfect place to observe the Spanish middle class in action. Small children play on the beach without a care in the world, grandparents live the good life and foreigners (the area is especially popular with French travellers) enjoy the low-key atmosphere of a seaside town that is the opposite of brash, high-rise Benidorm. El Campello is a quiet kind of place with lots of well-priced restaurants that tend to serve simple, no-nonsense food. No Michelin stars here, but nobody’s complaining.
Of course, any tourist on Spain’s East coast needs to try paella or one of the many variations on the theme (including arroz negro and fideua). And that’s how we ended up in the restaurante seis perlas, on the sea front.
The restaurant opened in 2013 and offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with a terrace that reminded us of Ibiza or Cadiz.
What we ate:
- Arroz a la alicantina (Alicante-style rice) for 3 people €30.50
- Bread €3
- 2 Soft drinks €4
- 1 large bottle of water (gotta stay hydrated) €2
- Total: €40.50
The waiters were super-quick and knew everything about the various rice dishes on the menu. Great prices too.
You can also have a quiet drink at night (and try not to order any more food…).
Restaurante Seis Perlas
Address: Calle San Vicente 97, 03560, El Campello, Alicante
Tel: +34 965 63 04 62