Thursday December 8, 2016
REAL MEALS Splashing Out In El Charco
If you´re looking for an atmospheric and authentic alternative to the main resorts for an evening out then head for El Charco, the small inland lagoon located in the island capital of Arrecife. Where there are now around a dozen bars and restaurants clustered around a waterside promenade which really comes to life at night.
El Charco is known as the puddle by locals, but over the last few years this part of the capital has witnessed a wave of new bar and restaurant openings, making it an ideal location for a tapas tour as well as an insight into authentic island life.
During the day the area´s busy catering to workers and cruise line passengers but come nightfall and it´s the local residents who flood into the bars and restaurants, often with the whole family in tow whilst out enjoying an evening stroll. The north side of El Charco is particularly well sheltered from cooler evening breezes and as the sun sets and lights reflect in the still waters of the lagoon this becomes a really special spot, with a wide variety of different food and drink options on offer.
Our current favourite is La Bulla (0034 616 201829), which has a great outdoor elevated terrace making it ideal for a spot of people watching. The food here is equally interesting too, as they offer a compact menu of tapas and pinchos that encompasses more than the just the usual run of the mill offerings. Such as langoustine tempura served with a curry enhanced dipping sauce, baked aspargus, some seriously tasty mini hamburgers and a small selection of inventive salads. The service there is friendly and attentive too and thanks to the amount of competition in and around El Charco the prices are very reasonable, with some dishes starting from as little as €1.50.
But if that´s not to your taste then there are plenty of other options dotted around, as well as a fantastic ice cream parlour where you can pick up your postre, operated by the renowned Alicante based chocolatiers Antiu Xixona.