Lots of visitors and people who visit Castalla take great delight in tasting a good Gaspacho, the typical dish that has made the capital of La Foia famous in the whole region of Alicante.
Various local bars and restaurants specialize in this delicious dish made of a flat bread cooked without yeast crumbled in small flakes, copious quantities of meat, mushrooms, snails as well as lightly fried tomato and onion. And also "pebrella" derived from the thyme family, an aromatic herb that gives Gaspatxos its characteristic taste.
Tasting good Gaspatxos for the first time is a pleasure: firstly, all ingredients are served on a bread base and grilled on embers. It is served with a good red wine and and all i oli -a garlic and oil sauce. To finish, a piece of the bread base with honey and a cup of wild thyme tea.
Besides Gaspatxo, other typical dishes are borreta de bacallar - a stew with potatoes and cod, arròs amb conill -a rice stew with rabbit-, putxero de fassedures -a stew with traditional meatballs- or arròs de la muntanya -paella with rabbit, snails and mushrooms.
Not to be forgotten are the excellent homemade sausages and meats, as the wide range of typical ’tapas’: meat, fish and vegetable snacks available in any bar or restaurant.
Another speciality in our local gastronomy is our varied and outstanding confectionery. Sweets like sequillos, pastissets de moniato, tonyes or madalenes de ametla can be bought in different local bakeries, most of them with their own baker’s oven in the back room.
A traditional ice-cream industry is vibrant in Castalla and many homemade ice-creams can be sampled. Made with the same recipe over the years, mantecao is one of the most popular flavours.
Castalla produces excellent olive oil and delicious wine sold under the trademark "Castillo de Castalla". Both can be purchased in the local agricultural Cooperative.