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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

From whitebait to salted fish, a route to savour the best oily fish  

The sea offers its fruits in abundance to the Mediterranean enclave of Vinaròs. Thanks to its proximity to the Ebro River Delta, oily fish such as whitebait, eels, and sardines, among others, are caught in its waters using traditional techniques and processes that respect the marine environment and its biodiversity. After finishing a hard day’s work, the fishermen take their catch to the port so that it can be preserved by hand using exquisite oils and vinegars, resulting in high-quality canned and salted fish that will delight your palate.

 

This tour will help you get to know a bit more about the natural environment where the oily fish frolic, as well as the process for making delicious preserved fish, not to mention your chance to enjoy some of the dishes from restaurants that are part of “Saborea Vinaròs” (Tasting Vinaròs).

 

If you want to take a piece of this experience home with you, we suggest that you visit the Central Market and check out the large variety of gourmet shops that offer a vast array of oily fish and other products that you can enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Be sure not to miss the city’s bakeries, where you will find a large variety of sweet and savoury specialities. For the cherry on the top, Puig de la Misericordia (prized for its history and sweeping overlooks) will be waiting for you so you can watch the sun set slowly over the horizon together with your loved one.

Stops along the Route: 

  1. Sòl de Riu nature reserve 
  1. Conservas Artesanas de Vinaròs (Coarvi) 
  1. Central Market
  1. Recommended restaurants:
  • Bona Vista Restaurant
  • El Vago Restaurant
  • Los Arcos Restaurant
  1. Casa Sendra 
  1. Casa Giner
  1. Recommended shops:
  • Bodegueta de Sant Vicent
  1. Recommended bakeries:
  • Casa Alqueza Bakery
  • Pastís Pastry Shop
  • Suquet Pastry Shop

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Points of interest:

Sòl de Riu nature reserve

  • Address: Av. de Francesc Josep Balada, 248. Vinaròs.
  • GPS: 40.513645, 0.509541
  • Access:
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: Located at the mouth of the Cèrvol River, this natural reserve totalling more than 230,000 m² and 1.5 kilometres of coastline is an idyllic place for people who love to enjoy peace of mind, rest and relaxation. Its coasts and virgin coves are the ideal place to enjoy the landscape, while you can trek through its trails and paths located on the interior of this reserve. The reserve’s proximity to the mouth of the Ebro (one of the most important wetlands in Europe) makes this reserve an exceptional environment to discover its great biodiversity and natural beauty.

COARVI (Conservas Artesanas Vinaròs)

  • Address: Ctra N-340, Km 1049, Pol Ind. Portal del Mediterráneo – C. Dels Dauradors, 33-37. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 17:00.
  • GPS: 40.458396, 0.447206
  • Phone: +34 964 407 025
  • Email:  info@conservascoarvi.com
  • Web: go to the web
  • Access:    Accessibility
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: After visiting the iconic Sòl de Riu natural reserve, we’ll head to COARVI (Conservas Artesanas de Vinaròs). The company was founded in 1994, but its fishermen and artisans have been working on the art of preserves and salted fish since 1929. Ideally located close to the delta of the Ebro River, COARVI is able to offer exquisite locally-sourced products. The fresh fish caught just off shore is meticulously prepared using lifelong recipes and artisanal processes with great care and dedication. The company’s facilities ensure that every product it makes is safe, ideally prepared and properly stored. This factory creates delicious anchovies and whitebait in vinegar that we can purchase in its welcoming shop.

Vinaròs Central Market

  • Address: Plaça de Sant Agustí, 11. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 08:30 to 13:30 and 17:30 to 20:30. Saturdays: 08:00 to 14:00. Sundays: closed
  • GPS: 40.47009, 0.47698
  • Phone: +34 964 455 931
  • Email: anamercat@gmail.com
  • Web: go to the web
  • Access:   Accessibility
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: Just a few steps past the Auditorium, also located on the Plaça de Sant Agustí, you can visit the Vinaròs Central Market, an icon of modernist architecture in the city. Its origins date back to the mid-19th century when the plaza hosted several permanent stalls selling vegetables, legumes and fruits. In 1899, the plaza featured more than 200 stands with the main local products, with an additional 16 travelling stands every Saturday (truly a sight to see!). A few years later, in 1928, the current market was built on the site of the old Saint Elmo Convent (home of the Augustine monks). The current market features 37 stalls selling fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cold cuts, frozen foods, salted fish, pickles, flowers, and even a couple of bars. The variety of options has turned the site into a meeting point for locals and travellers. To end the day, what better than a walk through the promenade located a few metres from the market. From here we can enjoy the peace and serenity of the Mediterranean waters, the best way to say goodbye to Vinaròs!

Bona Vista Restaurant

  • Address: Pg. Blasco Ibañez, 9. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: From Wednesday to Monday, from 06:30 to 01:30.
  • GPS: 40.466781, 0.475520
  • Phone: +34 964 455 012
  • Email: sgombauespert@gmail.com
  • Access:  Accessibility
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: Located on the promenade, Bona Vista specialises in seafood. Octopus with aioli is among its specialities. With more than 22 years of experience, the restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy the Vinaròs beachfront.

El Vago Restaurant

  • Address: C. Cala Puntal, 3. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: Friday to Wednesday, 13:00 to 16:00 and 19:30 to 23:30. Open every day in summer (June, July, August).
  • GPS: 40.449995, 0.457191
  • Phone: +34 964 401 037
  • Email: angelpenamarcos@gmail.com
  • Access:  Accessibility
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: Located in a cove close to the city centre, El Vago offers its guests dishes a la carte and daily menus prepared with the best of Vinaròs cuisine, all in a cosy atmosphere. Seafood, wines, rice dishes and legumes are combined to delight everyone who visits El Vago.

Restaurante Los Arcos

  • Address: Pg. de Colom ,9. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours:From Monday to Tuesday, from 11:00 to 16:00. Thursday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 23:00. Wednesday closed, except eve of public holiday.
  • GPS: 40.469831, 0.477412
  • Phone: +34 964 455 672
  • Access:  Accessibility
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description:The Restaurant Los Arcos offers a pleasant atmosphere in the middle of the promenade of Vinaròs. Its main specialty is rice dishes and dishes made from fresh seafood. Cuisine with an exquisite taste and a lot of passion. The warmth of its staff and the careful decoration of the restaurant will make you feel at home. Undoubtedly, a restaurant to repeat.

Casa Sendra

  • Address: Pl. Jovellar, 8. Vinaròs.
  • GPS: 40.470270, 0.474336
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: Fancy a stroll after your meal? We suggest taking a walk through the small streets of the historic centre, where it’s worth taking a moment to marvel at the Casa Sendra, a residential building that dates back to the start of the 20th century when modernist architecture was at its peak: azulejo tiles laid out in vertical rows, panelling and mouldings made to form musical notes, and floral and heraldic details on its lintels, balconies and bannisters. All these elements come together to reflect a gorgeous façade full of plant motifs.

Casa Giner

  • Address: C. Major, 4. Vinaròs.
  • GPS: 40.470502, 0.475141
  • Web: go to the web
  • Access:
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: Another of the jewels of the modernist architecture of Vinaròs is Casa Giner, a building that dates back to 1914, with its stucco famous façade with elegant, exuberant and colourful motifs, typical of the bourgeoisie of the era.

La Bodegueta de Sant Vicent

  • Address: C. Sant Vicent, 8. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: Monday, 17:30 to 21:30. Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:30 to 21:30. Friday and Saturday, 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:30 to 23:00.
  • GPS: 40.470267, 0.474866
  • Phone: +34 964 451 620
  • Email: bodegueta@bodegueta.es
  • Web: go to the web
  • Access:   
  • Description: La Bodegueta de Sant Vincent is a welcoming family-owned business where you can taste high-quality culinary products. You can choose from sandwiches loaded with Iberian cold cuts, ham and Iberian sobrasada sausages, oily fish preserves, all types of cheese, Iberian longaniza sausages and much more. La Bodegueta also offers its many wines to pair with your food.

Casa Alqueza Bakery

  • Address: Av. Barcelona, 3 . Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 07:00 to 13:30 and Sundays, 07:30 to 14:00
  • GPS: 40.475667, 0.474424
  • Phone: +34 964 456 850
  • Email: panaderiablasin@gmail.com
  • Access:  
  • Description: Casa Alqueza, also known as “Blasín”, was opened in 1971, and is now in the hands of the fourth generation of this breadmaking family. The bakery offers home-made sweet and savoury pastries that are typical of the Baix Maestrat region. Customers love its varieties of salty empanadas which always use seasonal products.

Pastís Pastry Shop

  • Address: Av. Llibertat, 5. Vinaròs.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 09:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00. Sundays, 9:00 to 14:00.
  • GPS: 40.472997, 0.472331
  • Phone: +34 964 456 951
  • Email: tonipastisjm@hotmail.com
  • Access:  
  • Description: This pastry shop and bakery specialises in sweet and savoury coca breads, along with an assortment of personalised cakes and desserts, tailored to the customer’s requests.

Suquet Pastry Shop

  • Dirección: C. Pont, 79. Vinaròs
  • Opening hours: Mondays, 9:00 to 14:00. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 09:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:30. Saturdays, 09:00 to 14:30 and 17:00 to 21:00. Sundays, 09:00 to 15:00 and 17:30 to 20:30.
  • GPS: 40.474547, 0.474926
  • Phone: +34 964 452 553
  • Email: pasteleria.suquet@hotmail.com
  • Access:   Accessibility
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Description: This pastry shop was founded in 1979 by Pere Suquet, who spent many years working as the pastry chef, together with his wife Carmensin Fonollosa. The couple each had 33 years of experience in making their artisanal pastries. In 1996, they left the pastry shop in the hands of Victor Mestre and his wife Paqui, who have preserved the same traditions. Suquet’s specialities 17 types of pastry including tocinillos (egg yolk pastries), truffle pastries, savoury coca breads, borrachos (wine-soaked sponge cakes) and many more.


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