Torrevieja has an abundance of shops, boutiques, cafes and bars. In particular the Habaneras shopping complex affords a superb mixture of places to eat, drink and shop for almost anything. There are also large retail parks which host hypermarkets such as Carrefour, and fast food outlets.
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Amongst Torrevieja's many attractions as a Mediterranean tourist centre is its superb gastronomy, which nowadays combines traditional dishes with "new cuisine", and which can be found in most of the town's restaurants.
Fish forms the basis of traditional Torrevieja cooking, along with vegetables from the nearby irrigated regions of the Segura river (the market garden of Europe), and meats, especially pork, which is still made into delicious home made sausages in areas around the town. The most outstanding typical dish of Torrevieja is the Caldero (fish stew) which consists of tasty cuts of fish with names like The Hen (la gallina), The Cock (el gallo), Soft Roe (lecha), and Red Mullet (salmonetes) amongst many others.
Other dishes which are considered indigenous to the area are the fish and rice dishes such as arroz a banda, octopus (de pulpo), tuna (de atún), and most outstandingly, rice with peas and fresh anchovy which is prepared with tender garlic and fresh artichokes.
There is also a marvellous range of Torreviejan appetisers, such as the calamar de potera and grilled cuttlefish (sepia a la plancha), pulpo ensangochao, anchovies in vinegar (boquerones en vinagre) and onion blood.
The star appetiser is dried octopus (pulpo seco), which is cooked over an open fire after drying in the sun for several days, and is served with oil and lemon accompanied by a paloma (aniseed liqueur).
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