The gastronomy in Yecla is unique. Our hot meals and dishes, our “tapas”, our wines, our olive oils and our pastries which delight all kind of palates. But, above all, the gastronomy in Yecla is based on meals with which the visitors will fill theirselves up. There is no need to be daunted by the the cold! A good plate of “gazpacho” will prevent you from fainting, that’s for sure! Eating well is something we take very seriously and we always enjoy these moments with a bit of our Designation of Origin Yecla wines. We have come into the world to enjoy life and in Yecla we know a lot about this.
If you come to Yecla we recommend you to take a gastronomic tour around the city. There is a lot to taste so that you can have an idea about how we manage to cook in the inland. You can start the day having tortas fritas for breakfast, with some sugar, salt, anchovies, honey and with the complement that you prefer. You can also ask for suggestions, you will have plenty of them! If you are brave and you get up very hungry, you always have the option of gachasmigas, cooked with flour, salt, water, garlic cloves and whatever you want to add. To have lunch, we recommend you a delicious plate of gazpachos with its condiments, our most typical dish; a delicious plate of “pelotas” cooked with chopped loin, among other ingredients, main dish of the gastronomy in Yecla, especially when it’s very cold outside, or some good “migas” with grapes, simple but with impressive contrast and flavour. While having a coffee you can order the most typical dessert, the so called “libricos”, wafers with engravings on them representing famous monuments and buildings, or a selection of mantecados, made from flour, almonds and lard. Each better than the previous one! In mid-afternoon you can have a “empanada de patatas” (potato patty) specially during Holy Week, and why not try cod fritters or sweet fritters? They are so good that it’s going to leave you sucking on your fingers! If you visit Yecla at the beginning of February, you can try our Panes Benditos (blessed buns). In the evening, nothing better than a good plate of fried cheese with tomato, as the icing on the cake.
The wines from Yecla are the result of our historical tradition and the modernisation of its wineries. Its wide variety of wineries offer you the possibility to enjoy red, white and rosé wines with different nuances in the wineglass: noble, complex or rich wines. Our variety of main grape and also the most well-known one is the Monastrell, alone or nuanced in combination with other varieties. The wines from Yecla are present in the best wine cellars and wine shops worldwide. Come to Yecla and explore our wine routes. Live enotourism!
Olive oil is present in almost all meals, either cooked or crude oil. We are talking about one of the core elements of the world-known Mediterranean diet. During your stay in Yecla you will have the opportunity to enjoy olive oil tourism by visiting our oil mills and tasting olive oils, in which you will learn to differentiate ones from others. Olive oil is other key product in Yecla, and the numerous awards it has received at national and international level are evidence of this.
The pastries in Yecla are handmade and flavourful. You won’t go to bed hungry! Our classic “libricos” well-known for their appearance of books with these wafers filled with honey and now also with chocolate; our wide variety of pastries ideal as a snack to have with a cup of coffee: little orange rolls, little aniseed rolls, “mantecados de Manteca” made from lard, “mantecados de aceite” made with olive oil, and “sequillos”, sweets cooked with icing sugar. Finally, we have our muffins; “torta secreta”, our most typical homemade sponge cake, pumpkin fritters; “abuchábanos”, also called “rollicos de viento”, which is a sweet dough make with flour which can be filled with cream; and our sweet “ensaimadas” filled with chocolate, or cream and also our salted “ensaimadas”. Do you feel like eating it?