In addition to the great restaurants we have here at Club La Costa World, the Costa del Sol offers a wide and varied range of gastronomic experiences that are sure to tempt the taste buds.
Cuisine in Spain varies hugely between regions and this region, Andalucia, is one of the most iconic with delicious healthy seafood, fresh salads and tapas at its heart.
Tapas, meaning lid or cover in Spanish, came about in the form pieces of bread that were placed over the drinks of customers in bodegas to keep the flies off. Those lids have now evolved into delicious snacks that accompany drinks in virtually every self-respecting Spanish bar.
All tapas are very reasonably priced and in some cases come free with every round of drinks! Try a Spanish bar hopping evening with your friends and sample the many tapas available, it’s a fun and very sociable way to spend an evening eating and drinking while on holiday.
Menu del Dia
Another common item on many Spanish restaurants menus is the Menu del Dia meaning menu of the day. This is a three course offering of starter, main course and dessert and is usually priced very reasonably from around €7 – €14 and in most cases includes a drink such as beer, wine, soft drink or water.
A typical Menu del Dia would normally consist of soup of the day with bread, salad or tortilla starters followed by a choice of three or four main courses, usually grilled meat with fries or fresh fish dishes, and finished off with a small fresh dessert or coffee.
The freshest seafoodThe route from the ocean to the table is a short one here in Spain guaranteeing the best tasting fish on a daily basis so if you are a seafood lover, take a walk along virtually any seafront promenade during the day or in the evening and the plethora of restaurants displaying and serving the “catch of the day” will leave you spoilt for choice.
Try “El Espeto” or sardines on the spit, nearly all beach chiringuito’s will have a barbecue lit for most of the day cooking the freshly caught, perfectly salted, sardines – very tasty and very healthy!
Every coastal town along the Costa del Sol has numerous bars and restaurants all competing for your custom, but some of the more special places to check out that are in easy reach of Club La Costa World are outlined below:
- Malaga – look for traditional tapas bars and restaurants all over the historic centre as well as trendy new restaurants in the Plaza de la Merced and Mulle Uno port.
- Torremolinos – La Carihuela is the seafront promenade area and is a great place for seafood lovers with many restaurants serving the extremely popular Pescaito, small fried fish.
- Benalmadena Pueblo – the well known Plaza de Espana provides an intimate setting perfect for al-fresco dining in the warm evenings with restaurants serving a wide choice of traditional and modern cuisine.
- Marbella old town – the charming old quarter and the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) are the places to be for super restaurants, cafe’s, shops and boutiques.
- Puerto Banus – this glitzy port has many chic eateries and fashionable restaurants that are favourites among many celebs and the super rich – take a credit card or two!