Gastronomy on the Costa del Sol

Spain is flying high in the culinary stakes at the moment, with seven Spanish restaurants making it into the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. Three of those seven made it into the top 10, which is an amazing feat. However, it’s not really a surprise, given the rich food culture in Spain, the excellent quality local produce and passion for eating out which runs through the whole society.

Andalucia has a fabulous food heritage. It is famous for its fish dishes, hams and produces wonderful wines and sherries. The locally grown fruit and vegetables and the fresh fish available on its coastline means that delicious food awaits you at even the most humble restaurant.

There are an enormous array of restaurants to choose from. They start with the cheap and cheerful “ventas” which specialise in Menu del Dia set menus which can be under 10€ and offer a great way to enjoy local favourites at an excellent price.

However, it’s not just simple fare on offer! The Costa del Sol has a number of amazing Michelin starred restaurants too. These are a foodie’s dream, with the finest ingredients prepared in the most elaborate ways. Most offer taster menus to allow you to really experience the best dishes on the menu and recommend you go for the wine pairing for the full monty. They are not cheap of course, but they are wonderful if you want something very special.

Marbella has the most Michelin star restaurants, with Skina, Messina and Restaurant Dani Garcia all having one Michelin star. If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Elviria you’re very close to the amazing El Lago, which also boasts a star. Visitors to Fuengirola have a huge number of great restaurants to choose from, with El Sollo showcasing the very best local fresh water fish and caviar.

Please ask us for our recommendations for great places to eat near your holiday rental. There are restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes in all the areas where we have properties, but it can be hard to know which ones to choose.

But of course it’s not all about the restaurants! If you’re staying in a holiday rental, a trip to the local market is a must. Juicy ripe tomatoes and local artisan cheese, Jabugo ham, fresh bread and olives makes for a perfect light lunch. You could even try making your own gazpacho, a classic Andalusian dish – it’s very easy to make. If you want a barbeque, the locally produced beef from Cadiz has a stellar reputation and the tuna down the coast in Barbate is some of the best. With ingredients this good, plus a fully equipped kitchen and barbeque, you’re sure to make a feast.

Another treat for foodies is the increasing number of gourmet markets opening up around the Costa del Sol. Last year Marbella’s gourmet market opened, with its stalls, bars and lovely atmosphere and it has become a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike. Estepona is following the trend and opened their gourmet market last month, with the difference being that they offer table service from all the different stalls, for a more relaxing experience.

By booking a holiday rental on the Costa del Sol you have the flexibility to enjoy browsing the local shops and markets and cooking when you want to, or popping out to restaurants, knowing you have a home from home to return to. We know whatever you do, you’ll love the food and the restaurants on the Costa del Sol and if you’re like us, then it will be one of the highlights of your holiday!