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Costa del Sol, Spain

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Costa del Sol Dining

The most incredible feature about Costa del Sol cuisine is its simplicity. It’s truly amazing how fresh ingredients and aromatic olive oils can help create tasty dishes. It’s perhaps the richness of the land that gives its natural products such great flavor.

Every town in the Cost del Sol region follows a different tradition in cooking. While some might create the popular “gazpacho” with tomatoes, (cold soup made with a base of garlic, olive oil, water, vinegar, tomatoes, bread and salt) others might create the gazpacho with almonds. However, a constant in the regional cuisine is the array of fresh seafood. Among the favorite are anchovies, small mullets, squid, cuttlefish and hake. A specialty of the region is “pescaito,” a small size fried fish, eaten as a main course. Andalusians, like other Spaniards, take pride in the creation of home made desserts. Main ingredients include cream, almonds and orange. Several delicacies are created using one or all of these ingredients.

Most restaurants are located along the beachfront and begin service between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Spaniards love to dine late, and conclude the evening with a glass of sherry at a trendy bar.

One of the most recognized names for dining in Costa del Sol is Hacienda la Venta in Torreblanca. It’s a beautiful restaurant reminiscent of old Andalusia. Senoritas dressed in Spanish gowns will greet you at the door with red carnations. Flamenco guitars will entertain you while you dine on Paella, a staple of the region. (Paella is saffron flavored rice, with a combination of shellfish and seafood). Paella from other parts of Spain is made with rabbit and chicken.

For another fabulous restaurant, go to Mijas. This beautiful town boasts white washed homes and offers the best views of the Mediterranean. At Vista del Mar, you’ll enjoy great seafood.

Tip: Friday nights are Spanish Night at Vista Del Mar. You can dine on Andalusia specialties while enjoying great entertainment.

Bar Fuengirola is a favorite of the locals for homemade style delicacies. Don’t miss the gazpacho made with a tomato base.

You can’t leave Spain without savoring the famed Serrano Ham. El Toston Bodega offers just that; a nice array of hams and an amazing list of wines from the Rioja region.

Dining in Costa del Sol is a special event. Every occasion is made unique by either the great cuisine or the fabulous setting.

El Patio de los Perfumes (The Patio of Perfumes), tucked in the cobblestone streets of old Marbella, is a must. The tables sit in candle-lit alleys surrounded by aromatic orange trees. The chef creates the best paella, with a nice selection of shellfish and fresh seafood.

In another part of the Costa del Sol, you’ll find La Calesa. It’s located near the castle in Malaga. The restaurant is known for offering great views of the historical area, as well as great lamb and seafood.

Dining in Costa del Sol is truly a marvelous gastronomic experience.

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