- 21 July, 2020
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In Andalusia, it is impossible to talk about good gastronomy without naming the jewel of the Costa del Sol. Marbella is much more than yachts moored at its marina or the luxury of its exclusive shops. If you decide to enjoy a gastronomic getaway in Marbella, you will learn first-hand about one of the most deeply rooted customs in Andalusia: tapas hopping. Spending a gastronomic holiday in Marbella is a very good option, since eating in Marbella has become one of the biggest attractions for visitors who come from all over Europe to get to know the capital of the Costa del Sol.
Marbella’s streets are home to the best prepared restaurants for trying its most traditional cuisine. Nevertheless, there is a wide variety of dishes, since many of their chefs are at the vanguard of cuisine, given that it is a cosmopolitan city with a little of everything: Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Argentine, Thai, French and Swedish cuisine. So, Marbellan restaurants are a true showcase of cuisines from around the world.
The sea that bathes the coasts of the area and the fertile soil inland guarantee the exceptional quality of Marbella’s cuisine. If we add to that the abundance of great restaurants in all of the tourist locations, and a good representation of the cuisine from the rest of the state and the world, the result is that eating well is almost an obligation in this beautiful city.
Fish is the king of the table by its own right. From the humble but delicious espetos de sardina (sardine skewers), a dish that no visitor should skip, to the pescaíto frito (fried fish), a classic of Andalucian cuisine, both fish and shellfish are widely represented in Marbellan cuisine. The jureles(horse mackerel), the exquisite salmonetes del Mediterráneo(Mediterranean red mullet), the squids and the anchovies are presented as part of the sauté, but many of them are also eaten grilled or as ingredients of the delicious fish and shellfish paellas.
Let us not forget that we are in southern lands and, because of that, there is presence of gazpacho (cold vegetable soup) and ajoblanco (cold garlic and almond soup), the most famous Andalucian cold soups. The wonderful vegetables from the orchards around Marbella provide premium ingredients to prepare these exquisite specialties, in which the presence of top-quality olive oil exalts the vegetables’ flavors. A tip for those who do not know: ajoblanco is similar to gazpacho but without garlic and with almonds.
Marbellan pastry is a direct legacy from the Arabic culture. Almonds, honey and olive oil are ingredients of multiple specialties such as, tortas de aceite (olive oil cakes) or wine doughnuts, and we can treat ourselves to many other delicacies such as borrachuelos or torrijas.
One of the tourism activities that has grown more during the last few years in Marbella is enotourism. There are plenty of visitors who decide to go wine tasting or who take tours on wineries where they receive information on how the wine is made. Some of these tours end with a wine tasting accompanied with tapas or other typical dishes of the region. Some of them even provide wine tasting lessons for beginners.
In Marbella there are not so many establishments offering traditional and popular cuisine, but you can find them. Popular and traditional dishes are a mix of grown and fished produce. Here are some of the local specialities based on this mix:
Paella is Spain’s most popular rice and the icon of its cuisine. It’s hard to see a big pan full of paella and not feel instantly hungry! That warm orangey-gold glow of the rice, the strips of verdant vegetables and juicy prawns or chicken—this is what deliciousness looks like.
Espeto is a typical dish from Malaga and the Costa de Granada, and consists of spitting, that is, stringing fish, traditionally sardines, in thin and long rods, to roast it with firewood on the beach sand.
Not to be confused with espetada, a typical dish of Portuguese gastronomy that consists of stringing pieces of meat and sometimes mixed with vegetables such as peppers or onions.
In some bars and restaurants in Spain and across the globe, tapas have evolved into a more sophisticated cuisine. Tapas can be combined to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as bocas. In parts of Mexico, similar dishes are called botanas.
Which best describes you?