Regional gastronomy: Tapas
Tapas are the symbol of Spanish, and particularly Andalusian cuisine, a light bite to enjoy with a glass of beer or a fine Málaga wine. There is an endless variety of tapas to try. Tapear, or going for tapas, is about sharing great food and enjoying spending time with friends. The people of Málaga are light hearted and welcoming, so let yourself get caught up in the jovial atmosphere. You can enjoy tapas just standing up at the bar, or, if you prefer, you can take a seat outside and make the most of the wonderful climate.
When it comes to tapas, variety is the spice of life. Some of the most common tapas are Russian salad, Spanish omelette, croquettes, serrano ham and cheese. However, if you would like to try some of Málaga's traditional recipes we would recommend that you ask for porra antequerana (like a thick gazpacho, served cold), pipirrana (a finely chopped salad usually consisting of tomato, onion and green pepper, although there are regional variations), ajoblanco (a garlic and almond based soup) and fried fish. Typical winter dishes from the inland villages are stews, callos (tripe) and migas (a dish based on fried breadcrumbs).
Creative cuisine can also be enjoyed as tapas. There is an ever-increasing number of bars that opt to serve innovative dishes as tapas, and this a great opportunity to catch a taste of new and delicious flavours.
In addition to the above suggestions each village also boasts its own traditional recipes, and you can enjoy sampling these different tapas options. Many villages organise tapas routes, an ideal opportunity to discover the local specialities. If you want to know everything about Málaga's tapas routes, just carry on reading.