The Costa del Sol boasts its own culinary traditions that you’ll be able to sample in its restaurants and bars. Many of these bars have gone the extra mile and have come up with a fusion of traditional food with new methods and products, which is causing the typical dishes of Málaga to evolve, all the while still maintaining their core essence.
Typical dishes and products in the province
If you're looking to try recipes typical to the province of Málaga, be sure to try ajoblanco (a garlic and almond based soup), ensalada malagueña (Málaga salad) and porra antequerana (like a thick gazpacho, served cold). We recommend that you order tapas – small portions that will enable you to try a greater variety of dishes.
The Costa del Sol owes the prominence of seafood in its cuisine to the 161 kilometres of coastline it enjoys. You can't go to the coast without trying pescaíto frito (fried fish). Equally, if you'd like a bit more variety, we recommend you order fritura malagueña, a dish consisting of various types of fried fish. Another stand-out dish is espeto de sardinas (chargrilled skewered sardines), which you can try in any of the province’s chiringuitos (beach bars).
Gourmet shops: what to buy?
These shops sell wines with their own Málaga denomination of origin, extra virgin olive oil, preserves and delicacies such as Iberian ham.
If you're looking to buy local products, we suggest you get your hands on Málaga raisins, ajobacalao (garlic cod) typical to Vélez-Málaga, cane syrup produced in Frigiliana and cold meats and cheeses made in the province.
The centre of Málaga contains plenty of places where you’ll be able to buy these delicacies and many more. If you decide to go on a trip to one of the places on the Costa del Sol, you’ll also find shops there where you’ll be able to buy products typical to province of Malaga.