As you travel around the Costa del Sol's inland villages you simply have to take a break to enjoy some traditional cuisine. The inland villages boast their own gastronomy, based on locally grown vegetables and different meats. Extra virgin olive oil is of course the main ingredient used in cooking and is also drizzled over many traditional dishes. The result: unique and surprising flavours.
Typical dishes in Málaga's villages
Antequera boasts typical dishes that are also extremely popular in the rest of the province, such as porra, a delicious tomato-based cold soup and the mollete antequerano, a traditional type of bread roll and a firm breakfast favourite when drizzled with olive oil.
Axarquía is famous for its raisins. They are sun-dried in the traditional way, which gives them a unique flavour and character. Exceptionally high-quality tropical produce is also grown here, particularly avocados and mangos. Cane syrup is another delicacy found nowhere else in the world. It is produced in Frigiliana from sugar cane, according to a traditional technique introduced by the Arabs. These products appear in various delicious recipes.
The Valle del Guadalhorce benefits from the most fertile land in the province, so it is no surprise that the local cuisine features locally grown vegetables. Álora's typical sopa perota (a vegetable soup); or the sopa cachorreña (a soup made with cod and bread) of Cártama, are two typical dishes from this area. Don't leave without tasting a huevo de toro tomato. This large traditional tomato variety has a unique flavour and is grown outdoors. Tortas de Ardales and suspiros are two sweet treats that you must try if you visit the Guadalteba region.
The Serranía de Ronda mountains are the perfect destination for wine lovers. Here you can find numerous wineries where you can enjoy sampling typical local produce. There is a wide variety of cured pork products to enjoy before you go home, and don't forget to sample rabo de toro a la rondeña and yemas del Tajo, a typical sweet dish from the Serranía de Ronda.
Culinary festivals in the inland villages
Gastronomy is an essential part of life inland. The majority of Málaga's towns and villages celebrate special festivals dedicated to their typical seasonal produce. Particular highlights are the Gazpacho Festival in Alfarnatejo (September), the Cómpeta Wine Night (September) and the Chestnut Festival in Pujerra (November), all in honour of products local to the area.
For a holiday that tastes as good as it looks, check the provincial festivals calendar to find out what's on during your stay on the Costa del Sol.