Gastro Tourism on the Costa del Sol

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Gourmet market MarbellaSpain has always been a foodie’s paradise and since the meteoric rise of El Bulli, the country has been on the gastronomic map for ground breaking modern cuisine, as well as tapas, paella and cured ham. In the 2016 Michelin guide, Malaga province has been recognised as a hub for amazing food, with seven restaurants being awarded the coveted Michelin star and so there’s never been a better time to have a gastronomic getaway on the Costa del Sol.

There are four Michelin starred restaurants in Marbella, including celebrity chef Dani Garcia’s spectacular 2 starred restaurant in the Hotel Puente Romano. The Puente Romano has firmly put itself on the culinary map with the development of their Plaza Village. This is a foodie’s paradise around a beautiful square with 5 amazing restaurants featuring food from around the world. It’s not a cheap night out, but it is a wonderful experience for any foodie traveller.

More exciting still for the general level of cuisine in the area is that three new restaurants have been awarded their very first star in the 2016 guide. There’s Sollo’ in Fuengirola, Messina in Marbella and Kabuki Raw in Casares, great news for these chefs and their towns.

Last month we were telling you why we love Malaga and The Guardian has featured it, not only for its art galleries and culture, but also for its amazing food. Chef José Carlos García has gained another star for his restaurant in the wonderful Muelle Uno in the newly developed Malaga Port and Malaga as a whole is a mecca for tapas with stalwarts such as El Pimpi producing delicious food with an amazing atmosphere. Now there’s a new kid on the block – a recently unveiled food market in the heart of the city. There are 22 stalls with Spanish and international cuisine and you can browse the stalls, buy great produce and sit and have a drink and a delicious bite to eat, so there’s something for all budgets.

If you like gourmet markets, but don’t fancy a trip to Malaga, check out Ambrosia Market in Puerto Banus which opened in summer 2015. It hosts regular events and you can shop, eat and drink in the market. Due to its location close to the Antonio Banderas square and the amazing shopping in the port, it’s a good place to visit over the Christmas period.

Marbella has also recently pedestrianized one of the main streets from the centre down to the sea, with great effect. Always full of restaurants, now that the street is pedestrianised it’s got a wonderful atmosphere with all the restaurants spilling out onto the street and a wide range of cuisines including traditional Spanish, Italian and American diner style.

The Costa del Sol is a wonderful choice for a foodie holiday, any time of year and by using a holiday rental property rather than a hotel, you can enjoy the delicious produce in your home from home for breakfast and then save yourself for a gastronomic treat for lunch or dinner. Let us know if you need restaurant recommendations around your holiday rental property or any advice on the best places to stay for a foodie getaway.

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