Tapas, Chiringuitos and Beach-bars! Where to Eat on the Costa del Sol

Mealtimes are incredibly important in the regions of Southern Spain. The Spanish take pride in cooking and serving the finest quality fresh seafood, locally grown fruit and vegetables and the most exquisitely cured hams and cheeses. While the rest of northern Europe pay premium prices for ‘organic’ produce, in Andalucí­a organic produce that is available in your local restaurants and supermarkets at affordable prices is the norm!


A key part of your holiday on the Costa del Sol can (and should be!) about eating out. The tastes, textures and fragrances of traditional Andalucí­an cuisine can be experienced in such a variety of forms and contexts along the Costa del Sol. Tapas are served in a variety of small bars and restaurants in every town such as Marbella, Fuengirola and La Cala and small ‘ventas’, road side cafes or bars, are often family run and therefore very individual and worth exploring as well.

The first luxury food market to open on the Costa del Sol also opened in July of 2015. The Ambrosia Mercado Gourmet Marbella is free to enter and plays host to numerous small stalls offering a selection of gourmet food produce ranging from artisan condiments and fancy confections to local cheeses, cured meats and homemade baked goods.

Many coveted sea front restaurants or ‘chiringuitos’ also stay open during the winter months and serve the very best in traditional Andalucí­an meat and seafood dishes at reasonable prices. Le Papillon Restaurant & Beach Club is a highly recommended spot for tourists and locals alike. Situated on the stunning beachfront in Marbesa, the restaurant is often bathed in natural sunlight and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean, an excellent choice of locally sourced fresh fish, succulent meats and an array of wines and expertly shaken cocktails – Perfect for a casual spot of lunch in the sun or a romantic evening for two!