Malaga Top 5 for Foodies

Malaga is heaven for food lovers: there are great wines, streets stuffed with tapas bars and some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere in the world. Casa Morales Sevilla

  1. Sweet wine.  Malaga is famous for its strong, sweet wines, and has been since the 8th century when the Phoenicians first started quaffing the stuff.  There are three Denominaciones de Origen in the province: DO Malaga, DO Sierra de Malaga and DO Pasas de Malaga.  The best thing about Malaga wines is, in our opinion, how readily available and accessible they are.  A cheap glass of whatever’s-in-that-barrel-over-there often turns out to be a delicious DO.  Most of all, we love how much Malagueños love their local wine.  The city’s bodegas are full to bursting at times, and there’s not a cocktail in sight.  We particularly liked the Bodega Casa Antigua de Guardia.
  2. The wine museum.  If you would like to know more about all of that wonderful stuff you are slinging down your neck, try Malaga’s wine museum.  Housed in the 18th century Palacio de las Biedmas (and home of the DO board for Malaga), there is an exhibition with guided tour for visitors (best if you have some command of Spanish, although staff do speak English too) and the visit ends with a couple of glasses of local wine.

  3. Tapas.  This is probably one of the best places in Spain for going out ‘de tapas’.  Why?  It’s a combination of the fresh local ingredients, lively atmosphere on the city streets and fantastic hidden bars that make you feel like Howard Carter stumbling across a particularly perfect plate of patatas bravas.

  4. Atarazanas Market.  In a soaring structure that incorporates a 14th century Moorish arch, this is a great place to track down those fresh ingredients for yourself, including some of the freshest seafood you’ll find.  There are also some worthy local cheeses, fresh fruits and dried meats that make ideal souvenirs.  Don’t forget to try the Bar Mercado Atarazanas if it all gets too much – you might have to push a bit to get a place at the bar, but it’s worth it for the super-fresh seafood.

  5. Fresh seafood.  There are so many good seafood restaurants in Malaga it’s almost impossible to pick one.  In town, we particularly liked Los Mellizos, but the local tradition of heading down to the seafront for sardinas al espeto(salted sardines, skewered and grilled over an open fire).  Head down to one of the seafood restaurants, chiringuitos, on the beach if you’d like to try this local delicacy.

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