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Cuisine ~ What to Eat in Costa del Sol

 
 
 
 
   

Costa del Sol has a tasty Andalucian cuisine which is a mixture of many different cultures. The region has been the lands of various cultures as well as the center of maritime trade and port to the Indies. The great contrasts of the landscape and climate enables a wide range of a cuisine in variety as it is rich in flavors. Andalucía region's famous dishes include; gazpacho and ajo blanco (made from grape, garlic and almond), fritura mixta or pescaito frito (a fish dish) and huevos a la flamenca.

From the deluxe restaurants of Marbella and Puerto Banús to the chiringuitos, the cafe bars on the beaches or the mountain cooking in La Axarquía and the Pueblos Blancos, the cuisine along the lands of Costa del Sol attracts its visitors. The cuisine and gastronomy of Costa del Sol has the great influence of former cultures alive that includes the Phoenician style of salting, Arab cuisine which helped agriculture and garden products flourish and Roman appreciation for oils and garlic.

There is a strong contrast between the coasts and inlands of Costa del Sol. Coastal Málaga is famous for its freshly caught fish and seafood that is cooked with unique and special skills.

Pescaíto frito
(mixed fried fish), grilled or marinated fish, anchovies, red mullet, squid and sardines are the famous dishes of Málaga.

Rice dishes has an important value in Mediterranean and of course in Costa del Sol cuisine that are combined with fish and seafood. Cold vegetable soups or gazpachos are unique to Costa del Sol and very popular in the region of La Axarquía.

The excellent garden produce of Vélez Málaga makes for delicious dishes such as ajoblanco that is a chilled white garlic-almond soup, ajobacalao with salted cod, ropa vieja, sopa Maimones that is the Arab soup of garlic, bread and olive oil, and the pastries such as tortas de aceite that is the pastry biscuits made with oil and mostachones, the S-shaped biscuits often with nuts. Also the porra antequerana is a very thick type of gazpacho.

Hunting and fishing also have a big influence on the cuisine of the mountain regions. Trout from El Bosque, rabbit stew, pork sausages, celery salads and green cabbage are some of the specialties of the Pueblos Blancos.

There is a rich traditional cuisine in the inland regions including stews and thick vegetable soups, pork products and pastoral recipes. The goat cheese from Estepona, liver pastoral-style or gachas (gruel) are some of the famous products.

In addition to those, the influence of Arab and Jewish cultures also has its special sweet tastes. Crumbly little cakes which is called mantecados and polvorones of Antequera, the almond & honey candy called alfajores, the batatillas in honey and almond soup of Ronda are the sweetest examples of the region. The famous tapas bars are lively with all these cuisine accompanied by a glass of sherry.

Fruits
also have a special place in the whole region. Grapes, raisins, pomegranates and figs as well as the subtropical ones such as avocados, cherimoyas or custard apples are also grown in the eastern part of the Costa del Sol.
   

Wine is the perfect accompaniment for such a rich assortment of dishes. The wines of Costa del Sol are the famous sweet wines of Málaga.

Moscatel, Pajarete, Campanilla
and Pedrito are some of the best wines. In addition, Fino, the dry, light, pale yellow sherry, Manzanilla, the dry delicate sherry, Oloroso, the dark golden full-bodied sherry or Amontillado, the amber medium-dry sherry, more colorful and sweet are the indispensable culinary accompaniments in the Costa del Sol lands.

Gastronomy is the joy of life in Costa del Sol and so the festivals and celebrations are all devoted to food and drinks. Visitors may deeply experience and enjoy the gastronomy of Costa del Sol among the festivals of Festival of the Ajoblanco in Almachar and Harvest Festival in Antequera in August; Pescaíto Day in Torremolinos; Migas and Wine Festival in Torrox in December, the maritime Virgen del Carmen Festival in Fuengirola in July and Raisin Festival in the region of La Axarquía in September.

 
 
 
   
 
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