Málaga has always had, at its heart, a certain affluent and cosmopolitan tradition. |
For that reason, it has attracted chefs from Andalusia, the wider domains of Spain, and indeed Europe. Its proximity to the sea and it’s fine local fresh produce also appeal to chefs who want to get the most out of the dining experience.
So, if you’re a lover of fine cuisine but without the pretension that sometimes accompanies it in some cities, then you’ll love Málaga!
Some Top Restaurants
When visiting this beautiful city, why not try:
• Restaurante JCG. Pza. de la Capilla. Puerto de Málaga. 29001
This is a six-table restaurant located in the port area and you’ll get LOTS of space to enjoy your dining. The Chef, José Carlos García, is a top-class chef of local origin and one that has been recognised by his peers, amongst others through the receipt of a Michelin Star.
The emphasis here is on innovation and technical perfection.
• El Pimpi - Calle Granada, 62 y Calle Alcazabilla 29015 Málaga
This is one of the city’s great traditions and the restaurant is set in the very city centre. You’ll eat here surrounded by ancient barrels and a rich and genuine Spanish traditional culture and cuisine.
Menu prices are around €5-€10 per selection and a good bottle of wine will cost around €10-€15.
• Restaurante Amador (Villa Guadalupe), Urbanización: El Atabal, Bandaneira 6, 29190 Spain
This is a restaurant set inside a luxury hotel and one which is located a little way outside of town, in hills that offer sweeping views.
Regularly rated one of the top restaurants in Málaga, it’s only 10 minutes from the city centre. Restaurante Amador offers a range of Spanish cuisine, served in a dining area offering stunning views over the city.
• Antigua Casa de Guardia, Alameda Principal 18, 29005 Málaga
Here, you’ll be dining in the oldest tavern in Málaga - and one that is oozing history!
You’ll find some of the very finest wines here and many great vintages. They’ll be served with a selection of Tapas or local cheeses and hams. It’s a wonderful light dining experience, and one not to be missed.
Remember that dining in Spain is quite different to that in the UK. Lunches will typically be longer, running from perhaps 1pm until 3pm – though this is changing slightly in the major cities as the concept of ‘siesta’ is declining in parts of Spain. Evening dining usually starts much later than in northern Europe, and many people will only arrive to eat at around 10pm or even later.
How to Get to Málaga from the UK
Just about every major scheduled airline offers services to Málaga, and it is also a major destination for charter and budget flights.
Once at the airport, the transfer into the city centre is routine and fast if you select pre-booked transfer taxis from Málaga Airport. They’ll cover the journey in around 20 minutes or so, though traffic might influence that a little at peak times. Another advantage of pre-booked luxury taxis from Málaga Airport is the space they can provide for extra luggage (assuming they’re notified in advance) and that they’ll be there waiting to meet you at Arrivals at whatever times you arrive.
You can get to Málaga by rail too. Services from the UK run either via Madrid or via Barcelona, with changing usually involved. Transfers to city centre or surrounding destinations by pre-booked luxury taxi hire is also perfectly possible, be that from a port or station pick-up.
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