Try all the traditional dishes from Marbella and the Costa del Sol; get to know everything the restaurants and snack bars have to offer. Relax, chose and bon appétit or buen provecho as we say in Spain.
If you don't make take the chance while on holiday in Marbella to taste traditional Andalucian food, you will really have missed out. There are all sorts of restaurants in Marbella, but the best food is always the local food, try it. The town's location, right by the sea and just some kilometres from the mountains of the Serrania de Ronda and the Sierra Blanca, favours dishes that are based on produce from the sea and fresh from the fields. The quality is great and is reflected in the variety of homemade recipes in the region. When the summer sun burns down, there is nothing better than sitting at a beach hut, ordering a beer and a cold gazpacho, salmorejo or a ajoblanco, all light and fresh traditional dishes. And if you don't like soups, then what about a local salad, or anchovies in vinegar, two starters that you are sure to enjoy. In the winter opt for an Andalucian soup or stew, you chose, either one will help you warm up.
Even though it may not be a traditional dish from Marbella, Serrano (cured) ham is one of the delicacies from Andalucía, a ham that is famous worldwide, and deservedly so. Fill that little hole in your stomach ordering a plate of jamón de bellota or de pata negra, ham from pigs fed on acorns, you will not regret it. Follow that with cured pork, chorizo, salchichón or bondiola, all traditional cold meats belonging to the mountain ranges.
The small smoking boats you see along the promenade are there to prepare the sardine skewers that are a tradition and even a tourist attraction. Each beach hut has its own master skewerer, whether hungry or not, you just have to try this dish so typical of the Andalucian coast. Another option is a tasty Malaga fry up (nothing like the British fry up, but all sorts of fish and seafood battered and fried) or any other fish dish that's on offer. As Marbella is a sea side town, it is not surprising that most of its traditional dishes are based around fish, but that doesn't mean you can't find great meats. Ox tail is a typical dish in the local cuisine, with its origin in Córdoba and its surroundings. If you order it "a la rondeña" is comes with a tasty red wine sauce.
Desserts won't let you down either, among them we have to highlight the tarta malagueña (cake) and the borrachuelos (deep fried sugar and honey delicacies) they are never missing from the Christmas table. To make the experience complete, don't forget to wash it all down with one of the local wines.
If you dare, get the recipe, go shopping at the nearest supermarket, and cook the delicious dishes in your own kitchen.
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