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Costa Del Sol

Food and Drink in Costa del Sol

Excellent restaurants can be found all along the Costa Del Sol, serving everything from fancy cuisine to fast food, with menus to suit most budgets and tastes. Of particular value is the 'menu del dia', a set lunchtime menu with bread, two courses, dessert and wine for an affordable price.

Exploring Costa del Sol's delicacies

Starting with breakfast, Costa del Sol serves up sweet treats like churros stick doughnuts alongside savoury omelettes or serrano ham. Plus you're sure to be able to get a British fry-up pretty much any time of day in this popular tourist locale.

Tapas is the go-to style of dining in Spain and particularly in Costa del Sol, so you can nibble on some spicy potatoes or garlic prawns to share, or dive right in with a full dish. If you're a seafood fan, you'll love the chiringuitos, the low-key beach bars that serve simple but deliciously-fresh seaside morsels like grilled sardines.

Breakfast and antiques at La Recova, Malaga

This quirky little breakfast and lunch place situated in old Malaga is a great way to start off your day. Though the menu is limited, everything on it is deliciously prepared and comes at an affordable price.

It's actually part of an antique shop so you can browse the unique products after you've finished you coffee. Plus, the staff dress in traditional Spanish style, adding a unique touch to your dining experience.

Tip-top tapas at El Meson de Cervantes, Malaga

Saying you serve the best tapas in Malaga is quite a claim, but this bustling restaurant is always packed to the rafters, so we can believe it. Dinner starts at 7pm during the week so arrive early to avoid disappointment, or book ahead.

The delectable dishes cover traditional and new tapas as well as a full-size restaurant menu. Add to that excellent waiting staff, an extensive wine list and unbeatable value and this is one of the top restaurants in Malaga for the price.

Taste a bit of Spain at Toro, Benalmadena

On the edge of Benalmadena's Puerto Marina, this classy restaurant furnished in white displays pictures of its namesake bull on the walls, so it's no wonder it's a reputable steakhouse. The meat-based meals, such as fillet steak and Iberico pork, are good value and service is impeccable.

According to their website, the tasting menu affords diners each of the flavours of typical Spanish cuisine with an extra twist, and is only €25 per head. Each course can be paired with the sommeliers choice of wine for an extra €10 per head.

A top carvery and more at The Carvery, Torremolinos

When hankering for the tastes of home, this welcoming restaurant serves up huge portions of all the British favourites for low prices and in classy, modern surroundings. The carvery is the star attraction and has a range of gluten free options and kids portions.

With separate bar and kids' menus, snacks and cocktails, it's no surprise The Carvery is such a big hit with tourists in Torremolinos.

Aragona Cucina Italiana, Marbella

While it may be on the more expensive side of restaurants on this list, this cosy Italian eatery serves up homemade pasta to die for, accompanied by the freshest seafood and the best wines.

Situated in Marbella's Dali Square, the staff are superb and will bend over backwards to accommodate your culinary preferences, including vegan and gluten free options. Everything is presented in a delicate and enticing way and this restaurant is also child-friendly.