Holidays to Costa del Sol are as much about the food than the scenery and Fuengirola's culinary delights certainly match the town's cosmopolitan reputation. As well as traditional Spanish dishes, you'll find restaurants serving international cuisines including Italian, Mexican and Japanese. Unsurprisingly, seafood and fish feature heavily, but there are also plenty of meat and vegetarian options too.
Where better to sample traditional Mediterranean food than a restaurant 20 years in the making, where local fisherman used to come to fill their boots. With top-notch service, fresh and flavoursome dishes and a cosy Spanish interior, Restaurante Palangreros on Calle Palangreros is packed out on a nightly basis with diners enjoying the grouper kebab with shrimp and the veal tenderloin.
There are many fish restaurants in Fuengirola and this is easily one of the best. With a large outside seating area overlooking the ocean, you'll come face to face with an impressive array of fresh fish and seafood. Treat yourself to dessert too, the millefeuille and chocolate mousse won't disappoint.
Pricier than the average restaurant, this place goes for style and substance. With a small menu but imaginative daily specials, diners head to La Solana Restaurant in search of Michelin quality food inspired by Mediterranean traditions. Staff are young and beautiful and the house wine comes from the proprietor's own family vineyard.
Even if you're staying All Inclusive in Costa del Sol, Taxi is well worth a visit. This is an American diner minus the thick shakes - they do serve a wide range of massive burgers though, so make sure you're hungry.
Come here for a side of jazz with your meal. This lively and friendly restaurant serves food as good as the buzzing atmosphere. Go to be entertained.
Fancy a full English or Sunday roast? Then head to Sam's sports bar close to the seafront at Los Boliches. Offering fancy-free British favourites, a family-friendly vibe and a range of beers and ciders, Sam's is your home from home in the Spanish sun. The mini English breakfast is a bargain at just €3.
It can be tricky finding vegetarian and vegan options in Spain but Chirimoya Food Station will keep the health-conscious happy. With a wide range of breakfast options, meals, snacks and shakes, everything is produced fresh and prices are very reasonable. They do serve alcohol too – so be sure to treat yourself.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Fuengirola, Milano Experience would be pricey for pizza and pasta, but that's not what they serve. Instead they specialise in fresh fish and meat dishes from northern Italy, all delivering on taste. The staff are as warm and welcoming as you'd expect from hospitable Italians. Indulge in the Milano Experience signature cocktail featuring Bombay Sapphire gin, Aperol, bitters and saffron flowers served in a martini glass.
Old Town Café is a popular haunt in the centre of town, open all day for drinks, meals and snacks, and most of the night to boot. It's a great place to head early evening to grab some food before you head out on the town.
If you fancy a change from tapas, why not sample some Lebanese meze? Wonderful tabouhle, spiced lamb chops and anything dipped in hummus usually goes down a treat. They also do pizza.