They say that you eat with your eyes – and if that’s the case, then dining somewhere with an amazing view surely has to add to the pleasure.
If you’re looking for some of the most stunning vistas in Europe, not to mention some of the best food, then the good news is that it just takes a few short hours from Heathrow to Malaga. Within three hours, you can be touching down somewhere that’s as well known for its restaurants as it is for its beaches and resorts. Here are five places that make the region a foodie and sightseeing heaven.
Restaurante Blankko, Benalmadena
Our first suggestion is around 20 kilometres from the city so it’s most easily reached by road. The good news is that when it comes to car hire Malaga is one of the cheapest and easiest places on the Costa Del Sol for rentals, with several frugal as well as more luxurious options available. Once you sit down at Restaurante Blankko and admire the stunning views across the Benalmadena Bay, you’ll certainly be glad that you’ve made the effort to get there.
El Pimpi, Calle Granada
Our next restaurant offers a very different kind of view. It’s right in the heart of Malaga so if you dine out on the terrace it overlooks both the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba. It’s been a firm favourite with both locals and tourists alike for over 40 years – especially as the portions are generous and the prices very reasonable for a restaurant in a fantastic, popular location like this.
El Refectorium del Campanario, Paseo Sierra
Up on the hillside to the east of the city, El Refectorium may be a little tricky to find. But, when you do find it, you won’t simply be rewarded by the sight of the glittering sea below you. You’ll also be treated to a menu that describes itself as “modern Mediterranean” and delivers in spades. Chef Juan Morcillo is famed for his reliance on using as much locally-sourced produce as possible, keeping food miles to a minimum.
El Higueron, Fuengirola
If you fancy getting out of the city, drive up into the hills to Fuengirola, where you’ll find the gem they call El Higueron. Overlooking Malaga and the sea in the distance, El Higueron is surrounded by pine woods to create an idyllic setting. The food is an appealing mix of Andalusian and Asturian and it’s the perfect place to relax after enjoying some retail therapy at the town’s Miramar Shopping Centre, one of the largest on the Costa Del Sol.
El Lago, Marbella
Every holiday deserves at least one extravagant meal out, and El Lago is the place to enjoy it. The restaurant overlooks a beautiful lake and offers a choice of equally exquisite tasting menus. It’s held a Michelin Star every year since 2005 and when you taste the simple, clean but vibrant flavours of the dishes, it’s easy to see why – and it’s all thanks to the talented head chef, Diego del Rio.
So there you have them. Five great restaurants, all with amazing views. So maybe now’s the time to book your next trip to the Costa Del Sol.