A guide to Food and Drink in Malaga
Malaga and the Axarquia has a rich and varied culinary heritage. A mixing pot of cultures from the Romans to the Moors and the Jews and later the discovery of new foods from the Americas led to a variety of traditional recipes and new innovations in Andalucian cuisine. Added to this is the rich agricultural economy, known as the vegetable garden of Europe which continues to provide a wealth of fresh locally produced food on which traditional Costa del Sol cuisine is based on.
Eating Out in Malaga and the Axarquia
The Axarquia is a great place to discover the traditional cuisine of Andalucia.
Plus every type of Restaurant you could wish for!
Or if you want an Indian, Chinese, Italian, French etc many of the larger coastal towns such as Nerja cater for tourists and have a very good selection of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets.
A guide to traditional cuisine
Ajoblanco – an Almond Soup
So much good food to enjoy - something for everyone!
The Axarquia still displays an ancient culture, which can be seen in the countryside where the centuries old tradition of agriculture continues. It was the Moors who are most notable for having developed farming in the Axarquía region, growing vines, almond trees and white mulberry trees for silk production, farming activities that the Christians would later adopt. Consequently the Axarquía shows an agricultural environment dotted with vineyards, olive groves, almond trees and some cereal fields. Only in the meadows and plains near the coastline can you find vegetable gardens which have extended into the hillside thanks to terraces and modern irrigation techniques.
More recently the region has started growing sub-tropical fruits like avocados, mangos, custard apples and loquats (Spanish nisperos), taking advantage of the mild climate that has also attracted so many tourists to the area.
However, if you are looking for an octane-fueled, party-till-you-drop vacation, then the Axarquía wouldn’t normally be one’s first choice, but if you are, and are therefore heading west of Málaga to the resorts that cater for this, then don’t forget that the area we describe is only an hour or so away from there! The east of Málaga is far more than just a relaxing, cultural pitstop on the ‘Viva España’ tour. There is entertainment for those that think at least one night should be spent wallowing away in some bar or night spot – you’re there to relax and unwind after all! There is a huge choice of bars and restaurants, some with live music as well, where this can be accomplished very satisfactorily.
The new bars and restaurants are here to cater not only for tourists but for residents too. Just like on the western side of Málaga, in recent years the Axarquian villages have been populated with numerous nationalities who have chosen to make a home here. Its not surprising then that they have brought their own tastes in cuisine – from Italian pizzas and Indian bhajis to Japanese sushi and British all day breakfasts.