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Restaurant recommendations - Malaga, Marbella, Estepona, Gilbraltar, Tangier

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My husband and I are spending a week in Estepona on the Costa del Sol next May. We'll have a car and want to explore the area. We're interested in finding good restaurants. Also considering taking the ferry to Tangier. Any recommendations are welcome

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  1. What kind if restaurants/food are you looking for? I had a great dinner in marbella in a Restaurant called Skina - It's a 1 star with great creative cuisine...

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    1. re: mvecin

      Great regional dishes - mostly moderate price range and options for a splurge meal. We're from NYC and appreciate good food and wine. We're not familiar with the area. I've never been to Spain and my husband hasn't been there since a family trip over 30 years ago.

    2. Estepona is a great place to stay on the coast. It's probably the most Spanish of all the towns - although still very touristy of course. We had a fortnight there about four years ago. Unfortunately, I can't really recall any names. The better places are in the town centre (avoid the marina as being ultra-touristy), on and around the main square. There's a very simple but excellent fish place - as you come to the square from the sea, walk straight through and up the alley at the back. At the end of this, is the place. Several good tapas bars around the centre. Really you just want to look out for the places that fill up with locals from about 10pm onwards.

      On the main bypass road at Km 151 is La Menorah which is reasonably upmarket and specialises in Basque food. This was a favourite, not least as it was only 5 minutes walk from the house we'd rented.

      There's a number of South American places - or at least places purporting to serve Argentian beef. One we visited (and had a good steak) was "Sur" on Plaza Ortiz.

      You'll want to check out the village of Benahavis, a few Km to the east. It likes to think of itself as the gastro-centre of the Costa - with some justification.

      You don't mention how good your restaurant Spanish is but, as the whole area is so popular with we Brits, you'll find most places along the coast are likely to have a menu in English (although you should never rely on the translations :-) ). Less so, of course, as you move out of the touristy areas.

      Gibralter is an interesting place to visit, assuming the Spanish national police are not playing silly idiots at the border crossing. Don't expect a decent meal - restaurants are very geared up for the day tripper or cruise stop-off.

      1. Rec tapas bar in Granada: RECA at Plaza Trinidad (downtown) assorted tapas with your drinks.
        Rec tapas bar in Malaga: LA COSECHA at Calle Echegaray. Rec tapas: rollito de puerro (leek roll) and berenjenas con miel (eggplant with honey)