Five tasty dishes from Marbella, Spain

Five tasty dishes to try in Marbella

Imagine yourself in Marbella, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol in Spain. Offering Mediterranean sunshine, sandy beaches and many excellent restaurants, Marbella is a great place to try out some traditional Spanish cooking. If you’re planning a holiday in the sun, here are some of the most popular dishes you’ll find on the menus of the restaurants and hotels in Marbella.

Five tasty dishes to try in Marbella


Gazpacho is a cold soup that’s popular in Marbella and all over Spain, in fact all over the world! Not surprising because on a hot summer’s day it makes a wonderfully refreshing lunchtime dish.

A bowl of Gazpacho Photo: Javier Lastras on Flickr

A bowl of Gazpacho

Gazpacho is great for vegetarians and includes tomatoes, garlic, cucumber, onion and green pepper, blended together in a dressing of olive oil, vinegar and salt. If you like it a little more spicy, just add ground black pepper and cumin.


Ajoblanco soup Photo: Miss Alix on Flickr

Ajoblanco soup

Ajoblanco is another cold soup that is very popular in Malaga and the Andalusia area of Spain. Ajoblanco is made from green apples, garlic, green seedless grapes, milk, salt, black pepper, wine vinegar, blanched almonds and cubes of white bread. It can be served topped with toasted almonds.

Pescaito Frito

Pescaito Frito for lunch Photo: Dorte on Flickr

Pescaito Frito for lunch

Many Spanish resorts, including Marbella, are on the coast so fish dishes are very popular and can include locally caught fish and seafood. Pescaito Frito is to be found on many menus and meaning simply “Fried Fish” – it’s actually a corruption of “Pescadito Frito” but the name has stuck.

There are many sorts of fish that are served this way and the meal could be enjoyed with salad. “A La Plancha,” meaning grilled, is another popular way of serving fish in Spain.

Espetos de Sardinas

Grilled Sardines Photo: Daniel Sancho on Flickr

Grilled Sardines

Sardines are a very popular small fish served in restaurants in Spain and the Mediterranean region. Espetos de Sardinas means grilled sardines and this is one of the main ways the fish are prepared in Marbella and on the Costa del Sol.

An “espeto”  is usually made up of six sardines on a wooden spit. The fish are grilled over open wood fires in the traditional way using olive wood for the fire. Sprigs of aromatic culinary herbs, such as rosemary, bay and thyme are placed on the embers to add flavour to the cooked fish. Enjoy your grilled sardines at one of the many Chiringuito or beach restaurants along the coast where you can sit with the sand under your toes with a view of the sea.

Ensalada Malagueña

Malaga Salad Photo: Jose Antonia Galiano on Flickr

Malaga Salad

Ensalada malagueña” means Malaga Salad and is a speciality of the region around Marbella. This salad combines the contrasting flavour of oranges with cod and potatoes, olives and onions, and a dressing of olive oil. The combination of sweet and savoury is just right!

I hope your mouth will be watering at this taste of Marbella and the south of Spain. Do you have any favourite dishes from your holidays in Spain?

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Photo Credits in order of appearance: A Bowl of Gazpacho by Javier Lastras, Ajoblanco Soup by Miss Alix, Pescaito Frito for lunch by Dorte, Grilled Sardines by Daniel Sancho, and Malaga Salad by Jose Antonio Galiano.

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  • Reply
    January 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Amazing how different the food in the south is from the north of Spain. Ajoblanco and ensalada Malaguena are new ones to me. Some mouth-watering colours and textures you’ve captured here Heather!
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      Heather Cowper
      January 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

      @Andy Thanks love the seafood in the south of Spain

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    January 31, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Yum! I haven’t tried any of these before but when I get to Marbella I’ll give them all a try!!
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    Filmes Online
    April 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

    amazing how different the food, congratulations on posting quite liked to see this article;)
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    Patricia West
    July 14, 2016 at 12:44 am

    I’ve never been to Spain but I’m planning to go this year. I’ll definitely try Gazpacho once I’m there. Thanks for sharing, Heather!

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      Heather Cowper
      July 18, 2016 at 2:31 am

      @Patricia So much lovely food in Spain – the seafood is generally very good too

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    Jarryd Fillmore
    October 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Oh my god.. these dishes look AMAZING!

    I’m heading to Spain next summer and I cannot wait to try out some of these. I’ve looked up some restaurants out there already… it’s going to be so tasty!

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    Atena Maia
    September 12, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    these foods seem to be very tasty would love to eat a lot
    these wonders congratulations for your post !!!!

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