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Dining in the Costa del Sol

Top quality food and drink isn´t the only aspect people seek when eating out. The atmosphere is important too, and if the restaurant or bar has incredible surroundings that you can enjoy during your meal, your experience will be one to remember.  

The Costa del Sol attracts a huge volume of tourists, particularly those seeking a meal with a view. With the spectacular mountain landscape or Mediterranean vista, Marbella and surrounding coastline is spoiled for natural beauty and there are a number of restaurants that allow you to soak up these views and relax, while you enjoy your meal. We´ve put together a round up of the best places to eat and drink with probably the best views of the Costa del Sol. 

Restaurant El Higuerón 

The Higuerón can be found nestled at the foot of the coastal road close to Fuengirola. Besides the outstanding cuisine, it has an unprecedented view of Malaga. The menu is a fusion of Andalusian and Asturian cuisine and the décor is an elegant mix of traditional rustic and modern.

El Higueron photo

Information:

Autovia Costa del Sol, 217

29640 Benalmádena

Phone: +34 952 119 163

www.elhigueron.com

Medium Price: 30€ - 40€

 

Parador de Giralfaro

If Malaga is your chosen destination then look no further than the Gibralfao. A hidden gem camouflaged high up above the city amongst the pine trees affording some truly breath-taking views of the bay. The food is made from fresh produce from the Malaga province.

parador restaurant

Information:

Castillo de Gibralfaro

s/n 29016 Málaga

Phone: +34 952 221 902

 

Refectorium El Campanario 

Found in one of the most desirable residential areas in Malaga – Cerrado de Calderón. While it can be hard to find the restaurant through a maze of streets it´s definitely worth your while persevering and getting a little lost for, as the views over the ocean and coastline are incredible. Good Mediterranean food with a generous wine selection.

Campanario restaurant

Information:

Paseo de la Sierra 36

Urb. Cerrado de Calderón 29018

Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 952 203 935 

www.elrefectorium.net

Medium Price: 35€ - 40€

 

Toro Muelle Uno

Returning to the centre of Malaga for this one, it’s the spectacular Pier One. Found in the harbour, you have a beautiful view of the ocean form the terrace and the lights twinkling in the harbour at night, giving a sense of romance and magic.

Toro Muelle Uno restaurant

Information:

Muelle Uno,

29001 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 951 109 209

Medium Price: 25€ - 30€

 

La Caleta Playa

After a long day at the beach, dine on fresh seafood infused in traditional recipes. A more casual dining atmosphere, this snack bar offers arguably the best seafood of Malaga bay and is surrounded by palm trees, sea and sand.

Caleta restaurant

 Information:

Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 23

29016 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 952 11 08 48

www.caletaplaya.com

 

L´expérience

The spectacular Plaza de Obispo in the historic centre of Malaga is home to L´Expérience which is small but has bags of character. It makes a great stop after an afternoon walk or shopping in the city. Reserve a table on the terrace and marvel at the views of La Manquita, the colossal cathedral.

LExperience restaurant

Information:

Plaza del Obispo 4

29015 Málaga

Phone: +34 952 608 784

www.plazadelobispo.com

Medium Price: 15€ - 20€

 

Restaurante Blankko

If you´re looking for a relaxed lounge with an expansive cocktail menu and live music, look no further than Blankko, found in Benalmádena Costa. A Ibiza-esque atmosphere and a contemporary menu can be enjoyed,  looking out on to the ocean.

Blankko

Information:

Pso. De Bellavista, 7

Benalmadena 29639, Málaga

Phone: +34 952 44 33 98

www.blankko.es

 

Restaurant Avanto

Sat nestled in a nature and directly on the beach in Mijas, the Avanto is a calm and peaceful dining experience, offering a modern menu. Be sure to book a table on the terrace where you can enjoy one of our typically stunning Marbella sunsets.

Avanto restaurant

Information:

Urb. Torrenueva-Playa

29649 Mijas

Spain

Phone: +34 952 587 539

 

The Great Gatsby

Moving into Marbella, you´ll find a prime example of luxury and glamour at The Great Gatsby in Puerto Banus. It has arguably the best views of the port and ideal for a romantic meal for two. Enjoy live music and DJs on the outdoor terrace, perfect with an after dinner cocktail.

Great Gatsby restaurant

Information:

Muelle de Honor s/n

Edificio del Mar

Puerto Banús, 29660

Nueva Andalucía

Phone: +34 951 778 797

www.elgrangatsby.com

 

Restaurante El Lago

If you hear us talking about a restaurant with two suns in the Repsol guide and a Michelin star in Malaga we are referring to the restaurant, El Lago. The restaurant is surrounded by trees and a beautiful golf course with a lake, located in the area of Elviria. The dishes may seem simple but are an explosion of tastes and textures.

El Lago restaurant

Information:

Urb. Elviria Hills

Avda. La Cumbres s/n 29604

Marbella, Spain

Phone: +34 952 832 371

 

Restaurante Amador

The Amador restaurant is in the residential area of El Atabal, Malaga, near the historic city centre. Famous for its excellent and high quality cuisine, the Amador has a cuisine full of flavours, with unique views of the city.

Amador restaurant

Information:

Urb. El Atabal

629190 Spain

Phone:+ 34 952 432 862

www.villaguadalupe.com

 

Candado Beach

Panoramic scenes from floor to ceiling glass windows are a unique offering from Club Náutico del Candado. The spot has a fantastic view of a small cove, speckled with yachts. Dishes are light, simple and fresh. It´s a great place for families as there is an outdoor area and playground.

Candado beach

Information:

Club Náutico El Candado

Ctra. de Almería s/n

El Palo, 29018 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34952 206 346

www.candadobeach.es

Medium Price: 26€ - 35€

The weekend menu for 22€ is great value.

 

La Piscina Lounge 

La Piscina Lounge is small and charming, but boasts an impressive 360 panoramic view of Malaga city. Perfect for relaxing and catching up with friends over a cocktail in a calm atmosphere. You can taste a different and daring menu up on the terrace.

Piscina lounge

Information:

Molina Lario, 20-22

29015 Málaga

Spain

Phone: +34 952 062 002

www.hotelmolinalario.com 

 

El Pimpi

El Pimpi is a Malaga classic, with fantastic views of the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba. El Pimpi has over 40 years experience in gastronomy and a must for any Malaga tourist or resident alike.

Pimpi

Information:

Calle Granada, 62 and Calle Alcazabilla

29015 Málaga

Phone: +34 952 228 990

www.elpimpi.com

 

Restaurante Albacara 

Our final choice, could in fact boast the best view. Venturing further afield to the historic town of Ronda, we find the Albacara. It sits near the precipice of Ronda, where you can peer down into the plateau, a site which attracts swarms of tourists every month. From here you´ll have a unique view of the Tajo de Ronda.  The Albacara serves the best produce in Mediterrean recipes and a visit here is the perfect ending to a day trip in Ronda.

Albacara restaurant

Information:

C/ Tenorio nº 8

29400 Ronda Málaga

Phone: +34 952873855