If youâ€™re one of these people who leaves brushing up on the local lingo until the last minute (like in the taxi from MÃ¡laga Airport to your hotel) then you might miss out on some great bar snacks because you donâ€™t know how to order them. Check out my guide to ordering tapas in this AndalucÃan city and youâ€™ll be the star of your group when you order them a racÃon of pitufo (a mini sandwich) and chacina (cold meats) to share.
Key Things to Know About Tapas in MÃ¡laga
You may have been to Spain before and think you know everything there is to about tapas, but unless youâ€™ve ordered in this city before, you could be in for a shock. Spanish tapas change from region to region. While you may get free bar snacks in other cities, in MÃ¡laga you will be expected to pay.
Depending on how many of you there are, you will want to order either an individual tapa (single dish), a media racÃon (a half portion, good for two people to share), or a racÃon (a full portion, perfect for a group). The trick is to start off slowly, ordering one or two dishes, to work out how big the tapas are, and then scale up to suit your group. The benefit of this is that the dishes will keep coming and they will be fresh and hot when you try them.
Regional Dishes to Try
You and your mates may be familiar with famous dishes like patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo, but while in MÃ¡laga it would be a shame not to try some of the local specialities. Keep your eye out for pipirrana (a cold salad of sweet peppers, tomato, tuna and other seafood), almendras fritas (fried salted almonds), espeto (sardines cooked on skewers over a barbecue) and fritura MalagueÃ±a (fried seafood).
Great Tapas Bars to Discover
Tapas is a way of life in MÃ¡laga and, whether you choose to make a meal of it or just enjoy a few dishes as a delicious bar snack, youâ€™ll want to try out some of the best samples in the city.
â€¢MesÃ³n Mariano â€“ Head to the dining area of this restaurant to dive in and try all the delicious traditional dishes, or sit at the bar to try a small selection. Either way, itâ€™s a treat.
â€¢MarisquerÃa Casa Vicente â€“ Make the most of the excellent array of fresh seafood on offer in the city at this fish restaurant. The speciality here is gambas (prwans) with plastic buckets on the table for you to throw your shells and heads in â€“ a real experience.
â€¢Uvedoble â€“ Spanish bar snacks with a modern twist. Expect meatballs made from bull tail and the regional cold almond soup ajoblanco with fresh sardines.
Getting to MÃ¡laga couldnâ€™t be easier as thereâ€™s a wide range of direct flights daily from airports across the UK. You can sample those delicious local dishes within half an hour of landing by taking a taxi from MÃ¡laga Airport directly to the city centre. My top tip would be to book a shuttle to your accommodation before you even leave home. Order online and a transfer will be waiting for you and your friends when you land.
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