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Seven beach restaurants you must visit on the Costa del Sol this summer
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Seven beach restaurants you must visit on the Costa del Sol this summer

May marks the start of beach bar season. Here are just a few you really must try

Juan Soto

Malaga

Monday, 13 May 2024, 20:40

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It's May and time to eat sardine espetos and visit 'chiringuitos'. All along the coast of Malaga there are hundreds of these beach bars with different appearances but a common link: to offer the best fresh and quality seafood. Without wishing to detract from the rest, these seven chiringuitos must be visited this summer.

  1. Malaga

    Mari Gutiérrez

Mari Gutiérrez has spent a decade in the Guadalmar area.
Mari Gutiérrez has spent a decade in the Guadalmar area. SUR
  • Address C. Guadalhorce, 54. Málaga

  • Telephone 628 88 37 40

In barely a decade, this chiringuito on Guadalmar beach has gained a legion of customers thanks to its good service and variety of fresh produce. The business, which belongs to a family with a long history of fishing, is an ideal place for people looking for a bit of peace away from the city centre and is highly valued for its sardine skewers and fried fish, but also for its rice dishes. Its secret? The fact that every day they go to the fish market to find the freshest products from all over the coast.

  1. Malaga

    El Morata

El Morata is one of the landmarks of Pedregalejo's promenade.
El Morata is one of the landmarks of Pedregalejo's promenade. Migue Fernández
  • Address Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal, 13. Málaga

  • Telephone 952 29 26 45

On the other side of Malaga city, El Morata has stood out for more than half a century on Pedregalejo beach. Together with El Lirio and El Cabra, the three form the true fried fish triangle of the eastern area. In fact, they have almost become survivors in an area full of new businesses that have nothing to do with the espetos boats. In this business, they handle fresh seafood and fish like no-one else. It is worth taking advice from the Morata saga and, without a doubt, try the Moratita after your meal; a drink that they invented and which is undoubtedly world famous.

  1. Torremolinos

    Los Manueles

Los Manueles has been in the Playamar area for nearly 60 years.
Los Manueles has been in the Playamar area for nearly 60 years. SUR
  • Address Paseo de Marítimo Torremolinos, 9. Torremolinos

  • Telephone 952 37 47 92

For decades, the Playamar area in Torremolinos has had one of the most popular beach bars in the area. Los Manueles is one of those places where you can never go wrong if you want to eat well. Opened in April 1968, it started out as a removable bar built on reed and today it is one of the most highly rated in the whole area. Run by Manuel Villafaina, a founding member of the Malaga beach business association, the restaurant boasts fresh produce and, above all, an extensive menu of rice dishes that are prepared practically all year round.

  1. Torremolinos

    El Canarias

The Canarias is located next to the Plaza del Remo, in La Carihuela.
The Canarias is located next to the Plaza del Remo, in La Carihuela. Sur
  • Address Pl. del Remo, s/n. Torremolinos

  • Telephone 952 37 12 18

On the other side of Torremolinos, in La Carihuela, the chiringuito El Canarias is still going strong. Located in the central Plaza del Remo, it has been serving locals and visitors since 1962, making it one of the oldest still operating in the area. Founded by José Pérez Márquez and Miguel León Clemente, the business is now run by the former's sons, who maintain all the family essence of yesteryear. On its menu fresh seafood, espetos and rice dishes stand out.

  1. Marbella

    Victor's Beach

Victor's Beach is one of the few remaining traditional beach bars in Marbella.
Victor's Beach is one of the few remaining traditional beach bars in Marbella. Josele
  • Address Urb. El Ancon Playa, km 177. Marbella

  • Telephone 639 55 30 88

Although its name is not entirely traditional, Victor's Beach is one of the few chiringuitos that still maintain a traditional aesthetic on the Marbella coast. Open since 1978 on an unfrequented beach on the coast, it boasts traditional and homemade products. On the sand itself they have a boat where they grill all kinds of fish and, of course, sardines. Although, curiously, their star dish is the sweet and sour ribs, a dish in great demand by the British public and which they prepare on a large barbecue right on the beach.

  1. Rincón de la Victoria

    Marina Playa

The restaurant is on the beach of Benagalbón.
The restaurant is on the beach of Benagalbón. SUR
  • Address Playa de La Marina, s/n. Rincón de la Victoria

  • Telephone 639 57 58 46

For more than 30 years, this beach bar located in the Torre de Benagalbón area has been one of the gastronomic reference points in the area, above all for the quality and mastery with which they prepare the sardine espetos. Practically on the sand, the business run by the Palma brothers offers traditional seafood cuisine with numerous suggestions depending on what comes in each day in the Malaga fish markets, especially the one in Caleta de Vélez. Adapted to modern times, the chiringuito also has an interesting cocktail menu.

  1. Torre del Mar

    Chiringuito Varela

Chiringuito Varela has been serving customers since 1965.
Chiringuito Varela has been serving customers since 1965. SUR
  • Address Paseo Marítimo Levante, 11. Torre del Mar

  • Telephone 951 08 11 60

The Varela family has spent half a lifetime serving customers like kings on the easternmost coast of the province. In Torre del Mar you will find the chiringuito Varela, an establishment that has been on the beachfront since 1965. In this establishment you can have a good espeto and excellent fried fish as well as a great cocktail, as Víctor, one of its owners, can boast of having been proclaimed the best barman in the country. Undoubtedly a benchmark for those who frequent the area.

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