It is easy to fall into tourist traps and get ripped off on the Costa Del Sol if you don’t know where to go. I am lucky enough that the few times I have visited Fuengirola I have been with people who have holidayed there for their whole lives, and also appreciate good food as much as I do. Hopefully I will be able to pass on their wisdom and recommendations in this post, helping you make the most of your stay and leaving with a belly full of the best food Fuengirola has to offer.
La Pergola, Italian – Love getting twice the taste for half the price? The Pergola is the place for you. This quaint and cosy spot will have you licking your lips when you get a whiff of the doughy smells as you walk through the door. Their menu includes a wide range of salads, pasta, pizza and different meats. Their friendly staff make you feel as though you have stepped into an old friend’s home.
Find more on their website.
My ‘Pergola’ Top Pick:
Mejicanna Pizza: Chilli Con Carne on a pizza – Where Italian meets Mexican *drools*
Picoteo/ Casa Colon, Tapas – You can’t visit Spain without dipping into the Spanish tapas culture. Tapas are small Spanish savoury dishes which can be combined to create a full meal. Tapas were traditionally served in bars to accompany drinks but have now developed into their own cuisine. I have two favourite tapas restaurants which are conveniently beside each other in a buzzy square, that is filled with street performers and little children running around in the summer months. They are called ‘Picoteo’ and ‘Casa Colon’. You can book the Picoteo but not in Casa Colon, for this reason we usually end up going to the Picoteo as there is generally a big group of us. If you have a party between 2 & 4 it probably won’t be as hard to get a table in Casa Colon, generally there is a 30 mins – 1 hour wait. There are loads of bars in the area where you can have a drink while waiting. Both restaurants are very similar just with slight differences in their menus. The tapas range in prices but they are bigger than traditional tapas. They are almost all like starter portions, perfect for sharing. Each person will probably eat between 2&3 dishes each. Find more on their websites – Picoteo & Casa Colon.
My ‘Picoteo’ Top Picks:
‘Crispy Shrimp Tempura with Spicy and Creamy sauce’,
‘Hot goat’s cheese salad with Almonds, Bacon, Raisins & Balsamic’
& ‘Crunchy Burgos black pudding with apple puree’.
Tanicós, Finer Dining – If this restaurant is set in the same square as the ‘Picoteo’ and ‘Casa Colon’, and it would be my absolute favourite restaurant ever. Unfortunately ‘Tanicós’ is more of a ‘winter’ restaurant. It is indoors, highly air conditioned and a bit outside the main, buzzy area of Fuengirola. You know it’s a good sign when you are the only group speaking English in the place. Tanicós doesn’t come alive until at least 9pm, so stroll on down and sit in the bar area before you go to your table. The food is honestly to die for and I spend all year looking forward to getting back and indulging in their magnificent dishes. It isn’t the chepaest restaurant but I promise you it is worth the few extra euros. This is a place not to be missed. Find more on their website.
My ‘Tanicós’ Top Picks:
Oxtail Pasties (My Favourite starter),
Sautéed black noodles with mushrooms, prawns and scallops
T-Bone for 2 – they used to serve this on a stone to cook yourself but had to discontinue it for safety reasons. They will still do it for you but cook it in the kitchen to your liking, which actually tasted almost better than when cooking it yourself. This is the most amazing meat I have ever eaten and I would strongly advise going for this option.
Dry Martini, Gin Bar – Gin is all the trend at the moment, Dry Martini Fuengirola is leading the way with an extensive gin menu and perfect setting. It is a great spot to go and grab a drink before dinner with two central locations in Fuengirola, you are sure to be eating near one of them. I will add like most great Spanish things, nothing is done in a hurry so leave yourself a good bit of time for your chalice of gin to be brought and constructed in front of you.
My ‘Dry Martini’ Top Picks –
Martin Millar & Schweppes Light
or Brockmans (Raspberry flavour) & Schweppes Light.
Fuengirola is total heaven for foodies if you are eating in the right places. Hopefully you will love Fuengirola and all of the food it has to offer as much as I do.
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The Girl on the Go xx