Marbella to Morocco: Markets of Tangier
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Marbella is one of Spain’s most popular coastal resort cities. Situated on the Costa del Sol in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca mountains, it’s not just a fantastic place to enjoy the beach, but also a flourishing city that boasts a diverse culture and a wealth of historical architecture. The Casco Antiguo or old town includes the ancient city walls and the city’s two historical suburbs, the Barrio Alto and the Barrio Nuevo. A variety of beautiful old buildings can be found surrounding the famous Plaza de los Naranjos square, including the renaissance-style town hall and the 15th century Chapel of Santiago. Marbella is the perfect place to combine a beach holiday with sightseeing and culture, with a myriad of cultural events on offer including the annual fiesta of San Bernabe in June, with many other festivals throughout the year.
But of course no holiday in Spain would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Thanks to its coastal location, Marbella has access to some of the freshest and best seafood, which are combined with fresh vegetables, olive oil and traditional Spanish spices and seasonings. Food in Marbella is often spicy and richly flavoured. Tomatoes, potatoes, chilli, citrus fruit and beans are some of the most widely used ingredients, as well as chicken, shellfish, bacalao (salted cod), butifarra (white sausage) and cured meats such as jamón ibérico and chorizo.
The most typical dish is fried fish, such as anchovies, mackerel, mullet or squid. Cold soups such as gazpacho (made from tomatoes and peppers), ajoblanco (white garlic soup) and salmorejo (made from tomato, oil and a lot of garlic) are very popular especially during the summer. Bakeries sell treats such as oil cakes, wine donuts, borrachuelos (aniseed rolls fried with a little wine and dipped into syrup),torrijas (similar to French toast) and of course churros. Alongside the food, Marbella is also an excellent place to try some local wines and sherries. Red wines such as Rioja or Ribera del Duero are a must try, or you can taste some of the locally produced sherry that Andalusia is well known for.
Marbella is full of diverse and exciting restaurants, offering everything from rustic, old-fashioned Spanish cooking to modern twists on Spanish cuisine and of course a huge choice of tapas bars. Paco Jimenez is a popular restaurant among locals and visitors alike, located right next to the Plaza de los Naranjos and serving traditional Spanish food and wine. Arco Tapas bar also comes highly recommended, tucked away in the old town, serving creative fusion tapas from honey aubergine to crispy fried squid and delicious fresh prawn tempura. Or, for a quaint bistro-style experience, try El Patio de Mariscal, which serves a range of local dishes from fresh fish and meat to locally sourced cheeses and wines.
While you’re here, why not get acquainted with the fresh flavours of Marbella at one of our food tour or cooking class, or even get a taste of Morocco with a day trip?