This is one of the most famous dishes of Costa del Sol. It has a monument in Málaga. It’s closed to become Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. Do you already know what we are talking about? You are right, we are speaking about the espeto de sardinas (herrings’ brochette), an ancient dish from the 19th century lasting to nowadays. If you want to know places to taste the best espetos of Costa del Sol, we give you some tips.
Where to eat in Málaga city
We can find them in chiringuitos (beach bars) as well as in restaurants. The espeto de sardinas is the symbol of the Málaga cuisine. At the chiringuitos at El Palo and Pedregalejo, in Málaga, some of the best espetos of the region can be tasted. Although this is not the only dish that you will find in these original places. The famous ‘pescaíto frito’ (varied fried fish) is another essential food in every Málaga restaurant. Squid, cuttlefish, little calamari or anchovies are just some of the delicatessen that you could try.
Espetos at Eastern Costa del Sol
Although every town has its speciality, with the arrival of warm weather, it is usually to find prepared boats for a good ‘espetada’ (to skewer the herrings’ brochettes along a boat with embers inside) in the Eastern Costa del Sol villages. One of the most known areas is Torre del Mar. In this coastal village, which belongs to Vélez Málaga municipality, you could taste this dish and many others of local cuisine at its chiringuitos beside the beach. In Nerja, Rincón de la Victoria and Torrox the espeto is also very famous, and has become a real touristic attraction.
‘Pescaíto frito’ at Western Costa del Sol
Nothing such as a large portion of herrings grilled over wood to get into a world of flavours. In Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Torremolinos the chiringuitos’ menus include the famous espeto of Málaga. In La Carihuela, one of the most popular areas of Torremolinos, there is no chiringuito without this dish. It is just priceless to taste some herrings while hearing the sound of the sea waves. A perfect combination that will make you wish never leave Costa del Sol.