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For snacks while sunbathing, you’ll want to make a beeline for one of the chiringuitos (beach bars) that border the sand. Seafood is their speciality and the most popular savoury bites include pescado frito (fried fish) and straight-from-the-coals sardine espeto (sardine skewers).
Night-time in this neck of the woods means tapas time. Each establishment has its own signature bites, but most lists usually feature melt-in-your-mouth jamón (cured ham) and gambas (prawns).
Avocados are grown in the landscapes surrounding the town of Nerja and often take pride of place in local tapas dishes here.
If you are on the hunt for a tapas bar in Benalmádena, look around the predominantly Spanish neighbourhood of Arroyo.
La Carihuela, a seafront area located between Benalmádena and Torremolinos, is another great area for tapas-style dining. Fresh fish is allowed to sing in simple plates such as pescado en adobo (marinated fish).
Wondering what drink to pair with your pescado? Even in the simplest, most traditional restaurants, you’ll have a handful of options, normally including vino tinto (red wine), vino blanco (white wine) or an ice-cold Cruzcampo or San Miguel beer, the latter of which is brewed nearby in Málaga.
Tinto de verano (a summery mix of cold red wine, lemonade and fruit) is a common intoxicant as are fruit-filled pitchers of sangria.
In the foreigner-filled nightclubs and cocktail joints, the bars are stocked with tipples designed to appeal to the mostly-British clientele, so whatever you normally have at home, you can usually get your hands on here too.
For ideas on where to go after your evening meal, visit our Costa del Sol nightlife page.