Andalucía tops survey for gastro-tourism
Published on: 23-01-2018

Andalucía this week was confirmed as the number one destination for gastro-tourists (@Dinamiza) – a lucrative sector of the travel market that places importance in the quality and variety of food on offer when deciding where to visit either for day trips or longer durations.

To those who live here, this will come as no surprise. With the Mediterranean that laps the coast yielding a great variety of fish and seafood, a world-renowned quality of fresh and cured meat, and an ingrained culture of quality produce, Andalucía has a great deal to offer those seeking out both new and traditional culinary experiences.

The Costa del Sol has much to do with the gastronomic popularity of this region of Spain, with Marbella in particular offering an endless array of gourmet possibilities.

In recent years, the celebrated Michelin Guide has recognised the quality of ingredients, preparation, presentation and imagination that is being undertaken in the finest of Marbella’s restaurants. The Puente Romano Hotel has been reinvigorated as a centre of excellence, and its La Plaza gourmet piazza is a go-to destination for those searching superlative dining options, with the arrival of Nobu last year putting the square firmly on the map. This arrival by no means overshadows local chef Dani García, who with his eponymous two Michelin starred restaurant has done more than most to place Andalusian cuisine among the best in the world. His Bibo Marbella restaurant (with a sister establishment in Madrid) and Lobito de Mar, recently opened just across the road from the Puente Romano, carry the same passion but in more informal settings. All frequently visited by members of the Residencia Estates team 🙂

The Puente Romano doesn’t have a monopoly on showcase restaurants, however, and with Skina and Messina in central Marbella, and El Lago – holding their Michelin star since 2005 – in “our” Elviria, fine dining fans are spoilt for choice.

Not everyone wishes to or indeed has the budget to partake of the Michelin experience, however, and Marbella and its environs provides a menu of restaurants that caters to most tastes and pockets.

With fabulous fresh produce, skilled chefs and beautiful locations, it’s not hard to see why Andalucía is fast becoming the country’s favourite gastronomic destination.