Saturday, 28 July 2012 1:42 PM
One of the things people often look forward to most when going on holiday is tucking into local dishes. This is especially true for Spain, with everything from tasty tapas to fresh seafood on offer, all washed down with a glass of wine or sangria.
The country is perfect if you like to try new foods when abroad, not to mention the fact it is a popular wine producer. Come to the city of Malaga and you will be particularly spoilt. The destination lies in the Andalucia region, which is famed for its fine wine and cuisine.
Below are some of the local delicacies you shouldn't miss.
Spanish wine and sherries
You will notice on restaurant menus that sherries are a popular feature. Malaga itself produces this kind of tipple, while you will also spot sherries from Jerez. These include amontillado, palo cortado, fino and manzanilla. The city boasts the Quitapenas wine cellar, which you should definitely visit if you want to learn more about how it is produced, as well as what you should look out for when choosing a wine.
If you decide to get car hire in Malaga, you'll have the freedom to explore further afield to some of the vineyards in Ronda. You can pick up a bottle of your favourite wine to take home with you to remind you of the time you had in the city.
When you try tapas in Spain, you will realise it is often somewhat different to the dishes you might have tried in the UK! The tapas from the Andalucia region is certainly unique, with some of the dishes you should try including fried fish, king prawns, cured ham and mini pots of stew. If you go for cured ham, it will more than likely be Iberian. These types of pigs produce meat with white streaks, which indicates how juicy the joint will be.
This is a good time to draw upon any tips you learnt on a vineyard tour, as it is popular to order a different wine to accompany each dish. Due to its coastal location, it will be of no surprise that seafood is widely included in meals in Malaga. The list of different fish seems endless, although keep an eye out for red tuna. The creature migrates from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and is renowned for its aroma and taste.
While we usually throw olive oil into a pan to cook food without even thinking about it, the produce is a delicacy in itself. In Malaga, a common starter is different types of breads and olives which you can dip into a pot of olive oil. The Andalucia region is a large supplier of olive oil and you will find many of the souvenir shops selling bottles of the produce. Pick up some to recreate a tapas and wine night with friends and family.
Should chocolate sponge or an ice-cream sundae usually be your dessert of choice, take the opportunity to sample some of the region's sweet specialities. Honey and almonds are often used, especially in pestinos, which are honey-coated pastries. Almond and nut pastry - alfajors - is another sweet you will spot on menus, as well as fruit in syrup, rolled sponge cake and nougat.