Suki Sailing

Sailing from Marina de Este, the Suki II is a ten metre sailing yacht, skippered by Keith, who has all the experience needed to show you the local waters and coastline, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters, and maybe even sail among the numerous dolphins, and then anchor for lunch at a beachside restaurant.

El Gallinero

If you stay in the area is during the last week of August, you are very lucky people… because although the world’s premiere chicken restaurant El Gallinero, is closed for the first three weeks of the month for holidays, it re-opens on 25th August!

Marina Playa

Actually on the beach at Marina de Este, La Herradura, this beautiful Chiringuito, is a real gem. Set in the most beautiful of little bays they provide excellent fresh fish, seafood specialities and paella every day.

La Parrilla

The name translates as ‘The Grill’ and that is pretty much what La Parrilla is all about. Ramón and his team produce superb dishes, from fresh produce, including red-meat dishes and selected fish specialties through to Spare Ribs and a selection of tapas.

El Chambao de Joaquín

You really cannot come to La Herradura without eating at the restaurant belonging to a man who can only be described as a national institution. With his flamboyant style, Joaquín produces brilliant paellas, fresh fish, succulant meats… and all cooked over an open fire!


The high standards at the wonderful Pizzeria Realengo never seem to waiver, and having eaten there on a table of nine, including three children, as well as a table of four, and of course many times just with my wife, we have yet to have even the hint of anything sub-standard.

The Anchor

You’re assured of a warm welcome when you drop in at El Ancla (The Anchor), and at the same time you can enjoy a full English breakfast, snacks and full meals, it’s also worth checking out the blackboard outside for specials.
The family team of Katie, Jean, Cliff and Jonathan can be found on Paseo Andrés Segovia from 10.00am every day except Thursdays, and there you will find, from the creative hand of Jonathan, fish and chips worthy of a king!

Las Brujas

Brujas is the Spanish word for witches, and when you enter the bar, you realize why! Ana and Auxi, who run this fantastic place, take their witching very seriously. The whole bar is decked out with dolls and pictures of witches and ‘witchy’ paraphernalia; it’s almost like Halloween’s every day!
Brilliant tapas and rations of delicious, freshly prepared Spanish food make this one of my favourite places to hang out. The girls are really good fun, and mock me mercilessly, which I have to admit, is fully deserved.

La Tartana

Are you on holiday in La Herradura or the surrounding area? Have you tried the beautiful restaurant called La Tartana? No? Then you are a very, very, naughty visitor.
On Urbanización San Nicolás, just on the other side of the N-340 from the main village, this is one of the most beautiful venues in the area. With a beautiful little courtyard with a fountain centre feature, and spectacular garden terraces this venue cannot adequately be described in words or even pictures.

The Hideaway

There’s always a nice friendly buzz about The Hideaway, and if you are visiting the area it really should be one of your regular haunts. Why? Well, because Jenette and her team do cracking breakfasts, snacks, lunches and afternoon teas.
Add to that their summer drinks special of a house spirit and mixer for just €2.80 and a pint of beer for €2.50, it makes sense!
They have Sky Sports coverage on widescreen TV so you don’t miss any of the new season footie updates.

Mirador de Cerro Gordo

Now moving on to La Herradura, what is the best thing about Mirador de Cerro Gordo? Is it the location, the food or just how good the team working there is? Well the location can only be described as stunning, and I do not use that word lightly. Of course, I mustn’t overstate things, to ensure fair play amongst all the restaurants in the area, but if there is a better location to enjoy truly excellent food, than sitting in the Mirador de Cerro Gordo at sunset, then I have yet to find it.

El Faro

Sometimes, when you’re on holiday, you get the urge for a taste of home… luckily in Plaza de los Magnolios in Almuñécar, you’ll find just that.
El Faro has been bringing some typical British cuisine to the Costa for quite some time now, and it’s to their credit they even have quite a big Spanish following, which includes the Eds girlfriend Mari, who totally sold on a British, Sunday Roast when she tried one there.

Tito Yayo

If you go down to the beach today, you’re sure of a tasty treat! And what a beach it is. Playa Cabria, Taramay just outside Almuñécar is a treat in itself, but the actually be able to eat there just makes all the more special.

La Trattoria

In a little square, right in the middle of Almuñécar, La Trattoria, is like a hidden treasure. The reason this restaurant/pizzeria survives is because people know a good thing when they find it, and return again and again.


Of course I’d had a few lovely rations of food in Meson, in the town-hall square in Almuñécar, but I recently tried their evening menu, and plumped for the Brocheta (skewered meat), and was quite disappointed when I realised it meant just the one skewer…