37 Camino de Velez, Periana. (5 minutes)
+34 952 53 60 69
The main Periana bar / restaurant is Verdugo in the centre of the village below the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall). It's full of local character (and characters!), friendly, unpretentious and inexpensive. The daily set lunch menu (menu del dia) is delicious home cooking at a remarkably cheap price (7 euros). Weekends and evenings are more expensive but also good. Summer terrace opposite is lovely.
Just outside Periana (10 minutes)
+34 699 94 62 13
Signposted from the main Periana roundabout near the Ayuntamiento heading North. Situated above the village with a fabulous panoramic view. Closed on Mondays. www.cantueso.net
Calle Peñoncillo, Torrox, near Nerja (45 minutes)
+34 952 53 08 69
Our favourite fish restaurant is a humble chiringuito on the sea shore – turn off main coastal motorway (direction Nerja) at Torrox, drive down towards the sea following signs to Torrox Costa, and at the third roundabout in central Torrox Costa, turn left along the coast. After about half a mile on the right, in a line of restaurants on the beach, you will see the entrance by the enormous blue cross camping sign and if you look down to the sea you will see cars parked under awnings. It is the best fried and grilled fish we have found – simple but delicious. Closed on Tuesday.
HOTEL LA VINUELA
Carretera de Velez-Alhama S/n, Vinuela, Malaga, 29712 (25 minutes)
+34 952 51 91 93
This is a smart restaurant within the hotel at Vinuela off the road between Periana and Velez Malaga. Superb terrace eating too with great views.
Riogordo (25 minutes)
+34 952 02 15 52
An upmarket restaurant in the countryside, near Rio Gordo. To reach it you take the asphalt road ‘camino de Magiaza’ for 2 kms and follow the signs.
Partido del Rio el Terral, Riogordo (30 minutes)
+34 696 183 309
This comes highly recommended for its modern healthy world cuisine with Spanish influence in beautiful surroundings.
Paseo Maritimo de Levante, Torre Del Mar. (35 minutes)
Having passed Velez-Malaga take the main road straight ahead at the roundabout under the motorway. Then at the next roundabout take the 1st turning to the right and follow this road into central Torre. At the next roundabout go all the way round and come out on the Avenue Andalucia. At the next roundabout head down towards the sea. Turn left along the seafront and the restaurant is there on the left near the next roundabout. The best fried fish in Torre Del Mar.
Paseo Maritimo Poniente 13, 29740 Torre del Mar. (35 minutes)
+34 952 54 10 82
Another fabulous fish restaurant on the sea front.
Burriana Beach, Nerja (50 minutes)
+34 952 52 22 89
Delicious paella on the beach. We go every time we are in Spain. No booking required, seconds always!
Lao Thai Restaurant, Edificio 4 Caminos, Calle Malaga, Nerja (50 minutes)
+34 952 52 80 53
Excellent value – wonderful proprietor
34 Calle Hernando de Carabeo, Nerja (50 minutes)
+34 952 525 444
Slightly more upmarket dining
BAR NEGRI, TORRE DEL MAR
Paseo Larios 16, 29740 Torre Del Mar
+34 952 540 090
Bursting with character. Lively bar/restaurant serving delicious fresh fish either at the bar or at tables.
"We loved nothing better than to soak up the sun on the terrace, lounging round the pool by day and then watching it set over the hills in the evening. Periana is just around the corner with all the shops you need and some lovely bars too for an early evening drink. We would heartily recommend staying at Casa Rosa without hesitation."
Minnie and Simon Tatham 2012