I just got back from an amazing trip to Spain’s southern province of Andalucía. I rented a car and took a road trip around the cities of Malaga, Ronda, Seville, Córdoba, and Granada. Although Malaga was my start and finish point, I didn’t have much time in the city. That’s why I was very eager to partner up with Devour Malaga. They took me on a Malaga Food Tour around the city to get a taste of Malaga.
In 4 hours’ time, I got to know the city of Malaga a bit better. I learned about history and tasted a lot of delicious foods and drinks! So let’s work up an appetite and learn more about the culture of the city and the food of Malaga. Or even better: the Food Culture of Malaga! A food tour of Malaga is a must-do, read more things to do in Malaga in one day.
Malaga Food Tour
I was invited by Devour Malaga to join their daytime Tapas, Market and City Tour. As the name explained, we did not only nibble our way around Malaga but also got a taste of the city. Susanne hosted our Malaga Food Tour and I joined a group from Sweden and a couple from Britain. Today I would not have to eat out alone in Spain! When we met in the main square at 10.30 am, we were all a little bit hungry so we started off with a typical Malaga breakfast tradition.
Churros and Coffee
Many cultures start the day with a cup of coffee, but the owner of Café Central at the main square has made drinking coffee into an art form. We could choose from 12 different types of coffee that accompanied our churros (fried dough) and our tostadas with tomato (toast with tomato).
Maybe it was because I was really hungry, or because of the old vibe ambiance at the Café but that must have been the very best toast I have ever had. An excellent start of the day. Which of the 12 coffee options would you choose?
Monuments of Malaga
As the Malaga Food Tour is not all about the food, we left our breakfast table behind and began the walking tour around Malaga. It was very interesting to learn about the history of Malaga and see the monuments at the Constitution square.
We learned about the constitution vote and during the walk, our guide took us to various important monuments of Malaga’s.
Malaga Market Tour
But let’s be honest: we all came for the food. We already worked up quite the appetite while we learned a lot about the traditions of eating in Malaga and saw so many great tapas bars and restaurants. We dove right into the heart of Malaga’s food culture and visited the Market of Malaga.
This bustling place was full of sounds, colors, and smells. The market vendors sold the fresh-caught fish by the kilos, while the sweet smells of the fruits lured me closer. I had to put my hands behind my back while we walked past the isles with nuts and olives, as it was so tempting to grab one for a nibble. The fresh produce welcomed us, this is why Malaga is named as one of the best European Spring destinations.
Luckily, we were invited to taste a whole bunch of them! I never really liked olives, but it seems since a year or so, I can’t get enough of them. We had different ones to taste from and I soon settled on a favorite. Do you like olives?
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Malaga Tapas tasting
But Susanne had more in store for us. She took us to a small, quiet corner of the market of Malaga where a full platter of delicious cold cut meats and cheeses were waiting for us!
When I think of tapas, I think of rich red robust flavors. And boy, did they deliver! Only the very best meat and cheese were cut and presented to us. There was extra cheese for a vegetarian in our group, but I loved the manchego cheese so much, I might have eaten it all (sorry Katie!).
This was also the first time I tasted some Muscatel wine. This sweet wine made from raisins was thick on my tongue and melted all the flavors together in my mouth. I think I might have found my new favorite wine!
Wine Tasting Malaga
The thing I maybe liked the most about the Malaga Food Tour was that we got to taste some really typical Malaga treats and especially wines! Our guide took us to a little wine shop somewhat out of the center of Malaga, and we tasted a few very unique and delicious wines.
We tasted different dry wines; all from the local wine area (DO Sierras de Malaga). As I am not a big fan of dry wines (I liked the sweet ones better), I was pleasantly surprised by the dry wines which I actually liked! Do you like dry or sweet wines?
Eat Tapas on the Malaga Food Tour
By now, I was already pretty stuffed from all the little bites and tapas we devoured on our Food Tour of Malaga. But, it was lunchtime in Malaga. So we went to a local restaurant which serves great tapas and we were treated to a wide range of different dishes to savor our taste buds. Learn more about Spanish Restaurants from Crashed Culture.
What I like most about this Food Tour of Malaga, is that I sampled some flavors I would normally not order myself. I am not a bit seafood fan, but fried anchovies tasted pretty good to me. The typical Malaga salad with the sour oranges from the street was a surprise and the Malaga meatballs were very indulgent.
By now, already 4 hours had passed on this Malaga Food Tour and I was stuffed! I felt like a turkey at Thanksgiving dinner, but we still had dessert waiting for us. How was I to pass up on the typical Andalusian treat of leche Frito with turrón ice cream?
Want to know what it tastes like? Order it yourself when you go to Malaga and find out! You will not regret it!
Devour Malaga Food Tour
- Runs daily from Tuesday to Saturday and starts around 10 am or 10.30 am
- Tour takes about 3.5 hours; you’ll walk around 3 km (1.85 miles).
- You do not need to have breakfast or lunch that day
- Prices are €59 for an adult, discounts for children
Unfortunately, Devour Malaga has stopped their tours in Malaga for the near future. Although this is very sad, I highly recommend Devour Food Tours as one of the best food tour companies.
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