Málaga has a staggering number of tapas bars and restaurants, particularly around the historic centre (more than 400 at last count), so finding a place to eat poses no problem.

Feature: Tapas Trail

The pleasures of Málaga are essentially undemanding, easy to arrange and cheap. One of the best is a slow crawl around the city’s numerous tapas bars and old bodegas (cellars).

La Tranca Drinking in this slim, always busy bar is a physical contact sport, with small tapas plates passed over people's heads.

El Piyayo A popular, traditionally tiled bar and restaurant famed for its pescaitos fritos (fried fish) and typical local tapas, including wedges of crumbly Manchego cheese, the ideal accompaniment to a glass of hearty Rioja wine.

Uvedoble Taberna If you're seeking something a little more contemporary, head to this popular spot with its innovative take on traditional tapas.

Pepa y Pepe A snug tapas bar that brims with young diners enjoying tapas such as calamares fritos (battered squid) and fried green peppers.

Gorki A tastefully decorated tapas bar for enjoying sophisticated small bites such as mini burgers and sweetbreads encased in light, flaky pastry.