Pescaito frito. When you see this on the menu at a seaside restaurant (translated “fried fish”), it refers to the whole fish. Along with a variety of fish, you will probably also be served calamari, fried mussels, and whatever else was caught fresh that day from the Mediterranean.
Salted cod. Just mutter “when in Rome” before you take a bite if this is your first experience with this dish. Though this dish of white fish is not exclusive to Spain (in fact it is not even produced anywhere in Spain), it is a local favorite.
Olive oil—though preferably not by itself. Countries along the Mediterranean use olive oil quite a bit in cooking, and Spaniards are no exception. In fact, they are the world’s largest consumers of this oil. Olive oil is used in everything in Spain from sautéing to frying and is eaten on salads and many other foods.
Wine. This drink is so popular in Spain that it is frequently included in the price of your dinner (speaking of dining, try not to go out to eat before 9 p.m. unless you want to flag yourself as a tourist!) Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding one that suits you. Cava is a sparkling white wine that is light and refreshing and can be found almost anywhere in the country.
The beach. Depending on the time of year you visit, the water can be pretty chilly, so beware! Luckily, the Mediterranean climate is a great place to catch some rays if it’s too cold for swimming.
The 24-Hour Square. This hotspot has endless clubs, bars, and other unusual nightlife, including a bar where everything (including the actual bar) is made out of ice, and a three-story dance club. It also has a club that plays only salsa music, right on the beach.
Take a bus to Malaga to visit the Picasso Museum. The 45-minute ride is well worth it—the permanent collection of the museum includes over 200 works of art including paintings, sculpture, and drawings, and Pablo Picasso’s birthplace is less than 5 minutes away. This museum is one of three in the world that is dedicated solely to that artist’s work.
Visit a pub or two. Costa del Sol is a notorious retirement city for the British, so finding a bar or restaurants with names like “The Frying Scotsman” is not uncommon. The city is almost a very popular tourist destination for many Europeans.