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TAPAS BARS IN NERJA: what tapas to eat and where

By 4 August, 2019January 23rd, 2020Spanish cuisine

We will leave you some recommendations to make the most of your stay in Nerja!

If you come to Nerja you have to try our gastronomy and enjoy our tapas tour: there is a lot of variety of food and places to go to enjoy typical products.

But what is a tapa? What about a tapas bar?

A tapa in Spain is an aperitif (light meal) that is served in a bar or restaurant accompanying the drink (alcoholic or not). Tapas bars are typical Andalusian bars.

Each time you order a glass of wine, beer or soft drink this drink will be accompanied by a free tapa; there are tapas bars and bars that have tapas area (in the bar area, high tables or barrels). Free tapas is not included in the restaurant area.

Escuela de Idiomas Nerja often organizes a tapas tour with his students always accompanied by a teacher to practice Spanish and enjoying a good tapas at the same time.

Where to eat tapas in Nerja

Which tapas choose?

There are many typical tapas on the menus of the bars here we leave you with some descriptions of only a few that you will surely find in the menu.

Aceitunas (Olives)

Olives are considered as the queens of tapas and there is a wide range of varieties of table olives, such as: hojiblanca, gordal, carrasqueña, manzanilla, cacereña

Boquerones en vinagre (Anchova in vinegar)

These are clean anchovy loins marinated in abundant vinegar, garlic and parsley.

Before serving, they should be kept bathed in the vinegar for at least 6 hours at rest, so that the loins will go from having a brown colour to becoming white as the vinegar takes effect.

 Chipirones o puntillas

The fried squid lid or tiptoe consists of small fried squid that can also be taken with lemon and some mayonnaise.

Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian salad)

Its base ingredient is potatoes and mayonnaise and the rest of the ingredients change by region.

Tuna and boiled eggs are not usually missing. There are also variants that include prawns, chicken, peas, crab sticks, olives, peppers, etc.

Gambas al pil pil (Prawns al pil pil)

Pil pil sauce is a typical Basque cuisine sauce whose basic ingredients are extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chilli.

Its curious name pil pil is nothing more than an onomatopoeia of the sound that prawns make in the casserole when serving them, since, one of its characteristics is that they are usually slammed in a casserole that keeps their temperature so high, that keep boiling on the table.

Jamón ibérico (Iberian ham)

Iberian ham is a classic of Spanish tapas and its gastronomy in general. There are different varieties, the most prestigious being the well-known black leg ham, which comes from the Iberian pig fed with acorns.

Often, this ham variant is considered a gastronomic luxury and is used in gourmet cuisine.


It is a cream or puree that can be taken as a tapa or also as a main dish or starter.

It’s made from crushed breadcrumbs, which are called a majado or telera, to which garlic, olive oil, salt, tomatoes and vinegar are added. It is common to serve with ham shavings, picatostes or hard-boiled egg pieces on the surface.

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Places in Nerja for eat tapas

Here we recommend some bars and restaurants to eat tapas:

BAR “LA PUNTILLA”. Bolivia Street, 1, Nerja. Brewery and seafood typical of the area. Ideal to taste fresh fish from the area.

BAR “THE CHISPA”. 12 St. Peter’s Street. A few meters from the Bar “La Puntilla”. It is another famous restaurant in the area. For its good fish, its terrace and its tapas.

BAR “EL PULGUILLA”. Admiral Ferrándiz Street, 26. Very famous bar restaurant in the area. It has a large terrace. The area of bars and high tables is the perfect area to taste its famous tapas.

BAR “THE SEVILLANO”. 14 Gloria Street. Tapas tavern and restaurant. Typical Andalusian bar, decorated in the purest style of an Andalusian Sevillian tavern. Ideal to have a good wine, beers and taste the famous Andalusian tapas. Tapas tavern and restaurant.

BAR “PACOMARI”. Gloria Street. Small tapas tavern. The area to taste tapas is the top. You can see a small bar, high tables and several small tables on the street. Downstairs we have the restaurant.

BAR “REDONDO”. Gloria Street. Tapas bar, brewery and wines, is characterized by a large round central bar, and you will see all the tapas around these display cases.

BAR “LA PIQUETA”. Calle Pintada, 8, 29780 Nerja. Ideal for a good wine and a good tapa of jamón iberico. It’s a bar with very good tapas. Tapas bar, restaurant, brewery and wines.

BAR TAPERIA “LA RIENDA”. Calle el Chaparil, 18, 29780 Nerja, Malaga. Ideal for a good wine and a good tapa. It is a bar with very good tapas, near the Tutti i Frutti square, ideal to follow the party in the marching area. Tapas bar, restaurant, brewery and wines.

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