It’s designated driver time: we’re heading into them thar hills. A real family favourite, with the Spanish and ex-pats alike, whenever we’re on the Marbella coast, we drive up the winding, hilly roads to the pristine village of Benahavís (the nearby gated community of Zagaleta’s haul of taxes and community fees means the village is jam-packed with incredible amenities and great schools thanks to the mega-mega-rich’s bucks).
The village is jammed to the rafters with great spots to eat, but it’s Los Abanicos’s suckling pig that we always head for. Cooked long and slow, the meat disintegrates to the touch, while the crackling is light and almost wafer-like. We actually have no idea how they do it. Our latest visit, yet again, didn’t disappoint. Served with a pile of olive oil cooked chips and homemade apple sauce, this is comfort cooking at its best.
Los Abanicos, Calle Málaga, 17, Benahavis
Tel: +34 952 85 50 22