The news from Málaga and Spain in November was all about luxury. From Michelin-starred restaurants to expensive wines and growth in the luxury tourism sector. Then there is the little matter of the anniversary of a great artist…
Málaga province has a rich gastronomic and viticulture background. Now, this has been bolstered with another restaurant gaining its first Michelin star.
A smorgasbord of Michelin-starred restaurants
Kaleja in Málaga city is the latest of the province’s many excellent restaurants to receive a Michelin star. The product of chef Dani Carnero, who has two other restaurants in the city, its name derives from the Sephardic word for alley. And that’s just where you’ll find it, tucked in an alley in the Jewish quarter.
Carnero’s other restaurants, La Cosmopolita and La Cosmo, offer more informal and traditional preparations. La Cosmo is recognised with a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin guide. Kaleja joins the eponymous José Carlos Garcia restaurant in Málaga with the one star.
Across the rest of the province, you can find a further six starred restaurants, making a total of 8 in Málaga province and 21 in Andaluciá.
Luxury tourism on the rise
Málaga’s Councillor for Tourism, Jacobo Florido, announced luxury tourism increased by 30% in the province in recent months.
With around 1,000 beds in Málaga’s five-star hotels and a total of eight Michelin-starred restaurants, the city and its Costa del Sol resorts have a wonderful range of accommodation and gastronomic experiences. Add to that the incredible range of cultural offerings from museums to theatres and historical sites, plus a refurbished port able to accept luxury yachts, and Málaga is certainly increasing its appeal to the luxury market.
Whether your holiday desires are for the ultimate in luxury, unique experiences or a combination of both, you can rely on Toma & Coe to help you create unforgettable memories and discover the Spain you never knew.
Celebrating Picasso in 2023
In 2023, Málaga will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death alongside a host of international locations.
The international event is called Celebración Picasso 1973-2023 and is bringing together the governments of Spain and France to organise 50 exhibitions in Europe and the USA.
“2023 is an important year for us because as well as commemorating 50 years since the artist’s death, we are celebrating 20 years of the Picasso Museum in Malaga and marking the major contribution it has made to the cultural transformation of the city,” said José Lebrero, the museum’s artistic director.
Toma & Coe will bring you details of the events in Málaga shortly.
Spanish wines join best cellar selection list
Three wines have joined the ‘Wine Enthusiast’ Best 100 Cellar Selection ranking for 2022. Two of the wines are from Rioja, the other from Tarragona.
For twelve months, the experts from this American magazine have blindly tasted hundreds of wines. In first position is a champagne, the Cristal 2014 produced in the French cellars Louis Roederer.
Spain ranks sixth in number of winners. These are the three wines that have entered the Wine Enthusiast ranking this year, thanks to their flavour and exquisite maturation: 11th – Marqués de Murrieta: Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2011 (Rioja); 75th – Sierra Cantabria: Amancio 2016 (Rioja); 76th Mas Igneus: Costers de Pobleda 2013 (Priorat).
In the magazine’s other best of lists, Spain has six wines in the 100 Best Value Wines (under $25), and eight in the Best Wines of 2022.
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