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RESTAURANTS

Benahavis is a top spot for dining - Rufino's has a wonderful terrace and offers great food at excellent prices with friendly service. For something more upscale Los Abanicos is a firm favourite and Amigos is excellent - for a special occasion Amanhavis has top fine dining in style.For tapas try Chico's, Villa Josefa or Donde Kike.

Marbella has a huge choice. For steaks try Tanguito in the old town and for international cuisine in an elegant atmosphere Zo Zoi is an excellent venue. Garum on the Paseo Maritimo overlooking the sea has an interesting fusion menu and the location is lovely. Sukothai on the Golden Mile is an excellent Thai restaurant and if you are looking for a curry try The Taj Mahal opposite the Marbella Club Hotel.For tapas El Estrecho in Marbella Old Town is a wonderful choice. For superb prawns pil pil and delicious tenderloin of pork head for El Gaillo, also in Marbella Old Town.

Puerto Banus and Nueva Andalucia also have some great places to eat. Terra Sana near the Andalucia Plaza Hotel has wonderful salads and is a perfect choice for lunch. Also great for lunch is Yanx in Centro Plaza or Pinxto opposite El Corte Ingles. For delicious international cuisine Girasol is hard to beat - the service is superb too. Another excellent Thai place is to be found near Dreamers Disco - The Thai Gallery. And if you fancy a pizza there is only one place to go - Picasso - right on the front line in Puerto Banus.

San Pedro has a surprisingly wide choice of good restaurants. Caruso is a stylish but friendly Italian place and for a great Spanish menu try Alfredos. Albert and Simon is an elegant restaurant with a fine menu of international dishes. On the Ronda Road El Coto specialises in roast and grilled meat and game.

If you want to enjoy a meal by the sea try Beach House in Elviria for lunch or dinner. For more informal meals go to Triana at Carib Playa/Las Chapas, Playa Fantastica at Rio Verde Playa, Heaven at Guadalmansa Playa or Pepe's bar in front of Costalita. For upscale dining by the sea Tikitano and Puro are excellent and Villa Tiberio on the Golden Mile is a Marbella institution.

Going further afield near Ronda you will find the village of Benaojan and the wonderful Molino del Santo which is a superb place for lunch in a delightful setting.

SHOPPING

The Saturday morning Puerto Banus Bull Ring Market is a must for the latest fashion accessories, home decorations and many other other ‘must haves'.

La Cañada Shopping Centre   offers you practically everything you could ask for in a shopping centre, with a huge variety of shops including a hypermarket, restaurants, ten pin bowling, cinema and a state of the art gymnasium.

You can spend a day at La Cañada with shops selling many global as well as Spanish brands and designer items such as Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Armand Basi and Adolfo Dominguez.. Springfield has great casual wear at some excellent prices.

The department store El Corte Ingles at Puerto Banus has a huge choice and lots to see. The supermarket is great for your groceries. They also have a store devoted to the home on The Golden Mile.

For home furniture go to the Mijas Road from Fuengirola have a look at Muebles Benitez then continue up to Sumobel, Imperial, Timeless and quite a few more. For bed linen and homewares Dunnes in Fuengirola is hard to beat on price and quality.

For DIY Leroy Merlin at La Cañada is the place and next door is Boulanger for all your electrical goods. Also check out the prices of electrical goods at Alcampo as these are usually low and the delivery service is good.


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