The Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal was announced last week with the big news being that Spain now boasts two new restaurants with three Michelin stars: Aponiente and ABaC.

“With two new three-star restaurants, Spain shows what an important place the country has in the world’s gastronomic landscape,” said Michelin’s international director Michael Ellis in a statement. The Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal 2018 was announced at a decadent gala hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Abama Hotel in Guía de Isora, Tenerife, home to two of the island’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

There are four new restaurants in Spain with two Michelin stars – Cabaña Buenavista, Disfrutar, Dos Cielos and Maralba – and 17 new establishments with one star.
The ‘three-star club’ in Spain has two new members:  ABaC in Barcelona and Aponiente in Cadiz, Andalucia – making just eleven members of the exclusive band. Three stars in the Michelin guide denotes a restaurant that serves exceptional cuisine, definitely worth a trip.
Spain now has a total of 11 three-starred Michelin restaurants: Akelarre, Arzak, Azurmendi, DiverXO, El Celler de Can Roca, Lasarte, Martin Berasategui en Guipúzcoa, Quique Dacosta, Sant Pau.

Here in Andalucia if you are looking for a Michelin starred establishment there are plenty to choose from with four in Marbella alone.

Michelin Stars in Andalucia:

  • Aponiente, El Puerto de Santa María, 3 stars (NEW)
Alevante, Cádiz, 1 star (NEW)
  • Bardal, Ronda, 1 star (NEW)
Noor, Córdoba, 1 star
  • Dani García, Marbella, 2 stars
  • Kabuki Raw, Casares, 1 star
  • Choco, Córdoba, 1 star
  • La Costa, El Ejido, 1 star
  • Sollo, Fuengirola, 1 star
  • Acanthum, Huelva, 1 star
  • José Carlos García, Málaga, 1 star
  • El Lago, Marbella, 1 star
  • Messina, Marbella, 1 star
  • Skina, Marbella, 1 star
  • Alejandro, Roquetas de Mar, 1 star
  • Abantal, Sevilla, 1 star

Spanish cuisine is amazingly diverse and even if you aren’t looking for a Michelin starred establishment there are plenty of places along the coast and inland that make for a tantalizing tasty evening.

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