Looking for a gourmand getaway? Malaga’s iconic grande dame hotel, Gran Hotel Miramar, is celebrating the height of summer with the opening of a chic new poolside restaurant, Botánico. 

Growing by the day as a culinary destination, with plenty of places to discover – from the city’s grandest and most famous food market, the Mercado Atarazanas to the traditional family grocery stores. By contrast, the new gourmet Mercado de la Merced opened just two years ago following a major revamp, with around 25 eateries including some of the food scene’s hottest newcomers. The new poolside restaurant is set to add to the offering, offering a relaxed dining experience.

Featuring a tantalising menu of local specialities and fresh flavours, paired with stunning views of the Mediterranean, the five-star hotel’s new opening is a must-book for any globe-trotting foodie.

Complimenting the hotel’s esteemed existing culinary offerings, Gran Hotel Miramar has unveiled a relaxed, new kick-back poolside venue for this season: Botanico. Showcasing quality seasonal ingredients and exciting flavours, a myriad of inspiring dishes of local meats and fresh seafood on the grill, light snacks, and refreshing hand-crafted cocktails and cool beverages are the hallmarks of the new summer venue.

Summer flavours continue to delight at the hotel’s fine-dining establishment, Principe de Asturias, with tantalising additions to this season’s à la carte menu. Strongly influenced by Malaga’s regional specialities, the restaurant embraces local culture to create modern iterations of traditional flavours.  Dishes incorporate in-season vegetables and tropical fruits, surprising dairy products, honey and olive oils, as well as seafood brought in daily from the Mediterranean and prestigious Iberian meats from the encircling mountains.

Exclusive to this summer’s menu, guests can enjoy Galician clams sautéed with Iberico ham and sherry; Ajoblanco (cold almond soup) with red tuna from Almadraba; Malaguenan salad with confit cod; Grilled tomahawk Iberian pork chop with local vegetables; and a selection of fish deep fried ‘Malaga’ style.

For those that still have room, the restaurant’s decadent dessert menu has also received a seasonal upgrade: Caramelised white chocolate is served with Guanaja mousse and Majari sorbet; and a coconut pannacotta comes with pineapple and Malibu gel, crunchy coconut and pineapple sorbet.

Continuing the celebration of Andalucia’s mouth-watering, sun-soaked flavours, executive Chef Diego Nicás and his talented team have also created a special seasonal à la carte menu of authentic summer classics for the hotel’s fine dining Principe de Asturias restaurant, using traditional Andalucían recipes.

Rooms at Gran Hotel Miramar start from €236 per night including breakfast, excluding tax and service. For further information visit www.granhotelmiramarmalaga.com or call +34 952 603 000.