Find the Best Spanish Cuisine in Mijas Spain on Your Vacation

Are you going to Mijas, Spain for vacation soon? This beautiful suburb of Malaga city is home to some of the finest cuisine in the entire Costa del Sol region in Southern Spain. It starts with locally grown organic produce and a true shift towards farm-to-table («Huerta a la mesa» in Spanish) and away from factory farming.

Farm to Table Means Fresher Produce

Find the Best Spanish Cuisine in Mijas Spain right here at El Panal de la Reina
Best Spanish Cuisine in Mijas Spain

Whether the restaurant has a farm (the way El Panal de la Reina does) or purchases local produce from a nearby farm, a shorter distance for food to travel will always be fresher. When restaurants use factory-farmed stables the produce can come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Some nutrition and flavor are lost through the oxidation process over time even when refrigeration is involved.

Take for example a popular salad dish that is local to the Malaga region. «Ensalada Malagueña» has a simple name translating to «Malagian Salad» but is simple with a wonderful fresh flavor. It contains oranges, green onion, potatoes, salt cod, and black olives. These ingredients can come from thousands of miles away if the restaurant is not using local produce. Considering Malaga is close to some of the finest Valencia oranges and an all-year growing season, there is no reason a restaurant should be purchasing mass-produced produce.

El Panal de la Reina is one of the few local restaurants that are not only farm-to-table but also grow their organic produce. In a world filled with pesticides and insecticides making their way into much of the produce we eat. This is a welcome change that improves nutritional value and flavor.

The Best Spanish Cuisine is Fresh and Delicate

Unlike cuisines that use bold flavors like Italian or Indian, Spanish cuisine focuses more on a fresh and delicate taste. It is a culinary style difference that goes back hundreds of years and stems from differences in the sort of produce each region prefers. There are similarities but Spanish dishes are unique in their combination of salts, acids, and sugars. They also utilize shared dishes in the form of tapas where restaurant-goers share many smaller dishes as an appetizer or as a meal.

El Panal de la Reina: Organic Farm to Table Cuisine in Mijas

If you live in or are visiting Southern Spain, make your way to El Panal de La Reina for the finest organic farm-to-table in the region. We proudly make some of the Best Spanish Cuisine in Mijas Spain where everything is locally sourced at our farm or nearby partner farms that we work with. You can count on unmatched freshness and flavors you’ll remember for a long time. We now have live music during the week and are open for lunch on the weekends.

Give us a call and make a reservation at any time.

Mijas Farm to Table Restaurant Offers Fresh Local Produce

Fresh Product All Year Long in Mijas, Spain where we grow everything on-site.

«Farm to table», or in Spanish «de la huerta a la mesa» (from the orchard to the table) restaurants are having a moment in Spain and across the globe. Freshness and a reduction of one’s energy profile meet in the middle all while supporting local farms and producers. When food doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to end up on your plate you win and the local community wins. Sharing in the local harvest also allows restaurants to offer seasonal fare based on what is actually growing at this moment in the surrounding area.

Mijas Costa Weather Offers a Year-Long Growing Season

Fresh Produce All Year Long in Mijas, Spain where we grow everything on-site.
Fresh Produce All Year Long in Mijas, Spain.

Unlike northern nations and latitudes, the growing season in southern Spain is all year long. The moniker «Costa del Sol» stands for «the Sun Coast» and it rings true in southern Spain most of the year. Sure, Calima and occasional spells of strong rain can come along, but local Spaniards have a running joke that the Malaga area gets 315 days of sun a year. That makes for a long and sun-filled growing season where fruits and vegetables flourish.

El Panal de la Reina, the Farm to Table Restaurant in Mijas

Not all restaurants that offer farm-to-table grow their own produce. Sure, they may purchase local produce, but they don’t actually tend crops or harvest them. At el Panal de la Reina, everything is grown on-site and tended by Lupe (the restaurant owner) and her family. She is a bee-keeper and incorporates the local produce she grows into her inspired fresh dishes.

Produce grown on-site includes:

Find the best Cala de Mijas Farm to Table restaurant here at el Panal de la Reina
Cala de Mijas Farm to Table
  • Olives (Aceitunas)
  • Broccoli (Brócoli)
  • Tomatoes (Tomates)
  • Lettuce (Lechuga)
  • Brussel Sprouts (Coles de Bruselas)
  • Passion fruit (Maracuyá)
  • Mango
  • Persimmon (Caquis)
  • Pomegranate (Granada)
  • Apple (Manzana)
  • Avocado (Aguacate)
  • Pollen (Polen)
  • Honey (Miel)

Dishes Inspired by Local Produce

When you have seasonal crops your menu changes with what is growing. Lupe gets creative when it comes to every dish served in the restaurant. A few of the most recent specialties include:

–>> Our English Menu

Come Visit or Make a Reservation Today

There are many different dining options in the Mijas and Cala de Mijas areas. Nearly none of them offer true farm-to-table recipes with locally grown fruits and vegetables, el Panal de la Reina is unique in more ways than one.

Just a short trip up the hill from the seashore with breathtaking views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. This gem should be on your culinary list for your visit to Southern Spain. 

For the best Farm to Table Restaurant Mijas Spain, look no further than right here and join our family for lunch or dinner today!

Call to make a reservation: +34-628703058