Costa Del Sol Expensive?

By: Martin

Costa del Sol expensive?

Well to be honest yes and no. You don't need to have or make a lot of money to do alright in this part of Spain. We probably have all heard from Puerto Banus. There are beach clubs where people order magnums of champagne as if they were free, if you don't belong to that crowd there are other places to go and have a good meal with great sea views.

This brings me to the so called menu del dia. This is something that is very Spanish. Most Spanish people have their main meal between 2 and 3 o'clock. With more and more people commuting from and to work every day it is harder for them to go home at the lunch hour and have the main meal of the day at home. But the Spanish need their hot meal during the day and not in the evening.

That is where the menu del dia comes in, this is simple, honest food, usually you have a first and second plate, dessert or coffee, and one drink, sometimes even including bread. First plates to choose from usually are a salad, gazpacho (cold soup to some or a liquid salad to others), pasta. The main courses give you the choice between a couple of fish and meat dishes and usually again pasta. The choice may not be overwhelming but the quality usually is and prices vary from between 7 to 10 euros.

Yes 10 euros in Marbella, beach front overlooking the sea, sitting on the terrace. There are places less than 20 meters further away you will pay 50 euros a person. And there are hundreds of those kind of restaurants, all over Spain but also on the Costa del Sol and Marbella. So when you know where to go life isn't expensive at all. Although I like to cook, sometimes when I'm alone I can't be bothered for 10 euros. I don't know how much it costs you at home, but making a diner for 2 for 20 euros including a good piece of meat or fish doesn't sound easy to me.

So you tell me, do you think the Costa del Sol or even Marbella is expensive. The same goes for real estate, if you know where to look you can save a lot of money by cutting out the middle man. Just look at www.direct-plaza.com and you will be amazed.

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