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TOP TEN RESTAURANTS Andalusia is the home of tapas, and eating out is great fun as long as you are prepared to take a few chances. Entering a packed bar can be a bit intimidating, but take it slowly and you'll soon get in the swing. Just don't try to do everything at once. Jostle your way to the bar, and order a drink while you decide what to have. As many places only have a chalked list in Spanish, look around at what other people are having then just point out want you want to the waiter. As long as you keep smiling, no one will be offended. There are, of course, plenty of sit-down restaurants too, and the best are resurrecting forgotten Moorish recipes and serving them in creative and modern ways.

Amanhavis Calle Pilar 3, Benahavis (952 856026; www.amanhavis.com). In the hills behind Marbella is the village of Benahavis, renowned for its many restaurants - at least 30. This is one of the best, housed in a 16th-century building. It also has nine exotically decorated rooms from pounds 75 per night. Dinner is around pounds 30. Casa Fidel Calle Maestra Ayala 3, Benalmadena Pueblo (952 449165). It's not all fast food on the Costa del Sol. For an elegant dinner, head into the hills to Benalmadena village behind the resort. In a traditional Andalusian house with a pretty terrace, seasonal ingredients are given a refined twist by one of the best chefs in Andalusia. About pounds 25 a head.

Eslava Calle Eslava 5, Seville (954 906568). One of the best and most popular bars in Seville with traditional and modern tapas, all skilfully prepared. The changing menu might include spinach strudel, steak in blue cheese sauce or hake with garlic shoots. Plenty of vegetarian options. Around pounds 6 a head.

El Faro Calle San Felix 15, Cadiz (956 211068). Hidden away in the old town in Cadiz is one of the top restaurants in Andalusia, run by the Cordoba family. Either go for the first-class fish in the restaurant or the imaginative tapas in the lively bar. Around pounds 25 for dinner, pounds 12 for tapas, including wine.

Posada del Moro Julia y Lucia Paseo del Moro 18, Cazalla de la Sierra (954 884858). Fifty miles north of Seville is the small town of Cazalla de la Sierra, renowned for its charterhouse and now a popular weekend destination for gourmet Sevillanos. Come here to experience original dishes

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