ABOUT US

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Spain Food Sherpas was born in Malaga in 2013 at the hands of a small team of food lovers that wanted to reveal and share the hidden culinary and cultural treasures in the off-the-beaten-path areas of Malaga.

Passionate about gastronomy, traveling and discovering new places, we sought for this type of tourism every time we were on the road. Finally we founded Spain Food Sherpas to offer our guests a new way of getting to know our city- just how we would like to live it ourselves.

Stunning local produce and specialized small scale (family) businesses are our pillars, as are traditional recipes and modern fusions- a real reflection of our heritage and community.

Slow food and tourism is something we support with all our heart, because it’s the best way to really (and literally) savor everything a destination has to offer.
Our experiences are in small groups, guided by enthusiastic food sherpas who believe that the local gastronomy is an important part of the city’s history and its lifestyle.

 

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MEET THE FOOD SHERPAS TEAM

“As in a high mountain expedition, the most important value provided by a Sherpa is the knowledge of the lay of land and its reliability.”

Our Sherpas guide our guests to those small culinary paradises difficult to get to, revealing the best routes and the most appreciated secrets of Malaga.

TOUR GUIDE MANAGER & TOUR GUIDE

Simone

Favorite drink:  Freshly squeezed sugarcane juice from the Axarquía region with lemon and mint, on ice.

Malaga spot:  The rooftop terrace of the Dulce Dreams Boutique Hostel.

Tapa:  Local horse mackerel ceviche served on a fresh lime, from the Óleo Restaurant!

German by birth (Frankfurter, yes like the sausage), I’ve got travelling in my veins. My family itself is quite international with folks from Asia and different parts of Europe and after spending some time in Vancouver (wonderful city, eh!), I knew I wanted to see and learn even more! So my quest was the “wild” and warm south- a culture so close, yet so different. Now I almost spent a third of my life in Malaga (yes, like the ice cream) where I also studied and specialized on Gastronomic Tourism and where the food culture, which was revealed to me, still absolutely fascinates me!! You can easily find me in one of our (organic) markets or ultramarinos, searching for new treats. I’m definitely into food and love sharing that. ¡Encantada de conocerte!

TOUR GUIDE

Felipe

Favorite drink:  Hard to choose just one! An ice cold Victory beer in the summer and a glass of Ribera del Duero red wine (Pago de los Capellanes) for dinner is a good choice.

Malaga spot:  Los Baños del Carmen.

Tapa:  Fried fish from Malaga.

Born in Malaga, throughout my life I have lived in many different localities of the province like Estepona, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola and Alhaurín el Grande, where I currently live in a small finca in the countryside. I love to travel and explore different places all around the world. However, the more I get to know, the more I can appreciate the quality of life we ​​have in Spain in general and in particular in Malaga. Our culture, our way of sharing a laughter and special moments over a good meal, tapas and enjoying our fortunate weather is a privilege that I love to share with all the people who want to know a little more about our way of life. I love nature and animals- a walk in the forest or along a beautiful beach is part of my wealth, as well as reading, cinema, music and sports. I love history too. Knowing our past helps us to understand our present and to improve our future without losing our essence and cultural wealth.

 

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Amparo

Favorite drink:  Montespejo white wine, DO Sierras de Málaga

Malaga spot:  Mirador de Gibralfaro.

Tapa/favorite restaurant:  Scallop and shrimp skewer in the restaurant of the Carmen Market.

I was born in Mollina, a village in the interior of Malaga near Antequera, where from a very young age on I learned from my grandmother and mother the typical dishes of our region, such as ajoblanco, gazpachuelo or porra. Having lived in different places all over Spain (Zaragoza, Bilbao, Valencia) and even in Germany, I could soak in and embrace the culture and gastronomy of these places, where I learned for example how to make a true and authentic Paella Valenciana.

TOUR GUIDE

Marta

Favorite drink: A glass of red wine (Seis+Seis from Malaga)

Malaga spot:  Alcazaba and surroundings.

Tapa: “Alcachofas confitadas” at Mesón Mariano

I was born in Barcelona and after some living experiences in Asia and Europe, I decided to move and settle down in Malaga where I currently live. What made me take this decision? The local culture, the people, the sea, the weather… and of course THE FOOD!! “Malagueñan” gastronomy is amazing and endless… you never stop discovering and learning about new creative cuisine, old traditional gastronomy or the combination of both of them.
For me it is very important to know the name of the person where I buy in the market, to share the lively atmosphere in the streets, to feel the history under my feet… and Malaga offers me this and much more!!

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Dani

Favorite drink:  Victoria beer (from Malaga).

Malaga spot:  Atarazanas Market.

Tapa/favorite restaurant:  “Chicharrón” and glazed sweet potato sandwich in Arequipa (Merced Market)

I was born in Borja, a town in Zaragoza, although I grew up in Mollina (Malaga). Already as a child I used to be in the kitchen to help my mother prepare traditional dishes for the family- that was my best training. After finishing my studies, I decided to enter the Hotel “Escuela Convento de Santo Domingo” in Archidona (Malaga), which is to this day one of the best gastronomy schools in Andalusia. Throughout my professional life I have worked in restaurants like Sollo (1* Michelin, Fuengirola) and Streetxo and Diverxo (3* Michelin), among others. I love to experiment with food and when people enjoy what I prepare for them.

TOUR GUIDE

Mayte

Favorite drink:  Botani, dry Muscat white wine or a large glass of gazpacho in summer!

Malaga spot:  The rooftop terrace of the Dulce Dreams Boutique Hostel.

Tapa:  “Caldillo de pintarroja”- a steaming, spicy fish and almond soup at La Campana

I was born and raised in Malaga. Travelling was my favorite thing for a while and discovering food wherever I went, was my second favorite thing. After visiting quite a few places around the world I realized that, if maybe not the best place to live in the world (as many of my local friends would say), Malaga certainly deserves to be on the list. I rediscovered and got hooked on local gastronomy, food, culture and tradition, and cooking became one of my passions. I live in the countryside, a hidden corner of Malaga that I love sharing with others.

TOUR GUIDE

Javi

Favorite drink:  A home-made vermouth from La Recova and during the summer a cold glass of gazpacho.

Malaga spot:  El “Balneario de Los Baños del Carmen”, an old spa in the neighborhood of Pedregalejo.

Tapa:  “Sopa Viña AB”, a fish and seafood soup cooked with mayonnaise and a dry white wine at Juanito-Juan restaurant, in El Palo.

Although I was born in Madrid, I came to Málaga when I was 2 and spent my whole childhood and youth in Malaga. After living in Salamanca, Madrid and London for a while, I decided to come back to my city looking for the unique warmness and joy of living we have in the south of Spain. Because having a conversation around a table with some good food and wine is certainly and art here, I feel proud to share this heritage with others. So I hope to meet you soon!  Salud!

 

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Pablo

Favorite drink:  A glass of Red Wine D+ from Descalzos Viejos (Ronda)

Malaga spot:  The 1st peak of the San Antón Mountain. As a reward you’ll get a breathtaking view of Malaga.

Tapa:  A portion of “Manolitas” (sardines you get in July and August) in any chiringuito beach bar of Pedregalejo!

I grew up in the fishermen’s quarter of Pedregalejo, in Malaga, and so I have a special weakness for fresh seafood.
Being an environmental engineer, I worked many years in the fight against forest fires and on different forest management projects.
Then I moved to Cologne (Germany) and founded a company to sell Andalusian products, culinary delicacies. Until this moment I wasn’t completely aware of how rich and unique our gastronomy is.
So I didn’t hesitate when I got the chance to come back to my city and be part of this initiative.
In my spare time I love to play flamenco guitar, watch movies or enjoy a dinner in good company.

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