A recent survey showed that Spain is the top destination for half-term holidays. But dining in tourist spots doesn't have to mean chips with everything.

Chef Jose Carlos Garcia's modernist menu served in the elegant surroundings of the Café de París, Calle Velez, Malaga (00 34 95 222 5043; rcafedeparis.com), includes marinated sardine pie with Andalucian gazpacho ice cream.

There's modern Spanish cuisine such as marinated Iberian pork with pear and celery salad at the Michelin-starred El Lago, Greenlife Golf, Elviria Hills, Avenida Las Cumbres, 29603 Marbella (00 34 952 832 371; restauranteellago.com).

Enjoy views of the Tejeda ravine from the terrace of La Cueva de la Tea, Casco de Tejeda, Gran Canaria (00 34 928 666 227), where the local cuisine includes rabbit with almonds.

Seafood is a speciality of Los Roques, Calle La Marina 16, 38618 Los Abrigos-Granadilla, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (00 34 922 7494 01; restaurantelosroques.com), where a velouté of langoustine comes with tapenade and basil cream.