Valparaiso, 36 Years of Service

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Raffaele and Vittorio
Brothers Raffaele and Vittorio in one of the restaurant’s many spectacular rooms Credit: EWN Media Group

WHEN I was a lot younger than I am now back in the 1980s and lived with my Gibraltarian wife in the UK we were regular holiday makers to the Costa del Sol and whenever we had some money and wanted to feel like celebrities we would visit Valparaiso on the road to Mijas Pueblo.

Brothers Raffaele and Vittorio Morelli had learnt their craft in London and created a true Oasis of good food and a great venue which had a swimming pool and a pianist as you entered into what seemed to be a magical kingdom.

La Valbonne nightclub in London’s West End had a heart shaped swimming pool but Valparaiso in Mijas was the real thing and you were guaranteed that whether you visited for lunch or an evening meal you would have a great time.

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Raffaele is the perfect host, smartly dressed, affable, always smiling and although over the years restaurant concepts have changed, Valparaiso still continued to offer perfect service, affordable yet delicious food and a feeling of being somewhere that cares for you.

No charity was turned away and it was guaranteed that a fund raiser at Valparaiso would ensure large numbers of customers happy to put their hands in their pockets to help others.

The lockdown and pandemic came at a bad time and after working so hard for so many years, maybe the time has come to take a rest which is why a recent email to its client data base revealed the fact that it is now for sale


Genuinely interested parties are invited to register their interest by sending an initial email to [email protected]

Don’t expect anything to happen overnight, but be prepared for a change of ownership at one of the Costa del Sol’s true landmark restaurants at some stage in the future.


Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.

Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.

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