AN Almeria restaurant has been awarded its first Michelin star.
Alejandro was among the 20 Spanish restaurants which will appear in the Michelin Guide to Spain and Portugal for the first time.
Just one restaurant, DiverXo in Madrid, was awarded a third star at the ceremony in Bilbao´s Guggenheim Museum.
Head chef David Munoz, who won the second star last year, was said to have shown excellent creativity and had been widely touted to receive a third star for this year´s guide.
He is known for his ´traveling cuisine´, which is based on a combination of Asian and Madrid-style cooking.
A branch of the restaurant is due to open in London in the spring.
The restaurant is Spain´s eighth three star, and the majority are in the Basque region or Catalunia.
A number of establishments were left disappointed on the night, including Sant Celoni, Madrid, and Abac, Barcelona, which were both expected to score a third star.
Portugal only had two new stars to celebrate, one for Eleven in Lisbon and one for L´And Vineyarsa in Montemor-o-Novo.