I am glad to see that Al Lago is now listed in TripAdvisor - I tried to write a review last Ocober after we visited. We were visiting English friends who now live outside of and they suggested we meet here for a night on our way back from Cordoba. Beautiful setting overlooking the lake. The outdoor restaurant is a great place to kick back with a glass of wine or for dinner. As another reviewer mentioned, Stephan who is American is a good chef - we had a leisurely dinner outside. His wife Mona is very friendly and accomadating also. Mona and Stephan recently remodeled the hotel and the rooms are good sized, neat, clean and have great bathrooms stocked with upscale toiletries. Our room had a wonderful view of the lake.
Mona will set you up with maps of local hiking trails which unfortunately we didn't have time to do.
Make sure you walk up into town - one of those typical Spanish white washed villages. Above the town is an abandon castle with incredible views of the lake, town and surrounding areas. The ride over the mountain to Grazalema is fantastic. It was closed for paving when we tried it but saw enough before we had to turn around to realize just how pretty it was. Also visit the olive oil factory on the edge of town.
A truly great place to get away from the crowds down on the Med and experience real Spanish living.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small family run hotel located in a picturesque white village with spectacular views over Zahara´s lake. We have a well known restaurant open everyday for lunch and dinner, serving local produce, the cuisine is rustic with innovative touches featuring local specialities such as wild boar, pork cheeks, paellas and in summer a wide array of fish. We also have vegetarian options, daily specials, home made desserts and an extensive wine cellar. In addition to our elegant dining room and lake facing terrace, Al Lago has a comfortable bar serving drinks, tapas and baked goods all day long. All our spacious, thoughtfully decorated en-suite double bedrooms have their own balcony large beds, flat-screen satellite TV, built in wardrobes and rain showers. There is free high speed wifi and a small sun terrace for hotel guests. We have free on road parking and access is by recently asphalted road. We are surrounded by fabulous walks with the Garganta Verde and many other hikes on our doorstep. ... more less
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