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Top Choice Andalucian in Zahara de la Sierra

Al Lago

At the foot of the village, overlooking Zahara's reservoir, British-American-run Al Lago serves Andalucian cuisine with an inventive, contemporary slant. Local, seasonal, often-organic ingredients star in creations …
Top Choice Andalucian in Arcos de la Frontera

Taberna Jóvenes Flamencos

You've got to hand it to this cheerful, popular place, which successfully opened amid the recession. Along with wonderful flamenco/bullfighting decor, tiled floors and hand-painted hot-red tables, it has an enticing…
Square in Arcos de la Frontera

Plaza del Cabildo

Lined with fine ancient buildings, Plaza del Cabildo is the heart of Arcos' old town, its vertiginous mirador affording exquisite panoramas over the Río Guadalete. The Moorish-origin Castillo de los Duques, rebuilt …
Basilica in Arcos de la Frontera

Basílica Menor de Santa María de la Asunción

This Gothic-baroque creation is one of Andalucía's more beautiful, intriguing small churches, built over several centuries on the site of a mosque. Check out the ornate gold-leaf altarpiece (a miniature of that in S…
Tapas in Grazalema

La Maroma

The cooking is significantly more fun and inventive than the rustic check-cloth, beamed-ceiling, bull-festival-inspired decor suggests at this cosy gastrobar, run by a young family team. Creative local-inspired tapa…
Andalucian in Arcos de la Frontera

El Corregidor

With its spectacular cliff-side terrace and divine countryside views, this classically smart parador restaurant is Arcos' most elegant eatery. The local-inspired menu includes subtly updated temptations like avocado…
Convent in Arcos de la Frontera

Convento de las Mercedarias

It isn't often that buying biscuits feels like going to confession: step into the vestibule of this working 1642 convent, push a bell, and a concealed cloistered nun on the other side of a wooden partition will invi…
Andalucian in Grazalema

Restaurante El Torreón

This cosy, friendly restaurant with a roaring winter fire specialises in traditional mountain cuisine, from local chorizo and cheese platters to tagarnina (thistle) scrambles (a Cádiz delicacy) and sirloin in green-…
Tapas in Arcos de la Frontera

Bar La Cárcel

A cárcel (prison) in name only, this welcoming, low-key bar-restaurant offers no-nonsense tapas – honeyed eggplant with goat's cheese, spinach-cheese crêpes, bacon-wrapped prawns – alongside ice-cold cañas (small dr…
Moroccan in Arcos de la Frontera

Babel

Arcos' Moroccan-fusion restaurant has tasteful decor (red-washed walls, cushy booths and ornate stools shipped in from Casablanca) and some equally tasty dishes. Choose from perfectly spiced tagines and couscous, zi…