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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 …
Castle in Zahara de la Sierra


To reach Zahara's 12th-century castle keep, take the path almost opposite the Hotel Arco de la Villa – it's a steep, steady 10- to 15-minute climb. The castle's recapture from the Christians by Emir Abu al-Hasan of …
Chapel in Zahara de la Sierra

Capilla de San Juan de Letrán

This dainty yellow-and-white chapel dates from the 20th century. Its slender, whitewashed Torre del Reloj (clock tower) is the only remaining element of the mosque that once stood on this site.
Church in Zahara de la Sierra

Iglesia de Santa María de Mesa

Completed in 1779, the pastel-pink baroque Iglesia de Santa María de Mesa houses a small museum devoted to religious artefacts; among these, a 16th-century vestment stands out. Church hours vary.