When we explain what to do and see in the village and rest of the park we always mention places to eat. There are lots of restaurants in the area and we haven’t been able to try them all despite the time we’ve been here – too committed! There are a couple of things that need to be mentioned: the opening times and the style of eating here in the area.
Firstly, the main meal is served at lunch time and, in keeping with Andalucian tradition, it is very unlikely that you will find any restaurant open and ready to serve lunch before 13.30 but you can be served up until 15.30 and even later at the weekends. Dinner tends to be a lighter affair but you will not find a restaurant open before 21.00, although if you are looking for a full 3 course dinner a restaurant will serve you at this time. Bars are open earlier and you can usually get a cold tapa to put you on until the kitchen opens. Re the style of eating: most starters are intended for 2 or more to share so you may find you are over faced by the time you get to your second course if you each order a starter!
Restaurants in Alájar
- El Corcho (with an impressive ceiling of cork and more than 600 pieces of ceramics) Open daily for lunch and evening meals except Thursdays.
- Las Palomitas (modern restaurant) Open daily for lunch and evening meals except Wednesdays.
- El Molino (with the old machinery to create olive oil) Open weekends only.
- El Padrino (18th century building with a lot of old utensils for decoration) Open weekends only.
- La Botica de Amparo (traditional home cooking with friendly Amparo) Open daily for lunch and evening meals except Mondays
- Restaurante la Peña (up in the Peña de Arias Montano) Open daily for lunch and evening meals except Mondays.
- Asador Bózquez (nice setting downstairs, especiality on iberian pork on the barbacue) Open weekends only.
Various bars for tapas and raciones (bigger portions).
Restaurants further afield that we are happy to recommend and feature in Dining Secrets of Andalucia by John Clarke: