Food & Drink
HERE are a selection of our favourite local restaurants in the nearby town of ORGIVA and beyond.
Be sure to sample the local dishes of mountain-cured Serrano ham available throughout the region and Morcilla, a type of black pudding. You can get it when you ask for the heavily meat laden Plato Alpujarreno’, a cholesterol feast not unlike a full English breakfast!
It’s not all meat feasts, there’s also a great selection of local cheeses, honey and homemade chocolates on offer. For the local wine ask for a ‘Vino Costa”, this is a pinky brown wine with a strong taste and an even stronger kick. For a non alcoholic beverage ask for Mosto which is unfermented grape juice (and I have yet to try it!).
If you have a beer or wine the region is one of the few places left in Spain where you will get free tapas and the more you drink the more a variety of local dishes you’ll sample! The tapas in the city of Granada are famed and offer much more sophisticated fare than in the rural areas. Check out this link to Tapas in Granada
ORGIVA is the main town in LA ALPUJARRA and is within easy walking distance from the house. It’s not a huge place, with a population of around 5000 people, but there’s a very decent selection of coffee houses, restaurants and bars.
Key to enjoying the best of Spanish cuisine is the concept of Menu del Dia. This was a law brought in by General Franco which ensured that every working man or woman could afford to eat decent food. That was some time ago and nowadays this generally means that between 1pm and 3pm in the week, restaurants serve a subset of their menu at a bargain price. Typically £10 – 15 Euros for three courses and a drink. Look for the Menu del Dia phrase on the menu or noticeboard outside the restaurant.
Here are our favourites, all tried and tested by us.
START THE DAY AT PANADERIA GALINDO the local bakery and coffee house. Stroll down for breakfast and stock up on pastries and bread. It’s on the high street, just 20 metres uphill from the main church (with the twin towers). They have a nice area outside where you can sit and people watch.
DE CURTIS CAFÉ is directly opposite GALINDO’S, on the corner. It’s a bit of an ex pat hang out for the locals. They do excellent yummy pizzas and coffee and it’s also very good value for money. In the summer try a Tinto de Verano (summer red wine with fruit and lemonade) with a selection of tapas.
EL MOLINO VIEJO is just round the corner from the church (about 30 meters on the left) on the road that leads to the small BP garage on the way back to the house. It has an open air seating area and is family friendly and fairly reasonably priced. The food is basic Spanish food of the chicken and chips variety (pork medallions in a white wine sauce is as fancy as they get). Good for lunch or dinner and fussy kids!
CAMPING ORGIVA or the bottom campsite as it’s commonly known by the locals is south, on the way out of town (as if you are going back to Malaga) on the left hand side. It’s a family friendly restaurant. It’s got a good atmosphere – feels very Spanish and the food is excellent and cheap. They also have a swimming pool that the kids can use for a small fee.
TETERIA BARAKA is a halal restaurant and tearoom in the centre of town, above the main square. It serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food, fresh fruit shakes and great coffee. Amongst the Arabic dishes on offer are kebabs, an array of delicious tajins and cous cous alongside Spanish dishes like potatas bravas and gazpacho. The food is just mouthwatering. I had an almond soup here that was out of this world! It’s open in the day from about noon to early evening – except for Thursday, market day when it opens at 9.30
PIZZA ‘N LOVE is hidden away down a little side street and is artfully decorated with a boho vibe. Nice for couples and friends to hang out at in the evening. They also do very nice pizzas and beers. Its on Calle Libertad 36. Just go into the centre of town – it’s on a street that’s up the hill to the left of the bakery. Look out for fliers stuck on walls pointing you in the right direction.
FLOR DE LIMONERO AT THE HOTEL TARAY BOTANICO is 1 km out of town on the south road, as if you are going back to Malaga, on the left hand side. It’s near to the bottom campsite. The interior of the restaurant is nothing special – but the outside terrace is lovely and highly recommended. It does great traditional Spanish food with a modern twist and is probably a close contender for the prize of best food in town. Its family friendly and set in beautiful grounds with a pretty outdoor dining area. It also has a huge swimming pool and grounds that they don’t seem to mind you using if you eat there. The menu del dia, served between 1 and 3pm Monday to Friday is great value at 10 euro’s a head, that’s for 3 courses with a drink.
LA ALMAZARA. This is great place for lunch or dinner. It boasts a large shady garden and a tasty menu of traditional Spanish and Italian dishes. The pizzas are especially good. This is a favourite of ours and previous guests who have stayed at the house. 10
LANJERON & THE WHITE VILLAGES
A 30 MINUTE DRIVE UP THE POQUEIRA VALLEY WILL FIND YOU IN FOODIE HEAVEN.
The traditional white villages of PAMPANEIRA, BUBION, CAPILEIRA have a fantastic selection of places to eat, with the most amazing terraces to sit and soak up the views from. Menu del dias are great value here, starting from around 10 euro’s a head and it’s a great place to meet local craftspeople and buy souvenirs – so leave some room in your suitcase! Go on TRIP ADVISOR and type in the village names/restaurants and you’ll get the top recommendations.
Here are a few of our favourites:
PAMPENEIRA – lots of breakfast places and chocolate! Too many to mention – just stroll into the square and take your pick!
Calle Carretera 1
Excellent food – fantastic views. Five star rated and not expensive. Excellent Menu de Dia.
El Corral del Castaño
Plaza Calvario, 16, 18413 Granada, Spain. Highly recommended on Trip Advisor.
LA TAHA – Turnoff – past Pampeneira.
Do this only in daylight as they are very small windy roads. This area is loved by walkers. See the book in house – there’s a great walk around the villages (around 2-3 hours) – then go to the restaurant in Mecina Fondales for lunch.
Cuevas de La Mora Luna,
18416, Mecina Fondales, La Taha.
We really like this eclectic/boho restaurant – owner is a real character.
LANJARON is just 8km away from the house and a twisty scenic drive. An old town that’s famous for its water and the Balneario spa. It has a subtly french feel to it with a winding high street that’s covered with a canopy in the summer so you can while away the time here at the cafes and souvenir shops (of which there are many) and stay cool in the shade.
One of the best restaurants is at THE ALCADIMA HOTEL with a wonderful terrace and panoramic views. Well worth a visit, though it can be pricey in the evening, but they do a really good value menu del dia in the week for around 15 euros a head. There’s also a pool that they don’t mind you using. So you can make a day of it and explore the town too. Here’s a link to reviews of it on Trip Advisor.
Our favourite is Restaurante la Casita de Papel
Barranco Adelfas, s/n, 18420 Lanjarón. It is located just outside of town – go through Lanjaron and past the spa hotel on the right. We really like this place – nice for couples and reasonable prices.
There are plenty more cafes and bars in this little spa town that are well worth a visit. Just wander down the high street and take your pick. About half way down there’s a great little ice-cream shop that’s worth stopping off at.
And our final recommendation is on the beach.
Chiringuito El Tesorillo, in Almunecar. It’s great for both families and couples. You can hire a sun lounger, enjoy a drink or two and a long lazy lunch. The beach is a sheltered cove and feels private – though round the corner is a big beach that has plenty of attractions for kids.
Go to their Facebook page for directions: Chiringuito El Tesorillo. We recommend that you book a table in advance as it gets very popular in high season and at weekends. Tel: +34 664 38 67 06