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Al Lago Rural Hotel and Restaurant

"Your hotel has been the most comfortable, tastefully presented and enjoyable place we have stayed in our month of traveling around andalusia. The meal was superb too! We will recommend you to anyone who asks"

Karen and Blake (the Australian cyclists) Dec 10-11, 2011

Overlooking an azure lake below the picturesque pueblo of Zahara de la Sierra. One of Spain's heritage "white villages" and part of the "rutas de pueblos blancos". Zahara sits in the dramatic landscape of the "Sierra de Grazalema" a protected nature reserve popular for hiking, birdwatching and paragliding. Within close range are the sherry bodegas of Jerez, the flamenco bars of Sevilla, and the historic town of Ronda. For more suggestions on what to do in Zahara please check our activities page.

Al Lago will be closed from 7th November 2017 until 16th February 2018.

A family run rural boutique hotel and restaurant, close to Ronda.

Chef, Stefan Crites, left his native Columbus Ohio in 1992 to persue his culinary career in New York. He spent 12 years honing his craft in the city that never sleeps before moving to Southern Spain with wife Mona to begin the adventure that would lead them to Al Lago. Mona, originally a textile designer with her own boutique in New York has decorated Al Lago, both the public areas and bedrooms with an imaginative flair using local materials to create comfortable, simple spaces, all facing towards Zahara´s landscapes. Together with their friendly local staff, all from the village, they run Al lago as a relaxed "home away from home".

In our well established restaurant, which was originally a “venta” (Spanish equivalent of a bistro) serving “meat & potatoes”, we are now using locally sourced ingredients to re-create rustic Andalucian cuisine with a contemporary touch. All meals can be enjoyed out on our terrace, which stares over the wide reaching lake and off into mountains dotted with olive trees. In winter the elegant dining room beckons, with its fireplace and comfy sitting area. Al Lago´s well stocked bar, which is open all day, serves hot and cold tapas as well as home baked goodies, cocktails, freshly made lemondade, Rich hot chocolate and Morrocan mint tea in addition to all the usual refreshments. We are open to the public all year except for some weeks. Check out our calendar here.

Christmas and new year
Al Lago will be closed from 7th November 2017 until 16th February 2018.

We have an extensive wine list featuring many local Ronda wines and our friendly staff are happy to ensure that you always feel at home here at Al Lago.


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Awarded Hotel Ronda La Lago Hotel Restaurant on Little Hotels of Spain