This new "moorish style" restaurant is located in an old XII century house, and is part of the "Casa del Califa" nearby hotel.
To get to the restaurant you have to pass several corridors and go down many steps to the former water deposits, in a very fresh part of the house.
Make reservations in advance, the place is small and quite trendy!
Favorite Dish: Here you can enjoy north african (specially moroccan) food, tajines, couscous...
The baklava desserts are delicious!!
We arrived back in Vejer from Cabo de Trafalgar at about 5:30 PM and spent some time sipping sherry on our balcony as we looked out over the deep valley from the town's hilltop location. That was followed by a relatively long session on Hostal la Janda's internet computer in the lobby as we exchanged messages with home. By 8 PM we were getting hungry, so made our way on foot a short distance through the narrow, sloping and winding streets of the old town as we sought out a restaurant. We were still early for Spain and most places seemed empty. However, after we saw an English couple enter and then emerge from a nice looking Italian-themed restaurant, we asked them what they thought of it. Too smoky for them they said, but we decided to check it out anyway.
Favorite Dish: Not being too fussy, we liked the cozy looks of the place and decided to stay, despite a group of young Spanish men puffing away. We ordered a medium pizza with ham, mushrooms, red peppers and alcachafel (whatever that is!) to share along with two beers for me and a glass of white wine for Sue. The small seating area soon filled up with a group of six young Germans (three couples) and an elderly Spanish couple with two of their grandchildren. The smoke did not bother us at all, and it turned out that our pizza was one of the best we have ever had - we seemed to have lots of great meals while in Spain! The total cost only came to 12 Euros (US$16), including a tip. On leaving the restaurant we noticed that street activity had picked up considerably and, true to form, we became lost on our way back to the hostal. Luckily, we stumbled across the route we had driven into town on after our Trafalgar visit and made it back that way!
After our night from hell in Tarifa, we had arisen late and also had a late breakfast before we headed on up the Atlantic coast toward Vejer de la Frontera. Striking out at the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia (closed on Mondays) we continued further up the coast, eventually reaching the small town of Zahara de los Atunes. It was there that we decided to just pull off the highway beside the long sandy beach and simply have a small picnic lunch in our car as we relaxed and watched the big waves roll in. Further entertainment was provided by a Spanish surfer who arrived in his van - so we watched the procedure while he unloaded his equipment and then had a go at the waves.
Favorite Dish: Lunch was nothing too spectacular - just the remains of supplies we had picked up three days earlier at a supermarket in Estepona. We both had sandwiches of tomato, cucumber, cheese and mayo on whole wheat bread while we respectively sipped cups of red and white wine. The waves were putting on quite a show and it was fun to get my binoculars out to have a look at the local bird life, including a Cormorant sitting on a boulder. Off in the distance, we could see the Cabo de Trafalgar area, near which the Royal Navy handed Napoleon and his allies their worst naval defeat in 1805. Little did we know, that our meandering onward drive would find us at that very spot in only another hour and a half!
When we arrived in Vejer the day before, we had not had enough time to explore the town itself. So after downing two of our oranges to start the next day, we spent the first part of our morning exploring the castle walls, church and old quarters in the historic district. By 10:30 AM we were starting to feel hungry, so were happy to spot the clean and modern-looking Heladeria Cafeteria as we made our way back toward the hostal.
Favorite Dish: Although the staff were busy trundling in supplies for the day's customers, our breakfast order was soon taken care of. Because of a TV mounted on the wall, we decided not to sit in the main area of the restaurant, prefering to have a seat in the long hallway that leads in off the street. We both ordered their authentic Spanish breakfast of cured ham and cheese on a bun with olive oil on the side. For drinks Sue went with hot water (for her herbal tea) and I continued with my habit of local coffee con leche. The cost was very reasonable and we left as satisfied customers.
This beautiful looking Arabic/Moroccan restaurant is part of the Hotel Califa located in plaza España, although it IS open to the public too!
There is a wonderful patio too where you can eat out in the spring or summer.
It has been years since I have eaten here so I don't remember what I had. I just remember that it was a little expensive and that the food was OK. I think what you are really paying a little extra for is the setting!
If you want a taste of Morocco with out setting food in Africa then this is the place for you. Or if you want a taster of what the food is like over there, before heading off, then this is also ideal for you. Or if you simply want to try something different. Andalucian food is influenced heavily by Arabic food.
The cafes convenient to the old town were on the clifftop street that wrapped around to the east side of town before going downhill. They had a nice view, were not expensive, and were near cash machines. It was a perfect place to relax after exploring the town.
Saturday night - after our day in Jerez.
As it was getting on to 8.00 p.m. and we were all starving, we looked for a place to eat in Tarifa and came across a busy little Italian restaurant called ITALIA NO 1. OK it's busy so it must be good. It was AWESOME!!! I had the spaghetti bolognese which at 6 euros was a great choice as it was loaded with their home-made meat sauce and came with a generous bowl of parmegan cheese ( the others got into it too ). Carmen, Stace and Hans had the Lasagna @ 7,50 Euro, which they all raved about. Again, their home-made meat sauce made up in a generous oven-baked dish of Lasagna. Hans and I had a lemon sorbet for dessert. Carmen and Stace shared a Tiramisu. We also went through two large bottles of Agua ( which we retrieved from their cooler ) . The total bill was 45 Euro for the four of us. Excellent value.