Food & drink

Food and drinkBreakfast is served on the patio or around the communal dining table. The emphasis is on good quality local and home made produce, and typically includes fresh fruit, bread and pastries, ham, cheeses and eggs. Dinners can also be arranged (4 people minimum).

There’s a rich local culinary tradition and dishes include Porra Archidonesa – a delicious tomato based dish – porrilla de setas – mixed wild mushrooms – or papandujas de bacalao – cod balls dressed in sugar cane honey. Molletes, hand made bread rolls, drizzled in olive oil are perfect for breakfast and for an afternoon snack the local convent sell homemade biscuits and cakes.

Archidona has a good selection of traditional Spanish eateries and an evening out is on the door step. Remember, the Spanish way of life sees people eating a lot later than some other countries, so where possible it’s always advisable to eat after 9.30pm to avoid being the only diners!

Some of the options are listed below:

Bar Central - the oldest bar in town, more traditional than this is hard to find. A well balanced tapas menu with specials every week. Try the berenjas con miel – deep fried aubergines drizzled in cane honey
Arxiduna - housed in the caves forming part of Plaza Ochavada, Arxiduna has a more modern menu, including a lovely goats cheese salad
Uno de ocho – the newest addition to the town, offering modern Andalucian cuisine overlooking the Plaza Ochavada
Restaurante Escua - on the edge of town with lovely views across the sierra, beautiful at sunset. Traditional raciones and good steaks
Picasso - with an Italian twist, Picasso serves Pizzas alongside Spanish favourites
Mesón Restaurante San Isidro - San Isidro offers a wide variety of local dishes on al a carte and menu del dia
Las Viñas - just outside of town, with roaring fires in winter, the leg of lamb here is amazing!
Restaurante Montepaloma – traditional inn serving fresh, local dishes

Andalucía is famous for its wide variety of sherries, but lesser known, great quality red and white wines are also produced locally. Mollina and Montilla are both only a 30 minute drive and have several wineries which offer tours and tastings and the option to buy wine and olive oil direct from the bodega. Slightly further are the famous wineries surrounding Ronda. Tours can be arranged.