The location of Iznate is on a protected hillside ‘Loma de Barcos’ and is a traditional white Spanish village set in the Adalucian countryside. It is surrounded by olive groves and almond trees. Goats are taken through the village daily and will occasionally be driven on the road to go into the ‘campo’ to graze along the roadside. The local bars and cafes serve food and drinks typical to the region. The village is characteristic of the area with narrow and raised streets adorned with flowerpots of geraniums and jasmine. On the outskirts of the village, there is an excellent outdoor swimming pool, with children’s paddling pool, play area, tennis courts, football ground, restaurant and bar, with toilets and changing facilities. The cost is €1 for the whole day.
Iznate is on the ‘Route of the Sun and Avocados’ between the coastal resort of Rincon de la Victoria and Torre del Mar. The village has 2 mini-supermarkets, 2 banks, post office, bread shop, butchers and grocers. There are 5 bars, most serving food, with 4 situated around the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) area. The villagers are very friendly and they will say ‘Hola’ to you.
Venta La Loma, the local bar/restaurant, serves excellent local food and is within walking distance of the Casa.
It is the ideal place to enjoy a peaceful, secluded holiday and yet you are not too far from amenities, places of interest and facilities that offer you the opportunity to have a more adventurous, action packed holiday. The choice is yours.
Restaurants & Bars in Iznate
There are five bars within Iznate with many of them serving food. They are mainly dotted about the ,Town Hall area. To get to Iznate turn left at the top of our road and stay on the main road for approximately 2km around the outskirts of the village then take the left turning sign posted Iznate. Just before the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) there is a bar called Bar Andalucia on the left and then there is the Tapas Bar (Bar Augustinas) further on in the corner (that serves snacky things, ‘tapas’) and then right next door is Bar Tejada (known as Alfonsos), the menu is in English/ German/ Spanish and the food is excellent and cheap (it is not open on Thursdays). Underneath Alfonsos is Meson los Gatos, owned and run by the genial and very friendly Paco (English speaking), which also serves excellent food with the menu in pictures. It is also the town’s Internet Café and on some nights, they have Karoke.
The restaurant at Venta La Loma is excellent and the owners, Rosa and Antonio, are very friendly and although they do not speak much English the menu comes in many languages. Rosa is well known for her Veal in Raisin Sauce which has been publicised in many cooking books. (Is not open on Thursdays).
Also, there are many places to eat in Torre del Mar; Chinese, Italian, Thai, German, Argentinian, etc. and we haven’t come across a bad one yet. Also the Chiringuitos (beachbars) are generally cheap and cheerful and here you will find sardines and other fish being cooked outside on the BBQ.
One place we can highly recommend is a restaurant called the ‘Lo Pepe Molina’, in Almayate along the coast road on the way to Torre. When entering Almayate it is the first building on the left, (further back from the coast road) a big ranch style building. Here you will find excellent food at a very reasonable price, i.e. €9 for a main meal.