There are plenty of local restaurants and bars serving excellent food and drink at reasonable prices in and around the El Chorro area in Andalucia.
A 10 minute drive from El Chorro, El Kiosko sits on the edge of the Ardales Lakes with lovely views over the water. El Kiosko is a bar and restaurant that is open every day.
Prices are reasonable, the food is good and staff are experienced. A little English is spoken.
It is a popular resting point for cyclists and gets busy with coach-loads of people visiting El Caminito del Rey. It is also very popular at weekends and holidays with local Spanish families.
El Kiosko, Ardales (Málaga), Parque Ardales, S/N - Pantano El Chorro Teléfono: 952 11 23 82
El Mirador is situated on higher ground opposite the Ardales Lakes and enjoys fabulous views down through the trees to the water below. It really is a pleasure sitting up in the trees and enjoying good food in the fresh air with the sound and views of nature all around you.
El Mirador is often very busy with visitors who have come to experience El Caminito del Rey, but much quieter on a Monday when the Caminito is closed or later in the evenings on other days.
El Pilar is a small restaurant and bar situated opposite the village of El Chorro across the reservoir. It serves good food, is clean and fresh and the waiting staff are very helpful and friendly. It also sells local produce in a delicatessen area inside.