By Maggie Cox, Jun 26 2019 03:13PM
High up in the mountains, there was once, many years ago, a shepherd’s refuge. On a good day if you looked out across the valley and out to sea, you could see Ibiza.
And you still can! The difference is that the tiny shepherd’s shelter has turned into one of the best restaurants in all of Spain. My husband and I have always thought this. And every time we return it seems to get even better.
The husband and wife team who took over the refuge and created– La Venta del Collao - are Esmeralda and Saoro. Saoro makes meat dishes to die for, together with delicious salads, starters and puds. And Esme, front of house (and fluent in four languages) makes each guest feel she or he is a special family friend.
And all through the year, even Christmas day, you can enjoy good food and company. Inside, when the temperature drops, there are two log fires. And outside, on the large, shaded terrace, you get amazing mountain views and, almost always, sunshine.