I was planning to stay there for a night after a long hike and was well prepared to spend some money on food etc. Their reply was that the minimum is 2 nights stay and when I asked if I could maybe at least dine there after my hike and use the boat to San Sebastian (I offered to pay for that), they said the boat service was only for hotel guests :( It is very far to walk there and very far to get back, so it just seems like they really don't want any customers or people who would recommend the place. This is simply bad business and BAD service. Hard Pass
This place is probably great if you've paid your Euros to stay here. However, even though they are the only place for miles around on a desert mountain hiking route they are remarkably cold towards anyone who is not an official guest. My partner and I came across El Cabrito after hiking over from St Sebastian, following a map from the tourism office which had this place marked as a restaurant. Seeing they had a buffet laid out, we asked in the office if we could buy some watermelon. They said that it was not an official restaurant and that it was only for guests, so no. However in the 30 degree heat they did allow us to refill water and buy ice creams, which was kind considering that they would probably have manslaughter charges brought against them if they'd refused. A cold but, on paper, reasonable attitude. The man who sold us ice-creams told us if we wanted restaurants, Santiago was the place to go, 2 and a half hours down the hiking trail. We could see it was 15km away, but trusted his advice as a local, as we did not know the terrain and assumed that he did. He also advised us to visit the 'hidden village' along the route, which he had made sound like another point of civilisation. I can only assume was the ruined ghost town of Los Morales when we got there. More than 5 hours later over difficult terrain, with no water left and severe dehydration we arrived in Santiago. When we returned to San Sebastian we asked the tourism office that they have this place altered on or removed from their hiking maps, as it is a water refill point at best, and a dangerous place to seek tourism advice at worst. We fortunately have hiked before and were strong enough to manage the rough terrain and the extended period of dehydration, but one slip and the whole thing could've ended with worse than a splitting headache and dry mouth. Not official guest= not official person, it would seem.…
The time is going slower here, great place for a retreat! The only way to get there is by boat. No cars, no internet, nothing will disturb you here.. you can enjoy your time with firends and family, swimm in the sea, eat organic food from this farm (so fresh and tasty), go hiking and enjoy the lanscape of this primeval island. I wish to come back there. ps. In fact there are almost only german people here - sometimes it feels like in Germany ;) Would be nice with more variety.
The working farm, set at the mouth of a valley with its own beach, was a wonderful place to stay. It's run by Germans and Spanish and many German, Swiss German and Austrian tourists stay there. It helps quite a lot to speak German! The location is idyllic. No cars, kids can play around freely. The hiking is quite good. The beach is OK. The rooms are nice, simple and spacious. The food is OK, remains me a lot of German canteens. The worst is the coffee. It is the only place in Spain where you cannot get a good coffee. The wine selection is way better. The Internet is free but poor, it is worth to take the boat to San Sebastian to have a real good coffee and very good free Internet connection!
The working farm, set at the mouth of a valley with its own beach, was a wonderful place to stay. It's run by Germans and Spanish and many German tourists stay there. We were there only English people so it was a bit odd at first but we found a few friendly people to chat to who wanted to practice their English. Some of the trips, tours and classes they organised were mostly in German so we couldn't take them. The veggie food options weren't always that tasty but there was always plenty of food. Some lovely walking routes nearby. A great place to spend a week.