On Saturday, 22 August, residents and people holidaying on Urbanization Monte de los Almendros gathered for a summer party. The theme was Andalucia, and many people dressed accordingly. Many women and young girls wore flamenco dresses and had their hair tied back and adorned with a colorful flower. Many men had on sombrero hats and high waisted black trousers, red scarves and boots. Others wore green and white since those are the colors of the flag of Andalucia. People´s attire was definitely a topic of conversation.
Last night my husband and I ate a relatively new restaurant in Almunecar. It is called Los Laureles. We have eaten here several times, but they never cease to amaze us. The menu constantly changes and not only is the food top notch, it is absolutely great value for money as well. The service is impeccable. It is run by a young, hard working couple that are truly inspirational. She is Spanish and originally is from Almunecar and her partner Mark is English. He is the chef and she provides the wonderful service.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy gourmet tapas or a meal in a nice atmosphere, be sure to go to Degusta´s in Playa Granada. It is located in front of the golf course in Motril. They are open for lunch and dinner. This restaurant belongs to the owner of the successful and well-liked Roberto's restaurant, which is located next door. Degusta's is definitely the trendy new place to be seen. You can eat outside under their covered porch or inside either at the large bar area or in the separate dining room.
On Sunday we had a fabulous day boating. The weather was very strange and it wasn´t one of our typical, blue skies days that we are so accustomed to on the Costa Tropical of Granada. Nevertheless the sea was calm, so we decided to go out. We had a great time snorkeling and observing the schools of colourful fish near the caves of Cerro Gordo and Maro. We had a great lunch at the restaurant Marina Playa Beach Club in La Herradura, but the real excitement started when we left the marina. We saw something whiz by us. It turned out to be a flying fish.
The Virgin del Carmen festival was held on Thursday, 16 July 2009. It was an amazing experience that was enjoyed by people of all ages and nationalities. It was celebrated in every town along the Costa Tropical, but there were particularly large celebrations in Torrenueva and La Caleta because the patron saint of these fishing villages is the Virgin del Carmen.
A dry marina has recently opened near the port of Mortil. The dry dock opened in July and now accommodates over 50 boats and jet skis. The marina is located very close to the beach and has a qualified team of workers that launch the boat for departure and retrieve your boat upon arrival. They kindly offer a detailed boat wash-down service after a long day at sea. This dry dock is highly recommended as an economical way to store your boat in Motril and you save the hassle of having to tow your boat!
As rum connsieurs know, not all rums are the same. A local rum, that has been produced since 1963 using sugar cane from the Costa Tropical, has just received international acclaim from the Institute of Taste and Quality in Brussels for its taste, smell and appearance. This is really quite an honour considering that this rum until recently had only been for sale within the province of Granada. If you’re a fan of quality rum, you can now visit the recently remodeled bodega of Ron Montero.
The idea of transforming an old palace into an art museum in Motril is finally becoming a reality at last. The palace, known as the La Casa de Ruiz, dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Now in the 21st century, 653,000 euros have been dedicated to transforming La Casa de Ruiz. The project is part of the Strategic Plan for Cultural Infrastructure. The project is estimated to take 18 months to complete. The old palace offers a neoclassical style featuring black marble columns, white marble staircases, and grey stone.
After much planning, the development of a new health centre is currently underway in Motril. The Mayor of Motril Carlos Rojas expects Motril to continue to grow and expand. The centre is necessary to meet the needs of the growing foreign population. The centre will provide high quality services and will be a very big asset to the area.
During the local festival of Salobrena, which is known as St. Juan and is celebrated around the 24th of June every year, there was a tapa´s fair. Various groups participated by preparing all different kinds of tapas. The Resident´s Association of Salobreña had the award winning tapas. Please be sure to come next year so you can have your vote and decide whose tapas are the best.