Almerimar

Earlier this year Cuqui moved in to what was Fresh in Darsena 1 in Almerimar. The merry go round continues. One of our readers, Maria, has told us the information below.

"Did you know that about 10 days ago the ex wife from Manolo from Zarzuela started a new restaurant with the former cook from Zarzuela, Juan. The name of the restaurant is La Tita Cocina. It is the first chiringuito after the four star hotel. What use to be La Cuqui. It is very nice over there."

As I was driving down the road into town I spotted what looked like a sign for a farmacia (chemist) on the roundabout near the entrance to Villa Augusta. Not much parking there but I guess you can park in front of the vets that is nearby.

I was driving past the new bread shop in Porto Fino opposite Minimal and saw a reasonably long queue of people waiting to be served. So it looks like they are doing OK at the moment.

I also had a look in to the new tourist office in Porto Fino as I went past and that looks like it is pretty close to being ready.

Villodres, Almerimar

It looks like Fincal might have some opposition setting up in Almerimar. One of our friends has pointed out that this new set of offices for Administrators (and other things) has recently opened up in Almerimar not far from the square.

So it looks like Fincal are no longer the only administrators with offices in Almerimar.

You can see the website for Villodres here. They have offices in Granada, Almería and Almerimar.

Just back from buying the bottles for Friday golf tomorrow. While in Mercadona I heard them announce that they are now on summer opening times until early September. They open at 9am and close at 10pm.

Also, there is a sign at the checkout saying that they will be closed all day this coming Monday (29 June 2015).

Four of us went to a 6pm showing of The Hole at El Ejido last night. It was part of the ongoing 37th edition of the theatre festival in El Ejido. It was very entertaining indeed.

The plan afterwards was to go to the paid for tapas restaurant on the same roundabout as the theatre. However when we came out of the theatre at just before 8:30pm the restaurant was closed and did not look like opening soon.

So we came back into Almerimar and had some food at Ostaria da Ralph. I had their burger main course for 10 euros and have to say it was great. It came in Italian bread rather than a burger bun. Rather than have chips with it I had some extra salad. There was so much food that I had to leave some of the bread and salad.

Everything else that the four of us ate there was very good as well.

All in all and excellent night out with friends.

I was cycling past the closed Parafarmacia on the corner of Porto Fino and spotted a sign saying that it was going to open again soon as a panadería.

I guess businesses are thinking of opening up now that the summer is not far away.

One of our readers Kenneth P has been in touch with the following recommendations about businesses in the area and close to the airport...

"My wife and I are home in the UK after spending four peaceful but chilly weeks in Almerimar.
 
We had cause to use three local firms during our stay and received very good service from them all:
 
Almericar Rent a Car
Avda. Montserrat, 77
04006 Almería
Telephone: 950 23 49 66
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website: www.almericar.com.
They do not have an office at Almería airport. However, they bring the car to the rentals carpark on the day you arrive and wait outside the arrivals door.
 
FRIO-SUR
Francisco Bautista, 5
04700 El Ejido
Telephone: 666 82 34 61
Website: www.friosursebastian.com.
 
Install and repair air conditioning equipment/systems. Family business.
 
Norias Motor
Ctra. Mojonera S/n
04716 Las Norias
Telephone: 950 587 864
 
Hyundai concessionaires and have a well equipped vehicle repair workshop for all makes of car. In addition, 24 hour MAPFRE breakdown service.
 
You may wish to give a small note of publicity to these companies."

 

It is the fiesta of San Marcos in El Ejido this coming weekend. So it is a local bank holiday in the area on Monday 27 April 2015. In particular, Mercadona will be closed that day. So make sure you do your Mercadona shopping on Saturday.

American Bar Cafeteria

I called in to see Sharon in Alcor earlier today and spotted another go on the Almerimar bar/restaurant merry go round.

This time what used to be El Farol is now an American Bar-Cafeteria.

The villasdealmerimar.com website is now working again.

If you look at the map on the site the villas are located in a row just below the road up the hill out of Almerimar. I guess access to them is via a road somewhere close to the SEK school and the Almerimar Golf urbanisation.

Futher to the mention of the new villas being advertised on the road down to Almerimar. I have read the notice and they are supposed to be advertised on a site called villasdealmerimar.com.

I have tried looking at the site but all I get at the moment is a 509 bandwidth limit exceeded message saying "The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.".

No doubt they will sort this issue in due course and the site will be available again.

Paper shop

Fruit and ice cream shop

I was down at Cajamar bank this morning and took a photo of the smaller paper shop and also a new shop that looks to be opening soon.

Defontina & Uvas

When Defontina and Uva opened next door to Minimal in summer last year it had a main area that you can see in the photo above. In addition it had an and enclosed outdoor terrace area with a wooden structure with glass front doors on the side of the building to the right of the photo above.

When I drove past it this morning the side structure had been just about completely removed. It is not clear yet whether they are renovating it or replacing it. I guess we will have to wait and see.

I had to go to Cajamar bank on Darsena 3 earlier today and noticed that the business that used to be next door to the bank has moved along a bit.

Years ago there was a business that ran an internet cafe plus a general shop next door to Cajamar bank. I remember it being my internet cafe of choice in Almerimar when I was first here. The internet cafe part disappeared a few years ago. Now the general business (stationary, tourist items etc.) looks to have moved a few doors along to smaller premises.

I guess it is a sign of the times that what was once a thriving business years ago can no longer survive in the same way (e.g. internet cafe, photo shop printing pictures etc.).

I was in the square yesterday and spotted that there appears to be a new estate agent about to open in one of the shops close to Jaks. I guess they must think the property market may be starting to improve a bit here.

Avante - 28 February 2015

Avante - 28 February 2015

As you can see the new restaurant next door to Pizza Guzzi is now open. Definitely looks like they have a focus on fish/seafood judging by what they are promoting on their tapas board.

MacGowan's
Marisquería Franc
La Tavernetta, Almerimar
IKARI, Almerimar
Almadraba
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