I understand that the new fish restaurant is now open in "the square" next to the Italian restaurant. As I was walking past it yesterday I think I saw that it is called Portofino (named after an Italian fishing village and holiday resort).

As yet, I have not eaten there so I cannot say much about it. Although I did have a bit of feedback a short while ago saying they were having some issues soon after it opened. Maybe things have settled down now.

There is a rumour doing the the rounds at the moment that the Mercadona in Almerimar might be moving in the next couple of years.

Apparently, Mercadona lease the property at their current location rather than own it themselves. The rumour is that the owners of the freehold (the urbanisation(s) of properties nearly) are unhappy with the overnight noise of deliveries and the difficulty parking near their urbanisation. Also, perhaps Mercadona would prefer to own their own premises.

So it sounds like there may be a plan being hatched for Mercadona to relocate to another place in Almerimar in the next couple of years. I guess we will have to wait and see.

After a bowls competition last Thursday we went to Osteria Da Ralph (the Italian restaurant close to MacGowans) for the prize giving dinner. (Well done to Jacqui, Alan and Steve for winning the St. Andrews competition.)

While we were there the waitress confirmed that they have taken over the lease on the restaurant on the corner next door to them. The plan is for it to open as a restaurant specialising in fish dishes. The opening is likely to be pretty soon. Perhaps as early as this coming week (first week in December 2018).

Apologies for not posting stuff recently. I have been very busy.

One piece of news for Calle Alcor locals is that D'Bar is closed for the next couple of weeks.


Optician - September 2018

I have been a bit busy with playing golf and watching the Ryder Cup. So I have not had chance to post this photo from last Thursday morning until now.

As you can see the opticians is now open in "the square". Also, a friend said they were opening on Sundays as well as during the week. However I am not sure whether this will be a long term arrangement.

All we need now is a post office and a fire station. Dream on.

New Jamon Shop 31 July 18

New Jamon Shop 31 July 18

New Launderette 31 July 18

I had to call in to the Fincal summer office to sign some checks this morning. If you want to know it is in the estate agents the other side of the parking area from Banco Popular.

Afterwards I had a quick look around Darsenas 2 and 3. As you can see there is a new launderette on the road between the Darsenas (not far from the chemist). Also, on Darsena 2 the jamon shop that opened up a while ago looks pretty impressive.

New Cake Shop - 24 July 18

Ice Cream Shop - 24 July 18

Thanks to one of our readers, Alan Shep, for these photos of new businesses.

The top photos are of a new cake and bread shop opened in the road behind Almadraba. The second photo is of the new ice cream shop that has opened not far from Alcor Properties in "the square".

La Tienda De Paco - 24 July 18

A while ago I mentioned that the old town hall office in Almerimar had reopened as a shop. Jacqui was out and about in town this morning and took the photo above.

Optica Almerimar - 5 July 18

This morning I was getting a key cut at the ferreteria on the corner on the way in to "the square". When I was walking to the car I noticed that there appears to be an opticians shop opening soon. It is just a few doors down from the ferreteria.

Also, a new business has taken over what was the town hall office around the back of "the square". I was driving past and noticed a new sign in the window. However I did not spot the details. I will have to take a picture next time I am in town.


Mercadona Summer Hours 2018

I was in Mercadona earlier today. I spotted that they will be moving to their longer summer opening hours from next Monday (18 June 2018).

Summer Yoga On The Beach 2018

This poster just came up on my Facebook feed. Here is a google translation of the Spanish text that came with it....

"The months of July and August, every Monday from 07 a.m. to 08 a.m. we have an appointment by the sea, I'm waiting for you to enjoy a yoga class at the edge of the beach, in front of the Jaleo building, connecting with the beautiful sounds of nature and with our inner essence."

One for the early birds.Just about the only time I get up at that time in the morning is when I am playing in an official golf competition on Sunday mornings. 


New Ice Cream Shop - June2018

New Ice Cream Shop - June2018

I have been a bit busy so have only just got around to posting these photos I took late last week.

I have been told that the bar between Algarbe and La Plaza is soon to open as an ice cream shop.

PS - I think it looked like the fresh fish shop behind the passage way in the photo above is now open. I have not been in yet. However I noticed that the windows are no longer blocked up and the door was open when I walked past.

There are few restaurant changes taking place in advance of the summer season.

I understand that a jamon place in El Ejido is taking over Nautico in the near future.

Also, I have been told that La Zarzuela is taking over Fosil. Plus they are opening up Zarzuela 2 in the restaurant between Marisqueria Franc and Sabores on Darsena 1..


For a while now we have been wondering who was building the big offices underneath Porto Fino not far from Mercadona. We have the photo above thanks to one of our readers Paul C.

Apparently loads of guys with clipboards turned up in the fleet of cars sometime yesterday.

So it looks like Nostoc (a biotech company) may be opening up offices in Almerimar.

Thanks to Paul for the photo.

New Fish Shop - May18

Yesterday I happened to be walking around town. I spotted this painting for a shop next door to the Chingon Mexican restaurant (just behind "the square"). I am not sure but I think it has replaced a small costume jewelry shop.

This has either happened recently or alternatively I have been walking round town with my eyes shut for some time.

Further to the article here from January 2016. At that time the dentist was saying that he was hoping to move into new premises in the summer of that year.

Last night Jacqui received a message from the dentist saying that their surgery has now relocated into the new premises. Just a little bit later than originally planned.