Almerimar

By now some of you may have noticed that information about Mel's Monday golf no longer appears anywhere on the site.

I apologise to those people who used to like looking at this information.

In the past I have published this information as a gesture of goodwill despite being sorely tempted to remove the information due to various issues caused by Mel.

Over the years on a number of occasions I have believed that Mel's behaviour has been unacceptable. Even so, I continued to publish the information he provided to me.

I have now decided that I have turned the other cheek one too many times. The last ounce of goodwill has been removed from my body.

The article here on the Olive Press site has details of new rules that come into play for short term rental properties in Andalucía starting in May 2016.

We have been told that properties covered by the new law will have to be inspected to ensure they meet specific standards. However due to the likely initial surge in people registering properties this inspection process may take some time.

We understand that previously in the draft version of the legislation there were requirements to provide free wifi and fire extinguishers in properties. We have been told that these requirements have now been removed from the legislation that comes into effect reasonably soon.

Looks like it is very busy in the golf hotel this coming weekend and the start of next week. I guess it is because of the May Day bank holiday.

I have been told that some people were looking to book in to the hotel for a week and have been told that they will have to use the beach hotel instead.

Wherever I go in Almerimar at the moment I seem to see Movistar vans and people putting cables underneath the pavements and streets.

Hopefully it will not be long now until we are able to order faster internet.

For a change I have been away for the weekend. When I got back to Almerimar it was having one of its windier days (expected to be 10 m/s today). At least the wind is forecast to drop a bit in the next few days.

I have just had a poke around on a number of sites looking for some local news that might have happened while I was away. I could not find much at all.

The only thing out of the ordinary is that Almería won a football match over the weekend. They won 3-1 away from home and have crept out of the relegation zone. Mr President will be pleased.

Cot for Sale

Cot for sale

Pine cot/junior bed, used once dismantled but with all parts and instructions, mattress still in plastic bag

€45 collection in Almerimar.

Please get in touch if you are interested in purchasing this cost. We will pass on your details to the  person selling it.

The fibre-optic internet installation man came to see us today. He wants to do the installation of the connection to our apartment block tomorrow all being well.

Once that is completed people are supposed to be able to ask for installation of the faster internet service to their apartment a couple of weeks later.

It looks like there has been a spate of people having their Facebook account hacked and false friends requests being sent out. Not sure how this is happening but it has happened recently to a number of people with links to Almerimar.

My advice is that if you get any friends requests from people you know in Almerimar ignore them for the moment.

CORRECTED - I remembered the notice on the door of Carrefour incorrectly. They are not closed on Thursday and Friday. IN fact they are open both days. Thanks to Sylvia for correcting my mistake.

The last few days have been very busy. On Thursday and Friday we were shutting up the Poniente Golf Discount shop. We then had Friday golf played on Saturday as the course was very busy on Friday. Then yesterday it was Jacqui's birthday so we were out for lunch.

Things I have spotted while being busy doing other stuff the last few days include:

- the old El Farol restaurant next door to Algarbe seems to be opening up again under a different guise.

- after a nice spell the weather is looking like it is not so good for the next 2-3 days. Some drizzle, clouds and the odd windy day. I hope it does not have an impact on the golf earlier in the week or the FGS boule competition scheduled for Wednesday.

- some of the winter visitors are starting to go back to their home countries. So the town should start to become a little quieter after Easter week.

- Palm Sunday (yesterday) seems to be a bigger day in Spain than Easter Sunday (this coming Sunday). The restaurant we went to on the beach near Almería airport yesterday was heaving.

- Mercadona is open this coming Thursday even though it is a bank holiday. However I think Carrefour is closed. I also think they are both closed on Good Friday.- I think Mercadona is closed on Friday. However Sylvia tells me that Carrefour is open both days.

- do not forget that the clocks go forward this coming Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I was close to the Cajamar bank the other day and spotted that there was some work being done on what used to be the paper shop next door. There was a skip outside so looks as if something is happening there.

Also, I have been told that the first installations of fibre-optic internet infrastructure are happening in town. Christina G told me they have started work in the apartment blocks close to where the private doctors place is (over the road from Darsena 3). Hopefully it will be our turn soon.

I happened to be in Darsena 1 yesterday morning and spotted that a couple of businesses have expanded a bit. El Tunel appears to now be using the area in front of the bar next door but one (with the launderette in between). Also, just before the English school and Mario's the same thing has happened. The bar/restaurant there has expanded by taking over next door. On recommendation from friends we had a very nice coffee and tostada there yesterday. These changes might have happened some time ago and maybe I am just noticing them now.

Not sure whether it is just the start of people gearing up for this summer. However Almerimar has the feel that it is coming out of a long state of hibernation. Maybe some more prosperous times are coming. Fingers crossed.

27 flights a week will connect Almeria with 18 countries during 2016. According to the article here on the Euro Weekly site.

Including the Netherlands, Dublin, Brussels, Czech Republic and the Nordic countries.

Snow on local mountains - 29 February 2106

Snow on mountains - 29 February 2016

Shop near Mercadona - 29 February 2016

I had a stroll across the golf course earlier today and took some photos of the snow on the mountains. Even on the local hills which is very unusual.

I also took a couple of pictures of the shop being set up over the road from Mercadona.

You can see a few more photos in the Gallery.

Just had a call from one of our readers saying that she has recently had a hoax call from people pretending to be from Microsoft. I think that most people know this scam happens all of the time. However  it is worth mentioning that there are hoax calls coming to at least one person in Almerimar at the moment. So watch out.

I think I have shared on Almerimar Today in the past. However I spotted that Christina G has linked to it on Facebook recently.