Almerimar

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.

 

There is a new site called Spotfav that has a webcam showing the area close to the entrance to the port in Almerimar. By default it shows a 15 minute static image. However if you click on the image it shows the webcam in real time.

I have included a link to the webcam above. I have also added a link to it in the main menu on the site.

Earring Aid  Earring Aid 

 

We have just received these photos from one of our readers, Ray B.

While playing golf last Friday (12 February 2016) he found this earring on the 8th tee on the Master Course.

If you have lost this earring please get in touch and we will tell Ray. FYI - he plans to hand it in at the pro-shop next time he is going down there.

The Clasica de Almería cycle race didn't make it to Almerimar on Sunday due to the high winds.

However there was still a 25 minute TV show about the race. If you have a look here you will see a little bit of stock video of Almerimar close to the end.

I guess we will have to see whether the race comes here next year.

One of our readers, Chalky, has been in touch with the following information....


"From May 28, the UK flag carrier will launch flights to Malaga, Palma and Ibiza in Spain and Faro in Portugal.

They will be operated by wholly-owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on modern 98-seat Embraer 190 jets, which are usually based at London City Airport.

Stansted managing director Andrew Harrison said: "I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May.

"Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.

"I'm sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing East of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success."

All British Airways flights include a choice of two cabins, Club Europe and Euro Traveller, free seat selection and online check-in 24 hours before departure, complimentary refreshments and drinks on board and no debit card charges.

Fares start from £49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges.

Luke Hayhoe, BA's general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our London network and to give our customers even more choice of where to fly from this summer.

"Stansted is a growing airport and we will be offering a full scheduled service to some of the most popular European holiday destinations, complementing our existing services from other London airports."

British Airways operates from the three other major London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City."