I am finally back in spain and all my family with me, which is a huge pleasure after the last 18 months of being apart and not being able to celebrate family birthdays and occasions. With all my kids working or away at Uni, its been very difficult to get us all together.
September is such a lovely time to be in Andalucia, though we have had the odd downpour, but unlike London, the sun does break out and gives you a dash of warmth and glow. the town quietens down and the beaches are filled with a scattering of people – the temperature is near perfect, around 25 C and the sea warm. after 21 years of having our house here, we still always manage to discover new things, either through recommendations or just stumbling on things. of course, some good things go, and some good things appear. sadly, a lot of the amenity shopping in the old town seem to be replaced by dress shops or another restaurant.
Chiringuitos, are small bars or stands that can be seen the length of the Spanish coast, usually on the beachfront they open up during the busier holiday times and are much more affordable. There are different types, some selling cold beverages and others that are much more elaborate and may serve meals. Some of the most typical treats on offer are paella and sardines, although the variety depends on the place . There used to be a few stands on the beach at El Palmar, but sadly they haven’t been given their licences this past year, apparently the restaurants complained about them taking their custom. But there are lots of other chiringuitos on other beaches. There is a great one on Mangueta beach, which simply barbecues fish and prawns and serves with salad, and a couple further down nearer to the lighthouse of Trafalgar, El Nia and Faro Beach. another fun vibrant chiringuita is tangana on valdequeros beach – very close to the dunes just outside of tariff. there is a lovely shop there too, caravan, housed in a caravan type shack, selling more quality summer clothes. Canos de Meca has chiringuitas, as well as Zahara de los Atunes.
we now have pop up vans and trucks which is the english equivalent to the chiringuita. in fact, Whitecross street, which is just by my new flat has a series of pop up stalls and vans, serving absolutely everything from Thai, Sushi, Lebanese, Indian – don’t know whether this is a good thing or not having something like this on your doorstep.