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Coming Home

Well I am happy to report, that before long I shall be back in sunny Salobrena and enjoying all that she has to offer.  After 7 months of medical tests, appts, treatments etc.. I am on the mend and heading home.  If all goes well, I should be back by mid May, and I can get back to work on my poor neglected little blog.

Look out Salobrena, Mommy’s coming home!!

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Hang on to your hula hoops folks, Salobreña is having a Flamenco Festival!!! It’s the 39th edition of the Lucero del Alba Flamenco Festival.

Performers will be Singer Esperanza Ferandez with Miguel Ángel Cortés on guitar,

Singer Miguel De Tena with Antonio Carrión on Guitar.

Singers Ángel Torres & Julio Fajardo with guitarist José Fajardo.

Dance troop Ana Cali with singer Manuel Fernández, guitarist Rubèn Campos and percussionist Miguel Cheyene.

The location is La Casa Roja or The Red House

Ticket Price 10.00 euros in advance and 12.00 euros at the door. Tickets can be purchased that the Tourist office or the Casa de Cultura.

Time 22:30


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Oh I feel like I won the lottery this morning… I found this on Youtube for you.  The government of Andalucia has for years now been making these little vignettes about each of the little towns in Andalucia.  I did a search, and I found the one they did on Salobreña.  They play them on TV here all the time. It’s unfortunate the quality of reproduction is not better, but still it will give you a great aerial view of Salobrena. Enjoy

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Okay..here is a quick list of things you can do while here on vacation

  1. Visit the AlhambraThis fantastic Heritage site is well worth the visit. Book online if you can as it sells out quite often. For tickets, go to http://www.alhambra-patronato.es
  2. Horse Back RidingJust 5 minutes from Salobreña is Rock Beach Ranch. There are information pamphlets in the tourist office.
  3. AguaTropic Waterpark in Almuñecar. Just 20 minutes from Salobreña, It’s a great day out for the kids, and there is a night disco here too.
  4. The Caves at Nerja- Well worth the visit, these are just fantastic. Discovered in 1969, and they really are spectacular. 10-1400 & 4-8pm during July and Aug. In Sept it’s 10-2 & 1630-1830
  5. A trip to the Alpujarras-Pronounced Alpuharas there are about 11 or 12 small villages that make up the Alpujarras Region. Lots of little white washed villages in incredibly beautiful locations. Look for the local pottery and tapestry shops.
  6. Olive Oil Tour-You can take an interesting tour to learn all you ever wanted to learn about Olive Oil but were afraid to ask. There are morning and afternoon tours, some that include lunch, and others where an optional wine tasting tour is offered as well. http://www.oliveoiltours.com
  7. Visit the Motril Sugar Factory and Museum– This is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. You will learn all about the history of sugar and it’s refining. Really a lot better than it sounds.
  8. Catch some late night Flamenco in Granada– Granada is home to many fine Flamenco venues, most kick off pretty late, so think about arranging an overnight stay at an inexpensive hostal or pension. Hostals aren’t what they used to be. Private rooms with either shared bathroom facilities or private are available. Granada late night Rocks! for the Top 5 clubs, check out this link http://www.salobrenacleaners.com/flamenco.html
  9. Visit Cabo De Gato National Park-You will find some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in all of Spain. Bird sanctuaries animal refuges. Check out San Jose, there are two beautiful beaches here you will never forget. Just south of Almeria, good for an over night stay too. To see a small clip check this youtube video.

10. Last but not least, how bout just chillin* at one of the many beach bars in Salobreña that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. We have a great selection of restaurants both in town, and at the beach. For a list check out http://www.salobrenacleaners.com/resttown.html or http://www.salobrenacleaners.com/restbeach.html

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A travelers advisory.

This post doesn’t really apply to restaurants in Salobreña so much as it does all restaurants and street food vendors in general around the world. Many people suffer with an inevitable bout the Leon Trotski’s while eating abroad, but is it inevitable or is it entirely preventable?

One of the most abundant foods that you will come across just about anywhere is rice, it’s cheap, easily stored and a staple in most 3rd world countries. Rice is also one of the most potentially dangerous too, as each grain of rice carries a bacterial strain called Bascillus Cereus which survives cooking. If the rice once cooked, is not cooled quickly and refrigerated, the bacteria multiply rapidly and then become a problem causing anything from mild to severe cramping, vomiting and diarrhea.

Rice that has been cooked, allowed to cool at room temperature, refrigerated and then reheated is just as dangerous, as cooking does NOT kill the bacteria. So for all you travelers out there be wary of the mighty grain of rice. For more information, check this link.


Cheers and Happy Traveling and Dining.

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High Drama


Our Castle this afternoon after the rain storm.

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It’s  a rainy Friday afternoon here in Salobreña, I took the opportunity to take some photos from my friends roof terrace while I was there watering her plants.  At the top of the photo is our church.  Photo taken from Calle Manuel Montilla.

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From a distance


This is a picture of Salobreña from the other side..you can see just how close we all live.. this pic was take about 5 kilometers away on the road to the golf course.

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secondhand-store.jpg This is our second hand store, all monies earned here go to support a local charity.  The building is actually one of the old aristocracy houses, it has at least 30 rooms, a winding staircase, frescoes on the ceilings, the lot, it is in complete disrepair, but it is a huge amount of character.  I must get more photos. (making mental note)

I decided this morning that it is probably about time that I told you a little bit about Salobreña.

Salobreña is a small white washed village situated right on the coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  We have a population of about 12 thousand people, of which about 500 are foreigners.  The locals here have in the past made their livings working the land, and until recently, this area had produced sugar cane.  This area had one of the last functioning sugar cane factories in Europe up until last year.  Now green beans, potatoes and other veg fill the fields.  Harvesting is still done by hand, green beans are grown throughout the year, and a picker can earn 35 euros for a 5 hour shift of picking, although as of late, the Romanian illegal immigrants will do it for 25 euros.

The town thrives on tourism during the summer months. The population of our town triples at this time, making it a fun and energy filled summer season with lots going on. The majority of holiday makers are Spanish.  The northern towns empty and the workers head south to the beach.  Getting a table in a restaurant, or even a parking space is nearly impossible, but this all adds to the energy of the town.

Our town still observes siesta, so for a relaxing shopping experience in the supermarkets, the best time to shop is between 2-5pm.  Most other shops and businesses close during this time as well.. We are big on our rest here.

The cost of living is not too bad compared to a lot of towns along the coast, rent varies, but you can still rent an apartment here for 350 euros a month, but the norm is between 400 and 600 per month for a year round rental.  Getting a short term rental during the summer months can run as much as 1500 euros a week on the beach, and 500 a week in the old town.

We don’t have a McDonald’s, nor a burger king, as a matter of fact, we don’t even have a burger joint. People have tried, but they just don’t work.  Take out food here is limited to roast chicken shops, pizza, Chinese and the like.  The take out places sell real food for take away, like pulpo gallego( Galician octopus) or meatballs in sauce.. this type of thing.

We have our fair share of bars, restaurants and cafes, more than our share actually, and tapas are still free with a drink.  The cost of a glass of beer in a bar averages about 1.30, coke and fanta the same. Why drink pop? Wine depending on the type is about the same as well.  Most restaurants offer a menu del dia, which consists of 3 courses and is generally quite good. The Chinese food joints can run as little as 5. euros and is pretty good.

The weather here in Salobreña is fantastic.  In the summer months it’s hot hot hot, and in the winter it is quite mild.  We get very little rain between May and October, and often, none at all.  It normally does not go below 55F during the winter months..and if it goes that low, it is unusual.

Christmas is celebrated on the 6th of January, this is when the 3 kings come and bring candy and toys to the children.  People celebrate New Years at home with friends, and then head out to the bars after midnight.  Many a tourist has had a disappointing New Years Eve due to not knowing our traditions.

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The Market in Tanger



Recently 4 of us slipped down to Morocco for the weekend to enjoy a girls get-away, and we had a great time.  Here are two of the pics I took in the sook.

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