Saturday June 24th is the Fiesta de San Juan, with the evening/night of the 23rd (Noche de San Juan) being the big celebration on the beaches. It is usually ‘tent city’ on Burriana and El Playazo beaches – the only time overnight camping is permitted – and there will be live music on Burriana beach with the group Alalba and a number of DJ’s.
Perched on top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena is a Falconry and Conservation Centre where you can view some magnificent birds of prey and, weather permitting, watch one of the daily falconry exhibitions. Falconry possibly dates back to around 2,000 BC and UNESCO has inscribed falconry as a shared intangible heritage element of eleven countries.
I quite enjoy little trips on the cercanias – local or commuter trains. Cercanías Málaga network consists of 70 km of track with two lines in operation. The trains are powered by overhead lines and run on broad Iberian gauge track. There may only be two lines but they get you to some interesting places and are clean, invariably on time and quite cheap.
It’s been a while, a couple of years, since I went up the mountain in the cable car (Teleférico) in Benalmádena, so a visit was long overdue. The Teleférico, inaugurated in 2000, takes you from Arroyo de la Miel to the summit of Monte Calamorro, around 800 metres above sea level.
‘Phelps to race great white shark’ – Interesting headline. Phelps has a top speed in water of 6mph, a great white 25mph. Can’t see the shark having to wait too long for his tapas!
It is almost a foregone conclusion that putting something like this on display when I am out wandering will have only one outcome. It was delicious.
The bridge into town, Puente Viejo, is now expected to reopen at the end of June, a couple of weeks later than first announced. More work – another two months worth – is now reportedly going to be carried out on the bridge but, hopefully, this will not involve closures as this would bite right into the main summer holiday period. Unless it gets postponed, of course, as so often happens.
I suppose the logical solution would be to use a ‘proper’ camera to get a shot of the burning chorizo, but not as much fun as keep returning and persevering with the phone until the flames show up!
The chorizo al infierno was popularised by Rafa at Los Barriles and he still does a great one – but more and more tapas bars offer a similar dish these days. This one was at El Redondo – The Round Bar – in calle Gloria. For some reason, though, my camera phone failed to show the huge flames as my sausage sizzled away.
I’ve had friends visiting for the past week so what better excuse to get out to a few tapas bars and restaurants? None really.