PIEDRAS BRILLANTES

Here is some information on the area:

Restaurants – The area abounds with good, inexpensive restaurants where you can often choose to eat outside or inside. Lunchtime is from 1.00 pm to 3.00pm and dinner is usually from 8.00pm until the last customer leaves.

Things to do and places to visit

Nijar – a delightful artisan mountain village with a wide selection of ceramica and woven rugs.

Bedar – a typical Spanish whitewashed mountain village. Treat yourself to a meal at El Fuente or the Miramar, with a view across to the sea, or at the Montana about 5km through Bedar - very good.

Los Gallardos - the nearest town. Nothing very special but a pleasant traditional small Spanish town.

Mojacar Town - a very picturesque and touristy white painted hilltop town with many interesting corners and souvenir shops.

Mojacar Playa - a long stretch of beach with many restaurants, bars and other seaside facilities.

Garrucha - a small fishing town with fish market, beach, excellent fish restaurants and a large market (Fridays).

Cabo de Gata – a wild area of Natural Park where many species of birds can be seen.

Agua Amarga - a beautiful little coastal town about 40 minutes drive away, with lovely beach and interesting walks.

La Serena - a very pretty little village with no facilities but with beautiful walks around the old mines nearby.

Tabernas – where ‘spaghetti westerns’ and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed. You can visit the film–set town of Little Hollywood or Yucca City.

Granada and the Alhambra – about two hours drive to the Alhambra

Nevada Mountains – about the same distance as Granada. Usually snow all the year round. Ski-ing in the winter.

Cuevas del Almanzora – a nearby town with cave dwellings. Worth a visit.

Ten Pin Bowling – On the front at Moja car Playa.

Bowls – Off the road to Turre.

Golf – There are several golf courses nearby including:

Valle de Este Tel: 950 398 743

Cortigo Grande Tel: 950 479196

Desert Springs Tel: 637 861 591

Marina Golf Tel: 950 133 235

Scuba Diving – Tel: 950 47 23 34 Mojacar

Escuela de Buceos Villaricos Tel: 950 467 572

Centro de Buceo Carboneras Tel: 950 454 471

Centro Nautico Garrucha Tel: 950 132 918

Water Park – Parque Acuatico Vera – 950 46 73 37

On the road from Garrucha to Vera

Caving – Cuevas de Sorbas. Three levels of difficulty from tourist trips to serious pot holing Tel: 950 364 704 Phone first if you want to find the times for the English guide.

Mountain bike routes: Vera Tel: 950 475 230

Go Karting - Just before Garrucha on the main road from Los Gallardos

Indalo- wings Ul flight centre – Mojacar 950 472 674

Horse riding – Equitation Kupanda Tel: 950 479 314

Rancho Cabrera Tel: 950 528080

Molina de la higuera Los Gallardos Tel: 950 52 88 82

By the beach in Mojacar Playa

Wind Surfing.

Horse riding

Camel rides

Crazy Golf

Ten pin bowling

Umbrellas and sunbeds.

Shops and cafes.

Boat Trips

From Garrucha harbour and Puerto del Rey,

Walks

This is good walking country.

A very pleasant walk from the house is to go over the bridge and you will find a track down to the rambla (from whence the verb to ramble?). For most of the time a rambla is a dry riverbed. Walk up the rambla until you reach the pumping station and turn left up the left-hand valley. Walk for as far as you like. One side of the valley is always in shade and the other sunlight. The terrain changes from sandy to pebbles to rocky so the flora and fauna is diverse and there are rare plants growing here.

Markets – These are good places to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. They also sell clothing and other things and are well worth a visit, though not all that cheap.

Shops in Spain are generally open from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 5.00pm – 8.30 pm Monday to Friday, mornings only on Saturdays, closed on Sundays and fiesta days. However most major supermarkets stay open through the day.

A shop has recently opened about 10 minutes walking distance of the house. This sells a good range of food but at a higher price than supermarkets. (It is a good place to get croissants for breakfast). A choice of supermarkets can be reached with a short car drive, and there are specialist shops in the nearby towns..

A baker's van stops near the house at around 11 in the morning. He announces his arrival by sounding the horn.

Tapas – you will find tapas bars all over the place. Tapas are no longer usually free but are cheap, as are the larger raciones served in most bars.

 

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