One of the simplest yet greatest pleasures of summer is enjoying tasty paella on the beach.
Made famous by Spain’s ‘Verano Azul’, the beach is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The paseo, with its strip of chiringuitos brings backs nostalgic childhood memories for many Spaniards that grew up on the TV show, depicting the perfect summer on the Costa Tropical.
Chiringuito Morendero Moreno is an institution on this little cove and over the years has lost none of its friendly welcome. A huge paella is always on the go, so unlike some beach bars where you have to pre order a paella or face a lengthy wait, here you can just order a ‘racion’ or plate to enjoy with a fresh mixed salad, or maybe an ‘espeto’ of freshly caught sardines or my favourite, the tempura style baby squids.
This stretch of coast, as it heads into Granada province doesn’t have the pristine natural beauty of the Costa de la Luz or the style of parts of the Costa del Sol, but it has its own charm, and the sea waters here are clear; a real Mediterranean feel, rather than the often cloudy water of the Costa del Sol, where the Atlantic and Med mix.
We stumbled across a small cove, the paper mill beach, or ‘Playa del Molino de Papel’ near Frigliana, east of the tiny Hamlet of Maro. The water was crystal clear and although the shore is stony, it’s a pleasant enough beach to enjoy a lazy summer Sunday.