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Melting Pot: Estepona's Restaurants Have Something For Everyone – Olive Press News Spain

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TUCKED away in every backstreet and tiny square in Estepona these days you’ll find a new place to eat.

They literally jump out at you as you stroll around the charming city centre, both at lunchtime and at night.

Helped by the sudden arrival of three boutique hotels, it means many more tourists are staying the night… and they, of course, need to be fed.

Whether you fancy Japanese, Thai or Mexican – or just good tapas – there is something for everyone… there are even some fancy new wine bars sprouting up all over the place.

The changes were previously taking place between the two key squares of Plaza Ortiz and Plaza de las Flores, but now you will need to spread out.

Take Plaza Manilva, in the north west of the old town, here you will find Take a Wine, a great new spot that cleverly couples great wines by the glass, with tapas and music.

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Take a Wine serves has a bountiful selection of vino. Photo: Take a Wine Facebook.

Set up by a charming Madrileno Anselmo, who spent many years working in La Rioja, he has close links with Spain’s leading classical musicians, not to mention bodegas.

The menu is simple, but focuses on gourmet ingredients from the north of Spain and has plenty of exclusive wines.

Best of all, you sit out in the charming shady square surrounded by orange trees and the usual phalanx of geraniums.

Back in the corner of the main square, Plaza de los Flores, you must try out Casa del Rey.

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Casa del Rey is among Estepona’s most popular restraunts.

Photo: Casa Del Rey

This was the first of the great new places to eat in the old town, both stylish and with a great menu to match.

Owned by the Reinaldo group, there are over 100 wines served by the glass and approachable half-Dutch expat owner Liliana is often around for a chat about the best dishes.

Nearby, look out for Etcetera, set up by an enterprising expat mother and daughter from Austria and Poland.

Sitting on the recently upgraded Plaza Rocio Bazan, half way along Calle Real, this is charm personified with a splendid range of dishes of a very international flavour.

There were some fabulous asparagus croquettes, a superb hamburger and the most creative pudding (a cross between a cheesecake and banoffee pie) I have had this year.

Another well established place, also in a lovely square, Plaza Ortiz, look out for brilliant Argentinian restaurant Sur, where well-travelled owner Juan is a hands-on and hard-working trouper.

He is normally around alongside his daughter, son and wife and promises superb steaks, juicy empanadas and lamb tagine.

For fish, you most certainly must not miss el Pescador run by Alfonso for years – and very often found in its kitchen, when not up the road in his new place in Guadalmina.

Few places are as busy as this and the hard-working team are professional and offer the best fish in town, overlooking the main beach.

Another excellent chiringuito is Africa Beach, run by the team from well established inland restaurant La Alcaria de Ramos.

But the best place to spend the day, hanging out on a sunbed, then enjoying cocktails at night is the chiringuito Palm Beach.

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Palm Beach serves mouth-watering cocktails by the beach.

Photo: Palm Beach.

A superb fish lunch with espeto skewers, it is run by friendly Dutchman Erwin, whose prawn pil pil samosas and crab spring rolls are legendary.

Good pasta? Up in the newer part of town look out for the excellent Italian La Carbonara where they make their own pasta fresh in the kitchens every day.

There are some excellent wines by the glass and always plenty of starters and mains off the menu.

La Alcaria de Ramos may be out of the way but it’s worth seeking it out, somewhere between the two famous golf courses of El Paraiso and Atalaya.

An ancient coaching inn, it is charm personified with some amazing Spanish tourist posters and has wonderful views of the coasts sitting up in an enviable position.

And for something completely different head for the coolest spot by far on the Estepona coast… the La Catalina restaurant and beer factory.

This is fast becoming one of the hippest places to hang out on a Friday night and over the weekend when there are a string of live events taking place.

But the food is also excellent and the beer and wine is hard to beat, being local and organic.

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Opinion Poll Reveals Revitalised Partido Popular Could Form New Government In Spain After December's General Election – Olive Press News Spain

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A respected monthly opinion poll is spelling potentially serious problems for the left-of-centre coalition led by Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez.

Sanchez recently said that Spain will hold a general election in early December but poll numbers from the Sociological Research Centre(CIS) suggests that the PSOE-Podemos coalition could struggle to remain in power.

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The main opposition party, the conservative Partido Popular(PP), under new leader Alberto Nuñez Feijoo is breathing down the neck of the socialist PSOE in the latest CIS survey.

The PSOE stand on 30.3% with the PP on 28.7%.

The April study previously showed the best PP rating during the period of the current government- standing at 27.2%.

Feijoo replaced Pablo Casado who resigned over a smear campaign authorised by him against the Madrid region PP president, Isabel Diaz Ayuso.

Crucially the PSOE’s current coalition partner, Podemos, has dropped to just 9.6%- its worst rating since July 2021 when it stood at 10.7%.

The far-right Vox party, that had seen falling numbers since Feijoo took over, has bounced back 2.2% from April’s rating to 16.6%.

On sheer percentage terms, and even taking minor parties into account, the CIS figures indicate a higher probability of a PP-Vox government(45.3% total) as opposed to the PSOE and Podemos(39.9%).

The centrist Ciudadanos party has been virtually ‘wiped out’ in the poll, gaining an approval rating of just 2%.

The May CIS survey was based on around 4,000 telephone interviews carried out in the midst of a political storm caused by the Pegasus spyware case which saw Catalan pro-independence politicians bugged.

A key indicator of the political landscape will be next month’s Andalucia regional election, with the PP expected to continue as the main ruling party in an area that was a PSOE stronghold.

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Rangers’ Dream Dashed In Spain’s Sevilla After Losing Europa League Final On Penalties – Olive Press News Spain

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OVER 100,000 Rangers fans descended on Sevilla for the Europa League Final on Wednesday only to be agonisingly beaten on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt.

The city was awash with pink-skinned Scots sinking Spanish lager for most of the day, with both sets of fans in good spirits.

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The Rangers players were left distraught as they were defeated 5 – 4 on penalties.

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Rangers initially went 1-0 up, thanks to a goal from Joe Aribo in the 67th minute before Frankfurt equalised 12 minutes later.

The tie went to extra time but with nothing separating the two teams, penalties beckoned, with Welshman Arron Ramsey missing the only one of 10, handing the trophy to Frankfurt.

There were some small scuffles between Frankfurt and Rangers fans in the afternoon, however most appeared to behave themselves.

Many Rangers fans had paid up to €800 for taxis from Malaga airport to the Andalucian capital, some 206 kms and two hours, 20 minutes away.

Rangers were allocated 9,500 tickets for Wednesday’s final, though far more travelled to the Andalucian capital.

The Spanish authorities allowed fans without tickets to watch the game on big screens in the Estadio de La Cartuja, Betis’ football stadium.

The city hosted the UEFA cup final between Porto and Celtic in 2003, with Porto coming out on top beating Celtic 3-2 in extra time. 

Flight and hotel prices have surged in the weeks leading up to the game and extra flights were laid on between UK airports and Sevilla in the run up to the match.

The fans were expected to bring in an added revenue of €60 million to the Andalucian capital over the fews days around the big match, with hostelry owners welcoming the boost.

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Scorchio! These Are Officially The Hottest Towns In Spain – Olive Press News Spain

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SPAIN is braced for what looks set to be the first heatwave of the year, sending the mercury soaring  across much of the peninsula, to temperatures considered unusually high for the time of the year.

And while the heatwave this weekend will affect much of Spain and especially the south sending residents and visitors alike to seek refuge in the pool or in the nearest air-conditioned facility, there are some towns that are infamous across Spain for regularly suffering extreme temperatures.

Not surprisingly, you’ll find them all in the region of Andalucia.

Ecija 

Ecija centre

This town near Sevilla is dubbed the ‘sarten de España’ – the frying pan – because of the sizzling climate during the summer months.

It is also famous for its twenty-four bell towers, as well  San Juan Church, Peñaflor Palace and La Casa del Gremio de la Seda.

Last summer the mercury peaked at 46ºC in Ecija on August 14, according to the Spanish meteorology agency AEMET.

Sanlucar la Mayor 

Also in the province of Sevilla, Sanlucar la Mayor regularly reaches temperatures above a sweltering 46ºC. The village is full of interesting buildings and monuments such as the 13th Century San Pedro’s church and the 14th Century Santa Maria from the XIV century, but visitors will want to avoid sightseeing in the town at the peak of the summer months.

El Carpio 

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El Carpio pictured on the town website.

This town in Cordoba province is well-known by Spaniards because of the tower of Garcia Mendez built in 1325 or the church Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. El Carpio has in the past registered 47,1ºC and 47,3ºC  placing it in the record books.

Torreblascopedro

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The Church of San Jose. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Torreblascopedro

This small town in Jaen province often registers among the highest temperatures in Spain and has peaked at 46ºC. Vistors are encouraged to tour the Church of San Jose and the historic Town Hall but most residents will be wilted inside behind closed shutters during the hot days of the summer months.

Marmolejo

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Photo from Mapio.

Also found in Jaen province, Marmolejo in the foothills of the Sierra Morena is famous for its San Bartolomé bridge and its 14ºC Aragonesa Castle and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Paz. This town has recorded a top temperature of 46.5ºC.

Hottest provinces

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Map reveals average high temperatures during the summer months in Spain between 1981 and 2010. Source: AEMET

In terms of highest average temperatures in summer in Spain, Aemet places Cordoba province at the top of the list with an average 36.5°C throughout the month of August. Sevilla is just behind at one degree cooler with an average temperature of 35.5°C during August.

Highest ever temperature

The town of Montoro in Cordoba province holds the record for the single highest temperature ever recorded in Spain reaching 47.3 °C in July 2017.

Summer cool

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Head to this spot for the coolest climes in summer!

Those who prefer colder climes during the height of the summer should head to the little village of Griegos, located in the Sierra de Albarracin in the province of Teruel in Aragon.

At an altitude of 1,604 metres above sea level it is the second highest town in Spain but holds the record as officially the town with the lowest temperatures in summer, when the thermometer can drop to 0ºC even in August, and a duvet is most definitely required. 

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