Out and about 11 & 12 February 2018

Last week I mentioned about taking some photos of some more lots of building work in town. So while on the course yesterday I took a few photos. Plus I took a couple more photos of things while wandering around town this morning.

The photo above is of the new houses being built at the far end of the Classic course, behind the SEK school.

Read More for some more photos and information.

A Place In The Sun - Almerimar - C4 - 4 January 2018

I have just checked the A Place in the Sun website and the episode to be shown in the UK today covers Almerimar, Roquetas de Mar and Aguadulce. It will be on Channel 4 at 4pm UK time.

You can see more details about the episode here on the A Place In The Sun website.

Looking at the information on the website it looks like there are 3 properties in the Almerimar area, one in Roquetas and one in Aguadulce.

However two of the Almerimar area properties are said to be in El Ejido.I guess this is technically true as Almerimar is part of the local government region of El Ejido.

Property 1 is shown as in Almerimar and was viewed through Alcor Properties. I know that this one is in Porto Fino as Sharon told me.

Looking at the photos on the website property 3 is in Spirit Mar. I am not sure where property 4 is. Perhaps in the lakes area or somewhere along the poniente beach area? I guess people will find out when they watch the show.

Today is the first day of a major windsurfing competition in Almerimar and there was just about no wind at all. With only light breezes predicted for the next couple of days.

Such a shame.

Almerimar - A Place In The Sun - Jan 18

I have been keeping an eye on the Channel 4 schedule. Yesterday I spotted the listing above for Thursday January 4th 2018 (click on the image to see a more readable version).

I am not certain but I think this is the episode that includes Almerimar. The reasons for this are:

- I know that this is the last episode presented by Jonnie Irwin in the current series (Jonnie was the presenter for the episode that included Almerimar);

- The couple involved in the episode featuring Almerimar ran a business in south London;

- I remember that the lady taking part had an unusual first name and George is pretty unusual; (UPDATED - I now know it is short for Georgia)

- The description above mentions a place called Marina Almería which I think does not exist. However it also mentions marina or sea views which fits in with places I know they filmed (including Almerimar & Roquetas de Mar).

At the moment I am trying to confirm for certain that this is the episode featuring Almerimar. If I find out for certain I will publish an update here.

Building Near Mercadona 12 December 2017

New Dentist 12 December 2017

Newc Dentist 12 December 17

While Jacqui was at the dentist this morning I took a couple of photos in town.

Throughout 2017 we have seen slowish progress on two big pieces of building work. One is the building near the vets that is over the road from Mercadona (top photo - I still have no idea what sort of business is to be located there). The other is the new dentist surgery just up the road from the chemist (bottom 2 photos).

As you can see there is now a bit more progress as windows are being installed in both locations. However I think there will still be quite some time before these places are open.

This morning the dentist told Jacqui that he hopes to move in to his new premises sometime before the summer. I would not bet on it happening by then.

Just a quick warning notice. I have been informed that some burglars are active in Almerimar at the moment. In particular, a number of trasteros (storage rooms) in Porto Fino were broken into recently.

11:30am 7/12/17 Just had an update from the A Place In The Sun Facebook page: one of the episodes in the last week of the winter season will feature Jonnie Irwin. It will be shown on 4 January 2018 and will be an episode from somewhere in the province of Almería. They say it is from "Marina Almería", wherever that is. I have asked if they know the towns that will be covered in the episode.

The people who manage the A Place In The Sun Facebook page have just told me that there are no more episodes involving Jonnie Irwin to show in the current series (Winter Sun - started in late November 2017).

They have said that the next season of episodes to be released after the current one should start in spring 2018. So I guess this will be a Summer Sun series that will perhaps include the episode that was filmed in Almerimar in early June 2017.

I have been informed that there will not be a regular Wednesday market in El Ejido tomorrow as 6 December is a bank holiday. Apparently the market is cancelled if it falls on a local or national bank holiday.


The article here on the Sol Times site has a headline including the interesting phrase Courgette Massacre.

The articles here and here on the Ideal site have the latest information about the El Ejido corruption case that dates back to 2009.

The articles are in Spanish and given the subject of them I am not going to publish any form of translation of them.

Suffice to say that it looks like progress is being made.

Also, just spotted the article here on the Costa Almería News site on the same subject.

Calle Alcotán - 9 November 2017

Calle Alcotán - 9 November 2017

End of Calle Alcotán - towards D'Bar - 9 November 2017

I was in town this morning and left the car for Jacqui to drive home later. I walked home via Calle Alcotán, the road over the roundabout from the entrance to Darsena 3. As you can see there are still a lot of road works going on. The photos above are from the two ends of the street. The end near the roundabout and also the end that links up with the road up to the D'Bar.

From the photos it looks like the road is going to be closed for quite some time yet.

You can see more photos in the Gallery. Including some of the really big villa being built overlooking the 8th green.

I have been a bit busy in the last few days so have only just got around to looking for any local news on various Spanish websites.

I have just spotted the article here on the Ideal site from last Saturday.

According to the article around 178,000 euros is to be spent improving the 409 and 411 motorway junctions. The 409 junction is the Almerimar one. The 411 is the next junction, approximately 2km towards Almería.

The article says that the work will take place in 2019. With the tendering process starting now.

I am pretty sure that most people who come to Spain quite a bit know that junction numbers are generally based on km markings on the motorways. Sometimes with big jumps in the number as you cross the boundary from one province to another.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.