Classic Cafes: Al Quiros, Almuñécar

Euro seaside enclaves of the '50s & 60s


Almunecar is a not-overly developed resort about 90km from the Brit n' Chips scum-centre of Malaga. A toddlin' town with just enough enclave-action to keep us diverted through the Yuletide break, it's settled on a pleasant part of the Southern Spanish coast, has a sub-tropical climate and lies at the foot of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains. These pictures - taken in Winter 2001 - show Al Quiros (Paseo del Altillo, 1, Almuñécar 18690) a European coffee-lounge in the classic mould: plain, dark veneered interiors; a '50s flourish on the outside awnings; old style swivel seats lining the bar area; swish contemporary-designed seating inside and a nifty covered section outside with orange stripped sun-guard. Al Quino's serves up good croissants, sandwiches, fast food and beers through the day, closing at 4.00pm. This is a really tucked-away local dive, right on the seafront but nestled in the faceless base of some municipal block near the big banks on the promenade. We especially like the contrast between the jolly orange coloured outside section and the relaxing, chocolate interior.

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