ANDALUCÍA - ALMERIA - MOJÁCAR - CHIRINGUITO MANACA
Drive past the Hotel Indalo on the road from Mojácar to Carboneras, bare right inland and take a left at the third roundabout onto Playa Macenas where you will see the Castillo de Macenas, just before the Macenas golf goes inland.
Drive past Chiringuito Macenas (you could stop here for a drink and/or tapas) and onto a dirt road which is not in great condition and initially runs along the edge of the sea on a cliff and then winds through canyons inland.
You will see stunning scenery on the drive and with due caution it is perfectly passable by car.
It is quite a rough and bumpy track but eventually you will come to the beach below, keep on driving although this is also a nice beach to swim at it has no facilitates.
When you get to the end of the road you are at Playa del Sombrerico and Chiringuito Manaca. (it is about 4km from Playa Macenas to Playa Sombrerico). Most visitors here will find this beach via the same road. It will be reasonably full of cars in July or August and very empty at other times of year.
Chiringuito Manaca dates from 1972 and is the remains of a hut built for the filming of Treasure Island by John Hough and starring Orson Welles.
Because it is an hard to access area, it represents the opposite side of the bustle of the neighbouring Mojácar to which it belongs. It occupies a corner of the beach with a small average rocky cove and dark sand.
Open from 10am to 8pm, the thing to eat here are
Arroz a Banda
Fideuá (similar to paella but made with noodles, not rice)
The locally caught fresh fish like dorada (gilthead bream) and Gallo San Pedro (John Dory)
When in season the red gigantes are very good, which means they sell out very quickly to the locals.
The only item remaining from Treasure Island is Salada Orson Welles (Lettuce, fruit and pink cocktail sauce).
In summer it gets very busy for lunch (which starts at 3pm) with the mostly Spanish clientele and you will need to book paella and fideuá in advance.
Finish with a carajillo (a Spanish drink combining coffee with brandy).
or a café cortado (a small black coffee with a dash of milk)
The Chiringuito is surrounded by cactus and native vegetation, which hide the animated crickets warning you of the looming heat. From it's large windows you can see the sea and coast.
After lunch it's time to hit the beach a couple of minutes walk away from the bar and take a nap or a dip in the sparkling blue Mediterranean. Beware there are quite a few nudists here.
The chiringuito is mainly open in the summer months (June to September).
Outside of these dates it is best to check first as it is a long drive to find out it is closed.
Beware - No credit cards - Cash only.
Playa del Sombrerico, 04638 Mojacar, Almeria, Andalucia
+34 693 61 86 71
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