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As like many other
Spanish towns and regions Orgiva offers a wide variety of
culinary delights, from the traditional Spanish Tapas bars
to the Italian styles of Pizzeria and pasta.
Below are a few
recommended local restaurants which will offer a warm welcome
and great affordable food.
Our first suggestion is
El Viejo Molino, situated in the town centre, just up on the
left from the traffic lights. The restaurant can
accommodate alfresco dining if you so desire.
Our second suggestion is located on
the main road through Orgiva, it has traditional internal dining area
and for the warm summer evenings a dining experience can be found within
the orange groves.
SIESTA - EVERYTHING CLOSES BETWEEN 2pm - 5pm
Banks: Open in Orgiva 0900 – 1400 (Mon to Fri) cashpoints:
La Caixa, Banco de Andalucia, Telebanco
Post Office: (correos) Open in Orgiva 0900-1400 Mon to Fri, 0900 – 1300
Sat (they sell stamps)
Orgiva Market: Every Thursday, located at the top of town just past the
town hall, until 1400
Pharmacy (Farmacia) The main one, Farmacia (big green sign) is on the
high street opposite the church, the other is homeopathic called
Parafarmacia de Orgiva.
Doctors (hopefully not needed but just in case)
Open 0930 – 1400 Mon to Sat, 1730 – 2030 Mon to Fri Only
Supermercado Alpujarra: The ‘Tesco’ of the Alpujarras, Avenida Gonzales
Gerardo’s Panaderia (German Bakery) Calle Lora Tamayo, 20 (try their
Empanadillas – pies!)
Camac Health Foods: Calle Real, 23 (good imports – closes at 2pm for the
Herbolario Health Foods: local produce and hippy gift items.
Health Centre (Centro de Salud) open 24 hours Follow "Green Cross" Signs
Dr Axel Thieke (German doctor 958 881 511)
Dr Rafael Fernandez: 958 784 249 (good local private doctor, reasonable
Coast & Beaches
Orgiva is approx 40 mins from the coast and a further 20 mins will takes you
to a lovely beach, called Playa Naturista (you wont need any clothes). Take the
N323 towards Motril and turn right on the N340, direction Salobrena.
Continue along the coast road past Almunecar, La Herradura (sandy
beaches) and continue through a long tunnel called Cerro Gordo. As soon
as you exit the tunnel, turn left to the beach. Parking space is limited
and if full you may have to park at the top and walk down (15mins).
Alternatively if you continue along the coast road you will find lovely
beaches around Nerja and you can visit the illuminated caves at Nerja
that contain spectacular stalagtites.
For the more adventurous among you, the Hotel Montanero in Carataunas
co-ordinates many outdoor pursuits such as white water rafting and
paragliding. Take the mountain road towards Carataunas, it's on the
right hand side.
On the road between Orgiva and Lanjaron there is a turning (near the big
BP petrol station) which leads to the most scenic mountain villages.
Most accessible are three villages in the Poqueira Valley: Pampaneira,
Bubion and Capeleira. They all have cafes, bars and there are shops
selling local produce. There is a funky bar in Bubion called Bar Morisco.
Continue up past Capeleira and you’ll find a flamenco night club called
Al Catifa. There is also a lovely mountain spring beyond Capeleira where
you can swim in the natural pools. On the way back, take a left at the
junction near Bubion and follow the signs to Pitres, Ferreirola and
Mecina Fondales for gorgeous mountain walks. There’s a family-owned bar
in Mecina for the best paella in the world. Ask for Marissa.
Yanez, Cortijo Lujar,
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