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Salobreña Nightlife

Torremolinos it ain't! You don't come to Salobreña for all night clubs, lap dancing and karaoke. But you'll still find a lively nightlife with plenty of traditional Spanish fiestas, evening cultural events, live music and bars and restaurants which stay open until the small hours.

You can tour the tapas bars in the old town before enjoying a leisurely meal in one of the many Spanish or international restaurants. With the advent of modern tourism, the town is spreading its wings beyond the old quarter and new bars and restaurants with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel are adding flavour to the local cuisine.

Taberna Alhaja in Calle Placeta and Bar Pesetas in Calle Boveda are among the many popular tapas bars in the old town where you can enjoy a wide variety of delicious local snacks including spicy prawns, clams, chorizo sausage and local cheeses. Some of the bars still follow the age old tradition of providing a small portion of tapa with every drink. Tapa literally means cover in Spanish; this delightful Andalucian custom originates from the slivers of bread once supplied by bar owners to keep the flies off customers' drinks.

One of the top eating spots in the old town is Meson Rincon Yusuf in the main plaza near the museum. The restaurant has a delightful dining area with antiques and modern art and an extensive menu ranging from local specialties like gazpacho and stuffed peppers to "avestruz" ostrich steaks.

Near the castle in Calle Antequera there's a popular restaurant called La Traviesa which specialises in pizzas but also has plenty of other delicious dishes (how about grilled goat's cheese on crispy bread with garden greens? Mmm!)

Restaurante Lorea in Calle Flores offers both Basque and French cuisine and Meson Ludy in Avenida Frederico Garcia Lorca is the place to go for fresh seafood dishes.

Down at the seafront on and around the "paseo maritimo" promenade you'll find a good selection of pizzerias, creperies, cervecerias (beer bars) and chiringuitos (beach bars).

As for entertainment, Salobreña has its complement of traditional Spanish fairs and fiestas and the summer season sees numerous concerts and shows many of which are held in the beautiful setting of the old Moorish castle.

Pop into the tourist information office for details of entertainment at the castle and classical music concerts in the Parque la Fuente.

One of the highlights of the year is the "Lucero de Alba" flamenco festival, held in August at the castle where you can enjoy the soulful music, skillful guitar playing and exquisite dancing of some of the most talented practitioners of this finest of Andalucian art forms.

One of the biggest fiesta weeks takes place towards the end of June (from the 24th to the 29th) when the religious feasts of San Juan and San Pedro are celebrated with a good old Spanish style knees up bringing together locals and tourists alike regardless of age or religious belief. The streets become a riot of music, dancing, parades, processions and fireworks when it's fiesta time, no one does it better than the Spanish.

July 16th sees the traditional Virgen del Carmen celebration when an effigy of the virgin is carried out to sea at sun down, followed by a flotilla of small boats.

And in October there's a big beach party to celebrate the feast of the Virgen del Rosario, the town's patron saint.

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