Swordfish and Sand
San Juan de los Terreros Travel Blog› entry 5 of 23 › view all entries
Today Ian and I explored some of the beaches and coves around San Juan.
First, after a lazy morning, we went for lunch at a restaurant called Café-Bar Bellavista, which resembled an upstairs transport café (!). They didn't have any of my first choice (sob!), which was conejo el ajillo (rabbit in garlic sauce), so I opted instead for emporador - swordfish. It arrived in a garlic and oil sauce with chips and green beans (reminded me of school dinners!). Although swordfish itself is quite meaty, it had quite a bland aftertaste - I don't know if I'd eat it again! I also had my first taste of alioli, the creamy white garlic sauce/mayonnaise that's very popular in Spain, and understood why Ian had raved about it. It was delicious - and potent! Our meals (Ian had pork loin, chips and salad) came to just under 26 euros, or £18, including bread and drinks.
After lunch we finally decided to go to the Playa de la Carolina, just outside San Juan. Although it was busy, it wasn't crowded; flanked by cliffs and rocks, Ian and I went swimming and wave-jumping in the Med., and then stretched out under our parasol on the sands to dry off. =o) We left at 6pm, with families still arriving - that time of early evening is still light and warm, without the sun being so hot.
After dinner at the apartment and a shower to remove all the sand from the various nooks and crannies one suddenly becomes aware of after a trip to the beach (!), we'd planned to go into Aguilas, but were too tired. Instead we spent the evening on the balcony-cum-terrace, drinking iced tea and tinto de verano, a kind of cocktail of red wine and lemonade, and listening to the cicadas going nuts in the bushes and trees around the estate.
All in all, a relaxed and lazy day - 31C. Going to the festival at San Javier tomorrow! =o)