Chiringuitos - Beach bars and the Spanish beach holiday
In the good old days the chiringuito was a beach bar which strongly featured in a Spanish beach holiday, it was often constructed from old pallets and anything that came to hand. The kitchens were open to the elements and any wildlife that chose to wander in, and the toilets - the less said the better.
Fortunately from a hygiene point of view, they generally blew down come the first winter storm. That apart, they were a great place to spend your day, swimming, eating and drinking, all for a few pesetas add to the memory of a great vacation in Spain.
These days chiringuitos have to conform to the same levels of hygiene and facilities that all bars and restaurants do, and the modern beach bar is a permanent structure, spanish beach holiday although most still only open during the summer months. The atmosphere is still as good though, and if you spend time here you must visit at least one.
Here is a guide to chiringuitos on Manilva's beaches starting from the westernmost point at Punta Chullera and working east all can be accessed from the main N340 road eastbound.
SAL Y SOL - Playa Las Arenas - Take the slip-road immediately before the beachside end of the footbridge over the N340. Follow road to the end which brings you to a small cove with the chringuito at the top of the beach (parking can be an issue here). Lovely secluded spot - parasols and sunbeds hamacas available 4€ per day. Usual beach bar menu.
MERENDERO TUBALITOS - Cala de la Sardina (Playa Paraiso). Turn off at the Playa Paraiso/La Paloma roundabout and bear left as you enter Playa Paraiso access to the chiringuito is at the eastern end of the urbanisation (there is ample parking - busy Sundays).
MALIBU - At the Western end of Castillo behind Urbanisation Los Granados small, reasonably priced chiringuito with children's play area, parasols and sunbeds. Extensive menu of fish, shellfish, meat and pasta dishes available full or half portions.
ANDREAS AND MARIA - At the Eastern end of Castillo just below the Castle, and next to a popular bathing area (plenty of parking). This is a popular beach bar well-known for its fish and seafood.
LAS GAVIOTAS - On the promenade to the West of the port of Duquesa this has one of the cheapest menus. Parasols and sunbeds available.
CUBANGA BEACH CLUB - Aiming slightly more upmarket (Beach Club not Chiringuito!!) Excellent fish menu including sea bass. Parasols and sunbeds available. Water activities during the summer season - pedalos etc. Open later than most beach bars - serving food up to 2200h.
ALMIJARA - Situated at the end of the new promenade in front of the Colonia Infantil.
SOL Y MAR - Just behind the children's playground at the end of Calle Duquesa de Arcos.
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