With its birdís eye view over the harbour and the sea, the Miramar Restaurant is, without a doubt, worthy of a visit when youíre in residence at La Manga Club. Miramar is situated in the centre of Cabo de Palos and holds court over the harbour. A restaurant that attracts many locals as well as discerning tourists, itís bustling and serves simply delicious, freshly caught fish and seafood. Not surprisingly it is known for serving up a pretty mean paella as well as exquisite fish casseroles.
Cabo de Palos is only a short drive from La Manga Club resort and boasts an impressive marina, complete with lighthouse. The whole area is made up of low-rise buildings and palm trees, making it an interesting place to spend some time. The story of this village is quite curious albeit not dating back too far. In fact, it is reported that this village, until the 1960s had no electricity, phones or running water and it was only in the 1990s that it really started to develop. No doubt its development was at least in part due to the growth in popularity of La Manga. Enjoying a few significant annual festivals, the village is well worth a wander when youíre on holiday at La Manga. Notable events include the Easter week procession, the decoration of the fishing boats on the 16th July and the festival of Habanera songs during the first week in August. The village also boasts a good Sunday market, which offers local produce, clothing and household items.
When it comes to value for money, the Miramar Restaurant isnít cheap, but the quality is good, as is the location. A particularly clean, traditional interior, the Miramar features the classic long stainless steel bar so often found in Spanish restaurants. In years gone by, you can imagine the locals, three thick at the bar smoking, drinking, debating and eating tapas. Now though, the restaurant is well laid out with some bar seating, but largely laid to tables, which are surprisingly well spaced for such a busy spot. A two storey affair, you can choose an inside air-conditioned table or, if you reserve early enough, a table on the shaded terrace. Either way, youíll enjoy stunning views over the port, which has played host to the catch youíre about to enjoy.
Open all year round, the Miramar Restaurant is the ideal place for a special night out no matter whether youíre visiting La Manga Club during peak season or well out of season. While lunches and dinners are the main feature of the Miramar, it is possible, when thereís space, to pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy a drink and some tapas. All told, a visit to the Miramar will provide you with a bustling people-watching opportunity, great food and stunning views. If youíre planning to visit on a Sunday, itís well worth booking ahead though as this is the most popular time for the locals to hit the harbour and seek out a lovely lunch.
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