Tuesday, March 8, 2016

We find wonderful seafood restaurant in Arguineguin

We visited the small town of Arguineguin quite often. It was only about ten minutes from Meloneras, and it had little stores where we could buy the cooking utensils that we were lacking in our townhouse. You wouldn't think this would be a difficult task but supermarkets didn't stock simple things like cutting boards, knives and graters. You could buy a Rolex watch but not a simple knife.

ArguineguĂ­n is a located at the end of the motorway and was, until fairly recently, little more than a fishing village. Still a working port, ArguineguĂ­n has developed into a tourist resort with hotel complexes and endless high rise apartments. This end of town is very much a Norwegian enclave and we didn’t much care for it.

What we did like was the area around the harbour where the fishing boats came in. One night we watched as tuna and mackerel were unloaded from two boats that had just come in. The fishermen run their own restaurant in the same building as the fish market. I loved going there and picking out whichever fresh fish I wanted. The restaurant wasn't fancy but the fish was excellent and the prices half of what you would pay along our promenade. There was also a store selling beautiful fresh fish.

Further along the fishing pier was a shrine to the fishermen. It was covered with lots of fresh flowers and plants. This was something unusual because Gran Canaria is basically volcanic rock.

Further along the wharf was the bright orange Salvatore Maratimo search and rescue boat. Right beside it were a couple of very unseaworthy boats that had been used to smuggle migrants. One had been towed to port a few days previously. Forty-nine migrants who had set sail from the Western Sahara had been rescued from it.

There was a glass-bottom ferry that sailed to Mogan, where you could have lunch before returning. We always intended to do it but some how never made it.

When we were thinking of living on Gran Canaria, near Arguineguin, one of the draws was the David Silva recreation centre with its beautiful 25-meter indoor swimming pool that Silva had paid to renovate. In case you don't know David Silva is a Spanish football player who plays for Man City. Arguineguin is his home town.

The drive back from Arguineguin was always fairly dismal as it was through rock-covered low mountains with virtually no vegetation. In several places the hillsides would have been scoured in preparation for building that never happened because of the Spanish crisis.

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