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    Castillo del Romeral

    When taking a look out the plane window during landing or take-off on Gran Canaria, tourists immediately spot the small villages on the south-eastern coast, from Maspalomas to Las Palmas.

     

    Those are pristine former fishing villages. The main income of the inhabitants came mostly from fishing. Some of those villages are still the same today as they were decades ago, with a small harbour, fishing boats and a beach. Behind it, the former fishermen’s huts have given way to modern apartments. What makes these places worth living in and provides the villages with their special vibe is the lively buzz of activity until late into the night. During the day, the children play and swim on the beach, after work the elderly sit in front of their houses or on the squares, later they move to the taverns and restaurants – fish restaurants, of course.

     

    The restaurant “Las Salinas” is all about fish and seafood, and the location of the terrace – right on the promenade with the sea water swimming pools – makes this place the perfect destination to visit with friends. At “Las Salinas”, the chef himself, Paco, is in the kitchen and ensures that everything you have on the plate is fresh and properly seasoned. The waiters are very friendly and the portions are more than generous. Our fish plate for 2 people consisted of 7 fried fish, yet the prices are still affordable.



    With approximately 3,000 inhabitants, Castillo del Romeral is a rather contemplative place. It is situated right at the gateway to the largest tourist community of the Canary Islands, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, but still a bit hidden and secluded. The residents are provided with all basic facilities: school and sports courts, supermarkets, and there are also some specialty shops. You don’t have to go to the next bigger town every time you need something, and due to the diverse range of newer housing estates, many people who work in the touristic southern area have settled here with their families.


     

    Most of the beaches in Castillo del Romeral are gravel and stone beaches. At the pier and the fishing port there is a small sandy beach right at the village entrance. But you have to share it with the fishing boats and the fishermen. From the harbour, we continue our way alongside the promenade towards the two large natural pools, which are very popular among both tourists and residents.

    This fall, the island government has also invested several thousand Euros to renovate the plaza in front of them. There are a lot of coconut trees, and following the renovation, this place is a colourful invitation to use the seating areas and even enjoy the nightly atmospheric lighting.

    On older depecitions of Castillo del Romeral, a castle is recognisable. North of the village, supposedly there are still the remnants of the foundations of a larger building. Reliable information about it is hard to come by, but there are some stories regarding former local rulers. A story which is more credible says that there used to be a large stone house where salt was stored. In any case, salt extraction once happened in Castillo del Romeral: to the North around Las Salinas del Matorral, the remains of the salt basins are still recognisable.

     

    Restaurant in Castillo del Romeral:

    http://www.canariaslocal.com/index.php/en/85-las-salinas

     

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