Saturday, 9 April 2016
At this time of year it's still cool at sunrise and sunset, aggravated by the wind chill.
Although I haven't worn long trousers since I arrived, I'm glad I brought a thermal best and V-neck sweater.
The centre of El Cotillo has a little bay, almost a cove, where the Atlantic Ocean meets land.
I expect it's a mere eight or ten feet above sea level here, where the Bar Café Central stands, on a slight gradient.
There is a maritime sculpture here, made in 2002, of two fishermen pushing a rowing-boat.
La Vaca Azul, a well-known local restaurant, perches on a rock at the bay, where there a broad, expansive terrace adjoins the quay.
I sat down at the Bar Central and ordered garlic prawns and little Cararian potatoes from the blackboard menu.
I'm wary of the fresh fish, exceedingly good as it likely is, because I have a preference for fish served skinless and, especially, boneless.
It is customary to serve fresh fish here on the bone.
This is predominantly a tapas menu, so I suggest it's a good place to eat at, if you want to try local cuisine.
They have octopus, squid, mussels, and more.
A basket arrived with a fresh crusty roll, alioli and a red, hot, fiery chilli sauce of some sort.
I'm glad I ordered what I did, because I'm reliably informed that two portions of tapas at Bar Central are adequate for most appetites.
The prawns cost €10 and the baby potatoes, €5.