Monday, December 24, 2012

A must visit

When our ex-teacher, Ana, told us that she and her sister Marisu were opening a cafeteria at their parents’ house near Orihuela we were more than curious and could not wait to see it.

Yesterday we drove out there to find out what they had achieved and I can tell you Pam and I were amazed. We knew the house was grand and that the bar would be tasteful but we were not prepared for what we saw.

Photo This is the road you are looking for – Maraná is at the end on the right.

The land you can see at the bottom right of the picture is now fenced off and covered with gravel for parking.
Bar Marana Easy to find; from Bigastro, take the road to Orihuela at the  Eroski roundabout take the exit for Orihuela and Hurchillo. At the next roundabout take the exit for Hurchillo and then turn left onto the road to Hurchillo at the following roundabout.

About 200m on the right hand side you will see the sign and the road that takes you to Cafeteria Maraná.

The cafeteria, which specialises in postres, cafes, tés, batidos y cocktails, is open Thursday to Sunday from 3pm.

Inside, in what used to be the garage, is the smartest bar you could imagine; very tastefully decorated and with ample seating set out in various areas.  As you pass though the bar, you come to the children’s play area with plenty to keep the young members of the family occupied. Around the corner is the garden area with tables set out with some under a range of gazebos to protect you from the weather.

Apart from being very smart and spacious, Cafeteria Maraná is also a very relaxed place to enjoy a drink and a cake.  Not surprisingly, Ana told me that their clientele come from far afield just to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the beautiful views of the mountains and the plush surroundings.

You can take it from me, Pam and I will be visiting the bar often and will make a point of taking friends.

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