|5comentario, now open all year round|
"Paseo de la Playa" is a street-name more usually found in seaside resorts, as it means a promenade along the beach. But we have our very own Playa. Its origin isn't clear: some say it is named after a bar that's not there any more, others will tell you it's because there used to be a large sandy area where the municipal park is now. But it remains an enduring source of confusion for visitors.
The Playa has long been an area for social activities, and being one of the few flat places in Alcalá, it's the ideal place to parade your new baby up and down or take your aged grandparents for a constitutional stroll before dinner. Until the 1930s it was home to the bull-ring (now converted to flats, thankfully) and the August fair used to be held there until it moved to the purpose-built Recinto de Feria on the outskirts of the town. Twenty years ago, before the A381 motorway bypassed Alcalá, it had three discos and even more bars, and people came from all the surrounding towns and villages to party the weekend away.
|Archive photo: Feria on the Playa|
|Archive photo: Bar de la Playa|
|Quiosco Luca (open summer nights only)|
|Deep-fried heaven - churros in the morning, potato crisps at night|
|El Pájaro Loco, located in the park behind Pizarros |
(open from midday, summer only)
|Best burgers in town, and you can wash them down with a beer or two!|