1. Responsible day drinking
Living in Spain is like living in an ad for stain-resistant carpet: It’s totally okay to drink red wine in the middle of the day. Having a drink during your lunch break (which lasts an hour or two) is an acceptable way to break up the work day — just know your limits! Spaniards might be laid back, but they never drink with the goal of getting drunk, and showing up to work that way would not be acceptable!
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The port in Estepona has always been a hub of activity, especially on Sundays when the entire marina is transformed into a bustling market. Now there is one more special reason for visiting this vibrant area. A charming French couple have taken over the El Nuevo Embarcadero restaurant that adjoins the Club del Mar and is perched high above the western side of the port, boasting superlative views over the Mediterranean Sea. And what a find it is! When you enter El Nuevo Embarcadero, you are immediately met by a stylish bar area where you can relax and savour drinks on their modern lounge sofas. The bar then leads into a large open-plan restaurant that is filled with natural light as it is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass curtains, providing uninterrupted views out across the sea and converting this restaurant into a truly exceptional dining venue. When we visited, the restaurant was almost full with a sophisticated, buzzy ambience. The tables, with their beautifully laundered white tablecloths, are well spaced-out, giving a great sense of space and making you feel entirely relaxed.
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