This wall flanked the small bay together with a natural cliff and an added on jetty. Strips of blue sky that echoed the color of the ocean let some sun come through once in a while. Only I was not warm enough to strip into beach gear.
However most importantly, it's on the foot of a small stone staircase a back access for the Santa Cruz Park Maritime.
Huge canvas sheets inside give it a tent like appeal. Even the square sides with their open walls were controlled by such material. Some of the restaurant's wooden roof had joined timber beams but, the top center set it apart. There seemed to be an open dome that was made with timber poles.. There, natural air could enter in addition to the lateral ventilation mentioned before.
By the way, I remember that we absolutely loved the music that was playing in the background. The waiter said that it was a long tape. It was neither folk, pop, jazz or techno. I think it was classical stuff, such as Vivaldi.
We are still puzzled why this eating place has been closed down. It was one of 7 within the Parque Maritimo. Nothing else seemed to be open at the time. It was strange that so many young people arrived later on and went into the Maritime park from its back. However, a few also remained by the beach.
By the way, the above mentioned article by the newspaper La Opinion points out that beach Playa Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique of Santa Cruz used to be a horribly neglected and dirty seashore that was full of trash. The Abadia restaurant saw to it that all this changed. Now they had to close and one wonders if all the filth of before will return there. A shame, indeed. I wish I had the time to go and see if the restaurant was brought back to life, after all. Any comments will be much appreciated.
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