Summer Extravaganza – Culture and Barbecue

Gerald Brenan cultural visit (Churriana)

Followed by Brazilian-format barbecue dinner to get you into the Olympics mood for Rio 2016!

Wednesday 22 June

18.45h for 19.00h start

Visit to Gerald Brenan House and Centre, Calle Torremolinos 56, Churriana

(easy to find just three minutes from IKEA)

Gerald Brenan

GERALD BRENAN was a leading light in the 20th century community of international writers on the Costa del Sol and an inspiration to many of us… author of The Spanish Labyrinth, South of Granada and others.

His home in Churriana, just before Málaga airport, has been rebuilt and restored into a centre of study for his work. In its day it was visited by Ernest Hemmingway and Bertrand Russell, plus others (Photo courtesy of Gerald Brenan Centre).

Come and join our last Costa Press Club meeting before the summer for a tour of the centre, followed by a fun-format Brazilian-style meal nearby at Plaza Mayor.

The tour of Brenan’s former property and a brief talk will be led by the director of the centre, Silvia Grijalba, and her team. The short overview will be in Spanish and the tour will be in Spanish and English (questions in English or Spanish). Guests are welcome.

Followed by a change of scene just five minutes’ drive away…

Summer Olympic mood-setting dinner at La Posada de Brasil, popular and fun Brazilian eatery in nearby Plaza Mayor Centro Comercial.

This is an unlimited barbecue format with a wide selection of excellent meats including chicken and sausages, and a great range of salads, vegetables, potatoes, rice dishes, etc.

It is in the part of Plaza Mayor at the Shell petrol station end of Plaza Mayor Centro Comercial, behind the new Media Markt and right next to the railway station. Plenty of parking and easy to arrive and leave.

Included in the price is the whole barbecue range, drinks over dinner (beers, wine, water, soft drinks) and dessert.

The meal starts at 20.15h for 20.30h, as we transfer from the Casa Gerald Brenan.

Price: €15 members (group price reduced from €20 with member’s subsidy)

Guests very welcome: €25

Members can drive easily between the two venues, and will be given directions on the day to Plaza Mayor if needed from the Brenan House.

Please reply to jesper@costapressclub.com by Monday 20 June if you will be coming for dinner. No need to confirm meal choices as it is buffet format.

DIRECTIONS BY CAR

(Note: If thinking of the train, arrange to be collected at Plaza Mayor Cercanías station, and after dinner the station is right next to the restaurant.)

The Casa Gerald Brenan Centre, Calle Torremolinos 56, Churriana, is easy to find, just two minutes on a more or less straight drive inland on the wide Coin/Alhaurín/Churriana road up from IKEA/Plaza Mayor.

Coming from Fuengirola direction, leave the AP7/MA20 autovía at the Avenida Velasquez turn, junction 0 (where you used to turn off for the airport), and then at the IKEA exit of the old N340, turn off onto the A404 inland towards Churriana and Coin. Follow this wide dual carriageway towards Churriana for about 1.5 kilometres, looking out for the large Día supermarket sign on the left of the dual carriageway. Just after this sign, turn right at the roundabout with a blue CHURRIANA decorative name on it, which leads straight onto the narrower Calle Torremolinos, the main street running into the old village of Churriana. The house is a large white townhouse about 100 metres on the left after the roundabout off the main road. Park in the residential side-streets off to the left (Calle Giaconda) just before the house, or right-hand streets just after it; plenty of parking. In total, just two to three minutes from the IKEA turn off. Arrive 18.45h for 19.00h start. Google map GPS coordinates are 36.665091, -4.504564