Facilities Available On Costa Esuri
Most banks have a representative who can speak English. All the banks have ATMs. Passports are required when changing money. Banks opening hours are Monday – Friday 08:30 – 14:00. In the summer some banks are open Saturdays 08:30 – 13:00.
In Ayamonte open Monday – Friday 09:00 – 14:00 (Varies elsewhere). Stamps are also sold at Tobacconists (look for brown and yellow “Tabac” sign).
The nearest is either Saras on the A49 both sides of the carriageway or there is a BP station on the road into Ayamonte, by the La Plaza shopping centre. As petrol is cheaper in Spain than in Portugal, there are often long queues. Diesel is gasoleo (Black Pump) and Unleaded is sin plumo.
Out of hours petrol is usually only available by pre-payment either at the pump with a card or through a night hatch at the cashier’s desk.
Known as Farmacia and marked with a green cross, they are easily spotted in streets. Most pharmacists speak some English. There will always be a duty chemist open 24 hours so if out of house check the notice on the door,
The first is to see a doctor and that you do in the Centro de Salud ( Medical Centre). Residents will need to register with a doctor and that is done very easily, talk to the people at the front desk just inside the front door to the left.( see map below for exact location)
In the Ayamonte area it is unusual to come across a Doctor who speaks fluent English but this is improving and there are now Doctors in the local health centre who speak enough English to understand and be understood.The Andalucian Council now also have a special teletranslation service available to all non-Spanish speaking patients,simply get the doctor to call 902 505 060 and a translator will act between you and the doctor. It’s a free service. For more information click here
Medical services are available at the following addresses:
- Centro de Salud Ayamonte, Main Avenida TEL: 959 470 880
- Centro de Salud Isla Cristina, Avenida Arquito Aramburn Maqua TEL: 959 343 353
- Centro de Salud de Lepe, Calle el Rompido TEL: 959 383 190
- Centro de Salud, Avenida Castilla, La Antilla TEL: 959 481 270
These are open 24 hours and are equivalent to the walk in centres in the UK. If you require treatment please take your passport and European Health Insurance card – doing so could save you money!
The Emergency Telephone Number is 112
There are a number of supermarkets to be found in Ayamonte. These include Mercadona (in La Plaza shopping centre) and Dia, both of which can be found on the road into Ayamonte, Supersol (near the ferry to Portugal) and Supersol close to the Ayamonte Centre are on the way to Isla Canela. Supermarkets are generally open 09:30 – 20:00 and closed on Sundays.
If you need some shopping on Sundays there is the onsite mini market or the Saras petrol station at junction 129 on the A49 (direction Huelva) or pop over the bridge to Portugal where you will find Eco Marche, Pingo Doce and Lidl in Villa Real de San Antonio (1st exit after the bridge) all open until 18:00 (19:00 Spanish). Should you wish to do a ‘big shop’ there is a Carrefour at Cartaya, about 30kms away. Take the A49 towards Huelva and leave at the Cartaya exit (105). Follow the road, over one roundabout, to a large roundabout, where Carrefour will be on your left. Opening hours 10:00 – 22:00, closed on Sundays.
Observing traditional Spanish opening hours (closes for a siesta after lunch) this little convenience store is ideal for fresh bread and all your holiday essentials. The cheerful shop owner, Manolo, prides himself on stocking a few English treats that are usually hard to find in this part of Spain.
A few tables and chairs outside the shop mean anyone purchasing a coffee or a beer are welcome to sit and enjoy the fabulous views of the golf course.
For those of you of the sporty persuasion there is a tennis club in Ayamonte, no membership required! If you’re interested in booking the court for a few games call them on 959471885