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“Beautiful little Plaza ruined by Brit bars”
Review of Plaza de Ole

Plaza de Ole
Ranked #20 of 64 things to do in Benalmadena
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Malaga
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful little Plaza ruined by Brit bars”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

My memories of this lovely little square having live guitarists and flamenco dancers from local schools throughout most of the year, surrounded by vibrant little bars and great eateries have been ruined over the past decade as a trail of failed Brit bars have slowly but surely brought the place to its knees.
It is ideal in location, set uniquely between the main road and the beach / marina with enough interior seating and terraces to hold hundreds of visitors, yet as only a few of the bars are ver open now the place cannot live up to its hey day.
There are a couple of lovely bars there at present that deserve the trade they have, and I wish them the very ver best of luck, but short of the majority of bars returning to Spanish ownership or management there seems little hope of a revitalization.
If I won the lottery I would pay for the music and dancing to return to this most attractive little hidden gem in the hope of seeing the square back to its old self so that I and many others could once again relive those memorable times.
Good luck to the present bars and I pray that, short of a lottery win, the square is better patronized so the businesses here can afford to work together again as they have in the past to make the whole experience much greater than the sum of its parts.

Visited November 2013
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Playa Blanca, Spain
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78 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A nice little square, with a couple of friendly bars.”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

This square is nicely between the main road and the beach, and has some friendly bars in it, such as Benedicts and Buddy's, both of which I had an evening drink.
The one I steered clear of after one visit was the Ole bar, it was empty when we got there, but Richard spent all of his time staring across at the other bars, who had customers in them, and Annette was most certainly the rudest person we have met in a long time, refused to serve me at the bar, barked at me to go and sit down, refused to allow me to take my drinks to my table, and made a fuss when I wanted to pay straight away, needless to say, that was the only drink we had in the place.

Visited November 2013
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

One of the nicest squares in Benelmadena with the most hospitable of owners this is a little treasure.If you are ever in the area, Bar Ole is an "absolute must". Loved it. Thank you both Annette & Richard see you again in August

Visited November 2013
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Lovely hidden square”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

The plaza de ole is situated not far from the triton hotel<what a little gem it is so relaxing and peaceful >We used to sink a few in the bar owned by a hungarian lady and her husband was from belfast i loved the crack there the bar was next door to the bar ole back there next may so see you again

GB

Visited October 2013
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Willington, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“not to be missed the ole plaza”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Just returned from my recent holiday in BENALMADANA. Nice to meet up with old friends Richard and Annette at the Bar Ole. Malc and Jackie at Buddies. Also delighted to see Benedicts going strong in very capable hands with excellent food prepared by Edina a must try Norm bless him does a great job well trained by Edina. Nice to see all of the bars open in the square open wishing them all good fortune. You can enter the square as strangers and leave as friends

Visited September 2013
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