DESPITE the financial crisis, the number of bars and restaurants in Almeria Province has continued to rise in the past six years.
From 2005 to 2010, the number has grown by 6.3 to 3,763, according to a study carried out by La Caixa. In other Andalucian provinces such as Jaen and Huelva, however, the number of bars and restaurants has fallen.
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The town in Almeria with the fewest establishments is Maria, with just five, and in Zurgena, numbers have dropped by 57 per cent since 2005 and there are now only five.
Quite a difference from the 988 in Almeria city, 617 in Roquetas de Mar and 500 in El Ejido. Vera, Nijar, Mojacar, Adra and Huercal Overa also have more than 100 each, and the towns which have seen the most bars and restaurants open in the past years are Vicar and Vera, with 34.1 per cent more.
Andalucia is the Spanish region with the most bars and restaurants in Spain, with 16.7 per cent of the total, and the number has increased by more than six per cent over the five years observed. The province with most bars and restaurants in Malaga, with 11,812, having increased by 12.2 per cent in five years.