Avoiding confusion

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Avoiding confusion
NAME CHANGE: The former Meson Gitano is now called the Yacimiento Arqueológico Barrio Almohadi Photo credit: Ismael Olea

THE Meson Gitano (Gypsy Inn), a group of six cave-houses below the Alcazaba in Almeria City, has had a change of name.

To avoid mystifying tourists visiting what is now a museum, it will be known as the Almohadi District archaeological site, referring to the era when the caves were part of a Moorish settlement between the 11th and 13th centuries.

“The centre is neither an inn and nor does it feature gypsy culture,” reasoned Almeria city hall’s Urban Development and Infrastructures councillor, Ana Martinez Labella.

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She was aware that it could take time for Almeria City residents to adapt to the new name, Labella explained, but the museum, which is included in the Junta’s Museum Network, is being promoted throughout Andalucia and Spain.

“Calling it Meson Gitano could cause confusion,” she said.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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