Bar Miramar, San Juan, Spain, 1957

APRIL 1957 – The Bar Miramar in San Juan d’Alacant in Spain is ready to welcome guests. Scan © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here is another amazing shot from a distant relative who visited San Juan d’Alacant in Spain in early April 1957. This one, too, is a tiny historic document – because the area has changed completely over the past 65 years. Back then there were just villas at the beach road, mostly bungalows or two-storey buildings, and no high rise buildings at all. And there were a few beach bars like the Miramar in the photo.

Today, however, there are countless (really!) high rise hotels and appartment buildings. Sure enough, there are still bars and restaurants at the beach, but everything seems much more organized today. With paved boardwalks, formal parking lots, and street lanterns.

I think that a tiny paradise has gone forever in just six decades. But I don’t blame the people of San Juan. They need to work, too, and if there is demand, why not satisfy this demand? Clearly, it’s a win-win situation for both the local workers and the tourist who can enjoy a beautiful vacation at the beach. (Still, watching images from the past makes me feel a bit sad.)

The high resolution image

Capture DateApril 1957
LocationSan Juan d’Alacant, Spain
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4448 x 3019 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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