May 2008 Archive

Spanish Property Market

The Spanish property market has been experiencing difficult times over the past couple of years and many Estate agents have gone out of business and many more are set to follow. The exchange rates for sterling are at an all time low against the euro and predicted to get worse. Some are saying one for one over the next twelve months. At that time the UK will probably join the euro if it’s not already been orchestrated!

The doom and gloom of the British economy is having a negative effect on everything, especially the spanish property market that was once booming. There are still people buying property in Spain but the trend seems to be people leaving the UK and selling up to seek a new life. It’s understandable, especially with the recent events with the new PM Gordon Brown and his crew.

Some of the property prices here are reflecting a bad situation and those who need to sell are reducing there prices accordingly. There are a few good deals to be had if you know what you are doing. It’s certainly the time to buy and have recently seen an influx of private investors swooping up some of the worthwhile deals to be had. Some are not worth having if it’s a fast profit you want!

Finding the right property is a very time consuming task and most people simply do not have the time , let alone the expertise , in finding the best deals and a property worth investing in.

There are areas in Spain that should be avoided mainly due to the mass developments that have been allowed along the coast, many of which continue to cause financial problems for the investors and more recently the short sighted developers who built them!

To shop smart, you really need an expert property finder that is well versed in such a task and can fast track you to the best deals worth seeing.

Here is a general property link

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Posted by on 05/31/2008 21:42:00

Caves at Vall d'Ebo

A beautiful day out can be enjoyed in the mountains just 30 kilometres from Denia. Take the road to Pego, off the N 332, and from there continue towards Val d’Ebo, a beautiful winding road, passing the ravines of la Canya and l’Infern.

On arrival at the village you can visit the marvelous cave “Cova del Rull”, with its spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and rocks.

Visiting hours: April – September, fron 10.20 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. November – 14th January from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00.p.m. 16th February – March and October from 11.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Entry tickets will be sold until 40 minutes before the daily closure. The cave will be closed on December 25th and January 1st and from 15th January to 15th February.

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Posted by on 05/30/2008 21:41:00

Turron Museum

An interesting day out is a visit to the Turron Museum at Jijona. This can be enjoyed in conjunction with taking friends or relatives back to the airport at Alicante or just as a day out.

Just north of Alicante on the A7 take the N340 which will take you to Jijona, approximately 24 kilometres from Alicante. The museum is in Carretera Jijona-Busot, km 1 and is open from 10.0 a.m. to 1.0.p.m. and from 4.0 p.m. to 7.0 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 1.0 p.m. and 5.0 p.m. to 7.0 p.m. Sundays and Festival days.

The museum is a private institution showing the technology related to the making of turron and marzipan. This was a very important activity during the XXth century but its roots date back to the Middle Ages.

The museum has three floors, the top floor displays the raw materials used, the middle floor shows the processes of making the turron and the lower floor the commercialization of the product.

Visits are carried out in the company of a guide. Brochures are available in several languages.

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Posted by on 05/30/2008 21:40:00

Guided Tours in Denia

There are various guided tours in Denia, free of charge at certain times of the year.

One is a walk through Denia and the Castle. This tour lasts for two hours and can be reserved before departure, telephone 96 642 23 67. Entrance to the castle is €1.55 for adults, 75 centimos for children.

Another walk is through the Parc Natural del Montgo, leaving from the entrance of the market of Yorrecremada at 9.0 a.m., reservations can be made for a maximum of 20 places, telephone 96 642 32 05 or 679 196 461.

There is also a tour of the Fallas on the 17th and 18th March only, maximum 30 places, telephone 96 642 23 67.

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Posted by on 05/30/2008 21:38:00

Walking in Denia

Stroll by the water’s edge!

This walk is a delightful flat stroll along the coast in Denia. A very pleasant way to travel to Denia is by train which travels from Benidorm, stopping at Altea, Calpe, Benissa, Teulada, Gata and La Xara.

When you arrive at Denia, walk towards the coast, just a hundred yards or so and turn right, walking south until you arrive at the fork, the right hand fork continues towards Javea. Take the left hand fork and turn left at any of the lanes on the left which will take you to the sea.

Here you can continue walking along the water’s edge for about a mile and there are a couple of restaurants and bars along the way. The whole return walk from the station is approximately four miles.

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Posted by on 05/27/2008 21:37:00

Javea International Festival

very year there is an International Festival held in Javea and this year it is from the 12th to the 14th June. There are representatives from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and others, also Holland, France, Ireland, Germany, Morocco and Canada.

The festival began 13 years ago in order to promote the integration of the many nationalities that live in this area. Now 27 countries participate.
There will be theatre groups, jazz bands, ethnic music, rock music and many others.

On Saturday there will also be activities for children, with workshops and games.

On Thursday night there will be a spectacular procession of the Moors and Christians, followed by popular rock/pop band Dark Horse.

On Friday there will be EnDanza, music from Hungary and Uruguay, followed by singer Niko Costello and on Saturday the finale will be jazz and the Ciutat Big Band.

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Posted by on 05/27/2008 21:35:00

Costa Blanca Entertainment

For anyone visiting or living in the area between Denia and Calpe there are very many varied types of entertainment and below are listed just a few:

Castle Theatre, Denia.

This theatre group perform many plays at the Castle Theatre but on 31st May they are performing at the Town Hall Theatre in Rafol de Almunia. There will be two one-act plays, the first called Golf War Widows, – 3 golf widows at the 19th hole, discussing their lives. The second play is called Outrageous Pleasure, a comedy about a Shakespeare play in the Park. Tickets are €10 and are available from the Booking Office at Rafol Town Hall or call Christine on 626 201 636. The Castle Theatre Group are looking for new members.

The Javea Players

This group perform regularly in Gata, but on Monday, 9th June until Saturday, 14th June they are performing two comedies at La Micheta, next to the Ifach Golf Club, off the Moraira to Calpe road. There will also be a barbecue with wine and the inclusive price is €16.50. The two plays are called Darling You Were Wonderful and What·s For Pudding. To make reservations call 96 649 1276.

The World of Music, Calpe

On Friday, 6th June at the Casa de Cultura in Calpe there is a musical show featuring different styles, ranging from Musical Theatre to Rock and Pop and from the quiet villages of Cornwall to the carnivals of Latin America, also students from Marcia·s Dance Centre in Calpe. Tickets are €12 and are available from The Kamala Centre (Tennis Club, Calpe), The Book and Card Shop in Calpe, The Bodega, calle Las Americas, Orba, Kelly·s, La Xara and Bar 23, Jalon or call 96 558 1483.

International Moraira Music Festival

This will take place on the stage by the castle in Moraira on Sunday, 8th June at 18.45 hours. The festival will be part of the Moraira Moors and Christians Fiesta Celebrations.

The bars and restaurants that surround the castle have outside terraces with reserved seating or bring your own seat. Should it rain the concert could be delayed or cancelled.

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Posted by on 05/20/2008 21:33:00

Moors and Christians

The fiesta of the Moors and Christians is one of the most spectacular throughout the whole of Spain and is celebrated at different times in different towns and villages.

The Moors ruled Spain for seven hundred years from the 8th to the 15th century and the fiesta celebrates the re-conquest of Spain by the Christians.

The fiesta is celebrated in Moraira in June and this year it will be held on the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th June. On the first day there are processions along the streets with bands and orchestras and fancy dress. On Friday, a mock battle is staged when the Christians reconquer the town and this is held on the Ampolla beach with the Moors and Christians in magnificent costumes. There is much shooting and fighting and is well worth seeing.

On Saturday there will be processions in the streets with flower displays and fancy dress.

On Sunday, the final day there is the most fantastic and spectacular procession in the evening, beginning around 19.00 hours and lasting for two to three hours. Seats are provided in the streets for which a nominal charge is made.

The costumes are out of this world and cost many thousands of euros. Usually there are horsemen, sometimes camels, gym displays and floats and many other attractions. When the procession is ended there is a magnificent firework display ovder the beach.

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Posted by on 05/14/2008 21:31:00

Medieval Show in Alfaz

Entertainment for all the family. There is a beautiful castle at Alfaz which gives spectacular medieval shows with jousting and many attractions, including dinner. One child goes free with each family.

The castle is situated off the N332 on the left hand side driving towards Benidorm.

For further information and reservations telephone 902 99 54 26

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Posted by on 05/14/2008 21:29:00

Calpe Attractions

The town of Calpe on the Costa Blanca has many attractions, the first one being the Ifach Rock.

This is the smallest Natural Park on the Mediterranean and it is possible to climb it.

This walk takes approximately two hours and the trail starts in El Aula de la Naturaleza, which houses an exhibition hall exploring the protected natural spaces and displaying specimens of flora and fauna from the park itself.

The path to the summit is bordered by lavender, pine trees and other shrubs.

The route passes by the remains of an ancient wall rebuilt in the 14th century and continues on to a tunnel which cuts through the rock and opens up on the north east side.

There are some glorious beaches and coves in and around Calpe, some of the rocks form sculptural figures and also here are archaeological sites.

Just below the rock there is the fish auction and port and if you visit this area in the afternoon you will see the fishing boats coming in with their catch and unloading, ready to start the fish auction at 5.0 p.m. You can watch the auction from a special walkway. There is a screen which shows information on each crate of fish with its lot number, the type of fish, the weight and the starting price, which is gradually lowered until a buyer presses the Purchase button and stops the process.

Just behind the fish auction all the fishing nets are lined out to dry in the sun and behind this again are several fish restaurants, all vying for your custom. They are all very competitive and a very good three course meal, including wine can be bought for as little as €8.50 plus VAT.

The centre of Calpe is a long street starting at the sea and climbing to the top, with many shops, cafes and restaurants and the old town at the top on the left hand side also has many tapas bars and restaurants.

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Posted by on 05/14/2008 21:25:00