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December 4, 2017

Spain to UK Removals

Spain to UK Removals – If you have sold your house in Spain and are moving back to the United Kingdom, you will no doubt be taking some stuff back with you. If you are driving back to the UK it is possible that you will be able to take most or all of your belongings back with you, but if you are flying back or have a lot of stuff after many years in Spain, then you will need to find a removal company who can take this stuff for you. If your property is on the Costa Blanca or Costa Calida then you might want to consider using Swift Removals, a reliable company with plenty of experience. One advantage of using Swift Removals is that they have a secure storage facility in Catral (Costa Blanca) where they offer one month’s free storage, allowing you to get back to the UK and organise yourself for the arrival of your possessions without having to rush around or panic. Swift Removals will even bubble wrap your belongings, box them up and label them so that they don’t get lost. Call Swift Removals on 0034 603 336 463 quoting “Steve’s Deals” for the very best deals and prices.

September 2, 2013

Sucina Murcia

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Costa Calida,Spain — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 10:49 am

A small village in the Murcia region of Spain, Sucina is close to Murcia’s border with Alicante, so it could be considered to be part of either the Costa Blanca or Costa Calida. Sucina has a population of around a thousand, a population which is now rising (due to tourism) where it was previously falling due to youngsters moving away to more prosperous areas. Sucina is handy for the beaches of the Mar Menor and also those of the Orihuela Costa, so although it is an inland village, a beach is never far away. Golf is also important for Sucina with a course and country club near to the village.

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July 19, 2011

Torre de la Horadada Spain

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Costa Calida,Spain — Tags: , — needahand @ 11:14 am
Torre de la Horadada Marina and Tower

Torre de la Horadada Marina and Tower

Torre de la Horadada Spain: Perhaps one of the lesser known of the Costa Blanca’s seaside resorts, Torre de la Horadada is also one of the prettiest of the southern resorts, with attractive coastline and seafront walks, a charismatic watch tower dating from the time when pirates sailed these seas, numerous sandy beaches, sunny weather and a delightful marina with plenty of mooring space.

Despite the age of its tower, Torre de la Horadada has mostly developed during recent times, with the demand for coastal holiday homes growing and it really acts as the coastal arm of nearby Pilar de la Horadada, which as a town, falls a little short of the coast.

Very close to the border of Alicante and Murcia, Torre de la Horadada together with Pilar de la Horadada and El Mojon is one of the Costa Blanca’s southernmost resorts, head any further south and you will find yourself on the Costa Calida and the resorts of the Mar Menor, a little further and you will reach the city of Cartagena with its ancient Roman and Carthaginian ruins.

So if you are visiting the southern Costa Blanca region, don’t miss out on the charming little resort of Torre de la Horadada.

June 20, 2011

Lighthouse Picture at La Manga

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , — needahand @ 8:38 am
Lighthouse Picture La Manga

Lighthouse Picture La Manga

Lighthouse Picture at La Manga – Beautiful picture of a lighthouse, located at Cabo de Palos close to La Manga, in the Murcia region of Spain.

A lovely spot to visit if you are in the Costa Calida region, make sure you go and enjoy a coffee in the pretty harbour nearby.

Cabo de Palos is at the start of the La Manga strip.

June 2, 2011

Lo Pagan Mud Baths

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 8:15 am
Lo Pagan Mud Baths

Lo Pagan Mud Baths

Great places to visit – the healing mud baths of Lo Pagan. If you are visiting the Costa Calida, in the Murcia region of Spain this year you should take time out to visit the famous healing mud baths at Lo Pagan – completely free for visitors to use, these well laid-out mud baths include wooden platform areas with steps for elderly and disabled visitors. The hot healing mud is renowned for its healing properties and can be very helpful for a variety of ailments and skin complaints. To get to Lo Pagan follow the N-332 from Torevieja or the Orihuela Costa and turn off just before San Pedro del Pinatar, by the roundabout with the little boat, Lo Pagan is clearly signposted. Get there early to get parking nearby, it can get pretty busy in summer time and parking spaces are limited close to the beach, though there is plenty of parking before you get to the beach.

Lo Pagan Map.

February 10, 2011

Los Alcazares Apartments for Rent

Filed under: Costa Calida,Holidays,Spain — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 2:57 pm
Los Alcazares Apartments

Los Alcazares Apartments – The Beach

Luxurious two bedroom apartment, currently available for holidays on the Mar Menor resort of Los Alcazares, Costa Calida, Spain. Perfectly situated just fifty metres from the beach of Los Narejos, this super Los Alcazares apartment should be ideal for your holiday in this popular area in the Murcia region of Spain. Renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent golfing facilities, Los Alcazares is also very handy for the airport at San Javier, being just a few minutes drive away, it can also be reached from Alicante airport, though is is a somewhat longer drive. Another of our superb Mar Menor, Los Alcazares apartments, this property offers, 2 bedrooms (sleeps up to 4 people), 1 bathroom, community swimming pool, kid’s pool, fully fitted kitchen, outside terrace with garden furniture, air-conditioning etc. Holiday rentals in this fine apartment are offered from just £255 per week, and long term rentals may be considered as well, should this be your requirement. Los Alcazares has all the usual amenities expected of a modern resort and of course the beach area is the most popular, with warm waters and safe bathing, due to the Mar Menor being a huge enclosed lagoon. Full details of this and other Los Alcazares apartments for rent can be found here: Los Alcazares Apartments.

September 17, 2010

Costa Calida Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 12:52 pm

A popular Spanish region enjoying a fine climate (it is one of the driest areas of Spain), and lying within the Murcia autonomous community, the Costa Calida has some of the best beaches in this part of the country, especially those along the Mar Menor coastline, which also enjoys a sea temperature five degrees warmer than the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The best of the beach resorts include Los Alcazares, San Pedro del Pinatar, Lo Pagan, San Javier and Puerto Mazarron, most of these are easily accessible from Murcia (San Javier) airport which is actually located beside the Mar Menor, some distance from the city of Murcia which is some 20 kilometres inland. The Costa Calida is a fantastic area for golfers, with a huge choice of courses which you can try out, around the Mar Menor there are several fine courses including Roda Golf, the Serena Golf Resort, La Torre Golf and the Mar Menor Golf Resort, near to Los Alcazares. There are even more courses surrounding the city of Murcia,with the now troubled Polaris World developing lots of courses and residential complexes in this area.

May 18, 2010

Pilar de la Horadada Costa Blanca

Pilar de la Horadada church

Pilar de la Horadada Church

The attractive little town of Pilar de la Horadada is named after an ancient watchtower which was originally used to warn local inhabitants of pirate attacks many centuries ago. It was probably originally inhabited by the Iberians and was later settled by Romans, Moors and eventually reconquered by Christians. Pilar de la Horadada is the southernmost town in Alicante and the Costa Blanca, to the south is the Murcia region and the area known as the Costa Calida. After the Christian reconquest it marked the border between the Kingdoms of Aragon and Castile and it eventually ained its independence from the town of Orihuela in 1986. Pilar is well known as an agricultural area and grows much produce including lettuces, broccoli and celery, other products include melons, oranges and lemons, for this is citrus growing territory, it also grows numerous flower species. The nearby Rio Seco is an important protected area with some rare species of flora and fauna, in particular orchids and a species of dwarf palm tree. In recent years Pilar de la Horadada has become more developed with an increase in demand for holiday homes and properties for relocation, and the town now has a large expat community, with many Brits and North Europeans choosing to settle here permanently. Pilar has a popular beach area where many visitors enjoy the fine local weather especially during the hot summer months, it attracts both Spanish and International visitors.

Pilar de la Horadada Street Map.

December 9, 2009

Jellyfish of the Mar Menor

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 5:28 pm
The Mar Menor

The Mar Menor

There have been reports suggesting that the Mar Menor jellyfish population has been significantly reduced by an ongoing campaign aided by local fishermen. Some 42 km of protective nets have been installed in this large salt lagoon on the Costa Calida, Spain, to help protect the popular beach areas and this has been mostly successful in preventing jellyfish infestation during the busy summer seasons of the last 2 years (2008 and 2009). Seventy eight tonnes of jellyfish were netted last year by local fishermen on the Mar Menor, a significant reduction compared to the 5,000 tonnes removed between 2000 and 2002. The oceanographic institute in Lo Pagan has been monitoring the jellyfish situation. The Mar Menor, formed by a narrow spit of land known as La Manga (The Sleeve) has some of the most popular seaside resorts along the Costa Calida, boasting wonderful sandy beaches and safe warm bathing waters, which are particularly renowned for their healing properties, being very high in salt content. The Mar Menor and Costa Calida are situated within the province of Murcia, in south-eastern Spain, some of its best known resorts include Los Alcazares, San Pedro del Pinatar, Santiago de la Ribera, Los Narejas, Los Urrutias, and San Javier.

November 29, 2009

Still Need Car Hire at Murcia Airport

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 9:42 am

Visitors finding it a little strange when arriving at Murcia airport and noting that the airport is actually a long way from Murcia itself, will be pleased to know that there is now a new Murcia airport being built at Corovera in the Sierra de Carrascoy, however they may not be so pleased when they realise that this airport is also going to be at least a 20 minute drive from the city itself. Of course the vast majority of arrivals at Murcia (San Javier) airport are actually heading for the coastal resorts of the northern Costa Calida and southern Costa Blanca, so San Javier, site of the existing Murcia airport, is actually better placed than the new airport for these visitors. Plans for the airport were first discussed in 2005 and despite objections to the construction, work has continued, and the new airport is due to be completed in 2010 at a cost of 266 million euros. Whether you are arriving at the existing airport or the new one when it opens, you will probably need to book car hire to get you to your resort and then around the area to make the most of your stay, other options include taxis, or a pre-booked airport transfer, in both cases once you arrive at your resort you will be somewhat confined to that immediate area if you have not booked a car hire vehicle, so you had better check that your destination accommodation is within easy reach of local facilities and beaches or you could be in for a long walk.

November 18, 2009

El Mojon Costa Blanca

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Costa Calida,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 3:39 pm
El Mojon Beach

El Mojon Beach

A small coastal resort located near to Pilar de la Horadada on the southern Costa Blanca, El Mojon is right on the border between the regions of Valencia and Murcia in fact some of the homes come under the control of one region, whilst other come under the auspices of the other. Situated beside the Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar (Natural Park of the Salt Lagoons), its development threatens this protected area. El Mojon has excellent beaches and its small population of around 600, increases many fold during the summer months, when many visitors arrive to enjoy the climate, beaches and sea. Quite a bit of property development has taken place in the area and many have chosen to settle in El Mojon or buy holiday homes there.

October 20, 2009

Calasparra Murcia Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 2:56 pm

Situated at the confluence of four rivers, the town of Calasparra is located in a rugged and mountainous part of the Murcia region of south-eastern Spain, the Sierra de Molina and Sierra de Puerto surround the town. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Calasparra has seen settlements by Iberians, Romans, Moors and Christians. Its proximity to so much water via the nearby rivers, led to its being important for the growing of rice, no a product that most would associate with the mountainous regions of Spain. Nearby places of interest include the holy town of Caravaca de la Cruz, Mula, Hellin, Moratalla and Cieza. Calasparra Map.

October 19, 2009

Murcia’s Roda Golf Resort

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 7:42 pm

One of the finest golf complexes in the Murcia region of Spain, the Roda Golf Resort Murcia is a superb development of villas, townhouses and apartments in a wonderful location, close to the popular Mar Menor (Lesser Sea). The Par 72 golf course was designed by Dave Thomas, one of Europe’s leading course designers, and though set on flat land, has still been made challenging and exciting to play. When complete the Roda Golf Resort will have some of the best facilities in Murcia including the 5 Star De Vere Hotel. If you are looking to buy a property on a golf course in Spain or in particular Murcia, then the Roda Golf Resort may be just what you are looking for.

The City of Murcia Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,History,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 11:30 am

The capital of the autonomous community of the same name, the city of Murcia is located in south-eastern Spain and has a population of around 433,000 and a municipal area of  881 square kilometres. Lying at the confluence of the River Guadalentin and River Segura, Murcia is in a rich and fertile area, despite experiencing some of the lowest rainfall in Spain. The surrounding fertile countryside is known as the “Huerta” (Orchard) and it is irrigated by the previously mentioned rivers, using methods introduced by the Romans and later the Moors. The city has a long history and was settled even before the Romans arrived in Spain. Its biggest changes occurred during the Arab occupation, when it was established as a provincial capital in 825 AD. Freed from Muslim control by the Castillians during the 13th century, Murcia subsequently came under the control of the  Kingdom of Aragon, and then back to Castile in 1304. After various periods of decline Murcia became wealthy during the 18th century as the city saw a boom in silk manufacture, though it was hit by a great earthquake in 1829, and was often flooded over the centuries. Murcia cathedral was built between 1394 and 1465, it displays various architectural styles including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. During the late 20th century Murcia city and region developed into a significant area for tourism, in particular golf resorts, which surround the city. Boasting some of the lowest rainfall in all of Spain the area is perfect for holidays all year round with Murcia weather conditions generally sunny and dry for over 300 days each year. Especially popular are the resorts along the Mar Menor coastline where such popular destinations as La Manga, Los Alcazares and San Javier, where the airport for the city is currently located, though a new airport is under construction as this article is being written are located. Murcia Map.

October 18, 2009

San Javier Costa Calida

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 2:38 pm

If you are travelling to south eastern Spain and heading for the Costa Calida region, there is a good chance that you will be arriving at San Javier airport. Generally called Murcia airport, it is actually some distance from the city of Murcia which can be confusing to visitors.

The town of San Javier itself is a traditional Spanish town with a resident population of about 23,000, it was named after Saint Francis Xavier. The municipal district of San Javier consists of 8 boroughs and covers an area of 74km2, it is an important area for agriculture as it has been for many centuries, though tourism is quickly taking over in importance.

The town sits beside the Mar Menor (“Lesser Sea”), the largest saltwater lagoon in Europe, and looks across to the famous resort of La Manga, which looks like a group of tower blocks rising vertically from the sea.

San Javier was originally developed during the Moorish occupation and it was their irrigation methods which enabled the region to be put to agriculture, they also developed fishing methods which were ideal for the Mar Menor’s conditions.

San Javier today is a busy little town enjoying a wonderful Mediterranean climate and typically the weather in San Javier is dry and sunny. This is a popular area for golfers as there are a number of complexes built or under construction nearby. To view a map of San Javier follow this link: San Javier Map.

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