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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.

August 9, 2015

The Murcia Region of Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 8:40 am
Mar Menor Murcia

The Mar Menor, Murcia

Murcia (Region) – The autonomous community of Murcia is sandwiched between the huge region of Andalusia and the region of Valencia, with an inland border with the Castile-La-Mancha region.

Murcia has a 150 mile coastline (commonly referred to as the Costa Calida), its capital is the city of the same name Murcia and it is one of the largest producers of fruit and vegetables in Europe.

The region of Murcia, especially the coastal part is a popular and growing area for tourism with many fine beach resorts, especially along the Mar Menor coast, with places like Los Alcazares and Lo Pagan among the most popular. There are also resorts in other areas to the south for instance Aguilas and Puerto Mazarron. The city of Murcia is the capital of the region and province, is the main shopping centre for the region and has many fine tourist attractions, such as the stunning Murcia Cathedral.

The region has a population of 1.4 million making it the 7th most populated of Spain’s provinces.

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.

Get more on Sucina here:

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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.

Read this interesting guide to 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.

Find out more about La Manga here:

June 2, 2011

Lo Pagan Mud Baths

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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.

Read a guide to Los Alcazares here:

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.

See a Pilar de la Horadada guide here:

May 12, 2010

Los Alcazares Murcia Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 6:41 pm
Las Palmeras Beach Los Alcazares Murcia

Las Palmeras Beach Los Alcazares Murcia

A small coastal resort situated on the Mar Menor in the Murcia region of Spain, Los Alcazares has a population of approximately 15,000 and a municipal area of twenty square kilometres. Popular with Spanish and International visitors alike, Los Alcazares has long stretches of sandy beach, bathed by the warm, shallow waters of the Mar Menor Sea. Much developed in the last 20 years due to the demand for holiday homes in the sun, the town has become a desirable area for relocation and many Brits and north Europeans have chosen to make it their home. Ideal for water sports due to the safe, shallow waters, windsurfing and kitesurfing are especially popular with afternoon winds providing ideal weather conditions for these sports. Among other sports for which the region is renowned, golf is perhaps the most popular with numerous fine course surrounding the town including the La Serena course, Roda Golf and the Mar Menor Golf Resort. Despite its modern look, Los Alcazares has a long history which goes back to the times of the Moors and beyond when early spas were set up along the coast by the Romans, and may have been used for convalescence during the Punic Wars. The Moors expanded existing spas and developed agriculture in the town’s hinterland, much later rich Murcian’s built holiday homes right on the coast, starting tourism in town which has continued to develop to this day. Los Alcazares Map.

April 15, 2010

San Pedro del Pinatar Murcia

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 9:41 am

A pretty little coastal resort located between the towns of Pilar de la Horadada and San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar has a population of over 20,000 and is one of the more popular of the Costa Calida resorts of the Murcia region. Boasting some fine beaches, a protected Nature Reserve and a busy marina, San Pedro del Pinatar faces the calm waters of the Mar Menor salt lagoon and has a history of salt production going back to Roman times. Important also for fishing, the town in its current form grew around a 17th century hermitage dedicated to St Peter (the fisherman). A popular area for holiday homes belonging to the rich of Murcia city, who head there during the summer to enjoy the pleasant weather conditions and cooling sea breezes, away from the searing heat of Murcia city centre, San Pedro del Pinatar has become increasingly attractive to International visitors who have come to appreciate the wonderful conditions experienced along the Mar Menor. San Pedro del Pinatar can be easily accessed from the N-332 coast road.

San Pedro del Pinatar Street Map.

View a guide to San Pedro del Pinatar here:

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.

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