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August 18, 2015

The Province of Valencia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Azahar,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 3:12 pm

The Province of Valencia Spain – The province of Valencia is located in eastern Spain, it covers an area of 10,763 square kilometres and has a population of around 2.5 million inhabitants, the province has a total of 266 municipalities. The Province of Valencia is part of the larger Comunidad de Valencia (autonomous community) and it borders the Mediterranean Sea and the provinces of Alicante, Cuenca, Castellon, Teruel and Albacete. Around three quarters of the population of the province live in the city of Valencia and its metropolitan areas. Apart from Valencia city itself, the province has some sizeable towns such as Sagunt, Xativa, Gandia and Paterna.

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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April 12, 2012

Hotel Madrid Torrevieja

Filed under: Costa Blanca,hotels,Spain — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:07 pm

Hotel Madrid Torrevieja – Hotel Madrid provides a high quality good service. Enjoys a privileged location in the centre of the city of Torrevieja (Alicante), which allows options to enjoy both business and the leisure, particularly its beaches which are nearby. Both the Poinente Beach, the marina, the Real Club Nautico and the city are just five minutes walk from this hotel. The Hotel Madrid Torrevieja offers newly renovated facilities (year 2009); thinking of maximum comfort for all our customers giving them the best and friendliest service.

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Get info on Torrevieja here:

March 25, 2012

Daya Nueva Alicante

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Daya Nueva Alicante: Daya Nueva (in Valencian Daia Nova) is a municipality and town of Valencia, Spain. Located in the province of Alicante and the region of the Vega Baja del Segura (Low Fertile Valley of the River Segura), in the area to the left of the Segura River, east of Almoradi. The main economic activity of Daya Nueva has always been irrigated agriculture, producing citrus fruits, artichokes and potatoes. Currently the town has many shops and other businesses, and is gradually moving towards a more modern economy. Daya Nueva experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with sunny weather all year round. Daya Nueva has a population of 1,988 nearby town and villages include Daya Vieja, San Fulgencio, Almoradi, Dolores and Catral.

Learn more about the town of Daya Nueva here:

March 14, 2012

Montgo National Park Alicante

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Spain — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 2:25 pm

Montgo National Park Alicante Spain: The Montgo National Park, declared a Natural Park in 1987, covers an area of  2117.68 hectares and rises to 753 metres. The park which has witnessed the passage of man from ancient times has a high cultural and archaeological value. Noted for its more than 650 species of flora, among which are endemic as Carduncellus dianius . The Montgo National Park reaches the sea at Cape San Antonio, which at its feet is home to the Natural Reserve of the sea that bears its name, declared in 1994 by the importance of biodiversity that it contains. The Montgo National Park has some of the most spectacular scenery of the coast of Valencia.

Read more about the Montgo National Park here:

March 12, 2012

Abdet Alicante Spain

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Abdet Alicante Spain – Abdet is a town in the valley of Guadalest, Alicante (Spain), and belongs administratively to the nearby town of Confrides. It is situated at the foot of the Sierra de Serrella, at an altitude of 630 metres. It currently has a population of 100 inhabitants. The name “Abdet” is probably from the Arabic language and the town originates from the Moorish occupation of Spain. After the Reconquest it was given to Vidal de Sarria by King James 1 (1264). Abdet is just inland of the northern Costa Blanca coastline.

See a detailed map of the Costa Blanca here:

November 14, 2011

Novelda Spain

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Novelda Spain: A town situated between Elda and Aspe in the Alicante province of Valencia, Spain, Novelda is an important area for the production of marble, with many factories on the approaches to the town. Novelda is also renowned for its spices (condimentos) particularly saffron (azafran). A historic town, Novelda was settled by Greeks and Romans long before the Moors arrived to control the area. Its best known monument is the Santa Maria Magdalena monastery (which may remind you of the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona), it was designed by a protégé of Gaudi during the 19th century. Also worth a look in Novelda is the Arabic castle of Mola and the Museum of Modernista. Today Novelda has a population of over 27,000 and is a mostly industrial town.

Novelda Road Map.

Read more about Novelda here:

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November 1, 2011

Monforte del Cid Alicante

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Spain — Tags: , — needahand @ 3:09 pm

Monforte del Cid Alicante – Originally called  Nompot in the 13th century, the town of Monforte del Cid is situated in the Alicante province of Spain. The town was awarded to his son by King Alfonso in 1328 along with a number of other villages, and by 1355 it was already being referred to as Monfort, later being changed to Monforte in 1708, the Del Cid part of the name was added in 1916 by Royal Decree. Monforte del Cid is well known for its grapes, especially dessert grapes and its economy has depended on grapes for many centuries. If you visit Monforte del Cid be sure to look at the 15th century Gothic parish church.

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August 22, 2011

Ciudad Quesada Spain

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Spain — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:52 am
Ciudad Quesada Spain

Entrance to Ciudad Quesada

Ciudad Quesada Spain – A unique and interesting place located inland of Torrevieja, on the Costa Blanca, Spain is the new city of Ciudad Quesada, built since the 1970’s and the product of a dream by a man named Justo Quesada Samper. As a child this extraordinary man dreamt of a city where people could live together in peace and harmony and enjoy life to the full, with everything to hand and available. As the city started to grow it developed around the holiday home plan and many International citizens began buying properties in the city making it a truly Cosmopolitan area. Now the city of Quesada (as it is more commonly known) is fully complete and has its own Town Hall, medical centre, shops, bars, restaurants, social club, eighteen hole golf course and aqua water park, plus much more. Mostly built upon a hillside, Ciudad Quesada offers some spectacular views over Rojales, the nearby salt lakes and on to the azure blue Mediterranean Sea. Quesada benefits from sunny weather all year round, so has became a popular holiday resort, with hundreds of detached villas with pools available for rent. You can reach Ciudad Quesada using the CV-905 from Torrevieja or the handy AP-7 motorway which connects the city with both Murcia and Alicante airports.

Ciudad Quesada Map.

June 14, 2011

Map of Cabo Roig Spain

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Map of Cabo Roig Spain – A little extra help for you if you are visiting Cabo Roig in Spain this summer, an excellent map which will help you find your way around the resort. This map of Cabo Roig shows the main access to the resort via the coast road known as the N-332, and also showns the AP-7 Autovia, which you may use if arriving from the direction of either Alicante or Murcia airport. The easiest place to get off the Autovia (motorway) for Cabo Roig is the La Zenia exit (if coming from Alicante direction), and the Dehesa de Campoamor exit if arriving from the direction of Murcia airport or Cartagena.

May 26, 2011

Villamartin Costa Blanca Spain

Villamartin Golf Course

Villamartin Golf Course

One of the most popular areas of the southern Costa Blanca, Villamartin is actually on the part of the coast that is known as the Orihuela Costa, which is the coastal region for the city of Orihuela which is about 19 kilometres inland from the sea. Developing around a top class golf course the urbanization of Villamartin has grown and grown over the last 20 years or so and now covers a significant area, joining Villamartin with surrounding urbanizations and towns, such as Los Dolses, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia and San Miguel de Salinas. The property boom in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s saw thousands of UK and International buyers purchasing holiday homes in Villamartin and many even choosing to settle permanently in the area. The financial crisis of the last 3 years has caused many to reconsider their position and many hundreds have subsequently sold or are trying to sell their properties and return to the UK. There is currently a glut of properties available to buy in Villamartin and it is a great time for investors, with many properties being half the price they were at their peak (or even less in some cases). For those wanting to holiday in the area, there is also a wealth of rental properties, and with so many available you can always find cheap villas and apartments to rent in Villamartin and the surrounding urbanizations. What is the attraction of Villamartin, you may well ask, well the excellent golf course would be a big plus for those interested in this sport, the proximity to the beaches and resorts of the Orihuela Costa would be another tick in its favour, the wonderful weather conditions are also a big attraction, along with the excellent facilities and entertainment possibilities, especially at the popular Villamartin Plaza, so there are plenty of reasons to visit Villamartin some time soon . Villamartin is approximately twenty five minutes drive from San Javier airport, and is in the Alicante province of Spain.

Villamartin Map.

May 4, 2011

Sunrise Picture

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Spain — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:19 am
Sunrise Picture

Sunrise Picture

Today, just to lift everybody’s heart a little I am posting a sunrise picture, which I took some time ago, while waiting to pick up some clients from Alicante airport. It was taken on the beach at Los Arenales del Sol. It used to appear first in Google images, but has since been stolen by so many people that it appears, but linked to another website.

If anyone knows how prevent this type of image theft, then I would be pleased to learn about it. But for now just enjoy this sunrise picture for its beauty, peace and tranquility. If anyone steals it, I will be coming to get you (one way or another).

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