LRE Member Properties Selected for Feature in ALEM Magazine

Courtesy of LuxuryRealEstate

Properties listed by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate members will be featured in ALEM Magazine, a Turkish lifestyle publication. The Bay Area Team and Rimontgó were selected to feature properties that they list in the Dekorasyon (home décor and lifestyle) section. Please view the articles here: http://luxre.com/u/s

Valencia Orange Blossom

Courtesy of Rimontgó

The region around and in particular south of Valencia, all the way to Murcia and beyond, is synonymous with the cultivation of oranges. The most important orange-growing region in Europe, it is also the iconic home of the famous Spanish orange.

Brazil and the US may actually produce more oranges than Spain these days, but within Europe the ubiquitous fruit is still firmly associated with Spain and its sunny climate. Known in many languages as the ‘Spanish apple’, Citrus sinensus is thought to have originated in the tropical climate of South East Asia and to have been in cultivation in China by the third millennium BC.

High-Speed Rail Link for Andalucía to Valencia Opens: AVE Service Halves Journey Times

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Doug Lierle, Lierle Public Relations

Another piece of Spain’s high-speed rail network has opened offering a quicker way to travel that will benefit tourists, businesses and the wider community. The new stretch of line links Seville near Andalucía’s Atlantic coast to Valencia on the country’s east coast, but bypasses Madrid so passengers no longer have to change at the capital’s Atocha station.

Spain’s Cave Paintings are the Oldest in the World

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Michel Cruz, Rimontgo

New scientific tests have revealed that rudimentary cave paintings in some Spanish caves are much older than at first thought and may even date back 40,800 years, the point at which man first moved from Africa into the area that we now know as Europe. The paintings are so old – 15,000 years more ancient than previously thought - that some have proposed that they might have been created by Neanderthals; although this suggestion has sparked a heated debate among experts.

A Beginners Guide to La Tomatina

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Michel Cruz, Rimontgo

When we were at school, food fights were actively discouraged by the teachers. But then we weren’t in Buñol, where once a year you have to stand up and fight, or risk drowning in a sea of more than 115,000 kilos of squishy, over-ripe tomatoes. They do say that tomato juice is good for the skin…

New Direct Flights between Valencia and Moscow

Courtesy of: Michael Cruz, Rimontgó

There is no firmer confirmation of close commercial and cultural ties between two countries than the number of direct flights between them – and the network of air routes between Russia and Spain is growing denser all the time.

Among the links already established are those that connect the likes of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Madrid and Barcelona, but naturally Spain’s third city, Valencia, could not be absent from this list, so the route was officially inaugurated with the touchdown of the first S7 Airlines jet at the Aeropuerto de Manisas in Valencia on 2 June 2012.

Benissa: One of the Costa Blanca’s Hidden Secrets

Courtesy of Antonio Ribes Bas, Rimontgó

Situated a few kilometres inland from Jávea and roughly 70 kilometres North of Alicante, the small town of Benissa is one of the Costa Blanca’s oldest, and its medieval centre has been meticulously maintained. Visitors tend to flock to the attractive Palacio de Torres-Orduña, which now acts as the town’s cultural centre and library.

Decisions For Buying and Selling on the Luxury Real Estate Market

Courtesy of Antonio Ribes Bas, Rimontgó

The luxury real estate market is an island in the greater sea of property markets and this is true just as much in Spain as in the rest of the world. However, obviously here we are not speaking about an “isolated territory” in terms of the economic, financial, local or global environmental factors.

Spain and Hong Kong Initiate Historic Double Taxation Agreement

Courtesy of Rimontgó

The agreement, originally signed in Hong Kong on 1 April 2011, came into effect on 16 April 2012, thus initiating a historic legal pact that bridges two continents.

The tax treaty, officially called the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion, follows a host of similar bilateral pacts between Hong Kong and countries ranging from Belgium and Switzerland to Kuwait and Japan.

Sorolla Comes Home

Courtesy of Rimontgó

Though he travelled far and wide, and was to become one of Spain’s leading exponents of the impressionist genre, Joaquín Sorolla always remained true to his origins. Born in Valencia in 1863, this highly versatile artist became known in equal measure for the landscapes and portraits he painted – in which he recorded not only the faces, dress and social customs of the time, but also many an iconic Spanish landscape.

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