March 5, 2013

2013 Is a Great Year to Invest in Spanish Real Estate

Courtesy of Luxury Homes by Vapf

According to the latest report by BNP Paribas, this year is particularly favourable for real estate investment in Spain. In their recently published “Guide to Investing in Spain”, they point out that numerous factors converge to make investment in Spanish real estate a recipe for success during 2013.

January 21, 2013

An Intense 2012 and a 2013 with Frights in Store (According to Forecasts)

Courtesy of: Guifre Homedes of Amat. Immobiliaris

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By Immaculada Amat, January 2013

The year 2012 has ended, having surely been the most intense one in our professional life. So many things have been happening, and all so quickly, that it is difficult to evaluate them. For the time being though, we must be content as a company – another year has passed, and we have maintained the two objectives we have had since the start of the crisis: kepping our staffing levels up and continuing to invest in marketing.

November 21, 2012

The Spanish Island of Mallorca

Courtesy of Geoff Llewellyn of Michael Perkins Finest Properties

Mallorca is the largest of Spain's Balaeric Islands, blessed with on average 300 days of sunshine a year, it attracts an international mix of people who live, work and play here. It provides a stable political environment with reputable lawyers, banks and currency exchange specialists who speak most European languages. It has a very reliable legal system, property rights and a long history of increasing property prices and values. There is little risk of overdevelopment of the island in construction terms, because of protected "green zones" and limited land and infrastructure to support mass development. It takes on average just two hours to fly to the capital city Palma from most major European cities and Palma airport is a modern facility which includes a private jet terminal. There arAe 262 beaches to discover and enjoy and with over 20 superb courses, the island is a golfer's paradise. A year round cultural calendar with specific opera and ballet seasons and summer music festivals of different genres, attract international performers. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea the island is a fabulous place to enjoy all water sports particularly yachting with its well equipped marinas. Palma is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with well maintained and sympathetically restored historic buildings preserving the city's rich architectural heritage. Popular with the Spanish Royal Family who reside here each August, Mallorca is the perfect choice for a holiday or permanent home.

September 27, 2012

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.

August 9, 2012

The “New York Daily News” Chooses Quique Dacosta as the best European Chef

Courtesy of: Luxury Homes in Spain 

 

 A local chef from a town in the Alicante region of Spain is conquering New York without leaving his home town of Denia. The Michelin star's dishes are overstepping the borders to delight the most demanding palates. An article published in the “New York Daily News” chooses the Alicante chef Quique Dacosta as the best European chef according to a consumer interview. The results arise from a blog that the prestigious British gastronomical critic Jay Rayner and the famous chefs Tom Colicchio and Anthony Bourdai took part in, testing the opinion of the net users.

August 2, 2012

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.

July 31, 2012

Spain achieves 638 Blue Flags in 2012

Courtesy of: Luxury Homes

 

Spain achieved 621 Blue Flags in 2012: 538 will fly on its beaches and 83 at marinas in addition to the 174 distinctive “Q” of tourist quality that Spanish beaches have attained.

This is the best result up to now for the beaches and marinas in Spain, with 35 more flags than those obtained in 2011.

July 24, 2012

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.

June 21, 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.

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