The story of our adventure in Spain

In October 2002 we purchased a holiday flat in Guardamar on Spain's Costa Blanca - not far from Alicante and Torrevieja and we try to spend a good part of the year in Spain.

This blog hopefully will contain our thoughts and impressions of Spain - the good and the bad and lots and lots of photographs of not only Guardamar but the rest of Spain as we eventually get to explore it.


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Madrid 2009

A few photos from our visit to Madrid in 2009

Sunday, 20 March 2016


A view of the marina - photo taken late October 2015

Lovely blue sky and sea.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Champions League

Well done Spain - three teams progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League

Real Madrid  v  Wolfsburg

Barcelona  v  Atletico Madrid

First legs to be played April 5/6 and return legs April 12/13

So Spain will have at least one team in the semi - finals !!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Real Madrid progress ..

More success in the Champions League - last night saw Real Madrid beat Roma 2-0 and progress to the next round.

With goals from C Ronaldo and J Rodriguez in the 64th and 68th minutes.

The aggregate score was 4-0 over two games

The next round is likely to be much harder when it is assumed that they will meet a far stronger team than Roma.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valencia win !!!

At last Valencia have won in La Liga under their new manager the ex Manchester United player Gary Neville.

After 10 La Liga games this is the first win for Gary.

A 2-1 win against struggling Espanyol with goals from ex Manchester City player Negredo and on loan from Real Madrid winger Cheryshev.

The team and Gary have a lot more work to do to improve on their position in La Liga which is 11th.


Monday, 8 February 2016

Guardamar - Quiet Sunday morning

Not many people about in the town centre on a quiet Sunday morning..

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

These flowers added some extra colour to the balcony last year - now a forgotten memory. Faded and gone...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Guardamar Marina

I've not loaded photographs to this blog for sometime. However I have at last uploaded my camera to the computer and now have collection from April/May 2015

Here we have the marina at Guardamar 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Europa League Final

Sevilla have done it again - for the fourth time they have won in the Europa League final.

An exciting match tonight in Warsaw Poland saw them beat Dnipro of the Ukraine 3-2 with goals from Krychowiak and Bacca (2)

Next season Sevilla will play in the Champions League - a just reward.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Rouble and Spain

The sudden fall of the value of the Russian Rouble must have some affect on the Spanish economy especially in the tourist trade and construction industry.

During the last few years Russians have been persuaded by the tourist industry not only to visit Spain but to purchase property. It was hoped they would replace the British/German/Dutch and Norwegians who were no longer buying property.

Those Russians who have bought property will be in a good position financially but new comers will find property prices very expensive due to Russia's currency problems. Will this lead to further falls in the value of properties ?

Where will the construction industry turn to now ? I would imagine that the Chinese or Indian buyers will only be interested in the major cities and not the coastal tourist areas.

Watch developments with interest.

Champions League

Three Spanish football teams have made it to the last 16 playoffs of the Championship League this season.

Real Madrid will meet Schalke and Atletico Madrid will meet Bayer Leverkusen.

There will be a repeat of last season's competition when Barcelona play Manchester City. Their last meetings resulted in a 4-1 aggregate win for Barcelona.

Matches to be played in the New Year.

Good luck !!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Spring visit

One of the last photographs from our visit to Guardamar this spring. Hopefully more photographs later in the year.

Saturday, 9 August 2014


Guardamar will expect a top temperature of 34 C. tomorrow and sunshine all week.

Have a thought to us in North West England - maximum on Sunday 14 C. and rain rain rain ….


Sunday, 27 July 2014

River Segura at Guardamar

Time for a few more photographs to be added to the Blog - here a view of the River Segura from the long walkway that follows the river up to the marina.

Monday, 2 June 2014

King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos of Spain has at the age of 76  decided to abdicate in favour of his 45 year old son Crown Prince Felipe .

The king who has been in poor health recently stated that " A new generation must be at the forefront .. younger people with new energies ".

Tune into Spanish TV or read El Pais for all the details …