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.

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Alicante weather

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Guardamar del Segura - Easter timetable of events


If you want to know what's happening in Guardamar over the Easter period then here is a handy link -

http://www.guardamarturisme.com/english/lent-holy-week-and-easter-programme-of-events-guardamar-2014/

Enjoy - the parades are well worth watching …

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Virgen del Rosario - Guardamar


We had a few weeks holiday in Guardamar during a very warm and dry October. Not many photos taken but managed to take these of the local fiesta.






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Sergi Darder


It is reported that both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the new 19 year old starlet Sergi Darder who currently plays for Malaga in La Liga.

Will they entice him to the English Premier League ??

Originally an Espanyol player he is thought to be worth about 11 million on the transfer market.

We await the next round of transfers with expectation.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Canal Nou / Nou 24


Unless there is a change of heart by those in authority we have seen the last of the Valencian TV channels Canal Nou and the news programme  Nou 24.

They were disbanded on November 5th as untenable - previously Radio Television Valenciana had reduced the workforce by 75% because of financial reasons however this labour adjustment was nullified by the National Court and RTVV was unable to continue.

Operating from Burjassot the channels broadcast in Spanish and Valencian.

No doubt they will be missed by the Valencian speaking community.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Spanish Debt


Public debt in Spain for June reached a record high - 942.8bn euros equal to 92.2% of the country's entire economic output.

Worrying times - any further austerity measures are likely to make the high unemployment rates even worse. Unemployment now stands at 26% of the population.

The government of Mariano Rajoy is aiming to reduce public spending between 2012 and 2014 by 150bn euros.

The only good news is that Spanish banks are now borrowing less from the European Central Bank.

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Monday, 12 August 2013

South Park Guardamar


Just a few snaps from the South Park in Guardamar.




Sunday, 11 August 2013

More wall art ..

I can not remember quite where I saw this wall art but it must have been somewhere in Guardamar I think.


Saturday, 20 July 2013

New pathway at Guardamar


It has been announced that there is to be a new beach pathway in the Moncayo area - see the Leader

This will stretch from Els Vivers to playa Babilonia - now this is what I find confusing !! Moncayo is not near Els Vivers and Babilonia. These are two separate area in the town the later being near the port from what I can remember.

So I guess we should just wait and see what happens

Water tanks and pumping systems in the area will be removed from public view in order to make the area more attractive.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Guardamar - Parking charges


Guardamar has joined the group of towns who now charge for parking - 850 parking spaces have been created near to the beaches and payment has been required since July 7th.

A new idea for this part of Spain but in the UK you will find very few towns that do not charge for parking. Car parking charges have been a way of life for many years and add a considerable amount to town hall coffers.

No doubt there will be a lot of complaints and arguing !!!!

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Across the field.

This building has seen better days  - roof gone - no door !!




Sunday, 7 July 2013

N322


Looks like the work on the N332 at Guardamar is now at last completed.






Friday, 5 July 2013

El Siglo now Donate II.


El Siglo the bar and restaurant has changed name and owners over the years and now is known as Donate II.

A Churreria and Heladeria - still waiting to open when this photo was taken in May.




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Monday, 1 July 2013

Confederations Cup


Spain ended an unbeaten run of 29 competitive matches to be trounced by Brazil 3-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup at the Maracana.

Goals from Fred 2 and Neymar 1 ended the hopes of the Spanish team.

To add insult to injury Sergio Ramos missed a penalty and Gerard Pique was shown a red card.

What of the Spanish team in the World Cup ?  Watch this space...

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Guardamar Hill


No progress on this building site during our two year absence from Guardamar.



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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Guardamar Hill




We now have some apartment blocks occupied on the Guardamar Hill site.

Photos taken on a rather dull day - rain was expected.