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.


Sunday, 28 February 2010

Hope ..

I hope I'll never have need of this ... !!!


Saturday, 27 February 2010

Anyone want a paddle ??

A leisurely way to travel down the coast .....


Friday, 26 February 2010

Guardamar - a little bit of colour ..

It may be January but these are providing a splash of colour down in the pine forest at Guardamar.


Thursday, 25 February 2010

Guardamar - a short cut ..

This little path is a short cut to the beach - it must save at least 2 minutes !!!


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Guardamar - still a few visitors ..

Even in January the promenade attracts a few visitors - you can not beat some sunny weather to attract people down to the sea.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

A little bit of scrub ..

A little bit of scrub opposite the Hotel Campomar in Guardamar - this hotel always seems to have refurbishment work being done on it during the wintertime ..


Monday, 22 February 2010

José Canalejas

José Canalejas was Presidente del Consejo de Ministros de España 1910-1912

If you want to know more then you'll find it all on Wikipedia - lots of it ..


Sunday, 21 February 2010

Alicante - Beach front

A different view of Alicante - behind the modern apartments see the old castle walls.

Not bad weather for January ..

Saturday, 20 February 2010

The only way ...

The only way to get across this road is to use the very handy footbridge - it leads from the beach to the old quarter of Alicante and the castle lift.

This very busy road snakes along the side of the promenade and cross it at your peril and only at authorised crossing points - it's like a race track !!


Friday, 19 February 2010

What can I say ??

What can I say ? Quaint ?

How would you describe this building ?


Thursday, 18 February 2010

Fancy a climb ??

Fancy a climb up to the top of the castle ???

A bit too steep this way ..


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Alicante - View up the hill ..

View up the hill - here in the old quarter of the town ..


Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Alicante - Ornate stonework ..

Ornate stonework on this church - it's to be found in the old quarter of Alicante not far from the castle.


Monday, 15 February 2010

Alicante - Quiet streets

Sunday morning and all is quiet in these Alicante streets ...


Sunday, 14 February 2010

Alicante - Ships at sea ....

Alicante and at sea a ship waits to enter the port - the locals gaze out to sea nothing else to do but relax and have a fag !!


Saturday, 13 February 2010

Alicante - Impressive ..

Alicante - sea front

Impressive buildings line the front - which do you prefer - the old or the new ??


Friday, 12 February 2010

Alicante - Oldies

This area of the beach is reserved as a exercise area for us oldies - and it seemed to be quite popular with the locals - well used!!


Thursday, 11 February 2010

O'Hara - Alicante

Another Irish theme pub near to the port in Alicante ..

Besides the Guinness I can recommend the pizza !!


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

What happens ...

This is what happens when you build your home on the beach - the sea takes it's revenge.

I must admit though that these houses have been here for many many years ...

We call these the fishermen's cottages - mainly holiday homes, not a traditional fisherman in sight.


Tuesday, 9 February 2010


This is what the sea can do to the sand - wash it away !!!


Monday, 8 February 2010

Spanish proverb

Si a tu vecino quieres conocer, averigua qué libros suele leer ....

Know your neighbour from the books he reads.


Guardamar - Playa

Blue sea and a blue sky - pity about the cable lying on the beach ..


Sunday, 7 February 2010

Guardamar - Harbour

Down by the harbour in Guardamar on a bright and sunny winter morning ..


Saturday, 6 February 2010

Alicante - Welcome

Welcome to the beach area of Alicante - quite a clean and spacious beach !

You associate Alicante with the airport ( serving mainly Benidorm ) and forget about the city itself.

Lots of shops, bars and restaurants here.



January - a bright and sunny day but the locals still need their overcoats ..


Birds ...

I guess that when you're tired of flying any old perch will do even an old boat half sunk in the River Segura.


Friday, 5 February 2010

Alicante - Graffiti 3

I sometimes wonder if I should create a Blog dedicated to graffiti !!

More from Guardamar to follow over the next few weeks - this example shown is again from Alicante.


Thursday, 4 February 2010

Alicante - Graffiti 2

And some more graffiti - Spain is famous for this " art form "


Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Alicante - Graffiti 1

Graffiti - found in the old town near to the castle.


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Alicante - Houses ...

Houses cling to the cliff under the walls of Alicante's castle - ripe for redevelopment I would think !!

This area is being slowly " improved "