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, 29 December 2010

Guardamar - Down in the park ..

This wall art can be found in the park where boules or bowls is played - there are three pictures but unfortunately the third has some rather rude graffiti and can not be displayed.


Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Guardamar - Christmas lights

Taking pictures of the Christmas lights is no easy thing even with a good camera - this is the best one I could find.


Monday, 27 December 2010

Guardamar - Decorations

These decorations are actually made from discarded water bottles ..

and this was an actual news item on the local TV channel Canal Nou ..


Sunday, 26 December 2010

Guardamar - Nativity Scene

This Belen or Nativity Scene can be found down by the restaurant at the marina in Guardamar.

Quite well done .....


Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to everyone.

The tree situated in the main square of Guardamar has been as usual decorated by the local school children. And very nice it looks as well.....


Friday, 24 December 2010

Costa Blanca visit.

We have just returned from another 3 week visit to Guardamar and had a very mixed time.

Colds and chills struck which hampered our enjoyment somewhat. Spanish apartments are designed for hot times and are difficult to keep warm during cold and wet spells of weather.

Sore throats are made worse by the habit of the locals of burning wood in their stoves and at night the smell of wood smoke covers the area where we reside.

Wet weather drives us inside bars rather than sitting outside - and of course they are thick with cigarette smoke !! As non smokers, the smoking ban, if it is ever introduced can not come soon enough.

I can not imagine a smoking ban - bars and smoking are such a big part of Spanish culture....


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Copa Del Rey

Real Madrid proceeded in the Copa Del Rey with an outstanding 8-0 win over Levante yesterday.

Goals from Benzema 3 Ozil 1 Leon 1 and Ronaldo 3

I bet there was some excitement in the bars last night !!


Monday, 20 December 2010


Santa Pola across the bay from Guardamar - complete with backdrop of hills...


Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Not many on the prom - a few dark cloud are gathering ..


Friday, 10 December 2010

La Mata

Handy little kiosk down by the beach in La Mata.


Sunday, 5 December 2010


This blue apartment block always seems very quiet - not many people moving around.

Being a little curious I looked at the names on the post boxes and they all seem to be Russian. I guess a developer must have bought the block and exclusively marketed it in Russia.


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Guardamar - Fisher folk

It's a nice enough day for some fishing down on the beach at Guardamar.