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.


Saturday, 30 April 2011

Time for a meal ?

Large sign but not actually sure where this restaurant is - further down the road to the beach I assume.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Guardamar Hill

Guardamar Hill - still under construction / it will be some time before all this is completed.


Saturday, 23 April 2011

Guardamar -Spring Flowers

More spring flowers from around the town ..


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The old farm yard ..

Somewhere to stick your old gear ...


Friday, 15 April 2011

Guardamar -Beach

What's this then ?

I'm not too sure ......


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Guardamar - South Park

Much work has been done to make this park attractive but of course someone has to spoil it ..

The majority of the lights have been destroyed and I doubt that in these hard economic times that they will be replaced for some time.

This really is a great pity.


Monday, 11 April 2011

Annoying graffiti ..

Graffiti is not normally a particular problem to Joe Public but someone has decided to spray graffiti on most of the benches in Guardamar.

This silver or sometime blue paint actually melts in the hot sun and thus transfers to the clothes of any unfortunate that decides to sit and have a rest. Thus making all the seating area here in the South Park useless.

On the ground are the remains of a drinking party ..


Saturday, 9 April 2011

Guardamar - rio Segura

Always a pleasant view - the hills seen from the banks of the rio Segura.


Friday, 8 April 2011

Camping Marjal

Camping Marjal as seen from across the rio Segura .

This campsite is very popular in the winter with people from northern Europe seeking out the warmth and sun that Spain 'sometimes' has to offer when the rest of the continent is freezing.


Thursday, 7 April 2011


I have it on very good authority that the Celtic bar Hoops in Guardamar now has Wifi.

This certainly is now an added attraction ..

The bar area has also been recently renovated to add more customer space and I understand that darts matches regularly take place.

You'll find the bar in one of the side streets off the promenade.


Guardamar - rio Segura

Early Spring and these flowers are starting to bloom on the banks of the rio Segura.


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Champions League

Big wins for the Spanish teams left in the Champions League.

Tonight in the first leg of the quarter finals saw Barcelona beat Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukraine by 5 goals to 1.

Real Madrid put 4 goals past Tottenham yesterday - Adebayor the ex Manchester City player scoring twice.

Both teams now seem certain to make it to the semi finals - but you never know - miracles can happen.


Not much life left ..

Not much life left in this plant - perhaps it could be entered for the Turner Prize - I wonder what chances it would have ?


Monday, 4 April 2011

Guardamar - Pine woods

The pine woods at Guardamar never seem to change - ageless....

This track is called Canal Tio Baptiste - or something similar to that - it is a local tradition to hold picnics here at certain times of the year. Now why I do not know ..


Sunday, 3 April 2011

More graffiti ..

Not a good standard of graffiti .. looks new ..


Saturday, 2 April 2011

Guardamar beach ..

The recent rain has left the beach a bit battered - here rain has drained onto the beach from the nearby road and eroded a channel.

The usual flotsam and jetsam .


Friday, 1 April 2011

Guardamar - Valenti

This bar looking very sad in the picture is shut in the winter months and has just re-opened for the summer.

A very pleasant place to sit and have a beer and just a few yards away from the sea.