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.


Friday, 29 July 2011

BBC iPlayer

The residents of Spain and 10 other European countries will soon be able to access an international version of the BBC iPlayer if they own an Apple iPad and subscribe at a cost of 6.99 euro per month.

This international version will be run by BBC Worldwide and subscribers will be able to view current and classic programmes.

A feature not available in the UK will be the ability to download content and watch offline otherwise the iPlayer will be similar to the UK version but function in a different way.

Enjoy ...



The palm tree in my UK garden has died off due to the very cold winter weather - perhaps I need one made from concrete like this one in Guardamar.


Thursday, 28 July 2011

What to do ...

Since the purchase of our holiday flat book reading has increased and we now have a considerable library.

It's nice to relax over the siesta time with a good book and a glass of wine.


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Spanish gardening ..

When staying in Guardamar I do miss my large UK garden and allotment.

Below is the limit of my gardening in Spain - the geraniums do last quite a long time and are drought resistant for a few months but unfortunately will always need replacing on our return after the long hot summer.


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Tunein Radio Pro

Another useful and excellent App for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone is the Tunein Radio Pro.

I'm not the only one who thinks this because it has been awarded 5 stars by fellow App devotees.

At a cost of 69 pence it is certainly great value.

While in the UK not only can I carry on listening to Spanish radio stations but search the world for my favourite music on the 50,000 stations available.

From Australia to Argentina - they are all there ..


Saturday, 23 July 2011


Easter weekend saw a display of Harley-Davidson bikes in the main square of Guardamar - the heavy rain may have kept quite a few onlookers away unfortunately.


Thursday, 21 July 2011

Alicante - Sailing away

All hands on deck ....


Wednesday, 20 July 2011


Time to take a walk - photo taken in cooler times.

The temperature in Alicante I understand reached 102 F on Monday - a little hot for me ..

In the UK we were promised 61 F. that's more like it.


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Spanish Proverb

El gato escaldado del agua fría huye ....

One bitten twice shy ( literally the scalded cat flees from cold water )


Monday, 18 July 2011

Keep Fit

Keep Fit - Alicante beach


Sunday, 17 July 2011


Elegant building on the Alicante seafront - I bet it is expensive to buy or rent here.


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Alicante - Ship

Ship design on apartment building - Alicante seafront.


Friday, 15 July 2011

Alicante - Runners

Alicante - early morning runners taking some exercise.


Thursday, 14 July 2011


A little bit of sculpture - Alicante seafront


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Alicante - Map of Spain

Look closely and you'll see a map of the Iberian Peninsular ..

Looking a little tatty I'm afraid....

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Pruning this tree would not be a task I'd appreciate ..

To be found on Alicante's seafont.

Monday, 11 July 2011


For those of you with an iPod Touch or Apple Phone a good little "App" is the RTVE Noticias y Directos.

It's free ..

I can watch La 1 , Teledeporte and Canal 24H while I am in the UK and all for free.

In addition for those with internet access TVE a la Carta will enable you to catch up and watch your favourite TV programmes from Spain.

Go to

Happy viewing ..



Impressive building ...

Somewhere in Alicante .

Sunday, 10 July 2011


During Easter scenes from the Bible are enacted here - part of Guardamar's celebrations.

Opposite Candils bar ( now closed )


Saturday, 9 July 2011


One of Guardamar's favourite spots ..


Friday, 8 July 2011

Guardamar - Music School

The new music school in Guardamar - virtually complete by the look of it.


Thursday, 7 July 2011

La Mata - Plaza Gaspar Perello

Well this little square has been smartened up recently - new Town Hall I'm told plus statue - what more could you want.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Spring flowers

I snapped these somewhere on my travels - La Mata I think.


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Fabio Coentrao

Real Madrid have completed the transfer of Fabio Coentrao from Benfica for a reported £27m.

The 23 year old left back has signed a six year contract after passing a medical at the Bernabeu.

This move has put paid to rumours that he would be moving to Chelsea.


Guardamar - Walk about ..

Walk around the town of Guardamar and you'll find many streets like this ..


Monday, 4 July 2011

Alicante - Waterfront

This building always looks impressive ...


Sunday, 3 July 2011

Alicante - Waterfront

Does it not look impressive ? The waterfront at Alicante ..

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Alicante- Fly the flag.

Let's fly the flag .


Friday, 1 July 2011

Alicante - Teatro

I did not realise that Alicante had a theatre - just happened to come across it as we were wondering around. Must go back and have a good look at some time.