May 292012
 
St Tropez Marina

St Tropez Marina

International Polo St Tropez 2011

International Polo St Tropez 2011

Two elite British polo teams will go head to head against two local teams at the Polo Club Saint-Tropez.

The fixture in the first British Polo Day will take place in France on Saturday, 9th June 2012. 

British Polo Day carries on the tradition of the British playing polo against friends in a host of different countries.

British Polo Day Saint-Tropez marries this heritage with the French flair for style.

Polo is flourishing among Britain’s oldest institutions, where old rivalries often produce the most fiercely fought matches, be it Eton v Harrow or Oxford v Cambridge. These institutions have produced some of Britain’s finest polo players over the years and British Polo Day provides a platform for these players to continue to play globally.

http://www.polo-st-tropez.com/

 9:21 am  Polo
Jan 092011
 

famous-overpass-Marbella

Iconic Marbella Entrance

What appeals to investors when considering luxury property in Marbella?

Besides the well known facts such as quality of life, climate, luxury, tranquility, entertainment, health care and so forth, other factors affect people’s buying decisions such as  he strength of the local economy.

The Costa del Sol continues to develop its strong infrastructure and communications (the expansion of the Malaga airport providing direct flights to most European cities) and the US for example), the AVE, or the high speed train providing a direct link to Madrid without the need for air travel, the banking and International finance community and so forth.

The Marbella region is a hot spot for businessmen and experienced professionals, semi retired people and investors with a keen eye.

In 2011, the worst of the property slump appears to be over and High Net worth individuals are returning to the market. Luxury Property is in demand.

It is now only the overbuilt, overdeveloped areas that still have price problems – developments that should never have been built in the first place.

Luxury real estate in prime locations is worth investing in.

 

WHAT DOES MONEY BUY YOU IN THE LUXURY SECTOR

 

GROUND FLOOR APT. IN MARBELLA (Spain)

 

South facing apartment is located in Mansion Club, a gated development, just minutes away from Marbella centre, the beach and Puerto Banus and neighbouring the well known Buchinger Clinic.

The complex has two wide swimming pools, one indoor and heated, a gym, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a restaurant. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and well kept.

€ 799.000

 

VILLA IN  BENAHAVIS (Spain)

 

Featuring airy and light-filled living spaces including four bedrooms and four and one half bathrooms, the visually stunning residence offers a lifestyle of exceptional style and comfort.

The home affords spacious luxury in an open floor plan.

€ 1.900.000

 

VILLA IN BENAHAVIS (Spain)

Magnificent and impressive south/east facing villa with views to the coast and Gibraltar, near La Quinta and Los Arqueros golf courses.

San Pedro town and Puerto Banus are a few minutes’ drive away. Lovely views to the sea and the verdant hillsides.

€ 2.200.000

 

VILLA IN BENAHAVIS (Spain)

 

Beautiful house decorated with exquisite taste, impeccable decor, large rooms, high cornice ceilings, terracotta flooring, decorative painting, fabulous bedrooms and delightful, spacious bathrooms with cast iron baths and large natural marbled showers.

€ 2.600.000

 

 2:48 pm  Property
Jun 252008
 
Festival of San Juan Spain

Festival of San Juan Spain

Summer officially begins in Spain with the celebration of the Festival of San Juan.

It is traditional in the coastal regions to take to the beach every summer – just after the Summer Solstice.

With the longest day of the year just ended, Spanish people like to begin to party – the Feria’s begin (Festivals) and on the Costas (coasts) everyone goes to the beach, has a barbecue, sits with friends and family and enjoys themselves.

At midnight, everyone wades into the sea and washes away their blues in anticipation of a happy summer and a happy remainder of the year.

At 1 o’clock in the morning the fireworks begin to rapturuous applause and by daybreak most revellers will start to make their way home to some sleep!

Welcome to Spain!

 11:55 am  Travel
Dec 192007
 
windmills across Majorca

One of thousands of windmills across Majorca

Majorcan property is among some of the most highly-sought in Spain thanks to the high standard of construction across the board.

Lacking the curse of overdevelopment that has so often blighted much of Spain’s more attractive areas, Majorca has retained its class, style and beauty while, at the same time, opening its doors to property investors and second home buyers. Its combination of fantastic weather, a wonderfully laid-back approach to life and the beauty of its coastline ensures that it will remain a perennial favourite among wealthy buyers.

Majorca Profile
Capital City: Palma is the largest and most important city on the island.
Population: Approximately 900,000
Time Zone: GMT +1
Country dialing code: +34
Currency: Euro (€)

Majorca Climate
Boasting lovely hot summers and brief, mild winters, Majorca’s climate is among the best in Europe. Spring starts in February and, by late April, the beaches are starting to fill up thanks to the steadily-increasing climate. October begins to cool, bringing wetter and milder weather from November. However, the annual average temperature is a cosy 18c.

Majorca Property
Buying property in Spain, whether on the mainland or here in the Balearics, is extremely straightforward and transparent. However, the regional government of Majorca has placed additional construction restrictions on developers, ensuring the island’s beautiful coastline remains unspoilt. Hence, the identikit, two-bedroom apartment in a high rise building – so ubiquitous on the mainland – is conspicuous by its absence on Majorca, meaning property investment is a different ball game altogether. Buyers should approach Majorca with a long-term game plan, looking for a steady capital gain on their income. Rentals are not as easy to come by either, as most locals on the island will tend to own their own property or remain in the family home for longer.

Hotspots on the island include Palma, which has some surprisingly affordable properties, all of an extremely high quality.

Majorca Flights
Throughout the year, Majorca is extremely accessible from the UK, with all four corners of the country offering some service to Palma airport. Budget airlines such as easyJet, Monarch, Flybe and Ryanair usually have some good deals – particularly in the less popular months – although for a more luxurious flight, British Airways is an ever-reliable option.

 

 10:51 am  Property
Dec 122007
 
Lladro Figurine My Fair Lady

Lladro Figurine My Fair Lady

Lladró Porcelain Figurines was founded by Juan, José and Vicente Lladró. It is now an internationally famous Spanish porcelain company.

Heirs of the ancient tradition of porcelain, the Lladró brothers knew how to make this tradition their own and to bring a type of art that, up to then, had been reserved to a few much closer to people. In 1953, they quit their work at a tiles factory and built a Moorish kiln in the courtyard of their family home.

The business began in Almàssera, a little town on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Valencia.

Over two thousand people now work there, and their creations are exported to more than one hundred countries all around the world and sold in almost 4,000 points of sale.

http://www.lladro.com

 7:17 am  House & Home
Sep 272006
 
Costa Del Sol

Costa Del Sol is still a favourite

The Costa del Sol in Spain covers 150 kilometers of coastline and has become one of Europe’s most visited destinations.

The Costa Del Sol is famous for its microclimate and its beautiful towns such s Marbella and the City of Malaga, birthplace of Picasso.
The average temperature is around 18 centigrade with highs of 30c in August and lows of 12c in January.
Western Costa Del Sol is the 100km of coastline that begins at Malaga city and stretches westward to the village of Manilva bordering with the province of Cadiz.
This part of the coast is highly developed in terms of both property and infrastructure, which makes it attractive for property investment.
Communications revolve around Malaga International Airport with connections to 60 worldwide destinations (8 km west of the city) and the N340 backbone coast highway.
Benalmadena
Benalmadena is a place of contrasts. The modern coastal development contains a glamorous marina. Arroyo de la Miel is the bustling commercial and leisure centre and the old Benalmadena Pueblo is an historic white village, still retaining Spanish character.
Cadiz province
Alcaidesa’s unique location offers two 18-hole golf courses, virgin beaches, restaurants, bars, shops, a wide variety of sports and only 10 minutes from Gibraltar Airport, Malaga airport 50 minutes.
AltaVista de Alcaidesa boasts fantastic views to the Rock of Gibraltar, northern Africa and the only Links Golf Course on the Costa del Sol. Sotogrande is the most exclusive and consolidated private housing development in this region. It has two wonderful beaches, 2 polo grounds, 4 golf courses, marina, private security, and prestigious shopping areas.
It also has the advantage of being near several airports.
Marbella

Marbella streets wind through cobblestones, immaculate façades and balconies decorated with flowerboxes filled with geraniums and carnations.

In the space of just 50 years, what was once a little fishing and farming village has been transformed into an international hot spot.
The marina at Puerto Banús anchors the most luxurious yachts in the world and the port has been declared a Center of International Tourist Interest. Elviria is a small community located east of Marbella town centre.
There are two golf courses located within Elviria, the Santa Maria and Santa Clara. Also close by is the port of Capobino.
Mijas
Mijas consists of Mijas Pueblo, the old village, situated across the mountainside, steeped in history with interesting places.   Mijas Costa is the coastal area combining beach, water sports and golf.
The beach at La Cala has been awarded the Blue Flag. And the New Golf Valley refers to the area between Mijas Golf Club, Alhaurin Golf Club, La Cala Golf and Santana Golf and Country Club.
This newly developed area is a golfers paradise.
Manilva
Manilva is the oldest municipality in the Costa region. The municipality of Manilva is situated at the far southwestern end of the province of Malaga, bordering with the province of Cadiz.
The province is made up of five separate areas, Manilva, Sabinillas, El Castillo, Hondacavada and El Puerto de la Duquesa. Manilva is well known for its many festivals throughout the year. Puerto de la Duquesa area retains a vast amount of unspoilt natural scenery and authentic local character.
The beautiful port of La Duquesa offers full marina services for boating enthusiasts.
 10:17 am  Property, Travel
Sep 272006
 
Almeria Spain

Almeria Spain

The province of Almeria is situated in the south east of the Spanish peninsula and borders with the provinces of Granada and Murcia.

The capital city, also named Almeria is situated at the foot of a mountain.
This province is the hottest in Andalucia with an average annual sunshine of more than 3,000 hours, lasting from before Easter to November.
Inland Almeria has a landscape of desert, sandstone and dried upriver beds. It has long been a popular choice for filming Western movies among them Clint Eastwoods spaghetti westerns, ‘For a few Dollars More’ etc.
Almeria is also famous for its cave villages. Cave homes known as casas – cueva, are dug into the soft cliffs, which provide excellent protection against the desert heat in the summertime.
They have façades with windows and tiled roofs and chimneys which jut up from the earth behind. It is said that when a new child is born the owner has only to dig out a new room.
Roquetas de Mar is situated 8 kms along the coast.
This is a popular resort for tourists with good beaches. Set on flat terrain, fairly good paving and low-rise apartments make Roquetas de Mar ideal for families with younger children, and mature holidaymakers.
There is an 18 hole course right on the doorstep and plenty of quiet bars or restaurants catering for all tastes ranging from quick snacks to local specialties.
The salt lagoons begin at Las Marinas 4kms south of Roquetas and are a good vantage point to watch the magnificent flamingos and other water birds in just about every season. ….

Aguadulce is situated 15 km west of Almería.

It hosts 2,930m beach of fine white sand with a promenade lined with palm trees.
Aguadulce has grown from a very small fishing village to the present day as a tourist complex of hotels. At the end of the beach lies the marina.
The marina offers a wide variety of water sports. Additionally it also home to a shopping center, several typical fish restaurants and the nightlife of the town.
In the evening you could relax by taking a pleasant stroll on the promenade or sampling the varied nightlife.
 10:02 am  Property