Spain Property Guide Spring 2021

Spring 2021 is the perfect time to look for your home in Spain, read about Costa Blanca property for sale, a sea-front villa in Costa de Almeria, or an apartment overlooking a golf course in Costa Calida, and find out why people love to retire to Marbella. You can learn more about the subject of buying a property in Spain with estate agent's latest property offers and you can also connect with the Spain Property Guide team, so start your journey to owning your dream overseas property, holiday home or to live and retire in Spain. Read interesting articles about the popular areas to live that include Ibiza, Costa del Sol, the Costa de Almeria, and Costa Blanca there really is so much choice, even for you to find a bargain property. Articles that include the latest currency facts and information to get a currency exchange quote from the market leaders Currencies Direct. Legal Services in Spain offer professional legal advice for purchasing a property in Spain and what you need to know about obtaining a Spanish visa all of this, and more in the latest Spain Property Guide. You can read here or with the Google Play store.

Spring 2021 is the perfect time to look for your home in Spain, read about Costa Blanca property for sale, a sea-front villa in Costa de Almeria, or an apartment overlooking a golf course in Costa Calida, and find out why people love to retire to Marbella. You can learn more about the subject of buying a property in Spain with estate agent's latest property offers and you can also connect with the Spain Property Guide team, so start your journey to owning your dream overseas property, holiday home or to live and retire in Spain. Read interesting articles about the popular areas to live that include Ibiza, Costa del Sol, the Costa de Almeria, and Costa Blanca there really is so much choice, even for you to find a bargain property. Articles that include the latest currency facts and information to get a currency exchange quote from the market leaders Currencies Direct. Legal Services in Spain offer professional legal advice for purchasing a property in Spain and what you need to know about obtaining a Spanish visa all of this, and more in the latest Spain Property Guide. You can read here or with the Google Play store.


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the benevolent climate, which makes outdoor<br />

living and exercise possible for most of the year,<br />

but to this you can also add the uplifting effect of<br />

wonderful natural scenery and inspiring views. The<br />

latter are usually a combination of mountain, golf,<br />

coastal and sea views, There is always a golf course<br />

of tennis club nearby, as popular as a social spot<br />

as for sport, and for those who enjoy exercise of a<br />

different kind, the Marbella area also offers a great<br />

many cycling, hiking, mountain biking and coastal<br />

pathways – always accompanied by grand views.<br />

drink, meeting for dinner with friends or planning an<br />

excursion into the surrounding countryside.<br />


The easy-going way of life and sunny climate are<br />

accompanied by a healthy Mediterranean diet<br />

made up of fresh fish, vegetables and lots of local<br />

fruit. Often prepared with olive oil, known to be one<br />

of the healthiest options, it is light, delicious and suited<br />


An active life, combined with a stress-free<br />

environment, is the ideal mix, and Marbella makes<br />

both possible, with a lively, cosmopolitan social<br />

scene, lots of leisure and entertainment options and<br />

also cultural diversions in the surrounding cities and<br />

country areas. All of this, combined with a gentle<br />

pace of life, adds up to a stress-free environment<br />

where life really is what you make it. Marbella is the<br />

ultimate place for romantic walks by the beach,<br />

watching the sun set behind Gibraltar as you enjoy a<br />


to the season. Marbella has a fantastic choice of<br />

dining options and international cuisines, but local<br />

food is still a great choice, especially for the healthconscious,<br />

and there is a growing trend towards<br />

organic, natural and vegetarian or vegan venues<br />

too, as well as farmer’s markets.<br />


Medical care is also well taken care of in Marbella,<br />

from the more than adequate free state health<br />

system to a broad range of private clinics and<br />

retreats. Many also join yoga or Pilatus classes, and<br />

since this is a friendly, safe area with good security<br />

facilities, peace of mind in a beautiful setting is the<br />

ultimate way of life that Marbella has to offer – at<br />

little more than two hours from most European<br />

capitals.<br />



Inland Andalucia – an alternative<br />

lifestyle near the Costa del Sol<br />

The beautiful<br />

views from<br />

Ronda.<br />

By Michel Cruz<br />

To many foreign residents and visitors southern<br />

<strong>Spain</strong> is about the beaches, resort hotels, golf clubs<br />

and luxury residential areas that extend along the<br />

coastal plain of the Costa del Sol, yet there is a different,<br />

largely undiscovered side to this region and it begins<br />

little more than half an hour from Marbella.<br />

For those who might occasionally wonder what lies<br />

behind the mountain ranges that run parallel with the<br />

Mediterranean coastline the answer is simple: go out<br />

and find out for yourself, but prepare to be amazed<br />

for this is a world of deep green valleys bounded by<br />

Traditional crafted<br />

stone work<br />

in Alhambra.<br />

pine-covered hillsides and soaring peaks where the<br />

sun catches the whitewashed walls of pretty mountain<br />

villages.<br />

It’s a landscape dominated by national parks,<br />

agricultural land and pastures, dotted amongst<br />

which you will find country villages and towns where<br />

time seems to move at a different pace. It is a region<br />

of charm and beauty that retains an authentic<br />

Spanish ambience and rightly calls itself the real<br />

Andalucía. No longer as isolated as it once was – good<br />

communications have brought modern comforts and<br />

amenities to these parts – it is a rustic world at little more<br />

than half an hour’s drive from the coast.<br />


This hinterland of the Costa del Sol has long cast a<br />

spell on foreign visitors and residents in search of the real<br />

thing. Though perhaps not as glamorous as the coastal<br />

region it is also devoid of its traffic, crowds and built-up<br />

areas, and this appeals to many. A significant number<br />

of people have chosen to have their holiday homes<br />

here rather than by the sea, while others have settled<br />

permanently. They include amongst them Marbella<br />

residents with a weekend getaway, and though village<br />

properties are popular the majority prefer to be in open<br />

country near a village or town.<br />


The idyllic<br />

village of<br />

Genalguacil.<br />

From Ronda in the east to Cortes de la Frontera,<br />

Gaucín and beyond Jimena de la Frontera in the<br />

west, you’ll find stylish country homes to suit a wide<br />

range of tastes, preferences and budgets. Ranging<br />

from pretty little cottages through to fincas and grand<br />

estates, there are rustic properties in a variety of styles<br />

and sizes, including restored historic buildings such as<br />

mills.<br />


People who search for the true Andalucía close to<br />

the coast come from many different backgrounds,<br />

and have varied greatly in their needs and<br />

requirements, but they all share a love of this region,<br />

its beauty and the lifestyle it makes possible. Most<br />

want elegant homes in which classic Andalusian<br />

country styles are matched to modern comforts and<br />

amenities, though the actual architectural styling can<br />

vary.<br />

It’s all available in a great variety of settings,<br />

views and designs in countless valleys and hillsides<br />

spreading northwards from Marbella towards the<br />

country town of Ronda and beyond. This extensive<br />

area extends inland from near Sotogrande in the west<br />

to Málaga in the east, creating an exciting range of<br />

alternatives to the classic Costa lifestyle.<br />

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Euro tumbles on renewed<br />

coronavirus concerns<br />

EURO<br />

EUR/GBP: Down from £0.86 to £0.85<br />

EUR/USD: Down from $1.20 to $1.17<br />

POUND<br />

GBP/EUR: Up from €1.15 to €1.17<br />

GBP/USD: Down from $1.39 to $1.37<br />

The euro struggled to attract support<br />

through March with the EU’s sluggish<br />

vaccine rollout remaining a key source of<br />

pressure for the single currency.<br />

Further diminishing the appeal of the euro was the<br />

startling resurgence of coronavirus cases across the<br />

continent, with Europe’s third wave forcing countries<br />

to tighten restrictions once more.<br />

Meanwhile, data coming from the Eurozone<br />

has been mixed over the past month, with some<br />

positive releases offering temporary respite for the<br />

single currency, but proving unable to reverse the<br />

prevailing selling bias.<br />

Looking ahead, barring a dramatic improvement<br />

in Europe’s vaccine rollout or a sharp drop in local<br />

coronavirus cases, it’s likely we could see the euro<br />

remain on the back foot through much of April.<br />

March has seen the pound struggle to maintain the<br />

highs hit back in February as a key pillar of support<br />

for Sterling (its successful vaccination programme)<br />

appeared to be under threat due to shortages and<br />

potential export bans from the EU.<br />

This stoked concerns that the UK government<br />

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when schools reopened at the start of the month.<br />

However, Sterling has still been able to find some<br />

support through the past month, with Chancellor Rishi<br />

Sunak’s budget providing a lift after he announced a<br />

more-generous-than-expected stimulus package.<br />

The pound was also able to advance on a broadly<br />

weakened euro.<br />

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Looking back at 2020<br />

and forward during <strong>2021</strong><br />

It’s fair to say that most of us are ready to look back<br />

at a year that will go down in history as one of the<br />

strangest ever. 2020 will not be remembered fondly<br />

by most people around the world, having brought us<br />

a virus and accompanying restrictions that have had<br />

a profound impact on the economy and society, on<br />

the Costa del Sol as elsewhere, but it was also a year<br />

that allowed us to slow down, take stock and perhaps<br />

appreciate the more important things in life.<br />

This includes side-stepping our increasingly frenetic<br />

lifestyles, analysing what is really important to us and<br />

spending time with our families. While we missed<br />

our social lives, our freedom of movement and saw<br />

businesses and careers impacted, we also had a rare<br />

chance to reconnect with home and family, and<br />

this again led to a renewed appreciation for home<br />

and hearth – with a surge in home improvements,<br />

redecoration and renovations as a result. Travel suffered<br />

in favour of staying put in your own backyard, much like<br />

a temporary return to the not so distant past.<br />

This break from our constant rushing about, flying<br />

around and consuming at full speed had social and<br />

economic repercussions within the human realm, but<br />

nature also showed us just how much we impact upon<br />

the environment by staging a humbling comeback<br />

in record time, with weather patterns showing signs<br />

of restoration, and all manner of animals returning to<br />

placing they had not been seen for long years. Most<br />

people have seen the images of dolphins in the Venice<br />

lagoon, but they also visited the shoreline of the Costa<br />

del Sol in a marvellous display!<br />


While the Spanish economy, like most others, showed<br />

a sharp decline in H1 following the near-closing of all<br />

economic activity during the first and most intense<br />

lockdown of March-May, the third quarter registered<br />

a similarly significant rebound upon the relaxing of<br />

restrictions, and the final quarter of 2020 is expected to<br />

have produced a smaller return to contraction, resulting<br />

in overall negative growth of the Spanish economy for<br />

the whole year. No major improvement is expected<br />

for Q1 of <strong>2021</strong>, but from then onwards rapid recovery<br />

growth should follow a gradual return to normality.<br />

Within all of this, the Spanish property market proved<br />

remarkably resilient. This is especially true of ‘top areas’<br />

such as the Balearic Islands and the Costa del Sol, where<br />

demand for properties for sale rebounded strongly in<br />

Q2 and then again levelled off to a lower yet sustained<br />

level for the remainder of the year. There was no major<br />

dramatic drop in transactions, and prices of new-build<br />

homes and the most attractive real estate remained<br />


solid, with only older and less appealing properties losing<br />

a little ground, though of course the travel restrictions<br />

imposed on most potential buyers have had a negative<br />

effect on the sector.<br />

PROSPECTS FOR <strong>2021</strong><br />

Experts predict the present status quo to be<br />

maintained into the beginning of next year, when the<br />

‘weaker’ properties, i.e. older homes or those in less<br />

attractive areas, are expected to drop in value by up<br />

to 10-20%, which of course creates fresh opportunities<br />

for investors and savvy buyers. In the most in-demand<br />

areas, however, such opportunities also exist but will be<br />

fewer, so you have to work with your agent to find them<br />

in homes, building land and commercial real estate. The<br />

resurgence of the property market will broadly mirror

that of the economy as a whole, and this is expected<br />

to begin by the end of Q1, as vaccines take effect and<br />

restrictions of movement are gradually lifted.<br />

If all goes to plan, we will be well on the road back to<br />

normality by the summer, and though <strong>2021</strong> will essentially<br />

become known as the year of recovery, the simple<br />

rebound should produce strong growth in most sectors,<br />

including real estate, with prices returning to upward<br />

motion by mid-year latest. In all, <strong>2021</strong> looks to offer us<br />

more than 2020 did, though as we revel in our newfound<br />

freedom and business activity, we should look back at<br />

the lessons this past year taught us about evaluating<br />

what is important and finding a balance between work,<br />

consuming and the simpler pleasures in life – and your<br />

home is central in all of this!<br />



A feeling<br />

for SPAIN<br />

As the author of the highly acclaimed<br />

Duende, Andalus, Guerra and Sacred<br />

Sierra, it is fair to say that Jason Webster<br />

has a feeling for <strong>Spain</strong>. Where so many have<br />

tried to come to grips with this fascinating<br />

country Webster seems to have a secret formula<br />

– he simply immerses himself and gets under<br />

the skin of one of Europe’s most multi-layered<br />

cultures.<br />

“<strong>Spain</strong> is a country that repays your interest<br />

in it,” says Jason Webster as we sit in his country<br />

cottage on the outskirts of Valencia. All around<br />

are fields, though the city rises up no more<br />

than a few kilometres distant. It shows just how<br />

assimilated he has become, for where most<br />

foreigners seek the Spanish seaside or at least<br />

the elegant avenues of downtown Valencia,<br />

Jason has chosen a spot amid everyday<br />

Spanish people. “It always surprises me when<br />

people move here saying they love <strong>Spain</strong>, only<br />

to settle down in a Disney-style caricature of<br />

it.” As always, his comment contains no hint of<br />

judgement; instead, it is the kind of observation<br />

that has formed the basis of his writing on <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

Though they delve headlong into <strong>Spain</strong>’s past<br />

and present, Webster’s books have a knack<br />

of tacking you on a journey that describes the<br />

country without ever passing moral judgement<br />

or attempting to persuade the reader in<br />

direction or another. “I have my views, but when<br />

I write I don’t like to be didactic.” What’s more,<br />

the information contained within his novels are<br />

not merely researched and re-interpreted, but<br />

primarily sourced through first-hand personal<br />

experience. “When I describe gypsies and<br />

the flamenco scene in Duende, or Moroccan<br />

migrants in Andalus, I draw on my own body<br />

of encounters,” says the young author whose<br />

willingness to plunge headlong into adventures<br />

has formed part of his immersion in <strong>Spain</strong>’s multifaceted<br />

society.<br />

“Maybe it would have been wiser to think<br />

before I acted. Some of the situations I got<br />

myself in were actually quite scary and<br />

potentially dangerous, but what it has done is<br />

shown me sides of <strong>Spain</strong> that I would otherwise<br />

never have seen.” Perhaps this accounts for the<br />

success of his books, for unlike many he doesn’t<br />


merely dip his toe in the water but dives right<br />

in. I get the impression Jason likes it this way,<br />

and that he is secretly attracted to the shadier<br />

sides of society. Let others describe the pretty<br />

buildings, the mighty sierras and the picturesque<br />

mountain villages that still retain much of<br />

<strong>Spain</strong>’s famed old charm. For Jason Webster it<br />

is the underlying clash of classes, cultures and<br />

generations that are worth writing about.<br />

The interaction between these layers of society<br />

holds his fascination, in all its dysfunctional<br />

cohesion. “We think of societies as homogenous,<br />

but they’re not, least of all in a country like<br />

<strong>Spain</strong>. A society is often a pact between many<br />

different groups of people and it is the degree of<br />

cohesion that allows it to function. I’m interested<br />

in the invisible glue that holds it all together – or<br />

doesn’t.” Such themes rise to the fore in all his<br />

books, whether you’re following his exploration<br />

of the flamenco world, his travels with migrant<br />

workers or his journey into <strong>Spain</strong>’s divisive<br />

past. “The Civil War is over, but its divisions and<br />

tensions still simmer, and need confronting<br />

before they can finally be laid to rest.”<br />

As a student of Spanish, Arabic and Islamic<br />

culture, he is also drawn to the stuff that binds<br />

Catholic <strong>Spain</strong> to the Islamic world. “Though it<br />

blocked it out for many centuries <strong>Spain</strong> has a<br />

partly Muslim past. This means that part of its<br />

identity derives from this period. To shut it out<br />

doesn’t make it go away, it is merely a denial.<br />

After centuries of such denial, the current era<br />

seems to be one in which <strong>Spain</strong>, one way or<br />

another, is exploring its Muslim past. It will be<br />

interesting to what conclusions will be reached,<br />

but for me it is exactly this West-meets-East blend<br />

that makes <strong>Spain</strong> so fascinating and multilayered.<br />

You need only look at the Alhambra to<br />

confirm its role in the making of this fascinating<br />

country.”<br />

The Bulls Kills You is Jason Webster’s fifth and<br />

most recent novel. It the first in a new detective<br />

novel set featuring Chief Inspector Max Cámara<br />

of the Spanish Policía Nacional and is set in<br />

Valencia, Webster’s adopted home.<br />

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Without doubt the Costa del Sol is one of the most<br />

popular tourist destinations in the world. Stretching<br />

from Almeria to Tarifa, it caters for all tastes, ages<br />

and nationalities; with such a wide range of facilities and<br />

attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.<br />

Miles of sandy beaches, fantastic all year round warm<br />

climate and modern facilities keep tourists flocking back<br />

year after year to resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena,<br />

Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona.<br />

East of Malaga is less popular than west, but no less appealing,<br />

from Rincon de la Victoria, Torre del Mar and Velez Malaga,<br />


Malaga<br />

Nerja<br />

Marbella Mijas<br />

Torrox<br />

Torremolinos<br />

Benalmadena<br />

San Pedro Fuengirola<br />

de Alcantara<br />

Estepona<br />

Gibraltar<br />

to Nerja; the area combines beautiful coastline, with whitewashed<br />

villages and some of the most spectacular inland<br />

scenery of the Axarquía.<br />

History & Culture<br />

The area’s history dates back to the Phoenicians and has<br />

since been inhabited by Greeks, Romans and Moors, all of<br />

whom have left their mark on the architecture and culture<br />

of the region. The Costa del Sol is as much steeped in<br />

culture as any other region of Andalucia; from Picasso, to<br />

bullfighting, flamenco to the colourful ferias, the region has<br />

an immense cultural offering.<br />

Jetty in Marbella Club,<br />

Malaga.<br />

Image by Angela Ruiz<br />

Moreno<br />




Marbella’s lakeside country club<br />

Compared to the larger, master-planned resorts,<br />

development in Marbella has always been<br />

somewhat ‘bitsy’ – made up of a mosaic of<br />

independent projects which, urbanisation by urbanisation,<br />

have built a town. Though the overall effect is attractive,<br />

it reflects a form of development that is often modelled<br />

around groups of investors acquiring relatively small<br />

parcels of land to develop alongside similar new or<br />

existing urbanisations. The potential level of involvement is<br />

limited by the scope of the project, which mostly involves<br />

simply building and selling residential and resort real<br />

estate. For the funds and professional developers involved<br />

it is therefore in essence a purely commercial exercise with<br />

limited opportunity for deeper personal involvement and<br />

long-term presence.<br />


“Compared to this we’re in a very privileged position,”<br />

says Borja Pascual, CEO of La Quinta Grupo Inmobiliario,<br />

which has long owned significant tracts of land in the hills<br />

above San Pedro Alcántara. “It means that not only do<br />

we have the scale to create a true resort and residential<br />

community, rather than just individual urbanisations, but<br />

can do it with a true sense of commitment, following a<br />

clear vision and concept that translates into a master plan<br />

into which all the different elements are harmonised and<br />

coordinated. What’s more, we don’t just build and leave,<br />

but have on-going relationship with our projects in the<br />

form of continued service provision.”<br />

This is what the company has been doing for 30<br />

years now in La Quinta, where its presence and daily<br />

involvement has continued long after the last phases were<br />

developed and sold. “It’s a different kind of development<br />

altogether, with a level of commitment that prescribes<br />

not only a high level of dedication to your clients, but<br />

also the desire to ensure that what you offer is truly<br />

satisfactory.” Indeed, it would be hard for Borja and his<br />

team to hide if things went wrong, so they are particularly<br />

focused on producing quality in both product and<br />

subsequent service. “We have a longer-term approach<br />

that is business-oriented but less out-and-out commercial<br />

than many developers exactly because we create<br />

communities, not just single projects.”<br />


This is one of the reasons why the La Quinta group<br />

develops its projects autonomously. Borja points out that<br />

it would have been easier, in the short-term also more<br />

profitable, to have simply parcelled up the land and sold it<br />

as individual plots to private buyers and larger sections to<br />

developers. “But then we’d miss the opportunity to create<br />

something truly special here, and that is what we want<br />

to do at Real de La Quinta – produce a fantastic living<br />

environment that we can all be truly proud of and which<br />

adds value to Marbella as a whole.”<br />

The setting of Real de La Quinta in a broad, green<br />

valley with flowing sea and mountain views is truly<br />


Situated within a green valley just ten minutes from<br />

Marbella, Real de La Quinta builds upon a very solid concept<br />

of development as it ‘takes the beach to the hills’ to create a<br />

very new kind of residential community.<br />

Images courtesy of<br />

La Quinta Grupo Inmobiliario<br />

imposing, providing an ideal country club environment at<br />

a short distance from Marbella. “The site offers fantastic<br />

opportunities to produce something of rare quality, so<br />

we wanted to do it justice and have therefore not rushed<br />

ahead and built a batch of apartments or villas but have<br />

really studied the possibilities in detail.” In the process it has<br />

evolved and grown, not in scale as much as in concept,<br />

and become a project with highly distinctive features.<br />

“The starting point and indeed focal point of many a<br />

Costa del Sol property development has traditionally<br />

been a golf course, and indeed, we felt Real de La Quinta<br />

needed its own course, but the main focus has become<br />

something quite different yet entirely complementary to<br />

it.”<br />


The focal point of life at Real de La Quinta will be a<br />

large manmade lake that will act as a true lifestyle feature<br />

surrounded by the golf course that in itself frames views<br />

down to the sea. “In a way we’re ‘bringing the sea to<br />

the hills’ because the lake will have its own beach area<br />

and offer non-motorised water sports such as rowing,<br />

kayaking and windsurfing.” Also bordering the lake, whose<br />

perimeter is traced by a scenic pathway that also crosses<br />

an island, are a lakeside country club with an infinity edge<br />

pool and poolside waiter service, and a racquet club<br />

offering tennis and padel. Holding all of this in its embrace,<br />

the golf course will feature a clubhouse, driving range,<br />

academy and two six-hole sections that make flexible<br />

rounds of six, twelve and eighteen holes possible.<br />

The above forms part of the initial phase of Real de<br />

La Quinta, which also sees the construction of the Los<br />

Olivos apartments and penthouses in two locations close<br />

to the course and lake, and numbering 120 and 60 units<br />

respectively. The development phases have consciously<br />

been designed to flow uphill to reduce any visual impact<br />

on existing owners, and the second stage will see villas<br />

built on the eastside of the lake and course, with a 50-<br />

room boutique hotel and wellness centre surrounded by<br />

a Mediterranean style ‘village’ of apartments, shops and<br />

cafes forming a social hub and nucleus of services for the<br />

resort.<br />

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The commitment to the detail is certainly there, as well<br />

as the willingness to invest in know-how and quality, as the<br />

La Quinta group searched for noted specialists in the field<br />

and found it in DTJ, an American firm that is a world leader<br />

in creating resort master plans, with particular expertise<br />

in developing lakes of this kind. “It is a company with a<br />

worldwide pedigree, so in bringing this level of international<br />

substance to Marbella we’ve created truly professional<br />

foundations for the project that also incorporates a far<br />

greater dedication to sustainable development than is<br />

currently required by regulations.” This commitment to<br />

‘green development’ is pretty advanced by Marbella<br />

standards and is regarded as one of Real de La Quinta’s<br />

greatest assets.<br />


BREEAM, which stands for the ‘Building Research<br />

Establishment Environmental Assessment Method’ – the<br />

leading international benchmark for the assessment<br />

and regulation of sustainability in construction – provides<br />

certification levels that are increasingly sought after around<br />

the world. Many, however, fail to meet the requirements that<br />

range through five qualitative levels from strict to extremely<br />

demanding. To qualify for Level 5, for example, a building<br />

has to effectively be energy and resource neutral, which<br />

means being capable of meeting its own water needs<br />

without external supply and providing full electricity-free<br />

lighting throughout the structure – including stairwells and<br />

underground areas.<br />

“In a drier area like this it is a tall order, but we’re extremely<br />

proud that Real de La Quinta’s design has achieved<br />

BREAAM certification at level 3, making it the first resort of<br />

its kind in Europe to do so,” says Borja. “The process will be<br />

monitored and finally adjudicated once everything is up and<br />

running, and it is fair to say that we have gone far beyond<br />


legal requirements to shape the design and configuration<br />

of Real de La Quinta around the desire of making this a<br />

sustainable project – from the natural materials used and<br />

the natural energy and light created to architectural design<br />

that blends into the environment, landscaped gardens<br />

using beautiful but also water-efficient indigenous flora, the<br />

maintenance of ecological corridors and far more.”<br />


The master planners and architects have had to assimilate<br />

all of this in their designs, and for this La Quinta brought<br />

together the best of international technical know-how<br />

and local creative design, selecting Gonzalez & Jacobsen<br />

to produce the architectural styling of the Los Olivos<br />

apartments. The latter will consist of two and three-bedroom<br />

apartments and penthouses, with also a select number of<br />

four-bedroom deluxe apartments. “We’ve avoided cold,<br />

linear geometry in favour of an architecture style that is<br />

modern and refined yet also human and complementary to<br />

the surrounding scenery,” says Borja. “Modern materials and<br />

tones are in this way softened with natural elements and a<br />

more varied design that also adds character and privacy to<br />

the homes.”<br />

Around 20 per cent larger than the norm for apartments in<br />

this price bracket, the two-bedroom apartments will feature<br />

upwards of 116m2 of interior space with generous terraces<br />

while the three-bedroom properties will start at 140m2 and<br />

large terraces, with the penthouses naturally bigger still. “The<br />

qualities and amenities are top-end, and early buyers will be<br />

able to personalise and upgrade their spec, but above all,<br />

the real luxury that Real de La Quinta offers is a concept built<br />

around a very special living environment. One that combines<br />

fantastic views and close proximity to Marbella in a beautiful<br />

natural setting bordered by protected natural reserves. This,<br />

we believe, is the true source of wellbeing.”<br />




Front row seat at<br />

The Edge<br />

Some locations are so amazing you wonder how someone got hold<br />

of it. The Edge is situated in just such a spot; a perfect frontline<br />

beach location surrounded by greenery and sandy beaches on<br />

the west side of Estepona. Close by are a marina, two golf courses,<br />

shops, schools, restaurants and even a horse riding centre, but your<br />

gaze will mostly be fixed out to sea from the modern apartments,<br />

penthouses and also beach villas being created here.<br />

Designed by renowned Spanish architect Rafael de la-Hoz, who<br />

has been responsible for prestigious projects within <strong>Spain</strong> and<br />

internationally, The Edge is a luxurious frontline beach project situated<br />

footsteps away from the Mediterranean Sea and the scenic coastal<br />

pathway that leads towards Sabinillas in one direction, and the marina<br />

and broad beachfront of Estepona in the other – with Marbella just 20<br />

minutes away.<br />


The views from this private, gated development are beyond<br />

comparison, offering panoramic 180-degree vistas across the sea and<br />

along the shoreline to Gibraltar and North Africa. The complex is set<br />

within elegantly landscaped greenery, complete with large swimming<br />

pool, sunbathing decks and cooling water features, as well as a wellappointed<br />

gym and indoor heated swimming pool with spa facilities.<br />

The 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses sport sleek<br />

contemporary architectural styling with sensual rounded forms that<br />

also create a nautical feel on the panoramic decks, which extend the<br />

open-plan living room and modern kitchen outwards. In addition, The<br />

Edge also features four beach villas that offer a unique opportunity<br />

to own a luxurious sea-fronting property set right on the beach while<br />

enjoying the amenities and services of an exclusive gated community.<br />

Set in an upcoming beachside residential area on the Costa del<br />

Sol’s New Golden Mile, The Edge is one of the most exclusive new<br />

developments in the region – boasting a setting that few can equal, let<br />

alone better.<br />

Kronos Homes<br />

www.kronoshomes.com<br />




By Michel Cruz<br />

Why should you choose Engel & Völkers out<br />

of the many real estate agents in Marbella?<br />

It’s a good question, because it is important<br />

which agent or agents you engage – be it in selling<br />

your property or in helping you find the ideal home or<br />

real estate investment.<br />


The first reason why you should engage Engel &<br />

Völkers to work for you is reputation. The best, most<br />

reputable agents with the finest properties for sale on<br />

the Costa del Sol are associated with a prestigious<br />

international real estate brand that adds global<br />

reach and instant recognition to the local knowledge,<br />

expertise and good name they have themselves built<br />

up over many years working in this market.<br />

Bearing the name of such an organisation is not<br />

easy, as only the best candidates are selected, so<br />

you can be assured of quality, service, know-how,<br />

integrity and, importantly, results. One of the most<br />

prestigious international brands of all, Engel & Völkers<br />

has been a success story since it was founded in 1977.<br />

Modern, dynamic and well-versed in today’s business<br />

and marketing practice, the company has enjoyed<br />

sustained, qualitative expansion.<br />


Engel & Völkers is highly demanding of the<br />

more than 400 agents that represent it in 32<br />

countries around the world, but also offers them an<br />

unrivalledlevel of support. Only the best agents are<br />

selected, and they in turn select only the best, most<br />

highly skilled and experienced staff, who receive the<br />

highest levels of training and support in the industry.<br />

The agents likewise are expected to provide a<br />

consistently high standard of service and conduct,<br />

something that is monitored on a regular basis,<br />

but equally have access to a global network of<br />


connected real estate agents. Combined, they bring<br />

together many thousands of the best properties across<br />

the world, not to mention buyers and vendors on a<br />

global scale. In the increasingly international luxury<br />

market this level of reach and impact is of great value.<br />


The process of proper real estate agency starts with<br />

the property – or better, with the homeowner, for it is<br />

they who instruct the agent to market the property on<br />

their behalf.This is when real professionals distinguish<br />

themselves, providing not only a courteous and<br />

efficient service, but also expert valuations that are a<br />

true, reliable indication of the property’s market value.<br />

Moreover, Engel & Völkers provides homeowners<br />

with a detailed valuation report that is technically<br />

underwritten – including detailed mention of the<br />

factors that influence the home’s value. It is this kind<br />

of know-how and transparent methodology that has<br />

made Engel & Völkers such a trusted and respected<br />

name in global luxury real estate. Having analysed the<br />

property and its setting in this way, they sit down with<br />

the homeowner and propose a marketing plan for a<br />

sales strategy designed specifically for your property.<br />


E&V therefore do not simply list a home but commit<br />

themselves to produce results for vendor and buyer<br />

alike. With powerful marketing at their disposal,<br />

its agents feel confident to make such a serious<br />

commitment because they only take on those<br />

properties for which theyare convinced such results<br />

can be achieved. A marketing plan will typically<br />

include a full online marketing strategy, including wellwritten<br />

property and location-specific content, top<br />

quality imagery, video material and specifications that<br />

are optimised to attract the right kind of buyer.<br />

These quality inputs are also used in other marketing<br />



applications, such as (digital) brochures, window<br />

cards and property dossiers that can be sent to<br />

interested parties and used in material such as digital<br />

presentations and advertisements in the leading<br />

local and international publications, including<br />

Engel & Völkers’ own GG Magazine – a prestigious<br />

luxury property and lifestyle magazine that reaches<br />

hundreds of thousands of potential buyers across the<br />

world.<br />


The fact that this formula works is reflected in a<br />

track record that shows exactly why Engel & Völkers<br />

has become a global leader in luxury real estate. Its<br />

Costa del Sol agents offer a first-class professional<br />

service characterised by know-how and the ability to<br />

offer authoritative, independent advice – with the full<br />

support and resources of a renowned luxury residential<br />

real estate brand whose growing international<br />

network is the perfect platform to guarantee the<br />

highest level of results for property sellers and buyers<br />

alike. It is this kind of structure, along with the hard<br />

work and dedication of its teams, which has enabled<br />

Engel & Völkers to become the leading marketer of<br />

quality homes in the Costa del Sol region.<br />

ENGEL & VÖLKERS · Marbella Golden Mile · Málaga<br />

Mazal Realty, S.L.<br />

Titular de Licencia de Engel & Völkers Residential<br />

GmbH<br />

Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe<br />

CN 340 KM 178,2 - CC La Póveda, Local 5<br />

29602 Marbella, Málaga<br />

Phone: +34-952-86 84 06<br />

Facsimile: +34-952-86 23 85<br />

Internet: www.engelvoelkers.com/Marbella<br />

Mailto: nathalie.dorpinghaus@engelvoelkers.com<br />



CLASS<br />


SPAIN<br />

This is the popular name for what is officially called<br />

the Residency Visa for Investors, and to qualify one<br />

must:<br />

• Purchase one or more properties in <strong>Spain</strong> for a combined<br />

value of at least €500.000<br />

• Or buy shares in <strong>Spain</strong> to the value of €1 million or more<br />

• Or invest €2 million or more in Spanish government bonds<br />

If you apply for it from your home country, it is valid for one<br />

year and provides full residency rights during that period,<br />

and can also be renewed, ultimately leading to permanent<br />

residency if successful. If you apply for it within <strong>Spain</strong>, it is<br />

valid for two years and then can be renewed, so it is well<br />

worth visiting the country and exploring the options in person.<br />

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Spending Time<br />

In <strong>Spain</strong><br />

It’s happened – Brexit is now well and truly a fait<br />

accompli, so a whole new range of rules apply<br />

to British homebuyers, residents and property<br />

owners in EU member countries such as <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

The reciprocal rights and freedom of movement<br />

enjoyed between the continent and the UK<br />

stopped when the latter ended its membership of<br />

Europe, but this doesn’t mean that no meaningful<br />

relationship can be had between the two or that<br />

Britons looking to own a property, live and work<br />

and/or invest in a place like <strong>Spain</strong> have no options<br />

open to them.<br />

Since January 1 <strong>2021</strong>, British people can come to<br />

<strong>Spain</strong> for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day<br />

period. If you wish to stay for longer, or indeed live<br />

here permanently, then you will have to apply for<br />

Spanish residency from the Spanish Consulate in<br />

your home country<br />


The main applicant will need to have a minimum<br />

of €27.115,20 in a Spanish bank account, plus<br />

€6.778,80 for every dependent within their<br />

household to be able to apply for this kind of visa.<br />

One must present the application in person to the<br />

Spanish consul in their country in a process that<br />

normally takes three months to conclude. When<br />

issued, it has to be collected in person too; it is<br />

then valid for three months, within which time the<br />

applicant has to travel to <strong>Spain</strong> to apply for the<br />

biometric TIE Card (foreigner’s ID document).<br />


Who needs<br />

a NIE and<br />

why?<br />

Once obtained, the non-lucrative visa enables<br />

you to reside in <strong>Spain</strong> and move freely inside and<br />

out of it, though it does not entitle you to work in<br />

the country.<br />


The easiest way to apply for residency is if you<br />

can show that you were resident in <strong>Spain</strong> before<br />

31 December 2020, and to do this you’ll need to<br />

provide supporting documentation, in the form<br />

of Spanish bank statements, medical insurance,<br />

being registered on the census and utility bills.<br />

Another fast-tracked way is if you happen to<br />

be married to a Spanish or at least EU citizen. The<br />

former enjoys automatic Spanish residency and<br />

the latter can quite easily apply for it, as well as be<br />

entitled to work here, enjoy local healthcare and<br />

have their pension paid out in <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

A British spouse of an EU citizen with Spanish<br />

residency can then also apply for the same, but<br />

even if you haven’t lived in <strong>Spain</strong> before or can<br />

have the way paved by a European partner, there<br />

are still ways of achieving residency in <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

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An NIE number (a numero de<br />

identificacion de extranjeros) is an<br />

identity number for foreigners in <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

It is a document that provides a number which<br />

you are required by the various authorities in<br />

<strong>Spain</strong> to have when dealing with them.<br />


The Spanish authorities will need your NIE<br />

number to enable you to pay taxes in <strong>Spain</strong><br />

upon the purchase or inheritance of a<br />

property, to buy a car, gain a mobile phone,<br />

open a utilities or bank account or incorporate<br />

a company. Basically, without an NIE number<br />

in <strong>Spain</strong> you will struggle to deal with any<br />

official organisation.<br />


You can complete the necessary paperwork<br />

and apply in person for an NIE number at a<br />

local police station in <strong>Spain</strong>. They provide<br />

appointments for you to attend in person, but<br />

these are often at inconvenient times and will<br />

be conducted in Spanish and you may not<br />

obtain your nie on the same day.<br />

Alternatively, you can use a third party to<br />

apply for your NIE number on your behalf, by<br />

using a power of attorney. We have teams up<br />

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COSTA<br />


Almeria<br />

Aguadulce Retamar<br />

Belerma Cabo de<br />

Adra<br />

Gata<br />

Almerimar<br />

Villaricos<br />

Vera<br />

Garrucha<br />

Mojacar<br />

Agua Amarga<br />

Las Negras<br />

San Jose<br />


It seems most Spanish costas are around 200 kilometres<br />

long, and the Costa de Almería is exception, measuring<br />

217 kilometres in length. In essence, it is a continuation<br />

of the dry, warm, rugged terrain of the Costa Cálida,<br />

but as you head south towards the Cabo de Gata<br />

nature reserve the landscape becomes increasingly<br />

‘Martian’.<br />

The sleepy little resort community of San Juan de los<br />

Terreros marks the northern edge. At Pozo del Esparto<br />

there is a delicious sense beachside seclusion in the<br />

midst of a perhaps more lunar landscape, sure to delight<br />

nature lovers. This part of the coast is made for people<br />

yearning to get away from the madding crowd, and<br />

even at the little marina and resort of Villaricos there<br />

is no sense of a major high-rise town. It was in nearby<br />

Palomares that locals discovered missing bombs that<br />

the US Navy had waylaid but had not been able to<br />

relocate, despite large-scale searches.<br />

Enjoy the palms<br />

on Mojacar’s<br />

sea front<br />


This open-spaced, thinly populated coastline has<br />

attracted such a concentration of nudists that a resort<br />

dedicated to this kind of tourism sprang up in Vera,<br />

where the Playas de Vera is now one of the largest<br />

nudist resort areas in the world. Residents of the nearby<br />

inland town of Vera are not always pleased with the<br />

epithet, but it has put this part of the coast on the map<br />

and creates many jobs in the area.<br />

Just south of here are the resorts of Puerto Rey and Las<br />

Marinas, which are marked by low-rise development,<br />

Further along, at the marina resort town of Garrucha,<br />

this culminates in a bit more of a town feeling, complete<br />

with larger buildings and a historic centre. One of the<br />

highlights of the Costa de Almería is Mojácar, which<br />

is curiously divided into the original hillside town – a<br />

pretty collection of white-plastered houses – and the<br />

charming beachside resort of Mojácar Playa.<br />

Here too, the quaint Mediterranean ambience has been<br />

remarkably well maintained. Some more small resorts<br />

follow, before one enters a vast space of protected<br />

open coastal scenery en route to Carboneras, another<br />

pretty Andalusian style beachside resort village. At<br />

Aqura de Emedio, midway between Carboneras and<br />

Mojácar, the dramatic white cliffs and grey-white<br />

beaches stand out against a world of blue skies and<br />

water.<br />

It continues this way almost all the way to Almería<br />

city, marking this as one of the most rugged, secluded<br />

and natural of costas in all of <strong>Spain</strong>. For those who<br />

lament the authenticity of earlier years, before tourism<br />

became so large-scaled, the Costa de Almería is the<br />

perfect answer. Dazzling the eye and the senses with<br />

its roughhewn beauty, this is a place of small, intimate<br />

coastal resort and fishing towns, where you can sip<br />

a cold beer at a bohemian beach car or enjoy fresh<br />

fish to the uninterrupted sound of the waves. Not for<br />

everyone, but paradise who those who enjoy peace<br />

and natural pleasures.<br />




add spice to your garden<br />

Thinking of gardens we naturally picture lawns,<br />

shrubs, trees and flowerbeds. Next come<br />

images of terraces, pergolas, stone pavements,<br />

planters, lights, irrigation systems, outdoor furniture<br />

and entertainment facilities such as swimming pools.<br />

In Marbella, many luxurious villas and apartment<br />

complexes also feature tennis and paddle courts within<br />

their grounds, as well as poolside cabana bars with<br />

showers, toilets, changing rooms and also covered<br />

dining areas featuring bars and even outdoor kitchens.<br />

The sky is the limit really for an area that has gained<br />

greatly in attention and stature over the past decade<br />

or two, as terraces and gardens have become the<br />

outdoor lifestyle areas of note – especially in areas<br />

such as the Costa del Sol, where the climate makes<br />

it possible to spend so much of the year outdoors<br />

relaxing, entertaining and also dining in the open air.<br />

Seating and dining arrangements have therefore<br />

blossomed into comfortable, stylish chill-out zones with<br />

their own bars, barbecue areas and that great new<br />

addition, the fire pit.<br />


Like barbecues, fire pits come in many different shapes,<br />

forms and sizes, but the general idea is to provide<br />

a warm, cosy space around which to gather in the<br />

evenings and extend the use of your outdoor areas<br />

further around the year. Even in summer the evenings<br />

can sometimes be a bit cool, especially if you live near<br />

the sea. But fire pits are not only warm and practical;<br />

they’re also an attractive focal point around which to<br />

gather, socialise, dine or simply roast marshmallows in<br />

time-honoured tradition.<br />

There are many different options when it comes to<br />

materials, sizes, functionality and budget, using more<br />

traditional stone or cast iron, or indeed very modern<br />


oil drum designs or sleek gas-fired versions<br />

not unlike modern fireplaces. The colour tone<br />

can range from black or earthy shades to light<br />

or green marble; the shapes from round or square to<br />

angular, and they can be raised or even sunk, working<br />

on wood, gas, kerosene, chippings or any of a variety<br />

of other options. Key thing is that a fire pit adds to the<br />

elegance and cosiness of your garden.<br />


The barbecue is perhaps more familiar to most, but it<br />

too varies greatly in size, form and cost. They can come<br />

in the form of steel, aluminium – in which case they’re<br />

often mobile or fitted into modern outdoor kitchens –<br />

or are built out of bricks, complete with a functional<br />

chimney. The latter kind is usually wood-burning, though<br />

coal briquettes are sometimes also used in these and<br />

the more high-tech versions. The latter, however, tend<br />

to be attached to a gas bottle, and today the range of<br />

functionalities available makes these amazing machines<br />

outdoor gastronomic marvels.<br />

Indeed, get a good barbecue along with a cosy fire<br />

pit and al fresco lounge and dining area, and you<br />

may not see much of your kitchen throughout the long<br />

Marbella summer. Contact us for lots of expert advice<br />

and creative ideas on how to incorporate these and<br />

many more fantastic ideas into making your garden the<br />

ultimate lifestyle space.<br />



COSTA<br />

CALIDA<br />

Less famous by name than some of <strong>Spain</strong>’s other costas,<br />

the Costa Cálida extends from the Costa Blanca<br />

southwards to the border of Almería province, covering<br />

a 250-kilometre stretch of shoreline within the province of<br />

Murcia.<br />

It’s a classic Mediterranean region of blue seas, rocky cliffs,<br />

secluded bays and coves, and golden beaches dotted<br />

with holiday resorts and traditional fishing towns. As its name<br />

indicates, this is a warm coast, with warm summers and very<br />

comfortable winters, and as rainfall is low the region also<br />

offers a healthy climate to visitors and residents, making it<br />

much-loved with families and especially retired tourists and<br />

homebuyers from northern countries.<br />

Formerly – and still – a rural area sprinkled with little country<br />

towns, this is now a major holiday and retirement destination<br />

that is marked by two distinct areas:<br />


At its northernmost point, in El Mojón, the Costa Cálida<br />

touches the Costa Blanca. South from here is the Parque<br />

Regional de Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, a<br />

coastal marshland protectorate named for the nearby town<br />

of San Pedro del Pinatar. The centre of town is surrounded by<br />

extensive residential and holiday resorts in suburbs such as<br />

Las Esperanzas, Los Imbernones, El Salero, Las Pachecas, Los<br />

Antolinos, Las Beatas, Los Sáez, Lo Pagán, Molino del Chirrete<br />

and Los Cuarteros, which front the main feature of this part of<br />

the Costa Cálida: the Mar Menor.<br />

Where the more inland resorts offer residential golf living<br />

complete with extensive on-site amenities and leisure facilities,<br />

the beachside area that extends southwards towards<br />

Santiago de la Ribera and fronts the western shoreline of the<br />

Mar Menor up to a military airbase provides a more classic<br />

beachside ambience. Though this is not the Mediterranean<br />

but a saltwater lagoon – at 170km2 Europe’s largest – known<br />

for its warm, shallow waters and delicious sweet fish. The lower<br />

section is dotted with smaller resorts and towns such as La<br />

Roda, Playa de Los Narejos, Los Alcázares, Bahía Bella, Punta<br />

Brava, Los Urrutias, Estrella De Mar, Los Nietos and Mar de<br />

Cristal.<br />

LA MANGA<br />

The saltwater lagoon conditions of the wonderful Mar Menor<br />

are created by a dry climate and the 22-kilometere long<br />

sand bar that extends from the protected Playas de La Llana<br />

down to the La Manga resort at its southern end, where the<br />

land spit joins the mainland at Cabo Palos and Playa Honda.<br />


Among the famous golf courses in this area are the Hacienda<br />

Riquelme Golf Resort, Hacienda del Alamo, El Valle and of<br />

course La Manga itself.<br />


If the northern areas surrounding the Mar Menor are where<br />

most of the tourist and residential resorts are located, then the<br />

coastline of rocky cliffs and bays extending from La Manga<br />

down to Aguilas is rather more natural and authentic. Here<br />

you will find a succession of fishing towns such as<br />

Puerto de Mazarrón and natural coastal reserves – as well as<br />

the historic port of Cartagena, a cultural gem first founded by<br />

Carthaginian traders more than 2000 years ago.<br />

In the later years of Franco’s rule, a US aeroplane accidently<br />

dropped bombs during naval exercises not far from the coast.<br />

It sparked a massive ‘search and rescue’ operation on the part<br />

of the American forces, who much to their embarrassment<br />

could not locate the errant devices. Fortunately, some<br />

locals managed to do just that several weeks later, and the<br />

potentially dangerous of equipment was returned to its redfaced<br />

owners. Ever since, the Costa Cálida has become not<br />

only one of the favourite tourist destinations in Europe, but<br />

thanks to its climate, scenery and good value for money, also<br />

a popular focus for year-round residence and retirement.<br />

San Javier<br />

Murcia<br />

Santiago de<br />

la Ribera<br />

La Manga<br />

La Azohia<br />

Cartegena<br />

Mazarron Isla Plana<br />

Aguilas<br />

The bay of Aguilas<br />

in Murcia.<br />



Spanish Conveyancing<br />


Life is about to get not just easier, but more<br />

secure when it comes to completing the sale or<br />

purchase of a home in <strong>Spain</strong>. It was generally<br />

recognised that the dual system used in <strong>Spain</strong> to<br />

record land and property details – the Land Registry<br />

plus the Cadastre – was unwieldy and, worse than<br />

that, sometimes produced conflicting data on the<br />

same property. To put it simply, the Land Registry<br />

normally included a written description of a property<br />

while the Cadastre had graphic representation in<br />

the form of a map or plan. The problem was that,<br />

on occasions; the two did not match, leading to<br />

legal confusion. On top of that, as the Cadastre<br />

was not routinely cross-referenced with the Land<br />

Registry, details on any alterations and extensions<br />

built on a property would not necessarily appear<br />

on the Cadastre, again possibly leading to legal<br />

complications. But now the Spanish government has<br />

taken action to smooth the conveyancing process<br />

and ensure the two registries are consistent when<br />

describing a property.<br />

Chief amongst the changes is the requirement<br />

that Land Registry descriptions must now include a<br />

‘graphic representation’ of the property in the form<br />

of a copy of the map or plan held by the Cadastre.<br />


This will supersede the old Land Registry description<br />

and ensure buyers know exactly what they are<br />

purchasing. On top of that, the Cadastre will have to<br />

make note of any alterations to a building marked<br />

on the Land Registry records, and the two institutions<br />

will also have to use the same reference code for<br />

each property in order to avoid confusion and make<br />

the comparison of data between the bodies easier.<br />

Government officials estimate it will save the need<br />

for some 22,000 personal declarations a year, saving<br />

€1.8million. More importantly, it will provide greater<br />

security, clarity and transparency for people when<br />

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Email/tel direct Alex Radford - Spanish Abogado<br />

a.radford@mylawyerinspain.com<br />

Calling from the UK: 0845 508 2395<br />

Calling from <strong>Spain</strong>: +34 671 48 00 01



Continued from page 36 >><br />

buying a property, and should speed up the<br />

process greatly.<br />

Our team of lawyers specialised in<br />

conveyancing and property law carry out the<br />

following checks:<br />

• Whether the property is legal and fully registered<br />

• Arranging surveys and valuations<br />

• The information on title deeds including debts<br />

and mortgages<br />

• Does it have the correct planning in place<br />

• Are community fees payable, (if applicable)<br />

• The electricity and water services<br />

• Make sure the annual tax was paid<br />

• After completion setting up direct debits for the<br />

supplies<br />


1. In order for a smooth purchase from start to<br />

finish our recommendation is to sign a power of<br />

attorney so we can apply for your NIE number,<br />

open a bank account and complete the<br />

property purchase<br />

2. If you haven’t obtained it yet, for an NIE<br />

number (Número de Indentificación de<br />

Extranjero, Identification Number for Foreigners,<br />

in English) this is compulsory for purchasing<br />

property in <strong>Spain</strong>. But before we begin working<br />

together, we would love to speak with you as<br />

this can be done via a digital meeting or via<br />

telephone or in person as our offices across<br />

the country. We will explain the conveyancing<br />

process, timescales and the costs of the<br />

transaction.<br />

38<br />


Power of<br />

Attorney<br />

in <strong>Spain</strong><br />

Enquires direct to:<br />

Alex Radford Legal Abogado;<br />

a.radford@mylawyerinspain.com<br />

Supplied by<br />

spain: (+34) 951 820 099<br />

uk: +44(0) 203 807 4044<br />

- Our Team<br />

of lawyers<br />

Are you ready to purchase a property in <strong>Spain</strong>?<br />

If yes, the Power of Attorney is the kind of document to start<br />

with.<br />

Let us explain about protecting our clients in <strong>Spain</strong>, when it<br />

comes to purchasing a property in <strong>Spain</strong> there is nothing like<br />

doing everything from a legal perspective to have peace<br />

of mind and to avoid unwanted surprises and expensive<br />

comebacks.<br />

You may have heard of some stories where people were<br />

scammed when they bought or sold property in <strong>Spain</strong>, a<br />

common pattern is using the wrong professionals, trying to<br />

DIY, and/or trusting somebody other than a qualified Spanish<br />

Abogado.<br />

You can rely on Alex Radford and his team My Lawyer In<br />

<strong>Spain</strong> to complete the whole process from start to finish We<br />

are an experienced and specialist acting for clients buying,<br />

selling, inheriting property across <strong>Spain</strong> and its islands.<br />

We know how to protect our clients and not only because<br />

we are licensed and registered as a law firm in <strong>Spain</strong><br />

but also because we are multilingual and we have the<br />

professional knowledge.<br />

When you appoint a lawyer to act on your behalf this<br />

procedure is called “Power of Attorney” by way of an official<br />

document signed at a notary in your country or in <strong>Spain</strong><br />

through which the client gives us specific legal power to<br />

act on behalf of a client. Once we have Power of Attorney,<br />

we will be able to start the purchasing procedure on your<br />

behalf.<br />

Here are some of the actions we will carry out when we<br />

assist you with the legal process of purchasing a property in<br />

<strong>Spain</strong>:<br />

• Draft a pre-contract agreement or purchase offer and set<br />

out the conditions<br />

• Obtain a NIE number application<br />

• We will carry out checks to establish if the property is<br />

legal?<br />

• Investigate any outstanding Utility bills<br />

• Confirm if the property is still classified as “in construction”?<br />

• Confirm if there is a mortgage on the property?<br />

• Confirm and explain the position of the Tax liability<br />

• Day of the signing (whether you are buying or selling we<br />

will represent you at the notary and we will make sure<br />

everything is in order)<br />

• Land registry (the title deeds of the property must be<br />

registered at the Land Registry office)<br />

Power of Attorney is the process to start with. In addition,<br />

through a Power of Attorney we would be able to act<br />

on your behalf on certain tax matters, or even solve<br />

unexpected problems in the future that could not have<br />

anything to do with your property.<br />



Named ‘the White Coast’ for its cliffs and beaches, the Costa<br />

Blanca is a world of sand-toned hues contrasting with the<br />

azure-blue of the Mediterranean and the generally deep<br />

blue of its skies. This is essential Mediterranea, a region imbued by<br />

this ancient sea and its cultures.<br />

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors and Franks, they were<br />

all here, moulding today with the indigenous population with<br />

a culture that is Spanish, but also has its own distinct identity.<br />

Spanish is the main language, with English, German, Dutch and<br />

French also frequently heard, but the other official language<br />

is Valenciano, which can be considered to be a derivative of<br />

Catalan and also closely related to the local vernaculars of the<br />

Balearic Islands.<br />

As a tourist and residential region, the 200 kilometres of the Costa<br />

Blanca can be divided into a northern and a southern section,<br />

which border Valencia’s Costa del Azahar and the Costa Cálida<br />

respectively. Though the regional capital of Valencia – a jewel of<br />

a city, and second only to Madrid and Barcelona within <strong>Spain</strong> – is<br />

about an hour’s drive away, the nearest point of reference is the<br />

Mediterranean port of Alicante, itself a popular tourist destination.<br />



SOUTH<br />


Moving up along the coast from the Costa Cálida, the<br />

Southern Costa Blanca is characterised by beachside<br />

resorts such as the chilled atmosphere of La Zenia, the<br />

amenities of Torrevieja – one of the icons of this coastline<br />

– and the smaller but equally popular Guardamar del<br />

Segura. This is a mostly sandy shoreline perfect for<br />

tourism but it offers a diversity of resorts, including<br />

the small-scale innocence of El Pinet la Marina, at<br />

the entrance to a large area of marshes.<br />

At its north end, in Bras del Port, high quality salt is<br />

produced close to the famous resort town of Santa<br />

Pola. Rounding the coast, one reaches the final<br />

part of the southern Costa Blanca, as it approaches<br />

the city of Alicante, which marks the dividing line.<br />

Here Monte Faro is a pretty coastal town set amid<br />

spectacular cliffs, and though Arenals del Sol and<br />

Urbanova are a little bigger, they too invoke a sense of<br />

endless beaches and classic summer holidays.<br />

Elche<br />

Rojales<br />

Orihuela<br />

Villa Martin<br />

Alicante<br />

Santa Pola<br />

Guardamar<br />

de Segura<br />

Torrevieja<br />

Denia<br />

Ja<br />

Benissa Mo<br />

Altea Calpe<br />

Albir<br />

Benidorm<br />

Villa Joyosa<br />

Photo of the beach<br />

in Guardamar de<br />

Segura.<br />




La Finca golf course was established in 2002 with a top<br />

quality golf course and hotel resort. The golf course was<br />

designed by the famous Spanish designer Pepe Gancedo<br />

who was also a keen golf amateur player in <strong>Spain</strong>. The course<br />

is laid out with wide generous fairways that offer amazing and<br />

somewhat spectacular greens that add to the experience<br />

every golfer desires. The greens are completely different from<br />

each other, a variety of shapes, some of them being famous<br />

such as the seventh hole, it is a square shape with large<br />

dimensions that resembles an English bowls green. Also at<br />

the fourteenth hole, which is deep and round, well known to<br />

players as the Chinese wok. The picturesque views all around<br />

this course are added together making a host of delightful<br />

characteristics at La Finca golf course and are why it has<br />

become so popular over the last nine years and is regarded<br />

as one of the best golf courses in <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

La Finca golf course has also been the chosen venue<br />

of a number of prestigious tournaments since its opening,<br />

the Junior European Championship and the Spanish Junior<br />

Championship as well as the finals of the Audi Class and Audi<br />

Quattro circuits, for amateur golfers. At a professional level, La<br />

Finca golf course has hosted the qualifying for the EPD Tour as<br />

well as the Valencian Community professional circuit.<br />

As one would expect the course other amenities making an<br />

all round easy choice as the perfect place for your round of<br />

golf, the resort offers buggies and club hire, the golf academy<br />

at La Finca Resort is the ideal place to improve your game<br />

and discover the best golfing techniques.<br />

The professional teaching staff will help you learn and<br />

improve your overall standard whilst gaining new golfing<br />

skills. The golf pros are Víctor Andreu who is a recognised<br />


professional golfer. He has served on the national golf team<br />

for over ten years, has a pro license granted by the Royal<br />

Spanish Federation and is member of the Spanish PGA with<br />

title of Master. Victor also runs the children academy in La<br />

Finca golf club, teaching students and golf lovers as well as<br />

some other professionals.<br />

The prestigious international award The World Travel Awards<br />

was given to La Finca Golf Resort for the second year running<br />

an amazing achievement to win two consecutive years as<br />

the accolade of <strong>Spain</strong>’s best Golf Hotel in the World Gold<br />

Awards.<br />

The development at La Finca Resort was renovated in<br />

2019 together with its group that offers three courses Las<br />

Ramblas and Villamartin. Undertaking extensive building<br />

works that included greens being re-built as well as bunker<br />

enhancements. The extremely popular restaurants also were<br />

refurbished providing high quality dining for both golfers and<br />

visitors’ to the area. The Club House Terraza is the perfect<br />

place to have a rest and build up the energy required after<br />

having had a round of golf is at La Finca golf resort. The<br />

restaurant offers a snack menu allowing you to enjoy a quick<br />

bite as well as to enjoy the stunning views of the golf course.<br />

The property developments around the resort have also<br />

seen significant investment making the area of La Finca<br />

one of the top property destinations in Costa Blanca. Golf<br />

enthusiasts as well as those who want to live In <strong>Spain</strong>. The<br />

village of Algorfa has many property developments with<br />

a range of modern Spanish villa styles as well as compact<br />

apartments that lend themselves to ideal holiday homes.<br />

For anyone who are looking for a property in <strong>Spain</strong> and that<br />

wants to live in a modern style development ideally situated

close to the beach, a shopping centre that<br />

has amazing country side appeal with the<br />

mountain ranges of Costa Blanca then La<br />

Finca resort in Algorfa Alicante is certainly<br />

worth looking at.<br />

120 modern rooms where luxury,<br />

comfort, style and design are the common<br />

denominators — to make your stay simply<br />

perfect.<br />

Everything you need for a luxury stay -<br />


• Free outdoor car park<br />

• Covered car park with cctv security (check rates)<br />

• Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi<br />

• Balinese beds and sun beds in the pool area<br />

• Several lounges and meeting rooms for all types of<br />

functions and events<br />

• Tennis courts and paddle-tennis courts, with free loan<br />

of sports equipment (subject to availability)<br />

• Gymnasium<br />


• 24-hour Reception<br />

• Room service (check schedule)<br />

• Guest Service Centre<br />

• Free Wi-Fi<br />

• Free shuttle service (check terms and conditions,<br />

timetables and availability with Reception).<br />

• Free loan of bicycles (subject to availability)<br />

• Laundry service<br />

• Airport transport service at special prices (booking in<br />

advance with the Guest Service Centre required).<br />


multilingual property experts for 25 years on the Costa<br />

Email: info@welcome-estates.com<br />

Web: www.welcome-estates.com<br />




Benijofar<br />

Av. Federico Garcia<br />

Lorca, 15, Benijofar,<br />

03178, Alicante<br />

+34 966 714 719<br />

La Zenia<br />

C. Maestro Torralba, 2<br />

La Zenia,<br />

03189<br />

+34 966 714 719<br />


LOS ALTOS 139,750€<br />

110m 2<br />

m 2<br />

603m 2<br />

m 2 Pool<br />

m 2<br />

m 2<br />

m 2<br />

3 2 Pool 66m 2 Parking 2 2<br />

m 2 m 2 m 2 m 2<br />

m 2<br />

Ref: CM7747<br />

Ref: CM7872<br />

EL CHAPARRAL 49,950€ VILLAMARTIN 145,000€<br />

m 2<br />

41m 2 Parking Pool<br />

m 2<br />

1 1<br />

m 2 m 2<br />

Ref: CM7851<br />

DAYA VIEJA 124,999€<br />

m 2<br />

m 2<br />

105m 2 140m 2 3 2 Pool<br />

Ref: CM7479<br />

m 2<br />

m 2 m 2<br />

m 2<br />

CABO ROIG 88,000€<br />

m 2<br />

90m 2 133m 2 Pool<br />

@<br />

m 2<br />

3 2<br />

m 2 m 2<br />

info@casasmanuel.com<br />


Ref: CM7868<br />

@<br />

m 2<br />

m 2<br />

71m 2 Parking 2 1 Pool<br />

Ref: CM7422<br />

m 2<br />

m 2 m 2<br />

m 2<br />



MANUEL<br />

FAMILY<br />

Benefiting from two strategically<br />

placed sales offices in Benijófar (Sales<br />

office, and a dedicated aftersales<br />

office) and La Zenia, Casas Manuel is a<br />

professional, family-run company which<br />

has been selling property throughout the<br />

Costa Blanca since 2001 offering both<br />

buyer and seller an exceptional strength<br />

of service.<br />

Since 2001, our reliable and professional<br />

approach to business has created for<br />

us many strong relationships throughout<br />

<strong>Spain</strong>, UK, Belgium, France, Iceland,<br />

Sweden, Russia, Norway, Czech Republic<br />

and Holland. We pride ourselves on our<br />

very personal and professional service that<br />

we deliver to ALL clients.<br />

As shown by our Testimonials page<br />

– Trust is earned though our collective<br />

Honesty, Hard Work, Transparency,<br />

Knowledge and Ethics.<br />

Our reputation for Values such as<br />

these has enabled us to provide serious<br />

property buyers the benefit of always<br />

Whether you are buying<br />

or selling, our approach to<br />

business is simple - To provide<br />

the best service possible to<br />

every client we meet.<br />

having a wide variety of well-priced<br />

properties to offer for sale on the Costa<br />

Blanca South. So, whatever budget range<br />

stipulated… whether from small beachside<br />

apartments, semi-coastal townhouses,<br />

traditional Fincas, right through to luxury<br />

villas – we will help you!<br />

When you consult our specialist advisors<br />

you will find we take your requirements<br />

very seriously indeed and because we<br />

listen to you we apply our extensive<br />

knowledge and capacity within Casas<br />

Manuel to diligently find you the perfect<br />

property in your ideal location.<br />

In simple: Our team is here to make your<br />

Spanish buying process as easy as possible<br />

and will be assisting you through every<br />

step of the buying process...<br />

If you are looking for something that we<br />

do not have in our portfolio then not to<br />

worry, you simply tell us what it is you want,<br />

and our team of dedicated agents will<br />

find it for you.<br />

In 2016 Casas Manuel were honoured<br />

to take part in a new Channel 4 property<br />

series “Sun, Sea and Selling Houses”. The<br />

success of the 1st show resulted in the<br />

series being re-commissioned by channel<br />

4 and was followed up by a further three<br />

series!<br />



Benijófar<br />

Stunning new build villas on the<br />

outskirts of the popular village of<br />

Benijofar. These villas are built over<br />

two floors boasting a open plan<br />

living/dining area on the ground<br />

floor along with a shower room.<br />

The first floor holds the two double<br />

bedrooms along with a family<br />

bathroom along with a roof top<br />

solarium.<br />

€224,900 Cabo Roig<br />


• Beds: 2<br />

• Baths: 2<br />

• Plot size: 134m2<br />

• Build size: 90m2<br />

• Pool: Private<br />

• Parking: Off-road<br />

• Full furnished<br />

Ref CM6810<br />

New Build Villas located in Lomas de<br />

Cabo Roig, within walking distance<br />

to all the local amenities that Lomas<br />

de Cabo Roig has to offer. The<br />

properties offer 3 double bedrooms,<br />

3 bathrooms, spacious living and<br />

dining area with an American style<br />

kitchen. The property is sat on a<br />

spacious plot which has a private<br />

swimming pool, plus a roof solarium.<br />

€349,900<br />


• Beds: 3<br />

• Baths: 3<br />

• Plot size: 199m2<br />

• Build size: 131m2<br />

• Pool: Private<br />

• Parking: Off-road<br />

Ref CM7870<br />




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Pets welcome<br />


SPAIN 965 794 682 UK 0208 090 4292

Office: +34 965 020 204<br />

UK: 01273 900966<br />

Email: info@welcome-estates.com<br />

Web: www.welcome-estates.com<br />

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• Build Size 108m2<br />

• Ground floor with garden<br />

• Middle floors with terrace<br />

• Penthouses with solarium<br />

• Lift<br />

• Underground parking<br />

• Pre-installed air-con<br />

• Close to amenities<br />

• White Goods<br />




• 2 Bedrooms<br />

• 2 Bathrooms<br />

• Build Size 64m2<br />

• Pre-installed<br />

air-con<br />

• Close to<br />

amenities<br />

• White Goods<br />

Prices from<br />

169,000€<br />


• 3 Bedrooms<br />

• 2 Bathrooms<br />

• Build Size 184m2<br />

• Basement<br />

• Close to<br />

amenities<br />

• Private pool<br />

Prices from<br />

228,900€<br />

Ref 658126<br />

363,000€<br />



Ref 658180<br />

Ref 366353<br />

3 BEDROOMS &<br />


• Build Size 194m2<br />

• Short walk to beach<br />

• Pre-installed air-con<br />

• Sea Views<br />

• Close to amenities<br />

• White Goods<br />

799,000€<br />

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An ancient coast of beaches, crystalline waters and<br />

rocky cliffs that lead down to secluded little coves and<br />

bays, the northern part of the Costa Blanca is often<br />

described as the most beautiful section of all – and one of<br />

the finest examples of Mediterranean lifestyle to be found<br />

anywhere.<br />


Alicante provides the big city feel as well as a large international<br />

airport for the region, and as you head north from here the<br />

first significant resort town is El Campello, popular above all<br />

with Spanish tourists. From here to the pretty coastal town of<br />

Villajoyosa, with its multi-coloured houses, there are only tiny<br />

beachside spots dotted, and more of the same until you come<br />

to the most famous Costa Blanca resort of all: Benidorm.<br />

Famous for its package tourism, as humorously depicted in<br />

a British comedy series, this large resort town is redeveloping<br />

its look and offering to appeal to a more modern kind of<br />

tourism, complete with stylish resort hotels and a series of large<br />

theme park attractions such as Terra Mítica, Terra Natura and<br />

Aqualandia. From here, the coast becomes more rugged,<br />

with imposing capes and rocky cliffs and bays that together<br />

create breath-taking scenery against a backdrop of blue<br />

skies and green pine groves.<br />

Altea is a stylish resort town with a beautiful historic centre that<br />

ranks as one of the region’s highlights, while Platja L’Olla is a<br />

wonderfully secluded stretch of coast between distant cliffs.<br />

Just before you reach another iconic resort town, Calpe,<br />

Altea Hills is the first of a series of luxurious villas suburbs with<br />

stunning coastal views – one of several residential resort areas<br />

that offer an excellent choice of modern homes with all the<br />

latest styles, amenities and high-tech comforts. The views from<br />

here are truly stunning.<br />



Calpe is gifted with a stunning setting – a wide bay overlooking<br />

an iconic rock cape not unlike that of Gibraltar, as well as an<br />

inland lagoon known as Les Salines. This picture perfect spot<br />

first named by the Phoenicians provides the ideal setting for<br />

a resort town, and Calpe is the last large town before you<br />

come to the end of the Costa Blanca at Jávea and Denia,<br />

passing the pretty little coastal resort of Moraira. Beyond it lays<br />

gorgeous coastal scenery with idyllic bays such as Plata de la<br />

Granadella, with its turquoise water.<br />

Jávea and Denia are two pretty towns fronting sandy beaches<br />

and surrounded by attractive residential areas set within pine<br />

groves, with many following the undulations of golf courses<br />

such as the excellent La Sella Golf. The iconic Parc Natural<br />

Montgó crowns the natural beauty of this region, which is also<br />

less than an hour from Valencia, close to many more beauty<br />

spots and always just a short drive from country villages full of<br />

authentic regional charm.

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JÁVEA<br />

Perhaps better known as a stylishly relaxed<br />

Mediterranean resort destination on <strong>Spain</strong>’s eastern<br />

seaboard, the little town of Jávea is at heart a classic<br />

Spanish country town overlooking a landscape of cliffs wealthy merchant class whose elegant Baroque style<br />

enveloping a bright blue bay and mountains surrounding country estates and town houses add lustre to the rural<br />

a deep green valley.<br />

cottages and tightly packed homes of the area.<br />

In reality the municipal area of Jávea is divided into<br />

three distinct parts. Most familiar to outside visitors is the<br />

coastal resort, tucked into a corner of a large bay. Here,<br />

luxurious apartments surround a coastal village that looks<br />

out at a fishing harbour and marina that eventually gives<br />

way to the resort hotels that dot the long sandy beaches<br />

of El Arenal. At the far end of this the coast rises to the<br />

spectacular cliffs that mark the Cap de la Nao area. It<br />

is here, within the pine-covered slopes overlooking the<br />

bays and coves, that a collection of luxurious residential<br />

area provides a privileged setting for a lifestyle that has<br />

been drawing people for many decades now.<br />

At the heart of it all, though, is the historic town of<br />

Jávea – the original country village that grew into a<br />

prosperous town thanks to its position dominating a large<br />

and fertile valley. Largely level, this agricultural area<br />

stretches for kilometres inland, and has long formed the<br />

basis for wealth in the area, producing a range of export<br />

products that has included olive oil, raisins and oranges.<br />

Famous throughout Europe for these products, the region<br />

also benefitted from the bounty of the sea, creating a<br />

The epicentre of the old town is the Church of Sant<br />

Bartomeu, an imposing structure that originally dates<br />

back to early medieval times. Like most of the historic<br />

quarter it is built mainly from local Tosca stone hewn<br />

for centuries from the coastal cliffs, and still bears the<br />

pockmarks of warfare sustained during the civil war.<br />

Today, however, the only invaders are the small groups of<br />

tourists drinking in the sights or relaxing in a quaint square<br />

as village life goes on around them. This is a town of<br />

cobbled streets, picturesque archways, historic buildings<br />

that reveal bewildering layers of successive cultures, and<br />

above all a mesmerising ambience.<br />

Get a glimpse of what life was like here not so very<br />

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restaurants – and you will get an idea of what a true<br />

Spanish country town is all about.<br />







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Think of Spanish tennis and the name Nadal<br />

immediately comes to mind. Of course, Rafa<br />

Nadal is a great champion and probably the best<br />

representative the country has had in the sport, but<br />

extend your horizon beyond this modern sporting icon<br />

and you will see that <strong>Spain</strong> has produced a very good<br />

proportion of the world’s top players, both past and<br />

present.<br />

Among them, and very much in the present, is David<br />

Ferrer. Currently ranked 6th in the world – the highest<br />

ranked Spaniard after Nadal – Ferrer hails from the<br />

pretty coastal town of Jávea, which also gave birth<br />

to Rimontgó. “We share a hometown,” says Antonio<br />

Ribes Bas of Rimontgó, “so naturally everybody here<br />

is enormously proud of young David.” An icon in<br />

this, his home ground, David Ferrer has become an<br />

international sporting figure and very much a source of<br />

national pride in <strong>Spain</strong>.<br />

He showed great talent and a passion for the game at<br />

a young age, moving to up along the coast to Gandia<br />

age 13 and on to Barcelona at 15 to attend Juan Carlos<br />

Ferrero’s academy. His coach, Javier Piles, was tough<br />

on the young prospect, yet when Ferrer felt he’d had<br />

enough of the sportsman’s regime in 1999 and left to<br />

a Jávea<br />

champion<br />

work on a construction site, he was back and asking for<br />

more ‘tennis punishment’ before the week was out.<br />

The following year, aged 18, he turned pro and has<br />

never looked back since. Amassed over $10 million<br />

dollars in prize money and a total of 11 career titles so<br />

far, David Ferrer peaked in 2008 when he reached 4th<br />

in the ATP rankings. Who knows if he can better that; at<br />

29 the Spaniard still has a lot of good years in him and<br />

the possibility of progressing beyond the semi-finals of<br />

a grand slam tournament and claiming first grand slam<br />

title is still very much alive.<br />


Known as a clay court specialist, David Ferrer is a classic<br />

style player lacking some of the hard-serve, hard-shot<br />

characteristics of some of his contemporaries. Instead<br />

he depends upon his mobility and ability to return almost<br />

everything thrown at him, and do it accurately. It is this<br />

drive to not be beaten that has earned him accolades<br />

from some of the best players in the game, and indeed,<br />

according to Roger Federer it is not new Wimbledon<br />

champion Novak Djokovic but David Ferrer that is the<br />

best returner of the ball in modern tennis. Not bad for a<br />

boy from Jávea.<br />



Jávea is perhaps better known for its<br />

beaches, its marina and its water sports,<br />

not to mention some of the best hiking<br />

trails in eastern <strong>Spain</strong>, but it is also the home<br />

of the Club de Golf Jávea, a fine 18-hole<br />

course with a longstanding tradition in the<br />

gentleman’s game.<br />

Founded in 1981 and designed by<br />

Francisco Moreno the par 72 course extends<br />

across a parkland landscape set between<br />

private villas and wooded groves, with<br />

views of Jávea’s iconic mountain ranges all<br />

around. Elegantly styled and ever so gently<br />

undulating, this course offers well-designed<br />

bunkers and water features for a game that is<br />

challenging but also suitable to beginners.<br />

Like the golf course itself, the club’s other<br />

facilities are well maintained and kept<br />

fully up to date. Most important of these is<br />

the attractive clubhouse, refurbished and<br />

overlooking the course, countryside and the<br />

Montgó Mountain. Inside, it houses the club’s<br />

offices, as well as changing rooms, a pro<br />

shop, club meeting room, restaurant, bar and<br />

a cafeteria with scenic terrace.<br />

Popular with local residents and visiting<br />

players, Jávea Golf Club is a real golfer’s<br />

club with a friendly and informal atmosphere.<br />

The restaurant offers traditional Spanish fare<br />

throughout the day and evening, while<br />

the club’s cafeteria provides light snack<br />

alternatives and an opportunity to drink in the<br />

sun on its large terrace.<br />

Like the real sports club it is, Club de Golf<br />

Jávea also has a practice range and putting<br />

green as well as featuring tennis courts and<br />

a swimming pool to ensure that this is very<br />

much a venue for the entire family. Golfers<br />

and tennis players alike can join coaching<br />

sessions or book individual classes with the<br />

resident pros, who also shine during the<br />

annual tournaments and charity drives that<br />

further underline the club’s contribution to<br />

local community life.<br />





SLANDS<br />

For those who haven’t travelled there yet, the Balearic Islands are an<br />

archipelago in the Mediterranean off the Spanish east coast. The<br />

four main islands are Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera –<br />

and though they share a common history, culture and local dialect of<br />

Catalan that is also closely related to Valenciano, Provencal, Ligurian,<br />

Corsican and Sardo (Sardinian) – each has a character and ambience<br />

of its town.<br />


By far the largest and dominant island is Mallorca, where the capital<br />

Palma de Mallorca is the main cultural, economic and metropolitan<br />

centre of the Balearics. This historic city is a treasure trove of imposing<br />

architecture, with cultural layers that date back to pre-Roman,<br />

Byzantine, Moorish and later periods, influencing the local cuisine,<br />

traditions, art and people. In addition to the many cathedrals,<br />

fortresses and elegant streets and plazas to enjoy are the picturesque<br />

old city, the harbour area with its old towers and of course the white<br />

sandy beaches within a stroll of town.<br />


If you avoid the built-up tourist town of Magaluf, which not long ago<br />

catered mostly to British package tourism but is now being upgraded,<br />

skirting the southwest cape will take you through a series of rather<br />

stylish beach resorts such as Santa Ponça overlooking idyllic bays.<br />

Head inland to the pastel-coloured charm of Andratx or Valdemossa,<br />

a quaint mountain village reminiscent of the prettiest ones in Provence<br />

or Tuscany. The whole western mountain range and rocky coastline<br />

is a spectacle of pretty little towns overlooking spectacular cliff-side<br />

scenery.<br />

Round this region and you reach the Bay of Alcudia, where mountains<br />

give way to plains and expansive, white sandy beaches. This too is<br />

a visitor’s paradise complete with stylish coastal resorts, and as you<br />

trace the eastern shoreline you’ll be rewarded with elegant little<br />

towns and in places gorgeous beaches that have a very natural<br />

and untouched fell. Round yet another spectacular cape and you<br />

approach some of the most spectacularly beautiful Mallorca coastal<br />

scenery in places such as Cala Pi, whose iconic aquamarine water<br />

pretty much sums up the island.<br />

IBIZA<br />

If Mallorca has captured the hearts of tourists and jet-set visitors such<br />

as Claudia Schiffer and Michael Douglas, then Ibiza will forever be<br />

associated with heady summer holidays and the birth of the beachside<br />

club scene. Many of the most famous DJs, such as David Guetta, cut<br />

their teeth here and the likes of Calvin Harris, continue to feature on<br />

a regular basis at landmark venues like Pasha, which turn partying<br />

into a resort occupation. There is, of course, also another side to this<br />

famous party island, as seen in the historic charm of its towns and<br />

country villages, as well as the natural beauty of much of its coastline,<br />

where areas such as Es Cubells are popular with high-end visitors and<br />

celebrities seeking privacy, luxury and seclusion.<br />


For more of that iconic beachside beauty in the form of green<br />

Mediterranean pine groves that grow right up to white sand beaches<br />

washed by azure waters, Menorca is the place to visit. More intimate<br />

and natural than the larger islands, it is a scenic paradise where the<br />

land feels like it spills into the ever-present Mediterranean Sea. Even<br />

smaller and more sauvage, Formentera is where lovers of nature, sea,<br />

sky and sandy dunes will feel at home – on land as well as snorkelling<br />

in its clear blue waters.

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Ciutadella<br />

Andratx<br />

Pollenca<br />

Palma<br />

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Ibiza<br />

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When it comes to quality real estate, Mallorca is not a place of large<br />

concentrations, but rather of many little treasures dotted around<br />

the island. That said, you’ll see names such as Pollensa, Alcúdia, Port<br />

Adriano and Puerto Andratx appear frequently as they are among the<br />

finest, most popular residential areas overlooking gorgeous coastal<br />

scenery near all amenities.<br />

IBIZA<br />

The same is true of Ibiza, but those in the know look for homes in Sant<br />

Josep De Sa Talaia, Santa Eulalia Des Ríu and also Sant Antoni De<br />

Portmany – all perfect examples of privileged living on this golden isle.<br />


In Menorca, it will be hard to resists the atmosphere and scenic charm<br />

of the Ciudadela de Menorca, though others head to the coastal<br />

pleasures of Maó and Es Mercadal, while in Formentera Cala Envaster<br />

is a perfect spot on a bay in an island otherwise made up of small<br />

communities and country properties.<br />




If you think Ibiza is only about clubbing and scores of<br />

youngsters on summer holiday packages, think again.<br />

This island is cool, trendy and appealing in so many<br />

more ways, and its popularity with A-list visitors is proof<br />

of it.<br />

To many, Ibiza has always been about summer,<br />

beaches, open-air parties and late night clubbing. The<br />

capital of Europe’s summer clubbing scene has spawned<br />

its own genres of music, as well as numerous famous<br />

clubs, but aside from techno, trance and chillout music<br />

there is another, more cultural side to this tourist isle. Those<br />

in the know, like Richard Branson and other well-heeled<br />

latter day flower power children, have long since been<br />

enjoying its pleasures. Together with the creative types<br />

who helped develop the iconic Ibiza style, they have<br />

turned this super cool spot in the sun into one of the most<br />

must-experience places of the Mediterranean.<br />

Ibiza has long been associated with a brand of<br />

shabby chic style that is considered by many to be<br />

the ultimate in trendiness. It is a place where hip types<br />

like to congregate – surfers, models, pop stars, trendy<br />

millionaires and those successful in the world of design.<br />

Coming from similar hippy roots perhaps, the fashionistas<br />

and those who in spite of their wealth want to remain<br />

‘with it’ and somehow spiritually grounded flock to the<br />

private villas, secluded low-rise boutique hotels and other<br />

hotspots overlooking paradisiacal coves or white yachts<br />

bobbing quietly on the turquoise water.<br />


More rustic destinations just inland are also very<br />

popular, as are sports where you can enjoy freshly<br />

caught fish or organically grown vegetables at quaint<br />

– but stylish – seaside venues. Shabby chic is therefore<br />

a word that has come to characterise Ibiza and in turn<br />

the style has drawn much inspiration from it. If there were<br />

a colour to represent the island and encapsulate its<br />

ambience it would be azure; the deep aquamarine blue<br />

of its coastal waters, the intense blue of its skies and the<br />

liquid freshness of sea air.<br />

Or perhaps the pure, stark white of its plastered walls,<br />

the sails that play against the horizon or the white linen<br />

that seems to become an inadvertent uniform for<br />

sophisticated urban types seeking summer epiphanies in<br />

the Med. Modern and trendy yet ancient and mysterious,<br />

the real Ibiza is a world removed from the shallow<br />

hedonism of its squalid club scene, where revellers feed<br />

on a cocktail of sun, drum beats and chemicals to<br />

achieve a trance-like state of oblivion. The physical Ibiza<br />

has an ephemeral quality, but one where it is the play<br />

of visual beauty, tactile senses and an altered pace of<br />

being that creates a mesmerising effect.<br />

Besides crystal clear waters inviting the visitor to swim,<br />

sail and scuba dive, it offers a surprising amount of<br />

beautiful nature for so small an island. From the cliffs and<br />

coves rise the pines the island is famous for, converting<br />

into maquis heather in the hardiest of spots before<br />

opening up into idyllic valleys covered in green fields,<br />

blankets of wild flowers and almond trees. This is rustic<br />

Ibiza, a place of goats, donkeys, quaint villages and old<br />

rural traditions. It is also home to an amazingly stylish form<br />

of rural tourism in which easy elegance and comfort<br />

have been raised to an art form.<br />

A popular natural area is the Ses Feixes wetlands,<br />

a swampy lowland area bordering Ibiza Bay that is<br />

a wintering ground for countless species of bird. You<br />

will also find bats and reptiles where the Moors once<br />

cultivated land using a complex irrigation system<br />

of canals and water deposits. Here, where intense<br />

agriculture flourished for centuries in a man-made<br />

environment, nature began to reclaim its marshes and<br />

return them to their wild inhabitants from the 1960s<br />

onwards.<br />


Much of what makes this island so haunting can<br />

be traced to its ancient roots, which though planted<br />

in a very distant and hazy past continue to produce<br />

fresh shoots. While it shares much of its story and<br />

characteristics with mainland <strong>Spain</strong> – Ibiza is just<br />

79 kilometres east of Valencia – this is above all a<br />

Mediterranean world. As a result, the Pine Islands – the<br />


By Michel Cruz<br />

name for Ibiza and its smaller neighbour, Formentera –<br />

have always been a little removed from their mother<br />

nation. Claimed by the Catalan as their own, the<br />

people speak a local dialect of that tongue, yet could<br />

also communicate with the Corsicans and Sardinians<br />

with whom they share an almost invisible yet ancient<br />

bond.<br />

Beaten by the salty sea winds and the voyagers<br />

they carried here, these tiny islands have been<br />

invaded, sacked and pillaged more times than you’d<br />

care to know, but the many stones have produced<br />

an interesting mosaic. A popular attraction are the<br />

remains of a Phoenician settlement at Sa Caleta, one<br />

of the finest examples of its kind, while the islands of Es<br />

Vedra and Es Vedranell are famous as the spot with the<br />

third most powerful magnetic energy in the world. Es<br />

Vedra is also the birthplace of the Carthaginian general<br />

Hannibal.<br />

It is said that sacrifices were performed here by<br />

ancient cults, whilst others say it is the tip of the sunken<br />

civilisation of Atlantis, thus explaining why it is such a<br />

popular landing spot for intergalactic travellers. The<br />

hippies who tell you this will also say they’ve seen UFOs<br />

shooting over here, but maybe that’s down to the kind<br />

of ‘tobacco’ they smoke. Either way, it’s a wonderfully<br />

mysterious spot in which to indulge in wild theories and<br />

feel the otherworldly atmosphere as you – per tradition<br />

– make a wish the moment the island comes into view.<br />

Though it now houses almost half the island’s<br />

125,000 people, Ibiza town was for long little more<br />

than a small port protected by the Almudaina Castle.<br />

This large walled fortress, which stands at the top of<br />

the picturesque Dalt Vila (Old Town), provided the<br />

protection that made life here possible, but from the<br />

mid-19th century onwards Ibiza’s capital developed<br />

quickly, a process that was further boosted by the rise<br />

of the tourist industry from the 1950s on.<br />


The old walled town is so pretty that the entire area<br />

has been declared a world heritage site by Unesco,<br />

complete with castle, churches and the quaint houses<br />

and little plazas. Here you will almost stumble over the<br />

history of the island, or simply drink in the atmosphere,<br />

while on the other side of the bay luxury yachts lie in<br />

the trendy marina fronted by luxury boutiques, eateries<br />

and lounge bars. Much of the nightlife continues to be<br />

concentrated around calle Barcelona, while the town<br />

is also home to some of the most popular clubs, among<br />

them the famous Café del Mar, where revellers come<br />

to chillout and watch the sun set.<br />

They are just some of the more than 40 clubs and<br />

trendy bars that dominate the summer clubbing scene,<br />

though in recent years Ibiza has tapped into the cool<br />

chic scene so strongly associated with it, catering in the<br />

process not only to young revellers and cultural tourists<br />

but also the well-heeled visitor wishing to remain young<br />

at heart.<br />

What Ibiza offers visitors is therefore becoming<br />

increasingly diverse in nature, but always based around<br />

a strong sensory experience – from the release offered<br />

by the clubs to the relaxing, almost spiritual atmosphere<br />

to be found along the pretty little coves and secluded<br />

beaches. Where the package vacationers follow the<br />

well-beaten path to the 18 kilometres of large sandy<br />

beaches such as those at Calls Bassa and La Salinas,<br />

those occupying the private villas and low-slung<br />

boutique hotels will seek out secluded spots far away<br />

from the madding crowds. Lying ensconced within<br />

small pine-covered estates, the private lodges they<br />

stay at offer peace and anonymity in what is a typical<br />

Ibiza mix of laid-back hippy style complete with Thai or<br />

Indian influences, yet suffused with comfort, luxury and<br />

first-class service.<br />

Ibiza chic is earthy, designed in a way that appears<br />

to be random and informal yet is actually demanding<br />

of creative energies, and provides five-star services<br />

in an ambience that seems to want to decry earthly<br />

luxury and opulence in favour of a more ethereal way<br />

of being. The result is an Ibiza-branded experience that<br />

makes this the coolest of all Mediterranean islands.<br />




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