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CONTENTS<br />

COSTA BLANCA NORTH<br />

Beaches and crystal waters 6<br />

A perfect destination to live 8<br />

A coast of two halves 10<br />

Featured property 16<br />

COSTA BLANCA SOUTH<br />

The white coast 18<br />

A coast of two halves (continued) 20<br />

A family business 24<br />

COSTA ALMERIA<br />

Long stretching beaches 34<br />

Costa Almeria Market review 36<br />

COSTA DEL SOL<br />

Popular destination 40<br />

Luxury Homes 42<br />

Andalusia getaways and retreats 46<br />

Golden View 50<br />

Soul Marbella 52<br />

COSTA CALIDA<br />

Classic Mediterranean region 26<br />

Costa Calida Market review 28<br />

BALEARIC ISLANDS<br />

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Ibiza - Shabby Chic and much more 62<br />

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COSTALANCA<br />

An ancient coast of beaches, crystalline waters and<br />

rocky cliffs that lead down to secluded little coves<br />

and bays, the northern part of the Costa Blanca is<br />

often described as the most beautiful section of all – and<br />

one of the finest examples of Mediterranean lifestyle to be<br />

found anywhere.<br />

COSTA BLANCA NORTH<br />

Alicante provides the big city feel as well as a large<br />

international airport for the region, and as you head north<br />

from here the first significant resort town is El Campello,<br />

popular above all with Spanish tourists. From here to the<br />

pretty coastal town of Villajoyosa, with its multi-coloured<br />

Levante houses, Beach, there are only tiny beachside spots dotted, and<br />

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more of the same until you come to the most famous<br />

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<br />

large theme park attractions such as Terra Mítica, Terra<br />

Natura and Aqualandia. From here, the coast becomes<br />

more rugged, with imposing capes and rocky cliffs and<br />

bays that together create breath-taking scenery against<br />

a backdrop of blue skies and green pine groves.<br />

Altea is a stylish resort town with a beautiful historic centre<br />

that ranks as one of the region’s highlights, while Platja<br />

L’Olla is a wonderfully secluded stretch of coast between


NORTH<br />

Elche<br />

Rojales<br />

Orihuela<br />

Villa Martin<br />

distant cliffs. Just before you reach another iconic resort<br />

town, Calpe, Altea Hills is the first of a series of luxurious<br />

villas suburbs with stunning coastal views – one of several<br />

residential resort areas that offer an excellent choice of<br />

modern homes with all the latest styles, amenities and<br />

high-tech comforts. The views from here are truly stunning.<br />

EXQUISITE SHORES<br />

Calpe is gifted with a stunning setting – a wide bay<br />

overlooking an iconic rock cape not unlike that of<br />

Gibraltar, as well as an inland lagoon known as Les Salines.<br />

This picture perfect spot first named by the Phoenicians<br />

provides the ideal setting for a resort town, and Calpe is<br />

the last large town before you come to the end of the<br />

Alicante<br />

Santa Pola<br />

Guardamar<br />

de Segura<br />

Torrevieja<br />

Denia<br />

Javea<br />

Benissa Moraira<br />

Altea Calpe<br />

Albir<br />

Benidorm<br />

Villa Joyosa<br />

Costa Blanca at Jávea and Denia, passing the pretty little<br />

coastal resort of Moraira. Beyond it lays gorgeous coastal<br />

scenery with idyllic bays such as Plata de la Granadella,<br />

with its turquoise water.<br />

Jávea and Denia are two pretty towns fronting sandy<br />

beaches and surrounded by attractive residential<br />

areas set within pine groves, with many following the<br />

undulations of golf courses such as the excellent La Sella<br />

Golf. The iconic Parc Natural Montgó crowns the natural<br />

beauty of this region, which is also less than an hour from<br />

Valencia, close to many more beauty spots and always<br />

just a short drive from country villages full of authentic<br />

regional charm.<br />

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Pi (Alicante), It is the perfect place to live or enjoy your holidays. What<br />

makes this area so special is its light, its good weather throughout<br />

the year, its incredible beaches and the nature, and breath-taking<br />

landscapes that surprises all its visitors.<br />

Delfin Natura, is a private apartment urbanization in a consolidated<br />

environment, with spectacular gardens and facilities, just step away<br />

from the beach and nature.<br />

If there is something that makes the Delfin Natura apartments unique,<br />

it is their large gardens on the ground floor and their spacious terraces,<br />

with surfaces between 20 and more than 130 m2, from where you can<br />

see the sea and the Natural Park Sierra Helada.<br />

Delfin Natura is located on a 30,000m2 plot within a fully consolidated<br />

environment and in the best location of Playa del Albir.<br />

Surrounding the buildings and at different levels of the interior<br />

urbanization, there will be different ornamental fountains and<br />

several swimming pools. Additionally, it will have also a heated indoor<br />

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COSTA BLANCA –<br />

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Though the 200-kilometre coastline of Alicante province known as<br />

the Costa Blanca is officially a single entity, in practice it is made<br />

up of two distinctive areas, each with its own characteristics,<br />

scenery, prices and residential markets.<br />

Defining the coastal area between the Costa<br />

del Azahar in the north, on Valencia’s shoreline,<br />

and the Costa Cálida to the south, The Costa<br />

Blanca is one of Spain’s most famous ‘costas’,<br />

and one of the country’s top tourist destinations.<br />

Particularly popular with tourists, homeowners and<br />

residents from Germany, the British Isles, the Benelux,<br />

Scandinavia and also France, it is perhaps the<br />

leading costa in terms of visitor numbers, and muchloved<br />

by families and retirees alike for its warm, dry<br />

climate and world of leisure opportunities.<br />

For many, the Costa Blanca is the very embodiment<br />

of a Mediterranean culture and the classic summer<br />

holiday in Spain, and indeed, the variety of its offer<br />

ranges from large-scale resorts such as Benidorm<br />

to historic cities such as Alicante and Elche, where<br />

you don’t have to dig deep to come across<br />

archaeological findings dating back to the Romans,<br />

Greeks, Phoenicians, Moors and the Iberians – the<br />

indigenous people of Spain and Portugal. From<br />

country villages and cultural centres to sandy<br />

beaches and lively resorts, its all there to explore.<br />

LANDSCAPES<br />

Though it is part of the Autonomous Region of<br />

Valencia, the southern part of the Costa Blanca is<br />

in geographical and climatic terms a continuation<br />

of the semi-arid region of Almería, to which the<br />

Costa Cálida also belongs. The terrain is mostly flat<br />

to undulating, with limestone ridges dotted with pine<br />

trees adding to the topography, while the coastline<br />

up from Pilar de la Horadada is largely made up<br />

of extensive beaches and occasional sandy bluffs.<br />

At Torrevieja and Santa Pola – two of the most<br />

important seaside resorts of the ‘lower Costa Blanca’<br />

– we also see the large lagoons and saltwater lakes<br />

so characteristic of the Costa Cálida.<br />

Among them are the uniquely pink Laguna Salada of<br />

Torrevieja, a sight not to be missed, while Guardamar<br />

del Segura – a little north of Torrevieja – is known for<br />

its long sandy beaches and lofty dunes. This is a<br />

beach lover’s paradise, home of the classic Spanish<br />

summer holiday, and as iconic of it as paella and<br />

sangria. The area around the provincial capital,<br />

Alicante, is particularly dry, but this is of little worry in<br />

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an area where the main focus is on those fabulous sandy<br />

bays, the Mediterranean Sea and its glorious blue skies.<br />

North of Alicante, the coastal resorts dotting their way<br />

up to the wonderfully pretty town of Villajoyosa – an apt<br />

name if ever there was one – mark a change.<br />

Here the shoreline grows a little more varied, with cliff<br />

forming charming little coves and more green vegetation<br />

in the form of pine groves adding to the cream and blue<br />

tones that have so far dominated the Costa Blanca.<br />

Villajoyosa adds to this array with its brightly coloured<br />

houses, making it one of the most attractive towns in all<br />

of Spain. It also marks the imaginary boundary between<br />

the northern and southern parts of the Costa del Sol, for<br />

next is Benidorm – the region’s largest tourist resort town –<br />

and now cliffs, mountain ranges, pine forests and coves<br />

begin to dominate the landscape.<br />

TOWNS AND RESORTS<br />

If the southern part of the Costa Blanca is all about a<br />

succession of classic holiday resorts such as El Mojon,<br />

Torre de la Horadada, Dehesa de Campoamor, Cabo<br />

Roig, La Zenia, Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura, Santa<br />

Pola, Arenals del Sol, Alicante itself and also the likes of<br />

El Campello, then the north has a somewhat different<br />

feel. Sure, Benidorm and even Calpe are classic tourist<br />

towns, but with a change in the physical scenery – Calpe<br />

is dominated by a spectacular Gibraltar-like rock that juts<br />

out into the sky – comes a gradual change in ambience<br />

too. By the time you get to Les Bassetes, Moraira, Jávea<br />

and Dénia, you could think you’ve landed in nearby<br />

Mallorca.<br />

It is a dramatic shoreline of rocky cliffs plunging into clear<br />

blue waters and creating intimate little coves, such as<br />

the famous one at Platja de la Granadella. It is a world<br />

of colours and sensations; aquamarine water, the deep<br />

green of endless pine forests and those blue skies, with<br />

the sound of waves, seagulls and the distant murmur of<br />

people blurred by the bell-like acoustic qualities of the<br />

sea. This is Mediterranean paradise personified, and not<br />

surprisingly the area has a more exclusive look and feel<br />

that is reminiscent of the Balearic Islands and the Costa<br />

del Sol – complete with elegant marinas, spa resort hotels,<br />

golf courses and luxurious residential areas.<br />

These extend inland beyond rustic towns such as Ondara<br />

and Pedreguer, situated in orchard valleys surrounded<br />

by mountain ranges, nature reserves and views of the<br />

sea. The pull to own a property and live here is almost<br />

as strong as it is in places such as Jávea and Dénia,<br />

though larger inland towns such as Benissa, Alcoi and<br />

in the southern Costa Blanca Crevillent and Orihuela<br />

are also popular among foreign property buyers and<br />

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• Bedrooms: 4<br />

• Bathrooms: 3<br />

• constructed: 425m2<br />

• Plot: 6.000m2<br />

• Pool<br />

• Central heating<br />

• Close to the sea<br />

• Close to town<br />

• Open views<br />

• Garage<br />

• Parking - covered<br />

• Close to the beach<br />

• Parking<br />

• Exterior shower<br />

• Garden<br />

• Landscaped gardens<br />

• Kitchen appliances<br />

• Built-in wardrobes<br />

• Heating<br />

• Laundry room<br />

• Barbecue<br />

• Covered terrace<br />

• Enclosed garden<br />

750,000€<br />

m 2 Ref: 20.3178<br />

425m 2<br />

6,000m 2 4 3 Pool<br />

m 2<br />

m 2 m 2<br />

m 2<br />

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Named ‘the White Coast’ for its<br />

cliffs and beaches, the Costa<br />

Blanca is a world of sand-toned<br />

hues contrasting with the azure-blue of<br />

the Mediterranean and the generally<br />

deep blue of its skies. This is essential<br />

Mediterranea, a region imbued by this<br />

ancient sea and its cultures.<br />

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors<br />

and Franks, they were all here, moulding<br />

today with the indigenous population<br />

with a culture that is Spanish, but also<br />

has its own distinct identity. Spanish is the<br />

main language, with English, German,<br />

Dutch and French also frequently<br />

heard, but the other official language is<br />

Valenciano, which can be considered<br />

to be a derivative of Catalan and also<br />

closely related to the local vernaculars of<br />

the Balearic Islands.<br />

As a tourist and residential region, the<br />

200 kilometres of the Costa Blanca<br />

can be divided into a northern and a<br />

southern section, which border Valencia’s<br />

Costa del Azahar and the Costa Cálida<br />

respectively. Though the regional capital<br />

of Valencia – a jewel of a city, and<br />

second only to Madrid and Barcelona<br />

within Spain – is about an hour’s drive<br />

away, the nearest point of reference is<br />

the Mediterranean port of Alicante, itself<br />

a popular tourist destination.<br />

COSTA BLANCA SOUTH<br />

Moving up along the coast from the


SOUTH<br />

Alicante<br />

marina<br />

Costa Cálida, the Southern Costa Blanca is<br />

characterised by beachside resorts such as the<br />

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Torrevieja – one of the icons of this coastline – and<br />

the smaller but equally popular Guardamar del<br />

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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 />

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of property types, lifestyle amenities, characteristics and<br />

price levels.<br />

PROPERTY MARKET<br />

Just as their scenery and character varies, so do the<br />

property markets of the northern and southern Costa<br />

Blanca. You will, for instance, find a greater emphasis on<br />

beachside apartments in the south and villa suburb or<br />

golf country club villas in the north, though naturally both<br />

can be found across the region. Apartments start at just<br />

below €100.000, and it is possible to own a townhouse<br />

or bungalow from around €150.000 onwards, as well as<br />

spacious private homes from little over €200.000. The<br />

southern Costa Blanca offers classic coastal Spain at<br />

highly attractive prices, and the cost of living is also a little<br />

lower than further up north.<br />

Modern apartments are already available from little over<br />

€125.000 and newly built or off-plan bungalow houses and<br />

townhouses from around €160.000, underpinning the fact<br />

that this well-established destination is very accessible,<br />

and more so than the somewhat more luxurious and<br />

smaller-scaled towns and resort of the northern Costa<br />

Blanca. From Villajoyosa upwards, apartments start more<br />

typically at €150.000 but can surpass the €1 million mark<br />

in the case of the most luxurious penthouses. Townhouses<br />

and bungalows also typically range upwards from<br />

€200.000 and villas from €300.000.<br />

Each of these regions has its own buying public, as is also<br />

the case for the inland hinterland of the Costa Blanca,<br />

and where the southern region appeals greatly to<br />

families and retirees, the northern area is popular with the<br />

kind of buying public also seen in the Balearic Islands and<br />

the Costa del Sol. Here, the importance of beaches and<br />

Spanish charm is shared with golf, yachting, fine dining,<br />

wellness retreats and similar five-star amenities, and it<br />

finds itself reflected in exclusive residential areas lined<br />

with luxurious modern and existing Mediterranean style<br />

villas, and beachfront penthouse apartments.<br />

In terms of real estate as well as landscape, ambience<br />

and lifestyle amenities, the Costa Blanca is a coast of two<br />

parts.<br />

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LA FINCA Ref: 658154 474,000€<br />

11 modern villas which are over three levels and are the only purpose-built 4 -bedroom villas on the whole of La Finca golf resort. The landscaped gardens, breathtaking views across the golf course,<br />

8 x 4 private pool, and 3 bathrooms are just some of the features this fantastic property opportunity offers and is part of Welcome Estates Premier Collection. Located only a short walk to the local<br />

restaurants, bars, and shops on La Finca and the well establish five-star La Finca Hotel and Spa resort.<br />

Internal build size of 150m2 * Plot size from 317m2 up to 620m2 * Basement 61m2 * Terrace 59m2 * Ducted air-conditioning * White goods included * Completion time June 2022<br />

LA FINCA<br />

REF: 410488<br />

Beautiful detached Canela<br />

style villa situated within the<br />

golf resort and has a frontline<br />

position with stunning<br />

views over the 7th fairway.<br />

The villa comprises of 3<br />

bedrooms and 2 bathrooms<br />

with a private pool. Build size<br />

of 118 m2 and sits on a plot<br />

of 400 m2<br />

339,950€<br />

GUARDAMAR DEL SEGURA<br />

REF: 658081<br />

Modern new-build 3 bed &<br />

3-bathroom townhouse situated<br />

just a short walk away from<br />

the beach and close to local<br />

amenities. A large open plan<br />

design living area, and spacious<br />

rooms with a private garage. The<br />

complex itself flows really well,<br />

plus there is a communal garden<br />

and pool to relax any time of the<br />

year. Build size of 126 m2<br />

219,000€<br />

LA FINCA<br />

REF: 658229<br />

24 beautiful apartments, 2<br />

bedrooms and 2 bathrooms,<br />

fully air-conditioned with private<br />

garden or solarium and communal<br />

pool. Located within the Grecia<br />

Residential Complex on the wellknown<br />

La Finca Golf Resort, Algorfa.<br />

These apartments are a new release<br />

and benefit from a modern open<br />

plan approach, providing you with a<br />

unique way of living.<br />

169,000€<br />

ALGORFA<br />

REF: 410477<br />

Great opportunity 2 bedroom<br />

apartment situated within the<br />

gated community of the Fontana 3<br />

complex. Well designed and high<br />

standard with modern kitchen, utility<br />

room, south facing with a covered<br />

terrace and a communal pool. Also<br />

with underground car parking and<br />

is located about a 5-minute walk<br />

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restaurants, shops, and bars.<br />

87,000€<br />

CIUDAD QUESADA<br />

REF: 658184<br />

New build key ready<br />

apartment in a prime location,<br />

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.<br />

Ground floor apartment with<br />

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central community area and<br />

pool. Close to all amenities.<br />

Build Sizes from 79m2<br />

upwards<br />

189,000€<br />

LOS ALTOS<br />

REF: 410490<br />

Stunning modern ground floor<br />

apartment, 2 bedrooms and 2<br />

bathrooms with private pool,<br />

located in Los Altos, in the<br />

Orihuela Costa area, close to<br />

local amenities. South facing,<br />

air-conditioned with an open plan<br />

living space. The build size of<br />

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plus a small back terrace of 15m2.<br />

129,950€<br />

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COSTA BLANCA SOUTH<br />

THE CASAS<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 />

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the best service possible to<br />

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having a wide variety of well-priced<br />

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villas – we will help you!<br />

When you consult our specialist advisors<br />

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FEATURED PROPERTY<br />

FEATURED PROPERTY<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 />

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bathroom along with a roof top<br />

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€224,900 Cabo Roig<br />

KEY FEATURES<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 />

KEY FEATURES<br />

• Beds: 3<br />

• Baths: 3<br />

• Plot size: 199m2<br />

• Build size: 131m2<br />

• Pool: Private<br />

• Parking: Off-road<br />

Ref CM7870


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 />

FORMENTERA DEL SEGURA 265.000€<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 />

m 2<br />

3 2<br />

m 2 m 2<br />

Ref: CM7868<br />

@ info@casasmanuel.com @<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 />

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OSTA C<br />

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

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

the border of Almería province, covering a 250-kilometre<br />

stretch of shoreline within the province of 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 />

MAR MENOR<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 />

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ALIDA<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 />

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<br />

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

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

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

where the land spit joins the mainland at Cabo Palos and<br />

Playa Honda. Among the famous golf courses in this area<br />

are the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort, Hacienda del<br />

Alamo, El Valle and of course La Manga itself.<br />

COASTLINE<br />

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

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

then the coastline of rocky cliffs and bays extending from<br />

La Manga down to Aguilas is rather more natural and<br />

authentic. Here you will find a succession of fishing towns<br />

such as<br />

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

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

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

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

accidently dropped bombs during naval exercises not far<br />

from the coast. It sparked a massive ‘search and rescue’<br />

operation on the part of the American forces, who much to<br />

their embarrassment could not locate the errant devices.<br />

Fortunately, some locals managed to do just that several<br />

weeks later, and the potentially dangerous of equipment<br />

was returned to its red-faced owners. Ever since, the Costa<br />

Cálida has become not only one of the favourite tourist<br />

destinations in Europe, but thanks to its climate, scenery<br />

and good value for money, also a popular focus for yearround<br />

residence and retirement.<br />

The beach at<br />

Mazarron<br />

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Costa Cálida<br />

Market Review<br />

Known as the ‘warm coast’,<br />

the Costa Cálida extends over<br />

250 kilometres of dramatically<br />

changing shoreline within the<br />

province of Murcia. Thanks<br />

to its scenery, amenities<br />

and healthy climate, it has<br />

become one of the most<br />

popular places to live and<br />

own a property.<br />

The Costa Cálida is sometimes mistaken for the Costa<br />

Blanca, which in truth begins just after Murcia’s most<br />

northerly coastal resort town, San Pedro del Pinatar.<br />

Few of Spain’s littoral regions and holiday destinations<br />

can boast such variety of scenery as the Costa Cálida,<br />

and this, coupled with its dry, healthy climate and<br />

extensive leisure facilities makes it one of the most<br />

in-demand places to visit and live among foreign<br />

homebuyers.<br />

If the dream of owning a summer home on Spanish soil<br />

first began in locations such as the Costa Brava and<br />

the Balearic Islands, and later spread to the likes of the<br />

Canaries, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol, then<br />

the Costa Cálida is a relatively newer but already very<br />

well-established destination in its own right, with a broad<br />

offer of inland and seaside locations to choose from – a<br />

factor that is given added depth by the scenic diversity<br />

of this fascinating region.<br />

VARIETY OF CHOICE<br />

In a region where you’re never more than half an hour’s<br />

drive from two international airports and can similarly<br />

choose from the cultural attractions of historic cities such<br />

as the regional capital of Murcia and the ancient port<br />

city of Cartagena, variety is the name of the game. The<br />

most famous of the many golf courses are Hacienda<br />

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

the famous La Manga Club, which enjoy one of the<br />

longest playing seasons in Europe.<br />

The same is true of a summer beach season that offers<br />

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a wide variety of settings and resort towns, not to mention<br />

one of the most unique features in Europe – the 170km2<br />

Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon whose relatively shallow<br />

waters are ideal for water sports. Another stunning natural<br />

phenomenon in the area is the 22-kilometre long La<br />

Manga sandbar, which divides the Mar Menor from the<br />

Mediterranean Sea, while the southern Costa Cálida is<br />

marked by dramatic coves.<br />

PROPERTY MARKET<br />

If you choose to own a holiday home or live in the<br />

Costa Cálida year-round, choice once again becomes<br />

a notable factor, as there is the option of buying in a<br />

Spanish town or village, a coastal resort, a golf country<br />

club or also smaller purpose-built communities, many of<br />

which are gated and offer amenities such as restaurants,<br />

cafes, sports clubs and shops. The most popular of these<br />

are Tore-Pacheco, Los Alcazares, Villamartin, San Pedro<br />

del Pinatar, Roda, Sucina, Fuente Alamo, Corvera and La<br />

Palma.<br />

Here, and elsewhere, you will find apartments ranging<br />

from €75.000 upwards, townhouses and bungalows from<br />

under €100.000 upwards and private villas from as little<br />

as €200.000. Some require a little renovation, while others<br />

are perfectly maintained, and there are also newly-built<br />

modern projects from as little as €120.000 to multi-million<br />

modern mansions. The combination of sun, setting and<br />

value for money ensures the Costa Cálida remains a<br />

popular destination with strong demand for its lifestyle and<br />

properties.<br />

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LEGAL ADVICE<br />

Living in Spain<br />

If you intend to live in Spain for more than 90 days<br />

in every 180 days then as you may already knowthe<br />

rules for non EU citizens have changed since<br />

January 31st 2001.<br />

We all love the weather in Spain the wonderful<br />

beaches and most of all the outdoors and lifestyle<br />

that is on the wish list for most UK citizens especially<br />

those who plan to retire.<br />

Therefore if you intend to spend any considerable<br />

amount of time in Spain and if you want to remain<br />

longer then 90 days in every six month period then<br />

it is required to apply for your Spanish non-lucrative<br />

visa. This must be done form you home country by<br />

application to the Spanish consul. It is also advisable<br />

to apply for an NIE number for things like opening<br />

a bank account, registeration of a Spansih mobile<br />

phome and also to buy a car. Infact the Spanish<br />

NIE number is used for most things so even if you<br />

intend to stay for shorter periods but live in Spain<br />

part time you will find that life without a NIE is almost<br />

impossible.<br />

For both the NIE number and the Spansih residency<br />

visa (non-lucrative visa) you will need to fill in forms<br />

in Spanish, also you will need to present the required<br />

documents, some of the documents would need to be<br />

translated and certified together with your passport,<br />

utility bills and bank statements all with multiple<br />

copies.<br />

This process can be discouraging for those who<br />

are considering a move to Spain, and expectadly<br />

difficulties with the language, as well as which<br />

documents to produce. Legal advice and support<br />

is recommended to the simplify the process and<br />

lead the way to a straight forward and stress free<br />

application process. The timing which is most<br />

important for those people wanting to buy a property<br />

at the same time as selling a property and then move<br />

to Spain as there are time restrictions on visas once<br />

granted and necessary to apply for the residency TIE<br />

card.<br />

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The<br />

Spanish<br />

power of<br />

attorney<br />

THERE IS AN EASIER WAY!<br />

By Michel Cruz<br />

Legal Services in Spain has produced a simple easy to follow guide<br />

under their website https://www.getspanishresidency.com/<br />

You can apply for your Spanish residency online or simply<br />

arrange a free no obligation 30 minute telephone consultation,<br />

that will save you time and headaches. Legal services in Spain will<br />

help you every step of the way to becoming a resident in Spain.<br />

· Assurance of the correct paperwork completed prior to visiting<br />

the authorities<br />

· An appointment made for you at a mutually convenient time at<br />

the Police station and the Health centre<br />

· Support of English speaking legal professionals on hand to<br />

answer any questions you may have and provide the advice you<br />

will need<br />

· Assistance to find insurance companies for you to choose the<br />

health insurance package that best suits your needs<br />

· Help with your health insurance agent to ensure all documents<br />

are issued correctly prior to presentation to the Spanish<br />

authorities.<br />

In Spain the power of attorney is known<br />

as poder notarial the document must be<br />

drawn in front of a public notary and it<br />

must clearly stipulate the types of activities<br />

that are granted to another person who can<br />

be a family member or a Spanish abogado<br />

(lawyer).<br />

To grant someone the power to act on<br />

your behalf must be carefully considered as<br />

well as the powers you are granting to that<br />

person.<br />

These powers are usually used when<br />

overseas property buyers instruct a lawyer<br />

to act for them. Simple actions such as<br />

opening a bank account and registering for a<br />

NIE number are amongst the common uses,<br />

they would normally include the power to sign<br />

deeds on your behalf to buy, sell or inherit<br />

property, or to issue legal proceedings.<br />

A power of attorney is a powerful document<br />

which authorises the appointed attorneys,<br />

and must be only be used for trusted people,<br />

to carry out wide ranging powers on your<br />

behalf.<br />

In Spain we have general powers of<br />

attorney and special powers of attorney. A<br />

general power of attorney is by its nature<br />

wide ranging with general powers to carry<br />

out a number of tasks. A special power of<br />

attorney is used for a specific purpose, for<br />

example to issue legal proceedings or to<br />

incorporate a company.<br />

If you want to get further advice and<br />

consultation with a lawyer contact Alex<br />

Radford legal abogado in Spain.<br />

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Spain – Europe’s sports<br />

and leisure paradise<br />

With excellent natural and manmade<br />

facilities and a warm climate with over 300<br />

days of sun in many parts, Spain is the ideal<br />

country for a sporty, outdoor way of life.<br />

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From the Mediterranean shoreline to the Balearic and<br />

Canary Islands all the way up to Madrid and beyond,<br />

the greater part of Spain’s territory is warm and sunny<br />

enough to make a healthy outdoor lifestyle possible. Warm<br />

and lacking the high levels of humidity prevalent in many<br />

other parts of Europe and the world, it is a place where sun,<br />

sea, skies and scenes of greenery draw you out and make<br />

you feel active. This outdoor way of life manifests itself on<br />

the social level, where café society and al fresco dining<br />

are popular, but also in one of the highest per capita levels<br />

of participation in swimming, water sports, tennis, golf,<br />

cycling, jogging, beach yoga and hiking – just a few of the<br />

activities these region is known for.<br />

GOLF<br />

Any discussion of active sports in Spain cannot miss<br />

golf, as with over 70 fantastic courses the Costa del Sol<br />

alone is regarded as the ‘Costa del Golf’ – or, the largest<br />

concentration of the sport in Europe, and indeed one<br />

of the greatest in the world. Hundreds of thousands of<br />

golfers enjoy the game’s longest playing season in Europe<br />

under Spanish skies here and in other locations such as<br />

Tenerife, Mallorca, the Costa Cálida, Costa Blanca, Valencia,<br />

Madrid and Catalunya, to name just a few. Perhaps the<br />

most famous of all is Valderrama in the beautiful upmarket<br />

resort of Sotogrande, which hosted the legendary 1997<br />

Ryder Cup.<br />

TENNIS AND…<br />

Racquet clubs have been popular in Spain ever since<br />

people first began visiting its sunny shores, in locations<br />

such as Marbella, Mallorca, Ibiza, Denia and Roquetas.<br />

The likes of Bjorn Borg have managed tennis clubs here<br />

and encouraged a growing number of top international<br />

tournaments, all of which have resulted in a strong crop of<br />

local stars – and while you enjoy a game in one of the many<br />

great clubs you may also be tempted to try out that other


popular racket sport that Spain is famous for – Paddle Tennis.<br />

It can be described as roughly a mix of tennis and squash, is<br />

easy to learn, play in doubles and an excellent way to socialise<br />

and stay fit at the same time.<br />

WATER SPORTS<br />

With temperatures especially in summer driving many to the<br />

sea and swimming pools, water sports are naturally a popular<br />

diversion along Spain’s long coastline. They vary from sailing<br />

and power-boating to jetski, parasailing, waterski, snorkelling<br />

and scuba diving, as well as paddle boarding, surfing and<br />

kite-surfing, the latter in Europe surf capital, Tarifa. Situated<br />

an hour west of Marbella, this quirky resort town with the<br />

ancient roots occupies a gorgeous stretch of coast with a<br />

uniquely attractive form of hippy chic, while the country’s<br />

many excellent marinas offer shopping, dining and nightlife as<br />

well as professional yacht harbour facilities.<br />

CYCLING<br />

If you follow the Tour de France or Vuelta a España you<br />

will have noticed that Spain is one of the leading countries<br />

in the sport, a fact that isn’t surprising when you realise just<br />

how many enthusiasts take to the roads on a daily basis. It’s<br />

a fantastic way to stay fit in the outdoors, and Spain offers<br />

a great many scenic routes depending on your preference<br />

for mountain biking, cross-country or road cycling. There are<br />

even professional velodromes in some of the large cities, but<br />

most sports cyclists follow roads into the hills, forests and<br />

along scenic coastal routes – either enjoying the solitude of<br />

the experience, heading out with family and friends, or as part<br />

of large pelotons of enthusiasts.<br />

FROM SURF TO SKI<br />

If surfing is your thing in the summer, then there’s a chance<br />

you enjoy skiing and/or snowboarding too. Within a threehour<br />

ride of surfing capital Tarifa are the ski slopes of the<br />

Sierra Nevada, which not only enjoys excellent facilities and<br />

runs but also one of the longest winter sports seasons in<br />

Europe – running in a good year from November right through<br />

to May. Not only that, but you’ll love the scenery, the bustling<br />

atmosphere and also wonderfully ambient retreats that offer<br />

luxury accommodation, fine dining and spa facilities.<br />

HIKING<br />

Few countries offer such a strong combination of hiking<br />

and walking trails, scenic landscapes and attractive climate.<br />

Summer is more of a time for leisurely coastal or forest walks<br />

and evening strolls, but for the rest of the year the climate<br />

encourages you to get out and explore anything from parks<br />

and city walks to more exerting hikes through forests, fields<br />

and mountains. From strolling along scenic coastal pathways<br />

to scaling mountains, or for that matter watching top<br />

international stars at tennis championships or the Spanish<br />

football league, there are few places that offer such a variety<br />

of first-class sports experiences as Spain.<br />

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ALMERIA<br />

COSTA<br />

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

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

exception, measuring 217 kilometres in length. In<br />

essence, it is a continuation of the dry, warm, rugged<br />

terrain of the Costa Cálida, but as you head south<br />

towards the Cabo de Gata nature reserve the<br />

landscape becomes increasingly ‘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<br />

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

for people yearning to get away from the madding<br />

crowd, and even at the little marina and resort of<br />

Villaricos there is no sense of a major high-rise town.<br />

It was in nearby Palomares that locals discovered<br />

missing bombs that the US Navy had waylaid but<br />

had not been able to relocate, despite large-scale<br />

searches.<br />

A NATURAL AND NUDIST PARADISE<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

pleased with the epithet, but it has put this part of the<br />

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

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

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

development, Further along, at the marina resort<br />

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

a town feeling, complete with larger buildings and<br />

a historic centre. One of the highlights of the Costa<br />

de Almería is Mojácar, which is curiously divided into<br />

the original hillside town – a pretty collection of whiteplastered<br />

houses – and the charming beachside<br />

resort of Mojácar Playa.<br />

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View over<br />

Almeria<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 open<br />

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

Andalusian style beachside resort village. At Aqura de<br />

Emedio, midway between Carboneras and Mojácar, the<br />

dramatic white cliffs and grey-white beaches stand out<br />

against a world of blue skies and water.<br />

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

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

natural of costas in all of Spain. For those who lament the<br />

authenticity of earlier years, before tourism became so<br />

large-scaled, the Costa de Almería is the perfect answer.<br />

Dazzling the eye and the senses with its roughhewn beauty,<br />

this is a place of small, intimate coastal resort and fishing<br />

towns, where you can sip a cold beer at a bohemian<br />

beach car or enjoy fresh fish to the uninterrupted sound of<br />

the waves. Not for everyone, but paradise who those who<br />

enjoy peace and natural pleasures.<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 />

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Costa de Almería<br />

Market Review<br />

Situated in the south-eastern<br />

part of Spain between the Costa<br />

Cálida in the region of Murcia and<br />

the Costa Tropical in Andalucía’s<br />

Granada Province, the Costa<br />

de Almería extends over 200<br />

kilometres of coastline and some<br />

of the sunniest climes in Europe.<br />

Like the Costa Cálida, the Costa de Almería<br />

is a relatively newer tourist and residential<br />

destination when compared with older ones such<br />

as Mallorca, Ibiza, the Costa Brava and the Costa<br />

del Sol. Like its northern neighbour in the region of<br />

Murcía, though, the warm, sunny and dry climate of<br />

coastal Almería have made it a favourite in its own<br />

right. One important distinction with most of the other<br />

costas, however, is the fact that this coastal stretch<br />

is less built up and therefore more natural and more<br />

authentically Spanish – a key factor for many who<br />

decide to visit and buy properties here.<br />

Beside the space, healthy climate and authenticity<br />

of this region, people are also drawn by the value<br />

for money it offers, as both holidays and properties<br />

are cheaper than in locations such as the Costa del<br />

Sol, the Costa Brava, the Balearic Islands, the Costa<br />

Tropical and also the Costa Blanca. More comparable<br />

in price to the Costa Cálida, the Costa de Almería<br />

provides an offering that is sufficiently different to<br />

give it a distinct character and appeal – one marked<br />

by expanses of unspoiled, rugged nature, traditional<br />

Andalusian villages and towns, and small resort<br />

towns.<br />

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SPACE AND NATIONAL PARKS<br />

The most popular resort towns and destinations for<br />

foreign homebuyers are Mojácar and Vera on the eastern<br />

side, and Almerimar and Roquetas de Mar on the southern<br />

coast. Set between them is the provincial capital of<br />

Almería and a series of national parks and reserves such<br />

as Cabo de Gata-Nijar and Punta Entinas-Sabinar. Here<br />

you will find an almost lunar landscape of rocks and sand<br />

in places, dry but strikingly beautiful in its raw, rugged<br />

impact.<br />

Long, sandy beaches and private coves with crystalline<br />

water make it a much sought-after area among visitors<br />

who love open spaces. At Vera, a specialised tourist<br />

segment catering to naturists has grown up, while<br />

Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar offer classic beachside<br />

resort pleasures coupled with water sports and golf.<br />

Where the latter are especially popular among Spanish<br />

tourists and second home buyers, the delightful village of<br />

Mojácar has become a favourite of British, German and<br />

other Northern European visitors and residents.<br />

PROPERTY MARKET<br />

For foreigners, therefore, the area around Mojácar is<br />

therefore the hub for property buying. Some has settled in<br />

mountain and fishing villages where rustic homes can be<br />

snapped up for under €50.000 and fixed up, but Mojácar<br />

remains the main focus and consists of a pretty white<br />

mountain village set upon a prominent hill overlooking the<br />

sea, and a more recent beachside resort called Mojacar<br />

Playa.<br />

Attractive apartments can be found here from under<br />

€100.000 upwards, townhouses from little more and<br />

smaller bungalow villas from as little as €150.000. Larger<br />

villas start at €250.000 and can surpass €1 million, while<br />

there are also modern new-build apartments and semidetached<br />

homes for sale from €100.000 and €200.000<br />

respectively, with contemporary villas starting at around<br />

€300.000. Similar figures apply to Vera Playa and smaller<br />

coastal resort areas such as Turre and Villaricos, as well<br />

as Roquetas de Mar, and it is this accessibility along with<br />

its natural appeal that marks the Costa de Almería out as<br />

a vibrant sub-market within the Spanish costas, ensuring<br />

it a gradual growing following of visitors, homeowners and<br />

residents who seek space, nature and warm climes at<br />

affordable prices.<br />

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LEGAL ADVICE<br />

Buying a<br />

property<br />

in Spain<br />

THE PROCESS<br />

In Spain the buying process has been simplified to become<br />

easier and quicker since it was known to be complicated and<br />

lengthy, now the sale or purchase of a home in Spain has not<br />

only become easier, but also quicker.<br />

The dual system involved joint documentation, the Land Registry<br />

with a written description of a property while the Cadastre had<br />

graphic representation in the form of a map or plan. There were<br />

sometimes errors where the two did not match, this led to legal<br />

disputes regarding boundaries. The Cadastre was not routinely<br />

cross-referenced with the Land Registry, details that showed<br />

alterations and extensions built that would not necessarily appear<br />

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

The Spanish government took action to update the<br />

conveyancing process and ensure the two registries were<br />

consistent when describing a property. Amongst the changes is<br />

the requirement that Land Registry descriptions must include a<br />

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

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

This will ensure buyers know exactly what they are purchasing<br />

and the Cadastre will have to make note of any alterations to<br />

a building marked on the Land Registry records, and the two<br />

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

property in order to avoid confusion and make the comparison of<br />

data between the bodies easier.<br />

Government officials estimate it will avoid the need for<br />

some 22,000 personal declarations a year, saving €1.8million.<br />

More importantly, it will provide greater security, clarity and<br />

transparency for people buying a property, and should speed up<br />

the process greatly.<br />

THE STEPS<br />

PLANNING<br />

· Review your desire and essential<br />

requirements<br />

· Set your budget<br />

· Choose the location/s<br />

· Arrange the finance<br />

· Allow for additional costs<br />

· Arrange legal representative<br />

· Plan your travel date<br />

· Arrange viewings<br />

· Research getting to know the<br />

areas of your choice<br />

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ACTION<br />

· Get your NIE - Spanish tax<br />

identification<br />

· Open a Spanish bank account<br />

· Agent’s property brief and<br />

information pack<br />

· Viewings<br />

· Make an offer<br />

· Negotiations<br />

· Pay a reservation deposit<br />

THE NEXT STEPS<br />

· Review of property details<br />

· Survey – Advice<br />

· Legal documentation - Planning<br />

checks – Land Registry Checks<br />

· Draft of the reservation agreement<br />

· Review any conditions<br />

· Fixtures and fittings inventory<br />

· Signing of the pre-purchase<br />

contract<br />

· Pay the deposit 10% of the<br />

purchase price less any<br />

reservation deposit<br />

FINAL STEPS<br />

· Establishment of liquidation<br />

settlement including taxes<br />

· The resolution of mortgage/loan<br />

· The Notary Sign the deeds<br />

· Payment – banker’s draft<br />

· Registration and transfer of<br />

property documents and utility<br />

supplies<br />

· Key handover – once the title<br />

deeds have been signed and final<br />

payment made you receive the<br />

keys to your new home.<br />

POST COMPLETION<br />

· Quality monitoring<br />

· Agents support and advice<br />

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COSTAEL SOL<br />

Without doubt the Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.<br />

Stretching from Almeria to Tarifa, it caters for all tastes, ages and nationalities; with such a<br />

wide range of facilities and attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.<br />

Miles of sandy beaches, fantastic all year round warm climate and modern facilities keep tourists<br />

flocking back year after year to resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and<br />

Estepona.<br />

East of Malaga is less popular than west, but no less appealing, from Rincon de la Victoria, Torre del<br />

Mar and Velez Malaga, to Nerja; the area combines beautiful coastline, with white- washed villages<br />

and some of the most spectacular inland scenery of the Axarquía.<br />

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Sunrise in<br />

Nerja<br />

History & Culture<br />

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

and has since been inhabited by Greeks, Romans<br />

and Moors, all of whom have left their mark on the<br />

architecture and culture of the region. The Costa<br />

del Sol is as much steeped in culture as any other<br />

region of Andalucia; from Picasso, to bullfighting,<br />

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

immense cultural offering.<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 />

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THE LUXURY OF BEING CLOSE TO ALL<br />

AMENITIES<br />

La Fuente has been inspired by four basic<br />

concepts: Architectural beauty, location,<br />

safety and privacy. The private community<br />

offers a hassle-free lifestyle with a security<br />

guard and concierge at the elegant entrance<br />

for the safety and convenience of its<br />

residents. All of the villas have a South-West<br />

orientation, are situated on private plots<br />

of different sizes and are surrounded by<br />

mature trees and greenery. Each villa has a<br />

private infinity pool and both, the gardens and<br />

swimming pools are centrally maintained by<br />

the community.<br />

LUXURY LIVING IN THE BEST<br />

LOCATION<br />

The 15 four bedroom villas of approx. 500 m2<br />

of interior space are uniquely designed for a<br />

comfortable yet luxurious lifestyle. Wood and<br />

stone elements throughout the villas, as well<br />

as a fountain at the entrance convey a very<br />

special flair and ambience to these modern<br />

homes. There are three different villa types,<br />

maintaining a consistency in design and<br />

finishing, but provide a range of options in<br />

terms of orientation, size, layout and details<br />

that can be further customised to produce<br />

unique homes that are a reflection of your<br />

taste and preferred lifestyle.<br />

The living area is seamlessly integrated with<br />

the large outdoor terraces creating one large,<br />

open-plan living space with a top quality,<br />

minimalistic designed kitchen and a stone<br />

wall with fireplace.<br />

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MODERN HOUSES WITH A<br />

BEAUTIFULE ANDALUSIAN FLAIR<br />

towards the sea.<br />

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All of the different villa types are created<br />

for a modern, luxurious yet functional<br />

living experience with a thoughtful<br />

space distribution. The bedroom suites<br />

are designed to offer a personal domain<br />

of comfort and peace, complete with<br />

stunning bathrooms, dressing rooms<br />

and terraces. The villas can also be<br />

customised further to offer you exactly<br />

what you wish for – be it a private gym,<br />

spa, cinema and entertainment area. All<br />

of the villas are equipped with a private<br />

lift connecting each level of the property<br />

and feature a rooftop solarium with<br />

lovely views overlooking the community


@<br />

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info@marbella-estates.com<br />

www.marbella-estates.com<br />

MARBELLA 660.000€<br />

SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA 2.485.000€<br />

m 2 m 2 m 2 m 2<br />

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110m 2 45m 2 2 2 Pool<br />

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA 2.400.000€<br />

m 2<br />

m 2<br />

286m 2 956m 2 4 4 Pool<br />

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R3628811<br />

LOS FLAMINGOS 5,450,000€<br />

m 2<br />

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509m 2 163m 2 4 4 Pool<br />

SIERRA BLANCA 6.950.000€<br />

m 2<br />

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770m 2 1.571m 2 6 6 Pool<br />

R3744535<br />

m 2<br />

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m 2<br />

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1073m 2 18.785m 2 10 10 Pool<br />

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Andalusian<br />

getaways<br />

and<br />

retreats<br />

The enticing Andalusian interior, land of natural beauty<br />

and cultural fascination, beckons just beyond the<br />

coastal mountain ranges. Now, more than ever, this<br />

region of endless vistas, ancient agricultural traditions, fine<br />

food and open spaces appeals to those confined in urban<br />

spaces.<br />

Andalucía is a land of rocky peaks, wooded hills and green<br />

valleys, where rivers cascade through the landscape creating<br />

natural rock pools and marshy breeding grounds for thousands<br />

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Hotel Hacienda San Rafael,<br />

Jerez-Sevilla<br />

Once a classic olive-growing estate, this iconic example of Andalusian<br />

culture has been meticulously restored and converted into not so much a<br />

hotel, as a privately-owned retreat in the rolling countryside between Sevilla<br />

and Jerez de la Frontera. This is a land of ancient agricultural traditions<br />

where the nearby Guadalquivir River saw Roman barges carry produce to<br />

the far ends of the empire.<br />

This location, so private and intimate but surrounded by countryside,<br />

farmland and Andalusian villages, is an ideal point from which to explore the<br />

region, from its beaches and mountain ranges to the nearby natural wetland<br />

reserve of Doñana, one of the largest in Europe. But you’ll struggle to leave,<br />

for this is a spot so beautiful you’ll want to linger and enjoy the tastefully<br />

styled accommodation, the stylishly authentic décor, gorgeously prepared<br />

meals enjoyed in inspiring outdoor setting, and the amenities that make this<br />

a personal resort.<br />

Seven acres of cared-for gardens combine with intimate terraces and<br />

swimming pools, deluxe rooms and casitas, as well as a restaurant and<br />

wine cellar to indulge in. All the modern comforts are of course in place,<br />

but here you will reconnect with peace, refinement and the finest elements<br />

of Andalucía. The retreat caters to romantic getaways and groups, as well<br />

as offering an unforgettable spot for a wedding, complete with airport<br />

collection, massage, yoga and personalised activities and excursions such<br />

river cruises and balloon rides. The ultimate Andalusian experience.


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A private mountain<br />

retreat in Ronda<br />

of visiting birds. It is a land of lakes, deserts, forests, pastures<br />

and seas of wheat, vineyards, olive groves and orchards.<br />

Andalucía is rich in nature and manmade heritage, and<br />

when the two come together it creates an intoxicating mix<br />

of ingredients that memories are made of. In other words,<br />

venturing into the hinterland beyond the mountain ranges of<br />

the Costa del Sol opens up a world of unforgettable getaways<br />

and retreats that rank among the most romantic gems in all<br />

of Europe. Here is a sample of some of the finest.<br />

Set in the gorgeous green countryside near Ronda, this<br />

five-star getaway offers the luxury and service of a resort<br />

hotel combined with the privacy of a personal villa. Like a<br />

landed estate, it stands in the midst of a gorgeous valley,<br />

surrounded by imposing mountain peaks and views of the<br />

verdant landscape of what has become one of the exciting<br />

new winegrowing regions of Spain – at less than an hour<br />

from Marbella yet far removed, in a world of natural beauty<br />

and tranquillity.<br />

It is here that the Ronda Mountain Resort caters to select<br />

private groups with luxurious accommodation in the main<br />

villa and private casita. The personal service offers a sense<br />

of one-to-one concierge in a country retreat environment<br />

where the facilities are at your disposal and the range of<br />

activities and excursions tailor-made. From fine dining to<br />

guided tours, helicopter service and group events, it’s a<br />

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El Carligto,<br />

Málaga Hills<br />

In the hills beyond Málaga there is a private domain that sprawls<br />

elegantly across a manicured country garden. The terraces and<br />

open air dining areas are intimate and inviting, the lawns and<br />

pool decks appear to spill out into a valley full of views, while<br />

the lush surrounding greenery provides a sense of privacy from<br />

which to survey the mountain ranges and deep blue skies. This is<br />

pure Andalucía, from the white-plastered walls of the estate and<br />

vines overhanging perfect vantage points to the setting, climate<br />

and abundance of fine food.<br />

Just a short distance from Málaga and Marbella, El Carligto<br />

offers the authentic ambience of a hunting lodge close to lakes,<br />

hiking trails, forests and white mountain villages. It’s popular with<br />

wedding parties, family groups and romantic couples, offering<br />

the best of rustic delights in a valley of flowers and fragrant<br />

herbs. For small and larger groups alike, it offers the kind of spot<br />

in which to truly connect with Andalucía.<br />

Casa Olea,<br />

Córdoba<br />

Venture a little further into the Andalusian countryside, a little over two<br />

hours’ drive from Marbella, and you enter undulating scenery where a<br />

sea of olive groves extends beyond the horizon flanked by wooded hills.<br />

Once popular with game hunters, it is now a natural paradise within<br />

short distance of the historic city of Córdoba. A working farm, Casa<br />

Olea provides the Boutique B&B experience in the midst of natural,<br />

rural Andalucía, where gentle sophistication meets the great outdoors.<br />

Peace and open spaces rule, along with unadulterated relaxation or<br />

high-octane mountain biking, hiking or related activities. The food, so<br />

lovingly prepared, tastes better than you seem to remember possible,<br />

as you enjoy pure, fresh produce in a convivial outdoor setting. For<br />

those who wish to recharge their batteries – be it languidly or actively –<br />

this wonderful getaway in olive country is the real thing.<br />

Hotel La Bobadilla<br />

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Casa La Siesta,<br />

Vejer de la Frontera<br />

This almost legendary luxury hotel with the feeling of a large<br />

country estate ranks among the best resorts in Andalucía. A<br />

little over an hour from Marbella, in the direction of Granada,<br />

it occupies an entire valley near the little town of Loja. It has<br />

famously welcomed celebrities and royalty, including guests<br />

such as Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and indeed, you do feel<br />

rather special as you follow the long driveway to the impressive<br />

forecourt, or better still, land at the private heliport.<br />

The classic white-plastered hotel with Mediterranean lines<br />

looks and feels like a rustic palace inside and out, surrounded by<br />

flowing Andalusian terrain but offering the latest in cuisine, luxury<br />

and amenities. This includes a dreamy spa where the health and<br />

beauty treatments set the tone for fine dining, luxurious suites<br />

and a very long list of possible activities tailored to your personal<br />

taste. These can range from horse riding and quad biking through<br />

the lovely surroundings to visiting nearby sites, lazing by the pool<br />

or mountaineering.<br />

Wedding parties come all the way from Japan to enjoy the<br />

facilities, service and the private chapel, but this exquisite retreat<br />

is also used for conferences and other events. However, it remains<br />

best suited as one of the ultimate country retreats in Andalucía,<br />

with service and restaurants in keeping with its standing as a<br />

reference point of refinement between Málaga and Granada.<br />

Tastefully restored and made into an inland resort not far<br />

from the Atlantic beaches of the Costa de La Luz, Casa<br />

La Siesta finds itself in the beautiful wooded environs<br />

of Vejer de la Frontera, a white mountain village just<br />

beyond the wetlands near the coastal village of Zahara<br />

de los Atunes, famous for its tuna. The finest Japanese<br />

restaurants send their chefs here to buy some of the<br />

very best blue tuna available anywhere in the world, and<br />

it shows in the cuisine available at the retreat.<br />

Stylish, relaxed and exuding that effortless sense of<br />

refinement, Casa La Siesta is both sophisticated and<br />

natural. For romantic couples, groups, events and<br />

weddings, it’s a spot that offers space, tranquillity,<br />

service, fine amenities and beautiful surroundings –<br />

celebrating the best in Andalucía’s natural and cultural<br />

environment, cuisine and service while providing the<br />

ultimate getaway experience right on your doorstep.<br />

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Manilva - Málaga<br />

From 355.000€<br />

Life is built on small pleasures and intense sensations at GOLDEN VIEW I.<br />

Golden View I is the first phase of a fabulous Residential Development by It<br />

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de Bahía de Las Rocas en Manilva, on the Costa del Sol, Málaga.<br />

What you can find at Golden View<br />

At Golden View I you will enjoy the best and most spectacular sea views,<br />

stretching to Gibraltar and the Moroccan coastline with the best orientation,<br />

south and south west. The ideal setting to enjoy the authentic Mediterranean<br />

lifestyle.<br />

The homes have a total built area ranging from 139m2 to 145m2 with<br />

basements of 59.40m2, terraces from 45m2 to 79m2, solarium of 46m2 and<br />

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Soul Marbella Sunset<br />

In Phase 01 of Soul Marbella you<br />

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of spectacular penthouses with a<br />

private pool.<br />

Exteriors<br />

Soul Marbella has been conceived as<br />

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and every angle has been carefully<br />

designed to achieve a well-balanced<br />

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The stunning plant life in the gardens,<br />

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the rocks along the walls, provide a<br />

natural touch that helps integrate the<br />

whole complex into its surroundings.<br />

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The evolution<br />

of home cool<br />

What was de rigueur just a short while ago can<br />

change almost overnight. Not so long ago the<br />

dominant home styles were more traditional and<br />

organic, interiors darker and the must-have accessory a<br />

home cinema or automated lights and shutters. As we move<br />

further into the 21st century, the picture is changing…<br />

In many parts of the world the financial crisis and ensuing<br />

‘Great Recession’ formed a watershed in architecture. Gone<br />

were the more faux traditional styles that had been dominant<br />

since the 1980s and in came a whole new wave of ‘modern’<br />

styles that saw a return to white as the fresh, sleek tone of<br />

the future. It’s back to the future because we’ve been here<br />

before, through early experiments in the 1920s and 30s, and<br />

the Modernism of the post-war era, but while there is a direct<br />

link of inspiration and a ‘picking up of the thread’ it wouldn’t<br />

be fair to label this latest outpouring of creativity a mere<br />

chapter in a book already begun. Today’s design movement<br />

may search for references in the past but its materials,<br />

relevance and urban context are entirely of our age.<br />

At any rate, it feels very different showing homes now<br />

that are open-plan, full of panoramic glass, sliding doors<br />

that disappear into the wall at the touch of a finger and<br />

architectural forms that can vary from rigidly geometrical<br />

to sculpted and rounded. It’s a process that is in continuous<br />

motion, already evolving away from white minimalism to<br />

the inclusion of more natural materials and more playful<br />

elements, all the while building on a great new era of<br />

technology that provides novel materials, engineering<br />

techniques and software technologies that reside under the<br />

skin of your house.<br />

Water features, floor to ceiling windows, large open-flowing<br />

living areas and kitchens where you can cook up a storm<br />

and then hide the evidence, add a sense of drama to today’s<br />

luxury home. The kitchen, once a functional room hidden<br />

away amid cooking fumes, is now a crisp, clean design<br />

feature of your home, where state-of-the-art extractors<br />

enable you to lounge around your breakfast bar with a coffee<br />

or glass of wine, while various gadgets pop up and down at<br />

the touch of a button, espresso machines make a delicious<br />

macchiato and your double-door American spec fridge<br />

dispenses ice cubes.<br />

Speaking of American influences, the open kitchen concept<br />

is attributed to the USA, and is therefore sometimes also<br />

called an American kitchen, and of course it’s a classic<br />

element of the now-iconic loft renovation home. Aided by<br />

modern technology, the modern kitchen and open-plan<br />

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layout uses space more efficiently and does away with socalled<br />

‘dead areas’ such as corridors and walls. The result is<br />

a more integrated home where you can feel more connected<br />

with the property and its occupants without having to be in<br />

the same room. Villas, in particular, also offer sliding doors<br />

and latticed wooden screens that add privacy and intimacy<br />

to a larger open-plan interior, and there is no reason why<br />

this can’t also be applied to apartments and penthouses, for<br />

they too assist in the efficient use of space and take over the<br />

role that was previously played by walls and doors.<br />

With the cubicle effect of small rooms gone, we’re left<br />

with spacious, open-plan living that flow into one another.<br />

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stylish living environment in which we are seduced by soft<br />

LED lighting, white acrylic furniture and brushed steel, but<br />

also by ingenious blends of such materials with richly veined<br />

mat wood, earthy stone and darker iron, not to mention an<br />

array of potentially brightly coloured synthetic materials.<br />

New trends<br />

Today’s homes have become more compact and efficient<br />

than before, attempting to do away with dead spaces such<br />

as long corridors through innovative design concepts, and<br />

the technology now available makes early home automation<br />

systems positively archaic. Just as you can ‘hook up’ your<br />

car to the internet of things, you can now do the same with<br />

your home, enabling it to fulfil a range of duties that leave<br />

mere shelter far behind and turn it into an energy-efficient<br />

entertainment centre, state-of-the-art workplace or a wellsecured<br />

private home.<br />

Living areas are now open-plan, bathrooms sleeker and<br />

simpler in a Zen kind of way, and split levels are also making<br />

a comeback, indoors as well as in the garden. The latter is<br />

more geometrical than before, less subtropical paradise<br />

and more Japanese garden, with large terrace areas that<br />

extend the indoor comforts outdoors and an inviting splash<br />

pool that perfectly frames the horizon. In regions with a<br />

Mediterranean climate such as Marbella, but also California,<br />

West Australia and the Cape, the tendency is towards<br />

using beautiful yet water-efficient indigenous species in<br />

landscaping. This is not only good for the environment, but<br />

also cuts down on irrigation bills and maintenance, all of<br />

which are increasingly important to buyers today.<br />

Home cinemas, traditional wine cellars, gyms and early<br />

home spas used to be separate entities, often occupying the<br />

basement floor of a villa, but here too an integrated openplan<br />

approach is taking over that also brings natural light<br />

and direct garden access to what were once dark spaces.<br />

The chill-out zones found as an extension of your terrace<br />

are also in evidence indoors, where one great interactive<br />

entertainment area brings spa, gym, home cinema, games<br />

room and sometimes even bowling alley together in great<br />

style. Many a wine cellar has migrated up to the kitchen and<br />

shed its traditional brickwork to become a design feature<br />

made of LED-lit glass and your personal collection of wines.<br />

Even garages, once the musty home of your prized luxury<br />

cars, are now celebrating the automotive works of art in<br />

what looks like a gallery complete with panoramic windows<br />

and lighting that highlights your collection.<br />

Add a fireplace, comfortable sofas, an industrial style<br />

kitchen and bar, and it becomes an entertainment area with<br />

a touch of art gallery and car showroom thrown in – quite the<br />

place to relax and entertain, as long as you’re fairly confident<br />

the guests won’t damage either the art on the wall or the art<br />

on wheels! While most of us focus on the return to modern<br />

architectural styling, the changes going on inside the home<br />

are more revolutionary by far as they open the door to a<br />

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BALEARIC<br />

ISLANDS<br />

For those who haven’t travelled there yet, the Balearic<br />

Islands are an archipelago in the Mediterranean off the<br />

Spanish east coast. The four main islands are Mallorca,<br />

Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera – and though they share a<br />

common history, culture and local dialect of Catalan that<br />

is also closely related to Valenciano, Provencal, Ligurian,<br />

Corsican and Sardo (Sardinian) – each has a character<br />

and ambience of its town.<br />

PALMA DE MALLORCA<br />

By far the largest and dominant island is Mallorca, where the<br />

capital Palma de Mallorca is the main cultural, economic<br />

and metropolitan centre of the Balearics. This historic city<br />

is a treasure trove of imposing architecture, with cultural<br />

layers that date back to pre-Roman, Byzantine, Moorish<br />

and later periods, influencing the local cuisine, traditions,<br />

art and people. In addition to the many cathedrals,<br />

fortresses and elegant streets and plazas to enjoy are the<br />

picturesque old city, the harbour area with its old towers<br />

and of course the white sandy beaches within a stroll of<br />

town.<br />

MALLORCA<br />

If you avoid the built-up tourist town of Magaluf, which not<br />

long ago catered mostly to British package tourism but is<br />

now being upgraded, skirting the southwest cape will take<br />

you through a series of rather stylish beach resorts such<br />

as Santa Ponça overlooking idyllic bays. Head inland to<br />

the pastel-coloured charm of Andratx or Valdemossa, a<br />

quaint mountain village reminiscent of the prettiest ones in<br />

Provence or Tuscany. The whole western mountain range<br />

and rocky coastline is a spectacle of pretty little towns<br />

overlooking spectacular cliff-side scenery.<br />

Round this region and you reach the Bay of Alcudia,<br />

where mountains give way to plains and expansive,<br />

white sandy beaches. This too is a visitor’s paradise<br />

complete with stylish coastal resorts, and as you trace<br />

the eastern shoreline you’ll be rewarded with elegant<br />

little towns and in places gorgeous beaches that have<br />

a very natural and untouched fell. Round yet another<br />

spectacular cape and you approach some of the most<br />

spectacularly beautiful Mallorca coastal scenery in<br />

places such as Cala Pi, whose iconic aquamarine water<br />

pretty much sums up the island.<br />

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Early evening in<br />

Menorca<br />

Ciutadella<br />

Andratx<br />

Pollenca<br />

Palma<br />

Inca<br />

Alcudia<br />

Cala Ratjada<br />

Maó<br />

MENORCA<br />

IBIZA<br />

San<br />

Antonio<br />

Santa Eulária<br />

des Ríu<br />

Ibiza<br />

City<br />

Cala d’Or<br />

MALLORCA<br />

FORMENTERA<br />

IBIZA<br />

If Mallorca has captured the hearts of tourists and jet-set visitors<br />

such as Claudia Schiffer and Michael Douglas, then Ibiza will<br />

forever be associated with heady summer holidays and the birth<br />

of the beachside club scene. Many of the most famous DJs,<br />

such as David Guetta, cut their teeth here and the likes of Calvin<br />

Harris, continue to feature on a regular basis at landmark venues<br />

like Pasha, which turn partying into a resort occupation. There is,<br />

of course, also another side to this famous party island, as seen in<br />

the historic charm of its towns and country villages, as well as the<br />

natural beauty of much of its coastline, where areas such as Es<br />

Cubells are popular with high-end visitors and celebrities seeking<br />

privacy, luxury and seclusion.<br />

MENORCA AND FORMENTERA<br />

For more of that iconic beachside beauty in the form of green<br />

Mediterranean pine groves that grow right up to white sand<br />

beaches washed by azure waters, Menorca is the place to visit.<br />

More intimate and natural than the larger islands, it is a scenic<br />

paradise where the land feels like it spills into the ever-present<br />

Mediterranean Sea. Even smaller and more sauvage, Formentera<br />

is where lovers of nature, sea, sky and sandy dunes will feel at<br />

home – on land as well as snorkelling in its clear blue waters.<br />

POPULAR RESIDENTIAL AREAS<br />

MALLORCA<br />

When it comes to quality real estate,<br />

Mallorca is not a place of large<br />

concentrations, but rather of many little<br />

treasures dotted around the island. That<br />

said, you’ll see names such as Pollensa,<br />

Alcúdia, Port Adriano and Puerto Andratx<br />

appear frequently as they are among<br />

the finest, most popular residential areas<br />

overlooking gorgeous coastal scenery<br />

near all amenities.<br />

IBIZA<br />

The same is true of Ibiza, but those in the<br />

know look for homes in Sant Josep De<br />

Sa Talaia, Santa Eulalia Des Ríu and also<br />

Sant Antoni De Portmany – all perfect<br />

examples of privileged living on this<br />

golden isle.<br />

MENORCA AND FORMENTERA<br />

In Menorca, it will be hard to resists the<br />

atmosphere and scenic charm of the<br />

Ciudadela de Menorca, though others<br />

head to the coastal pleasures of Maó<br />

and Es Mercadal, while in Formentera<br />

Cala Envaster is a perfect spot on a bay<br />

in an island otherwise made up of small<br />

communities and country properties.<br />

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Ibiza<br />

Shabby Chic<br />

and much more!<br />

“Shabby chic” a word that has come to characterise Ibiza<br />

a style that is considered by many to be the ultimate in<br />

trendiness. Ibiza is about summer, beaches, open-air parties<br />

and late-night clubbing. The capital of Europe’s summer<br />

clubbing scene has spawned its own genres of music,<br />

as well as numerous world-famous clubs, but aside from<br />

techno, trance and chillout music – not to mention throngs<br />

of swaying, sweating bodies – there is another, more<br />

cultural side to this tourist isle that is being cultivated.<br />

Those in the know, like Richard Branson and other wellheeled<br />

latter day flower power children, have long since<br />

been enjoying its pleasures. Together with the creative<br />

types who helped develop the iconic Ibiza style, they<br />

are turning this super cool spot in the sun into one of the<br />

most must-experience places of the moment. If there<br />

were a colour to represent the island and encapsulate its<br />

ambience it would be azure; the deep aquamarine blue of<br />

its coastal waters, the intense blue of its skies and the liquid<br />

freshness of sea air. Or perhaps the pure, stark white of its<br />

plastered walls, the sails that play against the horizon or the<br />

white linen that seems to become an inadvertent uniform<br />

for sophisticated urban types seeking summer epiphanies<br />

in the Med. Such descriptions are not unlike the islands of<br />

Greece, complete with pretty white-plastered windmills,<br />

and indeed, the quintessentially Mediterranean island of<br />

Ibiza is in many ways a reflection of its cousins on the other<br />

side of the vast sea.<br />

Ibiza modern and trendy yet ancient and mysterious<br />

with a host of modern and rustic private villas, secluded<br />

low-rise boutique hotels and other hot spots overlooking<br />

paradisiacal coves or white yachts bobbing quietly on the<br />

turquoise water.<br />

The old walled town is so pretty that the entire area has<br />

been declared a world heritage site by Unesco, complete<br />

with castle, churches and the quaint houses and little<br />

plazas. Here you will almost stumble over the history of<br />

the island, or simply drink in the atmosphere, while on the<br />

other side of the bay luxury yachts lie in the trendy marina<br />

fronted by luxury boutiques, eateries and lounge bars.<br />

Much of the nightlife continues to be concentrated around<br />

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calle Barcelona, while the town is also home to some of the<br />

most popular clubs, among them the famous Café del Mar,<br />

where revellers come to chillout and watch the sun set.<br />

More than 40 clubs and trendy bars that dominate the<br />

summer clubbing scene, and though the island has tried to<br />

become more upmarket the popularity of nightlife tourism<br />

shows no signs of diminishing. New hotels, however, have<br />

all been five-star in recent years, and the overall trend has<br />

been towards smaller scale and greater character. The<br />

result has been that Ibiza has been tapping into the cool<br />

chic scene that is so strongly associated with it, catering in<br />

the process not only to young revellers and cultural tourists<br />

but also the well-heeled visitor wishing to remain young at<br />

heart.<br />

The more rustic destinations just inland are also very<br />

popular, and while this new international jet set likes to dip<br />

its toe into the feverish partying of the main tourist areas<br />

you sense that they are more at home enjoying freshly<br />

caught fish or organically grown vegetables at a quaint<br />

– but stylish – seaside venue. It is at unassuming locations<br />

like this where, on a good day, you could find yourself<br />

surrounded by Liam Gallagher, Kate Moss and Mark<br />

Ronson, if you care for that sort of thing.<br />

Besides crystal clear waters inviting the visitor to swim, sail<br />

and scuba dive, Ibiza offers a surprising amount of beautiful<br />

nature for so small an island. From the cliffs and coves rises<br />

the pine cover that the island is famous for, converting into<br />

maquis heather in the hardiest of spots before opening<br />

up into idyllic valleys covered in green fields, blankets of<br />

wild flowers and almond trees. This is rustic Ibiza, a place<br />

of goats, donkeys, quaint villages and old rural traditions. It<br />

is also home to an amazingly stylish form of rural tourism in<br />

which easy elegance and comfort have been raised to an<br />

art form.<br />

A popular natural area is the Ses Feixes wetlands,<br />

a swampy lowland area bordering Ibiza Bay that is a<br />

wintering ground for countless species of bird. You will also<br />

find bats and reptiles where the Moors once cultivated<br />

land using a complex irrigation system of canals and<br />

water deposits. Here, where intense agriculture flourished


By Michel Cruz<br />

for centuries in a man-made environment, nature began<br />

to reclaim its marshes and return them to their wild<br />

inhabitants from the 1960s onwards. Though threatened by<br />

property development, the islanders are now beginning<br />

to recognise the value of this natural spot with its deep<br />

historic connection.<br />

Much of what makes this island so haunting can be<br />

traced to its ancient roots, which though planted in a very<br />

distant and hazy past continue to produce fresh shoots.<br />

While it shares much of its story and characteristics with<br />

mainland Spain – Ibiza is just 79 kilometres east of Valencia<br />

– this is above all a Mediterranean world. As a result, the<br />

Pine Islands – the name for Ibiza and its smaller neighbour,<br />

Formentera – have always been a little removed from their<br />

mother 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 with<br />

whom they share an almost invisible yet ancient bond.<br />

Beaten by the salty sea winds and the voyagers they<br />

carried here, these tiny islands have been invaded,<br />

sacked and pillaged more times than you’d care to<br />

know, but the many stones have produced an interesting<br />

mosaic. There must have been people on the islands<br />

when the Phoenician traders from the other side of the<br />

Mediterranean founded the town of Ibossim, but by the<br />

time control passed to the Carthaginians the islands had a<br />

strong Punic culture also touched by traders from Greece<br />

and Rome, which would later come to rule the territory<br />

under the name of Ebusus.<br />

Most of the beautiful seaside that now draws so many<br />

people were devoid of population, made uninhabitable<br />

by fear. The seaside villages we see today date in the<br />

main from the 19th century, before which you needed an<br />

impregnable fortress to retire to when the raids came. The<br />

town of Ibiza is a fine example of this. Though it now houses<br />

almost half the island’s 125,000 people, it was for long<br />

little more than a small port protected by the Almudaina<br />

Castle. This large walled fortress, which stands at the top<br />

of the picturesque Dalt Vila (Old Town), provided the<br />

protection that made life here possible, but from the mid-<br />

19th century onwards Ibiza’s capital developed quickly, a<br />

process that was further boosted by the rise of the tourist<br />

industry from the 1950s on.<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 by<br />

the clubs to the relaxing, almost spiritual atmosphere to be<br />

found along the pretty little coves and secluded beaches.<br />

Where the package vacationers follow the well-beaten<br />

path to the 18 kilometres of large sandy beaches such as<br />

those at Calls Bassa and La Salinas, those occupying the<br />

private villas and low-slung boutique hotels will seek out<br />

secluded spots far away from the madding crowds. Lying<br />

ensconced within small pine-covered estates, the private<br />

lodges they stay at offer peace and anonymity in what is<br />

a typical Ibiza mix of laid-back hippy style complete with<br />

Thai or Indian influences, yet suffused with comfort, luxury<br />

and first-class service.<br />

After all, a Richard Branson or Jean-Paul Gaulthier<br />

may seek out hip venues where they can chill out and<br />

get closer to nature, but they will not easily forsake the<br />

subtle pleasures and comforts of life. As a result, the Ibiza<br />

chic venue is earthy, designed in a way that appears to<br />

be random and informal yet is actually demanding of<br />

creative energies, and provides five-star services in an<br />

ambience that seems to want to decry earthly luxury and<br />

opulence in favour of a more ethereal way of being. Some<br />

will even feature yoga classes and detox regimes amid the<br />

fragrance of flowers and incense, while others are more<br />

starkly minimalist in their avant-garde sophistication.<br />

Either way, they combine with the shabby chic simplicity<br />

of favoured seaside fish restaurants in pretty little coves<br />

or villages, days spent lazing on secluded beaches,<br />

watching the sun set on yachts and trekking into the<br />

rustic countryside – as well as heading off to the most<br />

exclusive of the lounge bars and clubs – to produce a<br />

style of Ibiza-branded experience that is drawing more<br />

and more visitors to the dramatic beauty of this coolest of<br />

Mediterranean islands.<br />

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