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Beaches and crystal waters 6

A perfect destination to live 8

A coast of two halves 10

Featured property 16


The white coast 18

A coast of two halves (continued) 20

A family business 24


Long stretching beaches 34

Costa Almeria Market review 36


Popular destination 40

Luxury Homes 42

Andalusia getaways and retreats 46

Golden View 50

Soul Marbella 52


Classic Mediterranean region 26

Costa Calida Market review 28


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Living in Spain 30

Buying A Property in Spain - The process 38

Golden Visa 55


Europe’s sports and leisure paradise 32







An ancient coast of beaches, crystalline waters and

rocky cliffs that lead down to secluded little coves

and bays, the northern part of the Costa Blanca is

often described as the most beautiful section of all – and

one of the finest examples of Mediterranean lifestyle to be

found anywhere.


Alicante provides the big city feel as well as a large

international airport for the region, and as you head north

from here the first significant resort town is El Campello,

popular above all with Spanish tourists. From here to the

pretty coastal town of Villajoyosa, with its multi-coloured

Levante houses, Beach, there are only tiny beachside spots dotted, and




more of the same until you come to the most famous

Costa Blanca resort of all: Benidorm.

Famous for its package tourism, as humorously depicted in

a British comedy series, this large resort town is redeveloping

its look and offering to appeal to a more modern kind of

tourism, complete with stylish resort hotels and a series of

large theme park attractions such as Terra Mítica, Terra

Natura and Aqualandia. From here, the coast becomes

more rugged, with imposing capes and rocky cliffs and

bays that together create breath-taking scenery against

a backdrop of blue skies and green pine groves.

Altea is a stylish resort town with a beautiful historic centre

that ranks as one of the region’s highlights, while Platja

L’Olla is a wonderfully secluded stretch of coast between





Villa Martin

distant cliffs. Just before you reach another iconic resort

town, Calpe, Altea Hills is the first of a series of luxurious

villas suburbs with stunning coastal views – one of several

residential resort areas that offer an excellent choice of

modern homes with all the latest styles, amenities and

high-tech comforts. The views from here are truly stunning.


Calpe is gifted with a stunning setting – a wide bay

overlooking an iconic rock cape not unlike that of

Gibraltar, as well as an inland lagoon known as Les Salines.

This picture perfect spot first named by the Phoenicians

provides the ideal setting for a resort town, and Calpe is

the last large town before you come to the end of the


Santa Pola


de Segura




Benissa Moraira

Altea Calpe



Villa Joyosa

Costa Blanca at Jávea and Denia, passing the pretty little

coastal resort of Moraira. Beyond it lays gorgeous coastal

scenery with idyllic bays such as Plata de la Granadella,

with its turquoise water.

Jávea and Denia are two pretty towns fronting sandy

beaches and surrounded by attractive residential

areas set within pine groves, with many following the

undulations of golf courses such as the excellent La Sella

Golf. The iconic Parc Natural Montgó crowns the natural

beauty of this region, which is also less than an hour from

Valencia, close to many more beauty spots and always

just a short drive from country villages full of authentic

regional charm.



“A perfect


to live”




Delfin Natura is located in Costa Blanca, in Playa del Albir, l´Alfas del

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

makes this area so special is its light, its good weather throughout

the year, its incredible beaches and the nature, and breath-taking

landscapes that surprises all its visitors.

Delfin Natura, is a private apartment urbanization in a consolidated

environment, with spectacular gardens and facilities, just step away

from the beach and nature.

If there is something that makes the Delfin Natura apartments unique,

it is their large gardens on the ground floor and their spacious terraces,

with surfaces between 20 and more than 130 m2, from where you can

see the sea and the Natural Park Sierra Helada.

Delfin Natura is located on a 30,000m2 plot within a fully consolidated

environment and in the best location of Playa del Albir.

Surrounding the buildings and at different levels of the interior

urbanization, there will be different ornamental fountains and

several swimming pools. Additionally, it will have also a heated indoor

swimming pool.


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Phone No. 608 348 632

Camino de la cantera 1,

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A coast of two parts


Though the 200-kilometre coastline of Alicante province known as

the Costa Blanca is officially a single entity, in practice it is made

up of two distinctive areas, each with its own characteristics,

scenery, prices and residential markets.

Defining the coastal area between the Costa

del Azahar in the north, on Valencia’s shoreline,

and the Costa Cálida to the south, The Costa

Blanca is one of Spain’s most famous ‘costas’,

and one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

Particularly popular with tourists, homeowners and

residents from Germany, the British Isles, the Benelux,

Scandinavia and also France, it is perhaps the

leading costa in terms of visitor numbers, and muchloved

by families and retirees alike for its warm, dry

climate and world of leisure opportunities.

For many, the Costa Blanca is the very embodiment

of a Mediterranean culture and the classic summer

holiday in Spain, and indeed, the variety of its offer

ranges from large-scale resorts such as Benidorm

to historic cities such as Alicante and Elche, where

you don’t have to dig deep to come across

archaeological findings dating back to the Romans,

Greeks, Phoenicians, Moors and the Iberians – the

indigenous people of Spain and Portugal. From

country villages and cultural centres to sandy

beaches and lively resorts, its all there to explore.


Though it is part of the Autonomous Region of

Valencia, the southern part of the Costa Blanca is

in geographical and climatic terms a continuation

of the semi-arid region of Almería, to which the

Costa Cálida also belongs. The terrain is mostly flat

to undulating, with limestone ridges dotted with pine

trees adding to the topography, while the coastline

up from Pilar de la Horadada is largely made up

of extensive beaches and occasional sandy bluffs.

At Torrevieja and Santa Pola – two of the most

important seaside resorts of the ‘lower Costa Blanca’

– we also see the large lagoons and saltwater lakes

so characteristic of the Costa Cálida.

Among them are the uniquely pink Laguna Salada of

Torrevieja, a sight not to be missed, while Guardamar

del Segura – a little north of Torrevieja – is known for

its long sandy beaches and lofty dunes. This is a

beach lover’s paradise, home of the classic Spanish

summer holiday, and as iconic of it as paella and

sangria. The area around the provincial capital,

Alicante, is particularly dry, but this is of little worry in



an area where the main focus is on those fabulous sandy

bays, the Mediterranean Sea and its glorious blue skies.

North of Alicante, the coastal resorts dotting their way

up to the wonderfully pretty town of Villajoyosa – an apt

name if ever there was one – mark a change.

Here the shoreline grows a little more varied, with cliff

forming charming little coves and more green vegetation

in the form of pine groves adding to the cream and blue

tones that have so far dominated the Costa Blanca.

Villajoyosa adds to this array with its brightly coloured

houses, making it one of the most attractive towns in all

of Spain. It also marks the imaginary boundary between

the northern and southern parts of the Costa del Sol, for

next is Benidorm – the region’s largest tourist resort town –

and now cliffs, mountain ranges, pine forests and coves

begin to dominate the landscape.


If the southern part of the Costa Blanca is all about a

succession of classic holiday resorts such as El Mojon,

Torre de la Horadada, Dehesa de Campoamor, Cabo

Roig, La Zenia, Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura, Santa

Pola, Arenals del Sol, Alicante itself and also the likes of

El Campello, then the north has a somewhat different

feel. Sure, Benidorm and even Calpe are classic tourist

towns, but with a change in the physical scenery – Calpe

is dominated by a spectacular Gibraltar-like rock that juts

out into the sky – comes a gradual change in ambience

too. By the time you get to Les Bassetes, Moraira, Jávea

and Dénia, you could think you’ve landed in nearby


It is a dramatic shoreline of rocky cliffs plunging into clear

blue waters and creating intimate little coves, such as

the famous one at Platja de la Granadella. It is a world

of colours and sensations; aquamarine water, the deep

green of endless pine forests and those blue skies, with

the sound of waves, seagulls and the distant murmur of

people blurred by the bell-like acoustic qualities of the

sea. This is Mediterranean paradise personified, and not

surprisingly the area has a more exclusive look and feel

that is reminiscent of the Balearic Islands and the Costa

del Sol – complete with elegant marinas, spa resort hotels,

golf courses and luxurious residential areas.

These extend inland beyond rustic towns such as Ondara

and Pedreguer, situated in orchard valleys surrounded

by mountain ranges, nature reserves and views of the

sea. The pull to own a property and live here is almost

as strong as it is in places such as Jávea and Dénia,

though larger inland towns such as Benissa, Alcoi and

in the southern Costa Blanca Crevillent and Orihuela

are also popular among foreign property buyers and

visitors. Not surprisingly, all these various north/south and

coastal/inland areas have developed their

own real estate markets, each with its own set


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Spectacular villa built to the highest standards, a unique style,

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This majestic villa is surrounded by a well-preserved garden. The property

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Property with private pool and panoramic views of the golf, sea and

the city in Dénia.

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La Plana, Jávea l 895,000€

Bocairent, Valencia l 1,930,000 €


Villa set on a plot of 13,000m2 in La Plana, a well-known area surrounded

by the Montgó Natural Park in Jávea. Includes guest accommodation.

The villa is comprised of the main residence and a guest apartment. The

main property is arranged on a single floor consisting of a large fitted

kitchen, living-dining room with fireplace, the master bedroom with an ensuite

bathroom, guest toilet and a bedroom.


Unique rural home, very integrated into the surroundings with open

views of the valley and the spectacular swimming pool.

Located in the middle of the Sierra Mariola natural park, this villa sits on a huge

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and comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a magnificent living/dining

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El Bosque, Chiva, Valencia l 620,000€



Spacious country property surrounded by olive trees and vineyards in

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Opportunity. Reduced price. Rimontgó guarantees that this property

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Exclusive villa facing the golf in El Bosque, Valencia. Combination of modern

and Mediterranean style, bright with a large plot, garden and private pool.

Facing the prestigious golf course El Bosque, set on a plot of more than 1,200m2

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is Mediterranean with Ibiza-style touches and the indoor area benefits from a

modern design also combined with Mediterranean classic details.





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Moraira 275,000 €


Ref: HO473758

Altea 175,000 €

Apartment Ref: HO354096

Javea 1,095,000 €

Modern Villa Ref: HO232889



828m 2


3 2

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2 2 Community

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1000m 2


3 3

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Denia 179,999 €

Apartment Ref: HO593564

Jalon 159,000 €

Townhouse Ref: HO121316

Calpe 575,000 €


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3 2 Community

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MORAIRA 699.000€


m 2 m 2

m 2

m 2

2 1

320m 2 845m 2 4 2 Pool

m 2 m 2

m 2

m 2 m 2

86m 2 Terrace Pool

Ref: 30.332E

m 2

Ref: 20.3314E

BENISSA 235.000€


m 2

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3 2

m 2 m 2

Ref: 10.268E

MORAIRA 600.000€

m 2

m 2 Ref: 20.3177E

203m 2 704m 2 3 3 Pool

m 2

m 2 m 2

m 2

JAVEA 1.250.000€

m 2

178m 2 897m 2 Pool

m 2

3 2

m 2 m 2

Ref: 20.3277E

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m 2 Ref: 70.427

393m 2 1.000m 2 3 2 Pool

m 2

m 2 m 2

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• Bedrooms: 4

• Bathrooms: 3

• constructed: 425m2

• Plot: 6.000m2

• Pool

• Central heating

• Close to the sea

• Close to town

• Open views

• Garage

• Parking - covered

• Close to the beach

• Parking

• Exterior shower

• Garden

• Landscaped gardens

• Kitchen appliances

• Built-in wardrobes

• Heating

• Laundry room

• Barbecue

• Covered terrace

• Enclosed garden


m 2 Ref: 20.3178

425m 2

6,000m 2 4 3 Pool

m 2

m 2 m 2

m 2






Named ‘the White Coast’ for its

cliffs and beaches, the Costa

Blanca is a world of sand-toned

hues contrasting with the azure-blue of

the Mediterranean and the generally

deep blue of its skies. This is essential

Mediterranea, a region imbued by this

ancient sea and its cultures.

Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors

and Franks, they were all here, moulding

today with the indigenous population

with a culture that is Spanish, but also

has its own distinct identity. Spanish is the

main language, with English, German,

Dutch and French also frequently

heard, but the other official language is

Valenciano, which can be considered

to be a derivative of Catalan and also

closely related to the local vernaculars of

the Balearic Islands.

As a tourist and residential region, the

200 kilometres of the Costa Blanca

can be divided into a northern and a

southern section, which border Valencia’s

Costa del Azahar and the Costa Cálida

respectively. Though the regional capital

of Valencia – a jewel of a city, and

second only to Madrid and Barcelona

within Spain – is about an hour’s drive

away, the nearest point of reference is

the Mediterranean port of Alicante, itself

a popular tourist destination.


Moving up along the coast from the




Costa Cálida, the Southern Costa Blanca is

characterised by beachside resorts such as the

chilled atmosphere of La Zenia, the amenities of

Torrevieja – one of the icons of this coastline – and

the smaller but equally popular Guardamar del

Segura. This is a mostly sandy shoreline perfect for

tourism but it offers a diversity of resorts, including

the small-scale innocence of El Pinet la Marina, at

the entrance to a large area of marshes.

At its north end, in Bras del Port, high quality salt is

produced close to the famous resort town of Santa

Pola. Rounding the coast, one reaches the final

part of the southern Costa Blanca, as it approaches

the city of Alicante, which marks the dividing line.

Here Monte Faro is a pretty coastal town set amid

spectacular cliffs, and though Arenals del Sol and

Urbanova are a little bigger, they too invoke a sense

of endless beaches and classic summer holidays.




Villa Martin


Santa Pola


de Segura





Benissa Mo

Altea Calpe



Villa Joyosa



of property types, lifestyle amenities, characteristics and

price levels.


Just as their scenery and character varies, so do the

property markets of the northern and southern Costa

Blanca. You will, for instance, find a greater emphasis on

beachside apartments in the south and villa suburb or

golf country club villas in the north, though naturally both

can be found across the region. Apartments start at just

below €100.000, and it is possible to own a townhouse

or bungalow from around €150.000 onwards, as well as

spacious private homes from little over €200.000. The

southern Costa Blanca offers classic coastal Spain at

highly attractive prices, and the cost of living is also a little

lower than further up north.

Modern apartments are already available from little over

€125.000 and newly built or off-plan bungalow houses and

townhouses from around €160.000, underpinning the fact

that this well-established destination is very accessible,

and more so than the somewhat more luxurious and

smaller-scaled towns and resort of the northern Costa

Blanca. From Villajoyosa upwards, apartments start more

typically at €150.000 but can surpass the €1 million mark

in the case of the most luxurious penthouses. Townhouses

and bungalows also typically range upwards from

€200.000 and villas from €300.000.

Each of these regions has its own buying public, as is also

the case for the inland hinterland of the Costa Blanca,

and where the southern region appeals greatly to

families and retirees, the northern area is popular with the

kind of buying public also seen in the Balearic Islands and

the Costa del Sol. Here, the importance of beaches and

Spanish charm is shared with golf, yachting, fine dining,

wellness retreats and similar five-star amenities, and it

finds itself reflected in exclusive residential areas lined

with luxurious modern and existing Mediterranean style

villas, and beachfront penthouse apartments.

In terms of real estate as well as landscape, ambience

and lifestyle amenities, the Costa Blanca is a coast of two




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we deliver to ALL clients.

As shown by our Testimonials page

– Trust is earned though our collective

Honesty, Hard Work, Transparency,

Knowledge and Ethics.

Our reputation for Values such as

these has enabled us to provide serious

property buyers the benefit of always

Whether you are buying

or selling, our approach to

business is simple - To provide

the best service possible to

every client we meet.

having a wide variety of well-priced

properties to offer for sale on the Costa

Blanca South. So, whatever budget range

stipulated… whether from small beachside

apartments, semi-coastal townhouses,

traditional Fincas, right through to luxury

villas – we will help you!

When you consult our specialist advisors

you will find we take your requirements

very seriously indeed and because we

listen to you we apply our extensive

knowledge and capacity within Casas

Manuel to diligently find you the perfect

property in your ideal location.

In simple: Our team is here to make your

Spanish buying process as easy as possible

and will be assisting you through every

step of the buying process...

If you are looking for something that we

do not have in our portfolio then not to

worry, you simply tell us what it is you want,

and our team of dedicated agents will

find it for you.

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to take part in a new Channel 4 property

series “Sun, Sea and Selling Houses”. The

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Less famous by name than some of Spain’s other costas, the

Costa Cálida extends from the Costa Blanca southwards to

the border of Almería province, covering a 250-kilometre

stretch of shoreline within the province of Murcia.

It’s a classic Mediterranean region of blue seas, rocky cliffs,

secluded bays and coves, and golden beaches dotted

with holiday resorts and traditional fishing towns. As its name

indicates, this is a warm coast, with warm summers and very

comfortable winters, and as rainfall is low the region also

offers a healthy climate to visitors and residents, making it

much-loved with families and especially retired tourists and

homebuyers from northern countries.

Formerly – and still – a rural area sprinkled with little country

towns, this is now a major holiday and retirement destination

that is marked by two distinct areas:


At its northernmost point, in El Mojón, the Costa Cálida

touches the Costa Blanca. South from here is the Parque

Regional de Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, a

coastal marshland protectorate named for the nearby town

of San Pedro del Pinatar. The centre of town is surrounded by

extensive residential and holiday resorts in suburbs such as

Las Esperanzas, Los Imbernones, El Salero, Las Pachecas, Los

Antolinos, Las Beatas, Los Sáez, Lo Pagán, Molino del Chirrete

and Los Cuarteros, which front the main feature of this part of

the Costa Cálida: the Mar Menor.

Where the more inland resorts offer residential golf living

complete with extensive on-site amenities and leisure facilities,

the beachside area that extends southwards towards

Santiago de la Ribera and fronts the western shoreline of the

Mar Menor up to a military airbase provides a more classic

beachside ambience. Though this is not the Mediterranean

but a saltwater lagoon – at 170km2 Europe’s largest – known

for its warm, shallow waters and delicious sweet fish. The lower

section is dotted with smaller resorts and towns such as La

Roda, Playa de Los Narejos, Los Alcázares, Bahía Bella, Punta



San Javier


Santiago de

la Ribera

La Manga

La Azohia


Mazarron Isla Plana


Brava, Los Urrutias, Estrella De Mar, Los Nietos and Mar de



The saltwater lagoon conditions of the wonderful Mar

Menor are created by a dry climate and the 22-kilometere

long sand bar that extends from the protected Playas de

La Llana down to the La Manga resort at its southern end,

where the land spit joins the mainland at Cabo Palos and

Playa Honda. Among the famous golf courses in this area

are the Hacienda Riquelme Golf Resort, Hacienda del

Alamo, El Valle and of course La Manga itself.


If the northern areas surrounding the Mar Menor are where

most of the tourist and residential resorts are located,

then the coastline of rocky cliffs and bays extending from

La Manga down to Aguilas is rather more natural and

authentic. Here you will find a succession of fishing towns

such as

Puerto de Mazarrón and natural coastal reserves – as well as

the historic port of Cartagena, a cultural gem first founded

by Carthaginian traders more than 2000 years ago.

In the later years of Franco’s rule, a US aeroplane

accidently dropped bombs during naval exercises not far

from the coast. It sparked a massive ‘search and rescue’

operation on the part of the American forces, who much to

their embarrassment could not locate the errant devices.

Fortunately, some locals managed to do just that several

weeks later, and the potentially dangerous of equipment

was returned to its red-faced owners. Ever since, the Costa

Cálida has become not only one of the favourite tourist

destinations in Europe, but thanks to its climate, scenery

and good value for money, also a popular focus for yearround

residence and retirement.

The beach at




Costa Cálida

Market Review

Known as the ‘warm coast’,

the Costa Cálida extends over

250 kilometres of dramatically

changing shoreline within the

province of Murcia. Thanks

to its scenery, amenities

and healthy climate, it has

become one of the most

popular places to live and

own a property.

The Costa Cálida is sometimes mistaken for the Costa

Blanca, which in truth begins just after Murcia’s most

northerly coastal resort town, San Pedro del Pinatar.

Few of Spain’s littoral regions and holiday destinations

can boast such variety of scenery as the Costa Cálida,

and this, coupled with its dry, healthy climate and

extensive leisure facilities makes it one of the most

in-demand places to visit and live among foreign


If the dream of owning a summer home on Spanish soil

first began in locations such as the Costa Brava and

the Balearic Islands, and later spread to the likes of the

Canaries, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol, then

the Costa Cálida is a relatively newer but already very

well-established destination in its own right, with a broad

offer of inland and seaside locations to choose from – a

factor that is given added depth by the scenic diversity

of this fascinating region.


In a region where you’re never more than half an hour’s

drive from two international airports and can similarly

choose from the cultural attractions of historic cities such

as the regional capital of Murcia and the ancient port

city of Cartagena, variety is the name of the game. The

most famous of the many golf courses are Hacienda

Riquelme Golf Resort, El Valle, Hacienda del Alamo and

the famous La Manga Club, which enjoy one of the

longest playing seasons in Europe.

The same is true of a summer beach season that offers


a wide variety of settings and resort towns, not to mention

one of the most unique features in Europe – the 170km2

Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon whose relatively shallow

waters are ideal for water sports. Another stunning natural

phenomenon in the area is the 22-kilometre long La

Manga sandbar, which divides the Mar Menor from the

Mediterranean Sea, while the southern Costa Cálida is

marked by dramatic coves.


If you choose to own a holiday home or live in the

Costa Cálida year-round, choice once again becomes

a notable factor, as there is the option of buying in a

Spanish town or village, a coastal resort, a golf country

club or also smaller purpose-built communities, many of

which are gated and offer amenities such as restaurants,

cafes, sports clubs and shops. The most popular of these

are Tore-Pacheco, Los Alcazares, Villamartin, San Pedro

del Pinatar, Roda, Sucina, Fuente Alamo, Corvera and La


Here, and elsewhere, you will find apartments ranging

from €75.000 upwards, townhouses and bungalows from

under €100.000 upwards and private villas from as little

as €200.000. Some require a little renovation, while others

are perfectly maintained, and there are also newly-built

modern projects from as little as €120.000 to multi-million

modern mansions. The combination of sun, setting and

value for money ensures the Costa Cálida remains a

popular destination with strong demand for its lifestyle and





Living in Spain

If you intend to live in Spain for more than 90 days

in every 180 days then as you may already knowthe

rules for non EU citizens have changed since

January 31st 2001.

We all love the weather in Spain the wonderful

beaches and most of all the outdoors and lifestyle

that is on the wish list for most UK citizens especially

those who plan to retire.

Therefore if you intend to spend any considerable

amount of time in Spain and if you want to remain

longer then 90 days in every six month period then

it is required to apply for your Spanish non-lucrative

visa. This must be done form you home country by

application to the Spanish consul. It is also advisable

to apply for an NIE number for things like opening

a bank account, registeration of a Spansih mobile

phome and also to buy a car. Infact the Spanish

NIE number is used for most things so even if you

intend to stay for shorter periods but live in Spain

part time you will find that life without a NIE is almost


For both the NIE number and the Spansih residency

visa (non-lucrative visa) you will need to fill in forms

in Spanish, also you will need to present the required

documents, some of the documents would need to be

translated and certified together with your passport,

utility bills and bank statements all with multiple


This process can be discouraging for those who

are considering a move to Spain, and expectadly

difficulties with the language, as well as which

documents to produce. Legal advice and support

is recommended to the simplify the process and

lead the way to a straight forward and stress free

application process. The timing which is most

important for those people wanting to buy a property

at the same time as selling a property and then move

to Spain as there are time restrictions on visas once

granted and necessary to apply for the residency TIE





power of



By Michel Cruz

Legal Services in Spain has produced a simple easy to follow guide

under their website https://www.getspanishresidency.com/

You can apply for your Spanish residency online or simply

arrange a free no obligation 30 minute telephone consultation,

that will save you time and headaches. Legal services in Spain will

help you every step of the way to becoming a resident in Spain.

· Assurance of the correct paperwork completed prior to visiting

the authorities

· An appointment made for you at a mutually convenient time at

the Police station and the Health centre

· Support of English speaking legal professionals on hand to

answer any questions you may have and provide the advice you

will need

· Assistance to find insurance companies for you to choose the

health insurance package that best suits your needs

· Help with your health insurance agent to ensure all documents

are issued correctly prior to presentation to the Spanish


In Spain the power of attorney is known

as poder notarial the document must be

drawn in front of a public notary and it

must clearly stipulate the types of activities

that are granted to another person who can

be a family member or a Spanish abogado


To grant someone the power to act on

your behalf must be carefully considered as

well as the powers you are granting to that


These powers are usually used when

overseas property buyers instruct a lawyer

to act for them. Simple actions such as

opening a bank account and registering for a

NIE number are amongst the common uses,

they would normally include the power to sign

deeds on your behalf to buy, sell or inherit

property, or to issue legal proceedings.

A power of attorney is a powerful document

which authorises the appointed attorneys,

and must be only be used for trusted people,

to carry out wide ranging powers on your


In Spain we have general powers of

attorney and special powers of attorney. A

general power of attorney is by its nature

wide ranging with general powers to carry

out a number of tasks. A special power of

attorney is used for a specific purpose, for

example to issue legal proceedings or to

incorporate a company.

If you want to get further advice and

consultation with a lawyer contact Alex

Radford legal abogado in Spain.

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Spain – Europe’s sports

and leisure paradise

With excellent natural and manmade

facilities and a warm climate with over 300

days of sun in many parts, Spain is the ideal

country for a sporty, outdoor way of life.


From the Mediterranean shoreline to the Balearic and

Canary Islands all the way up to Madrid and beyond,

the greater part of Spain’s territory is warm and sunny

enough to make a healthy outdoor lifestyle possible. Warm

and lacking the high levels of humidity prevalent in many

other parts of Europe and the world, it is a place where sun,

sea, skies and scenes of greenery draw you out and make

you feel active. This outdoor way of life manifests itself on

the social level, where café society and al fresco dining

are popular, but also in one of the highest per capita levels

of participation in swimming, water sports, tennis, golf,

cycling, jogging, beach yoga and hiking – just a few of the

activities these region is known for.


Any discussion of active sports in Spain cannot miss

golf, as with over 70 fantastic courses the Costa del Sol

alone is regarded as the ‘Costa del Golf’ – or, the largest

concentration of the sport in Europe, and indeed one

of the greatest in the world. Hundreds of thousands of

golfers enjoy the game’s longest playing season in Europe

under Spanish skies here and in other locations such as

Tenerife, Mallorca, the Costa Cálida, Costa Blanca, Valencia,

Madrid and Catalunya, to name just a few. Perhaps the

most famous of all is Valderrama in the beautiful upmarket

resort of Sotogrande, which hosted the legendary 1997

Ryder Cup.


Racquet clubs have been popular in Spain ever since

people first began visiting its sunny shores, in locations

such as Marbella, Mallorca, Ibiza, Denia and Roquetas.

The likes of Bjorn Borg have managed tennis clubs here

and encouraged a growing number of top international

tournaments, all of which have resulted in a strong crop of

local stars – and while you enjoy a game in one of the many

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

popular racket sport that Spain is famous for – Paddle Tennis.

It can be described as roughly a mix of tennis and squash, is

easy to learn, play in doubles and an excellent way to socialise

and stay fit at the same time.


With temperatures especially in summer driving many to the

sea and swimming pools, water sports are naturally a popular

diversion along Spain’s long coastline. They vary from sailing

and power-boating to jetski, parasailing, waterski, snorkelling

and scuba diving, as well as paddle boarding, surfing and

kite-surfing, the latter in Europe surf capital, Tarifa. Situated

an hour west of Marbella, this quirky resort town with the

ancient roots occupies a gorgeous stretch of coast with a

uniquely attractive form of hippy chic, while the country’s

many excellent marinas offer shopping, dining and nightlife as

well as professional yacht harbour facilities.


If you follow the Tour de France or Vuelta a España you

will have noticed that Spain is one of the leading countries

in the sport, a fact that isn’t surprising when you realise just

how many enthusiasts take to the roads on a daily basis. It’s

a fantastic way to stay fit in the outdoors, and Spain offers

a great many scenic routes depending on your preference

for mountain biking, cross-country or road cycling. There are

even professional velodromes in some of the large cities, but

most sports cyclists follow roads into the hills, forests and

along scenic coastal routes – either enjoying the solitude of

the experience, heading out with family and friends, or as part

of large pelotons of enthusiasts.


If surfing is your thing in the summer, then there’s a chance

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

ride of surfing capital Tarifa are the ski slopes of the

Sierra Nevada, which not only enjoys excellent facilities and

runs but also one of the longest winter sports seasons in

Europe – running in a good year from November right through

to May. Not only that, but you’ll love the scenery, the bustling

atmosphere and also wonderfully ambient retreats that offer

luxury accommodation, fine dining and spa facilities.


Few countries offer such a strong combination of hiking

and walking trails, scenic landscapes and attractive climate.

Summer is more of a time for leisurely coastal or forest walks

and evening strolls, but for the rest of the year the climate

encourages you to get out and explore anything from parks

and city walks to more exerting hikes through forests, fields

and mountains. From strolling along scenic coastal pathways

to scaling mountains, or for that matter watching top

international stars at tennis championships or the Spanish

football league, there are few places that offer such a variety

of first-class sports experiences as Spain.


multilingual property experts for 25 years on the Costa









It seems most Spanish costas are around 200

kilometres long, and the Costa de Almería is

exception, measuring 217 kilometres in length. In

essence, it is a continuation of the dry, warm, rugged

terrain of the Costa Cálida, but as you head south

towards the Cabo de Gata nature reserve the

landscape becomes increasingly ‘Martian’.

The sleepy little resort community of San Juan de los

Terreros marks the northern edge. At Pozo del Esparto

there is a delicious sense beachside seclusion in the

midst of a perhaps more lunar landscape, sure to

delight nature lovers. This part of the coast is made

for people yearning to get away from the madding

crowd, and even at the little marina and resort of

Villaricos there is no sense of a major high-rise town.

It was in nearby Palomares that locals discovered

missing bombs that the US Navy had waylaid but

had not been able to relocate, despite large-scale



This open-spaced, thinly populated coastline has

attracted such a concentration of nudists that a

resort dedicated to this kind of tourism sprang up in

Vera, where the Playas de Vera is now one of the

largest nudist resort areas in the world. Residents

of the nearby inland town of Vera are not always

pleased with the epithet, but it has put this part of the

coast on the map and creates many jobs in the area.

Just south of here are the resorts of Puerto Rey

and Las Marinas, which are marked by low-rise

development, Further along, at the marina resort

town of Garrucha, this culminates in a bit more of

a town feeling, complete with larger buildings and

a historic centre. One of the highlights of the Costa

de Almería is Mojácar, which is curiously divided into

the original hillside town – a pretty collection of whiteplastered

houses – and the charming beachside

resort of Mojácar Playa.


View over


Here too, the quaint Mediterranean ambience has been

remarkably well maintained. Some more small resorts

follow, before one enters a vast space of protected open

coastal scenery en route to Carboneras, another pretty

Andalusian style beachside resort village. At Aqura de

Emedio, midway between Carboneras and Mojácar, the

dramatic white cliffs and grey-white beaches stand out

against a world of blue skies and water.

It continues this way almost all the way to Almería city,

marking this as one of the most rugged, secluded and

natural of costas in all of Spain. For those who lament the

authenticity of earlier years, before tourism became so

large-scaled, the Costa de Almería is the perfect answer.

Dazzling the eye and the senses with its roughhewn beauty,

this is a place of small, intimate coastal resort and fishing

towns, where you can sip a cold beer at a bohemian

beach car or enjoy fresh fish to the uninterrupted sound of

the waves. Not for everyone, but paradise who those who

enjoy peace and natural pleasures.


Aguadulce Retamar

Belerma Cabo de








Agua Amarga

Las Negras

San Jose



Costa de Almería

Market Review

Situated in the south-eastern

part of Spain between the Costa

Cálida in the region of Murcia and

the Costa Tropical in Andalucía’s

Granada Province, the Costa

de Almería extends over 200

kilometres of coastline and some

of the sunniest climes in Europe.

Like the Costa Cálida, the Costa de Almería

is a relatively newer tourist and residential

destination when compared with older ones such

as Mallorca, Ibiza, the Costa Brava and the Costa

del Sol. Like its northern neighbour in the region of

Murcía, though, the warm, sunny and dry climate of

coastal Almería have made it a favourite in its own

right. One important distinction with most of the other

costas, however, is the fact that this coastal stretch

is less built up and therefore more natural and more

authentically Spanish – a key factor for many who

decide to visit and buy properties here.

Beside the space, healthy climate and authenticity

of this region, people are also drawn by the value

for money it offers, as both holidays and properties

are cheaper than in locations such as the Costa del

Sol, the Costa Brava, the Balearic Islands, the Costa

Tropical and also the Costa Blanca. More comparable

in price to the Costa Cálida, the Costa de Almería

provides an offering that is sufficiently different to

give it a distinct character and appeal – one marked

by expanses of unspoiled, rugged nature, traditional

Andalusian villages and towns, and small resort




The most popular resort towns and destinations for

foreign homebuyers are Mojácar and Vera on the eastern

side, and Almerimar and Roquetas de Mar on the southern

coast. Set between them is the provincial capital of

Almería and a series of national parks and reserves such

as Cabo de Gata-Nijar and Punta Entinas-Sabinar. Here

you will find an almost lunar landscape of rocks and sand

in places, dry but strikingly beautiful in its raw, rugged


Long, sandy beaches and private coves with crystalline

water make it a much sought-after area among visitors

who love open spaces. At Vera, a specialised tourist

segment catering to naturists has grown up, while

Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar offer classic beachside

resort pleasures coupled with water sports and golf.

Where the latter are especially popular among Spanish

tourists and second home buyers, the delightful village of

Mojácar has become a favourite of British, German and

other Northern European visitors and residents.


For foreigners, therefore, the area around Mojácar is

therefore the hub for property buying. Some has settled in

mountain and fishing villages where rustic homes can be

snapped up for under €50.000 and fixed up, but Mojácar

remains the main focus and consists of a pretty white

mountain village set upon a prominent hill overlooking the

sea, and a more recent beachside resort called Mojacar


Attractive apartments can be found here from under

€100.000 upwards, townhouses from little more and

smaller bungalow villas from as little as €150.000. Larger

villas start at €250.000 and can surpass €1 million, while

there are also modern new-build apartments and semidetached

homes for sale from €100.000 and €200.000

respectively, with contemporary villas starting at around

€300.000. Similar figures apply to Vera Playa and smaller

coastal resort areas such as Turre and Villaricos, as well

as Roquetas de Mar, and it is this accessibility along with

its natural appeal that marks the Costa de Almería out as

a vibrant sub-market within the Spanish costas, ensuring

it a gradual growing following of visitors, homeowners and

residents who seek space, nature and warm climes at

affordable prices.




Buying a


in Spain


In Spain the buying process has been simplified to become

easier and quicker since it was known to be complicated and

lengthy, now the sale or purchase of a home in Spain has not

only become easier, but also quicker.

The dual system involved joint documentation, the Land Registry

with a written description of a property while the Cadastre had

graphic representation in the form of a map or plan. There were

sometimes errors where the two did not match, this led to legal

disputes regarding boundaries. The Cadastre was not routinely

cross-referenced with the Land Registry, details that showed

alterations and extensions built that would not necessarily appear

on the Cadastre, again leading to legal complications.

The Spanish government took action to update the

conveyancing process and ensure the two registries were

consistent when describing a property. Amongst the changes is

the requirement that Land Registry descriptions must include a

‘graphic representation’ of the property in the form of a copy of the

map or plan held by the Cadastre.

This will ensure buyers know exactly what they are purchasing

and the Cadastre will have to make note of any alterations to

a building marked on the Land Registry records, and the two

institutions will also have to use the same reference code for each

property in order to avoid confusion and make the comparison of

data between the bodies easier.

Government officials estimate it will avoid the need for

some 22,000 personal declarations a year, saving €1.8million.

More importantly, it will provide greater security, clarity and

transparency for people buying a property, and should speed up

the process greatly.



· Review your desire and essential


· Set your budget

· Choose the location/s

· Arrange the finance

· Allow for additional costs

· Arrange legal representative

· Plan your travel date

· Arrange viewings

· Research getting to know the

areas of your choice

Contact aradford@mylawyerinspain.com





· Get your NIE - Spanish tax


· Open a Spanish bank account

· Agent’s property brief and

information pack

· Viewings

· Make an offer

· Negotiations

· Pay a reservation deposit


· Review of property details

· Survey – Advice

· Legal documentation - Planning

checks – Land Registry Checks

· Draft of the reservation agreement

· Review any conditions

· Fixtures and fittings inventory

· Signing of the pre-purchase


· Pay the deposit 10% of the

purchase price less any

reservation deposit


· Establishment of liquidation

settlement including taxes

· The resolution of mortgage/loan

· The Notary Sign the deeds

· Payment – banker’s draft

· Registration and transfer of

property documents and utility


· Key handover – once the title

deeds have been signed and final

payment made you receive the

keys to your new home.


· Quality monitoring

· Agents support and advice




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

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

wide range of facilities and attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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

flocking back year after year to resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and


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

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

and some of the most spectacular inland scenery of the Axarquía.


Sunrise in


History & Culture

The area’s history dates back to the Phoenicians

and has since been inhabited by Greeks, Romans

and Moors, all of whom have left their mark on the

architecture and culture of the region. The Costa

del Sol is as much steeped in culture as any other

region of Andalucia; from Picasso, to bullfighting,

flamenco to the colourful ferias, the region has an

immense cultural offering.



Marbella Mijas




San Pedro Fuengirola

de Alcantara









La Fuente has been inspired by four basic

concepts: Architectural beauty, location,

safety and privacy. The private community

offers a hassle-free lifestyle with a security

guard and concierge at the elegant entrance

for the safety and convenience of its

residents. All of the villas have a South-West

orientation, are situated on private plots

of different sizes and are surrounded by

mature trees and greenery. Each villa has a

private infinity pool and both, the gardens and

swimming pools are centrally maintained by

the community.



The 15 four bedroom villas of approx. 500 m2

of interior space are uniquely designed for a

comfortable yet luxurious lifestyle. Wood and

stone elements throughout the villas, as well

as a fountain at the entrance convey a very

special flair and ambience to these modern

homes. There are three different villa types,

maintaining a consistency in design and

finishing, but provide a range of options in

terms of orientation, size, layout and details

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The enticing Andalusian interior, land of natural beauty

and cultural fascination, beckons just beyond the

coastal mountain ranges. Now, more than ever, this

region of endless vistas, ancient agricultural traditions, fine

food and open spaces appeals to those confined in urban


Andalucía is a land of rocky peaks, wooded hills and green

valleys, where rivers cascade through the landscape creating

natural rock pools and marshy breeding grounds for thousands


Hotel Hacienda San Rafael,


Once a classic olive-growing estate, this iconic example of Andalusian

culture has been meticulously restored and converted into not so much a

hotel, as a privately-owned retreat in the rolling countryside between Sevilla

and Jerez de la Frontera. This is a land of ancient agricultural traditions

where the nearby Guadalquivir River saw Roman barges carry produce to

the far ends of the empire.

This location, so private and intimate but surrounded by countryside,

farmland and Andalusian villages, is an ideal point from which to explore the

region, from its beaches and mountain ranges to the nearby natural wetland

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

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

styled accommodation, the stylishly authentic décor, gorgeously prepared

meals enjoyed in inspiring outdoor setting, and the amenities that make this

a personal resort.

Seven acres of cared-for gardens combine with intimate terraces and

swimming pools, deluxe rooms and casitas, as well as a restaurant and

wine cellar to indulge in. All the modern comforts are of course in place,

but here you will reconnect with peace, refinement and the finest elements

of Andalucía. The retreat caters to romantic getaways and groups, as well

as offering an unforgettable spot for a wedding, complete with airport

collection, massage, yoga and personalised activities and excursions such

river cruises and balloon rides. The ultimate Andalusian experience.

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A private mountain

retreat in Ronda

of visiting birds. It is a land of lakes, deserts, forests, pastures

and seas of wheat, vineyards, olive groves and orchards.

Andalucía is rich in nature and manmade heritage, and

when the two come together it creates an intoxicating mix

of ingredients that memories are made of. In other words,

venturing into the hinterland beyond the mountain ranges of

the Costa del Sol opens up a world of unforgettable getaways

and retreats that rank among the most romantic gems in all

of Europe. Here is a sample of some of the finest.

Set in the gorgeous green countryside near Ronda, this

five-star getaway offers the luxury and service of a resort

hotel combined with the privacy of a personal villa. Like a

landed estate, it stands in the midst of a gorgeous valley,

surrounded by imposing mountain peaks and views of the

verdant landscape of what has become one of the exciting

new winegrowing regions of Spain – at less than an hour

from Marbella yet far removed, in a world of natural beauty

and tranquillity.

It is here that the Ronda Mountain Resort caters to select

private groups with luxurious accommodation in the main

villa and private casita. The personal service offers a sense

of one-to-one concierge in a country retreat environment

where the facilities are at your disposal and the range of

activities and excursions tailor-made. From fine dining to

guided tours, helicopter service and group events, it’s a

touch of paradise right on our doorstep.



El Carligto,

Málaga Hills

In the hills beyond Málaga there is a private domain that sprawls

elegantly across a manicured country garden. The terraces and

open air dining areas are intimate and inviting, the lawns and

pool decks appear to spill out into a valley full of views, while

the lush surrounding greenery provides a sense of privacy from

which to survey the mountain ranges and deep blue skies. This is

pure Andalucía, from the white-plastered walls of the estate and

vines overhanging perfect vantage points to the setting, climate

and abundance of fine food.

Just a short distance from Málaga and Marbella, El Carligto

offers the authentic ambience of a hunting lodge close to lakes,

hiking trails, forests and white mountain villages. It’s popular with

wedding parties, family groups and romantic couples, offering

the best of rustic delights in a valley of flowers and fragrant

herbs. For small and larger groups alike, it offers the kind of spot

in which to truly connect with Andalucía.

Casa Olea,


Venture a little further into the Andalusian countryside, a little over two

hours’ drive from Marbella, and you enter undulating scenery where a

sea of olive groves extends beyond the horizon flanked by wooded hills.

Once popular with game hunters, it is now a natural paradise within

short distance of the historic city of Córdoba. A working farm, Casa

Olea provides the Boutique B&B experience in the midst of natural,

rural Andalucía, where gentle sophistication meets the great outdoors.

Peace and open spaces rule, along with unadulterated relaxation or

high-octane mountain biking, hiking or related activities. The food, so

lovingly prepared, tastes better than you seem to remember possible,

as you enjoy pure, fresh produce in a convivial outdoor setting. For

those who wish to recharge their batteries – be it languidly or actively –

this wonderful getaway in olive country is the real thing.

Hotel La Bobadilla


Casa La Siesta,

Vejer de la Frontera

This almost legendary luxury hotel with the feeling of a large

country estate ranks among the best resorts in Andalucía. A

little over an hour from Marbella, in the direction of Granada,

it occupies an entire valley near the little town of Loja. It has

famously welcomed celebrities and royalty, including guests

such as Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and indeed, you do feel

rather special as you follow the long driveway to the impressive

forecourt, or better still, land at the private heliport.

The classic white-plastered hotel with Mediterranean lines

looks and feels like a rustic palace inside and out, surrounded by

flowing Andalusian terrain but offering the latest in cuisine, luxury

and amenities. This includes a dreamy spa where the health and

beauty treatments set the tone for fine dining, luxurious suites

and a very long list of possible activities tailored to your personal

taste. These can range from horse riding and quad biking through

the lovely surroundings to visiting nearby sites, lazing by the pool

or mountaineering.

Wedding parties come all the way from Japan to enjoy the

facilities, service and the private chapel, but this exquisite retreat

is also used for conferences and other events. However, it remains

best suited as one of the ultimate country retreats in Andalucía,

with service and restaurants in keeping with its standing as a

reference point of refinement between Málaga and Granada.

Tastefully restored and made into an inland resort not far

from the Atlantic beaches of the Costa de La Luz, Casa

La Siesta finds itself in the beautiful wooded environs

of Vejer de la Frontera, a white mountain village just

beyond the wetlands near the coastal village of Zahara

de los Atunes, famous for its tuna. The finest Japanese

restaurants send their chefs here to buy some of the

very best blue tuna available anywhere in the world, and

it shows in the cuisine available at the retreat.

Stylish, relaxed and exuding that effortless sense of

refinement, Casa La Siesta is both sophisticated and

natural. For romantic couples, groups, events and

weddings, it’s a spot that offers space, tranquillity,

service, fine amenities and beautiful surroundings –

celebrating the best in Andalucía’s natural and cultural

environment, cuisine and service while providing the

ultimate getaway experience right on your doorstep.




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The evolution

of home cool

What was de rigueur just a short while ago can

change almost overnight. Not so long ago the

dominant home styles were more traditional and

organic, interiors darker and the must-have accessory a

home cinema or automated lights and shutters. As we move

further into the 21st century, the picture is changing…

In many parts of the world the financial crisis and ensuing

‘Great Recession’ formed a watershed in architecture. Gone

were the more faux traditional styles that had been dominant

since the 1980s and in came a whole new wave of ‘modern’

styles that saw a return to white as the fresh, sleek tone of

the future. It’s back to the future because we’ve been here

before, through early experiments in the 1920s and 30s, and

the Modernism of the post-war era, but while there is a direct

link of inspiration and a ‘picking up of the thread’ it wouldn’t

be fair to label this latest outpouring of creativity a mere

chapter in a book already begun. Today’s design movement

may search for references in the past but its materials,

relevance and urban context are entirely of our age.

At any rate, it feels very different showing homes now

that are open-plan, full of panoramic glass, sliding doors

that disappear into the wall at the touch of a finger and

architectural forms that can vary from rigidly geometrical

to sculpted and rounded. It’s a process that is in continuous

motion, already evolving away from white minimalism to

the inclusion of more natural materials and more playful

elements, all the while building on a great new era of

technology that provides novel materials, engineering

techniques and software technologies that reside under the

skin of your house.

Water features, floor to ceiling windows, large open-flowing

living areas and kitchens where you can cook up a storm

and then hide the evidence, add a sense of drama to today’s

luxury home. The kitchen, once a functional room hidden

away amid cooking fumes, is now a crisp, clean design

feature of your home, where state-of-the-art extractors

enable you to lounge around your breakfast bar with a coffee

or glass of wine, while various gadgets pop up and down at

the touch of a button, espresso machines make a delicious

macchiato and your double-door American spec fridge

dispenses ice cubes.

Speaking of American influences, the open kitchen concept

is attributed to the USA, and is therefore sometimes also

called an American kitchen, and of course it’s a classic

element of the now-iconic loft renovation home. Aided by

modern technology, the modern kitchen and open-plan


layout uses space more efficiently and does away with socalled

‘dead areas’ such as corridors and walls. The result is

a more integrated home where you can feel more connected

with the property and its occupants without having to be in

the same room. Villas, in particular, also offer sliding doors

and latticed wooden screens that add privacy and intimacy

to a larger open-plan interior, and there is no reason why

this can’t also be applied to apartments and penthouses, for

they too assist in the efficient use of space and take over the

role that was previously played by walls and doors.

With the cubicle effect of small rooms gone, we’re left

with spacious, open-plan living that flow into one another.

Combined with tall ceilings and natural light and views

coming in from tall, floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors,

it makes for a finer architecture and more pleasant and



stylish living environment in which we are seduced by soft

LED lighting, white acrylic furniture and brushed steel, but

also by ingenious blends of such materials with richly veined

mat wood, earthy stone and darker iron, not to mention an

array of potentially brightly coloured synthetic materials.

New trends

Today’s homes have become more compact and efficient

than before, attempting to do away with dead spaces such

as long corridors through innovative design concepts, and

the technology now available makes early home automation

systems positively archaic. Just as you can ‘hook up’ your

car to the internet of things, you can now do the same with

your home, enabling it to fulfil a range of duties that leave

mere shelter far behind and turn it into an energy-efficient

entertainment centre, state-of-the-art workplace or a wellsecured

private home.

Living areas are now open-plan, bathrooms sleeker and

simpler in a Zen kind of way, and split levels are also making

a comeback, indoors as well as in the garden. The latter is

more geometrical than before, less subtropical paradise

and more Japanese garden, with large terrace areas that

extend the indoor comforts outdoors and an inviting splash

pool that perfectly frames the horizon. In regions with a

Mediterranean climate such as Marbella, but also California,

West Australia and the Cape, the tendency is towards

using beautiful yet water-efficient indigenous species in

landscaping. This is not only good for the environment, but

also cuts down on irrigation bills and maintenance, all of

which are increasingly important to buyers today.

Home cinemas, traditional wine cellars, gyms and early

home spas used to be separate entities, often occupying the

basement floor of a villa, but here too an integrated openplan

approach is taking over that also brings natural light

and direct garden access to what were once dark spaces.

The chill-out zones found as an extension of your terrace

are also in evidence indoors, where one great interactive

entertainment area brings spa, gym, home cinema, games

room and sometimes even bowling alley together in great

style. Many a wine cellar has migrated up to the kitchen and

shed its traditional brickwork to become a design feature

made of LED-lit glass and your personal collection of wines.

Even garages, once the musty home of your prized luxury

cars, are now celebrating the automotive works of art in

what looks like a gallery complete with panoramic windows

and lighting that highlights your collection.

Add a fireplace, comfortable sofas, an industrial style

kitchen and bar, and it becomes an entertainment area with

a touch of art gallery and car showroom thrown in – quite the

place to relax and entertain, as long as you’re fairly confident

the guests won’t damage either the art on the wall or the art

on wheels! While most of us focus on the return to modern

architectural styling, the changes going on inside the home

are more revolutionary by far as they open the door to a

whole new lifestyle experience.


Alcazar baths of

rain water.





For those who haven’t travelled there yet, the Balearic

Islands are an archipelago in the Mediterranean off the

Spanish east coast. The four main islands are Mallorca,

Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera – and though they share a

common history, culture and local dialect of Catalan that

is also closely related to Valenciano, Provencal, Ligurian,

Corsican and Sardo (Sardinian) – each has a character

and ambience of its town.


By far the largest and dominant island is Mallorca, where the

capital Palma de Mallorca is the main cultural, economic

and metropolitan centre of the Balearics. This historic city

is a treasure trove of imposing architecture, with cultural

layers that date back to pre-Roman, Byzantine, Moorish

and later periods, influencing the local cuisine, traditions,

art and people. In addition to the many cathedrals,

fortresses and elegant streets and plazas to enjoy are the

picturesque old city, the harbour area with its old towers

and of course the white sandy beaches within a stroll of



If you avoid the built-up tourist town of Magaluf, which not

long ago catered mostly to British package tourism but is

now being upgraded, skirting the southwest cape will take

you through a series of rather stylish beach resorts such

as Santa Ponça overlooking idyllic bays. Head inland to

the pastel-coloured charm of Andratx or Valdemossa, a

quaint mountain village reminiscent of the prettiest ones in

Provence or Tuscany. The whole western mountain range

and rocky coastline is a spectacle of pretty little towns

overlooking spectacular cliff-side scenery.

Round this region and you reach the Bay of Alcudia,

where mountains give way to plains and expansive,

white sandy beaches. This too is a visitor’s paradise

complete with stylish coastal resorts, and as you trace

the eastern shoreline you’ll be rewarded with elegant

little towns and in places gorgeous beaches that have

a very natural and untouched fell. Round yet another

spectacular cape and you approach some of the most

spectacularly beautiful Mallorca coastal scenery in

places such as Cala Pi, whose iconic aquamarine water

pretty much sums up the island.


Early evening in








Cala Ratjada






Santa Eulária

des Ríu



Cala d’Or




If Mallorca has captured the hearts of tourists and jet-set visitors

such as Claudia Schiffer and Michael Douglas, then Ibiza will

forever be associated with heady summer holidays and the birth

of the beachside club scene. Many of the most famous DJs,

such as David Guetta, cut their teeth here and the likes of Calvin

Harris, continue to feature on a regular basis at landmark venues

like Pasha, which turn partying into a resort occupation. There is,

of course, also another side to this famous party island, as seen in

the historic charm of its towns and country villages, as well as the

natural beauty of much of its coastline, where areas such as Es

Cubells are popular with high-end visitors and celebrities seeking

privacy, luxury and seclusion.


For more of that iconic beachside beauty in the form of green

Mediterranean pine groves that grow right up to white sand

beaches washed by azure waters, Menorca is the place to visit.

More intimate and natural than the larger islands, it is a scenic

paradise where the land feels like it spills into the ever-present

Mediterranean Sea. Even smaller and more sauvage, Formentera

is where lovers of nature, sea, sky and sandy dunes will feel at

home – on land as well as snorkelling in its clear blue waters.



When it comes to quality real estate,

Mallorca is not a place of large

concentrations, but rather of many little

treasures dotted around the island. That

said, you’ll see names such as Pollensa,

Alcúdia, Port Adriano and Puerto Andratx

appear frequently as they are among

the finest, most popular residential areas

overlooking gorgeous coastal scenery

near all amenities.


The same is true of Ibiza, but those in the

know look for homes in Sant Josep De

Sa Talaia, Santa Eulalia Des Ríu and also

Sant Antoni De Portmany – all perfect

examples of privileged living on this

golden isle.


In Menorca, it will be hard to resists the

atmosphere and scenic charm of the

Ciudadela de Menorca, though others

head to the coastal pleasures of Maó

and Es Mercadal, while in Formentera

Cala Envaster is a perfect spot on a bay

in an island otherwise made up of small

communities and country properties.




Shabby Chic

and much more!

“Shabby chic” a word that has come to characterise Ibiza

a style that is considered by many to be the ultimate in

trendiness. Ibiza is about summer, beaches, open-air parties

and late-night clubbing. The capital of Europe’s summer

clubbing scene has spawned its own genres of music,

as well as numerous world-famous clubs, but aside from

techno, trance and chillout music – not to mention throngs

of swaying, sweating bodies – there is another, more

cultural side to this tourist isle that is being cultivated.

Those in the know, like Richard Branson and other wellheeled

latter day flower power children, have long since

been enjoying its pleasures. Together with the creative

types who helped develop the iconic Ibiza style, they

are turning this super cool spot in the sun into one of the

most must-experience places of the moment. If there

were a colour to represent the island and encapsulate its

ambience it would be azure; the deep aquamarine blue of

its coastal waters, the intense blue of its skies and the liquid

freshness of sea air. Or perhaps the pure, stark white of its

plastered walls, the sails that play against the horizon or the

white linen that seems to become an inadvertent uniform

for sophisticated urban types seeking summer epiphanies

in the Med. Such descriptions are not unlike the islands of

Greece, complete with pretty white-plastered windmills,

and indeed, the quintessentially Mediterranean island of

Ibiza is in many ways a reflection of its cousins on the other

side of the vast sea.

Ibiza modern and trendy yet ancient and mysterious

with a host of modern and rustic private villas, secluded

low-rise boutique hotels and other hot spots overlooking

paradisiacal coves or white yachts bobbing quietly on the

turquoise water.

The old walled town is so pretty that the entire area has

been declared a world heritage site by Unesco, complete

with castle, churches and the quaint houses and little

plazas. Here you will almost stumble over the history of

the island, or simply drink in the atmosphere, while on the

other side of the bay luxury yachts lie in the trendy marina

fronted by luxury boutiques, eateries and lounge bars.

Much of the nightlife continues to be concentrated around


calle Barcelona, while the town is also home to some of the

most popular clubs, among them the famous Café del Mar,

where revellers come to chillout and watch the sun set.

More than 40 clubs and trendy bars that dominate the

summer clubbing scene, and though the island has tried to

become more upmarket the popularity of nightlife tourism

shows no signs of diminishing. New hotels, however, have

all been five-star in recent years, and the overall trend has

been towards smaller scale and greater character. The

result has been that Ibiza has been tapping into the cool

chic scene that is so strongly associated with it, catering in

the process not only to young revellers and cultural tourists

but also the well-heeled visitor wishing to remain young at


The more rustic destinations just inland are also very

popular, and while this new international jet set likes to dip

its toe into the feverish partying of the main tourist areas

you sense that they are more at home enjoying freshly

caught fish or organically grown vegetables at a quaint

– but stylish – seaside venue. It is at unassuming locations

like this where, on a good day, you could find yourself

surrounded by Liam Gallagher, Kate Moss and Mark

Ronson, if you care for that sort of thing.

Besides crystal clear waters inviting the visitor to swim, sail

and scuba dive, Ibiza offers a surprising amount of beautiful

nature for so small an island. From the cliffs and coves rises

the pine cover that the island is famous for, converting into

maquis heather in the hardiest of spots before opening

up into idyllic valleys covered in green fields, blankets of

wild flowers and almond trees. This is rustic Ibiza, a place

of goats, donkeys, quaint villages and old rural traditions. It

is also home to an amazingly stylish form of rural tourism in

which easy elegance and comfort have been raised to an

art form.

A popular natural area is the Ses Feixes wetlands,

a swampy lowland area bordering Ibiza Bay that is a

wintering ground for countless species of bird. You will also

find bats and reptiles where the Moors once cultivated

land using a complex irrigation system of canals and

water deposits. Here, where intense agriculture flourished

By Michel Cruz

for centuries in a man-made environment, nature began

to reclaim its marshes and return them to their wild

inhabitants from the 1960s onwards. Though threatened by

property development, the islanders are now beginning

to recognise the value of this natural spot with its deep

historic connection.

Much of what makes this island so haunting can be

traced to its ancient roots, which though planted in a very

distant and hazy past continue to produce fresh shoots.

While it shares much of its story and characteristics with

mainland Spain – Ibiza is just 79 kilometres east of Valencia

– this is above all a Mediterranean world. As a result, the

Pine Islands – the name for Ibiza and its smaller neighbour,

Formentera – have always been a little removed from their

mother nation. Claimed by the Catalan as their own, the

people speak a local dialect of that tongue, yet could

also communicate with the Corsicans and Sardinians with

whom they share an almost invisible yet ancient bond.

Beaten by the salty sea winds and the voyagers they

carried here, these tiny islands have been invaded,

sacked and pillaged more times than you’d care to

know, but the many stones have produced an interesting

mosaic. There must have been people on the islands

when the Phoenician traders from the other side of the

Mediterranean founded the town of Ibossim, but by the

time control passed to the Carthaginians the islands had a

strong Punic culture also touched by traders from Greece

and Rome, which would later come to rule the territory

under the name of Ebusus.

Most of the beautiful seaside that now draws so many

people were devoid of population, made uninhabitable

by fear. The seaside villages we see today date in the

main from the 19th century, before which you needed an

impregnable fortress to retire to when the raids came. The

town of Ibiza is a fine example of this. Though it now houses

almost half the island’s 125,000 people, it was for long

little more than a small port protected by the Almudaina

Castle. This large walled fortress, which stands at the top

of the picturesque Dalt Vila (Old Town), provided the

protection that made life here possible, but from the mid-

19th century onwards Ibiza’s capital developed quickly, a

process that was further boosted by the rise of the tourist

industry from the 1950s on.

What Ibiza offers visitors is therefore becoming

increasingly diverse in nature, but always based around

a strong sensory experience – from the release offered by

the clubs to the relaxing, almost spiritual atmosphere to be

found along the pretty little coves and secluded beaches.

Where the package vacationers follow the well-beaten

path to the 18 kilometres of large sandy beaches such as

those at Calls Bassa and La Salinas, those occupying the

private villas and low-slung boutique hotels will seek out

secluded spots far away from the madding crowds. Lying

ensconced within small pine-covered estates, the private

lodges they stay at offer peace and anonymity in what is

a typical Ibiza mix of laid-back hippy style complete with

Thai or Indian influences, yet suffused with comfort, luxury

and first-class service.

After all, a Richard Branson or Jean-Paul Gaulthier

may seek out hip venues where they can chill out and

get closer to nature, but they will not easily forsake the

subtle pleasures and comforts of life. As a result, the Ibiza

chic venue is earthy, designed in a way that appears to

be random and informal yet is actually demanding of

creative energies, and provides five-star services in an

ambience that seems to want to decry earthly luxury and

opulence in favour of a more ethereal way of being. Some

will even feature yoga classes and detox regimes amid the

fragrance of flowers and incense, while others are more

starkly minimalist in their avant-garde sophistication.

Either way, they combine with the shabby chic simplicity

of favoured seaside fish restaurants in pretty little coves

or villages, days spent lazing on secluded beaches,

watching the sun set on yachts and trekking into the

rustic countryside – as well as heading off to the most

exclusive of the lounge bars and clubs – to produce a

style of Ibiza-branded experience that is drawing more

and more visitors to the dramatic beauty of this coolest of

Mediterranean islands.









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