Mar 302013
 

Spanish Property

Sold! Spanish Property Sellers

Jeanette and Kevin from the UK made a booking to come and stay with us this week, as they had sold their holiday villa in La Drova to another couple who had been property hunters – also from the UK – who were wanting to have a holiday base in the La Safor area.
Jeanette and Kevin decided to make an unhurried trip of it, arriving with us on the Sunday and staying until the following Saturday, with the appointment at the notary’s office scheduled for the Wednesday. They were driving down from the UK in their car, crossing by ferry to Santander, which is something they had often done in the past when visiting their property. Apparently they used to come on average for about six weeks each year, and had owned property in this area for over ten years – their house in La Drova was their second one.

Property hunters seem to be slightly on the increase now that house prices have fallen to levels not seen in Spain for a very long time. Foreigners who want to buy a home have become aware that Spain now offers good value properties once again, and this is reflected in the fact that Jeanette and Kevin actually had two prospective purchasers who wanted to buy their home!
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Their first couple of days here were spent removing their personal belongings from the house. Although they were selling the property as a fully furnished villa, there were nevertheless items that were not included in the sale that they had kept here, rather than bringing the same things with them each visit. This was of course no problem to do, since everything would fit easily into the back of their car for the return trip to the UK. When Wednesday came, it was time to go to the notary’s office for their appointment to finalise the sale and everything went absolutely according to plan. They returned at lunchtime much relieved, and looking forward to spending the rest of their time here revisiting some of their favourite places and saying farewell to friends they had made in the area.

All too soon Saturday morning arrived, and it was time for our latest property sellers to leave us. Again, they had planned their itinerary well and left us in the morning with a view to having plenty of time to get to the north of the country for the evening ferry back to the UK. It had been great to meet Jeanette and Kevin, but at the same time a pity that we will probably not see them back here for some time. We look forward to seeing them possibly next summer, when we can welcome them back as holidaymakers, rather than property hunters or sellers!

Mar 192013
 

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Spring Rock Climbers

Recently, we were very glad to welcome a group of three friends who were visiting us in order to spend a few days rock climbing some of the famous crags to be found along the Costa Blanca. John, Jan and Marek arrived last Saturday for a week’s stay, and had done a fair amount of research before their arrival about which crags they wanted to scale.

They had undertaken several similar rock climbing trips together as a group in the past, but this was the first time they had visited our part of the country. After arriving early Saturday afternoon, they went to Gandia Crag – known locally as Penya Roja – since it is literally within walking distance of our villa and provided the opportunity to get a little bit of climbing in on their first day, without spending any more travelling time. The weather was warm and sunny, and was a very welcome change for them compared to what they had left behind in England, and indeed this was to be the pattern for their week with us.
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Each day they would make a well planned excursion to one of the crags they had researched before they left England, the exact selection on each day depending on how they felt at the time. They would make their own packed lunches to take with them, and in the evenings they would either make use of our evening meal service, or explore Gandia or Playa de Gandia to find a restaurant that suited their requirements that day. They were fortunate in that the timing of their visit coincided with the build-up to the fiesta of Fallas in Gandia, which culminates on March 19th, so whenever they went into town in the evening there was always plenty to see and do.

Their week passed quickly and very enjoyably, with a good range of crags climbed and they were left with the thought that maybe a return visit would be called for sometime in the foreseeable future, as there were many other climbing challenges in the area they felt they wanted to take on. They were a very convivial group of guests, and we certainly hope they will come back and visit us again and complete the list of climbs that they want to conquer.
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Mar 172013
 

Mountain Biking Trails of SpainDavid (guide) Mario, Alain & Scott – Mountain Biking in Spain

Scott, Alain and Mario from Montreal in Canada arrived on Sunday evening to stay with us for six nights and the purpose of their visit was to spend their time here mountain biking in Spain, in the beautiful mountains and countryside of the La Safor region. Scott and Alain had visited the area before, and although they had hired bikes then, they had not taken advantage of the guided mountain bike service that is available. This time they decided to do just that, and be shown new routes that they would otherwise not have discovered for themselves.

After their evening arrival from Canada, they dined with us that night before getting some well-earned rest and attempting to adjust their body clocks to European time. The following morning though, on the Monday, they were eager to get on the road and set off with Dave Warrington from Mountain Biking Valencia on a route of some 30kms in the mountains of the La Safor region, starting from Pla de Corrals. They took a packed lunch with them and had a great time, returning to us in the early evening in time for dinner and another fairly early night. This time they were recovering not only from jet lag still, but of course also from the exertions of the day!

The next day they embarked on a 45kms trip which was a high mountain ride along the Benicadell ridge. This took in some hard climbing amongst beautiful scenery and had the reward of a great high speed descent at the end! Again, they took a packed lunch with them, stayed out all day, and returned in time to shower and then go out to Gandia town for a meal in the evening.

On Wednesday and Thursday they again undertook fairly demanding routes, including an 80km ride starting in La Drova, taking in the disused Alcoi to Gandia railway line that runs adjacent to the Serpis river, and then returning to the villa via Villalonga and the Marchuquera valley – a great route! Thursday night was the traditional “tapas” night in Gandia, when we all went into town and stopped at several of the local bars that were participating in the “Tapas Route” that has become such a feature of the town’s social life.

Friday was the last full day of their visit to us, however, so they went on a slightly shorter route – but still 40kms – taking a route further south from here in the Jalon Valley following the ridge of the Sierra de Bernia. Again, they experienced a great biking trip amid beautiful scenery and in lovely weather, which of course they wanted to make the most of before returning to sub-zero temperatures in Canada! They had a very early departure on the Saturday morning, catching a flight first to Lisbon, then to Germany, where they got their final connection back to Montreal. It had been a genuine pleasure to have them visit us, and hopefully they will return in the future to go Mountain Biking in Spain, as they take activity holidays in Spain on a fairly regular basis and were still eager to explore more of our part of Spain.

Mar 052013
 

Gandia Golf Course – Oliva Nova Golf

More and more people are coming to this part of the Costa Blanca area to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take part in some sort of outdoor activity holiday, and one that should not be overlooked by anyone thinking of this part of Spain is the game of golf. When one thinks of golf in Spain, many are drawn to the south of the country but there are some beautiful courses in this part of the Valencia region as well.

One such course is Oliva Nova Golf Resort, situated about 25 minutes’ drive from Gandia Casa Rural. It is located between the towns of Oliva and Denia, on the Costa Blanca. Enjoy a round of golf amongst wild dunes and Mediterranean beach environment.

Designed and built by Seve Ballesteros, the Oliva Nova Golf Club course extends to around 50 hectares.

It is a par 72 links course of 6,350 m with a slope of 120, the main characteristic of which is that 15 of its 18 holes include water obstacles. The only holes that have no water obstacles are numbers 2, 13 and 14.

A technical course, with a gentle undulating terrain, easy to walk on, formed by the traditional four pars 3, four pars 5 and ten pars 4 formula where the shots are rewarded and the bad ones are punished, in Severiano’s own words:

“This course offers great possibilities to all golfers, as it has short, medium and long holes, and fairways with left and right doglegs. I think it poses a challenge to any golfer.” The amen corner of the course is at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes, where strategy and the wind are determining factors.

It has established rivals in the area such as El Saler, El Bosque and La Galiana, but Oliva Nova will take some beating, so if you are planning a golf trip to the Gandia area then put this gem in your itinerary.

If you are looking for some comfortable accommodation in equally beautiful surroundings to the golf course, you need look no further than Gandia Casa Rural, a beautifully maintained villa with daily room service for B&B guests. Guests may choose between either Bed and Breakfast accommodation or a self-catering apartment, and an evening meal service can also be provided (whichever type of accommodation is selected). Another possibility for the larger group of travellers (up to 14) is the option to rent the entire property on a self-catering basis.
The villa is situated within easy reach of good road links to the Oliva Nova Golf course as well as the others in the area, and is also only 8kms from some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in the whole country.


Directions from Gandia Casa Rural

Mar 032013
 

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Gandia Golf Course – La Galiana Golf

More and more people are coming to the Gandia area to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take part in some sort of outdoor activity holiday, and one that should not be overlooked by anyone thinking of this part of Spain is the game of golf. When one thinks of golf in Spain, many are drawn to the south of the country but there are some beautiful courses in this region as well.

One such course is La Galiana, situated about 30 minutes’ drive from Villa Florencia (Gandia Casa Rural). It is set in the Vall de la Valldigna and the La Galiana course enjoys a spectacular setting in a valley surrounded by pine and orange groves, isolated from residential areas. More than 5000 local species of plants and trees have been used for its landscaping.

This course has everything that makes golf such an attractive game. It has a great location in the Vall de la Valldigna and is a protected area of nature, where there are no residential buildings, and it features spectacular scenery and stunning views. The course itself is 18 holes Par 72 and 6975 meters from the back Tees, and with six Tees for each hole it provides a challenge for all levels of expertise. At the same time it is entertaining too, since the design of each hole has been studied for a continuous challenge for even the most accomplished players, so everybody can enjoy a fun day of golf.

The arrangement of greens and bunkers, and numerous water hazards that are distributed along the route, mean that the course will test the ability of all players, who will have to use their entire repertoire of shots. It really is a course of outstanding beauty set in natural surroundings, and the only sound you may hear, apart from the birds, is the click of ball on club or the distant shout of “fore”.

It has established rivals in the area such as El Saler, El Bosque and Oliva Nova, but La Galiana will take some beating, so if you are planning a golf trip to the Gandia area then put this gem in your itinerary.

If you are looking for some comfortable accommodation in equally beautiful surroundings to the golf course, you need look no further that Villa Florencia (Gandia Casa Rural), a beautifully maintained villa with daily room service for B & B guests. Guests may choose between either Bed and Breakfast accommodation or a self-catering apartment, and an evening meal service can also be provided (whichever type of accommodation is selected). Another possibility for the larger group of travellers (up to 14) is the option to rent the entire property on a self-catering basis. The villa is situated within easy reach of good road links to the La Galiana course as well as the others in the area, and is also only 8kms from some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in the whole country.

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Directions from Gandia Casa Rural