Jun 172013

Mountain Bike Skills Training

Mountain Biking Skills Training Week-end

We were delighted to welcome Raul and Eva to our casa rural in Gandia last weekend. They had booked one of our all-inclusive mountain biking packages which we offer in conjunction with MountainBikingValencia.com . These are available as a weekend break of 2 nights with one day’s guided mountain biking, a break of 3 nights with 2 days’ biking, or a week’s holiday of 7 nights with 3 days’ biking. Of course, if guests wanted a different length of stay, or more or less biking included, we would be only too pleased to tailor-make a holiday to their specifications. In any event, breakfast and dinner are included every day and packed lunches are provided on mountain biking trips, as well as the services of a qualified and experienced guide.

Raul and Eva had previously used the services of Dave Warrington for single day excursions whilst they were already in the area for professional reasons, but this time they had decided they wanted to spend longer enjoying the surroundings in this lovely part of the country. They drove down from their home in Catalunya, arriving late on Friday evening, with the intention of spending the day on Saturday out biking. However, in accordance with our undertaking to tailor-make a break to our guests’ requirements, they had specified that they would prefer to have 2 days’ Mountain Biking Skills Training during the weekend. With this in mind, we had arranged for them to bike not only on the Saturday, but also on the Sunday before having the usual late check-out from the casa rural.

Raul is a keen biker and sportsman generally and had already arranged to have a road biking ride with a friend of his who lives nearby. He was therefore up very early on the Saturday morning to meet up and go for a road ride of over 60kms on his own bike that he had brought for the purpose, before setting off with Eva and Dave Warrington after breakfast for a mountain biking trip of another 40kms which also included an element of technical skills training along the way! They all had a really great time and a thoroughly enjoyable day before returning to us for dinner and a very well-deserved early night to recharge their batteries for Sunday’s trip!

Sunday was a less strenuous day, however, as their plan was only to bike during the morning in our valley here, taking in the monastery of Sant Jeroni, as well as practising considerable technical skills in the safe environment of a wooded area nearby. Although they would of course have been welcome to spend the rest of the day here enjoying the gardens and pool, they reluctantly had to leave in the early afternoon – Raul heading to Madrid for work reasons and Eva driving back to Catalunya. However, they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves here with us and very much want to come back for more of the same. We look forward to welcoming them back to us here at our casa rural when they can take advantage of one of our all-inclusive mountain biking packages again. Maybe they will be able to stay with us for longer the next time and see even more of what this beautiful part of the Costa Blanca has to offer the outdoor enthusiast.

Please contact us for more details if Mountain Biking Skills Training might be of interest to you, and we will be delighted to send you full details of what we have to offer.

Jun 172013


Bargain Spanish Property for Sale

Property Hunters from Far and Wide!

In line with recent trends, we have seen more property hunters come to visit us in a quest to find a home in our part of the northern Costa Blanca. In the last few months we have had an increase in the number of guests coming to look for suitable homes – either as permanent or holiday accommodation – but now they are coming not only from the traditional places such as England but also looking to relocate here from other parts of Europe as well.

John and Pamela for example are an English couple who spent three days with us on their second visit to the area. Although from England originally, they have lived for the last ten years in Italy but are now wanting to move on again. This is not because of any particular dissatisfaction with Italy, but rather because they feel it is time for a change and they are aware that Spanish property values have now fallen to a much more realistic and affordable level on the Costa Blanca. Easy access to the UK is a consideration for family visits too, but much more so is the feeling that Spain is again becoming an attractive country in which to settle and invest in a home.

Likewise Malcolm spent some time with us recently on a Spanish property search. He had already investigated other areas of Spain, but preferred our part of the country because of its verdant scenery and climate that is less extreme than further south. Although Malcolm lives in England at the moment, this is only a temporary situation as far as he is concerned, as he moved to a property he already owned there after selling his main home in Greece about a year ago. He has decided that England is not where he wants to live for any prolonged period however – largely because of the climate – and has therefore decided to settle in the Valencia area. He is currently considering properties he has viewed here, and is also giving serious thought to renting a home here in order to be absolutely certain before committing himself to a purchase. Quite rightly, he wants to be sure about the exact property and the location before making a final decision.

Another guest looking for a home is Keith, who stayed with us briefly last week. Keith’s wife Lucy had visited us the week before and had seen a couple of properties she had thought might be suitable so Keith was following in her tracks to see if their ideas coincided – which they did! Now it is a question of deciding between two Spanish properties that meet their requirements. It is true that Keith and Lucy are relocating from England rather that from southern Europe, but again they feel that Spain now represents all that it did before as far as long-term property investment is concerned and once again offers value for money as well as a more suitable lifestyle for them.

Spain does indeed seem to be making a certain amount of recovery in its property industry compared to only a few months ago. Many parts of northern Europe seem to feel either that they have come through the worst of their economic woes, or else that this is the new reality that everyone has to get used to, but either way Spain presents itself as a very attractive destination for those wanting to change their way of life. Hopefully for the health of the Spanish economy, this really is the beginning of a long-term revival of the property market over here, the benefits of which would of course be felt (and greatly appreciated) throughout the whole economy.

If you are interested in the Spanish Property in the La Safor region of Spain, why not book one of our 3 or 5 day regional inspection tours. We offer you the opportunity to come and see the area without any pressure or obligation.

We are not property agents, solicitors or vendors – we operate a successful accommodation business, but made the move ourselves seven years ago, and have all the contacts if you decide you need them.