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Where is Quesada ?

Well that´s were we live on the Costa Blanca Spain.  Just 10 minutes from the large town of Torrevieja and 40 minutes from the city of Alicante.

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Why pick there? Lots of reasons, Guardamar is just ten minutes from our home, which has some of the best beaches in Europe and some really nice restaurants and shops. It´s where all the Spanish go on holiday, so that speaks for itself.  Guardamar has one of the largest Moors and Christians fiestas in Spain. Funny thing though, the Spanish all go there in August, so we don´t go there in August as it can be pretty busy and the beaches nearly full. But the rest of the year it´s a great place to go and relax on the white sandy beaches.

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Torrevieja is a big town with a fishing port and a very large marina. With Zenimar Boulevard close by, which is one of the biggest and most spectacular shopping centers in Europe with 365 day opening from early till late and a large selection of restaurants, you can spend a whole day shopping there no problem.

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Don´t forget the salt lakes, one of which is pink. Yes pink, you won´t believe your eyes and the Pink Flamingos in abundance. The World Health Organisation says it is one of the healthiest places on earth to live.

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You also have within 40 minutes the very large cities of Elche, Alicante and Murcia.  Nice to visit for the day and experience the Spanish way of life. You can go by bus, train or car and see the sites on the way there.  There are always street markets and fiestas for you to see.

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What about Quesada itself, close to all the facilities as mentioned and it has it´s own large water park, lots of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and pubs.  You are also very close to lots of small local Spanish villages also with lots of eating and drinking places. Quesada is close to everything including 30 minutes from Alicante Airport. Everything you need is minutes away from Quesada.

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“Costa Blanca” (White Coast).
Is the name of the 200 km long coastline . We find many wide sandy beaches as small coves and beautiful landscapes with palm groves, wetlands and several nature parks.

The climate, has over 300 days of sunshine every year and an annual average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, with lots of tourist facilities that can be found along the coast and some of the most fantastic beaches in Europe.

The name “Costa Blanca” was invented in 1957 by the airline “British European Airways”, which advertised their flights from the UK to Spain with this slogan. The name will not be surprising for anyone who has seen an aerial view of the coast from the air: the white sand beaches, rock formations and small villages with whitewashed houses form an impressive contrast to the deep blue Mediterranean sea.

In the northern part of the coast there is Denia, Javea, Calpe, with its massive rock formations, in the south of it there are the artist’s paradise Altea, Albir, as well as the touristic center of the coast, Benidorm, with incredible leisure facilities and nightlife. Passing Cala Finestrat and El Campello the way leads on to the capital of the province, Alicante and furthe South of Alicante there are Santa PolaGuardamar del SeguraTorrevieja and Pilar de Horadada. When hiring a car most of these towns and areas can be reached in just over one hour.  Giving you lots to see as well as lots of sandy beaches.

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What is the weather like in November in SPAIN?

Well today is the 9th of November and it is sunny with blue skies and temperature in the shade 24 and in the sun 32. Yes it is a nice day and over the next two weeks it is expected to stay nice and sunny.

When does it get cold?  That´s a good question as it changes every year, but normally our winter months are January, February and March. Even then it stays in the high 17/22 degrees but can drop to 10 at night and that feels very cold here.  Remember the drop is very big from 22 to 10 and your body feels it is colder than it really is.  It is more like Autum or Spring in the UK but not as cold and definitely not as wet.

Do we get snow or frost? Well in my 12 + years here I have only seen snow once and frost twice and it lasted all of 1 hour maximum. The Spanish kids loved it and the parents rushed them up to the high grounds were it lay for a few hours. Wow did they love it,  but up north in Spain i.e. Santander they can get a lot of snow in the hills.

Down south in Granada they have a ski resort but it is in the mountains and it can be 22 degrees in Granada and snow in the mountains, a strange feeling when you go up the ski lifts. Especially when you see the sunny weather in the distance.

We have been to Alicante in January and they are all sun bathing on the beech and you would honestly think it is summer.

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Hasta Luego
Harry

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