Harry in Spain

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Novelda is located in the south of Valencia region.at 241 meters above sea level. Novelda has always been a center of communication between the coast and the”Meseta” the interior of Spain, this together with the agricultural and cattle resources, was the basis for the ancient settlement.
Nowadays, Novelda is a very dynamic and modern city, whilst still retaining its modernist heritage.  The city has many beautiful town squares, parks and a busy market place, this together with the rich local gastronomy and the region industry, which includes, grapes, saffron, marble and wine production, makes this friendly town a very interesting place to visit.

St Mary Magdalene’s Sanctuary is a typical religious and modernist building, which was designed by Jose Sala Sala, who was born in Novelda, and at the time was very much influenced by Catalonian modernism.
The Sanctuary is characterised by the peculiar ground-plan simulating a pitcher and symbolic materials, all originating from this area. The outside of the building is decorated with modernist motifs, ceramics, bricks and polychrome painted tiles, which make this building an icon of European Modernism.
The construction of the temple, in honour to St Mary Magdalene, took almost 30 years, and is situated on La Mola’s hill, 3 km from the town centre and along the Valle of the Vinalopo. This emblematic place is a symbol of the city.

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On the beach in Spain can be great fun and good for topping up the tan.
On Monday 20th of August we went to Guardamar beach at the busiest time of the year as that is when all the Spanish from Madrid and other parts of Spain holiday in Guardamar.
Lifeguards were on duty to help swimmers in difficulty.

Guardamar, also known as Guardamar del Segura (and very often mis-spelt in a variety of ways; Guadamar, Gaurdamar, Guardamer, Guadarmar, Guardarmar, Guardarma and Guradamar), is a typical Spanish town which not only has some of the best beaches in Spain, it also has an excellent street market every Wednesday morning and some brilliant shops, bars and restaurants.
We were surprised to learn no matter how early you got to the beach it was always busy. Even at 9pm in the evening the beach was still bustling with swimmers, line dancing, volley ball and other water and beach sports. There was also lots of topless bathers and the latest craze men with man-kinis ( a bikini for men leaving nothing to the imagination) what on earth is this all about.  (no pictures don’t want baned).
Guardamar is the best beach we have ever been on. It is clean with lovely sand, stretches for miles. Has lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Above all it has lots of lifeguards on hand to give assistance if requiered.  It is busy but not as busy as the likes of Benidorm.  My 20 month old grand daughter loved it, especially the sand and the waves. The only cautious note is do not touch the jelly fish as they give a nasty sting.
Even though we live just 15 minutes from the beach it has been two years since we were last on a beach, it won’t be that long again as we had a great day. We even visited the beach one evening at 9pm and Holly and her dad went for a swim and said the water was very warm. Me? I went for a paddle. Someone has got to take the photos.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and live healthy and happy.

Hasta Luego

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Algar Water Falls

We had a trip to Algar Falls, heard a lot about them but in our nine years in Spain never visited them.  The journey was less than one and a half hours to the falls and the weather was very hot and sunny.  We never took any swim wear as we did not know what to expect when we got there. Perhaps on hind-site we should have taken swim gear.

The Algar Falls locally known as the Les Fonts de L’Algar or Fuentes Algar are located on the Algar River near Callosa on the Costa Blanca in Spain. If you are a tourist staying in the sea side resorts of Benidorm, Altea, Calpe and Villajoyosa then The Algar Falls make for a good day out as they are only a short thirty minute drive away. The Algar Falls Benidorm have been featured on an episode of the popular television series Bendidorm.

When we arrived at the Algar Falls we had to pay to park the car as well as a small fee of €4 to enter the park which is used to maintain the bridges and trails throughout the natural reserve. It is quite a hike up some steep steps so sturdy foot wear instead of flip flops are more suitable. Once we had reached the falls and the pools you can relax and just enjoy the scenery. The whole Algar Falls area is protected and there is a large amount of plants, herbs and trees in this natural park.

You can take a picnic or a barbeque in the designated areas in the park and swim in the pools of the Algar Falls too which remain refreshingly cool even in the heat of the summer.

You can even set up camp at the Algar Falls. Restaurants at the Algar Falls offer a full range of menus. The nearest of the restaurants is the Font del Moro Restaurants which is located at the first lot of waterfalls. Additionally there are the Algar de Don Juan Casa Marces, La Cascada and Casa Marcos which are located along the road side with car parks for cars and coach tours which frequently visit the area.

Even though we did not swim in the Falls, we had a good time, I asked some adult swimmers how was the water and they said fresh to cold, but they were all enjoying themselves.It’s worth the small entrance fee and as long as your reasonably fit the walk and the stairs are easy to climb.