Harry in Spain

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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 life in Spain like?

When we came here 13 years ago there was a mas migration of Brits to Spain, either purchasing to reside here in Spain or purchasing as a holiday home.  House prices were cheap due to the value of the pound and cost of living here was also inexpensive. And of course we had the sun (over 300 days a year on average) and white sandy beaches. Life was good here with the only problem being the language and communicating with the Spanish residents. Of course everyone speaks English? not likely and why should they, it is Spain and they do speak Spanish,  Yes a lot of people speak English but not the important ones,IE. Police, town hall, people not in tourist areas etc.

There was not much in the way of UK shopping for food or clothes etc but now you can buy nearly everything you can get in the UK.  Even UK newspapers the same day as release in the UK. There are also lots of restaurants who serve UK food but still serve Spanish cuisine if you wish. It is always cheaper to buy Spanish foods and goods .  You can also receive UK television as well as TV from anywhere in the world including Sky Sports etc.  This was not available when we first came to Spain, Spanish TV or nothing, ha ha.

Health care here is second to none and unfortunately I have experienced it personally.  They are very caring and family oriented care with no large wards or waiting in corridors to get a bed.  Crime,  there are opportunist crime here like stealing of handbags and personal items but not a lot of serious crimes, like murder, armed robbery, bank robberies etc. Perhaps in the big cities like Madrid and Barcelona but we have not witnessed it around the Costa Blanca.  But remember you still must be careful and don´t leave things lying about, like cameras and mobile phones. You would not do it in the UK so don´t do it here.

The weather obviously is much warmer than the UK all the year round with not much of a winter at all.  Now and again you will see the newspapers making statements that it is warmer in the UK than Spain.  Ha ha , perhaps for a few hours or one day a year?  Can you honestly say you swam in the sea and it was not cold at all.  Unfortunately now the prices although still cheaper are not as cheap as it used to be although eating out here is far cheaper.  Car fuel is cheaper by about 20% but catching up all the time.

Anyway it is April 19th and the beaches are filling up and people are already in their pools swimming but still a bit cool for me. Last week temperatures reached the high 20 s +, not bad for April.  One thing I will mention is the Brits don´t like August here as it can be a bit to warm reaching the 40 s. In fact some go back to the UK during August, rain or no rain.  But if you are on holiday, the warmer the better. So come on over and enjoy yourself s, it´s a lovely country and even lovelier people. Remember to bring a phrase book for Spanish as you might meet my wife who speaks Spanish,  ha ha.

Hasta Luego

Harry In Spain.

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In Crevillent,  history, legend and spectacle came together in a celebration full of sparkle and fantasy to commemorate events that took place in the 13th century.

The festival of Moors and Christians is one of the most important events of the year in Crevillent. The festival dates back to the 16th century and commemorates a battle which was fought in 1276. This was when there were many Muslim-held territories of Spain. There were frequent skirmishes between the two factions until, on 23 April 1276, the Christian army won the battle, forcing the Muslims to retreat and never to return.

 

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Every year all over Spain the towns are decked out in the style of the Middle Ages to celebrate the events. On the  day, there is a spectacular procession of Moors and Christians: the different groups that make up each army march majestically through the streets resplendently attired in their elaborate costumes. Thousands  of people take part in this highly popular event.

 

 

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Crevillent holds many such parades during the one week celebration, these being so large that the parades are split into different days. One for the Moors and another for the Christians Then finally a battle in the streets with both sets enacting the battle which took place, guns and canons can be heard for miles. I am assured that no one is hurt during the battle.  The streets are lined with thousands of families from great granddad to the great grand child and visitors come from all parts of the world to se this noisy and colourful event.

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