Harry in Spain

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Spanish Life

Why do so many British choose Spain to live. Is it the 320 days of sunshine on average every year? There are lots of different reasons but most are in deed the climate and the dry hot weather. Some say the laid back living, healthy lifestyle, low cost of living and the friendly Spanish people.
We came to Spain almost ten years ago and we have been to a Spanish wedding, christening, birthday parties and unfortunately a Spanish funeral. We try our best to integrate into the Spanish way of life.  Margaret my wife speaks Spanish but I am still struggling with the language. It is not as easy to learn as most people think but I can communicate and enjoy speaking to the locals who are always pleased to help you when they know you are trying. Some people come and don’t learn anything other than ordering a drink, this displeases the Spanish people and they are correct as it is their country.
There are positives and negatives.
First the positives. The fruit and vegetables are fresh and cheap and usually don’t have any additives or preservatives, these are usually purchased at the local markets, which can be found in most small villages and towns everyday of the week. The Spanish eat a lot of fresh fish and most restaurants serve fish daily along with a glass of red wine usually.
Eating out can be far cheaper than the UK,  The climate is excellent with the sun virtually guaranteed every day, of course there is rain, which you need for the farmers to grow crops. BBQ is common at weekends and you smell the cooking from the BBQ no matter were you go at weekends. Sunday is a family day in Spain and is still very religious with most shops closed.
The health system is second to none with new modern hospitals and clinics everywhere and pensioners and those with a health card (SIP) have treatment free. I personally can vouch for how good the health service is as I had a serious illness and was in a hospital for 5 days and I was very impressed by the treatment I received.
So what do we have? Longer daylight hours in the winter, better lifestyle, cost of living cheaper, less stress, health eating, climate, health system, less crime, nice people and the beaches and countryside is beatifull.  The video below shows what is Spanish Life.

Next blog, the negatives about living in Spain and why so many are selling up and leaving 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