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ALICANTE

Located in the middle of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Spanish east coast. The many golf courses, along with the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean Sea, are part of the appeal of this beautiful harbour city (and capital of the province Alicante), which sits at the foot of the Castle of Santa Barbara; a silent witness to the numerous civilisations to have settled here. When it comes to Alicante's delicious cuisine, rice takes a central stage, cooked in a million different ways.

 

Alicante is an area of deeply rooted traditions, such as the Moors and Christians festivities, the most popular in Levante. The other festivity is Noche de San Juan (the Night of Saint John) on the 24th of June. The main features of this festivity are the bonfires.

Some of Alicante’s best tourist attractions are its excellent beaches. Year after year they receive the Blue Flag award by the European Union, which earns them well deserved international recognition. This includes San Juan beach, the Cabo de las Huertas coves, Almadraba beach, Albufereta beach, Postiguet beach and Saladares-Urbanova beach. We also highlight Agua Amarga Doggy Beach and the accessibility services provided on beaches. Worth mentioning is the Parador de Jávea (Javea Inn), located in this gorgeous city, north of the Costa Blanca.

The liveliness of Alicante continues all throughout the year, this city being a great tourist centre. Part of the reason for this are the dozen golf courses with excellent views to the Mediterranean for extra enjoyment of this beautiful sport.

 

In Alicante there are numerous natural treasures that are very much worth a visit. Midway between Alcoi and Ibi, in Sierra of Menejador, is the Carrascal de la Font Roja Nature Reserve. Also of great environmental importance are the Nature Reserves of El Fondo, Mata and Torrevieja Lagoons, Montgó, Penyal d’Ifac, Santa Pola Salt Marshes and the Pego-Oliva Fen. In the interior of the province lies the city of Elche and its palm tree grove, declared World Heritage.

 

However the visit would not be complete without trying the delicious rice dishes, cooked in many different, original ways around these parts: arroz a banda (rice with fish), arroz negro ("black rice", with cuttlefish), arroz al horno (baked rice), etc. The seafood is also incomparable. For dessert, nothing beats pan de higo (fig bread, a paste made of dried figs), turrón (a sweet similar to nougat, made of toasted almonds, honey and sugar) and Jijona ice cream. These dishes go very well with wines with Designation of Origin-Alicante, the prestigious seal of quality and origin, given in Spain to select wines and products and among which Fondillón stands out, an old fruit liqueur, excellent for dessert.

ANDALUSIA

The Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) means sunshine and blue skies. Long beaches of fine blond sand bathed in the Atlantic Ocean. It means traditional cuisine, culture, fiestas, pilgrimages, protected nature areas, water sports, golf, etcetera. This is the Costa de la Luz, and it stretches along the coastlines of Cadiz and Huelva in southern Andalusia.

The main resorts in the province of Huelva, starting at the Portuguese border in western direction, are the beaches of HuelvaIsla CanelaIsla CristinaIslantilla, La Antilla, Cartaya Beaches; El Rompido and Nuevo PortilPunta Umbría and Matalascañas, which is adjacent to the Doñana National Park.


Here, on the opposite bank of the river Guadalquivir, start the beaches of the province of CadizRotaEl Puerto De Santa MaríaChiclanaConil De La FronteraZahara de los AtunesPlaya de Bolonia and Tarifa, the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.

The Costa de la Luz has remained untouched by mass tourism in many places and is an almost virgin paradise. There are also several nature reserves along the coast, including Doñana, the largest national park in Spain.

You can make the most of the trip to visit Sanlúcar de Barrameda and have a dip on one of the local beaches, such as Bajo de Guía, where the traditional horse races are held every August. They are designated Fiesta of International Tourist Interest.

Golf by the sea. This area has world famous facilities, which have even hosted prestigious tournaments such as the Ryder Cup. There are a range of highly varied courses to be found on a short distance from each other. For example, in the 20 kilometres between La Línea and Sotogrande, you will find seven different courses.

 

The Costa de la Luz proves, thanks to the fresh wind and mild climate all year round (even in winter), to be ideally suited for all types of water sports such as sailing, surfing and paragliding.

Tarifa is a windsurfing Mecca. The beaches of Tarifa, in the province of Cadiz, are the chosen destination for thousands of people from many different countries who come to do windsurfing and kite surfing. This is the setting for World Championship events, and tends to have a lively atmosphere. You can usually see hundreds of brightly coloured sails and kites flying across the water. Have a stroll along the beaches at Valdevaqueros and Los Lances and enjoy the spectacle. Other sports with a long tradition in the area are scuba diving and underwater fishing in the waters off Chipiona, Chiclana de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa María and the Bay of Bolonia. Here you will also find the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Baelo Claudia.

 

These are a few of the options available on the Costa de la Luz, but they are not the only ones. The list is almost endless: naturist holidays in Caños de Meca and Zahora; family fun on the beaches of Moguer and Palos de la Frontera; delicious local shellfish and seafood to be tried at any of the region's fishing villages…

TENERIFE

Tenerife is the biggest and most important of the 7 islands that form “Canary Islands” and the largest in infrastructure, not only for tourists but for residents. The island is approximately 87 km from north to south and 45 km from west to east. Right in the middle you can find the tallest mountain of Spain, which is the amazing volcano Teide and its “cañadas”. With 3718 meters it is one of the biggest attractions of the island.
 

The combination of Alisios winds, the chain of mountains and currents of the Atlantic ocean, makes the south coast a permanent spring/summer weather all year long. The rest of the island has 15 different microclimates.
 

The main touristic area in the south goes from Los Gigantes to El Medano. That includes 3 town halls: Guia de Isora, Adeje and Arona. Costa Adeje and Las Americas, in Arona, are the most popular places with the most exclusive hotels, shops, and best beaches.

 

The island offers all kind of entertainment and sports including Siam Park (chosen by Trip Advisor as best water park in the world) and Aqualand (for smaller kids and families).

 

Also “Loro Parque” foundation and “Jungle Park", both specialized in animal rescue and conservation of species (chosen as best zoos in Europe as well). 

Around the island you can find excursions to watch whales and dolphins, paragliding, trekking, snorkeling, diving (day or night) , Teide volcano experience day or night, private yachts excursions, submarine, kayak tours, horse riding, quads, fishing and any other water sports you can imagine. Also there are trips to La Gomera and El Hierro, islands very close to Tenerife. 

 

But the island has another amazing attraction that brings the most exclusive tourism all year long: Nine professional golf courses plus one more course in La Gomera, just 30 minutes away by ferry boat.

Tenerife also has great restaurants (some with Michelin stars) and the best night clubs: Magic, Papagayo, Hard Rock hotel... 

Tenerife has property for sale from small apartments to the biggest and most exclusive villas in the best required areas surrounded by the best beaches, golf courses, touristic attractions and beach clubs.

For all these reasons and many more, if you are an investor and want to have a fully booked property, these are the areas where you should be looking at. 

Either small apartments, big town houses or exclusive villas are for sale.

Obviously these areas are not cheap as land here is very precious, but the return is incredibly good, besides you would have a second home in the European Caribbean with great weather all year long and 5 million tourists a year.

 
 
 

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