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Caminito Del Rey to be extended

Caminito Del Rey to be extended

This was announced in provincial celebrations in Monda by the president of the Malaga provincial government. The well-known and breathtaking natural attraction in El Chorro near Ardales currently covers seven kilometres, including the “daredevil” gorge side path as well as the surrounding woodland.

The proposed extension estimated to be between 5.5 and seven kilometres long, will turn the walk into a circular route so it starts and finishes at the same point. At the moment, the current route is linear and one-way, so transport is required to get back to the starting point.

This tourist attraction is a real draw into the area with higher visitor numbers each year for those who love thrills and nature. Just one of the many reasons to visit Spain and come a little inland to discover some of the countries real treasures.

The Caminito Del Rey (or “King’s Pathway”) was originally built in 1901 as part of king Alfonso XIII’s ambitious hydroelectric energy project to unify three rivers. It was re-opened after refurbishment in 2015 and the new path is genuinely like few other places on earth. At its highest, it’s the closest you can come to feeling like an action hero.

The provincial authority recently met with the regional minister for the Environment, José Fiscal, and the local councils involved (Álora, Ardales, Valle de Abdalajís, Antequera, Pizarra and Campillos) to get the project off the ground.

It was explained that the new section of the route would include more raised walkways around the mountainside and take visitors through beautiful natural spaces that are not normally accessible to walkers.

There was no fixed timeline given and the project will be carried out as soon as possible, although it was pointed out that the new section would not be as complex as the first one to build.

If this is something you’d like to experience, booking in advance is required as only 600 walkers, all wearing hard hats, are allowed up on any one day.

Spring in Seville

Spring in Seville

Compact, rich in history and famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, Seville is an ideal short break destination, especially in spring before temperatures rise.
Stay in the city’s old town and explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter and the breathtaking Alcázar Palace. Soak up the atmosphere on the banks of the Guadalquivir, and admire the views from the ancient cathedral tower and recently opened Parasol Metropol.
May is the perfect month to bask in Seville’s balmy spring sunshine and sweet scent of orange blossom. No trip to Seville would be complete without a visit to the famous Alcazar. Originally built as a Moorish fort, it’s a warren of tranquil courtyards, ornately tiled reception rooms and lush gardens. Enjoy the scents of the orange groves and 16th-century Jardin de las Damas with its beautiful fountains and bordered pathways.

Stroll through the cobbled streets and squares of the Santa Cruz area, formerly the Jewish quarter of medieval Seville. Tour the Museum of Flamenco where you will find an eclectic collection of costumes with audio-visual demonstrations of the dramatic movements and postures of this famed Spanish dance. There is an hour-long flamenco show here too.

Stroll through Maria Luisa Park to the vast, semi-circular Plaza de España where tiled alcoves represent each of Spain’s provinces. Take a walk along the banks of the Guadalquivir, past the 13th-century, dodecagonal military watchtower of Torre del Oro and cross the river to the lively Triana district.

For another glimpse into Spain’s past tour the cathedral, originally built as a mosque in the 12th century where you can climb the Giralda bell tower, formerly the minaret that boasts some superb photo opportunities.

Seville is a feast for the senses and May is the perfect time to enjoy the many cultural, historic and natural delights it offers.

Thinking of buying in Mijas Costa?

Thinking of buying in Mijas Costa?

Covering a 12 kilometre stretch of coastline, Mijas Costa includes the urbanisations of La Cala, Sitio de Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and Miraflores. Each of these is almost a village in its own right nowadays, each having a full range of amenities. There is a micro climate here that leaves the area bathed in sunshine and it is popular with tourists from all over Europe and therefore a perfect investment opportunity if you are looking to buy a property.

La Cala is just 25 minutes’ drive west from Malaga International Airport. It has a more traditional feel than anywhere else between Marbella and Fuengirola as it was a former fishing village and stretches into the hills behind leading into the golf fairways of La Cala Resort and Mijas Golf.

There are so many golf courses just on your doorstep here including Mijas Golf, El Chaparral and Miraflores and with more than 300 sunny days a year, if golf is your passion then you should play in Spain.

The commercial centre of La Cala village has all the amenities you’d need whether visitor or resident including supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops. There is a lovely weekly market here that is open in winter and bustling in during the spring and summer months.

Sitio de Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and Miraflores are large urbanisations made up of a full range of properties, including apartments, villas and townhouses. You can easily choose any property type and there will be something to suit your needs in these areas that suit those looking for a more relaxed pace of life than Marbella or Puerto Banus.

Starting at the beachside, where you find most of the areas bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shops – the urbanisations have spread up to the base of the mountain, giving spectacular views to the properties situated up there. Properties are definitely more affordable here, as this is not intended to be an exclusive area. It is excellent for families, retirees, and anyone wishing to get on the property ladder in the sunshine!

Mijas Costa is a great place to invest and buy property, whether you want to get in to the holiday rental business, or for those who would simply like a warmer home away from home. New and off plan developments in these areas are good investments so talk to one of our team today to find out more.

Spanish property prices rising

Spanish property prices rising

Housing price data published recently shows that Spanish property prices rose faster than EU and Eurozone averages in 2017 according to the data from Eurostat the EU statistics bureau.

Average property prices in Spain rose by 7.2% last year, compared with 4.5% in the EU and 4.2% in the Eurozone. This shows the property slump is over making buying a Spanish property a good investment. With the range of off-plan developments now being constructed offering favourable payment terms, you can also be assured of getting a contemporary home that will have the benefit of a guarantee.

The highest increases in residential property prices elsewhere in Europe in the last quarter of 2017 occurred in Ireland (11.8%), Portugal (10.5%) and Slovenia (10.0%). Italy in contrast, reported the biggest decrease when prices fell by 0.3%.During the last quarter of 2017 property prices grew the most in Slovenia (3.7%), Croatia (3.2%) and Cyprus (2.7%), compared with the previous quarters data. The biggest quarter-on-quarter decreases were reported in Sweden (2.8%), Denmark (1.7%), Belgium (0.4%) and Finland (0.3%).

We have seen a strong start to this year here at Bromley Estates where the modern and contemporary developments whether apartments or villas prove to be popular as second homes. The Spanish property market had a strong start to the year with prices growing by 3.8% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018 with Madrid reporting the most significant rise (17%), followed by Palma de Mallorca (14.7%), according to property valuation firm Tinsa.

According to the Instituto de Práctica Empresarial (IPE) house prices are forecast to grow across the country by an average figure of 6.1% this year meaning that whether you are looking to buy and rent out your property or just buy a second or third home – that property will be a real investment in a country with a fabulous climate that continues to draw in foreign visitors. Contact one of our team to see how we can help to choose the best location for the lifestyle you want.

Spring in Andalucia

Spring in Andalucia

Springtime is one of the best times of year as we shake off winter and embrace warmer weather. Here in Andalucia the weather and landscapes are perfect for exploring as temperatures rise but aren’t too warm to enjoy. Whether you love the beach, the mountains, plains and forests…you name it, Spain has it. Aromatic blossoms around the region spring into life and fill the air with fragrance.

It is the perfect time of year to enjoy a round or two of golf and spend the rest of the afternoon at a chiringuito on the beach relaxing and enjoying the warmth of the sun.
Everyone comes out of their winter hibernation and celebrates the arrival of spring as festivals, concerts and other special events begin around the region. Spring means that people gather to eat, drink, dance and enjoy the weather and their rich culture. On any given day, you can walk the streets and find people sitting outside of cafes or in the parks relishing the time of year.
Visiting Andalucia during the months of March, April or May you will find the weather, festivals and beaches less bustling than during the heated months of summer. If you love exploring then Spring is the perfect time to visit some of the historical and cultural sites in the region.

Head to Granada, to see the Alhambra palace, the Generalife gardens and the mediaeval Albaicín neighbourhood; in Cordoba, its historic centre with the great Mosque; in Seville, the cathedral, the Alcázar palace and the Indies Archive; and in Jaén, the monumental sites of Úbeda and Baeza.

Of course, a few days spent in Malaga can be the perfect antidote to a stressful life with its many museums and art galleries and if you need more, tantalise your tastebuds in an award-winning restaurant or a relaxing tapas bar, wander the marina and look at the yachts or shop till you drop.

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