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The Alicante province is once again the leader in terms of quality beaches, having been awarded more Blue Flags than any other area in Spain with awards for 62 beaches, 13 marinas, 4 routes and 7 schools.

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Across the 19 municipalities that make up the Costa Blanca there were 71 candidates for the awards, with 62 Blue Flags being granted, whereas there are 125 Blue Flag beaches across the region and 586 in the whole of Spain.

Once again, Orihuela has the largest number of individual beaches to have been awarded Blue Flags with 8 beaches recognised, whereas Torrevieja retained their 5.

The inspections were carried out last summer and so it is worth remembering that although many of the current governments will be praising themselves for having achieved the quality standards in beach and water cleanliness, these accreditations were achieved prior to the last elections, and so it is next year when the true picture of any new management will be revealed.

Meanwhile, Orihuela´s costal councillor has this week revealed that the work to repair the walkways at Cala Capitán will commence immediately, with a Catalan company being awarded the 280 thousand euro contract, with all of the work set to be completed and the walkways reopened before 15 July.

The beaches awarded blue flags are:

Alicante

· Sant Joan

· L’Albufereta

· El Postiguet

· Saladar (Urbanova)

Altea

· La Roda

· Cap Blanc

Benidorm

· Llevant

· Mal Pas

· Ponent

Benissa

· Cala Fustera

Calp

· La Fossa

· Cantal Roig

· Arenal Bol

Denia

· Les Bovetes

· Les Marines

· Molins

· Les Rotes

· Punta Raset

El Campello

· Carrer de la Mar

· Mutxavista

Elche

· El Altet

· Arenales del Sol (Sur)

· La Marina

· Carabassí

· Les Pesqueres-El Rebollo

Finestrat

· La Cala

Guardamar

· La Roqueta

· Centre

· El Moncaio

L’Alfàs del Pi

· Racó de L’Albir

La Vila Joiosa

· Varadero

· Centro

· La Caleta

· Bon Nou

· Paradís

Orihuela

· Punta Prima

· Cala Flamenca

· Cala Bosque (La Zenia)

· La Caleta (Cabo Roig)

· Cala Capitán (Cabo Roig)

· Aguamarina

· Campoamor

· Barranco Rubio

· Cala Estaca

Pilar de la Horadada

· Mil Palmeras

· Jesuitas

· Conde

Santa Pola

· Calas del Este

· Varador

· Llevant

· El Tamarit

· Calas Santiago Bernabéu

Teulada

· El Portet

· L’Ampolla

· Les Platgetes

Torrevieja

· El Cura

· Los Náufragos

· Cala Piteras

· Los Locos

· La Mata (Sur)

Xàbia

· La Grava

· L’Arenal

· La Granadella

New townhouses next to Andratx Golf Course. Just 50 metres to Camp de Mar Beach!

Camp de Mar Beach – Puerto Andratx (Mallorca) (Mallorca – Ibiza)

New spectacular sea front houses at Cala Magrana. This unique cliff side location, with its panoramic sea views, is just a short walk from Cala Anguila beach. Last units !

  • New 2 and 3 bed townhouses
  • Next to the beach and Andratx Golf, one of the most exclusive places in Mallorca
  • Located in the heart of Camp de Mar
  • Communal gardens and a large swimming pool
  • Air conditioning & underfloor heating
  • Exterior parking spaces
  • Close to all amenities

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First line townhouses with panoramic sea views

Cala Magrana Mar – Porto Cristo (Mallorca) (Mallorca – Ibiza)

Luxury 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses for sale on Andratx Golf Course, one of the most exclusive places in Mallorca and just 50 metres from Camp de Mar beach.

  • Last units. Key Ready: July 2016
  • 3 bed first line townhouses at Cala Magrana
  • Panoramic sea views
  • 600 metres from Cala Anguila beach
  • Infinity communal swimming pool and garden
  • Close proximity to golf courses and the marina of Porto Cristo
  • Quality finishes, furnished kitchen, solarium, utility room, air conditioning, underfloor heating

 

IRISH no-frills specialists Ryanair will increase their presence in Malaga by 43 per cent this winter.

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From late October the company will offer 160 weekly flights, linking the Costa del Sol with 42 international destinations including new routes to Glasgow and Belfast.

Spokesman Jose Espartero said: “We are delighted to present our Malaga calendar for the 2016 winter season, which will allow us to transport four million passengers and maintain around 3,000 jobs at Malaga airport.”

In addition, Espartero confirmed that the low-cost carrier will continue to connect Malaga with major domestic destinations and major European business centres, with daily flights to Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and London.

“This way we will contribute to converting Malaga into an ideal option for business and pleasure.”

As the UK celebrates the news of a mini heatwave this week, with temperatures hotter than the Balearics, it seems the majority of Brits are still not convinced and are looking for more guaranteed sunshine overseas.

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Spain’s prime location puts it at the top of the list as its year of record breaking tourism is set to continue. The most recent figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) show that 4.82 million tourists visited Spain in March, with UK visitors increasing by 25% in comparison to the same month last year.

The UK remains the largest single market for international tourism in Spain, accounting for 23.1% of all visitors in March. However, these latest figures highlight one area in particular that recorded the most significant growth. Welcoming 678,000 international tourists in March, the Balearic Islands witnessed an impressive increase of 39.3% when compared with 2015’s numbers, as they become a sought after holiday destination.

Confident in Mallorca’s growing popularity as a summer hotspot for tourists, British airline carrier easyJet have revealed Palma de Mallorca as their first ever seasonal base. From March to October 2017, there will be three aircraft based at the Spanish airport. Recent figures from Aena show that easyJet carried double the amount of passengers at the airport in 2015 compared with 2004 and this investment in the island’s airport highlights the positive expectations for its future.

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, has a beautiful selection of properties on the island, with something to suit each individual buyer. Experiencing a rise in demand for property in Mallorca, Taylor Wimpey España have expanded their sun kissed portfolio further with the new Bahia Sant Pere. This newest development is a Mediterranean-inspired residential complex situated in the traditional north east coastal village of Colonia de Sant Pere, perfect for those wanting a more rural setting for their second home.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey España, is excited by easyJet’s commitment to Mallorca as a holiday destination and what it could bring to the island. He explains,

“easyJet’s decision emphasises Mallorca’s presence as a primary destination of choice for international tourists and will provide a greater level of access for those wanting to explore all that the island has to offer. As demand continues to grow we are determined to provide an array of high quality properties in locations that reflect the best of Mallorca’s culture, culinary creations and coastline.”

Less than an hour from Palma’s international airport, and only a short distance from the local fishing port and Mallorca’s golden coastline, Bahia Sant Pere is comprised of two and three bedroom apartments. From just €189,000 +VAT all apartments have two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen with breakfast bar and the use of a private parking space. Each resident will have access to the development’s two swimming pools and luscious communal gardens.

Known for its outstanding natural beauty, the village of Colonia de Sant Pere allows visitors to experience the more rustic side of Mallorca, being the perfect location to enjoy both the stunning landscape of the mountains of the Peninsula de LLevant Natural Park and the beautiful coast with the white sandy beach of Sa Canova.

Having just played host to a legion of Roman´s during last week´s event on the Vista Alegre, this week sees Torrevieja taken over by a more traditional, albeit southern influenced fiesta, the Feria de Mayo, or May Fair.

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There will be almost thirty venues housed in the marquees in the port area, all celebrating the Sevillana fiesta through music, dance, food and drink.

Wednesday evening sees the inauguration of the fiesta, with traditional music and song on the stage, a dance spectacular, an appearance by the Ritmo del Sur group, and a large fireworks display.

The entertainment continues on Thursday and Friday with more music and dance in the evening, and on Saturday the very popular parade of horses and carriages takes to the fair ground, as music and song continues throughout the day.

The horses continue to parade on Sunday, with more music and dance, before the event closes at midnight.

The centre of Torrevieja is likely to be busy for this event, although there are a number of car parks available within walking distance. The busiest times tend to be early afternoon and then into the evening, and so for a quieter experience, the traditional siesta time is always a favourite.