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A Place In The Sun

Posted on by Peter Cossons

Sara DamergiTowards the end of last year I was contacted by the TV program “A Place in the Sun”, they told me they would be in the area with an English couple; Jo and Andy Green who were interested in buying a property. They gave me the basic information about what the client was looking for and asked me to come up with a few properties that would match their requirements. After discussing each property in detail we decided that the best option for the clients based on their budget would be this townhouse on Alhaurín Golf.  http://ideal-country-property.com/property/duplex-in-alhaurin-el-grande-th2009393/

Later that month Jo and Andy arrived with the show’s producer Kris Puri, a film crew and the presenter Sara Damergi.

Jo and Andy also viewed some other properties along the coast and in the nearby village of Mijas. The program gives a wonderful insight into the area, it was aired on Channel 4 in the UK on 21st January 2014, but you can see the section on Alhaurín el Grande right here:


Alhaurín Golf

As you will see on the program, Alhaurín Golf is set in spectacular scenery in the hills above the Costa del Sol, away from the madding crowds yet less than a 20 minute drive to the beach. There is an 18 hole course as well as a 9 hole par 3.

Alhaurín Golf Clubhouse

The development is low density with no more than 3 storey buildings, plenty of green zones and some fabulous landscaped gardens.

Townhouses Pool

Here is some local information including distances to local amenities:

2 minute walk to Hotel Alhaurín Golf with poolside café bar and restaurant “La Ventilla”.

Hotel Alhaurín Golf

5 minute walk to the roundabout where there is the BP petrol station with a mini market (fresh baked bread) and café, also the Spanish restaurant “Venta Los Morenos” and “The Boma” South African bar/restaurant.

10 minute walk to the club house bar and restaurant, open to the public.

2.5km to the crossroads at Alhaurín el Grande with tobacco shop/newsagent, hardware stores and a couple of cafes. https://goo.gl/maps/3HefB

It is a further 2km to the town centre and the Mercadona supermarket. https://goo.gl/maps/Ab7IU

Ayuntamiento Alhaurín

Alhaurín el Grande has loads of cafes, and some excellent restaurants; banks, lawyers, schools, clothes shops, shoe shops, fresh fish mongers, fruit and veg shops, butchers, (a ridiculous amount of bakers) and a market on Thursdays. There is an excellent health centre, public library, theatre and sports centre with 25m indoor pool.

To go slightly further afield:

9km (15mins) along a stunning scenic mountain road to Mijas Pueblo popular tourist village with plenty of restaurants and shops.  https://goo.gl/maps/y0fm7

16km on a superb new road to the beach at La Cala de Mijas https://goo.gl/maps/t6MYO There are several “Chiringuitos” (beach bars)

16km to major shopping centre and cinema complex with movies in English Click to visit Miramar Centre Website  https://goo.gl/maps/PB5pi

32km to Marbella centre https://goo.gl/maps/wEvrP

29km to Málaga airport https://goo.gl/maps/0QQMs

39km to Málaga historic centre. https://goo.gl/maps/GPZGQ Málaga is a fabulous city with so much to see including the Picasso Museum, Cervantes Theatre, Gibralfaro Castle, the new cruise ship terminal, marina and shopping centre. From Málaga there is a high speed train to Madrid, Cordoba, and Sevilla, which can all be done in day trips.

The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world; there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied.

In addition to the property that was featured on the show we also have these other fabulous bargains available on Alhaurín Golf.

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An International Málaga Native at the Masters

Posted on by Lidia Ocón García

One of our neighbours from the Costa del Sol is a very well-known famous golf player. I’m sure that you’ve heard of him; his name is Miguel Ángel Jiménez, from Churriana but living in Benalmádena.

He was born in Málaga on 5th January 1964 and has won four Ryder Cups as well as more than 20 professional golf awards.

His story of effort & overcoming the odds inspires me a lot as he began to work when he was only 15 years old, with his oldest brother Juan’s supervision, beginning as caddie and then on the practice range. In just three years he became part of the professional golf world (in 1982) but it wasn’t until 1985 when he finally decided to dedicate his life to professional golfing events.

He holds several records as well as a lot of awards & medals and he has even designed a 72-par golf course in the Czech Republic at the Prosper Golf Club and has been involved in assessing and remodelling the courses.


I had the opportunity to serve him as a customer several times when he came to fill up his new red Ferrari where I worked, and I did not even know it was him! He even let me take photos of me in his car, being a very approachable, humble and down-to-earth person.

Maybe you will bump into him shopping at the supermarket one day!

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Corrie Comes To Spain

Posted on by Christopher Russell Goodall

Missing your UK Soaps (or “Daytime Dramas” as I believe is the more politically correct term)? Now the ITV have the solution for those of you that live abroad and are having withdrawal symptoms from not getting your regular “Coronation Street” or “Emmerdale Fix”!

They offer single payment option for people on holiday that don’t want to miss their favourite soaps or a regular monthly payment option. Both cost a moderate 5.49€ and are only available for customers outside the UK, as UK residents can access the normal ITV Player.

ITV Packages

Here is just a selection of questions from the official Q&A page:

Which devices can I use?

ITV Essentials is available on a desktop/laptop PC or Mac and via the iPhone/iPad app which can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store. Once you have downloaded the app you will be able to watch on any of your devices.

Which shows can I watch abroad?

Your subscription to ITV Essentials allows you to watch some of your favourite ITV shows like Coronation Street and Emmerdale in selected countries across Europe.

Which devices can I use?

ITV Essentials is available on a desktop/laptop PC or Mac and via the iPhone/iPad app which can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store. Once you have downloaded the app you will be able to watch on any of your devices.

Where can I watch ITV Essentials?

You can watch ITV Essentials in any of the following countries – regardless of where you originally signed up – Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain.

I’m watching on an iPad/iPhone – can I use 3G/4G/mobile data?

No. You must be on wifi to watch the videos (although you can access and administer your account).

Is it legal?

100%! ITV Essentials is brought to you by ITV and it’s completely legal to use, unlike some other international streaming or download sites.

Will I get my shows on the same day as my pals back home?

You will! We aim to have all of our shows available on ITV Essentials the same day as broadcast and we aim to have Coronation Street and Emmerdale available at the same time as they’re being broadcast in the UK.

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My Ideal Coastal Property

Posted on by Ángel Sánchez García

The definition of Ideal according to the Cambridge English Dictionary is “perfect, or the best possible”. That’s what I found in my two first “Open Houses” that I visited in Marbella.

I’m one of the agents that specialises in coastal properties and part of my work is to try and gain access to every property available on the Costa del Sol. To do that we need to have the necessary contacts and always have a spot free in the calendar for viewing properties like the ones I have seen recently. Regarding those properties, I have only good things to say about the way the agents treated me and the quality of the first-hand information given to me.

Let’s have a look at the first one:

Las ChapasThis elegant and modern villa, south orientated and built in 2001, is situated in the prestigious Hacienda Las Chapas Urbanisation, very close to the best beaches in East Marbella. It is built with high quality materials and offers great privacy in the middle of a green oasis with sea & garden views.

The property consists of a two floors: the ground floor has an entrance hall, spacious living room with chimney, dining area and access to the large, covered terrace at the south end of the villa, leading to the swimming-pool & garden. The hall also has access to one bedroom with bathroom, a modern large kitchen with patio, a guest lavatory and a double garage. On the first floor there are three en-suite bedrooms, each with an open terrace. In the basement there are a storage room, large utility room, 2 bedrooms with access to the west terrace and one bathroom. The villa is surrounded by a tropical garden and a large swimming pool.

Other features include marble floors & bathrooms, double-glazed windows, oil-fired central underfloor heating, hot & cold air-conditioning, solar panels for hot water, electric underfloor heating in all bathrooms, internal & external alarm system, private well providing free water for irrigation system & pool, and a 24 hour security patrol.

The garden can be extended by buying the adjacent plot to the north and for sale. The sales price has been reduced from € 1,650,000 to €1,175,000

And now for the second one:

Los BelvederesA fantastic opportunity to acquire a large & spacious duplex apartment in need of modernising, situated in the prestigious community of Los Belvederes, a small & exclusive urbanisation in an elevated position situated in a quiet Cul-de-Sac in the Nueva Andalucía Golf Valley.

The community is one of the most interesting of its kind; built in an Andalusian style but with no two apartments being the same. The accommodation consists of a large living room leading to a magnificent terrace with fantastic panoramic views, two bedrooms (one of them en-suite), guest cloakroom, kitchen and separate utility room. Stairs lead down to the third bedroom suite which is extremely private. The community has sunny pools, tennis court, gymnasium, well maintained landscaped tropical gardens and 24h security service.  The current price is €349,000.

Los Belvederes

So now you know, two spectacular options, for different tastes and for different budgets. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to visit them!

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A Different Way to Travel the World

Posted on by Yolanda Rueda Paneque

I would like to share with you all a photography project that I found very interesting. Maybe some of you have already heard of it, as I think it has been in newspapers and on TV. For those who don’t know about it, here you have a brief presentation. I am sure that you will like it as much as I do and you will start following it!

The creator of this project is Murad Osmann, a very famous Russian photographer who travels around the world with his girlfriend, the supermodel Natalia Zakharova. The interesting thing about it is not that they have been all over the world (which for me is very exciting in itself), but rather the way they show it in their photos. It all started in 2011 in Barcelona and since then Murad has been taking pictures of the most famous places in the word literally “hand in hand” with his girlfriend and uploading them to his Instagram account.

All the pictures have exactly the same shape. Colours are very bright and backgrounds go from the most emblematic places in the world to the most unknown & exotic ones. Click on the link below to see some of them. ENJOY! http://instagram.com/muradosmann

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The Best Place in the World to Live!

Posted on by Lidia Ocón García

The British Newspaper “The Telegraph” has chosen Andalucía as the best place in the world to live in its Top 20 list, competing with 20 other areas, most notably Paris (5th place), Tokyo (7th) and Amsterdam (11th). Of course we already know how fortunate we are to live here but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded! In their list there are also parts of the Caribbean Islands and Barbados but Andalucía comes first because it has everything (or “tó” as they say in Andalucian Spanish) and with a very high standard!

For example, these are the 5 most visited places in our region:

La Alhambra (Granada)1. La Alhambra (Granada)

La Mezquita (Córdoba)2. La Mezquita (Córdoba)

La Giralda (Sevilla)3. La Giralda (Sevilla)

La Alcazaba (Almería)4. La Alcazaba (Almería)

Plaza de España (Sevilla)5. Plaza de España (Sevilla)


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New ICP Billboard Poster in Coín

Posted on by Christopher Russell Goodall

With the addition of our new staff member and the fact that the old poster was looking worse-for-wear, we have had a new poster designed. You can see it in place at the Michelin roundabout in Coín. This time we have opted for a summer group photo to brighten up the roundabout a bit, seeing as summer is not far away. Hopefully be able to recognise us all next time you visit us at our office.

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Driving Licences In Spain

Posted on by Sharon Cossons

To drive a vehicle in Spain you need to obtain the appropriate permits and licences authorising you to drive a particular type of vehicle for a certain length of time. When that period expires, you will need to renew your documentation.

In Spain, as in other countries, there are various types of driving licence depending on what kind of vehicle you want to drive (motorbike, private car, truck, and so on). Sometimes, you need to hold one class of licence already in order to obtain another, for example, to drive more powerful or heavier vehicles.  There are also certain age limits for driving more powerful vehicles or those that are more difficult to handle.

The basic requirements for obtaining the appropriate driving licence or permit in Spain are as follows:

- You need to be the established legal age for that particular permit or licence
- You must pass the theory or practical tests
- You must pass the appropriate psycho-technical aptitude tests
- Other additional requirements: in some cases, you will need to have held a previous class of permit or licence, or you may need to have held a licence for a certain period of time.

In Spain, driving permits and licences are issued by provincial and local traffic headquarters [Jefaturas Provinciales y Locales de Tráfico] once they have checked that you fulfil the mental and physical requirements and you have demonstrated that you have the knowledge, skills, aptitude and behaviour required. The main classes of permits or licence are:

Permit AM for mopeds and vehicles for people with reduced mobility: 15 years (a moped driver may not carry a passenger until the age of 18)

Permit A1 (motorbikes with a maximum power of 11kW and an engine up to 125cc): 16 years

Permit A2 (motorbikes with a maximum power of 35kW a power-to-weight ratio of under 0.2kW/kg): 18 years

Permit A (all motorbikes, with at least 2 years experience driving motorbikes of category A1 vehicles): 20 years

Permit B (vehicles with a maximum weight of 3,500 Kg and with a maximum of 9 seats): 18 years

Permit C (vehicles with weight over 3,500 Kg): 21 years

Permit D (vehicles for the transport of passengers): 24 years

Spain has agreements with a large number of countries, so by fulfilling a series of requirements and completing certain paperwork, you can hand over your foreign licence and get a Spanish one. Licences issued in the following countries can be exchanged, in accordance with the terms of the agreement in place:

- EU countries, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
- Andorra, Korea, Japan and Switzerland – Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Morocco, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, El Salvador, Philippines, Guatemala, Serbia, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine and Macedonia

Licence Renewal

A licence must be renewed at the Provincial Traffic Headquarters (Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico) of the holder’s province of residence before its validity lapses. If the address on the licence is current, the licence holder should receive a letter advising them of the renewal date (aviso de caducidad del permiso o licencia de conduccion). Application may be made in person or by post. When applying by post, it is advisable to keep copies of all the documents sent.

The licence will need regular renewal; a standard Spanish driving licence for a private car or bike is valid for ten years when the holder is under 65 years of age, and every five years from the age of 65 on. Different conditions apply for passenger bus and heavy duty vehicle licences. Residents of Spain who hold a non-Spanish EU/EEA licence must renew their driving licence according to Spanish renewal periods.

Documentation Required

  • Completed application form issued by the Provincial Traffic Office
  • The licence to be renewed
  • Photocopy (and original) of a Spanish identity card, residence permit (residencia) or a copy of the passport along with the NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero)
  • Proof of address in Spain (empadronamiento) dated within 3 months of the date of application
  • Certificate of aptitude issued by the Authorised Drivers Check Centre (Centro de Reconocimiento de Conductores Autorizado) of the province of residence of the applicant with a recent photograph. The local centre in Alhaurín el Grande is http://www.policlinicalacibis.es/
  • Two recent photographs (32 x 25 mm) taken at the same time as the one on the aptitude certificate

Information taken from: www.dgt.es

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It’s Not All Work!

Posted on by Yolanda Rueda Paneque

Without a doubt, one of the best things we have in Ideal Country Property is the good working atmosphere and this is very important both in and outside of the office.

Last weekend, my colleague & friend Kelly and I spent three days in Barcelona. We have been planning this little trip for some months. It wasn’t supposed to be the typical weekend for tourism: we were going to the concert of one of our favourite singers: Beyoncé. During this tour, she had only one date in Spain, so we had to be quick to get our tickets in time!

yoli-kelly-barcelonaIf I need to choose a word to describe our weekend, I would say it was COMPLETE, because we did a bit of everything. We have been visiting the most important places in Barcelona, we enjoyed the sun (and we had some rain as well), we enjoyed the meal and the most “exciting” thing: we camped in the queue the night before the concert to get the best place in the stadium! (Hopefully we did. We were just 5 metres away from the stage.) It was quite an interesting experience that we had never done before. It was freezing and we didn’t have a tent, unlike most of the people there, so we had to create our own tent with a clothes drier and some blankets! I think these are the kind of things that bring friends closer together.

I loved the idea of spending some days together outside the office and I am sure we will look for some other adventures like this one over the coming months!

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Pine Caterpillars – A Dog’s Worst Nightmare

Posted on by Lidia Ocón García

They are called Pine Processionary Caterpillars and you’ve more than likely seen dozens of them parading across a pine forest path. This natural spectacle not only catches our eyes but those of dogs too. The more curious ones can even lose their lives in an attempt to find out what these funny worms taste like.

Thaumetopea-pityocampaCaterpillars are always around but at this time of year they often come into contact with humans & their pets. In the early spring, warming temperatures provoke their natural instinct to bury themselves in the ground. Caterpillars come down from their nests (those white balls in the pines) and crawl across the ground looking for a place to bury themselves and make a chrysalis, later to emerge in July as beautiful butterflies. They move about in a chain, led by the female, and would be an extremely easy prey to predators if they weren’t poisonous.

That’s where the problem for dogs begins (or anything that touches them, including humans). The caterpillars are covered with hairs that when touched, release a toxin that is devastating to the dogs who sniff them. The Canillas Veterinary Clinic in Madrid says that this year they have found a rise in such cases. They are treating one dog per day. It all begins with dog scratching its mouth, as if it was trying to remove something from its tongue, and it starts salivating profusely. At that point it is best to seek a vet’s help straight away. “They can even die” explains Vet Juan Luis Segado.

The caterpillar produces several injuries in dogs, mainly due to an allergic shock. The tongue, mouth, throat & stomach become inflamed to the extent that the dog can no longer breathe and thus dies. In most cases this does not happen because a veterinarian steps in, but the tongue where the dog has licked the caterpillar becomes necrotic (the tissue dies off) and some even lose their entire tongue.

Vets recommend that the owners take their animal to a clinic as soon as it starts showing the symptoms, but beforehand they should wash its mouth thoroughly with plenty of water to dilute the effect of the stings. If you are in the middle of the countryside or nowhere near a clinic, specialists may prescribe medication in the form of a tablet or injection that some owners take with them in case of an accident.

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