Valencia’s Attractions

Valencia’s Festivities

Between March 12 and March 19, the worldwide capital of the paella, Valencia, becomes for a few days in the fire town of all the Mediterranean because it celebrates the famous Fallas.

Everybody knows that this party was originated by the craftsmen of this zone, specially carpenters. Its origin is relatively simple, it was just the burning of the remains of the carpenter’s workshops.Fallas-Valencia-02

Thanks to the Valencian people inventiveness these remains were agglutinated year after year acquiring human features till the point of representing popular neighborhood characters, so that the famous falleros artists were born.

Minibus Transfers from Malaga to Valencia

The big sculptures made of paper and cardboard on a wooden framework are called “fallas” the construction of these sculptures doesn’t have limits and nowadays there are several models, for example the ninots, very realist animals, cartoons, abstract figures, futuristic themes, etc.

More than 300 sculptures which are built along all over the year in order to fill the streets of this city with a strange and gigantic coloring.

During the festive days it is practically impossible to drive a car or walk in the city because all the celebration is on the streets that are in the center of the city;

On these days are also celebrated other holydays, for example bullfightings and a beautiful floral offering to the “Virgen de los Desamparados”, patron saint of Valencia.

The last day of these holidays at the midnight, it means the March 19, it is celebrated the “cremá”, it is a tradition of fireworks, explosions, gunpowder and enormous sudden blazes in which the beautiful sculptures get reduced to ashes.

This day, March 19, it is celebrated the Saint Joseph’s day, day in which is also celebrate the Father’s Day in Spain because if you remember Joseph was the foster father of Jesus.

The “fallas” has become an important tourist attraction inside the Spanish folklore for Spaniards people as well as for foreigners.

 

Formula One Street Circuit

 

formula1-valencia-2009

 

The urban circuit of Valencia is one of the three urban circuits of Formula 1 that they exist today , it was started in the middle of the year 2007 and welcomes the great prize of Europe since the year 2008.

Its length is bigger than 5 Km and it took for a race driver about 1 minute and 37 seconds to cover all over the road; It has 25 curves, 11 to the left and 14 to the right.

By the 2007 the agreement which allowed the construction street urban circuit was made official, in October of that year its construction was started and, in August 2008 it became the home of the Europe’s Grand Prix.

Its route has the same characteristics that a permanent circuit, the unique experience that it is.

Race drivers can run as fast as 320 km./hour, however they are protected by one of the most reliable security systems.

It has the last generation of boxes because each garage module is equipped with electric generators, illumination, telecommunication connectors, water, compressed air, drainages, smoke extraction systems, fire detection systems, etc.

One of its main characteristics is its position, it is located near to the harbor and its route is about 14 meters width, this made possible that a car could overtake to other cars in the race in spite of being a urban circuit.

 

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JUNE 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads at the start of the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

VALENCIA, SPAIN – JUNE 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads at the start of the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain. 

Venice Plan

What To Do When In Venice

 

 

For starters, the cruise ships are doing damage to the Venetian lagoon (and therefore the city itself), so if you can avoid cruises that have Venice as a port of call you’re already doing the city a great service.

But beyond that, the magic of Venice is much harder to experience when you have very limited time and when you aren’t spending the night. The best times of day in the city – without question – are the early morning (before the day-trippers arrive) and the late evening (after the day-trippers leave).

If you’re driving to Venice and back (which I don’t recommend, by the way), you have more flexibility to get there early and leave late for a long day-trip – but if you’re relying on public transport, your options aren’t going to allow you to get bewitched by Venice. So take my advice, spend at least one night (not on the mainland, either) and plan on two full days in the city.

 

venicetravelguide5

 

Day One in Venice

 

You’ve just arrived by plane into Venice’s Marco Polo Airport, and it’s relatively early in the day. You’ll gather your bags and pull your groggy self toward the exit. You’ve read about how to get from Venice Airport into Venice, and you’ve decided which method of transportation makes the most sense for you. You’re also armed with the necessary information from your hotel or hostel, who told you which vaporetto (water bus) stop was closest to their front door.

In most cities, your first order of business upon arrival is to chuck your stuff in your room and get back out to actually see the city. In Venice, you get to see the city before you even see your hotel.

Assuming you’ve cleverly chosen a water transport method, secure a place by a window so you can see Venice come into view as you make your way across the lagoon from the airport. If you’ve splurged a bit on a water taxi, you’ll appreciate the ability to poke your head out of the top of the boat so you can really get a look at things. Have your camera ready. You’ll need it.

After you eventually check into your Venice hotel and put your bags down, resist the urge to crash for a nap. I know you’re jetlagged, but I hope the impossibility of the canal city has captivated you upon your entry and you’re eager to explore. Because that’s what you’ll spend the rest of the day doing.

Depending on when you’re visiting Venice, you may find that the lines to get into the city’s top sight – St. Mark’s Basilica – aren’t too long when you wander by. If that’s the case, jump at the chance to visit this amazing church.

It’s my favorite church anywhere (so far, at least), and it’s worth an hour (if you visit all the mini-exhibits within the basilica, that is, including taking the steep staircase to the roof where you can look over the square).

If you’ll be in Venice duruing the high season, you might look into booking a free reservation time to get into St. Mark’s Basilica – it’s free to enter, and free to book the entry time. You get about a 15-minute window in which to enter, and you just show your reservation code to the guard to bypass what can be quite a long line.

Along with a spin through St. Mark’s, the other attractions to visit during your first day in Venice are the Doge’s Palace(right next door to St. Mark’s, and worth the admission if for no other reason than it’s the only way to walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs) and the Campanile (bell tower) in front of St. Mark’s (you can take the elevator to the top for a view over the basilica), but otherwise your first day in Venice should be spent getting as utterly lost as you possibly can.

I’m serious.

See the direction the bulk of the crowd is going? Turn left. Or right, if left would put you in a canal. And keep walking. Find another crowd? Go the other way.

Keep walking until you find those quiet back-streets of Venice, where Venetians live and work and shop. It won’t take long, I swear. It’s just that most people don’t bother to give it a try.

Oh, and put down the map for now. Maps in Venice are almost entirely useless, and you can’t get too lost, anyway. You’re on an island, after all, and you can always ask someone to direct you back to St. Mark’s Square or the Rialto or something major and find your way from there.

Later in the evening of your first day in Venice, swing by the Rialto Bridge – it’ll still be kind of crowded, but it’s sometimes less busy at night when the day-trippers have left. And this is a great time to take that leisurely “cruise” along the Grand Canal on the #1 slow vaporetto water bus that I listed as one of my 20 things everyone should do in Italy.

If you found St. Mark’s Square unbearably busy earlier in the day, walk back through one last time late at night – and I mean late, if you can keep your eyes open, like on your way back to your hotel from dinner.

Venice isn’t a nightlife town, so when restaurants close up it can get eerily quiet. Walk through those weird back-streets you found earlier. Walk to the edge of the islands and look out over the blackness of the Venetian lagoon. Listen to the water lapping against the edge of this city that shouldn’t exist, and whisper thanks that it does.

And sleep well.

Day Two in Venice

 

You’ll get up early on your second day in Venice, partly because you want to soak in the city as it’s waking up and getting ready for the day-trippers and partly because you’re still jetlagged. Whatever, go with it – it’ll work to your benefit in Venice.

If you’re out and about early enough, you may get treated to the city’s custodians sweeping up yesterday’s detritus in St. Mark’s Square, or Venetians doing their morning shopping near the Rialto Bridge at the city’s market (some of which is on boats). Yes, this is a real city where real people live, although the number of Venetians in Venice declines dramatically every year.

The way I see it, you’ll have two main options for how to spend your second day in Venice. If there are other sights (like the Guggenheim Museum or the Accademia) you want to see but missed on your first day’s wanderings, or if you loved your wandering so much that you felt like the sun set too soon, then by all means spend your second day much like your first.

Since it’s easily the best way to spend time in Venice, there’s nothing wrong with just strolling aimlessly for two days.

If, on the other hand, you’re feeling restless and want to see something else, you can spend a good part of the day on an excursion visiting the three major islands in the Venetian lagoon.

Murano is famous for glass-making, Burano is famous for lace-making (and it’s brightly-painted houses), and the remote Torcello is where the city of Venice got its start.

Murano is the most popular of the three, so you won’t really be escaping the crowds there – and you might be sucked into a half-hearted glass-blowing demonstration that spits you out in an overpriced gift shop (it’s not all bad, but be wary of people luring you into free demonstrations).

Burano is a little less crowded, and its multi-colored houses can’t be beat for almost dollhouse-like cuteness. Torcello (pictured at the right) is my favorite of the three, mainly for its seclusion and the stunning mosaics in its old cathedral.

Whatever time is left after your lagoon excursions can easily be taken up with more wandering – especially since you’re probably going to get lost a few times on your way to one place or another.

If you’ve got a working mobile phone in Italy and you like scavenger hunts, you might want to give the whaiwhai game in Venice a try – this could be especially fun for a group to play to give your wandering a little bit of structure.

Then at some point later on your second day in Venice, you’ll get on a train and wave goodbye to the crazy canal-filled city. And if you’ve done it right, you’ll already be trying to figure out when you can return.

 

Spa Golf in Spain: Private villa hire and lessons

We all love Spain and we all love playing golf so what better way than to take a relaxing break to Spain and play some golf with friends

My golf instructor Mike joined us for a enriching week spent playing golf in Costa del Sol, Spain.

In this small group setting you will benefit from Mike’s extensive skills and teaching experience, as well as his knowledge of Malaga and Costa del Sol.

Mike has been a pro for years and has taught some well known names.

Take aim fire swing and then relax by hitting them lucious greens thats the beauty about a weekend break in Costa del Sol sit back and grab a nice glass of wine

play golf in warm spain

Relax in Spain: Outdoor activities

Whether you’re interested in drawing or just enjoying the delights of Malaga and surrounding Andalucia, this tour is a great opportunity to experience a place at a slower pace – to let the sounds, sights, and smells of this amazingly diverse and vibrant city inspire you. And if you do want to learn or improve your golf skills, you will certainly achieve this as well!

For All You Golf Lovers

The people, architecture, artwork, and geography of Malaga will be our drawing subjects and inspiration. For all you golf lovers we offer landscape golf drawing classes which will be arranged by a local golf in Spain company that offers bespoke green fees and golfing holidays.

Classes can be in:

  • Golf course landscapes in Spain
  • Bunker highlight packages
  • High Treeline Vision Packages in Mijas Golf Course close to Marbella

Playing Golf in Andalucia

Your golf score card will become a personal record of your skill level – whether they be drawings or written word – that you will treasure for years to come.

Golf  in Spain Tours – Elite Golf Services tours of southern Europe are offered during July, August, and September; for your convenience, six different sets of dates are available.

Golf Villa and Fitness

There is everything you will ever need on a Golf and fitness holiday in Spain, our gymnasium is second to non and we have all the equipment you can think of.

The swimming pool is directly outside of the gymnasium and is an excellent sun trap, there are sun beds and parasols provided and we have a pool man who will keep the water sparkling clean and pristine.

Located at one end of the gymnasium we have a large, well stocked bar with it’s own sound system, TV and comfy sofas so you can relax after a good workout and watch the sport whilst you contemplate a round or two of golf or a dip in the pool; It’s a hard life!

For your convenience we have provided a photo album with views of all the villa, gymnasium, pool and surrounding areas, please take your time and check out this wonderful property and the beautiful views from all 3 balconies.

If you have any questions regarding the property, the facilities or other information, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Please visit these pages for all the photographs of the villa. Gym and Pool – The Villa

News

The latest news on the fires from Malaga to Marbella indicates that the fires are now under control and damage assessments are being made. More details will follow.

Top Stories

  • Fiesta 2012
    From Thursday 14/09/2012 until Sunday 18/09/2012 the village of Villanueva del Trabuco with be having their annual Fiesta. This involves bands, events, Flamenco, fairground and lots more.
  • Quiz Nights
    Quiz Nights are held every first Tuesday of the month at Restaurante Eduardo at the entrance to Villanueva del Trabuco
  • Updates when available.

NEWS ITEMS

For the latest Golf news on the Costa del Sol and Andalucia Area please pay a visit to this great website: http://www.costadelsolgolfnews.com/

Private Golf Villas Spain is a large townhouse in the Andalucia village of Villanueva del Trabuco in the Malaga province of the autonomous region of Andalucia in southern Spain. The house is located at the very edge of the village and has fantastic mountain views of San Jorge and the Sierra Gorda Mountains as well as the beautiful countryside and olive groves. 

We can arrange for a professional minibus service pick you up from Malaga Airport and bring you to our villa at no extra charge. The shuttle bus is fully air conditioned and can carry groups of 17+ with golf bags and luggage that fit in a additional trailer. This service is complementary and any day trips and extra journeys after your initial airport transfer is an additional fee and needs to be arranged with the minibus company directly. Malaga Airport Transfers S.L. are the coasts leading minibus company as we have researched all the leading companies on the Costa del Sol, they will not be beaten on price or quality of service.

The property is spread over 5 floors, the bottom floor was a massive garage that the owners turned into a large, fully equipped gymnasium that has a Jacuzzi and steam room as well as a lounge area and complete bar, and there is also a great sound system and digital TV. Directly outside the gym are the pool terrace and the swimming pool.

On the ground floor you will find the lounge, kitchen, full bathroom and second sitting room that can be used to accommodate more beds if required. The lounge has a large digital TV with all the SKY Sports channels. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped. There is a very large balcony area from where you can enjoy al fresco dining and BBQ; a utility room houses the laundry machines and equipment.

The remaining floors house the rest of the bedrooms and bathrooms and each floor has a balcony from which to enjoy the spectacular views of the Andalucia mountains.

Prices & Seasons 2015

We have a simple price system that is divided into Low, Mid and High seasons, each having it’s own price range.

Low Season: Low season is January, February, March and April. Low season prices are 600 Pounds per week.

High Season: May, June, July and  August for these dates the house is available for 1000 pounds per week.

Mid Season: September, October, November and December, these dates 800 Pounds per week.

These prices are set as a complete house rental no matter if it’s for 4, 6 or 8 people, the more people the cheaper your holiday, however, anyone looking for a long term rental or a winter rental then please email us and we can make other price arrangements.

A 25% non refundable deposit is required with confirmation of the booking and the balance is payable eight (8) weeks prior to arrival. A refundable deposit of £200 to cover damages and breakages is payable when the final balance is due and will be refunded subject to any deductions within one week of departure.

The annual Fiesta for the village falls on the second week of September and there are also other local events as well as Holy Week (Semana Santa or Easter), fairs and other interesting things such as the Antequera Blues Festival and assorted Flamenco concerts not to mention the Golf competitions. Please check our News page for any updates on local or regional events. Book well in advance to avoid missing out on some great cultural, traditional and sporting events.

Smoking is prohibited inside the house but allowed on the balconies.

1 2 3 5