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Discover some hidden treasures in Granada Spain

Rio Frio Caviar Granada SpainGranada is a great destination to savour Real Spain. Here are ten luxury ideas to treat yourself to a little something whether it be a beauty treatment, an amazing view or daytrip.

Granada´s local cuisine boasts many locally produced foods. It even has its own production of Organic Caviar. This gourmet product is exported internationally from Riofrio, Granada. The sturgeon fish are kept in excellent conditions in this location in the poniente granadino. Make sure you taste this delicacy when visiting the area. The sturgeon fish can be found on menu´s as well as the caviar. It is also sold in delicatessen stores and some high end bars and eateries have caviar too.
Granada WinesWine. The Granada wine business is still rather new, not as well established as other areas of Spain. However some of the bodegas have been creating rather special wines that have won awards already. Why not take a visit to a local winery just South of the city.Try Senorio de Nevada is Ctra. de Cónchar, in the village of Villamena. Their large premises have a restaurant and a store with their products on sale. They offer tasting sessions and other daytime activities too. If you prefer your wine to go, just pick up a local Granada wine such as Mencal or Calvente at the local supermarket. Both these wines are produced in Granada and have received several international awards already. Bar La Tana in Calle Rosario, Granada also offers a good selection of quality local wines.
Spanish ham. You will come across this delicacy in all good restaurants. There are also lots of online stores with Jamon Iberico now selling internationally, if you can´t wait til you arrive in Spain. Many places sell vacuum packed so you may take some home with you.The best is ham available is known as Pata negra. Locally in Granada a well-known village for ham curing is Trevelez which is high up in the Sierra Nevada national park. In Andalusia however the best quality comes from Jabugo in Huelva province. Mariscal is an excellent delicatessen in Granada and have a good selection to try while in Granada. They are next to the Corte Ingles on Acera del Darro and also Plaza Menorca, 21.

Eat well. There are many places to eat good food in Granada´s province. For a special treat head to the Granada coast. Near to Almiuñecar is the Calabajio restaurant. Set in a small bay, you will find good food and a relaxed setting. In a perfect place to sit and watch the sun go down over the sea. If you aren´t hungry stay for a coffee or a minty mojito. 

In the city of Granada try the Restarante Los Patos. This summer they have a special rice menu. The extensive list has many variations of rice dishes. The most popular is the rice with lobster. Black rice (arros negre) is also a firm favourite with locals too. This rice menu showcases the skills of Valencian Chef Blas Hidalgo, who joined the restaurant earlier in 2014. The patio garden at Los Patos makes a discreet setting to enjoy a family meal. The garden has a few trees which are over 100 years old. The plants and flowers make it an oasis in the centre of Granada. 

Arab baths and Spa. Since the Arab rule water has been an important part of life in Granada. So unsurprisingly there are several spas and arab baths to choose from. The Balneario de Lanjaron near to the Alpujarra is one of the oldest ones. The spa waters were recognised in 1770. The list of treatments and beauty sessions is extensive. 

Other places to discover are the Balneario at Alhama de Granada or the Arab baths in the city. Hammam Al Andalus are in Plaza Nueva but locals head to the Aljibes de San Miguel. They are located just below the Plaza de la Trinidad. In the Arab baths most visitors opt for the baths and a massage during the session. Inside these baths is design to recreate the bathouses which would have been in Granada and the Alhambra palace centuries ago.

Marina del Este La Herradura GranadaSail away. A private charter can be booked from Marina del Este (near La Herradura) You can choose to sail for just a few hours at sunset and enjoy the pink skies. If you are lucky you may even see a dolphin or two alongside the boat. You can book the boat for the whole day and see the Natural Park around Maro as you sail. Anchor down at lunchtime and head to lunch at a beach hut for a tasty seafood paella on land. 

Vintage Car Hire Granada SpainA day out in the country. Why not take a drive to the Pueblos blancos? The area around Gaucin is where writer Gerard Brenan once stayed. Get into character with a beautiful Hurtan car. These Hurtan cars are vintage-styled vehicles. They are produced in Granada with exquisite care and have elegant wooden finishes inside.The production is in very small quantities. The cars have soft leather seats and are fitted with modern features such as power steering, CD player and anti-lock brakes. It is possible to rent one of the cars for a day or several days on the Hurtan Experience.

If you want a round of Golf in the sunshine. There are several courses in Granada to choose from. The one which is closest to the city itself is Santa Clara Golf in Otura. Then on the coast in Motril you have the Campo Los Moriscos which is practically on the beach, at Playa Granada. 

High Flyers. Tropicopter based in Motril, offer private Helicopter rides. On these trips you will see birds eye views of the Alhambra palace and Sierra Nevada mountains. If that doesn´t appeal a quieter option is to take a hot air balloon ride. Glovento fly over the Alhambra palace but also have trips all across Andalusia. 

Relax on your holiday with lots of luxurious properties to choose from along the Costa tropical. Here are a few ideas to ensure that your holiday is a stress free and comfortable time for you and your family.

Article reproduced with kind permssion of Spain-Holidays.


Tourist Guide to Granada and Sierra Nevada.

Tourist Guide to the Costa Tropical – Granada.

Almunecar Property Sales.

La Herradura Property Sales.

Granada Property Sales.


Eight Bedroom Villa for sale in Padul – Granada – Spain

Ideal for a large family home or to be run as a B&B.

REDUCED TO JUST 225.000 Euros!

Beautiful large Andalusian villa with well planted patio garden next to the village of Padul on the edge of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park (great walking opportunities) and only 15 minutes drive from the charming city of Granada with its famous Alhambra Palace.

The Costa Tropical is a 25 minute drive through beautiful scenery on a brand new motorway. The ski station is a 45 minute drive from the house.

500 m2 on 3 levels with terraced garden and large swimming pool (10x6m) . The house sits on a plot of 700 m2.

8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 3 kitchens. 3 lounges.

The house could very easily be divided into 2 or 3 dwellings.

Top floor: Fully fitted kitchen, dining room, bathroom/WC, living room with south west facing terrace and lovely views, master bedroom with en suite bathroom/WC, 3 further bedrooms with 1 bathroom/WC and 1 shower room/WC.

Ground floor: very large entrance porch with shower room/WC, corridor leading to 2 bedrooms and bathroom/WC. Lounge with wood burning stove and kitchenette, bedroom with en suite bathroom/WC, office. Large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area, shower room/WC, further double bedroom.

Basement: utility room, linen room, shower room/WC, garage for 2 cars, storage room.

The house is double glazed and all bedrooms have independently operated electric radiators. The house also has some storage heaters and 3 wood burning stoves.

Price reduced from 340.000 Euros to 295.000 (May 2011).

Reduced to 255.000 Euros! (April 2013). This has to be the bargain of the year!

As of November 2013 – Reduced to 249.000 Euros.

NOW just 225.000 Euros! (March 2014)

Contact us for further details and photographs, quoting reference PD001.


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Guide to purchasing a property in Spain.


Selling your home on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical

Property-for-sale-in-SpainAre you struggling to sell your home in Spain?

A great many property owners are currently finding it difficult and frustrating to sell their home in Spain. This isn’t to say that properties don’t sell at the moment. Despite the last five to six years of depression in the market many properties do sell, if they are priced right!

If a property has been on the market for a long time, it becomes stale. Despite an owner reducing his price to attract buyers, the purchaser today with the help of Internet, can see properties that stick on the market and will only enquire as and when it has an attractive price tag. If you are putting your property onto the market now for the first time, it is imperative that you obtain a realistic valuation in keeping with today’s values.

Many estate agents are still over valuing properties. There are various reasons for this…

They just want to expand their listings. They offer a higher valuation in the hope that they can get the property on an exclusive arrangement. They simply aren’t realistic or professional. The owner bought at the height of the boom and can’t afford to sell for less… and so on.

If you have a home to sell on the eastern side of the Costa del Sol, the inland region of Axarquia or along the Costa Tropical of Granada…. contact LPG Spain and we will introduce you to one of our members, close to your home, that can advise and help you in the sale of your property.

Visit LPG Spain on: and email us from our Contact page.

We look forward to being of assistance!

LPG – Leading Property Group Spain.



Almuñecar Summer Jazz Festival – 26th Edition – From 17th – 21st July 2013

The annual International Jazz Festival celebrates its 26th edition strengthening its position as the most important event of its kind on the Andalucian coast. Jazz on the Coast, an extension of which takes place in Granada in November, is one of the international meetings of European jazz veterans.

Located in the southern most part of mainland Europe, with a scene that looks straight towards Africa, surrounded by lush vegetation and historic heritage, under a Moorish fortress and beside Phoenician ruins, Jazz on the Costa del Sol enjoys proximity to the sea and the lush vegetation of the Costa Tropical.

Considered as one of the most important jazz concerts each year in Spain, the event has always attracted some of the best jazz musicians from all over the world. This year is no exception with daily concerts each night at 22.30 running from 17th – 21st July.

The program consists of a series of concerts requiring tickets, and some free parallel events. More info below…


(Tickets required)

Limited Seats
Price per concert: 15 euros.
Subscription: 70 euros.

Wednesday 17th July


Thursday 18th July


Friday 19th July

BUGGE “N” FRIENDS with Bugge Wesseltoft, Erik Truffaz, Ilhan Ersahin and Joaquin Joe Claussell.

Saturday 20th July


Sunday 21st July



are available throughout Spain and online at

Sales Points:

Teatro Isabel La Católica: Acera del Casino s/n.
Riff Raff: Verónica de la Magdalena, 29.
Carrefour: Ctra. de Armilla, s/n.
Melgamusic: Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, 40
Agencias de Halcón Viajes: Arabial, Avda. Dílar, Dr. Olóriz, Recogidas, Cuesta de Gomerez y Centro Alcampo

Halcón Viajes: Calle Madrid, 1.

Halcón Viajes: Centro Comercial Alcampo y Avda. Andalucía

Halcón Viajes: Plaza San Francisco, 9

Canal Ocio Rambo: Avenida de Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo, 23
Halcón Viajes: Juan Gómez Juanito, 11

Halcón Viajes: Las Flores, 1

Fnac. Centro Comercial La Cañada.
Halcón Viajes: Carretera de Ojén s/n y Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27

Carrefour Rosaleda. C.C. La Rosaleda, s/n
Carrefour Los Patios. C.C. Carrefour, Crt de Cadiz km. 241
Discos Gong Málaga. Avda. de la Aurora, s/n C.C. Larios
Fnac Málaga. C/ Armengual de la Mota 12
Librería Luces. Alameda Principal, 16
Agencias de Halcón Viajes

and for any unsold tickets, one hour before the concerts at the ticket office in El Parque El Majuelo in Almuñecar.


In addition to the above concerts there are also some free events, tickets available from the Almuñecar town hall or the Casa de Cultura.


Monday 15th July – 22.30 h. Paseo del Altillo. Almuñécar


Tuesday 16th July23.00 h. Plaza Nueva, La Herradura

LITO BLUES BAND with Suzette Moncrief


13th JulyPalacete de la Najarra. 22.00 h.

Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall



From 13th – 22nd July – Exhibition at Palacete de la Najarra, from 10.00 to 14.00 and de 18.00 to 21.00 h.


Guide to Almuñecar (Granada).


Environmental study gives green light to the proposed 7-star Hotel in Almunecar

Construction of the seven-star hotel in Almuñecar (Granada) has taken a giant step forward with the publication by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment Delegation of the Junta in Granada of the impact study upon the environment in the Peñón del Lobo urbanisation. However, the promoters must undertake a Comprehensive Restoration Project (Proyecto Integral de Restauración) to ensure the protection of the area.

The project was submitted between October and November 2011 at a public phase of the project and then onto the technical and legal analysis under the Unified Environmental Authorisation (AAU) that ensures integrated environmental quality. After this process, the Board has determined that it will not cause significant adverse impact on the environment “as long as the action is performed in strict compliance with the conditions set out in the statement.”

The environmental impact statement, signed by the territorial delegate, Sandra Garcia, corresponds to land classified in the General Plan of Almuñécar as Unscheduled developable land whose traditional uses of farming, now abandoned, have suffered a “quite high” level of transformation. The land is not within the limits of any communal area of importance, is not within any protected area for birds, or any other natural parks protected within Andalusia. In view of the characteristics of the project, the environmental report estimates that it “does not adversely affect the area that make up the “Natura 2000” network of protected areas or any others within the province of Granada.”

The most significant impact as stated in the report arises from the eventual implementation of the development project, and its effects upon the landscape and vegetation. To correct this, the promoter should develop a comprehensive environmental restoration study covering the entire area of the project.

The Unified Environmental Authorisation (Autorización Ambiental Unificada) procedure thus enters its final phase, and once a satisfactory judgment is made, it is likely that the final decision to proceed be issued “in the coming days.”


Construction of the first 7-star hotel in Spain to begin in 2012.

Guide to the town of Almunecar.


Sierra Nevada ski season 2012/2013 starts end of November

The new skiing season at Sierra Nevada is set to start on 24th November 2012 and run through till 21st April 2013.

Each year improvements are made to the infrastructure making Sierra Nevada one of the best skiing resorts in Spain.

Depending on the climate, the season can last nearly six months. The resort has a great selection of all types of hotel and apartment accommodation, restaurants, bars and night life and 100+ kms. of ski slopes, including off-piste – for all levels of skiers, 15 ski schools, 1,200 metres height deviation, 21 lifts, 353 snow cannons and the Sulayr Super snow park.

And where in Europe can you snow ski and water ski on the same day?

Ski in Sierra Nevada, overlooking the city of Granada, and water ski on the beaches of the Costa Tropical, just an hour’s drive south to the coast.

New Gatwick to Granada flight service

A new service starting 7th December from Gatwick will provide UK based skiiers with a direct flight twice a week (Monday and Friday) to Granada airport, situated just 30 kilometres from the ski resort. The service is to be provided by Hispania Airways and was announced last week at the Ski and Snowboard Show in London. All passengers of Hispania Airways are permitted up to 20 kilograms of checked luggage and are welcome to carry their ski equipment free of charge upon their flight purchase.

Live Webcam – Borreguiles Sierra Nevada (Granada)

Ir a la cámara web Sierra Nevada Estación esquí en Europa / España / Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada, España

Sierra Nevada official website.

Video – Sierra Nevada



Folk & Tango Show in Motril (Granada)

The Argentinian national dance orchestra, Arcos de Buenos Aires, will be performing again on the Costa Tropical at the “Calderon de la Barca” theatre in Motril (Granada) on Saturday 10th November 2012 at 8.30 pm.

The Company is conducted by the prestigious violinist and conductor Walter O. Tejeda Carranza, introducing a unique combination of music and dance with 16 artists on stage performing Argentinian Tango and Argentinian Folk Music and Dance. Arcos de Buenos Aires is a unique string chamber orchestra combining Argentinian Folk music and ballet. A trip to Argentina´s heart.

Arcos de Buenos Aires has performed in many of the most important International Festivals and Stages like Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Bosforous International Music Festival (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul), Oldenburg International Festival, 2nd International Music Festival “Inessa Galant” (Dintzari Concert Hall – Jurmala, Letonia) and Istanbul – 2010 Culture Capital (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul).

Tickets can be obtained calling tel. (0034) 654 57 63 63, and also 2 hours before the show in the theatre. Tickets: 8 and 10 Euros.


Guide to the town of Motril.


Cheapest land for sale in Spain? Costa Tropical urban building plots from just 28.080 €!

Thinking of building your own home? Looking for some land? Not sure where?

Look no further! We have probably the cheapest urban building land for sale in Spain. 100% freehold building plots from just 28.080 Euros, with full infrastructure in place including tarmaced roads, pavements, electricity and water.


In the quiet and charming village of Vélez de Benaudalla situated just 12 kms. inland from the Costa Tropical in the province of Granada in southern Spain.

Urbanisation Hoya de La Mora is set in 98.000 m2 of land overlooking the small inland village of Velez de Benaudalla in the province of Granada. The location offers panoramic views to the surrounding counytryside with the snowcapped Sierra Nevada mountain range as a spectacular backdrop. The village is situated just 12 kilometres from the coastal resort of Salobreña on the Costwith its beaches and Golf Course whilst the main town of Motril is nearby. Granada with its world famous Alhambra Palace, international ski resort and airport, is just 30 minutes drive. It is also well placed for both Malaga and Almeria airports with the newly completed motorway links to the rest of the Costa del Sol and Andalucia.

All plots are freely available  for the purpose of constructing a two storey, 3 or 4 bedroom detached villa on 1 or 2 floors, plus underground basement and rooftop terrace. A swimming pool is also permitted. Plots sizes range from 300m2 to 547m2, build sizes from 135m2 to 189m2. Plot prices range from 28.080 € to 48.190 €.

The plot prices include all costs related to the infrastructure of the urbanisation, such as  all landscaping, streets, pavements, drainage, sewage, lighting, communal swimming pool and gardens, etc., all of which is completed in the first three  phases.

FREEHOLD TITLE DEEDS are  available immediately as well as FULL PLANNING PERMISSION, subject only to presenting the final house project and plans to the provincial College of Architects and the local town hall. The plots are sold on a freehold bases and there is no time limitation in terms of constructing a villa.

Once having purchased your plot, there are no IBI (local council tax) or community fees to pay, until you decide to build and complete your home.

Please note that the  prices of all plots are subject to 21% IVA (VAT), notary and land register inscription charges.


Upon purchasing a plot and later deciding to construct your home, we can introduce you to our architects who have already designed various types of detached houses for this phase, which can be altered or modified if necessary to suit your exact needs.  Furthermore, we can also provide building estimates  and offer project management if needed.

Buy now at today’s fantastic prices, build tomorrow or even resell in the future…

PRICE & AVAILABILITY UPDATE – 10th June 2014: There are now only two remaining plots for sale in the third phase, both reduced even further in price. NOW from just 24.877 Euros.

For further details, please contact us


Visit their website for full details and prices of houses and building land for sale.

Guide to the village of Vélez de Benaudalla.


New Ferry Service from Motril to Alhucemas in Morocco

Motril port continues to expand its maritime operations with a new Moroccan connection providing a daily ferry service from Motril to Alhucemas on the northern coast of Morocco, approximately half way between Ceuta and Melilla. This service to be provided by the shipping line, Naviera Armas.

This is an addition to the recent cruise trade that Motril port has embarked upon in conjunction with Ocean Cruises.

This new ferry service will provide an additional route across the Alboran Sea for both the Moroccans that travel to their country each summer, especially for Ramadan, and tourists from Spain wishing to explore the delights of Morocco. For those travelling from the north to southern Spain, Motril saves going the extra mile down to Algeciras or Tarifa to pick up the ferry.

All this extra maritime traffic will also boost local tourism in the area of the Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol with excursions to local towns and villages such as Almuñecar, La Herradura and Nerja.


Motril Port joins Málaga as a top cruise destination.


Salobreña To Tango in July

The Argentinian national dance orchestra, Arcos de Buenos Aires, will be performing on the Costa Tropical at the “Jose Martin Recuerda” auditorium in Salobreña on Saturday 21st July 2012 at 9.00 pm, organized by the Culture Department of Salobreña Town Hall.

The Company is conducted by the prestigious violinist and conductor Walter O. Tejeda Carranza, introducing a unique combination of music and dance with 16 artists on stage performing Argentinian Tango and Argentinian Folk Music and Dance. Arcos de Buenos Aires is a unique string chamber orchestra combining Argentinian Folk music and ballet. A trip to Argentina´s heart.

Arcos de Buenos Aires has performed in many of the most important International Festivals and Stages like Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Bosforous International Music Festival (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul), Oldenburg International Festival, 2nd International Music Festival “Inessa Galant” (Dintzari Concert Hall – Jurmala, Letonia) and Istanbul – 2010 Culture Capital (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul).

Tickets can be obtained calling tel. (0034) 654 57 63 63, and also 2 hours before the show in the theatre. Tickets: 10 Euros.


Guide to the village of Salobreña (Granada).


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