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Costa Blanca Villa

Costa Blanca Villa

This Costa Blanca property is a huge luxury villa in the best area of Altea. The very good construction quality and the exellent seaview gives this spanish property a spercial character. The villa features extras like an alarmsystem, security windows, marbol floors, a heated pool, a separate Billiardroom, a wather deposit and a special sauna area lets no dreams open.

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Athletic Bilbao

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Athletic Club de Bilbao are a Spanish football team from Bilbao in Vizcaya. Founded on 1898, they currently play in the Primera División, where they have resided since the formation of Spain’s national league in 1928. Of the founding league members, only Athletic, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona have never been relegated.

Known as the Rojiblancos, because of their strip colour: red with white stripes and black shorts. Home stadium is the San Mamés also known as La Catedral (the cathedral of football) that seats 46,500 spectators. Athletic are one of the great names of Spanish football. They have been consistently successful over their history, although since the 1980s, championships have eluded them, finding it hard to compete against the great spending power of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

This was compounded by a policy of only signing Basque players, which limits the scope of transfer targets. The only non-Spanish player ever signed by the club was Bixente Lizarazu, a French Basque. At one time, Pais Vasco was a breeding ground of great Spanish players, and this worked in their favour. In the competitive world of modern football, it is not such an advantage.

Calpe Real Estate

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Calpe Villa

Calpe Villa

This facinating Luxury Villa from Calpe is a stunning example of a Costa Blanca Property. The distance to the sea is only two kilometers, and the villa in calpe is equiped with a huge terrace, pool, cellar and a stunning view into the mountains. The property is with over 1250 m² realy big enough for most activities. A garage and two kitchens make this Villa in Calpe really special.

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Philip V of Spain

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King Philip V of Spain who was born in 1683 and died in 1746) was king of Spain from 1700 to 1746. King Philip V. was also the first of the Bourbon dynasty in Spain. Philip was the grandson of Louis XIV of France, he was chosen by the dying Charles II of Spain as his successor. This event provoked the War of the Spanish Succession.

On January 14, 1724, Philip abdicated the throne to his eldest son, Louis, but resumed it later that year when Louis died of smallpox. Philip helped his Bourbon relatives to make territorial gains in the War of the Polish Succession and the War of the Austrian Succession. During his reign Spain began to recover from the stagnation it had suffered during the twilight of the Habsburg dynasty. Ferdinand VI of Spain, his son by his first queen Maria Luisa of Savoy, succeeded him.

He had a second wife Elizabeth Farnese, who bore him another succeesor, Charles III of Spain.

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Villa Altea

Villa Altea

This completely restored Villa in Altea is situated on a very privat spanish real estate surrounded by a forrest. With it’s beautiful view to the mountains and the Costa Blanca it is a steal for this price. The villa in Altea comes with a swimming pool, garage and much more.

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Spanish Cuisine

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The Spanish Cuisine is made of very different kinds of dishes due to the differences in geography, culture and climate. It is heavily influenced by the variety of seafood available from the waters that surround the country. As Spain has had a long and vast history and had many different cultural influences, the richness and variety of its cuisine is overwhelming, but all these ingredients have made up a unique and differentiated Spanish cuisine with thousands of recipes and flavours.

The international influences are nowhere more obvious than in Barcelona. Next door to a shop selling ready made falafels is an Asian food restaurant, which is next to a tradicional tapas bar, and on and on in amazing variety. Daily meals eaten by the Spanish are still very often made traditionally, by hand from fresh ingredients bought daily from the local market. This is more common in the rural areas and is of course much less common in the large urban areas like Madrid, where supermarkets are beginning to displace the open air markets. Even in Madrid food can be bought from the local shops, bread from the paneria, meat from the carniceria, etc.

One very interesting custom when going out is to take tapas with your drink (beer, wine, coke…). In some places like Granada tapas are given for free with your drink and have become very famous for that reason.

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Calpe Property

Calpe Property

Here we have a spanish detached villa with a lovely, flat costa blanca property and a nice panoramic views to the mountains and the Costa Blanca. There is a possibility, because of the huge property with more then 1400 m²,to build at the stand of the Calpe Villa a pool and even additional rooms.

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History of Gibraltar

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The name Gibraltar comes from the Arabic word Jabal al Tariq, which means “Tariq’s mountain". Earlier it was Calpe, one of the Columns of Hercules. The territory was ceded to Great Britain by Spain in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht as part of the settlement of the War of the Spanish Succession. In that treaty, Spain ceded Great Britain “the full and entire propriety of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with the port, fortifications, and forts thereunto belonging … for ever, without any exception or impediment whatsoever.”

Nonetheless, the treaty stipulates that no overland trade between Gibraltar and Spain is to take place, except for emergency provisions in the case that Gibraltar is unable to be resupplied by sea. Another condition of the cession is that “no leave shall be given under any pretence whatsoever, either to Jews or Moors, to reside or have their dwellings in the said town of Gibraltar.” If Britain decides to sell Gibraltar, Spain is guaranteed first purchasing rights.

In a 1967 referendum, Gibraltarians ignored Spanish pressure and voted overwhelmingly by 12 138 to 44, to remain under British sovereignty. Under the 1969 Constitution, Gibraltar attained full internal self-government, with an elected House of Assembly. The preamble to the Constitution stated that “Her Majesty’s Government will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes.”

Major Robert (later Sir Robert) Peliza of the Integration With Britain Party (IWBP) was elected Chief Minister in 1969, although Joshua (later Sir Joshua) Hassan of the Assocation for the Advancement of Civil Rights (AACR) was returned to power in 1972. In 1976, the IWBP broke up after the British Foreign Office Minister Roy Hattersley ruled out integration with the UK, and was succeeded by the Democratic Party of British Gibraltar.

In response, Spain closed the border with Gibraltar in 1969, and severed all communication links. This remained unchanged after the death of General Franco in 1975. The border was not fully reopened until 1985. Under the 1985 Brussels Agreement, Britain agreed to enter into discussions with Spain over Gibraltar, including sovereignty. In 1987, a proposal for joint control of Gibraltar’s airport with Spain led to widespread opposition locally. Chief Minister Sir Joshua Hassan resigned at the end of that year, to be succeeded by Adolfo Canepa.

In 1988 Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP) leader Joe Bossano was elected as Chief Minister, and firmly ruled out any discussions with Spain over sovereignty. In the 1996 election, Bossano was replaced by Peter Caruana, of the Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD), who while favouring dialogue with Spain, also ruled out any deals on sovereignty.

In 1988, there was controversy when three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) were shot dead by the SAS, after they were suspected of planning to bomb a military parade, although a car bomb was later discovered in Spain. In 1991, the British Army effectively withdrew from Gibraltar, leaving only the locally recruited Royal Gibraltar Regiment, although the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy remain.

Spain has made various proposals involving the sovereignty of Gibraltar, which have been rejected by all parties in the Gibraltar House of Assembly. These have involved either joint sovereignty over Gibraltar with the UK, in which the Rock would become a condominium, or full sovereignty, under which it would become an autonomous region , similar to Catalonia or the Basque Country. In 1997, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Abel Matutes made a proposal in which Gibraltar would be under joint sovereignty for fifty years, before being fully incorporated into Spain, but the British government rejected the idea.

In 2001, the British Government announced plans to reach a final agreement with Spain over the future of Gibraltar, which would involve shared sovereignty, but this was decisively rejected in November 2002 when over 98% of the electorate voted against joint sovereignty between the UK and Spain.

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Villa in Calpe for Sale

Villa in Calpe for Sale

This beautiful villa in Calpe has a nice view to the mountains and the Costa Blanca. The spanish Villa is only two kilometers away from the sea. The villa in Calpe comes with a swimming pool, car ports, storage room and much much more.

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Club de Golf La Sella

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This golf club at the Costa Blanca has an attractive course on a technical high level. The golf course is offering anybody who enjoys playing as well as watching the players. The Costa Blanca Golf Course is situated nearby the national park Montgó. The course offers a splendid panorama reaching far beyond the greens and fairways with beautiful views to the mountains and the Costa Blanca.

The par 72 golf course reaches over a distance of more than 6.000 meters and was opened in February 1992. Juan de la Cuadra was encharged with the project and thanks to the technical assistance and survey of Chema Olazabal the course reached good quality. It was designed to enable the players to use the entire range of strokes.

Holes: 18 Course: 6.028 m Par: 72
Ctra. La Xara-Jesus Pobre s/n
03749 Jesus Pobre Denia / Alicante
Tel. 966454252 Fax: 966765158

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Calpe Property for Sale

Calpe Property for Sale

This Costa Blanca Property in Calpe has a Carport a swimmingpool and a beautiful terrace. Constructed in the typical costablanca style it is the bargain on the Costablanca you were always looking for. The property in Calpe is only two kilometers away from the sea and is already furnished.

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Spanish Succession Peace

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Britain began to get cold feet, too, as an over-decisive victory for Austria would be almost as bad for their interests as one for the French and Spanish. Marlborough fell out of grace with the English (or rather, now, British) crown and with the new Tory government and was recalled. Peace negotiations with France led to the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, in which England, Holland, and France ceased fighting with one another, and Great Britain left the Catalans alone to fight for themselves.

In 1714, September 11, Barcelona surrendered to the Borbonic army after a long siege. The Franco-Austrian hostilities lumbered on until September 1714, before the signing of the Treaty of Baden. With the Peace of Utrecht, the wars to prevent French hegemony that had dominated the 17th century were over for the time being. Philip became the Spanish king, but was removed from the French succession. Louis XIV also agreed to stop supporting the Stuart claim to the throne of England.

The Spanish Netherlands, Naples, and Milan were ceded to Austria; Sicily (replaced by Sardinia in 1720) was ceded to Savoy; Britain was given the exclusive right to slave trading in Spanish America; Gibraltar and Minorca were transferred from Spain to the UK; and a variety of French colonial possessions were given to Britain. In 1715 the Bourbon king Philip V of Spain abolished the constitutions of Kingdom of Valencia and Principality of Catalonia with the Decreto de Nueva Planta.

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Spanish Real Estate for Sale

Spanish Real Estate for Sale

This spanish Desigener Villa on the Costa Blanca is a real eye catcher. This real estate in spain comes with a beautiful Guestapartment on the property, has security glass and a fabulous view to the Costa Blanca and the surrounding mountains. The spanish Villa has also another big romm, 40sqm to be exact, which could be easily converted to an other guest apartment on this property in spain.

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Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dalí was born on May 11, 1904, at number 20 Monturiolin street in the town of Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. Salvador Dali was the son of Salvador Dalí i Cusí. He attended Municipal Drawing School, where he first received formal art training. In 1916 Salvador Dalí discovered modern painting on a summer vacation to Cadaques with the family of Ramon Pichot, a local artist who made regular trips to Paris.

The next year Dalí’s father organized an exhibition of his charcoal drawings in their family home. He had his first public exhibition at the Municipal Theater in Figueres in 1919. In 1921 his mother died of cancer, and his father married his aunt, which the younger Salvador somewhat resented. In 1922 Dalí moved to Madrid, where he studied at the Academy of Arts (Academia de San Fernando). Dalí already drew attention as an eccentric, wearing long hair and sideburns, coat, stockings and knee britches in the fashion style of a century earlier. What got him the most attention from his fellow students were his paintings where he experimented with Cubism (even though in these earliest Cubist works he arguably did not completely understand the movement, for his only information on Cubist art came from a few magazine articles and a catalogue given to him by Pichot, since there were no Cubist artists in Madrid at the time).

Dalí also experimented with Dadaism, which arguably influnced his work throughout his life. He became close friends with poet Federico García Lorca and with Luis Buñuel at this time; he would later become Lorca’s lover. Dalí was expelled from the Academy in 1926 shortly before his final exams when he stated that no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him. That same year he made his first visit to Paris, where he met with Pablo Picasso, whom young Dalí revered; the older artist had already heard favorable things about Dalí from Joan Miró. Dalí did a number of works heavily influenced by Picasso and Miró for the next few years, as he groped towards developing his own style. Some trends in Dalí’s work that would continue throughout his life were already evident in the 1920s, however: Dalí omnivorously devoured influences of all styles of art he could find and then produced works ranging from the most academic classicism to the most cutting edge avante garde, sometimes in separate works, and sometimes combined. Exhibitions of his works in Barcelona attracted much attention, and mixtures of praise and puzzled debate from critics.

1929 was an important year for Dalí. He collaborated with Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel on the short film Un Chien Andalou and met his muse and future wife, Gala Eluard, born Helena Deluvina Diakinoff, a Russian immigrant eleven years his senior who was then married to the surrealist poet Paul Eluard. In the same year, Dalí had important professional exhibitions and officially joined the Surrealist group in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris (although his work had already been heavily influenced by Surrealism for 2 years). In 1934 Dalí and Gala, having lived together since 1929, were married in a civil ceremony.

Upon Franco’s coming to power in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Dalí came into conflict with his fellow Surrealists over political beliefs. Dalí was a strong supporter the fascist coup by Franco. He applauded the repression of the new regime, congratulating Franco for his actions aimed “at clearing Spain of destructive forces". Dalí sent telegrams to Franco, praising him for signing death warrants for political prisoners. As such Dali was officially expelled from the predominantly Marxist Surrealist group. Dalí response to his expulsion was “Surrealism is me.” Breton coined the anagram “Avida Dollars,” by which he referred to the Dalí after the period of his expulsion; the Surrealists henceforth would speak of Dalí in the past tense, as if he were dead. The surrealist movement and various members (such as Ted Joans) thereof would continue to issue extremely harsh polemics against Dalí until the time of his death and beyond.

As war started in Europe, Dalí and Gala moved to the United States in 1940, where they lived for eight years. In 1942 he published his entertaining autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí. He spent his remaining years back in his beloved Catalonia. The fact that he chose to live in Spain while it was ruled by Franco drew criticism from progressives and many other artists. Some think that the common dismissal of Dalí’s later works has more to do with politics than the actual merits of the works themselves.

In 1958, Dalí and Gala were re-married in a Roman Catholic ceremony. Gala died on June 10, 1982. In Dalí’s later years, young artists like Andy Warhol proclaimed Dalí an important influence on pop art. In 1960 Dalí began work on the Teatro-Museo Gala Salvador Dalí in his home town of Figueres; it was his largest single project and the main focus of his energy through 1974. He continued to make additions through the mid 1980s. After Gala’s death in 1982, Dalí lost much of his will to live. He deliberately dehydrated himself–possibly as a suicide attempt, possibly in an attempt to put himself into a state of suspended animation, as he had read that some microscopic animals could do.

He moved from Figueres to the castle in Pubol which he had bought for Gala and was the site of her death. In 1984 a fire broke out in his bedroom under unclear circumstances–possibly a suicide attempt by Dalí, possibly a murder attempt by a greedy caretaker, possibly simple negligence by his staff– but in any case Dalí was rescued and returned to Figueres where a group of his friends, patrons, and fellow artists saw to it that he was comfortable living in his Theater-Museum for his final years. Salvador Dalí died of heart failure on January 23, 1989 at Figueres, Catalonia, Spain. He is buried in the crypt of his Teatro Museo in Figueres.

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Spain Property for Sale

A very private spanish real estate on a total flat costa blanca property near the town. On this property in spain for sale is a separate building perfect for horses. The spanish Villa comes with a Wintergarden, has it’s own spring on the plot, a covered kitchen in the Garden of the costa blanca property and even a billardroom.

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War of the Spanish Succession

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Course of the War

There were two main theaters of the war in Europe: Spain itself and West-Central Europe, especially the Low Countries (although there was also important fighting in Italy and Germany). The latter proved the more important, as Eugene and the English commander, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough distinguished themselves as military commanders. At first, France was successful in the Alsace, and threatened the Austrian capital, but the two generals managed to link up in Bavaria and won the Battle of Blenheim. France’s trans-Rhine ambitions were crushed, and the French were forced into a defensive posture. Bavaria was knocked out of the war, and Portugal and Savoy changed sides.

In Spain, Valencia and Catalonia switched side in favour of the Austrian pretender, Charles. A British fleet, sent to support Catalans, captured Gibraltar, a possession they held throughout the Siege of Gibraltar and hold to this day. Marlborough and Eugene split forces again, with the former going to the Netherlands, and the latter to Italy. Over the next two years, each drove the French back from those territories, with Marlborough winning the notable Battle of Ramillies.

In 1707, April 25, Batle of Almansa (Valencian country) Austriacist army was defeated by the Borbonic army. Then the war in Spain settled into indecisive skirmishing from which it would not emerge. The French fought back, and managed to stall Eugene’s invasion into the south of the country, and Marlborough got caught up in an endless succession of fortresses in and around Flanders. In 1708, Eugene and Marlborough once again managed to link up, and defeated the French again at the Battle of Oudenarde. An attempt to march on Paris resulted in the Battle of Malplaquet, which was won by the two generals but at such a cost to their forces that this final invasion had to be called off.

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Villa Costa Blanca

Villa Costa Blanca

This costa blanca villa has total privacy and was built on one floor on a flat spanish property. The Villa in spain comes with a wonderful garden near banks and shops. The Villa on the Costa Blanca not only comes with an Alarmsystem, a whirlpool for 10 persons in the garden, a covered extern kitchen, and waterdeposit of 30.000L but also with a breathtaking view to sea and mountains.

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Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain and he is probably the most famous as the founder, along with Georges Braque, of Cubism. However he produced a wide and varied body of work, the best-known being the Blue Period works which feature moving depictions of acrobats, harlequins, prostitutes, beggars and artists.

While Picasso was more a painter, as he believed that an artist must paint in order to be considered a true artist, he also worked with small ceramic and bronze sculptures, collage and even produced some poetry. “Je suis aussi un poete,” as he quipped to his friends.

Picasso hated to be alone when he wasn’t working. In Paris, in addition to having a distinguished coterie of friends in the Montmartre and Montparnasse Quarters, including Andre Breton, Guillaume Apollinaire, writer Gertrude Stein and others, he usually maintained a number of mistresses in addition to his wife or primary partner.

Picasso’s most famous work is probably his depiction of the German bombing of Guernica, Spain. This large canvas embodies for many the inhumanity, brutality and hopelessness of war. The painting of the picture was captured in a series of photographs by Picasso’s most famous lover, Dora Maar, a distinguished artist in her own right. A Nazi officer is supposed to have come to his door brandishing a postcard and demanding, “Did you do this?” “No,” Picasso is supposed to have replied, “you did.” The Guernica hung in New York’s Museum of Modern Art for many years, and is now in Madrid – Picasso stipulated that the painting should not return to Spain until democracy was restored in that country.

As certain works, for example the Cubist pieces, tend to be associated in the public mind with Picasso, it is important to realize how talented Picasso was as a painter and draughtsman. He was capable of working with oils, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil, ink, or indeed any medium with equally high facility. With his most extreme cubist works he came close to deconstructing a complex scene into just a few geometric shapes while at the same time being capable of photo-realistic pen and ink sketches of his friends. Picasso had a massive talent for almost any artistic endeavor he turned his mind to, despite limited formal academic training (he finished only one year of his course of study at the Royal Academy in Madrid), and a ferocious work-ethic.

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Spanish Property for Sale

Spanish Property for Sale

This spanish villa is like a small paradise at the Costa Blanca. Sometimes those dream villas in spain are still for sale. This spanish property has a big flat plot, a dream of spanish garden, complete privacy and a beautifull view to the Costa Blanca for a very good price.

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War of the Spanish Succession

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Origin of the War of Spanish Succession

King Charles II of Spain was an invalid from a very young age, and it was clear that he would never produce an heir. The issue of who would rule the Spanish kingdoms after his death became quite contentious. Through his mother Maria Theresa of Spain, an older sister of Charles II, the Dauphin, only legitimate son of Louis XIV, was the most direct heir, but he was a problematic choice: as the heir to the French throne, if he gained both crowns, it would amount to an annexation of Spain and her vast colonial empire by France, at a time when France was already powerful enough to threaten the European balance of power.

The alternative candidates were Emperor Leopold I, a first cousin of the late king and Electoral Prince Joseph Ferdinand of Bavaria. The former presented similarly formidable problems, for Leopold’s success would have reunited the powerful Spanish-Austrian Habsburg empire of the 16th century. Although Leopold and Louis were both willing to defer their claims to a younger line of their family - Leopold to his younger son Archduke Charles and Louis to the Dauphin’s younger son, the Duc d’Anjou, the Bavarian prince remained a less threatening candidate. As a result, Joseph Ferdinand was the favored choice of England and the Netherlands.

The War of the Grand Alliance, with essentially the same groupings of countries fighting over different issues, had come to an end just as the Spanish succession was becoming critical. War exhaustion led England and France to agree on the First Partition Treaty, which designated Joseph Ferdinand as heir, in return for which the Dauphin and Archduke Charles received territory in Italy.

Joseph Ferdinand died abruptly the next year, which led to the Second Partition Treaty. Under the terms of that agreement, Charles was to become heir, but the Italian territories that had been parcelled out amongst the two men would now go entirely to France. While France, The Netherlands, and England were all happy with the new arrangement, Austria was not and vied for the entire Spanish inheritance. While the wrangling continued, Charles II unexpectedly spoke out and bequeathed his empire to Anjou, thus keeping the two thrones separate. Louis backed out of the treaty, his grandson was crowned King as Philip V, and the remaining interested parties acquiesced with misgivings.

Unfortunately, Louis overplayed his hand. He threatened a mercantilist policy in the Spanish/French dominions (thus cutting England and Holland off from Spanish trade) and recognized Philip as his heir, passing over the Dauphin and the Dauphin’s eldest son. In 1701, following the death of James II of England, a pensioner at Louis’ court, Louis recognized his son, James Francis Edward Stuart, the “Old Pretender", as King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, thus alienating the English. The war began slowly, with Austrian forces under Prince Eugene of Savoy invading the Spanish territories in Italy. France soon intervened, which in turn brought in England, Holland and most of the German states. Minor powers Bavaria, Portugal, and (perversely) Savoy sided with France and Spain.

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Spanish Villa for Sale

Spanish Villa for Sale

This spanish luxury villa countryhouse with a separate guest quarter has total privacy and its own, special character. This spanish real estate has it’s own well point, marbel floors, and a saltwater pool. The Guestquarter of the Villa comes with livingroom, kitchen and Bedroom. The property in spain has also an Alarmsystem, a well mantained romantic garden and a double garage.

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Club de Golf Ifach

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The Ifach golf course is situated on a country estate on the coast road between Moraira and Calpe with the best views in the Autonomous Region of Valencia. It has a round of nine holes, has par 60, and is a 3,540 m course. The Ifach golf course is set in a fertile valley with surrounding views of the most prestigious properties of the Costa Blanca.

The famous golf course designer Javier Arana created the Ifach club to be short and tricky but with numerous obstacles. Allot of golfers have already said how difficult it really is, making it ideal for the holiday golfer who has little time but appreciates the challenge. The Ifach course was designed in a way as to make it necessary to use all of the clubs, not only on the drive but also in the short game.

However, two rounds can be managed easily and players will be able to enjoy their game while admiring the view of the Peñón de Ifach rock and the sun sparkling on the Mediterranean Sea. In short, a great place for a round of golf. The position of the trees and bunkers makes some holes more difficult and introduces variety into how the holes have to be played. There is a club bar with snacks , the Micheta restaurant, a large swimming pool and tennis courts. Villa San Jaime and Casa Tauroare very close by and available for holiday rentals.

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Costa Blanca Villa

Costa Blanca Villa

This spanish property which is only thirty meters from the sea, is one of the very best spanish propterties at the Costa Blanca. The rooms are very large and friendly. This spanish real estate is equipped with an electric entrance door, an alarmsystem, a wintergarden and much more.

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Conquistadores

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Conquistador means “Conqueror” in the Spanish language and is the term to refer to the soldiers, explorers, and adventurers who brought much of the Americas under the control of Spain from the 15th to the 17th century. After the discoveries of Chrisopher Columbus had gained Spain a foothold in America, many expeditions were soon set out to conquer and evangelize the New World.

The leaders of those expeditions were called conquistadores, a name that denotes that they felt connected with the reconquista, the Christian reconquest of the Iberian peninsula from the Muslim Moors during 711 to 1492. The Conquistadores also evoked the name of Santiago Matamoros also called St. James the Moor-killer, before going into battle against the Indians, another connection with the reconquista. Many of the conquistadors were poor nobles or hidalgos looking forward to make fortune in the Indies since they couldn’t in Europe.

The first Spanish conquest in the Americas was the island of Hispaniola. From there Juan Ponce de León conquered Puerto Rico and Diego Velasquez took Cuba. The first settlement on the mainland was Darién in Panama, settled by Vasco Nuñez de Balboa in 1512. The most successful conquistador was Hernán Cortés, who in 1520-1521, with Native American allies, overran the mighty Aztec empire, thus making Mexico (then called New Spain) a part of the Spanish empire. Of comparable importance was the conquest of the Inca empire by Francisco Pizarro.

After this, rumours of golden cities (Cibola in North America, El Dorado in South America), caused several more expeditions to be sent out, but many of those returned without having found their goal, or having found it, finding it much less valuable than was hoped. Some Spaniards, singularly the priest Bartolome de Las Casas defended Native Americans against of the abuses of conquistadors. Most of the conquistadors acted cruel towards the inhabitants of the regions they visited or conquered, killing, enslaving and otherwise abusing them. In 1542, New Spanish colonial laws were made to protect Indians. In 1552, Bartolomé de las Casas published “Short Account of the Destruction of the West Indies” (Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias), which was used by the other European colonial powers, rivals of Spain, in criticism of Spain’s role.

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Villa in Spain

Villas in Spain

This in rustical stile built villa in spain is not only one of the very best costa blanca properties in La Nucia, it also is a very special spanish villa because of its large mediterranean garden with fishpond, a patio and a private poolarea. Like many villas in spain it comes with a wineroom, two entrances, heated pool, wintergarden, and a guest apartment.

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Bullfighting

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Bull fighting or in Spanish tauromaquia, is a spectacle whose variations are popular in Spain, Portugal, some countries in Latin America, and in the south of France. Bullfighting goes back to ancient Rome, when many people-killing-animal events were held as a warm-up for gladiatorial sports. The event’s earliest roots are most probably religious.

The Spanish version of the event, called a corrida de toros, begins with a procession accompanied by band music. Next, the bull enters the ring, to be tested for ferocity by the matador (toreador or torero) and banderilleros with pink and gold capes. After a period of time, picadores on blinkered horses go past the bull and put lances into the bull’s neck, further enraging and weakening the bull, and, crucially, weakening its neck muscles. The audience often objects to excessive use of the lance to tire the bull too much.

Next is a suerte de banderillas, in which three banderilleros goad the bull so they can stab the bull’s shoulders with coloured, sharpened sticks. Finally, in the suerte de matar (death act), the matador reenters the ring alone with a small red cape. Having dedicated the bull to an individual or the whole audience, he uses his cape to attract the bull in a series of passes, demonstrating his control over it. He then attempts to manoeuvre the bull into a position to stab it between the shoulders and through the heart. This often fails, and the toreador must cut the bull’s spinal cord with a second sword, killing it instantly. Very occasionally, a particularly resilient bull will be spared.

A typical bullfight will involve three matadors fighting two bulls each though, occasionally, a mano-a-mano confronts two matadors fighting three bulls each. Trophies and prizes (usually a bull’s ear, or both ears, or both ears and the tail) are awarded to matadors, mostly according to the reaction of the crowd to the fight. The Portuguese version is conducted on horseback and does not involve injuring the bull.

The aesthetic of bullfighting, which is regarded as a deeply ingrained part of the culture and an art in the countries where it is practiced, is based on the interaction of the man and the bull. Rather than a competitive sport, the bullfight is more of a ritual which is judged by its aficionados based on artistic impression and command. Animal rights campaigners object strongly to bullfighting on account to the slow, painful death the bull suffers, and kill bullfights are banned in most countries. “Bloodless” variations, though, are permitted and have attracted a following in California. A number of animal-rights activist groups undertake anti-bullfighting actions in Spain and other countries (see links).

However, these views are not widely understood in the countries where Spanish bullfighting is practiced; the argument is that bulls are bred for the ring, live well before they are killed, and if the bullfight went, the bulls would too. Furthermore, part of the artistic impression of a corrida is based on the “cleanliness” of the kill; prolonged suffering is regarded as part of a very poor performance, and experienced bullfighters are able to avoid it.

Spanish bullfighting is a traditionally male sport. Only recently have a very small number of women ever been toreadores, such as Cristina Sánchez. Many bullfighters have met their deaths on the horns of a bull, including one of the most celebrated of all time, Manolete. Especially prominent bullrings are to be found at Madrid, Sevilla, and Mexico City.

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Luxury Villa Benissa

This detached spanish luxury villa has a modern design and a lovely spanish property with a very nice view on the Costa Blanca. The 1st floor is the main villa and consists of two bedrooms, living-diningroom, kitchen, guesttoilet, bathroom and utilityroom.
In the groundfloor are three independent guestapartments each with Livingroom, bedroom, american kitchen and bathroom.

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Treaty of Tordesillas

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The Treaty of Tordesillas, signed at Tordesillas on June 7, 1494 divided the world outside of Europe in a exclusive duopoly between the Spanish and the Portuguese along a north-south meridian 370 leagues (1770 km) west of the Cape Verde Islands, roughly 46° 37′ W. The lands to the east would belong to Portugal and the lands to the west to Spain. The treaty was ratified by Spain, July 2, and by Portugal, September 5, 1494.

It was intended to resolve the dispute that had been created following the return of Christopher Columbus. In 1481 the papal Bull Aeterni regis had granted all land south of the Canary Islands to Portugal. In May 1493 The Spanish born Pope Alexander VI decreed in the Bull Inter caetera that all lands west of a meridian only 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands should belong to Spain while new lands discovered east of that line would belong to Portugal, although territory already under Christian rule would remain untouched. Naturally the Portuguese King John II was not happy, so he opened negotiations with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to move the line to the west, arguing that the meridian would extend all around the globe - limiting Spanish control in Asia. The treaty effectively countered the bull of Alexander VI but it was sanctioned by Pope Julius II in a new bull of 1506.

Very little of the newly divided area had actually been seen, as it was divided according to the treaty. Spain gained lands including all the Americas. Brazil, when it was discovered in 1500 by Pedro Alvarez Cabral, was granted to Portugal. Although the line extended into Asia, at the time accurate measurements of longitude was impossible so uncertainties arose. The line was not strictly enforced - the Spanish did not resist the Portuguese expansion of Brazil across the meridian.

The remaining exploring nations of Europe such as France, England, and the Netherlands were explicitly refused access to the new lands, leaving them only options like piracy, unless they (as they did later) rejected the papal authority to divide undiscovered countries. The view taken by the rulers of these nations is epitomised by the quotation attributed to Francis I of France demanding to be shown the clause in Adam’s will excluding his authority from the New World.

With the voyage around the globe of Magellan, a new dispute was born. Although both countries agreed that the line should be considered to be running around the globe, dividing the world in two equal halves, it was not clear where the line should be drawn on the other side of the world. In particular, both countries claimed that the Moluccas (important as a source of spices) lay in their half of the world. After new negotiations, the Treaty of Saragossa of April 22, 1529 decided that the line should lay 297.5 leagues west of the Moluccas. Spain got a monetary compensation in return.

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Property Costa Blanca for Sale

This exclusive Costa Blanca property has the very best combination of a modern costablanca Villa. The Villa in Spain has spacious rooms with a lots of light and non ending seaview to the Costa Blanca.

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Time in Spanish Culture

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Punctuality is practiced in the north of Spain especially in the industrialized regions. The south of the country, in comparison, is not as regimented by time and they tend to adopt an attitude which may be perceived as “lax". The people in the south of Spain do not perceive time as a crucial element, which may be reflected in delays in meetings or a lack of distinct time schedules. These two regions value time differently and business in the south may not be deemed to be as reliable.

Many business people may not arrive to the office until 11am. They may take the ‘siesta’ but do not leave their desks until 8-9p.m at night. With Spain under pressure to adjust to richer neighbors’ timetables, the ritual three-hour break for lunch and a nap is disappearing. In private business, breaks longer than an hour are becoming rare as Europe’s single currency, the euro, draws Spanish companies, stock traders and multinationals onto similar schedules with clients across the continent

The ‘siesta’ has been hindered due to the fact the traditional housewife role of women has changed and they are now a valuable part of the workforce. There no one at home making the traditional hot meal for mid-day. In Spain, siesta is not a time to sleep but a time to eat, talk and relax. This is in line with the fact that they are a high context culture and value family and relationships. Shops and businesses are usually opened from 9 or 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 or 5 pm to 8 or 8:30 pm, though it has become more and more common for businesses to stay open through the traditional ’siesta’ hours. Business establishments are usually closed for a day-and-a-half per week, most often Saturday afternoon and Sunday, although many shops will close only on Sunday.

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A very quality detached spain Villa with privacy on the costa blanca property. The spanish Villa is located near Altea and the Costa Blanca beach. The idea of the architecture was to create a lovely Costa Blanca Villa with open and spacious rooms - and he succeeded.

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Catholic Monarchs

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Catholic monarchs or in Spanish “Reyes Católicos” was the collective title used in history for Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon. Isabella and Ferdinand married in 1469. This marriage was uniting both crowns (Aragon and Castile) and created the kingdom of Spain. The nickname “Catholic Monarchs” refers to the extreme catholic views that Isabella and Ferdinand shared, which led them to expel the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula with the conquest of Granada and to force the conversion of thousands of Jews. The Inquisition was created by their royal decree. The title was bestowed on them by Pope Alexander VI.

Their joint motto was Tanto monta, monta tanto ("It amounts so, so it amounts"). Their symbol was el yugo y las flechas, a yoke and a fasces of arrows. The yoke is another allusion to the Gordian knot. Y and F are the initials of Ysabel (archaic spelling) and Fernando. This symbol was later used by the Spanish fascist party the Falange, which claimed the glory and the ideals of the Reyes Católicos.

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Luxury Villa Costa Blanca

This detached designer villa costa blanca should have won an architecture award. The construction period of this spanish villa for sale was not less than two years in which the constructor only used the very best materials such as slate, marble, security glass, cherry wood, high-grade steel for this costa blanca property.

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Sherry

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Sherry is a fortified wine originally produced in the Jerez de la frontera region of Spain. The name Sherry resulted from a mispronunciation of Jerez in English. Spanish producers have registered the names Jerez / Xerés / Sherry and will prosecute producers of similar wines from other places using the same name. However the name Sherry is used as a semi-generic in the United States where it must be labeled with a region of origin such as American Sherry or California Sherry.

Three types of grapes may be used in Spain for making sherry: Palomino, Pedro Ximenez, and Muscat (Moscatel). Sherry made in other countries often uses other grape varieties. Sherry differs from other wines because of how it is treated after fermentation. It is first fortified with spirits and then if destined to be fino style a yeast called flor is allowed to grow on top. Oloroso style is fortified to a strength where the flor cannot grow.

Sherry is then aged in the solera system where new wine is put into wine barrels at the top of a series of 4 to 9 barrels. Each year half of the wine in a barrel is moved into the next barrel down. At the end of the series only half the barrel is bottled and sold. So the youngest wine going into the bottle is as old as the number of barrels in the series and every bottle also contains some much older wine.

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The spanish Luxury Villa from Moraira comes with a lot of extras like a Sauna, wine cellar, Fitness center, pool with glas-walls, and much much more. This costa blanca property is situated near the Costa Blanca Golfcourt and Moraira Tennisclub with restaurants, a bank and supermarkets just around the corner.

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El Cid Campeador

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El Cid Campeador, is the name commonly used for the Spanish knight and hero, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar. El Cid was born in Vivar, Burgos, around AD 1045, and he died in Valencia, in July AD 1099. Born a lower nobleman, Although his mother was a close relative of King Alfonso VI of Castile, he was regarded as a lower nobleman. hHis accomplishments as an adult earned him a standing equal to noblemen of higher birth, which brought him a lots of resentment. Don Rodrigo’s life was filled with adventure, which has made him a popular subject for many writers and has led to his status as a legendary figure.

El Cid was sent unfairly into exile twice by the King of Castile, who took away his property and illegally imprisoned his wife and daughters due to palace intrigues. The tale of his journey into exile is told in “Cantar de Mio Cid", a cantar de gesta epic appearing shortly after his death; he reportedly marched stoically into exile with his soldiers and servants, and with tears in his eyes. He never fought back against his king as an exiled lord, which by law would have been his right. Instead, he made his living as a mercenary in the Reconquista wars. He served loyal and respectfully to some of the taifa rulers of Medieval Spain. The Moors respected and admired him, calling him “Al Sayiddi” (The welcome one) and “Sidi” (sir) which is the origin of his nickname, “El Cid".

He was a cultivated man, having served the king as a judge. He kept in life a personal archive with copies of the letters he mailed and important diplomas he signed as part of his cooperation in the king’s administration. During his campaigns he often ordered that books by classic Roman and Greek authors on military themes be read in loud voice to him and his troops, both for entertainment and inspiration during battle. El Cid’s army had a novel approach to planning strategy as well, holding what might be called brainstorming sessions before each battle to discuss tactics. They frequently used unexpected strategies, engaging in what modern generals would call psychological warfare — waiting for the enemy to be paralyzed with terror and then attacking them suddenly, distracting the enemy with a small group of soldiers, etc. El Cid had a humble personality and frequently accepted or included suggestions from his troops. He remained open to input from his soldiers and to the possibility that he himself was capable of error.

El Cid’s sword “Tizona” can still be seen in the Army Museum (Museo del Ejército) in Madrid. Soon after his death it became one of the most precious possessions of the Castilian royal family. In 1999, a small sample of the blade was subjected to metallurgical analysis which partially confirmed its provenance as probably having been made in Moorish Cordoba in the eleventh century, although the report does not specify whether the larger-scale composition of the blade identifies it as Damascus steel.

Never once defeated in battle, El Cid is credited with having made a large contribution to the expulsion of Spain’s Islamic conquerors. He conquered many cities in the east of Spain, and finally Valencia. After capturing it, El Cid ruled the territory around this major city, establishing what could have been called a kingdom but which he always called part of Castile, declaring the territory as belonging to his king. There the king allowed him to meet his wife and daughters, and they lived there until his death.

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Altea Property for Sale

This spanish luxury property comes with a very special spanish villa design. The property surface of this Altea Villa is 1470 m² and the construction surface 200 m². This spanish real estate has a beautiful view to the Costa Blanca and is located in a quiet but centric area in Altea.

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Paella

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Paella (meaning frying pan, pronounced “pah-eh-yah") is a typical dish of Valencia, Spain, where it is eaten especially on Sundays. There are of course many variations of it with different ingredients.

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 500g chicken
  • 500g rabbit
  • 480g rice
  • 350g paella vegetables (big haricot beans “garrofó", small haricot beans “tavella", green beans “bajoqueta (de ferradura)"/"judías verdes", red peppers and green peppers optional)
  • 24 snails (optional)
  • 120g tomatoes
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • Olive oil, salt, paprika ("pebre roig"/"pimentón dulce"), saffron, rosemary.
  • Preparation


    Clean well the snails, the chicken and the rabbit. Cut the chicken and the rabbit in small pieces. Put olive oil in a paella pan, and when hot, stir-fry the chicken and the rabbit pieces. When that is all sofregit, add the tomato and stir-fry til well sofregit, then the vegetables and stir-fry til they reduce. Add a little bit of paprika and, preventing it from being burnt, then add the water, as described next.

    Optionally, in another container, water must have boiled alone for half an hour. You can also pour cold water directly, but the important thing is that the water is calcarean, as it is in Valencia. After that, throw the (boiling) water to the paella (double volume than the rice, use a cup for measuring). Add the saffron and salt to taste, and at last add the snails. Let lively boil for around 10 minutes. Correct the evaporated water during these minutes by adding a little more water. Then add the rice and stir. The rice must hard cook to slow fire 10 minutes and 10 minutes to slower fire. Set the fire off, put some small branches of rosemary over the rising rice, and let the rice soak the remaining liquid in. Remove from fire and cover with some newspaper sheets for about 10 minutes. Once the rice gets dry the paella is ready to be served.

    Some lemon juice may be poured over the paella. The magic words “bon profit” must be said. Paella dish is usually eaten on the very paella with a spoon. As a local rule says, no bread must be eaten if the paella is to be finished.

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    Costa Blanca Mansion for Sale

    Costa Blanca Mansion

    If one searches for a very special costablanca real estate with a very big and privat property in Spain, then you must see this Altea Villa built like a castle. The costa blanca property comes with a huge 5000 m² plot with a construction surface of 550 m². This Luxury Mansion in Altea comes with sea- and mountainview, a separate garden house, open fire place, automatic gate with video control and much more.

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    Battle of Guadalete

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    The Battle of Guadalete took place July 19, 711 at the Guadalete River in the extreme south of the Iberian peninsula. It represented a decisive defeat for the Visigothic king Roderic (or Rodrigo), who was killed, and a decisive victory for the Moslem forces that defeated him, 7000 Berbers led by Tariq ibn Ziyab. The governor of Northern Africa, Musa ibn Nusayr, who had sent Tariq, followed the next year with an army of 18,000. The Moors proceeded to conquer most of the Iberian peninsula within the next five years.

    The Astures led by Pelayo oppose the new invador, escaping defeat thanks to a complex strategy at the battle of Cuadonga(718) which gave them victory, freeing Asturies from the Moslem yoke, and led to Pelayo’s coronation as king. Thus was born the Asturorum Regnum and it was at this point that the Astures began to evolve towards a superior social-state structure.

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    Luxus Property in Spain

    Luxus Property in Spain

    This Hollywood Style Villa at the Costa Blanca is definitely one of the best spanish properties you can find for this money! The Costa Blanca Villa stands on a nearly flat spain real estate plot and has a beautiful garden with palmtrees and seaview.

    The upperfloor of this spanish villa for sale is the mainhouse and consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, storage room and a 150sqm big living-dining room with direct access to the wonderfully secluded and completely private pool terrace.

    The ground floor of the Costablanca Villa consists of two independent guest appartments, each with 2 bed rooms, 2 bath rooms, living room and fitted kitchen. The bigger appartment has its own pool and a large, private terrace.

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    Flamenco

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    Flamenco is about two hundred years old and it is known worldwide as a Spanish folklore music. The four basic types of flamenco are: the “tonas” which are the oldest, the “soleá", the dramatic “seguiriya", and the “tangos". Flamenco since its origins has been deeply rooted in the talent and experiences of the gypsies from all over Andalucia mainly, and to a lesser extent from other areas of the Iberian peninsula. The lyrics of flamenco treat any imaginable theme, from up to date stories, to politics, to love, to history, to humor, and so on.

    Flamenco music comes from the soul, there are many varieties of flamenco, from the cante jondo (the Deep Song) to bulerias (thirty different varieties in all). Some of those can tear your soul to shreds; others can bring you ecstatic ebullience. The ideal in flamenco is called “duende” (demon or elf), this refers to a state of emotional involvement, of group communication at a deeper level and a feeling of sympathy, between musicians, dancers and listeners.

    The most common dance and cante of the eight Andalusian provinces is the sevillanas. They can be easily heard and watched during the Feria de Abril de Sevilla and the Romería of the Virgin of the Rocío. In their origin the sevillanas counted with only one part, until the Reyes brothers, a group of sevillanas from Castilleja de la Cuesta, “invented” the sevillana as we know it today with four parts quite differentiated with its distinct steps dance in couples. From that moment on, the sevillanas took on a character of their own which is renewed each year around April, when the new trends of compositions appear setting the pace for that year.

    There are different types of sevillanas: the classical, “rocieras", “corraleras", and more; each depending of the geographical zone and the peculiar style of the interpreter. An important feature of this from of art can be appreciated in the Carlos Saura’s film “Sevillanas". In the film, sevillanas are studied for their different types of cante, dance, and “touch".

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    Authentic Villa Costa Blanca


    Authentic Villa Costa Blanca

    This authentic spanish property for sale is situated in Calpe and was built in the 19th century, totally renewed and enlarged by its owners in 1993, this spain real estate is mantaining carefully its beauty and characteristic identity with its wonderful mediterranean atmosphere. The 200 year old spanish property’s size is 3304 m² with a construction surface of 400 m².

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    Visigothic Kingdom

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    By the 5th century A.D., the Visigoths were already romanized people, who considered themselves the heirs of the defunct imperial power. In the middle of that century, the threefold pressures of the Suevi, from the west (Galicia), the Cantabrian-Pyrenaic herdsmen from the north and the Byzantines from the south, the Betica, forced them to establish their capital in Toledo, in the centre of the Peninsula. This decision had implications of great significance; in the first place, because, instead of an east-west delineation of the Peninsula, pivoting between Lisbon and Cartagena, a north-south delineation from Cantabria to the Strait of Gibraltar was created.

    It was also significant because it constituted a first attempt at Peninsular unity idependent of the rest of the empire, and therefore the Visigoths have been considered, practically up to the present day, the creators of the first Peninsular kingdom, moreover the Visigothic kingdom would serve, time and again, as the source of legitimacy for any power which tried to unite Hispania, and thirdly, because the Pyrenees and Gibraltar, no longer considered mere places of passage or points within a larger imperial circuit, became the limits or frontiers of a state to be defended.

    The Visigoths defended themselves well against the Suevi in Galicia and subdued them in the 6th century A.D.; however, in the north, the Basques, Cantabrians and Asturians were more successful in resisting the Visigoth onslaught than they had been in resisting the Romans, and were almost as adept as they would be against the Moors. The Betica, from the 6th to the 11th century A.D., constituted an exception within western Europe. Facinf a continental Europe which was increasingly closed and fragmented, it would maintain its urban culture and its commercial and cultural connections within the Mediterranean domain; firstly, with the eastern Roman Empire, with Byzantium and later with the Muslim Caliphate.

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    Romantic Villa Costa Blanca

    Romantic Villa Costa Blanca

    This one of a kind spanish villa in Moraira comes with a subtropic garden, a fishpond and lots of privacy. This property in spain has a stunning mountain- and seaview. On the spanish property of 1000 m² is the costa blanca villa with a construction surface of 275 m² situated.

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    Her Majesty the Queen

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    Dona SOFIA DE GRECIA Y HANNOVER was born in Athens on November 2nd, 1938. She was first born daugther of the King and Queen of Greece, Paul I and Federika. Her majesty’ family belongs to one of the oldest Royal Houses in Europe and is related to the Czars of Russia, the German Emperors and Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

    Her Majesty spent part of her childhood in Egypt and South Africa, as her family was obliged to go into exile during the Second World War. She returned to her country in 1946, completed her education at the prestigious German boarding school of Schloss Salem, and, having returned to Athens, specialized in paediatrics, music and archaelogy. She took part as a reserve for the Greek sailing team in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

    On May 14th 1962 she married Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon, and in subsequent years her three children were born: Infanta Elena on December 20th, 1963, Infanta Cristina on June 13th, 1965, and Prince Felipe on January 30th, 1968.

    In addition to taking part in institutional events, the Queen devotes a great deal of attention to social and charity activities. She is the executive president of the Queen Sofia Foundation, and honorary president of the Royal Board on Education and Care of Handicapped Persons, and the Foundation for Aid for Drug Addicts.

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    Spain Property for Sale

    This spain property has two independent luxury villas on the same spanish property. By just breaking one wall down those two villas on the costa blanca can be easily connected. The Luxury Villa is close to the sea (about 2km), and in a friendly neighbourhood. This Villa in Calpe comes with swimmingpool, garage and cellar. The property is 909 m², and construction surface is 180,5 m².

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    Costa Blanca - Javea

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    Javea on the Costablanca is a small, historic town , it is free of high rise buildings.
    Javea with its variety of landscape, ranging from sandy coastlines to rugged mountain areas, the mild year-round climate, and its careful property planning policies, is a jewel on the Costa Blanca, combining beauty and modern facilities with the charm of an ancient fishing village.

    Javea is situated between the San Antonio and La Nao capes, enjoying the impressive and magnificent protection of the Mount Montgó. Dominating the fishing port is the modern silhouette of the church of Nestra Senora de Loreto. Outside the town, following the road to the San Antonio cape, the architectural sites include the monastery of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles, a series of small hermitages clutching the slopes of the mountain and some ancient windmills.

    Javea old town is steeped in history, with tosca stone porticoes, gothic bay windows, wrought iron window bars and balcony railings. The church of San Bartolemé in the town centre is an example of late gothic with a defensive character. The “Soler Blasco” Archaeological Museum is close by in the narrow streets and offers a wealth of information about the Iberian history. Nearby you can find the covered indoor market selling all sorts of household goods and fresh fish brought up from the Port daily.

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    Private Villa in Costa Blanca

    A real dream of a quality detached spanish villa in one of the best locations on the Costa Blanca you can get. The complete spain real estate just has been renovated with only the best materials. The groundfloor of the property in costa blanca consists of an independant guestapartment with two bedrooms, a big living-diningroom, a new kitchen and a covered terrace. The upperfloor comes with 2 bedrooms, two bathrooms on suite, guest-toilet, a big brand new equiped kitchen, a huge livingroom and a glazed terrace as diningroom.

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    Valencia - Fiesta and Folklore

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    The city of Valencia is best known for its rollicking festivals and especially for its spectacular fireworks, which have developed here to an art of its own. In Valencia people spend a whole year building a pyrotechnical work of art which then will burn down in one single night. This shows the character of the population, who really enjoy the moment and celebrate each festival as if it were the last one.

    The most important of the festivals in Valencia is certainly the Fallas de San José, a celebration of the beginning of springtime. In all the town one will see impressive cardboard constructions which will be burned on the last day of the festival (19th March).

    For Feria de Julio (in July) all Valencia is decorated with a sea of flowers. Again there are dancing parties, fireworks and some of the most important bullfights of Spain. At October, 9th, the Day of Comunidad Valenciana, there are commemorations of the reconquest of the town from the Moors.

    Another typical festival is the “Fiesta de la Mocaorá", an event in particular beloved by gourmets: specially for it are prepared those traditional specialities of marzipan, Piuletes and Tronadors.

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    Calpe

    Calpe is a place where famous writers such as Hemingway spent their summers in the thirties. Now, after more than seventy years, Calpe’s attractions makes the village an attractive spain real estate destination for home owners from all walks of life. You can experience the best views of the Costa Blanca from an enormous rock in Calpe known as the Peñón de Ifach rock. The summit of this limestone, recorded as the highest rock in the entire Mediterranean at 332 metres high, can be visited in organised groups.

    The area surrounding the Peñón has many archaeological and historical qualities. Prehistoric, Iberian, Phoenician and Roman remains are reported to have been discovered here and on the piece of land which links it to the coast. At the foot of the Peñón is the site of a Roman ‘factory’ for the drying and salting of fish and is known as the ‘Baños de la Reina’, which translates ‘The Queen’s Baths’.

    There are 11 kilometres of sandy beaches, such as the Levante and Arenal beaches, and coves like the one at La Manzanera where there are three buildings designed by Ricardo Bofill, and the Les Urques cove where scuba diving and fishing are possible.

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    Spanish Villa with Guest Apartment

    Costa Blanca Villa for Sale

    This spanish villa has been built in the typical costa blanca properties style, but with very big rooms unusual for property in spain and a lot of light. The complete privately designed terace and the lovely seaview gives this spanish property for sale it’s own character.

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    Culture in Alicante Costa Blanca

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    Cultural Activities in Alicante


    Alicante the main centre on the costa blanca is a university city, with various faculties and a series of technical colleges. During the summer time a variety of Spanish courses for foreigners are held.

    The City of Alicante offers an interesting range of cultural activities. Those activities taking place in various centres around town; for example at the Casa de la Cultura (cultural centre), which has also a well-stocked library and a historical archive. These facilites keep locals and visitors abreast of cultural movements by staging expositions, conferences and films.

    A number of financial entities also have their own Cultural Centres, offering a diverse programme throughout the year. The Teatro Principal, a neo-classical building of the middle 19th century, offers an extensive programme a the exhibition centre Lonja del Pescado. In the month of September the National Theatre Meeting “Alicante a Escena” is held, along with the International Contemporary Music Festival. In December there is an International Puppet Festival.

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    Very big Villa in Spain for Sale

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    This spain real estate is a real mansion. Words won´t help, you have to see this unbelievable spanish villa for sale, with your own eyes. With heated swimminpool, seaview and a 5000 m² plot makes this one of the finest costa blanca properties on the market. It is located in Altea which is without doubt one of the most charming towns to be found on Spain’s “Costa Blanca".

    Altea history is part of the history of costa blanca, which goes back even before than the history of Spain. Already Berber pirates found this area to be very attractive, for their panoramic views of the whole coastline. The calm waters and the many natural harbours provided plenty of hiding places. This natural beauty is till today one of the best kept secrets of all spanish properties.

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    Romans in Iberia

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    The presence of the romans in Spain began about 200 B.C. with the battle of controling the western Mediterranean Sea. The iberic peninsula was very popular because of it’s ideal geographic position between the Atlantic and the Mediteranean Sea and also it’s agriculture and mineral in the southern part of the country. The Roman conquest of the peninsula lasted from 218 till 15 B.C.

    Important dates are:

    200 B. C.
    Rome conquered and colonialized Spain. The roman language, the roman civilization and later also Christianity were introduced. The Romans called their first two provinces outside Italy Hispania Citerior and Hispania Ulterior (197 B.C.).
    154 - 133 B. C.
    Rebellions of the Celtibers (Viriatus and the Lusitans), who refused to surrender to the Romans, against Rome.
    27 B. C.
    Romans made peace between the different cultures at the island and divided it into 3 provinces: Tarraconense, Baetica and Lusitana. The Roman presence in Hispania lasted 7 centuries. In this period of time the borderline to other European countries was formed. The Romans didn´t only leave the administration of the state, but also their administration of the town. This meant a big change, that finally put the peninsula into a Greek-Latin oriented and later into a Jewish-Christian oriented world.
    98 A. C.
    Beginning of the government of Trajan, the first Roman emperor of Spanish origin.
    264 A. C.
    Alemannics and Suebs entered the country by force and occupied Tarragona.
    411 A. C.
    The barbaric tribes signed an alliance with Rome which allowed them to establish military colonies in Spain.
    568-586 A. C.
    The Westgothic king Leovigild tried to unite the island. That was the end of the Roman empire in Spain. Now it was ruled by Westgothics and Suebs.
    711 A. C.
    The Arabs defeated the Westgothics and Suebs at Xeres de la Frontera. Begin of the arabic rule in Spain.

    Dream Villa Costa Blanca

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    Dream Villa Costa Blanca

    This property in spain is a really huge spanish villa on a 1400m² big plot in one of the best costa blanca properties areas in Moraira with a supermarket, bars, restaurants, banks and sportcenters. This spanish villa for sale comes even with a heatable swimming pool and is already partially furnished.

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    The History of Arabs in Spain

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    The Arabs came first in the year AD 711 to Spain and conquered Toledo and Córdoba. It took only seven years and the hispanic peninsula belonged to the Arabs except a small part in the north. During this time the Arabian Spain were called Al-Andalus and Córdoba was its centre.

    Christians learned the Arabian language, therefor those Christians in Al-Andalus were given the Arabian expression “Musta’Ribun”. This was the reason that the Arabian language became also the language of Non-Arab’s in Spain. In spite of the safety, which the Non-Arabs in Arabian Spain had, did many convert to the Arabian belief and became the same rights as the native Arabs.

    The Arabs brought with them their knowledge and know-how, which was very helpful for the country’s development. Their irrigation system for example made the fields fertile, which raised agriculture to the highest standard in europe at that time. Plants were imported, such as oranges from Persia just to name one. Another important aspect for the economy was the export of leather, ceramic, paper and material, which had been luxury products in Europe, because they hadn’t had the superior knowledge of the Arabs at the time. There were not only important Islamic scientists, but also the Non-Arabian scientists were supported on the Iberian peninsula.

    What the Muslims on the Iberian Peninsula had so laboriously developed, was unfortunately damaged by the reconquest. In AD 722 the Muslims suffered a defeat in Covadonga, which is considered the beginning of the reconquest. Outside of Asturias further Christian realms were formed, which were expanding more and more to the south. When the Christian realms in the north noticed the fact that the Islamic area was weakened by discrepancies among the Muslims, they saw their chance come for the reconquest.

    In the year AD 1085 the Christians took Toledo again, which signified an enormous defeat for the Muslims. Since that time the Muslims had to hand over more and more areas. After years of war the Muslims had to surrender Granada in 1492; thereby the reconquest was said to be completed. With the defeat of the Islamic rule the high scientific levels created by the Muslims could not be maintained, which had catastrophic consequences for the country.

    The spain of the Muslims changed completely in the hands of the Christians. They were not capable of keeping the irrigation systems in good condition not to speak of constructing new irrigation canals, so that the once fertile land became deserted. The Christian conquerors were also not able to achieve something similar in scientific areas as their hated enemies, the Muslims. The Universities were run-down and the cities impoverished, so that the country lost its attraction.

    The new rulers tried first to hold on to the coexistence of the religions like the Islamic model. Thus for instance the free practice of their faith was contractually assured to the Muslims after the defeat of Granada. What had, theoretically been fixed on the paper, however could not been found in practice. Under Isabella’s and Ferdinand’s order Ximénez had to force the Muslim population to convert and the Arabic language as colloquial language was forbidden. When the Muslims refused to comply, innumerable Muslims were killed and the mosques were set on fire. The government reacted to this resistance by setting a deadline, by which they either had to convert to the Christian faith or to leave the country, leaving all their property to the church. In fact they only had the choice between baptism and death, because they were only allowed to leave the country by a payment of a certain sum.

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    Luxury Villa in Spain

    This spanish property in Moraira is one of the most beautiful villas on the Costa Blanca. The builder or bether the artist who built this costa blanca villa just used high quality construction materials. The property has a spacious quality area with an excellent sea view and a gallery below the roof.

    Moraira is located on the northern Costa Blanca coast, about 50 miles north of Alicante and 70 miles south of Valencia. The valley of Moraira has no hint of towering hotels and apartment blocks, because of the very strict planning controls, and the luscious green countryside remains exclusively for villa owners.

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    Costa Blanca Property

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    Beautiful Spanish Villa for Sale in Altea


    This beautiful detached villa in spain, with an independant guestouse on a costa blanca property of 1320 sqm in Altea is now for sale.

    Villa in Altea

    Altea is located in the Spanish region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. This is without a doubt one of the most charming property in spain to be found on Spain’s “White Coast". Altea is famous for its medieval cobbled streets, its picture book old quarter and the delights of its palm-fringed seafront esplanade.

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    Villa Costa Blanca for Sale

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    Spanish Villa for sale in Calpe


    Villa in Calpe

    Calpe is located in the Spanish region of Alicante on the Costa Blanca, and is steeped in history and offers a wealth of culture and phantastic opportunity for spanish property - yet this ancient fishing port has comfortably married its centuries old past with the demands of modern day costa blanca property owners.

    Calpe is a mixture of high rise beachside buildings geared to the needs of the concerned owner of costa blanca property, narrow medieval streets bearing the hallmarks of a bygone age.

    With its ideal location, near perfect climate and many attractions, Calpe has proved to be a magnet for owner of property in spain.

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