Costa Blanca Villa | spanish property Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca Villa

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Villa Costa Blanca

Villa Costa Blanca

This spanish property is a cosy and very nice built detached villa near Calpe. The main house consists of three bedrooms, kitchen, living-diningroom, three shower-bathrooms and a spacious covered terrace. On the groundfloor you will find a separate guestapartment with one bedroom, livingroom, kitchen and a good sized shower-bath.

For further information on this property in Calpe Ref: C4140 visit calpe villa, or contact immo2sell.

Music of Valencia

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Valencia is one of the musical centers in Spain, and is known for its own variety of jota distinct from the Aragonese version, as well as bandes found in almost every village in the region. Religious and work songs are common in Valencia, many are performed with accompaniment. El Misterio de Elche is a Valencian opera, and is sometimes said to be the oldest opera in the world.

Valencia has a kind of popular dance called “La Jota” that we is also found in other parts of Spain, especially Aragón. Valencia has a reputation for musical innovation, and performing groups called bandes are common, with one appearing in almost every town. The group Al Tall is also well-known, experimenting with the Berber band Muluk El Hwa.

Villa Calpe

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Villa in Calpe

Villa in Calpe

This cosy and totally renovated detached villa in a quiet but still centric urbanisation in Calpe offers a beautiful with view over the coast of the costa blanca. Extras include Barbecue, new security windows, new water- and electroinstallations and much more.

For further information on this villa in Calpe Ref: C4120 visit costa blanca villa, or contact immo2sell.

Alfonso XIII

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Alfonso XIII of Spain (May 17, 1886 - February 28, 1941), King of Spain, posthumous son of Alfonso XII of Spain, was proclaimed King at his birth. He reigned from 1886-1931. His mother, Queen Maria Christina, was appointed regent during his minority. In 1902, on attaining his 16th year, the King assumed control of the government. On May 31, 1906 he married Scottish-born Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887-1969), a niece of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. A Serene Highness by birth, Ena, as she was known, was raised to Royal Highness status a month before her wedding to prevent the union from being viewed as unequal, or morganatic.

As Alfonso XIII and Queen Ena were returning from the wedding they narrowly escaped assassination in a bomb explosion, which killed and injured many bystanders and members of the royal procession. The royal couple had seven children: Alfonso Pio Cristino Eduardo (1907-1938, a hemophiliac, he renounced his rights to the throne in 1936 to marry a commoner and became Count of Covadonga). Jaime Luitpold Isabelino Enrique (1908-1975, a deaf-mute as the result of a childhood operation, he renounced his rights to the throne in 1933 and became Duke of Segovia, and later Duke of Madrid, and who, as a legitimist pretender to the French throne from 1941 to 1975, was known as the Duke of Anjou).

Beatrice Isabel Federica Alfonsa Eugenia (1909-2002); a stillborn son (1910); Maria Christina Teresa Alejandra (1911-1996); Juan Carlos Teresa Silvestre Alfonso (1913-93, named heir to the throne and Count of Barcelona), and Gonzalo Manuel Maria Bernardo (1914-34, a hemophiliac). The king also had three illegitimate children, Roger Leveque de Vilmorin (1905-1980), by French aristocrat Mélanie de Gaufridy de Dortan; Leandro Alfonso Ruiz Moragas (born in 1929), officially recognized by Spanish courts on May 21, 2003 as Leandro Alfonso de Borbón Ruiz, son of the King; and his sister Ana María Teresa Ruiz Moragas. The mother of both siblings was the Spanish actress Carmen Ruiz Moragas.

During his reign Spain lost its last colonies in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, lost several wars in north Africa, and endured the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera. When the 2nd Spanish republic was proclaimed in 1931, he abandoned the country with no formal abdication. He died in exile in Rome, after leaving his successory rights to his fourth, but second surviving, son Juan de Borbon, Count of Barcelona, the father of the later King Juan Carlos. The count of Barcelona renounced his rights to the throne in 1977, in favor of his son, Juan Carlos.

Costa Blanca Luxury Villa

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Villa in Alfaz del Pi

Villa in Alfaz del Pi

This absolute stunning luxury villa in Alfaz del Pi is a dream come true. The view to the mountain ist breathtaking, and to the sea is it only 4,5 kilometers. The villa comes with a whirlpool, electric heating, air conditioning and much more.

For further information on this luxury villa in spain Ref: C4110 visit costa blanca luxury villa, or contact immo2sell.

Manuel Fraga Iribarne

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Manuel Fraga, also known as Don Manuel, (born November 23, 1922) is the president of the Spanish province Galicia, and is one of the oldest presidents in the world. Manuel Fraga began his political career during General Franco’s fascist dictatorship in Spain, being minister and ambassador in London. After Franco’s death, democracy returned to Spain. Fraga the formed a right wing party called Alianza Popular (AP - Popular Alliance), wich later changed its name to Partido Popular (PP - Popular Party).

The party was ignored in its first years, but gained popularity when UCD (Unión de Centro Democrático, a moderate right wing party which won the first two elections after Franco’s death) disbanded and most of its members joined AP. In the late eighties, Fraga left presidency of PP and returned to his homeland, Galicia. He won the elections and became president of Galicia, and it has remained in charge until the present. In late 2002, when an oil tanker ship called Prestige sank near Galician coast, Fraga saw his credibility really damaged.

Altea Property

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Property in Altea

Property in Altea

This altea villa is situated in a very quiet but still centric urbanized area in Altea. The incredible garden and the beautiful seaviews are only some of the many charming details of this peaceful place.

For further information on this villa in Altea Ref: C4100 visit altea property, or contact immo2sell.

Peter I of Castile

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Peter “the Cruel,” king of Castile (1333-1369), (in Spanish, Pedro I) son of Alfonso XI and Maria, daughter of Alphonso IV of Portugal, was born in 1333. He earned for himself the reputation of monstrous cruelty which is indicated by the accepted title. In later ages, when the royal authority was thoroughly established, there was a reaction in Peter’s favour, and an alternative name was found for him. It became a fashion to speak of him as El Justiciero, the executor of justice. Apologists were found to say that he had only killed men who themselves would not submit to the law or respect the rights of others.

There is this amount of foundation for the plea, that the chronicler Lopez de Ayala, who fought against him, has confessed that the king’s fall was regretted by the merchants and traders, who enjoyed security under his rule. Peter began to reign at the age of sixteen, and found himself subjected to the control of his mother and her favourites. He was immoral, and unfaithful to his wife, as his father had been. But Alphonso XI did not imprison his wife, or cause her to be murdered. Peter certainly did the first, and there can be little doubt that he did the second.

He had not even the excuse that he was passionately in love with his mistress, Maria de Padilla; for, at a time when he asserted that he was married to her, and when he was undoubtedly married to Blanche of Bourbon, he went through the form of marriage with a lady of the family of Castro, who bore him a son, and then deserted her. Maria de Padilla was only the one lady of his harem of whom he never became quite tired. At first he was controlled by his mother, but emancipated himself with the encouragement of the minister Albuquerque and became attached to Maria de Padilla. Maria turned him against Albuquerque. In 1354 the king was practically coerced by his mother and the nobles into marrying Blanche of Bourbon, but deserted her at once.

A period of turmoil followed in which the king was for a time overpowered and in effect imprisoned. The dissensions of the party which was striving to coerce him enabled him to escape from Toro, where he was under observation, to Segovia. From 1356 to 1366 he was master, and was engaged in continual wars with Aragon, in which he showed neither ability nor daring. It was during this period that he perpetrated the series of murders which made him odious. He confided in nobody save the Jews, who were his tax-gatherers, or the Muslim guards he had about him.

The profound hatred of the Christians for the Jews and Mudejares, or Muslims settled among them, dates from the years in which they were the agents of his unbridled tyranny. In 1366 he was assailed by his bastard brother Henry of Trastamara at the head of a host of soldiers of fortune, including Bertrand du Guesclin and Hugh Calveley, and abandon the kingdom without daring to give battle, after retreating several times (first from Burgos, then from Toledo, and lastly from Seville) in the face of the oncoming armies. He fled, with his treasury, to Portugal where he was coldly received by his uncle, Pedro I, and thence to Galacia, in northern Spain, where he ordered murder Suero, the archbishop of Santiago, and the dean, Peralvarez.

In the summer of 1366 Peter took refuge with the Black Prince, by whom he was restored in the following year. But he disgusted his ally by his faithlessness and ferocity. The health of the Black Prince broke down, and he left Spain. When thrown on his own resources, Peter was soon overthrown by his brother Henry, with the aid of Bertrand du Guesclin and a body of French free companions. He was murdered by Henry in du Guesclin’s tent on March 23, 1369. His daughters by Maria de Padilla, Constance and Isabella, were respectively married to John of Gaunt and Edmund of Langley, sons of Edward III, king of England.

Plot in Altea for Sale

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Altea Plot

This lovely building plot is suitable for a detached villa in one of the best locations of Altea. Extras like water and electricy are already at the land. At this plot you have to build with the owner who is also the constructor.

For further information on this plot in Altea Ref: 0137G visit spanish property, or contact immo2sell.

Douro

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Douro is one of the major rivers of Portugal and Spain, flowing from its source near Soria across central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Oporto. Its total length is 765 km, of which only sections on the Portuguese river are navegible by light rivercraft. In its Spanish section the Douro crosses the great Castilian meseta passing through Soria, Almazán, Aranda de Duero, Tordesillas, and Zamora. There are few large tributaries of the Duero before it enters Portuguese territory. The most important are the Pisuerga, passing through Valladolid, and the Esla, which passes through Benavente.

This region, for the most part, is one of semi-arid plains planted with wheat and in some places, especially near Aranda de Duero, in wine grapes. Sheep raising is also still important. Once the Douro enters Portugal major population centers practically disappear. The Portuguese Douro is a region of canyons and tiny villages, which until recently were relatively isolated from the rest of the country. Except for Porto, at the river mouth, the only population centers of any note are Foz de Tua, Pinhão and Peso da Régua.

Tributaries are small and flow into canyons to enter the larger river. The most important are the Coa, the Tua, the Tâmega, the Balsemão, and the Sousa. None of these small, fast flowing rivers are navigable. Entering Portugal the river passes through a region of narrow canyons making it a historical barrier for invaders from the north and a linguistic dividing line. This isolated area is now a protected area. These upper reaches of the Douro have a microclimate allowing for cultivation of olives, almonds, and especially grapes important for making the famous Port wine.

The region around Pinhão and São João da Pesqueira is considered to be the center of Port wine with its picturesque quintas or farms clinging on to almost vertical slopes dropping down to the river. Many of these quintas are owned by multinational beverage companies and are worth a visit. Traditionally, the wine was taken down river in flat-bottom boats called rabelos to be stored in barrels in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Oporto. Quite often these boats were lost in accidents and seasonal fluctutions in the river made transport precarious.

In the eighties dams were built along the river ending this river traffic. There are nine dams on the Portuguese Douro alone making the flow of water uniform and generating hydroelectric power. Now Port wine is transported in tanker trucks. Recently, a prosperous tourist industry has developed based on river excursions from Oporto to points along the upper Douro. Boats pass through the dams by way of locks.

Costa Blanca Property

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Plot in Altea

Plot in Altea

This property in Altea is a real dream of a plot with a nice view to the sea of the Costa Blanca. The plot has already water and electricy connected, the stand in Altea is very cheap to build, because the land on the property is absolutely flat, and you can even choose your builder.

For further information on this property in Altea Ref: 0135G visit property in spain, or contact immo2sell.

Second Spanish Republic

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Second Spanish Republic (1931–1939) was the second period in Spanish history in which the election of both the positions of Head of State and Head of government were in the hands of the people. (The First Spanish Republic was from 1873–1874.) The Second Republic began on April 14, 1931 after the abdication of King Alfonso XIII, following local election in which Republican candidates won the urban vote.

The first president was Niceto Alcalá Zamora (1931–1936). The Basques and the Catalans claimed independence but didn’t immediately get the autonomy they wanted. The Straperlo scandal undermined the confidence in centrist republican parties and led to polarization. The second president was Manuel Azaña (1936–1939). The Republic suffered a terrible crisis when General Franco attempted a coup on July 18, 1936, which was the start of the Spanish Civil War.

The Republic began to fall out of favor with some nations but received aid from others, such as Stalin’s USSR. Azaña’s government lasted until February, 1939. The Republic fell when General Franco and his troops took Madrid on April 1, 1939. A dictatorship (Franquismo) was established which lasted until Franco’s death in 1975.

Plot in Calpe

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Calpe Plot

Calpe Plot

This very cheap plot which is almost completely flat is in Calpe in a very quiet area. The plot in Calpe has a stand size of 1100 m² is only three kilometer away from the sea of the Costa Blanca and has also a beautiful view to the mountains.

For further information on this plot in Altea Ref: 0132G visit spanish property, or contact immo2sell.

Real Zaragoza

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Real Zaragoza are a Spanish football team from Zaragoza in Aragón. Founded on March 18, 1902, they currently play in the Segunda División. They play in white with blue shorts. Home stadium is the La Romareda that seats 35,000 spectators. Originally formed out of two rival teams, Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD. By the 1930s, the team was making headway in the leagues, but the Civil War put a brake on a lot of the progress made.

On September 8, 1957 the team left their original stadium (the Torrero) for the La Romareda. It was not until the 1960s that Zaragoza would see their first successes, in the Copa del Rey. Fans of the side had to wait until the 1980s to experience another victory in the cup competition. Real Zaragoza have played the majority of their history, a total of forty four seasons, in the Primera División. Being more of a specialist cup side, they have not managed to win the league, although they have come second on one occasion. In the 2001-02 season they were unfortunately relegated from the Primera for the first time in over a decade.

Property in Altea

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Altea Property

Altea Property

This plot on the Costa Blanca is ready for residential building. The property in Altea is situated about one kilometer away from the beautiful village of Altea la vieja, at 5 km of Altea, and at 60 km of the Alicante Airport. The plot on the Costa Blanca has a beautiful view to the ocean.

For further information on this plot in Altea Ref: 0130G visit spanish property, or contact immo2sell.

Castile

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

A former kingdom of Spain, Castile comprises the two regions of Old Castile in north-western Spain, and New Castile in the centre of the country. Previously an eastern county of the kingdom of León, Castile in the 11th century became an independent realm with its capital at Burgos and later Valladolid, and the leading force in the northern Christian states’ 400-year Reconquista ("reconquest") of central and southern Spain from the Muslim rulers who had dominated the peninsula since the 8th century.

The capture of Toledo in 1085 added New Castile to the crown’s territories, and the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) heralded the Muslim loss of most of the south. León was finally reunited with Castile in 1230, and the following decades saw the capture of Córdoba (1236), Murcia (1243) and Seville (1248). The dynastic union of Castile and Aragón in 1469, when Ferdinand II of Aragon wed Isabella I of Castile, led to the formal creation of Spain as a single entity in 1516. See List of Spanish monarchs and Kings of Spain family tree.

The territory traditionally regarded as Castilian is now divided into the Spanish autonomous communities of Castile-Leon, Castile-La Mancha, Madrid, Cantabria and La Rioja. The language of Castile emerged as the primary language of Spain - known to many of its speakers as castellano and in English simply as the Spanish language.

Property in Spain

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Property in Spain

This fantastic plot in Altea is one one of the last nearly flat plots on the Costa Blanca with nice seaviews. The stand in Altea has a size of 1522 m² is just one kilometer away from the sea and offers a beautiful view to the mountains too.

For further information on this stand in spain Ref: 0119G visit spanish properties, or contact immo2sell.

Tortilla de patatas

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Tortilla de patatas (potato omelette) is also sometimes called tortilla española (Spanish omelette) to differentiate it from the dish commonly known as tortilla francesa (French omelette) or just tortilla, which is made only with eggs. It is a very popular dish at any kind of event in Spain and can be served either cold or hot. Although potatoes and eggs are the basic and in most cases the only ingredients of a tortilla de patatas, other vegetables can also be found accompanying it such as onions and, more rarely, red peppers, chives and artichokes.

Spanish Property

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Property in Spain

This total flat plot in Altea on the Costa Blanca comes as a done project. You could begin to build directly on this 1290 m² stand in Altea with a beautiful views to the mountains and the sea of the Costa Blanca.

For further information on this property in spain Ref: 0108G visit spanish property, or contact immo2sell.

Siege of Gibraltar

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Siege of Gibraltar was a military action during the War of the Spanish Succession during which the fortress of Gibraltar was captured by allied British and Dutch forces after a three days’ siege, on July 24, 1704. The attack was carried out by a brigade of Dutch and British Marines, 1800 strong, under the command of Prince George of Hess-Darmstadt. The capture was made in the interests of Charles, archduke of Austria, but Sir George Rooke, the British admiral, on his own responsibility caused the British flag to be hoisted, and took possession in name of Queen Anne, whose government ratified the occupation.

A great number of the inhabitants of the town of Gibraltar abandoned their homes rather than recognize the authority of the invaders. The Spaniards quickly assembled an army to recapture the place, and a new siege opened in October 1704 by troops of France and Spain under the marquess of Villadarias. The Marine brigade, still under the command of the British admiral, Sir John Leake, and the military governor, Prince George of Hesse-Darmstadt (who had commanded the land forces in July), and reinforced shortly before by a further 400 Royal Marines, held the fortress against repeated attacks.

A notable incident during the siege was the attempt made by 500 French and Spanish volunteer grenadiers to surprise the garrison on October 31. Captain Fisher of the Marines with 17 of his men successfully defended the Round Tower against their assault. A contemporary report of this noted defence says, “Encouraged by the Prince of Hesse, the garrison did more than could humanly be expected, and the English Marines gained an immortal glory". On March 9, 1705, the French marshal de Tessé, who had replaced Villadarias, gave up the siege and retired.

Apartment Costa Blanca

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Costa Blanca Apartment

Costa Blanca Apartment

This incredible luxury apartment of 160sqm in Altea has a spectacular panoramic sea views over the Costa Blanca. Each apartment has three large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully equipped american kitchen, great living-dining-room, air conditioning cold/warm, 2 terraces of 40sqm + 20sqm, 2 community pools, garage, parking, lift, concierge and much more.

For further information on this Costa Blanca Apartment Ref: A0144 visit spain properties, or contact immo2sell.

Balearic Islands

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Balearic Islands (Illes Balears Catalan official name, Islas Baleares in Spanish) are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, forming an autonomous community of Spain. The capital of the autonomous community is Palma de Mallorca. The autonomous community consists of one province. The official languages are Catalan and Spanish. The Catalan name Illes Balears is used by the Spanish government.

The main islands are Majorca (Mallorca), Minorca (Menorca), Ibiza (Eivissa), and Formentera, all popular tourist destinations. Minor islands include Cabrera, the location of the Parque Nacional del Archipiélago de Cabrera. Strictly speaking, Majorca and Minorca are the Balearic Islands proper, with Ibiza and Formentera being the Illes Pitiüses; but both groups are usually referred to as the Balearic Islands.

Costa Blanca Apartment

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Apartment Costa Blanca

This apartment at the Costa Blanca will have comfortable installations, big rooms and a phantastic surrounding with gardens. All apartments are adapted to owner spedifics. The Jazmines residential complex consist of three apartment blocks where each flat ranges from 70 to 130sqm.

For further information on this Costa Blanca Apartments Ref: A0143 visit property spain, or contact immo2sell.

Battle of Santiago de Cuba

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Battle of Santiago de Cuba, fought on July 3, 1898, was the largest naval engagement of the Spanish-American War, and resulted in the destruction of the Spanish Caribbean Squadron (also known as the Flota del Ultramar) and dashed the hopes of Spain for preventing a blockade of Cuba. Cuba was the heart of the American campaign against Spain. It was in Cuba that USS Maine had met her untimely demise, in Cuba that the Americans had chosen to make their stand against Spanish “imperialism”.

The scope of the land war is beyond the range of this article, as is the questionable morality on both sides regarding the Cuban question. Nevertheless, it is important to point out that key fact - that Cuba was the heart of the American war effort, and it was in Cuba that the Americans sought to achieve most of their military aims against the Spanish.

The Spanish, too, realized that the war could be made or broken by the campaign in Cuba. Even before the opening of hostilities, Almirante Pascual Cervera y Topete had been dispatched from Spain with the ultimate destination of Cuba. At best, the Spanish hoped to show the flag in their largest remaining New World colony; at worst, the Spanish hoped to have a force prepared to meet the relatively inexperienced, but powerful, U.S. Navy. Cervera’s squadron and the squadron lost by Patricio Montojo at the Battle of Manila Bay could not have been more different, statistically.

Montojo’s squadron had been composed largely of relics and cast-offs meant for patrol and revenue collection; Cervera’s squadron was composed of modern warships, most of them less than a decade old. Montojo’s squadron had virtually no torpedo launching capability; Cervera brought with him destroyers Pluton and Furor, two of the most feared torpedo armed warships in the world at the time. Montojo’s squadron was almost entirely unarmored; nearly all of Cervera’s vessels were protected by armor of some kind.

However, it is evident from the records of the time and from Cervera’s own writings, that the Spanish Admiral had the feeling that he was sailing to his doom. The breech mechanisms in many of the Spanish guns were dangerously faulty, causing jams and other mishaps; many of the naval boilers were in desperate need of repair; some ships, such as the respected armored cruiser Vizcaya, desperately needed a bottom-cleaning and were suffering from extra drag. Worst yet, some of the gunners were long out of practice, having little experience with firing live rounds. The most well protected ship in Cervera’s fleet, Armored Cruiser Cristobal Colon, had not even had her main battery installed and carried wooden dummy guns instead.

Early in the year, Cervera had attempted to convince the Ministero de Marine - the bureaucratic body responsible for governing Spain’s admiralty - that the best strategy lay in resisting the Americans near the Canary Islands. Here, the fleet could be repainted, recoaled, and overhauled. The fleet could then lay within range of the vast reserves of ammunition established in Spain and the firepower of the Home Squadron. The fleet could then meet the Americans, he argued, still exhausted from their trip across the Atlantic, and destroy them. It was a strategy endorsed by every officer under his command, and many in the Home Squadron besides; it was a strategy utterly rejected by the Admiralty. Cervera’s own misgivings belie the seriousness of the situation faced:

“It is impossible for me to give you an idea of the surprise and consternation experienced by all on the receipt of the order to sail. Indeed, that surprise is well justified, for nothing can be expected of this expedition except the total destruction of the fleet or its hasty and demoralized return.” On April 30th, Cervera set sail from Cape Verde. Panic gripped the American populace - would he attack the largely undefended East Coast while the fleet sailed about in a vain effort to engage him? Would he prey upon American shipping? Would he sail up the Potomac and set fire to Washington, D.C.?

Following was a classic game of cat and mouse. Cervera managed to evade the American fleet for several weeks, evading his bewildered American counterparts and managing to re-coal in the process. Finally, on May 29, after several misadventures, Cristobal Colon was spotted in the harbor at Santiago by a bewildered American squadron. Contact was now inevitable.

Apartment Costa Blanca

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Costa Blanca Apartment

Costa Blanca Apartment

This luxury apartment has lot’s of space and most of all a very nice seaviews. The apartment comes with two parking places, marble floor, alarm system and is with it’s living area of over 200 m² a very nice place to be.

For further information on this Costa Blanca Apartment Ref: A0141 visit properties spain, or contact immo2sell.

Penthouse in Altea

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Altea Penthouse

Altea Penthouse

This spanish penthouse is just around the corner of a supermarket, the banks, even better so the golfcourse and is near the city. The apartment in Altea has a beautiful view to the mountains and the sea. There is a community pool, marble floors, preinstalation for heating and aircondition and much more.

For further information on this penthouse in Altea Ref: A0140 visit spanish properties, or contact immo2sell.

Black Legend

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Black Legend (in Spanish, leyenda negra) is the depiction of Spain and the Spaniards as bloodthirsty and cruel, greedy and fanatical, in excess of reality. This is contrasted with the White Legend ((in Spanish, leyenda rosa, which means rosy legend) and promoted an idealized view of Spaniards. Needless to say, the very phrase Black Legend is highly colored itself and not propitious for a neutral historical analysis except of folkloric perceptions.

In 1552, the Dominican friar Bartolome de las Casas published his Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias), a polemical and arguably exaggerated account of the excesses which accompanied colonization, in which he blamed Spanish brutality for the near-extinction of the indigenous population of the island of Hispaniola. Really, while the massive population loss in the Americas after 1492 was mostly the consequence of Old World diseases {smallpox, influenza, measles and typhus} to which the colonial populations had no resistance, violence, exploitation and the destruction of traditional social and economic organisation took a severe toll and undermined native peoples’ recuperative capacity.

The book was extensively used by the Dutch during their war for independence from Spain, and taken up by the English in their own wars with Spain (see Spanish Armada). The two northern nations were not only emerging as Spain’s rivals for empire, but were also strongholds of Protestantism while Spain was the most powerful Catholic country of the period. Other critics of Spain included the fallen secretary to king Philip II of Spain, Antonio Pérez, who fled to England where he published libels against the Spanish Monarchy. The imprisonment and subsequent death of Don Carlos by his parent Philip II of Spain added to the legend. This event inspired an opera. Also, the Spanish-born pope Alexander VI became almost a mythical character, and countless legends and traditions attached to his name.

The United States of America would have inherited the Black Legend from the British colonization of the Americas. Some people feel that the United States mass media and government have propagated it to justify United States actions against Spain or Latin American countries, as in the Spanish-American War or in the colonization of Philippines after the Philippine-American War. We can still see evidence of the Black legend in modern literature and movies, as in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad.

Altea Apartment

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Apartment Altea

This beautiful apartment in Altea has a nice seaview to the Costa Blanca. Constructed in 1991 with 2 bed rooom, 2 bath rooms and a big terrace. Also available is a swimming pool, garage and a preinstallation for the aircondition.

For further information on this apartment in Altea Ref: A0138 visit spanish property, or contact immo2sell.

Valencian Community

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Valencian Community (Valencian Comunitat Valenciana, Spanish Comunidad Valenciana) is an autonomous community (comunidad autónoma in Spanish, or, in Valencian, comunitat autònoma) in the east of Spain. It is historically known as the Kingdom of Valencia (Regne de Valencia in Valencian, Reino de Valencia in Spanish). Some people call the Valencian Community Pais Valencia (Valencian Country) though this has never been its official name. Its languages are Spanish (Castilian) and Valencian.

Major cities and notable towns include: Valencia (Valencian València), capital of the province of the same name, famous festival of the Fallas in March 19. Castellón de la Plana ((Valencian Castelló de la Plana), capital of the province of the same name. Alicante ((Valencian Alacant), capital of the province of the same name, famous for its hard nougat or turrón duro (Catalan torró dur). Jijona ((Valencian Xixona), famous for its soft nougat or turrón de Jijona ((Valencian torró de Xixona). Elche (Valencian Elx), famous for the wood of palm trees called Palmeral, and for the Mystery Play, which has been declared part of World Heritage by the UNESCO. Vilareal, important producer of ceramics and brick. Elda, important producer of shoes. Buñol ((Valencian Bunyol)famous for the Tomatina, on the last wednesday of August.

The Comunidad Valenciana includes the provinces of: Castellón/Castelló Valencia/València Alicante/Alacant Major rivers: Turia ((Valencian Túria) Júcar ((Valencian Xúquer) Segura

Altea Apartment

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Apartment Altea

Apartment Altea

The apartments in Altea are nearby the colf court Don Cayo. This spanish property is a perfect place under the spanish sun. Sierra Altea as the property is named, has a beautiful view into the mountains of the costa blanca.

For further information on this altea apartment for sale Ref: A0137 visit spanish properties, or contact immo2sell.

Calpe Villa

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Villa in Calpe for sale

Villa in Calpe for sale

This spanish villa which is in top condition, is located in a quiet area in Calpe at the Costa Blanca. Extras include whirlpool, alarm system, automatic irrigation system, office on the level of the roof, heated pool, two SAT- dishes for english TV and more. The property belonges to a spanish company (S.L). Attention; If you buy the company you don’t have to pay the 7% tax for buying a property!

For further information on this spanish villa Ref: C4080 visit spanish properties, or contact immo2sell.

Ibiza

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Ibiza or Eivissa is one of the Balearic Islands (Illes Balears Catalan official name, Islas Baleares in Spanish) located in the Mediterranean Sea, and belonging to Spain. With Formentera, it is one of the two Illes Pitiüses. Major cities are Ibiza Town and San Antonio. Its official Catalan name is Eivissa; Ibiza is the Spanish (Castilian) name, now less used in Spain itself, though still dominant among speakers of English.

The island was conquered by James I of Aragon in 1235. Ibiza is a very popular tourist destination, especially due to its legendary riotous nightlife (mainly in Ibiza Town, the island’s capital on the eastern shore).

Apartment Altea

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Altea Apartment

You can buy now one of this thirty beautiful new built apartments. Those apartments in Altea come all with seaviews. In the price of this property opportunity in Spain is a parking place included. Just for a small extra you can even get your own garage. The construction was finished in June 2004.

For further information on this spanish apartment for sale Ref: A0123 visit spanish property, or contact immo2sell.

The Spanish-American War

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

The Philippines


The first battle was in the Philippines where on May 1, Commodore George Dewey commanding the United States Pacific fleet, in six hours defeated the Spanish squadron, under Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasarón, at the Battle of Manila Bay. Meanwhile Philippine nationalists led by Emilio Aguinaldo attacked the Spanish on land, and many of the Spanish troops surrendered.

Cuba


In Cuba the American navy met the Spanish Atlantic fleet in Santiago Bay on July 3. The Americans defeated the Spanish and gained control of the waterways around Cuba. This prevented re-supply of the Spanish forces and also allowed the US to land its considerable forces safely on the island. In Cuba Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt became a war hero when he led a charge at the battle of San Juan Hill outside of Santiago as lieutenant colonel of the Rough Riders Regiment on July 1.

The Americans were aided in Cuba by the pro-independence rebels lead by General Calixto García. The ground war had far more problems dealing with heat and disease than the Spanish forces, and within a month the island was in US hands. On 25 July US troops landed in Puerto Rico.

Apartment Costablanca

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Costablanca Apartment

Costablanca Apartment

Mirador Bahía is a construction of a modern mediterranean architecture with wonderful sea views. The apartment complex on the costa blanca is made up by 24 apartments with an area of between 242 and 309 square metres, with two and three bedrooms, spacious lounges and two bathrooms, everything with luxury finishing. The altea apartment has also a well looked-after garden areas with a pool and individual carports.

For further information on this costa blanca apartment for sale Ref: A0121 visit apartment costa blanca, or contact immo2sell.

Real Club Deportivo Mallorca

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Real Club Deportivo Mallorca are a Spanish football team from Palma de Mallorca. Founded on March 5, 1916, they currently play in the Primera División. They play in red shirts and black shorts with black socks. Home stadium is the Son Moix that seats 26,500 spectators.

The oldest club in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca was originally formed by Adolfo Vázquez, a republican engineer, who named the club Junta Directiva del Alfonso XIII FBC after the then king. The first stadium, inaugurated on March 25, was called the Buenos Aires, with a match against FC Barcelona (which Barcelona won 8-0).

By the next year, the club had changed its name to Real Sociedad Alfonso XII, which remained until the club was renamed in 1931, for political reasons, Club Deportivo Mallorca. The Real prefix was added in 1949. In its history, the team has spent 20 seasons in the Primera, 29 in segunda, 2 in segunda B and 11 in tercera. Probably the greatest achievement in the club’s history was to win the Copa del Rey in the 2002-2003 season, scoring 3 goals to nil against Recreativo de Huelva.

Apartment Altea

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Altea Apartment

This apartment in Altea has a spectacular views to the sea of the Costa Blanca. There are four bed rooms and 3 bathrooms a living area of 200 m², two terraces and much more.

For further information on this costa blanca apartment for sale Ref: A0120 visit apartment costa blanca, or contact immo2sell.

Spanish colonization of the Americas

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Spanish colonization of the Americas began with the arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus in 1492. He had been searching for a new route to the Asian Indies and was convinced he had found it. Columbus was made governor of the new territories and made several more journeys across the Atlantic Ocean. He profitted from the labor of native slaves, whom he forced to mine gold; he also attempted to sell some slaves to Spain. While generally regarded as an excellent navigator, he was a poor administrator and was stripped of the governorship in 1500.

Early settlements by the Spanish were on the islands of the Caribbean. On his fourth and final voyage in 1502 Columbus encountered a large canoe off the coast of what is now Honduras filled with trade goods. He boarded the canoe and rifled through the cargo which included cacao beans, copper and flint axes, copper bells, pottery, and colorful cotton garments. He took one prisoner and what he wanted from the cargo and let the canoe continue. This was the first contact of the Spanish with the civilizations of Central America.
The Treaty of Tordesillas was an attempt to solve the disputes with the Portuguese colonizers. It split the mostly unknown New World into two spheres of influence; however, when it was fully charted almost all the land fell in the Spanish sphere.

It was 1517 before another expedition from Cuba visited Central America landing on the coast of the Yucatán in search of slaves. This was followed by a phase of conquest: The Spaniards (just having finished a war against the Muslims in the Iberian peninsula) replaced the Amerindian local oligarchies and imposed a new religion: Christianity. (See also: Conquistador, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro, Bartolomé de las Casas, Spanish Conquest of Yucatan)

Villa Calpe

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Calpe Villa

Calpe Villa

This detached house in calpe on the costa blanca has nice views to the sea and the mountains. it has a property surface of 900 m² and a construction surface of 130 m². The property in calpe has a pool, store rooms, parkin space and much more.

For further information on this costa blanca property for sale Ref: C4060 visit villas costa blanca, or contact immo2sell.

Antoni Gaudí

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Antoni Gaudí (he is sometimes referred to by the Spanish translation of his name, i.e. Antonio Gaudí), (25 June 1852 - 10 June 1926) was a Catalan architect who is famous for his ground-breaking, modernistic designs. He was born at Reus and educated, and worked all his life in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. His first works were influenced by gothic and Catalan architectural modes but he developed his own distinct sculptural style.

In the first years of his career, Gaudí was strongly influenced by a French architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc who promoted the return to an evolved form of gothic architecture. But Gaudí surpassed Viollet-le-Duc, and created buildings and designs that were highly original - irregular, fantastically shaped with intricate art nouveau-like patterns. Some of his masterworks, most notably, La Sagrada Família have an almost hallucinatory power.

He brings the parabolic arch, the organic shapes of nature and underwater into architecture. He also uses the Catalonian trencadís technique of broken tiles to decorate surfaces. He was ridiculed by his contemporaries, at his beginning being supported only by the rich industrialist Eusebi Güell. His fellow citizens referred the Casa Milá as La Pedrera ("the quarry"). George Orwell, who stayed at Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, very much disliked his work.

As time passed, though, his work became recognised and he is considered one of Catalonia’s best and brightest. Japanese tourists are especially fond of his work. Politically, he was a fervent Catalan nationalist. (He was once arrested for speaking in Catalan in a situation considered illegal by authorities.) In his later years, he left secular work and devoted all his time to Catholic religion and his Sagrada Familia.

He was run down by a tramway and his corpse was thought a tramp’s because of his careless attire and the obscurity of his last years. Though acknowledged as a genius, there is a theory that Gaudí was color blind and that it was only in collaboration with Josep Maria Jujol, an architect 27 years his junior whom he acknowledged as a genius in his own right, that he produced his greatest works.

Costa Blanca Property

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Property in Costa Blanca

Property in Costa Blanca

This luxury villa in a quiet but centric area of Calpe with lovely seeviews over the Costa Blanca. Extras include Waterdeposit of 24000L, alarmsystem, utilityroom, whirpool and much much more.

For further information on this costa blanca property for sale Ref: CC4050 visit villas costa blanca, or contact immo2sell.

Charles II of Spain

Filed under:  
see our properties  Property Database

Charles II of Spain (1661-1700) was king of Spain, Naples, and Sicily, reigning 1665-1700. He was the son of his predecessor Philip IV of Spain and of Mariana of Austria. He was the last of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, physically disabled and mentally retarded. His mother was his regent during much of his reign. Though exiled by the king’s illegitimate brother John of Austria, she returned to the regency after his death.

During his reign Spain continued its decline that had begun under his increasingly incompetent Habsburg ancestors. However, a peace treaty with Portugal in 1668 ceded Ceuta to Spain. Charles married Marie Louise (1662-1689), daughter of Philippe I of Orleans. He produced no heir and named Philip Bourbon of Anjou as his successor, provoking the War of the Spanish Succession.