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The first aim of this site is to give you information about  the Northern Costa Blanca, pictures, places to visit, restaurants and history. Secondly a section  where we give our recommendations of other places in Spain, including Albarracin, Barcelona,  Burgos, Cardona, Cordoba, Figueres, Girona, Granada,  Madrid. Salamanca,  San Martin de La Solana, Segovia, Segura de la Sierra, Seville, Toledo, Ubeda, Baeza, and Velez Blanca. These are places we've been to, stayed in and eaten at. Of course they may not be to your taste. Thirdly, sections on Spanish History and the Civil War



Spain General

Our Local Area



Recommendations of other places to see in Spain, France, England and Morocco, hotels and restaurants.

Albacete, Albarracin, Aranjuez,Avila, Alarcon, Astorga, Barcelona, Bilbao,Burgos, Camillas,Cardona, Cordoba, Cotariella, Cuenca, El Escorial, Figueres, Girona, Granada, Hervas, La Iglesuela Del Cid, Madrid, Morella, Pajares, Pedraza, Picos de Europa, Ponga, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela,St Martin de La Solana, Segovia, Segura de La Sierra, Sepulveda, Seville, Teruel,Toledo, Torazu,Tramacastilla Ubeda, Valeria, Velez Blanca, Valle de los Caidos


La Romieu..Le Cardinal, Hotel Les Voyageurs La Coquille


The Barn Loft, South Wraxall, Bath


Ryad Noura, Marrakesh

Food & Wine

Ham, Cheese, Wine. Tapas, Mushrooms, Paella, Olive Oil, Sausages.


Authors:  Antony Beevor, Gerald Brenan, Javier Cercas, Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio, Peter Kerr, Derek Lambert, Laurie Lee, James Michener, George Orwell, Paul Preston, Charlene Quince, Chris Stewart, CJ Sansom, Giles Tremlett, Jason Webster, Carlos Ruiz Zafon.David Baird. Victoria Hislop.


Pictures, Photos

Javea, Denia, Valencia, Pedreguer, Beniarres, Moors and Christians, Fallas, Wild Flowers, Iris Garden,Altea, Insects and more all over Marina Alta.


Marina Alta Walks

Walking routes - Marina Alta


CV News  provides interesting information about the Region of Valencia, with news, links of interest, and articles on Valencian locations

PC SOLUTIONS Computer repairs etc Javea

Javea Artist - Studio Yona

October 12th 2007 - Storm in the Costa Blanca - links to pictures and video of the huge storm that effected our area.

Boat and fishing trips, Javea, Denia Sea Fishing Costa Blanca

Restaurants - Restaurantes  Javea Denia Marina Alta Restaurants Valencia restaurants, click here for info on restaurants listed below

La Font D'Alcala, El Venta Collao, L'Escala,Verdi Vent, Restaurante Pedramala, El Jamonal de Ramonet, Cafe Sola, Can Broch, Restaurante Venta de Posa, Restaurante Al Gusto, La Sidreria, Republic Denia, Restaurante BB (Chicken Shack), El Corral del Pato, Caramull Restaurant, Champagne Bar, Jalousie, Tapindo, Restaurante Fuentes, Tasca La Rebotica, Restaurante Calima, La Mezquida, Gurkha Palace, Restaurante El Portet, Restaurante Coracao do Brasil, Restaurante Bajul, Brujeria, Casa Pinet, La Polenta,  Meson el Rebeco, Samaruch Restaurante, Taverna Cavallers, Oliva.La Sequiota, El Palmar.Vall de Cavall. Aleon Bar. Bernia, Xativa Los Manueles La Piscina Asador Taperia, Casa Vela, Madrid Hostal Barrera Faragullas Terra Mundi Los Gatos Refra  The Ginger Loft Bodega Avellanas Pizzeria Pepa Tasca La Sella, Caprichos del Clero, El Gaucho,  Embruix Javea, El Canto Denia, La casa della Pasta, Javea, Iberia Javea, Hostal Antigua Morellana, La Parrillita, La Costera

Valencia  Calatrava


Natural parks, Valencian Community in Spanish

Environment, geography, climate, wildlife, of Spain

Poisonous Caterpillars

Marina Alta Walks

CV News  provides interesting information about the Region of Valencia, with news, links of interest, and articles on Valencian locations

Weather information in Pedreguer

History - Local

Benidoleig (cave), Calpe , Costa Blanca( Snow Wells, Neveras), Denia, Gandia, Gata de Gorgos, Javea (Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Museo Blasco, Sylvia Matheson, Billy Cook - Memories of Javea, Old Photos), Marina Alta (Montgo, Bernia, Windmills, Molins, Leprosy), Moraira Teulada, Oliva, Orba, Val D'Ebo, Valencia - Muslim Heriage. Castles in Communidad Valenciana Time Team programme on Muslim denia


Old Photos - Gata de Gorgos

Tarbena and Casa Pinet

Marina Alta Walks

CV News  provides interesting information about the Region of Valencia, with news, links of interest, and articles on Valencian locations

Interview with  a Fallera in Oliva

Dubbing in Spanish Cinema

Spanish Civil War

Photojournalism, Posters, Women in the Civil War, Guernica, Drawings done by children, Major campaigns and offensives, British International Brigaders, Civil War movie clips and lots more. Post war children brainwashed. Radio 4 audio clip. Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Spanish Earth. Granada TV series Spanish Civil War YouTube Evacuees to Costa Blanca

History - Spain

Iberian Resources on Line, The Story of the Arabs In Al-Andalus, Queen Isabela, Summaries, Joans Mad Monarchs and more. W.Eugene Smith photo essay





Books set in Spain, Fiction and Non Fiction

David Baird

" Don't Miss The Fiesta"
....Interesting novel by this author....set in a small mountain village in Andalucia....Good read,and background to Spanish way of life in the early eighties is well documented.

Antony Beevor




"The Battle for Spain" ...........First published in 1982 as "The Spanish Civil War". Now updated using a host of new archive material - a very readable account of the Civil War which received an extremely favourable reception in Spain and became a No 1 bestseller here.

Gerald Brenan





"South from Granada"...............The author settled in Andalucia in the 1920's

"The Face of Spain" ................    The author returned to Spain in 1949 for the first time since the Civil War. He was determined to see what had     become of the country he loved, to speak to ordinary people and to experience life in small towns unvisited by foreigners.

Javier Cercas




"Soldiers of Salamis" ................Outstanding novel set during the Civil War

Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio



"The River"..........One of the most important and successful Spanish Novels of the last fifty years - during the Civil War, the river Jarama was the scene of a bloody, month long battle. In this novel, set twenty years later the Jarama is a favourite picnic spot to escape the Madrid heat.. The novel describes one hot day in August when various groups of people from Madrid, young and old, go down to the river and picnic

Victoria Hislop 

 "The Return".... Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war

Peter Kerr




"Snowball Oranges" ..................New life in Majorca, the author has written three follow up books

Derek Lambert




"Spanish Lessons" .....................Lambert's story of setting up a new life in La Xara

Laurie Lee

"As I walked out one Midsummers Morning"..Laurie Lee's walk across Spain in the 1930's

"A Moment of War"...................Laurie Lee's experiences in the Civil War

"A Rose for Winter " ........Andalusia is a passion - and fifteen years after his last visit Laurie Lee returned. He found a country broken by the Civil War, but the totems of indestructible Spain survive: the Christ in agony, the thrilling flamenco cry-the pride in poverty, the gypsy intensity in vivid whitewashed slums, the cult of the bullfight, the exultation in death, the humour of hopelessness-the paradoxes deep in the fiery bones of Spain. Rich with kaleidoscopic images, A Rose for Winter is as sensual and evocative as the sun-scorched landscape of Andalusia itself.

James Michener



"Iberia" ......................... Iberia is a detailed exploration of Spain at it existed in the mid 1960s. The author takes great pains to be neutral on such subjects as the Moorish occupation, Islam, Catholicism, Francisco Franco and other controversial subjects, but he is characteristically detailed about his explorations. This is a work of non-fiction, so there is very little of the story-teller Michener in the book, but the exploration of the Iberian Peninsula and its people, industry and arts is well worth the read. For those living in the Valencia region, there is a very interesting chapter on Teruel.

George Orwell




"Homage to Catalonia" .............Orwell's experiences in the Civil War

Paul Preston





"Doves of War" ............... This is a true account of four women's participation in the Civil War

"The Spanish Holocaust".The brutal, murderous persecution of Spaniards between 1936 and 1945 is a truth that should have been told long ago. Paul Preston here offers the first comprehensive picture of what he terms “the Spanish Holocaust”: mass extra-judicial murder of some 200,000 victims, cursory military trials, torture, the systematic abuse of women and children, sweeping imprisonment, the horrors of exile. Those culpable for crimes committed on both sides of the Civil War are named; their victims identified

Charlene Quince




"Jávea/Xàbia A Year in the Life of a Spanish Town "  Great book on Javea

Chris Stewart



"Driving over Lemons" .............A new life in Andalucia

"A Parrot in the Pepper Tree" ..A sequel to the above

"The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society" ...... Third book in the series

CJ Sansom




"Winter in Madrid" ................ A compelling tale and a vivid and haunting depiction of Spain in 1940, not long after the end of the Civil War. The reality of Madrid of 1940 is recreated by the author in authentic detail... the sorry state of the city is evoked in all its blood, dust and melancholy, and the story itself will keep you gripped up to the end.

Giles Tremlett




" Ghosts of Spain" ...........  Fascinating insight into the people whose country I live in. Tremlett goes on a journey around Spain - and through its recent past. His journey is also an attempt to make sense of his personal experience of Spaniards.

Jason Webster



"Duende" ..."The most authentic and compelling account of Flamenco in English, and one of the best books ever written about Spain"....Literary Review......When Jason Webster heads off for Spain in search of "duende" the intense emotional state - part ecstasy, part desperation - so intrinsic to flamenco, he has no idea of what to expect. Part of this book is set in Alicante.

Jason Webster has also written "Andalus"...unlocking the secrets of Moorish Spain...Jason travels around Spain in the company of a young illegal immigrant from Morocco.. a study of the neglected Arab ancestry of modern Spain - apparent in its food, language, people and culture.Yet again, a fascinating insight into the country in which we chose to live.

 " Guerra" ........... One of the best books I have read about the Civil War. Easy to read and not hard going like some of the others. Professor Paul Preston ( author of "Doves of War" ) says "Perhaps only a foreigner, and a foreigner who lives in Spain, could give a truly accurate picture of how the memory of the Civil War still dominates so many people's lives in the country. In all its glare and gloom, this is what Jason Webster's vivid and perceptive journey through the tortured memory of modern Spain provides"

This book gave me a much better understanding of the war and its aftermath than anything else I have read.

Jason's website    have a look at this to find out about his new book "Sacred Sierra" published in February 2009. Also read his fascinating articles on various aspects of Spain. Sacred Sierra is another fabulous read from this author, chronicling a year on a Spanish Mountain in the Castellon province, not far from us. Jason and his wife bought a deserted farmhouse and from a twelfth century Moorish book on gardening, they set about creating their dream.

"Or the Bull Kills You"...Jason's first novel..a detective story set in Valencia. A lot of fascinating information on bull fighting has been woven into the story. Great Read 

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"Shadow of the Wind"................Novel set In Barcelona in the 1940's

Ten year Daniel Sempere is brought by his father to a mystery book depository underneath the streets of Barcelona. Here all books are protected from being forgotten or destroyed. His father asks him to choose one book, and swear to protect it for the rest of his life. He picks up a copy of an unknown book by an unknown writer. He loves the book, and his curiosity leads him to investigate the mysterious life of the author. As he does so, he is drawn into a story of murder, betrayal, passion and revenge

"The Angel's Game."............ If you enjoyed "Shadow of the Wind" in my opinion this is even better

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man - David Martin - makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Then David receives the offer of a lifetime: he is to write a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home...TOP OF PAGE

The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him.