Explore Andalucia, Malaga Almeria and Beyond

Explore Andalucia, Malaga Almeria and Beyond

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  Spain

A Simple Moorish Guide to Andalucia

Cities like Malaga and Almeria are located in southern Andalucia, and are some of the few cities where you can distinguish the limits between a Spanish city, and their Moorish heritage.

People marvel at Seville and rightly so for its Moorish culture but Malaga and Almeria are beautiful in their own right.

Which Costa del Sol holiday resorts are Top?

Its worth doing your research as a summer holiday is a huge expense to an average family of 4. If you can save even 10% by shopping around on price comparison websites then that can soon stack up. Add in a few websites to check out the latest reviews of family hotels and apartments and then shortlist the best and save yourself a small fortune.

Costa del Sol has many hotels so use a website like Malaga Travel Guide that compares hotel resorts in Spain it does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.

 

Malaga and Beyond

Malaga Airport (AGP) provides a fantastic stepping stone to the south of Spain as transport links to and from this wonderful city are great.

I jumped into a taxi Minibus from Malaga Airport and decided to explore this part of Andalucia for myself as there is nothing better than setting out on an adventure with exciting expectations and a guide book of limitless possibilities.

When the Moorish people where in Almeria, they called it Al-Mariya, they considered it the second most important city after Alhambra.

The Moorish builta magnificent construction called “the fortress of the Alcazaba” that nowadays is the main attraction of the city.

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But the city attractions do not end with the Alcazaba, this touristic city has a lot of places to visit such as: the wonderful and clean beaches, and the amazing formations near them that form caves.

Be careful though, you must know what kind of beach you are visiting, since some of them are nudist.

The city is also recognized for being the stage of western movies, as its hot and dry weather makes for a magnificent place for vacations.

Almeria History

The history of Almeria starts long before the Moorish occupation of the region.

The city has kept traces of cultures such as Phoenicians, Romans, Tartessos and Visigoths.

All these cultures were draw to this strategic location and natural beauty.

While the region of Almeria was occupied by the Moors, caliph Abdar-Rahman of Córdoba built and founded the Alcazaba of Almeria, these spectacular building was the second largest fortress among the ones in Andalucía, only after Alhambra.

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Alcazaba has also other important edifications of that time: the Segundo Recinto, and the Ermita de San Juan chapel that was originally a mosque converted by the catholic monarchs.

The city was an important port in the caliphate of Cordoba; Almeria still raises its economic status because of the trade of textile.

During the 16th century, an earthquake hit the city yet the reconstruction of Almeria did not occur until 18th century.

 

Spread The Risk When Taking Money Abroad

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  Travel

Travelling card problems

 

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I have been on so many different holidays over the years, and never had a “card” problem, so I guess in hindsight, I was about due. Any ways, this is what happened!

Unbeknown to us, our Bank decided to change the credit card promotion we were on, as the reward program Visa we had was no longer a current offer, and they were obviously trying to wind up a cost centre.

So, they sent us in the mail new cards, on the banks current frequent flyer Visa card. As this was a new program, our credit card numbers changed.

The bank did a redirect on our old card, for a month after they issued the new ones.

Of course, we are overseas at the time, on a 3 month holiday, so we don’t receive this mail.

On our last day in Kathmandu, about an hour before we need to leave for the airport to catch our flight to New Delhi, we try to pay our hotel bill, and, alas, the card is declined.

In a panic, we rush off and fire up the laptop thinking we need to transfer money, but balance is all OK?

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These guys don’t take credit card anyway!

 

So we ring our bank, from our hotel room. $100 later, we finally get to speak to a customer service representative, who advises us that , yes, our card has been changed to a new, better one.

Great, we said sarcastically, but we still need to use the old one. Sorry, nothing we can do about that, call Visa international on blah blah number if you want an emergency card, have a nice day.

Thanks for nothing National Australia Bank!

So we called Visa International, and were very relieved to find we didn’t have to wait in a queue.

Fantastic when you are calling from a payphone in Kathmandu!

They were keen to help, and offered us both an emergency card, as well as emergency cash!

Fantastic, how long will that take? -we asked. and how do we pay for our room bill, due in 10 minutes?

Fortunately, they were able to advise us the new visa card number, and we were able to pay the Kathmandu hotel with them inputting the number manually.

Next problem was were to send emergency cash and card to, as we were flying out within hours.

Unfortunately we were unable to advise where to send it all to, so they gave us a reference number, and a toll free phone number to call back on, once we got to a destination we were going to stay at for a couple of days.

We then flew to New Delhi, only overnighted there, and then on to Goa. This caused us to not be able to reach Visa again for two days, just because of flight times (early, late etc).

When we reached a hotel in Goa, we called them again, quickly got through, quoted our reference number, and got immediate offer of help.

This was 4pm so it would be too late to get cash that day, they would organise for the next day (that turned out was election day in Southern India, so banks were not open).

The nearest affiliated bank to Visa international, was at Margao, approx 1 hour from where we were in Calangute, but, what do you do, we were running out of cash!

 

Learn Spanish better

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  Spain

Learn Spanish in Spain. Spanish Courses in Spain. Spanish Schools in Spain

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Learn Spanish in Spain

Spain Language offers a great variety of courses, prices and destinations so that you can enjoy the best holidays in your life while learning Spanish.

The best languages schools in Spain and Latin America , with excellent quality and prices, are waiting for you to come.

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Languages of Spain

If you are looking forward to learning Spanish in Spain or Latin America , you have already found the perfect place, Spain Language offers Spanish schools in the most attractive cities in Spain:

Alicante, Almuñecar, Barcelona, Benalmadena, Cadiz, Granada, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Marbella, Nerja, Puerto Sta. Maria, Salamanca, Santiago, Sevilla, Tenerife, Valencia and Valladolid.

Culture of Spain

We offer destinations at the coast to enjoy and learn Spanish at the beach like: Alicante, Almuñecar, Barcelona, Cadiz, Malaga, Mallorca, Marbella, Tenerife and Valencia. Or cities inland like: Granada, Madrid, Salamanca, Santiago, Sevilla and Valladolid.

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Latin America is the Hispanic continent you will learn Spanish in a different atmosphere at the Caribbean Sea, or in Andes Mountains, or Patagonia…enjoy our entire destinations to learn Spanish in Latin America

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Spain Language also has the program Internship & Practicum, addressed to young university students, that provides the opportunity of learning Spanish in Spain while making a practical training in a Spanish firm.

Our goal is your success in your Spanish Course. We are working before and during your stay in our Spanish language schools. Learn Spanish is a challenge, but it will pay dividends in the future.

These Spanish courses in Spain and Latin America together with the program Internship & Practicum are the best way to learn Spanish, have a professional experience and enjoy, all at the same time.

Select your destination

Mallorca Spanish School in Mallorca Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands. Fusion between the modern and the traditional life. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Palma de Mallorca.

Tenerife Spanish School in Tenerife Tenerife, in Canary Islands. Carnivals, Caribbean beaches and warm weather all the time. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Tenerife.

Barcelona Spanish School in Barcelona Barcelona is the most international city in Spain, full of vitality and culture. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Barcelona.

Valencia Spanish School in Valencia Valencia capital of Costa Blanca. Nightlife, culture, modernism and parties. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Valencia.

Alicante Spanish School in Alicante Located at the Mediterranean Sea, our Spanish School in Alicante offers a wide variety of Spanish courses, accommodations and activities, for learning Spanish at the beach.

Granada Spanish School in Granada Granada is the University City in the South, with culture and students everywhere. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Granada.

Madrid Spanish School in Madrid Madrid is the capital of Spain, cosmopolitan and symbol of the history of Spain. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Madrid.

Malaga Spanish School in Malaga Spanish Courses in Costa el Sol. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish Schools in Costa del Sol in our Spanish schools in Benalmadena, Malaga, Marbella or Nerja.

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Cadiz Spanish School in Cadiz Spanish Courses in Cadiz. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish Schools in Cadiz and our Spanish school in Puerto de Santa Maria.

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Valladolid Spanish School in Valladolid Valladolid, the purest Spanish accent in the world. Old city with many monuments. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Valladolid.

Sevilla Spanish School in Sevilla Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia, beautiful and monumental city. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Sevilla.

Salamanca Spanish School in Salamanca Salamanca in the center of Spain, culture and university atmosphere in abundance. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Salamanca.

Santiago Spanish School in Santiago Santiago de Compostela in the north of Spain, historical, university city and Christian religious center. You will learn Spanish and enjoy your holidays in our Spanish School in Santiago de Compostela.

Spain Holidays: Looking To Escape the Cold?

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  Spain

Spain Travel: Its Freezing cold in northern Europe

I’m sat looking out of the window in a little town in the north east of England, UK and its like looking at a Christmas card. This is all well and good when your tucked up inside with the central heating blasting or at a push for 10 minutes dancing around in the snow but trust me the novelty wears off quick.

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Dreaming of a Holiday

Its at times like this that my mind wonders off to far sunny shores were the turquoise waters lap the soft golden sands of warmer climates. This year we are pondering a return trip to MALAGA AIRPORT AGP, southern Spain for our annual pilgrimage dun dun dah – Costa del Sol awaits.

And its with good faith an experience that I can give you some friendly advice. But as you know this comes at a cost. Saving money has never been fashionable but is a necessity in life when you want some of the finer things.

Saving Your Pennies

When holidaying in Costa del Sol, Spain it’s important to take care of a few vital parts of your holiday to make sure you get off to a perfect start. From the very beginning of your holiday it’s imperative to take every precaution to avoid any mishaps. I’ve outlined a few pointers to get you sorted for your summer holiday so please read on.

They all involve a degree of money but like anything your holiday is not severely restricted in any way by a lack of funds you just have to be more selective.

It is completely understandable to put everything on the back burners as you get ready for your yearly trip to the sun with the family, but these tips can make the difference for a great holiday and a costly average one.

  1. Pack all the sun creams that you and the complete family need. Grab your sunblock and a wide range of different level of sun protection factors. This will allow you to sit in the sun for varying lengths as your tan deepens and your skin has readjusted to the intensity. Buy your creams and lotions in the UK as sun cream is expensive in Andalucía and you don’t always get the same brands along the Costa del Sol. If your resort is further inland you will pay more money and if all-inclusive you are a captive audience, forget it your paying top dollar!
  2. If you are transferring from Malaga Airport find a reputable minibus company
  3. If you are traveling in a group of 5 or more people you really need to book a minibus or coach to cater for your party. The savings on group bookings are considerable over using multiple taxis. A couple of pointers are below:
    1. Make sure there are no surcharges or extras for golf clubs, baby seats, multiple drops.
    2. Ask if there is a late arrivals fee, or any extra fees for “out of hours” airport pick-ups at (AGP).

Costa del Golf

There is a reason why they nickname the Costa del Sol to the Costa del Golf, yep you guessed it its abundant in golf courses doh!

But seriously if your a keen golfer it is worth booking in advance on one of the reputable agents in Andalusia like Elite Golf Services in Fuengirola, Golf n Play in Mijas Golf Course and there are a few others who I would trust with my hard earned cash with. Contact me for some recommendations.

You can hire golf clubs to save you the cost of bringing them over and I think some of the companies like Elite offer free club hire in Spain.

Excursions in Andalucia

Why not look up some of the more unusual excursions to travel to! Most people hit Nerja, Gibraltar, Granada and Ronda but there a load of places that are off the radar are equally great to visit.

See the Spanish lakes at El Chorro, or visit Seville for a great weekend break. For the more energetic holiday maker, try skiing up the mountain ranges of Sierra Nevada just over 1 hour away from Malaga city centre. There are flights direct to Gibraltar Airport now and I would recommend getting Gibraltar car hire over their Spanish counterparts in La Linea as its cheaper.

Booking Holiday Transfers

  • Look for a family run established company on the Costa del Sol.
  • Look for a company that has automatic flight tracking systems to guarantee your flight is tracked from your departure airport to Spain thus avoiding any delays.
  • Use modern minibuses with spacious luggage trailers at no extra cost to make your holiday transfer one of the utmost comfort.
  • Offer FREE quotes.

Gibraltar Business Affairs

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  gibraltar

QROPS Guide and Pension Information: – How to Mediate Better

Getting along better with others is easier said than done. We all agree having QROPS Pension conflict, disputes and complaints in our life only contributes to our daily stress.

The strongest desire of most people is to be treated fairly and with respect. This is true when looking at QROPS Pension problem situations. How we acknowledge each other creates foundation for mutual trust, curiosity and vulnerability.

 

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Too often we stereotype and discriminate based on a large array of different factors such as: culture, religious beliefs, skin color, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status and sexual orientation.

“Resolving Pension conflict, everyone can make a difference in building better relationships at home, in the community and in the workplace by observing some simple tips”.

Resolving Pension Conflict – How To Get Along Better

  • – Praise individuals for their thoughtful actions, talking about their good deeds.Overlook the negative and accent the positive.
  • – Be open to learning new ideas and ways of doing things. Encourage others to be curious. Show empathy and compassion. Remember, there are two sides to every situation, to every argument.
  • – Walk with someone – in motion together and let your breathing and arm movements get in sync.
  • – Meet in circle or round table, avoid using square tables which resemble taking sides and distant.
  • – Talk to person who is getting least attention in a gathering. No one likes to feel alone.
  • – Get to know people you meet. Ask questions and show interest in their work, their customs, their language, their disability, etc.
  • – Share stories and experiences. We are all interested in learning that others have similar happy and painful times.
  • – Avoid telling jokes making fun of others or make them look inferior or unintelligent.
  • – Smell good. Practice good hygiene.

Step Back when Frustrated

When you can’t see eye to eye with another person, having conflict is usually counter-productive. Step back, take break. Many times we react in irrational ways due to circumstances we have encountered during our day; we may be just hungry, or have higher priorities. I practice “loving words first”. Say something positive before going negative.