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Editors Note...

This month we celebrate Valentine's Day and this year The Grapevine Magazine has embraced the occasion and so have many of the business and restaurants in the area. Take time to look through the magazine for gift ideas and places to book for a special evening, whether on the 14th itself or the weekend after. Our Special Valentines feature on pages 54 to 61 will give you local ideas as well as ideas in general. So there is no excuse this year to treat your loved one or yourself!

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Valentine's Day should be celebrated by all not just by couples. In some parts of the world Valentine's Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples. Some traditions include leaving lollies and gifts for children and others include acts of appreciation between friends. Personally I think this is a great idea so no one is left out! Inside the magazine this month we advertise two great events one in February and one at the beginning of March the first a night with ABBA and the second a Rock evening. Tickets are selling well but if you want to try and win yourself some tickets see page 32 and we look forward to hearing from you and even seeing you there! In addition to these music nights there are some fabulous Art exhibitions in Competa at the Galeria Luz de la Vida from mid February to mid March see page 66. Enjoy and Keep Reading The Editor


Inside This Month 22 Malaga Bus Station to Malaga Airport by Train Travelling tips from Josephine Drew 34 The Good Care Group We are recruiting! Join our existing team of professional carers.


55 Valentines Feature 2018 Gift Ideas and Local Places to Celebrate on February 14th 84 Camping Cuttings by Lorraine Cavanagh Reetha - Hindi for Soupnuts.

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Stunning 3 bed, 3 bath 2 storey villa (202.75m²) with an open plan, bright and airy feel. Living/dining, kitchen, mature lush gardens, lots of fruit trees, private pool area, plenty of parking and just a 10 minute drive to Torrox. A must see property!

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Very attractive 3 bed 2 bath villa (115m²) ideally located close to Torrox with excellent access and sea views. The perfect holiday home/ rental property with open plan living accommodation and a secluded pool area.

Beautiful rustic style villa (154.80m²)) with 3 bed and 2 baths. Located on the edge of the national park, with good road access and stunning mountain, countryside and lake views.


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Beautifully presented, well maintained 3/4 bed 2 bath villa (130m²) in a peaceful location and with open views between the villages of Competa and Torrox. With lots of terrace space, private pool, roof terrace with outside kitchen and lovely gardens, this superb property is the perfect full-time home/holiday hideaway.


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Caleta de Velez Lovely 4 bed 2 bathroom + wc house (193.24m²), located on a popular urb. and including a separate guest apartment. With open plan living/dining, separate kitchen, private garden area, garage, use of communal pool, 5 minute walk to beach.


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Rustic 4 bed, 3 bath south facing villa (246m²). Split into 2 separate dwellings. So perfect for a living and renting option. Both parts have an open-plan living/dining/kitchen, a private pool between the houses and far reaching views. Stabling and pasture for horses. There is also a large garage.

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Sayalonga Stylish 4 bed 2 bath villa (109 m²) with open plan living/dining room, quality fitted kitchen, sun room, outdoor kitchen, private pool, terraces, thatched gazebo with Jacuzzi and breathtaking sea views.

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Viñuela Well established 3 bed 2 bath villa (100 m² approx) overlooking Lake Viñuela with easy access, large kitchen/diner, sun room, terraces, Jacuzzi, double car port, workshop, storage and utility rooms. ref: v1064 EPC - E

“ The advertised prices include all of the sellers costs including any commissions. They do not include the buyers costs which can be between 10% and 13% of the advertised price, this includes notary and registry fees, buyers legal fees, purchase tax (8%) and any mortgage set up costs.”

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Delightful south facing 2 bed 1 bath villa (164 m²) plus separate 1 bed 1 bath guest apartment with easy access, sun room, garage, workshop, terraces, covered terraces, pool and mature gardens.

Charming 4 bed, 2 bath (143m²) rustic villa with AC & CH. Plenty of terraces and a private pool. There are mountain and countryside views, a BBQ good access and is registered as a Casa Rural.

Stunning, beautifully renovated 4/5 bedroom, 3 bathroom cortijo (251m²) with lots of character, 2 lounges, modern kitchen/diner, utility, secluded pool and lots of terraces to enjoy the fabulous views.


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Competa Fabulous modern 3 bed 1 bath “+ WC” penthouse apartment (93.50 m²) within walking distance of all amenities in Competa. This superb apartment has spacious accommodation, huge terrace with stunning sea views, lift access and parking space. Sold furnished. ref:t1123 EPC - E Price reduced!

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Competa Spacious traditional style village house (170 m²) with 3 beds, 2 baths and cloak/wc, superb open plan living/dining room/kitchen, garage, storage room and south facing roof terrace with sea views. EPC - D ref:t1077

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Moclinejo Open to sensible offers! Magnificent south facing 2 storey 5 bed 3 bath villa (190 m²) with easy access, infinity pool, extensive terracing and breathtaking sea views - a successful business with a proven rental history. EPC - E ref:v1100


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Benamargosa Spacious nicely renovated 3 bed 3 bath village house (128 m²) with large living/dining room and open plan kitchen, courtyard, terrace and large roof terrace with glorious views.

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Sayalonga A fabulous established 3 bed, 3 bath villa (158m²) including a separate guest house. Recently renovated including new fitted kitchen and new bathrooms. Stunning sea views. A must to view!


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Algarrobo Renovated village house with 2 bed 1 bath + WC (58m²) over 2 floors, car access, covered roof terrace and views of the countryside and village. The perfect full time or holiday home at a great price.

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14th February - Celebrate Valentines Day at El Pilon Live music by Aire Flamenco and a very special menu with 1/2 bottle of wine 27:50€ p/p 17th February - Live music by Oliver Sunday Lunch - 1pm - 3.30pm 2 courses for 11 Euros / 3 courses for 14 Euros Take a look at our Facebook Page for our weekly Sunday specials We are open 5 nights a week from 7.00 - 11.00 Closed Tuesday and Sunday Evenings “We are a 2017 winner… and the only restaurant in Cómpeta to receive this award six years in a row!”

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round 40 regions from across Europe have analyzed how they would be potentially hurt by Britain’s exit from the European Union in a new study coordinated by the European Committee of the Regions, the body which represents these regions in the EU. The document, which EL PAÍS had access to, emphasizes the “current uncertainty” in Brexit negotiations between London and Brussels and anticipates “immediate effects on commercial trade and the movement of people,” including tourists. Around 10,000 Spaniards cross the border daily to work in Gibraltar. Spain provided the greatest input in the text, with eight regions outlining their concerns. Catalonia however, while one of Spain’s wealthiest regions, did not participate.


four-year-old girl who went missing with her mother has been found safe and well in Spain, a high court judge has said. Elliana Shand, also known as Elliana Richards, who has been

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missing with her mother, Jessica Richards, since last summer, is the subject of care proceedings. At a hearing in the family division of the high court in London on Friday, Mr Justice Hayden said the girl was found by police in Spain on Thursday. He also indicated that plans were in place to return Elliana to England in the next few days. After the hearing, Eileen Doyle, her paternal grandmother, said she and her husband Sean were “over the moon”. The judge had praised the couple, whose son Craig is Elliana’s father, for the efforts they had made to trace their granddaughter. He also praised the work of British and Spanish police and Foreign Office staff. Elliana disappeared from her London home with her mother, who has mental health problems, after social services staff at Barking and Dagenham council intervened.

Maria Miras Puigpinós was found guilty of offending moral integrity. The post was written after a TV debate in which Ms Arrimadas defended her stance against Catalan independence. Ms Arrimadas, who heads the Catalan wing of the liberal unionist Citizens party, said it was "hate speech". Miras Puigpinós, 45, posted the comment after the television debate in September. She has since deleted her profile and apologised to Ms Arrimadas. Miras Puigpinós' post also made homophobic comments towards the leader of the Catalan Socialists, Miquel Iceta. Only Ms Arrimadas complained to the police. "I'm going to report this woman. Not only for what she said against me, but also for all the women that have been raped," Ms Arrimadas said on Twitter at the time. After learning about the comments, Miras Puigpinós' employer sacked her. Miras Puigpinós has accepted the fourmonth suspended sentence. It was suspended on the grounds she does not reoffend within the next two years and attends an equalities and human rights course.


prisoner in northern Spain woke up in a hospital mortuary after being certified dead by three doctors, Spanish media report.Gonzalo Montoya Jiménez, an inmate at a jail in the Asturias region, regained consciousness just hours before an autopsy was due to be performed. His body is said by his family to have been marked in preparation for the post-mortem examination. He is now under observation in intensive care at an Oviedo hospital. Family members told local newspaper La Voz de Asturias that Montoya "had autopsy markings on him, ready to be opened up".It is suspected to be a case of catalepsy, hospital sources told Spanish news channel Telecinco. Catalepsy is a condition where a Spanish woman who wrote a Facebook post saying she person's vital signs slow down to wanted to see unionist leader the point of being almost imperceptible. However this has yet Inés Arrimadas gang raped has to be confirmed. been given a four-month suspended jail sentence. Rosa


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THE 5 MOST EXPENSIVE HOTELS IN BARCELONA Ideas of Places to Stay The Arts Barcelona The Arts Barcelona, or to give it its full name the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Arts Barcelona, overlooks the magnificent Port Olimpic and is an incredible sight in itself. With 5 different dining areas ranging from the 'Chic informal' Bites to the 'Jacket and Tie' Enoteca there is something for everyone's tastes. Full housekeeping twice a day, babysitting on request and a complimentary overnight shoeshine and morning paper give the Arts an air of extravagance and the terraced gardens, outdoor swimming pool and numerous bars combine to make this a reassuringly expensive hotel to stay in during your trip to the beautiful Barcelona. The Barcelona Hilton The Barcelona Hilton seems mainly geared towards business and business meetings and is a modern looking 11 floor building situated right in the middle of Barcelona giving superb access to the businesses and tourist areas associated with Barcelona. The advantages that the Hilton boast are very business orientated with computer and Internet points in

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every room, a work desk and chair and voice mail messaging are standard in every room. The vast array of meeting floors, executive rooms and executive lounges make it ideal for the travelling businessman. The Claris The Claris is a very luxurious hotel and is aimed at guests who like the finer things in life, in particular fine art. Various superb examples of exquisite art are littered around the hallways of this converted palace and also in the rooms. Booking is almost impossible without years of notice but the sculptures aged from the 2nd through to the 7th century as well as 300 year old furniture make this a truly lavish hotel for lavish wallets. The Ritz What city in the world would be complete without a Ritz adorning one of its more exclusive streets. By staying at the Ritz you know that you are in for a real treat and the Ritz in Barcelona is no exception. Now called the Palace Hotel, it features Scotch bars, beauty halls and boutiques so the only reason to leave your hotel is because you are in Barcelona and there's just as

much to see outside the four luxurious walls of the Ritz hotel. It also features a business centre that is more than lavish enough to hold executive business meetings in. Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel A grand name for a grand building. An incredible combination of modern interior design and architecture you will be enthralled before you've even set foot in your room. The 8 floor building housed on Barcelona sea front features incredible works of art and you will be met by a massive piece just behind reception as you walk in. With a large and impressive collection of art the Grand Marina is another hotel designed for people with a love for fine arts. The 278 rooms offer probably the cheapest of these hotels in no small part due to the fact that the Grand Marina was only founded in 2002. While a relative newcomer to the market though, the Grand Marina has a more than slightly impressive list of top class services to offer its discerning guests. Make the most of the more affordable price tag because it is sure to increase in time as the rooms are already nearly always full. Matt Goldman

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HOTEL BALCÓN DE CÓMPETA THE THREE STAR HOTEL IN THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE OF CÓMPETA C/San Antonio, 75 - Cómpeta Tel: (+34) 952 55 3662 / 3535 Fax (+34) 952 51 6780 Email: WHATSAPP: (+ 34) 671132563 FACEBOOK: /HotelBalconDeCompeta Website:


We SUNDAY are open on“JUKEBOX the 5th February 4TH JUNE:again LIVE MUSIC! BANDITS” From 2.00pm on the Terrace. .

EVERY TUESDAY EVENING FRIDAY 9TH JUNE: IN FEBRUARY HaveLIVE twoMUSIC! courses for8.00pm two and “JACK CADE REBELLION” From on the Terrace. . receive a free bottle of wine From SUNDAY 11TH JUNE: Reserve your (after Pool will be Open to 19.00h) the public from 11.00am to 7.00pm .

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SATURDAY 17TH JUNE: SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY LIVE MUSIC & DANCING! “TANGO SHOW” From: 8.00pm Book your7.30pm table in advance and from buy your advance ticket pp in the Hotel and in Todo Papel Romantic Dinner by 10€ candlelight with 4 courses and Water, .

25TH and JUNE:Live Music "Miguel Botana" Wine or Beer duringSUNDAY the Dinner MUSIC! “JUAN LUIS & to animate LIVE the evening, as well asJESSY” games and surprises. From 2.00pm in the POOL BAR Spend the day by the pool with paella for lunch .

NEW things at the Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta: SUNDAY LUNCH: 4 Different Exquisite Tapas for 8€ Traditional Roast Beef and Hamburgers : Yorkshire Pudding (other Dishes are Available), Steer meat 250gr / Angus meat 120gr / Vegetarians. set OFFERS menu of 3 dishes just: 12€ and FOR BREAKFAST we have PAELLAorfrom 13.00h COFFEE + CROISSANT (Hamalso or Cheese Jam & Butter) = 3,40€ BACON AND EGGS + TOAST + JUICE = 5 € COFFEE + CHOCOLATE MUFFIN 2,45€ Reserve your table in =advance! NATURAL ORANGE JUICE + MIXED SANDWICH = 3,70€ .


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TU RINCON DEL SOL PROPERTY SALES AND RENTALS Avd. de Torrox, 46 29754 CÓMPETA (Málaga) Tel: 952 51 63 58 Mov: 625 994 573


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Wonderful townhouse located only a stones throw away from the main square. The property offer three spacious bedrooms, living room with Juliette balcony and a roof terrace with views down to the sea.

Wonderfully presented two bedroom one bathroom villa with stunning views. Also a fully fitted kitchen with pantry and large living area with fireplace. Outdoors consists of a swimming pool, fruit trees and plenty of space to relax.

Beautiful wooden country home constructed with solid wood and wool insulation. Consisting of 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, living area and large porch area from where you can hear the river down below.




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Large traditional centrally located townhouse consisting of four great sized bedrooms, laundry room and large roof terrace. The property is in need of a small amount of modernisation but has the potential to be a fantastic family home.


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Delightful finca set on a 4500m2 plot of land with two bedrooms with the possibility of more, outside there is a traditional bread oven and a large garage that could easily be renovated and converted into guest accommodation.

Spacious reformed townhouse located in the heart of Torrox, with fully fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, family bathroom, utility room and roof terrace. The property also benefits with a great sized garage.





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of months old, totally fearless and full of fun. Her vaccination programme has started and Action for Animals will cover costs of neutering when she's old enough. Can you offer Foxy a loving home? Please contact me if you'd like to meet her. We also have an urgent situation for three adult cats in need of rehoming. One of their owners sadly passed away suddenly seven months ago and the other has been very unwell in hospital since November. It's uncertain that he'll be able to return to his home in Spain after leaving hospital, so we've been asked to help find homes for their beautiful cats. The family have offered to pay for them to be sent to the UK if new homes can be found there. Felix, the black and white cat is two and a half, male, neutered and very loving. The tabby is ten year-old Charlie, a female, spayed cat who likes lots of attention. Her tortoiseshell sister is Max, also ten years old and spayed. They are used to living with dogs and are fully house trained. They don’t have to be rehomed together. Although that would be great, we know it may not be possible. If you can give any We have a great success to report! of these cats a new home, please is such good news! Not only did she contact us. any of you in this area manage to finally persuade him, will be familiar with the she also agreed to personally take And finally, just to let you all know, sight of the local goat each dog to the vet for the the Action for Animals quiz is back! herders and their trusty dogs operation. What an amazing So get your thinking caps on and roaming the countryside. For woman she is! The first dog was come along and join in the fun at several years I've been trying to Bar Cereza in Canillas de Albaida. persuade them to treat their dogs taken last week to be sterilised at Naturvets, who also recommended Check our Facebook page for the for parasites and have them that we buy each dog a Scalibor exact date and book your tables neutered. collar, which will provide protection early! for up to six months against sand Unfortunately, despite Action for Action for Animals Charity Shop Animals offering to pay for this, I've flies, mosquitoes and ticks. We're enormously happy to be part of been unable to convince them of Avenida de la Constitución 59, what we see as a massive step the benefits. However, after Cómpeta. forward and a happier life for these Opening hours: 10.00-14.00 discussing the issue with Lourdes, dogs. a local animal-loving Spanish Tuesday to Saturday woman who was also concerned Telephone 660586040 about the dogs, I'm pleased to say, Last month I wrote about “Foxy”, the little pup who was found in a bin that after lengthy negotiations with Follow us on Facebook: Action in Cómpeta. She's now being one of the herders, she's for Animals (UK/Spain) temporarily fostered but is still successfully managed to convince him to have his dogs neutered. This looking for her forever home. She's an adorable little girl, just a couple



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MALAGA BUS STATION TO MALAGA AIRPORT BY TRAIN I'm often asked about the different ways to get to the Airport when travelling by bus from Competa.


here is an Airport bus that goes from the Bus Station every half and hour and costs 3e, the journey is about half an hour and It has its own bus stand, near the bus entrance on the right, with an information screen giving the time of the next bus. BUT

turn right and go to the side entrance of Maria Zambrano Railway Station. Go down the ramp, turn left by Pull and Bear, there is also H&M and Mercadona along that row of shops. This is the side you stay on.

(If a comfort break is needed after nearly 2 hours on the bus, the I prefer the local train, its cheaper toilets are on the right down by the at 1.80e, there are 3 an hour and it row of shops with Swarovski on the right and Superskunk on the only takes 10 minutes. I must admit I was very wary the first time left. Usually very clean.) I embarked on this journey, and Carry on by Mercadona and cross indeed practised it before I went the open area where the Main on my flight! Now I use it all the Line trains depart, to the other row time, going to Plaza Mayor of shops with the Information shopping, to see my office on your right. At the bottom Ophthalmologist in Torremolinos or visiting friends in Benalmadena. you should see a notice for local The train ends in Fuengirola and if trains, 'Cercianis'. Either get a ticket from the machine or go you want to get to Marbella there through glass doors to the ticket are apparently buses from the office with a cashier. If using the Train Station. I've not explored machine it states firstly if you have that yet. But I digress. a Renefe card, (rail card) then the After getting off the Competa bus, station you want, and 'ida' (going)

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or 'ida o vuelta'(return). It costs 1.80 single trip and the machine gives change. At the ticket office ask for'un billete al aeropuerto' or just mumble 'aeropuerto' or 'airport' Give him a smile and a thank you, 'Gracias'. He deserves it. Off you go with your ticket, red arrow pointing in the front and go through the barrier. Turn right, (don't turn left, that's the other platform) and either use the lift of the escalator down to the platform. The train is a C1, and has Fuengirola in lights on the front, the illuminated signs give information of the time its due and also the time the C2 is due. Do not get on the C2, that one goes to Alora. The station announcements are clear in Spanish and English and also if you still feel anxious, ask a passenger, most people like to help as long as you smile.( As

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the huge revolving doors and T1 from the machine at the Airport, and T2 are to the left. Now search this then avoids queuing at peak for your flight! holiday times, although there are 4 tickets machines, it can be fraught with different speaking holiday If you have trouble with mobility, or If instructing a visitor on this makers all trying to figure out a large heavy case, around about route, be sure to tell them the the centre of the train is a carriage station name is Maria Zambrano where they are going. One machine takes cards only, which I for bikes and wheelchairs and the NOT Malaga Centro-Alameda. That's the stop after and its on the discovered only after reporting it to step is lower than on the other east side of the river, near the Security Guard, who kindly carriages. The Airport is only the Alameda Principal about 20 showed me the error of my ways! third stop, first one is 'Victoria Kent', second one is 'Guadalhorce' minutes to the Port bus station and back to the main bus station. To get back from the Airport to and then the Airport. All on board Don't forget when booking your Malaga, after you go through the announcements are in Spanish flights that the times of the buses barrier turn left for the Malaga and English and also there are on weekdays are: platform and right for the information screens in every Fuengirola platform carriage, quite self explanatory. 7.00 9.30 3.30 from Canillas, 15mins after from Competa, and I know this may be a little self On leaving the train, take the 11.30 1.15 6.00 from Malaga explanatory to some, but I do hope escalator and turn sharp left and and the journey takes about 2 its helpful to others. go to the ticket barriers, put the hours more or less, depending on ticket through and unless you the traffic. Josephine Drew retrieve it, the barrier won't open. The Airport is to your left and in Another small tip. When meeting front of the station entrance is visitors from the Airport, get a either a lift or escalator to the return ticket for yourself at Malaga Departure Lounge. T3 is the first building on the right, carry on into and a return ticket for your visitor you can tell I am a great advocate of smiling, its got me round the globe without mishap).

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declaration. A declaration must be submitted individually by the owner/s, regardless of their number and the percentage of participation, which would be established later. For example, if you own half of a property with a value of €50,000, although your particular €25,000 share is below the threshold, each owner would still be required to submit an individual declaration based on the total value of the property. Although this declaration of assets and rights abroad is solely informative and NO TAX is charged, failure to file, late filing or false information could result in serious consequences.

AXARQUIA SOLICITORS “Modelo 720” Tax Declaration Form for Residents in Spain with Assets Outside of Spain


ll those tax residents in Spain, (i.e.:-those living in Spain for more than 183 days a year or when Spain is the main base for your business), should be aware that as a result of legislation passed on 29th October, 2012 for the prevention and control fraud, all natural or legal persons resident in Spain who have any assets outside of Spain with a value of €50,000 or more, are required to submit this declaration form to the Spanish authorities.

form fall into 3 categories: 1. Real Estate. 2. All types of accounts, investments, bank deposits and companies. 3. Actions, rent, insurance, bonds or dividends acquired or managed outside Spain.

To warrant a declaration the total value of assets should be €50,000 or more in EACH OR ANY ONE of the categories; e.g. if we have 2 properties valued at €30,000 although the value individually would be below the threshold the This declaration can be made on total value of both would be line, through the Tax Office`s web €60,000 thus exceeding this limit, page where the Modelo 720 (Statement and therefore subject to this new declaration, necessitating the of Assets Outside Spain) can be located and completed. It must be completion and filing of Modelo filed between January 1 and March 720. However, if you have a 31, of the first year of residence, to property valued at €30,000 and say, shares valued at €30,000 as avoid being investigated or fined they are in separate categories by the Spanish authorities. and each total value does not exceed the €50,000 then you The assets outside of Spain that are subject to this new declaration would not be required to make a

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For this reason, we recommend that residents fulfill their obligation to declare their assets, to avoid the imposition of fines from a minimum of € 10,000 to a maximum of 150% of the value of those undeclared assets located outside Spain. Once you have made your first declaration it is not necessary to present any further declarations in subsequent years, unless any of your assets in any category increases by more than €20,000 above the initial value declared. Please do not hesitate to contact us so we can guide you through this process. We will inform you exactly what the requirements for the completion and submission of the Model 720 are. Jose Manuel Garzon Senior Partner – Axarquía Solicitors See advert opposite

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THOMAS GANT LAW El Mosquin Cómpeta Tel: 608 658 108 email:

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Spring has arrived and the horses are looking really well after having changed their winter coat for the shint short summer coat. Flowers, birds, the bright light

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This time we will have the visit of Danish Equin Vet Heidi Nielsen, who is coming to teach us How to keep your horse durable, healthy and happy.Among other things Heidi will work us through; A chiropractical examination of each horse. A thorough examination of the hooves. A checking out the saddle of our horses. An analisis of our riding according to the "Alexander technic". You can read more on Heidis web site:

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Each city and region of Spain has a different style of carnival !


n Spain, the carnival season takes place in late February or early March, usually during the week leading up to Lent. Regions across Spain organize carnivals and fiestas, most involving music and dancing. Spaniards dress in colorful, traditional costumes and take to the streets to celebrate the season. The Spaniards have organized carnivals since medieval times, although General Franco outlawed these events for 40 years, starting in 1938, during his dictatorship. Each city and region of Spain has a different style of carnival with its own individual atmosphere and ambiance.

The carnival opens with a flamboyant procession of floats and musical groups through the streets of the city. It’s traditional to dress as a member of the opposite sex for the procession. The ritual of burying a sardine – entierra de la sardine – marks the end of the carnival. Participants bury a large effigy of a sardine, before lighting a bonfire and setting off fireworks.

preparing for its famous carnival celebrations. If you have an costume and are up for a good time then you're ready to enjoy this unique and animated celebration.

The Cadiz carnival is known throughout the world as a huge street party. Eleven days of nonstop fun, originality and, more than anything else, mass participation. Madrid Carnival The whole city is transformed, the As Spain’s capital city, it is only streets are filled with people intent fitting that Madrid should stage on having a good time and making one of the main carnivals of the sure everyone else has a good season. Each district of the city time, singing, and enjoying puts on its own events, including themselves. If you too would like fancy dress parades, shows for to experience the boisterous Cadiz children and live music. Many carnival celebrations, you should cafes and restaurants also provide make plans well in advance. This food tastings during carnival. In is one of the most long-awaited the evenings, the residents of Santa Cruz Carnival events on the calendar and Madrid dress up in their finery to Tenerife belongs to the Canary attracts thousands of people every Islands, lying off the south coast of attend masked black-tie balls. year. Spain. Its main carnival takes place in the city of Santa Cruz and Cadiz Carnival A month before the official start of Cadiz spends the whole year continues for almost two weeks.

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carnival, the groups that compete in the Falla Theatre competition begin their rehearsals, and the carnival atmosphere is already underway. Various carnival groups organise open-air gastronomic events where they play their repertoire of humorous songs in public and where you can also sample typical Cadiz produce. The songs are usually humorous, providing an ingenious critique of events that have made the news over the course of the year. The Falla Theatre competition sees more than 100 groups taking part, with highlights including particularly the popular chirigotas. It is a fantastic spectacle, packed with humour, music and colour. The Grand Finale is one of the main attractions of the fiesta: it is held on the first Friday of Carnival and lasts until the following morning. That's when the great explosion of carnival high spirits overflows onto the city streets.

The groups that have taken part roam the teeming streets of the old town singing their compositions and, on Sunday and Monday, take the stage to perform the Carrusel de Coros. Fancy dress is obligatory at the Cadiz Carnival. Whether you do it alone, as a couple or in a group, it is essential to wear a costume, at least on the first Saturday and during the parades. There are two parades where the public become an active part of the multi-colour cavalcade. The Gran Cabalgata (Great Parade) is on the first Sunday. It proceeds down the avenue at the entrance to the city and attracts tens of thousands of people. The second is the Cabalgata del Humor (Comedy Parade), which goes through the old town on the last weekend. The “charangas ilegales” are another characteristic element of the Cadiz Carnival: they usually convene in

the Plaza de las Flores. These are families, groups of friends or workmates whose repertoire of songs compete for humour and laughs with the “official” groups. Open-air parties, fireworks, fancy dress dances and endless additional activities all ensure that the fun doesn't stop for a moment throughout the celebrations. Sitges Carnival Sitges, in the north of Spain, has a large gay community, and the town hosts an extravagant carnival each year. The Carnival King leads a sequence of processions during the week-long schedule of events. To signify the end of the carnival, the residents of Sitges dress up in mourning to kill (symbolically) the Carnival King. The Sitges Carnival has a more adult atmosphere than many of the other Spanish fiestas that take place during carnival season.

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BBA Reunion - The Ultimate ABBA Tribute Show - Torre del Mar

The ABBA REUNION Tribute Show is the creation of the Director, Producer and Choreographer of the Award Winning ABBA MANIA musical. Starring the original 'Frida' from the London West End cast ! The ABBA REUNION Tribute Show gives Abba fans, old and new, the opportunity to once again get together and re-live the addictive Abba phenomena that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70’s and 80’s in a truly feel good party style tribute concert.

Superbly accurate harmony vocals, guitar and keyboards combined with stunning replica costumes and excellent authentic choreography produce one of the most requested tribute shows in the world today. This tribute concert continues to entertain and enthral throughout the world and leaves you with just one question ... " DID WE JUST WITNESS THE REAL ABBA REUNION ? " "If you are an ABBA fan, you will love this concert" - Daily Express "Mindblowingly accurate!" - The Stage and Television Today

From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, For more details for this and future all of the hits are performed with unrivalled authenticity from both concerts/shows please visit an audio and visual perspective.

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he Good Care Group are an award winning company who are passionate about enabling clients to live in their own homes and live life the way they wish. We look for genuine, caring people to join our existing team of professional carers in providing person centred care for our clients. We know that in Spain there are many British expatriates who have either a professional background in care or have cared for a loved one or friend. Working as a live in carer provides our carers with the opportunity to combine their passion to work in care in the UK balanced with spending their time off in Spain. This has proved successful for many carers in the home care market.

finding quality, professional carers with a real desire to care for others drives the success of our business. Our approach to recruiting and training only the best carers and truly understanding their skills, experience, capabilities, personalities, culture and values ensures we are able to best match them to our client's needs which ultimately provides good continuity of care. We place great emphasis on finding a good match between our carers and our clients so that carers are able to create wonderful bonds with their clients and often become part of their family.

We offer a variety of rota patterns for carers to choose from and this works perfectly for those living abroad. As we employ our carers, recruit to meet our business needs What we offer at The Good Care and efficiently manage our client placements, they are able to plan Group ahead to ensure the best deals on We passionately believe that

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Casa Paco Taberna y Restaurante Plaza Almijara, Competa

Visit Casa Paco in the centre of the village. Offering a large selection of Spanish wines and serving the best steaks in area See Map Spot 5

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The mother of all parties!

What is Rio Carnival? Rio Carnival is without doubt the biggest and most famous street party in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to Rio de Janeiro each year to partake in the festivities. And now it’s your chance to join in all the fun!

is bigger and livelier than the year before.

Where exactly is the party at? Everywhere in the city over the weekend really. However, the epicentre of Carnival is the Sambadrome, which is a custombuilt stadium that surrounds the main parade route. It is here that samba schools from throughout For four days the already-lively the city fiercely compete to be city of Rio is transformed into a crowned the grandest spectacle. sea of sequins and brightly coloured feathers on body-painted The Sambadrome parades are on all week but the most spectacular dancers moving to the infectious displays occur on Sunday and rhythms of samba beats and banging drums. Impromptu street Monday night. parties erupt spontaneously throughout the city each night and Outside of the parade ground, there are thousands of free street in the daytime thousands flock to pageants and block parties that the city’s famous beaches to revel from dusk till dawn. These recharge for the night ahead. can either be in well-established Carnival has its origins in marking locations just erupt spontaneously; the arrival of Lent; ostensibly one such is the spirit of festivity that flows through the Brazilian city last big blow out ahead of the during the Carnival weekend. And following 40 days of self-denial if that wasn’t enough all weekend before Easter. Today the days of Lent may not be observed as they there is slew of organised balls; once were, but each year Carnival from the glamorous to the glitzy,

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there are balls where you go to be seen with the city’s glitterati, and balls where go to be not seen such as the famous masked ball. How do I get myself there? First thing you need to remember to do is organise your flights well in advance. Rio Carnival is the world’s biggest and most popular party and these fill up fast. Accommodation can be a thorny issue with room prices exploding for that weekend as about as fast as they sell out. One good way to ensure you get the best out of Rio is to travel with a well-established tour operator. The biggest advantage of going with an operator is that you can rely on their knowledge of Carniva, their experience of where the best parties in town happen to be happening and importantly how to make the most of this fabulous festival and really ensure yourself the party of a Lifetime!

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Set in a traditional Townhouse just off the Plaza Almijara, Competa.

We have a huge selection of greetings cards that will never change souvenir’s,gifts, helium balloons etc. Don’t forget we take Passport photos We have Second hand books, New Books and a Book Exchange is Available. We are the place to buy your maps and walking routes of the area.

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Q QUE TAL Welcome to Restaurant Que Tal A space designed to transmit and share the love and respect that we have for cooking and have experienced all our lives. Simple well done and produced from recently picked products and those bought daily from markets. A small family restaurant offers you pleasant and enjoyable moments around a table with services and attention all people who like good eating enjoy.

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The Que Tal menu is written every day at sunrise (well maybe a little later). As in the most traditional cuisine, we prepare a variety of different dishes daily depending on the season and the most appetizing fresh produce and products found in the market. In this way every time you visit us you will discover a new piece of Que Tal and our way of understanding cooking. Soon after you arrive we will explain the dishes we are preparing for the evening. You can choose which you prefer or if you can't decide, we can prepare one of our tasting menus so you can try a selection of our dishes Enjoy your meal Henning and Astrid You can reserve your table for our Valentines Love Menu and Love Cups. For details please contact us E-mail Tel 681 04 09 76 See Map Avd. Canillas, Spot 66 Competa

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WINE AND BEER ARE GOOD FOR US? YES! Thank Goodness for that!


alcohol intake. Light drinkers (one to seven drinks per week) had a lower risk of death from heart disease or cancer, but the risk was further reduced for light or moderate drinkers (eight to 21 drinks per week) who drank mostly wine. Heavy drinkers who drank wine were at less risk for death than heavy drinkers who avoided The American Heart Association guidelines recommend that people wine. who drink do so in Several large-scale studies link moderation—no more than two moderate wine drinking to lower drinks per day for a man, one mortality from heart disease and drink for a woman. stroke. Wine, too, contains flavonoids. Grapes are about the Red wine is recommended for only fruit that has resveratrol, a protection against colorectal plant estrogen—a substance that cancer. Like coffee and tea, beer acts like a hormone—so some and wine are associated with a people who do not drink wine may decreased risk of kidney stone be able to gain some of the same formation. benefits by eating grapes or Medical researchers have known drinking grape juice. Resveratrol for some time that drinking alcohol Researchers found a significant has been shown to help slow the in moderation has a beneficial decrease in all-cause mortality effect on health, particularly on among wine drinkers compared to formation and growth of cancers. heart disease. In the early 1990s, non-wine drinkers at all levels of

ine drinking began more than 7,000 years ago in the mountainous region of Iran, where the wild grape Vitis vinifera grew. People discovered that breaking the skin of the grapes allowed the yeasts, which naturally gathered on ripening grapes, to mingle with the juice, thus starting the fermentation process that turns grape sugar to alcohol. By 2500 BC, the Egyptians were stomping grapes in wooden vats with their bare feet. The Greeks encouraged the production of wine in France and Italy, and from there viticulture slowly spread north.

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researchers discovered the "French Paradox": French people have a much lower risk of heart attack than Americans, despite similar dietary fat levels. Wine drinkers appear to live longer than non-drinkers and people who drink other forms of alcohol.

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Beer brewing became possible with the establishment of agricultural society and the cultivation of cereals such as barley and wheat. Around 4000 BC, the Sumerians discovered the effects of drinking gruel that had been left to ferment. This ale became more alcoholic once brewers began malting the barley. Germinating the grain, then drying and heating it so that the starch turned to sugar, produced a more powerful fermentation and stronger flavor. In northern Europe, where the cultivation of wine grapes was unknown, but where grain flourished, brewing probably developed independently. It was a French doctor who discovered that yeast is the microorganism responsible for the fermentation process. Beer also reduced the risk of cardiovascular death.

As with tea vs. coffee, it is uncertain whether the relative healthfulness of beer vs. wine might be due to social and economic factors. Wine drinkers were found to have higher IQs, more education, higher socioeconomic status, and a better diet than beer drinkers. A recent study corrected for such factors finds no difference between the two.

a major portion of their nutrition from beer.

Is there any reason not to consume alcohol? Drinking in excess has a reversed effect on life expectancy. It can cause cancer, specifically breast cancer in women; the American Cancer Society recommends that women with an unusually high risk of breast cancer consider giving up The definition of moderate is about alcohol. the same for beer as for wine—one or two a day for men, Those who should avoid alcohol one for women. include those with gastritis or liver disease; those on blood pressure In favor of beer, some of the medication; and, because alcohol nutrients in wine do not survive the has lots of calories, anyone with a filtering process. Barley and tendency toward obesity. wheat, commonly used in beer making, are both loaded with a Otherwise, we can drink up variety of vitamins that do survive without guilt. Cheers! fermentation and filtering. Too, many unfiltered beers are on the Lisa J. Lehr market. European peasants of previous centuries actually derived

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BATTLE OF THE ORANGES A different type of Carnival !


attle of the oranges involves around half a million kilograms of oranges. Yes, this is the Battle of the Oranges. It takes place in the city of Ivrea, and it presents an organized event steeped in history. Basically, it is a story about people rebelling against the cruel and tyrannic government – now transformed into a carnival that attracts around 100,000 spectators every year. Anyone can become a spectator, but there’s a thing you must take into consideration – you can suffer serious injuries, so for those who are not so enthusiastic, we strongly suggest relaxing and watching the battle from a distance. It’s, of course, important to wear a hat, or head wrap, because being a bit away from the battle won’t guarantee that you’ll be completely safe.

The battle of the oranges usually starts on Sunday around 2 pm ending with the judges’ decision on which team won this year’s battle.

The Lady, the miller’s daughter, is represented by a woman dressed in a red and white dress who throws yellow flowers to her admirers.

Citizens of the town Ivrea consider this carnival to be an important part of their culture and like to describe this battle as a “liberating” event.

This is surely among the most unusual carnivals you will find, not only in Europe, but in the whole world.

HISTORY If we look to the past, we’d see that this carnival is connected to the Lord of Ivrea’s attempt to take the virginity of the miller’s daughter on the eve of her wedding, sometime in the 12th or 13th century, as the legend goes.

It is definitely one you will remember.

But she made a bold move – a strike of the sword, and set the town free from his oppression.

BASIC INFORMATION When: 8 – 13 February 2018 Where: Ivrea, Italy Map: Ivrea on Google Maps Official website: Hotels: Hotels in Ivrea

Later on, the townspeople battled the Lord’s henchmen, so today, this unusual carnival is a recreation of the battle between the Lord’s followers and the so-called commoners.

HOW TO GET THERE The Ivrea Carnival site has an excellent overview of how to get there.

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El Cortijo

Bar & Restaurante Avd Canillas 6, Competa

Tel: 952 553 647,

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El unico restaurante en Competa

! A unique restaurant in Competa ! Carne a la piedra, a tu gusto y Carta

Meat cooked on the stone to your liking and full a la cart menu

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Carta completa Vegana y Vegetariana Abierto 6 noches cada semana de 18.30 - 23.00 Open 6 nights a week from 18.30 - 23.00 Jedeu / Abend / Geoffuet 18.30 -23.00 Cerrado el lunes Closed Mondays Domingos de 13.00-16.00 Sunday Lunch 1pm-16.00 Sonntag von 13.00-16.00 Ternera asada 7€ Roast Beef 7€ Roastbeef 7€

Full Vegan and Vegetarian menu!

Best views to the coast Mejores vistas a la costa February 14th Live Spanish Music with ISA Closed for holidays 19th to 28th February . Re-open 1st March

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Valentines Feature 2018 Gift Ideas and Local Places to Celebrate on February 14th

VALENTINES DAY What is its Origin?


ver wondered how February 14 became, the day on which we celebrate and explore love in all its many ideals, Valentines Day.

There are many differing opinions on how Valentines Day started.

Another story points to Christianity in 496 A.D outlawing the pagan Lupercian Festival and replacing it with a day in February to honour the martyr St. Valentine.

A third story as to the origin of passing out cards stems from a French Count who was captured One story say that when the and imprisoned in London. From Roman Empire reigned, a festival his cell he wrote his wife letters, every February was held in including a passionate set of honour of the God of Fertility and poems which he sent to her in during this time, young men would February. choose their mate. When a Emperor named Claudius can At the turn of the century, a new around, he outlawed all marriages form of Valentines Day card in fear that the men would not be appeared the Penny Dreadful. Up able to fight. Young couples still until this point, cards were fell in love though and still wished relatively expensive but the Penny to marry and they took these Dreadful changed all that. They desires to the Catholic Bishop were just what the name implied, Valentine who, understanding costing only one cent and love, began to secretly marry completely bad. The cards were couples. When Claudius found cheaply made, the artwork was out, he had Valentine arrested and amateurish and the colouring was ordered put to death. While uneven. On top of that the verses waiting in jail, Valentine began printed on them were not the most exchanging letters with the jailers romantic of prose. They were daughter and soon had fallen in more often insults, taking swipes love with her. The day he was to at old maids, teachers and the be beheaded, he wrote her one like. Still their low cost kept them last note and signed it: From Your popular for years. Valentine.

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For hundreds of years, Valentines Day has been a day of symbols. You can hardly go through the day without seeing a rose (as a symbol to Venus, the Goddess of Love), images of doves and lovebirds (who mate for life) or hearts. The heart was thought to be the centre of all emotion. People believed that when they gave a heart, they were truly giving all of the love and emotion that they possibly could give. Its past aside, Valentines Day is the second the most popular card sending holiday just behind Christmas with one billion a cards sent a year. When the calendar turns to February, we start to think of love. February has for centuries been designated the month for lovers, with the primary celebration being on February 14, St. Valentines Day. We send cards, flowers, and candy and our children give out Valentines in school. Valentines Day reminds us to tell our loved ones just how much we care about them. Bud smith

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destination. You can even renew your vows in a fun setting, like wedding chapel that has an Elvis impersonator do the ceremony. If you cannot afford a big trip, book a weekend at a bed and breakfast within driving distance. A getaway involving just the two of you will be fun no matter where you go. Special Songs Here is an inexpensive way to show her that you remember those special love songs. Make a compact disc of songs that have special memories for you and your Valentine.

MORE IDEAS FOR VALENTINES DAY! Need some more ideas?


alentine's Day is quickly approaching, a day that each year puts fear into the hearts of men. Every year, you promise yourself that next year; you are going to do something different. If you still do not have any creative ideas for a special surprise, do not panic. Here are some Valentine's Day gift ideas (many inexpensive) that are sure to please your love on that special day. Balloon Surprise This one will require handwritten notes to your Valentine. Phrases like "I love you", "Thanks for being you", or "You mean more to me than anything" are good as well as sayings that have special meaning only to the two of you. You can write short memories of fun things you did together, a memorable vacation or a special moment you shared, like the birth of a child. Once you get the notes written, cut them into small sections. Make sure each note is small enough to be folded and placed in a balloon. You can purchase a small helium tank and balloons at most party stores. Take a balloon, insert a note into it,

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and then blow it up. When your Valentine comes home, have her pop each balloon to read your message of love. Recreate Your First Date Unless it was just a total disaster, your first date probably holds a lot of sentimental value for both you and your loved one. What better Valentine's Day surprise could there be than to recreate the first date, a time when you first fell in love? Go to the same restaurant, rent the first movie you watched together, take her dancing to the same bar whatever you did on that first date, make it happen again. Even if it was a disaster, you can recreate it, making it better the second time. Getaway Trip This one will require more money and a little preparation, but is sure to be great fun for both of you. Plan a secret weekend vacation. If you have kids, arrange for babysitters without letting your love know about it. Book the airline tickets, make the hotel reservations and when Friday rolls around, surprise her by having her bags packed, ready to go. Las Vegas is a great getaway

Romance Scavenger Hunt Buy small presents like a bag of candy kisses, a bottle of her favorite perfume or a single rose. Then create a few presents of your own such as a handwritten poem, a compact disc of special songs, or a handmade Valentine's Day card. Write clues that will be attached to each present, telling her where the next present can be found. Make the last present something that will last a while like a picnic dinner, a bottle of champagne hidden close to the fireplace or lingerie in the bedroom. Chocolate Fun If you both love chocolate, this can be a very fun and sexy idea. Make a batch of chocolate pudding and feed it to each other sitting by the fireplace. You may want to place a blanket or something on the floor in case it turns into a playful food fight. To spice it up, remove one article of clothing each time you feed your loved one and ask her to do the same. This can even lead to a romantic shower for two, so have candles ready in the bathroom. As you can see from these ideas, Valentine's Day does not need to be anything extravagant. It just takes a little effort and creativity on your part and you can turn this Valentine's Day into one that your special someone will remember forever! Sara Fox

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On 14th February We will host a special Valentines Evening with live music at Finca Arrijana in Sayalonga. Dinner, room and breakfast packages will also be available Call or ask at the Teteria for bookings and more details Indian Curry Night Every Thursday. Call to reserve a table. Reservations call 951 70 76 38 Avenida de la Constitucion, 35, Cรณmpeta We can be found next to the Car Park

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A QUICK GUIDE TO VALENTINES DAY IDEAS NEAR YOU! Restaurants, Beauty Vouchers or a night in!

ice we have hearts galore, wooden ones, metal ones, large ones, small ones, simple ones, fancy ones as well as lots of other unusual bits This Valentine day we're here to and pieces and everything comes help you celebrate across both of our shops. At Todo Papel we have a gift wrapped. Don't forget the candle light, I'm a great lover of selection of treats from miniature candles they disguise wrinkles and love hearts to a selection of boxed chocolates. Be it full English, bacon dust. We have candles of all sizes and shapes, including electric ones sandwich, porridge, muffins or that flicker just like the real thing crumpets why not start the day in without the danger of setting the decadent fashion with breakfast in curtains on fire. bed? And in the evening why how For more information see our about skiping the crowded website restaurants. Have a romantic 3 dinner at home, without spending hours in the kitchen. And day/ when the wine has been drunk and See advert on Page 30 the candles blown out, there's no SAIL AND STAY drive home. For just 12.95€ for 2 Stuck for ideas for Valentines this we are offering a menu choice year? How about sharing with your including starter, main course loved one a luxury day cruise to pudding and a decent bottle of wine or cava (chosen by months of remember on the lovely waters of the Costa Tropical? Top operator rigorous personal testing just for Sailandstay have come up with a you!) The offer is available whilst unique Valentines 3 hour cruise on stocks last. For full menu choices their luxury catamaran which call in or see our website includes: · Glass of chilled cava and luxury day/ . Or fancy something a bit fruit platter on arrival different? Nothing says I love you · Tapas and nibbles with FREE like a curry! BAR (cava, wines, beer, soft drinks) · 3 hour luxury cruise on Optimist of Create the mood, from the dining London II, their 38ft luxury table to the boudoir, at Sugar and catamaran



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· A sumptuous buffet lunch onboard at anchor in a gorgeous and romantic setting ·Valentines Week limit of 4 couples per trip (normal capacity 12 guests) · A bottle of Reserva Cava and a luxury box of chocolates per couple to take home · A voucher for 25% OFF a Summer 2018 luxury 4 hour cruise (worth €40!!) ·All this for just €120 per couple! Mike and his crew have built up an enviable reputation for a professional, quality service and these sailing trips have consistently been voted the Number 1 Local Day Trip Attraction on Trip Advisor. Very popular with both visitors and ex-pats from the UK, Ireland, Scandanavia, Germany, Belgium, Holland and beyond, the yacht is ideally suited for celebrations of all kinds, and can accommodate up to twelve guests. It can also be booked exclusively for family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, stag or hen parties. The Valentines Week 3 hour luxury cruises (limited to just 4 couples per trip) depart every day between 1018th February at 12.30pm from Marina del Este, La Herradura, and costs just €120 per couple. For full details contact Mike .

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Tel: +34 669 118 816 See advert on page 56 BEAUTY BY MEL Beauty by Mel, mobile beauty therapist in the comfort of your own home or mine, with ample parking right outside. Working in Competa and the surrounding areas. If your struggling to think of a Valentines gift besides the traditional chocolates or red roses then look no further. A recent survey revealed that a beauty treatment was in the top three gift ideas wanted by women. So why not spoil that special person with a beauty voucher that can suit any budget. It could be a spa pedicure, relaxing facial, shellac nails, eyelash lift or even a half day of pampering! All to ensure she looks and feels fabulous when you take her out for that romantic meal you have planned. However if your single this Valentines Day you can always empower yourself and buy a treatment because your worth it. For vouchers, appointments or enquires please call/whatsapp: 685029437 email:

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Menu and Live Music at la Arrijana (finca en sayalonga). There will also be a special offer for dinner with room and breakfast included. See advert on page 58

EL PILON RESTAURANTE To celebrate Valentines day 14th February El Pilon Restaurant will have music by Aire Flamenco and a very special menú for the price of 27:50€ per person and 1/2 bottle of E.G.O HAIR AND BEAUTY wine. Let them know you love them! Treat See advert on page your loved one this Valentine's Day to a relaxing massage or one of our PAMPANO RESTAURANTE amazing hair treatments! Or maybe 17th February Air Flamenco will buy them a voucher for any one of play along with a Special menu. our services! Nothing could be See advert on page 64 more personal! See advert on page 51 QUE TAL RESTAUARANTE You can reserve your table for a HOTEL BALCON DE COMPETA Valentines Love Menu and Love Saturday 17th February 2018 from Cups. For details please contact 7.30pm there is a Romantic Dinner Henning. by candlelight with 4 courses and henning-Kruse Water, Wine or Beer during the Tel 681 04 09 76 Dinner there will be Live Music with See advert on page 16 "Miguel la Botana" to animate the evening, as well as games and EL CORTIJO RESTAURANTE surprises. Live Spanish Music with ISA on Reserve your table in advance! February 14th See advert on page 11 See advert on page 54 LA ARRIJANA, SAYLONGA 14th February there is a Special

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o think of Valentines Day ideas for your boyfriend can be quite a riddle for a woman. Often women say that it is difficult to find the right valentines day gift for a man because he either already has everything, or maybe it just generally appears harder to find a gift for a man. But do not give up. Follow some of my tips and you will find perfect valentines day gifts for him. With a man, you need to digg deeper to find out what he would really enjoy.

on his own if you don't share his movie taste. This gift can be about him being able to fully enjoy it by himself. Many men also enjoy reading books or specialized magazines. As mentioned before, you digg a little deeper into his interests and find something related that he does not have. Reading some book reviews will help to find out what other people interested in that topic though about it.

First, ask yourself this simple question: What does he really like? What makes him smile? What gets him excited? Does he enjoy an old whisky or mature wine? Find a good quality bottle for him and you will see that he will be more than pleased.

My favorite "Valentines Day ideas for boyfriend" tip is getting a watch for him. It is a little more serious but it all depends on your relationship. For a man a watch is an excellent piece of jewelry. It is a really special gift that your man will be proud of, especially when it comes form the lady that he loves.

Maybe your husband, partner or boyfriend likes movies. What genre or style he enjoys? Horror, thrillers, silly comedies or documentaries? He will be enthusiastic about your DVD gift, even if he has to enjoy it

Many men like very stylish golden or silvery watches but perhaps even more of them absolutely love sports watches. Mainly those with a number of cool features. They get really enthusiastic about it and are

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able to spend whole days trying out how what works. A watch is a great gift. Mentioning the gadgets, most of the man simply love them all. Fantastic gift idea could be the latest iPod, the cool Kindle (if he likes to read), GPS navigator, good model of a digital camera or a set of wireless headphones. A man is never disappointed with electronics but make sure to find out about the latest model. After you have chosen the gift, take some time to wrap it nice - you can go for a cool manly style wrapping or something that will be recognizable as coming from you. Any nicely wrapped gift looks more appealing. It just grabs the attentionHealth Fitness Articles, and he did not even see the gift yet. My very last "Valentines Day ideas for boyfriend" advice is: do not forget a Valentines card for him. This day is still about the message of love! Write there something from your heart.

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Salon de Belleza Hair and Beauty Salon

Tin Tin Tin Tin IS the place where you can go and have a full day of beauty treatment: Perm, colouring, hi and low light, wash & set also cuts for men and children, facials, waxing, colouring eyelashes, eyebrows & make up.

New at Tin Tin By Elllie Fullylove Manicures & Pedicures Gell Polish Manicures & Pedicures Acrylic Nail Extensions See Map Spot 26

Nueva villa de Cómpeta (Just behind Café Cómpeta)

Tel: 952 516 416 English, Danish & Spanish

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Breakfasts, tapas dishes, Lunch, A La Carte menu Come for coffee and cake! Variety of Ice creams Tel: 951 832 810 - 690 221 100ámpanocompeta

St Valentines Day Fri 17th February Aire Flamenco from 8.30pm Special Menu Ask for more details A great venue for a special event and fantastic views of the hanging houses of Competa!

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on commission base, she 'tunes in' to the energy of the room or the person, inspired by this input she creates a very personal 'mandelapainting'. Dutch artist Linda Roffel has been fascinated by colour and shape as a means of expression for a long time. She uses that fascination to create sensual portraits of the backs of women. Using Acrylic paint and only a palette knife – she usually works with four pigments at a time: grey, white, brown, yellow and sometimes red. With these deceptively simple ingredients she creates structure, depth and transparency in her images. Three of her works will be shown in the gallery.

Special Events!

Italian artist Daniele Vignati was born in Milano in Italy. Daniele creates abstract, colourful and bright images. "The artist gives shape to images which come from a reality unknown. The artist has the ability to make the invisible, visible." Daniele exhibits her art in Italy and various other European countries. It is the first time she is exhibiting her paintings in Galeria Luz de la Vida.


The art of Lieuwke Loth is on permanent show, as well as other paintings from various International Artists.

GALERIA LUZ DE LA VIDA pecial event on the 1st of March: 'Little Buddha" brings Tibet to Competa.

sold, the Gallery will donate 10% of the purchase price to a Tibetan project. From 2 pm on we'll also have 'tapas' for you, all profits will As specialists in Tibetan articles go to a Tibetan project. Polish "Little Buddha" brings beautiful Tibet musician Lukasz Wieczorek will play to you by offering religious and his spiritual music, 'Journey through decorative items for your home. All the heart" from 5 pm. of 'Little Buddha's' products are bought Fairtrade directly from the Feel very welcome to visit and enjoy local people in Tibet and Nepal by the richness and culture of Tibet. Dutch couple: Jeannette & Fred See you Thursday the 1st of March? Madern. 'Little Buddha' also Open 1/3/2018: 14:00 - 22:00pm supports local projects. Art Exhibition during the month On Thursday the 1st of March you February till half of March: can visit Galeria Luz de la Vida and purchase from their collection, which Kim Wayenberg will be showing her consists of: Tibetan religious beautiful Mandalas. She is a Dutch articles, Tibetan incenses and artist who lives in Frigiliana and will burners, Tibetan statues, mala, soon move to Cadiz. prayer flags, portable shrines, jewellery, scarfs, shawls and Kim creates spiritual paintings. She ponchos. developed her own style in Mandalas, mixing acrylics with Enjoy the beauty and the mysteries mediums. By practising Malaof Tibet. For inspiration you can visit meditations she translates energies the website: into her Mandalas. She also works On the 1st of March any Artwork

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Feel welcome to come around and enjoy the many Artworks in the gallery! fb: galeria luz de la vida Calle Laberinto 15 Bajo, Competa More information: Tibetan products: Italian Artist Daniela Vignati: Dutch Artist Linda Roffel: Dutch Artist Lieuwke Loth:

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ASESORÍA ALJARIFE Notarial Title deeds, Wills, Catastral Corrections, etc. General Administration Transfers of vehicles, driving licences, matriculations, etc.) Tax declarations Creation of businesses Accounts General insurances See Map (house, car, health, etc) Spot 22

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Located next to the Town Hall in Competa

Antonio and Belen welcome you to their Bar and Restaurant

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Bar and Restaurant Open 6 days a week (incl. Kitchen) 12.00pm until late - TEL: 654 869 083 Closed Wednesdays

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1. Sickness (7) 2. Pragmatic (9) 3. Better (7) 4. Very short biscuit dough (9) 5. Pincer (5) 6. Deny (7) 7. Wood fasteners (5) 8. Loses validity (7) 14. Child (9) 16. A capsule filled with watersoluble dye (9) 17. Dear (7) 18. Perturb (7) 20. Skill (7) 21. Convent (7) 23. Poisonous (5) 24. Groin (5)

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1. A hurling team consists of how many players? a) 15 b) 13 c) 11 2. Which metal is the main constituent of Pewter? 3. How did soul singer Sam Cooke die? a) Drowned b) Plane crash c) Shot 4. Arachnophobia is the fear of what? 5. The dollar sign appears above which number on a computer keyboard? 6. Bandaranaike International Airport is in which country? 7. Samarkand is on which famous route? 8. What is the collective name for a group of Crows? 9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in which country?

12. What landmark did Queen Elizabeth II pass on 6 Feb 2017? 13. At the 59th Grammy awards in February, who won the Best Record of the Year and Song of the Year?

10. Switzerland has how many official languages?

14. Which rival group dropped its bid to takeover Unilever for $143 billion in February?

11. In January 2017 over 1 million people signed a petition in the UK in an attempt to stop who from entering the country?

15. Which film, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, won the Best Film at the 89th Academy Awards

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Fruteria Jara

Local produce of the area

Lots of changing special offers Also Fresh Herbs & Ambient Products Delivery Service to Restaurants Fruteria Jara, Avenida de la Constituciรณn Local 3, Competa

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Bistro 6 Gilly and Gary welcome you to Bistro 6 just down from Plaza Vendimia, Competa.

Special Menu and Regular menu Corkage Available see map spot 59

Kitchen Open: 12.00 to 3.30pm & 7.00 to 10.30pm For reservations call 951 832 817 Bar Open: 12.00 to 3.30pm & 6.30pm until late


Valentines Day Special Menu Closed Sundays Closed in the daytime on Monday Opening at 6.30pm Monday evening Booking Highly Recommended

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JMS Services Maintenance and Services Servicios y Mantenimientos

We offer a full maintenance service for all of your home and everyday needs. We can help you with: Small building jobs Electrical & Plumbing Metal works/Welding Garden & Pool Maintenance Handy Man Services Painting & Decorating Septic Tank Issues Car ITV assistance and much more, call me for a quote We cover the areas:Native English Competa, Canillas de Albaida, & Fluent Spanish Archez, Salares, Sedella, Canillas de Aceituno, Corumbela, Arenas, Sayalonga, Torrox, Algarrobo and all the countryside in between”.

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Asesoria Axarquia Our office has offered comprehensive help and advice to our foreign clients in the Axarquia area for more than 15 years Our experience is based on: Land Registry: • Registration of properties • Corrections/Update of properties • Plot measurements and ownership exchanges

Deeds: • Purchase and sale contracts • Property new building declarations • Inheritances • Wills

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after all which provide the hams most likely to be found in bars, restaurants and indeed in the home. Although pretty mundane compared to their black footed cousins, the "common" Serrano ham provides that unique taste of the real Spain, not likened to anything else.

SERRANO HAM From Birth to Consumption


he Serrano Ham is one of Spain's most outstanding food products and one of the things that Spain is famous for. The word "serrano" in Spanish refers to the sierra, or mountains. Jamón Serrano is traditionally cured in mountainous environments where very cold dry winters, low humidity and an abundance of fresh air are a prominent feature. These conditions are essential if you want to produce a true Serrano Ham.

hams. Only the hams that come from these pigs can be called Jamon Iberico. They are also known as "pata negra" which means black foot due to their special apperance and only make up around 7% of Serrano Hams. The resulting cured hams from these pigs is the best in the world due to their diet, way of life and genetic make up.

Hams from the iberian pigs can be seperated into three categories; The "Jamon Ibérico de Bellota." is the highest quality and has a What exactly is a Serrano Ham? distinctive nutty taste due to its Serrano ham is the cured leg of a exclusive diet of acorns. These pigs pig and there are many types and are also free range and live a life of qualities of Serrano ham. luxury high in the mountains. Other types of Iberian ham are the The most famous names regarding "Jamón Iberico de Recebo" and the the Spanish ham are the Jamon "Jamón Iberico" The main Serrano and the Jamon Iberico. difference from the "Bellota" ham is that these pigs are fed on usual The varieties of ham come from the feed. Not as luxurious as the types of pig, how that pig is fed, its Bellota ham but still offer superb lifestyle and conditions of curing. taste and texture. Jamon Iberico The best of the Spanish pigs is the Iberian pig. These pigs are very special indeed and produce the most famous of spanish cured

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The Serrano hams. The serrano ham comes from the 'white pigs'. The meat they produce results in a high quality ham, deep rooted in tradition. It is these pigs

How is the ham cured? From November the traditional "matanza" or sacrifice of the pigs takes place. After this the fore and hind legs of the pigs are prepared for becoming the Serrano ham. The first process is known as the salting where the hams are packed in piles of salt to aid the preservation process. The amount of time the hams remain in the salt depends on the size of the ham but it is generally around 24-48 hours per kilo. This first stage is regulated very carefully to ensure the hams are not left in the salt for too long. The next stage of the curing process is called 'asentamiento.' This is when the salt is cleaned off and the hams are hung for an initial period of 1 to 2 months. During this time the temperature remains between 5 and 10 degrees with a humidity of 75-80%. This first stage is important because the moisture is dried out which means the ham and the salt infuse together to concentrate the flavour. The hams are continued to be hung (traditionally on knotted rope) for a minimum of 12 months. During this time the hams begin to take on the "cured" qualities, yellow fat and dark red meat . The slow curing is essential to allow the hams to adapt to natural conditions which is why cold dry winters and low humidity are essential to create a perfect serrano ham. During the beginning stages of this process the hams will be covered in a mould which is essential to the curing process, enhances flavour and helps make the Serrano Ham what it is. The final stage of the curing process is called 'maduracion' and takes place during the last month or

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so. During this all important last stage, temperature and humidity are increased considerably to allow the fat to filter evenly through the ham, further concentrating the flavour.

Another method is to smear a little olive oil over the meat before covering.

Always store and serve your ham at room temperature. Keep your ham somewhere cool, dry and airy. By the time the hams reach the final Serrano hams should never be kept stage of the curing process, the in the refrigerator, even after meat will be perfectly cured and carving has begun. Unless you they will have lost up to 40% of their have a huge refrigerator, it is simply original weight. not practical but the ham is supposed to be stored and eaten at Although now ready to eat, many room temperature. Apart from hams are transferred to bodegas or convenience, this is why in Spanish cellars to be allowed to mature bars and restaurants the ham is even more. Traditionally these always on display in its stand. If you "bodegas" were caves because the do have to store your ham in the conditions inside are perfect for a refrigerator you must remove it and maturing ham - constant leave it at room temperature to temperature, airy and dry, indeed acclimatise before carving and many hams even today undergo the serving. However the best thing whole curing process in a cave. about the Serrano Ham is that it can be kept in an accessible place, It is as due to this curing process, so it is always on hand when you the names given to the Serrano fancy a slice or two! Ham. A "bodega" or "curado" ham for example has been cured for 12- Carving your ham 14 months; a "reserva ham" has The only way to store and carve been cured for 14-18 months and a your ham is to place it in a ham "gran reserva" over 18 months. The stand called a 'Jamonero'. This various types of "Iberico" hams can special stand ensures the ham is be cured for up to an extra two secure while you carve, very years resulting in a melt in the important from a safety point of mouth texture of deep red meat and view. Also this means your ham is an exquisite nutty flavour due to the always accessible and ready to acorn diet of the Iberian pig. A good carve at all times. ham is similar to a good wine, the longer the curing process, the more Place the ham in the ham stand intense the aroma and flavour. and secure using the spike on the base and the screws in the holder. Storing your ham When you buy a whole leg Serrano Next, make a deep cut around five ham it will be covered in rind and inches down from the hoof using a usually protected by a breathable sharp strong knife. "ham sock". The ham can be kept hanging like this in a cool place for First of all, remove the fat from the about a year if you don't need to body of the ham depending on how carve it straight away. Once you've much is to be cut. Only remove the started cutting your ham it is best to section of rind where you plan to eat it within six to eight weeks. begin slicing. If you remove too much rind the meat can dry out. It is important to cover any exposed areas of meat to keep it fresh and At the edge of the exposed meat prevent it from drying out. The best cut away the fat at a forty-five way to do this is to keep the strips degree angle, this will leave you of rind and fat that you cut off to with a "ridge" of meat. Retain the fat start with and re-cover the exposed for placing over the exposed meat meat as you go along. when finished.

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Once you've removed the rind, you can begin slicing. Again, using traditional Spanish "tools" is the only way to ensure the ham is cut correctly. The Spanish ham knife or "jamonero" (same as the stand) is long, narrow, flexible and very vary sharp. It is essential to use this type of knife to achieve the all important wafer thin slices of ham. You know you are on the right track when you can see the blade through the slices you are cutting. Always start at the narrowest part of the ham as here there is very little fat so this is the part that will dry out first. Using your flexible ham knife, cut along the ham as straight as possible. When you have removed the meat from this section, turn the ham over and repeat the process on the other side. When both sides are finished you can work on the tip of the ham, always cutting along the length of the bone. The tip of the ham has a slightly stronger taste because while the hams are hanging during curing, this is where the fat and salt concentrates. When you have removed all the meat you can also "scrape" the bone with a sharp knife to get the last of the meat from the fibula. The remaining bone can be used to make a lovely stock, ideal for soups and stews. Eating your Serrano ham. After carving, it is time to enjoy those wafer thin slices of your delicious ham. The best way is to serve on a plate with a drizzle of olive oil. Ideal partners to Serrano Ham are almonds or chunks of melon. Article written and supplied by Gayle Hartley. For more information on Serrano and Iberico Hams, go to:

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They will facilitate the renewal of the body's vital energies and thus its ability to heal itself. 9. Keep your body warm and protected from drafts. 10. Shiatsu massage of the neck and head can be miraculously relieving and beneficial. (Reflexology can be used to free up the sinuses). IF THE COLD CONTINUES



ome Possible Causes Might Be

1. Poor dietary habits which create a toxic build-up in the body. 2. A lack of proper nutrients. 3. Weakness in the immune system. 4. Emotional problems which suppress the body's defense. 5. Over use of antibiotics. 6. Viruses - Bacteria. EFFECTIVE NATURAL SOLUTIONS

and gargle with salt. If the cold continues after the first day, then discontinue the washing of the nostrils but continue 3 or more times a day gargling with salt or lemon water. 3. Avoid eating solid food, especially cheese, milk and all dairy products, as well as white flour, white sugar and any products made from them. They form excess mucus, which increases the symptoms of the cold.

11. Continue with the vitamins taking up to 3000 mg of C. and up to 30 mg of Zinc per day until the symptoms disappear. If the cold lasts more than a week, then you might want to check with a doctor as to why your body is not healing itself. Other antioxidants such as vitamins E, A and Selenium and various enzymes such as Super Dioxide Dismutase call also be very useful. 12. Continue to avoid solid food as much as possible. Drink plenty of juices and broths. If you feel very hungry, eat raw salad or hot spicy soup.

4. Drink plenty of liquids especially 13. Take occasional hot baths fresh citric fruit juices: oranges, (covering yourself well afterwards). lemons, grapefruits, as well as herb When First Symptoms Appear teas, and vegetable broth. 14. Slow deep breathing will re1. Vitamins - Immediately take energize your body. Breathe as 5. If you feel very hungry and must plenty of vitamin C. You can take slowly as you can, letting as little air eat, then the best food would be a about a total of 3000 mg a day in as possible pass through the raw salad or a hot, spicy soup. A small doses - say 200 mg at a time, nostrils. Gradually they will open very effective soup is onion soup which would mean 15 tablets a day. up. made from onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and other spices. Zinc is also a good immune 15. Do not continue with the enhancer. From 20 to 40 mg of Zinc (Not if you have ulcers.) cleaning of the nostrils, but do can be taken daily until the cold continue with frequent gargling. 6. For those who are familiar with subsides. stomach cleansing with slightly 16. Gentle exercises can open up saltly water, this is very effective for It is better to take both of these in the nostrils and also the flow of removing accumulated mucus from tablet form so that you can suck on energy in the body. the body. (Not if you have an ulcer). them and dissolve them in the mouth. In this way, the active power 17. Use deep relaxation to imagine 7. An enema is also effective in of these two substances can be the body's defense system healthy helping the body purify itself of absorbed by the cells of the mouth and powerful and invincible. accumulated toxins. and throat area and thus strengthening the power of the cells 18. Be happy and relaxed. 8. Get plenty of rest and do plenty to protect themselves. of deep relaxation. Also perform Robert Elias Najemy 2. Immediately cleanse the nostrils any exercises you feel up to doing.

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t Viveros Florena, we've all become great fans of the sapindus mukorossi aka Chinese soapberry tree. Papa Noel – in his green guise – was kind enough to bring us all little sacks of soapnuts. Now many of you might think that's a very strange present but we all got excited because not only are they a great gift for us, they also are for the planet. Soapnuts, in case you've never heard of them, are a 100% natural, non-polluting and compostable alternative to laundry detergents and synthetic soaps. They contain no chemicals, foaming agents, parabens, bleach or phosphates. They are cruelty-free and zero waste. Literally dried fruit shells which contain natural soap and are 100% natural, organic and sustainable. Now I know I'm beginning to sound like one of those dreadful tv ads –

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forgive me! But I wonder how many of you, like me, have found that the more chemicals you cut out of your life, the worse you are affected by those you haven't yet parted company with. Chemical medications affect me badly; my scalp itches with anything other than natural shampoos, hair dyes have become a no-no and even certain detergents bring me out in rashes and wheals. And, strange as it may sound, I'm not sad about all this. I've long been an advocate and practitioner of the natural route though I'm not a vegetarian or vegan and I love a glass of wine, or several! But when you read that there are some 84,000 chemicals out there in our shops and a large number of them we use daily, you have to stop and think. Women are particularly vulnerable because we use more personal body products; again it is reckoned that an average woman uses 168 chemicals on her body every day and that is without touching any household cleaning

products or eating anything! So I long ago hopped off the train and now use natural as much as I reasonably can. Back to soapnuts. The soapnut tree originates in China and northern India though it is now predominantly planted in India and the foothills and mid-hills of the Himalayas. It's a genus of about 12 shrubs and trees, the lychee being the one we would most readily recognise. It requires a relatively deep soil and frost-free climate when it will make a good-looking, tall, pinnate-leaved, deciduous tree, up to about 25m, or taller in ideal conditions, with a deep tap root. Happy at altitudes ranging from 200m up to 1500m, it is one of the most important trees of tropical and semi-tropical areas of Asia. Its creamy-white (sometimes tinged with purple), bi-sexual, scented flowers appear during late spring and early summer with the green-yellow leathery-looking fruits appearing during July; harvesting is

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spread through October to February. A cloth is spread under the trees to catch the blackening and ripening fruits as they fall; the shells are then washed and dried ready for use. Many of the seeds (between 1 and 3 to each fruit) are re-planted for sustainability. It takes 9 years from sowing to first commercial harvests but then it will remain productive for 90 years and produce annually around 30kg of fruit – that is a lot of soapnuts! The wood of the tree is hard and light creamy-yellow; it is used for rural building construction, for making farm implements and in charcoal production. The leaves are used for animal fodder. Soapnuts are amongst the list of Ayurvedic medicines and have a long history of medical use primarily to treat head lice, dandruff, migraine, epilepsy, eczema, psoriasis and to inhibit tumour growth. They have gentle insecticidal properties too.

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And the best news of all is that we are now stocking detergent soapnuts and other soapnut products in our shop at the garden centre. They come in a 500g linen sack, enough for 240 washes, for €10.50 – super cheap and vividly green! Four or five nuts are loaded into a mini linen sack and put in the drum of your washing machine and they can be re-used 4 or 5 times. When they are 'washed out' whizz them in a food processor, mix with liquid and you have a super organic insecticide. We're all converts and I know you won´t be disappointed with them. Occasionally you'll find a seed still attached to the husk, if you're lucky. Just for fun try scarifying it and soaking overnight in hot water then plant. They can take some time to germinate – up to 3 months – but then they grow quite rapidly, maybe 30cm per month whilst it is still very young. Plant out in a sunny and protected position (out of cold

winds) and use the grey water from your washing machine to water it – a perfect symbiotic relationship! And it literally grows on trees! Viveros Florena – Probably the best little garden centre in Andalucía! Keep checking our web page for latest news and exciting new stock arriving at the garden centre. Join our mailing list to keep in constant touch. Shop on-line with us for unusual plants, scented roses, bulbs, coloured iris, organic products and my books. Winter Hours October to May: 10 – 4, closed Sundays & Mondays. Summer Hours, June, July & September: 9 – 2, Closed Sundays & Mondays and the month of August. Viveros Florena, Ctra.Algarrobo/Cómpeta km 2, Cómpeta 29754,Málaga Tel:689928201 And see us on Facebook – Lorraine Cavanagh's Garden Centre

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PUNTA LARA CAS QUIZ Mark and the gang at the Punta Lara Bar are pleased to announce the next Costa Animal Society (CAS) quiz being held on February 16 at 7.30pm. All regular quizzers and newcomers

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION NERJA BRANCH Its 30 years since our branch was founded and we are happy to say that it is still going strong. One of the main movers to bring this about was Billy Beyts who served for 21 years in the army, finally as Brigadier before moving to Kenya and spending several years as a farmer. He moved from Kenya when the Mau Mau uprising happened. He became Chairman of the branch after its inauguration in 1988 and was a staunch supporter of the British Legion for many years. We are aiming to celebrate the 30 years and remember all those who have worked hard to maintain the branch since then. The first records of the branch are dated September 1988, and so, along with the 100 year commemoration of the end of WW1, the formation of the RAF in 1918, we have many events to remember this year. With that in mind we are currently planning for the next few months and details will be available as soon as we have organised these events. Information about our monthly lunches, or other events can be obtained from Vera Tel:952967200

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alike are welcome to test their grey matter and join Quiz Hostess Laura for a fun evening. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673. CAS SHOP NEWS Now entering its second year at our new location, shop manager Karen would like to take this opportunity to thank all of her volunteers who have made the shop a tremendous success. Also, thank you to all the people who have donated items to the shop for resell, your generosity has greatly improved the lives of many animals under the care of the Costa Animal Society (CAS). Be sure to stop by in the middle of February as new stock will be changing to pink tickets and therefore all green ticket items will be half price. Don't miss out on some real steals. The CAS Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff CafĂŠ in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. We are open Monday to Saturday 10.00am until 2.00pm. We are always interested in hearing from people who would

like to join our shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial atmosphere. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350.

CAN YOU HELP CAS? The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team. In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help. For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish. And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.

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Local News WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA 10TH CÓMPETA ART WALK 2018 We have already started the preparations for the 10th Cómpeta Art Walk in 2018, hoping to have another successful, joyful and inspiring event! This time it will be held again at Easter on Saturday the 31st March and Sunday 1st, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of April.

COMPETA TOWN HALL Saturday 3rd The Saints Day of “San Blas”. In Cómpeta there will be a special church service in the morning. Interesting local tradition of Blessing “Roscas”, doughnut shaped bread rolls, hung by ribbons for the blessing and later exchanged as gifts between friends and family. The tradition claims that by eating the bread and wearing the ribbon you are sure to be protected from colds and sore throats! Well worth a try! Wednesday 14th Ash Wednesday. Friday 23rd Cómpeta “Children´s Carnival”. Starting from the school the children parade around the village dressed in their carnival costumes. Lots of noise and fun!! They can usually be seen around 11:00H - 12:00H in the main square. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded by the Town Hall. Friday 28th :- Day of Andalucía. Holiday in Andalucía, banks closed.

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The Cómpeta Art Walk is growing every year, and it’s an event many people look forward to. This vibrant festival of arts and crafts will take place at various venues in Cómpeta. The Art Walk aims to bring together the community in an animated, artistic atmosphere and will offer all those with an interest in art the chance to meet the multicultural artists. Approximately 20 locations will be filled with art by 35 International artists, you will see paintings, drawings, textile art, ceramic art, bronze and metal sculptures and silver jewelry. Some of the participating artists live in or near the village, while others fly in specially to take part. There is really so much to see and to experience. The artists will be delighted to meet you and talk about their work, inspiration, vision, and techniques.

Workshops will be offered as well.And again we will also have the harmonious match of live music and art with performances from singer/songwriters and bands playing folk, jazz, blues, pop and more. The event is organised by Lieuwke Loth & and a volunteer team. On behalf of the artists and craft people, we welcome you to the 10th Art Walk in March/April! CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR ART WALK 2018 Interested local artists, crafts people and artisans should contact For more information: / Facebook:artcompeta. DAVID GUETTA COMES TO TORRE DEL MAR David Guetta will play at one of the Costa del Sol’s biggest music festivals. The French DJ and producer will be one of the biggest acts at the the Weekend Beach Festival in Torre del Mar this summer. Other international superstars are still to be announced. The fifth edition of the festival will take place on the Axarquia beach on from July 4 to 7. Other artists include The Offspring, Jimmy Cliff, Bunbury, Izal, Macaco, Invisible Dance, Aborosie, El Langui, Celtas Cortos, Muchachito, Arco, Neuman and Long live Sweden.

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Vets Naturevets: 952 55 38 50 URG: 617 00 17 23 Nerja Clinica San Fernando (vet Expedito) 609 982 941 Torrox Village & Torrox Costa

608 45 42 70

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625 233 778

Cรณmpeta & La Caleta:

657 582 225

National Holidays

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February 28th

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English Radio Stations Global Radio

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Finca el Cerrillo

Canillas de Albaida, Malaga Tel: 952 03 04 44 email:

Finca Los Pinos Tel: 619 175 649 The Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 55 3662

Airconditioning / Heating


Glass, lighting & blinds

Solar Shade Tel: 902 888 176 Chavos Construction Tel: 952 516 099 Construcciones Schmid S.L Tel: 652 656 066 JMS Services Tel: 605 106 977


Tin Tin Hairdressers Tel: 952 516 416 E.G.O Tel: 616 022 734

Mobile: 606.423.869

Electricians Tel: 952 96 78 03

Cooling and Heating Solutions Sales, Service & Installation Air Con, Solar Systems & Pool Heat Pumps

Joe Jones 655 791167

Esola Systems Tel: 952 550 323 Klimacentro Tel: 952 540 786 Connect Airconditioning Tel: 951 282 196

Electrician Tel 951242449

C&Gs 2381 & 2391


Electricians Roger 648 025 901

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Andrea Slater Tel: 00 49 151 4048 52 64 La Gelateria facebook/heladeriacompeta

Furniture Stores

Computer Help Specialist

TEL: 952 549 607 / MOB: 654 899 976

Clinica Europa Tel: 952 530 908 Ian Pett Dental Care Tel: 691 700 587 Rebeccah Curtis Tel: 952 530 122 Feel Good Axarquia Tel: 635 693 282

Interior Design

David Fenton Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer House calls, remote assistance or bring it to me. Help and impartial advice

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Carpenters Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149


Competa, Malaga Tel: 606 226 645

Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628 Phone: 952.539.742

Jose Luis Persianas Tel: 952 516 397 Tejeiro Carpinteria Tel: 952 51 61 49

Leon Blanco Tel: 618 226 647

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Black Tower Tel: 607 845 603

Tel: 952 507 144


Sunkitchens The Kitchen Professionals Doors & Wardrobes Raul Chica: 653 634 633 Torre del Mar (Malaga)

Kennels & Pets Raza Hotel for dogs Tel: 952 535 417

Locksmiths LOCKSMITH

Property Legal Advice Solutions 4 U Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07

Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34 Asesoria Aljarife Tel:952 51 66 00 Asesoria Axarquia Tel:952 54 51 05 Thomas Gant Law Tel: 952 51 69 61 CS Lawyers Tel: 952 96 70 04 Axarquia Solictors Tel: 952 901 225

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VENTA EL CURRO Argentinian Grill

ctra.Corumbela s/n Archez (Malaga) Restaurante El Pilon Tel: 952 553 512 - Cómpeta Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena Tel: 951 70 76 38 - Cómpeta The Pavo Real - Cómpeta/Torrox Tel: 654 86 90 83 The Balcon Hotel - - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 36 62 El Recreo - Cómpeta Tel: 952 51 60 43 La Extremeña - Archez Tel: 686 558 362 Casa Paco - Competa Tel: 952 516 077 El Pino Restaurant - Torrox Tel: 952 968 106 Perico’s - Competa Tel: 952 553 739 El Cortijo - Competa Tel:952 553 647 Restaurante El Pámpano Tel: 951 832 810 Bar Miguel Tel: 952 516 754 Jocavi Tel: 952 535 177

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Tel: 652 970 608

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Solar T:(+34) 951 386 706 M:(+34) 658 845 285 Tel: 652 970 608

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Mobility Products For Sale or Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

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Plants House Martins tel:+44 (0)845 0041041 mob: +34 692 408 306

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Monday to Saturday 10.00am until 2.00pm. We are always interested in hearing from people who would like to join our shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial atmosphere. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350. Happy News Tim is growing up fast in kennels but he will be meeting his new family in Norway this month as soon as a flight can be arranged. Tim was rescued from the Nerja campo back in October but it took nearly three months to get him prepared for his journey due to strict regulations in Norway.



ith the death of Karen O'Brien in November, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) has lost one of its longest-serving and most active members. Karen and her husband Mike joined CAS not long after moving to Spain from the UK and volunteered their time to the charity for ten years, much of which was spent serving on the committee. Despite having three cats of their own, Karen became known as CAS's “Cat Lady,” always willing to take in any waif or stray who needed a home. Many a time, she and Mike were called out at all hours to rescue a family of kittens which had been cruelly dumped. The feline lodgers were then cared for until they were ready to go to a new, permanent home. Karen was also involved in many of CAS's fund-raising events, in particular the annual dinner dances which raised so much cash for the charity. While Mike went out to find sponsors, she was left with the huge task of pulling it all together. From booking the band to

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choosing the balloon table decoration, her attention to detail ensured that each event was a success. Even after she handed the reins over to new volunteers, someone else, Karen was still willing to help organise and advise. Karen's forthright input to the running of CAS will be sorely missed. She will also be greatly missed by the members ... and by the cats. Punta Lara CAS Quiz Start the New Year off on the right paw with the Costa Animal Society (CAS) end of the year quiz being held at the Punta Lara Bar on January 19 at 7.30pm. Join Quiz Hostess Laura and test your knowledge of trivial January facts and interesting events from 2017. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.

He had to receive two rabies vaccinations 21-28 days apart and then had to wait another month for a blood test, which took another two weeks for the results to come back. If all goes well Tim will be in his forever home by the end of the January. CAS Cat Corner Ready for adoption: These three stunning beauties, all female, were first seen with their mother who days later was later found dead, believed from poisoning. Yes, you read that correctly: poisoning. By the time this article goes to press I may have already adopted all three of these gorgeous kittens. However, in the spirit of sharing the love I'll hold off until the end of January. If you can imagine welcoming any or all of these girls into your home, please contact the Costa Animal Society (CAS) through our website,, or our Facebook page:

CAS Shop News The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. We are open

To advertise call 637 028 873

See Map Spot 7

New Office TORRE DEL MAR: Calle Rocío, 4 - Local 7 Tel: (0034) 951 832 150 email:

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SAYALONGA: Calle Calvario s/n, Tel: (0034) 952 535 043 .

Mb: (0034) 660 743 670 email: .

COMPETA: Avda. de la Constitución, 31, Tel: (0034) 952 516 633 .

Fax: (0034) 952 516 635





Stunning 146m² 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with large living room, fully fitted kitchen and office, on a 4,100 m² plot with 8mt x 4mt pool, breathtaking views of the countryside and a glimpse of the sea. Immaculate condition.

Superb town house close to the beach and local amenities with generous accommodation comprising: lounge/diner, fully fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, WC, utility room, huge garage, several terraces, communal pool. Must be seen! Awaiting EPC

Well presented villa on a private urbanization in Puente Don Manuel with excellent access and fantastic views. Fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room with access to glazed terrace. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. 8mt x 4mt swimming pool, terrace and BBQ area. Must be seen. EPC Rating G

Awaiting EPC Ref: T30

325,000 euro

Ref: MS71

180,000 euro

Ref: T922

199,995 euro




Charming unfinished project located in the upper part of the village of Canillas de Albaida, of approx. 72m² with stunning views. There are 4 rooms plus a roof terrace. Great potential to make a lovely home or holiday rental.

Awaiting EPC

Unusual rustic property in a stunning, elevated location in the countryside between Archez and Cómpeta. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living/dining room, loft, workshop, pool and well kept flat land with mature trees. 360º views to mountains and sea. Awaiting EPC

Superb home in a select development with communal pool, tennis court and gardens. Accommodation includes a garage with shower room, hall, open plan lounge / diner + terrace, kitchen, 2 baths, 3 beds and utility room. Patio and roof terrace with sea views. EPC Rating E

56,000 euro

Ref: C3566

Ref: C1364

485,000 euro

Ref: MS37

240,000 euro

The Grapevine Magazine February 2018  

The Grapevine Magazine initially started as The Competa Magazine and was also distributed in Canillas de Albaida, Archez and Sayalonga . Due...

The Grapevine Magazine February 2018  

The Grapevine Magazine initially started as The Competa Magazine and was also distributed in Canillas de Albaida, Archez and Sayalonga . Due...