Walking groups/clubs

Are there any walking groups or clubs in the Jaen/Martos area?

I've recently bought a house in Martos and want to explore the beautiful scenery, meet some people, get fitter and improve my Spanish.

All/any suggestions welcomed.

Steven Rowe


I Rastro de Saldos, Oportunidades y Productos de nuestra comarca. Será en Huéscar

el próximo día 9 de Febrero, por la mañana.
No os lo perdáis!!! — in el Recinto Ferial de Huéscar.

Ronda valley ‘saved’ from railway freight scheme

Ronda valley ‘saved’ from railway freight scheme

• BEAUTY: Ronda's scenic Llano de la Crz valley 'saved' from railway scheme

By Frances Leate

RESIDENTS and hoteliers in one of Andalucia’s most popular tourist valleys have been visited by the Three Kings two weeks early.

In a perfect early Christmas present, a freight line scheme that would have ripped through the heart of Llano de la Cruz valley, in Ronda, has been derailed. The good news comes after the Olive Press joined forces with local mayors, hotel bosses and residents to campaign against the scheme.

The new line would have formed part of the so-called Mediterranean Corridor which is to run from Algeciras to Barcelona, via Antequera and Granada.

Under the €71.1 million scheme, 700m-long freight trains would have been rattling through the valley 24 hours a day, potentially causing the closure of dozens of hotels and `turismo rurales’.

Campaigners feared the line would devastate the natural beauty of the valley, which brings in more than five million euros a year to the local economy.

It would have also led to the loss of hundreds of jobs. Celebrations are now under way after the government decided to ditch the controversial plans amid concerns it would have a negative environmental impact on the area.

Ronda’s mayor Mari Paz Fernandez said she was satisfied and described the news as ‘very positive’ for the valley.

Tina Piek, boss of Fuente de la Higuera hotel, where celebrities such as Adrian Brody and UK prime minister David Cameron have stayed, added: “We must salute our lawyers for all their help”.

Paul Whitelock, a resident of Ronda whose home would have been just metres from the new track, was also delighted with the news.

“The line would have been right on my land and very near to my house so of course I was very concerned about it.

“It is wonderful news they have decided to scrap the idea and I hope it has been scrapped for good.

“Ronda is a beautiful part of Spain and it would have been ruined by these plans.”


WELL DONE You thinkers. So now 1000′s of trucks can continue to run 24hrs a day along the roads, bringing “devastating” effects to the environment and the local populations along their routes!

Commented Have A Nice Day in La Marina 2012-12-26 08:18:12 UTC

The “What Makes You Happy?” book project…

You can now get involved with a project that has the potential to reach countless people. So many of us focus on the negative things in life and what we cannot do, not what we can do. “What Makes You Happy?” Is the start of something big that I want to continue and grow, so that it enriches people’s lives and touches the masses, and not just a few people. This is all about you and what makes you feel happy, which in turn, when others read will bring enlightenment to them and make them think about what makes them happy too. Like attracts like! Therefore positivity attracts positivity.

To contribute you can post what makes you happy (anything from one word to a whole paragraph! Or even more than one, as people have been sending!) on here. You can also email me at:
clare21@live.com or clare_bean3@yahoo.co.uk

Or you can message me via facebook at the following profiles:
Clare Lawrence https://www.facebook.com/clare.lawrence.184
or Clare Lawrence II http://www.facebook.com/clare.lawrenceii

Or contact me via Twitter at:

You do not have to have your name published, you can have just your first name or even remain anonymous if you so wish (or make up a pseudonym). Many thanks in advance to anyone who shows interest in the project and also that contributes! I am very much looking forward to getting some more quotes. The response so far has been really great! :) :) :)



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A Fantastic Spanish Property Bargain only €80,000

A lovely South facing 2 bed 1 bath 2nd floor apartment located in the popular town of San Miguel de Salinas, Costa Blanca. This property is being sold fully furnished & very briefly consists of the following :-

Lounge / dining area, American style fully fitted kitchen with all white goods & appliances, 2 x double bedrooms, 1 x bathroom with shower, sun balconies off of the lounge & master bedroom with countryside views, fully furnished, ceiling fans in lounge & bedrooms, satellite TV, telephone line & internet connection, video entry system, communal lift, communal swimming pool & solarium, undergound garage space with lockable store room.

This property is located just 5 minutes walk from the middle of San Miguel where you will find all amenities, bars, restaurants, shops, banks, farmacy, medical centre, supermarkets etc etc. The lovely Blue flag beaches of the Orihuela Costa & Torrevieja are just 15 minutes drive away. Alicante airport is 35 minutes away & Murcia San Javier airport is 30 minutes away.

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Commented Kas in Los Balcones 2011-12-06 11:25:52 UTC

All On Board For A Spanish Life!

All Abroad is looking forward to its link-up with ‘A Spanish Life’ which will see one of the most comprehensive websites covering communities in Spain combine its resources with one of the most popular expat magazines around! We offer advice, info, features, and articles all relevant to life as an expat in Spain and with the help of A Spanish Life we’ll be able to spread our message (and some cracking jokes…).
A Spanish Life, like All Abroad, offers expats the chance to tell their story and recount their experiences and now those tips and advice (and warnings!) will be spread around the Costas via the web with A Spanish Life and All Abroad which is a hard copy magazine (free, 5th every month) available at the moment, on the Costa Blanca only.
All Abroad has been running for seven years now (formerly known as The Jungle Drums) and their experts and contributors know what it is like to be an expat in Spain, and they always tell you about anything with a smile on their face!
Welcome and we hope you’ll experience your Spanish Life with all of us here at All Abroad and A Spanish Life!


Great Book

My wife bought a book from Amazon.co.uk, brilliant, its a single ladies view of being single in her 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Title "Another one bites the dust" by Wendy Bolton-Williams, check it out, we both laughed out loud, true story.


Your Guide to Spanish Inheritance tax

A Guide to Spanish Inheritance tax,


You may be aware of this already, but it’s something many people who own property in Spain don’t know.

It’s about the taxes payable when an owner of property in Spain passes away.

If you have ever wondered about the details of inheritance tax, it’s simply this:

Your hard earned legacy may have to be sold off to pay crippling tax bills when you pass away?

Spanish Inheritance tax, death duties , legal fees - up to 40% .

So, right now, can you be absolutely sure that those you leave behind will have the money to cover those costs?

Of course we would all prefer our children and grandchildren to enjoy the property we’ve worked so hard to own, and not be forced to sell it to cover onerous tax demands.

Equally as worrying, did you know that in the UK system of IHT, a husband or wife is usually an exempt beneficiary?

But in the Spanish system...

Your husband or wife will not be exempt from Spanish Inheritance Tax.

It's a sobering thought, isn't it?

For a Fuller explanation

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