Laine's Alcaidesa Newsletter - 30.05.2007
I thought it would be a good idea to give you some local news and information about things happening in Alcaidesa and the surrounding area.
I have included my own view about purchasing property in Alcaidesa and some articles from local sources.
Laines View of Purchasing Property in Alcaidesa
The last few weeks I have read a lot of reports about buying property in Spain and most of them have been very negative. I would agree that some of the properties in Spain at the moment are not such a good investment. In the surrounding areas they seem to have built hundreds of apartments, these I believe have been hard to sell and not easy to rent as so many exist. However, in my opinion, I do not feel this includes Alcaidesa.
Alcaidesa is a nice place to live and also has a few advantages which I shall try to explain. There are not many places now that you could walk from your apartment to the beach without crossing any busy main roads. The beach is a beautiful natural one with plenty of space for everyone, not covered with hundreds of sun beds and umbrellas. At the moment the beach bars are open and I love a walk along the beach and then finish with a glass of wine.
For the golfer we have the only links golf course, its lovely to look at, so must be quite special to play a round on. The new Club House is due to open soon and the second golf course will be ready shortly after.
Then there is Gibraltar Airport expanding and that will make a huge difference with all the new flights coming in as we are only 20 minutes drive away.
Next there is still talk of the Disney Park coming to Manilva (see report below) and guess who is in the middle of both of them, yes Alcaidesa which is again only 20 minutes drive away.
A new shopping centre is under construction in the original part of Alcaidesa and also a further 200 shops with cinemas coming to San Roque (see report below). Again this is only a 15 minute drive away.
As far as the Spanish property market is concerned I feel that Alcaidesa is still an up and coming area. The property here I consider to be a good investment especially if you plan on living in Spain in the future or keeping a holiday home for the next few years.
I do believe you should have someone you can trust when purchasing a property in Spain and I would be happy to assist in anyway I can. Its like most things, I believe you should always try them before making comments and as I live here in Alcaidesa have first hand information. Thats just a few of my views about purchasing in Spain well, mainly Alcaidesa. If you are a little intrigued to see the area or decide to take the plunge and purchase, contact me and I would be happy to introduce you to the area of Alcaidesa.
Source Manilva Life News
Disney have shown their interest in establishing a children's adventure camp in the Manilva area following on from their contact with the Manilva Town Council, specifically the department for Promotion and Education, through the hosting of the 1st Manilva Disney Family Golf tournament last November.
With this in mind the town council is working on the acquisition of the land where the camp is proposed to be built. It consists of a 200,000 square metre plot which according to the Councilor for Tourism and Promotion, Francisco Miguel Alvarez, is being secured by the Town Council to be passed over to Disney at a later date.
Due to the expense of the camp as well as the land already purchased and the implication of Disney's involvement in the area, the Council is seeking the participation of the private sector so that neither the Town Hall nor Disney are exposed to a very high level of expense in respect of this project. The approval of the Junta de Andalucía has also been necessary and has provisionally been extended to the project earlier last month.
The intention is that this centre will provide sport and leisure as well as educational pursuits with the accent on fostering an understanding of nature and the environment and that all the parties involved in this project wish to provide a balance between leisure and activities of a formative nature. This will be the first Disney venture of this kind in Europe and will serve to put the Municipality firmly on the international map of activity tourism.
The councilor for Education and Promotion, Francisco Miguel Alvarez, prefers to be cautious at this time since there is no firm timetable as yet, but he stressed that the four fundamental elements that will make this a reality are firmly in place, namely: procurement of the land, the financing, planning permission, and the interest of Disney.
The commitment of Disney to the Manila area has been further strengthened by the staging of the Manilva Disney Family Golf Tournament for the second year running thanks to an agreement signed at this years Madrid Tourism Fair (FITUR), and indeed Maria Forta, the Vice-president of Disney Iberia, has indicated that Disney's involvement in the Manilva area could go a lot further in the future, a point of view reinforced by Disney Iberia's Sporting Director, Javier Sansierra, who also expressed a desire to collaborate on a range of projects.
Source SUR in English
The Newspaper for Southern Spain
MAY 25th to MAY 31st 2007
German group to invest 160 million euros in San Roque Shopping Center
Sira R. Lara
The shopping and leisure complex will be located near Taraguilla-Miraflores
Work to be finished by autumn 2010
In 2010 the municipality of San Roque will have a new shopping centre which will be located between the old town and Taraguilla-Miraflores. The San Roque Shopping Center will be principally funded by a German group who will invest 160 million euros in the project. The plan was presented on Thursday last week by San Roque Mayor José Vázquez; Planning delegate José Antonio Ledesma and the representative of the German investor, Jürn-Hinerk Fauteck.
The project was given the final go-ahead by the Planning Department two weeks ago and will now be presented to the opposition parties, in the presence of several directors from the German company, within two weeks.
The new shopping and leisure complex, which the Mayor claims will be the most important in Andalucía, will have space for more than 200 shops, a cinema and 3,800 parking spaces. Work is scheduled to begin next year, and finish in autumn 2010.
Jürn-Hinerk Fauteck, the representative of the German company stated, we have been looking for the ideal location for over a year, and San Roque meets all the requirements we set out. He also revealed that the company considered areas around the Costa del Sol, and in the Campo de Gibraltar as possible locations before agreeing on San Roque. He then praised the unwavering support of the Planning Department at the Town Hall, and pointed out that the complex will attract more tourists and visitors to the area.
José Antonio Ledesma also highlighted the benefits of the complex on the local economy, stating that some 1,000 new jobs will be directly created and 500 indirectly. It will be a very important for the future of the municipality, he claimed.
It has also been revealed that the new complex will be bigger than the La Cañada centre in Marbella, and it has been designed by German architect Dieter Punct. The design will be minimalist and feature a glass dome in the central area as well as a large fountain which will be installed below.
According to the Mayor, having the centre built in San Roque is a privilege as without it, residents of the municipality would have to travel miles to find anything similar. He also says that he is counting on the backing of the opposition groups for this shopping centre which will undoubtedly mark a turning point for the municipality.
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