Vinalopo Castles

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain

I’ve always loved castles and we are lucky here in the Costa Blanca to be close to the area of Vinalopó, in the province of Alicante. Here you will find these fascinating, historic buildings to explore. The Vinalopó is a small river flowing through the Alicante province, of Spain. The river, despite being tiny during […]

Maggie’s top ten properties of the week

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain, Spanish property market

We have some cracking properties at brilliant prices – here’s my top ten for this week, in no particular order of importance! There’s something for everyone! Great price, really 2 houses, includes a huge garage – so much potential! 38,000 euro. Casa Susana Great value, recently reduced, includes old bodega at the rear of the […]

Selling your Spanish Home

by Brenda in Information, Selling your home in Spain, Spanish property market

Selling your Spanish Home Pointers for selling your Spanish property quickly and at the right price. Contract us, no sale, no fee. 1) Choose the right Estate Agent. It is important that your agent is active in the area where your property is located. Choose an agent that has a registered, public office in a […]

Eating for tyros

by Chris Thompson in food and wine, Information, Living in Spain

The English are ironic. The French don’t like to wash. Germans are humourless and efficient. Well so they say. But the chances are that it’s not actually true. There are some generalisations of course that are generally true. For instance punctuality is important, culturally important, in some countries and completely irrelevant in others. Punctuality doesn’t […]

Time to fly

by Chris Thompson in Information, Living in Spain, Nearby towns

Just a few kilometres from Pinoso, on the road to Monóvar, is a small village called Hondón. In May 1938 a group of Republican soldiers turned up in the village, requisitioned the house next door to the pine tree that gave the best shade and set about building a munitions dump, a couple of machine […]

Oil and garlic

by Chris Thompson in Information, Living in Spain

Spaniards love their food. They are convinced that it is the best in the world. The Spanish talk about food a lot. There is a movement in Catalunya for independence from Spain which does not sit well with most non Catalans. As a result lots of Catalan achievements are disparaged by other Spaniards but nobody […]

Viewing trips

by Brenda in Information

If you are considering purchasing a new home in Spain, we can assist you with the arrangements for your visit. Country Fincas are a fully registered company specialising in the Inland Alicante area. Viewing tours are relaxed and informative. We allow our properties and the idyllic areas to sell themselves and the rest is up […]

Lunch in Baños de Fortuna

by Chris Thompson in Information, Living in Spain, Nearby towns

Romans and Arabs used to go for a scrub up in the naturally hot spring water that bubbles out of the ground at Los Baños de Fortuna about 30km from Pinoso. Maggie, my partner and industrious Country Fincas’ employee, and her chum Ros decided to do the same a little while ago. In what we […]


by Chris Thompson in Information, Living in Spain

  Keen to be environmentally friendly this article is recycled from my own blog Life in Culebrón I suppose, to a large degree, shopping for books has become a thing of the past. Nowadays I just download them. Nonetheless what I wrote, over five years ago, about bookshops is still true. There are fewer and […]

Spanish Mortgages

by Brenda in Information

Katherine Walkerdine from Mortgage Direct wrote this blog for us. Mortgage Direct have recently met with the head of collaborators for one of the top banks in Spain and it was encouraging to hear that not a single one of Mortgage Direct’s client’s with the bank have defaulted on their repayments, which gains them huge […]