Javea born artist Toni Mari started his passion for working with metal
and wood at a very young age. Aged 14 he
began working in the smithy. His first
figures were small bulls which symbolised creative energy. He creates his masterpieces from his mind
without being drawn out on paper, cuts and welds the iron metal then
polishes oxidises with acid and ink
protective transparent paint so it protects it whilst retaining its natural
His career really took flight when a master builder visited him at his
workshop asking his opinion on the plaza that had been created next door. Toni said it needed a sculpture to bring it
to life and so created a donkey which was not used and this found its way to
Javea Port but this ignited his career and orders soon came flooding in.
His amazing work can be seen throughout Spain but also in exhibitions
worldwide and many figures have been commissioned and placed in New York.
We have some of his amazing sculptures in Javea which can be seen in many
areas including the Port and the Arenal.
Many of the roundabouts in Javea have his imaginative iron sculptures in
place. There are also some amazing
pieces to be found in Moraira, one of which is the famous Iron Man looking out
to sea. He has also recently been
commissioned and created some amazing iron work in the La Bambula restaurant
which overlooks the Bay of Javea.
His current work in progress is at his garden centre In Javea which can
be found at Art al Camp, Cami Cabanes, 33.
This whale is spectacular and will very soon be finished
Posted by: Debbie Whyman on 07/05/2017
art al camp garden centre,
Javea Chiringuitos/Beach Bars
Summer is fast approaching and what better way to wind away the hours sitting at one of the many sea front chiringuitos that are now setting up in Javea. What is a chiringuito? It is one of those words that cannot be translated from Spanish to English. Beach bar is as close as I can get but this does not do it justice. All chiringuitos have two things in common, a drink menu and a spectacular view. A place to sit and relax in the beautiful sunshine watching the world go by
The chiringuitos of Spain are an essential part of the beach and holiday atmosphere and they can be found on just about every popular beach in Spain. They normally set up from May through to October.
The chiringuitos of Spain have an interesting history dating back to the 1920s. it is widely believed chiringuitos originated in the 1950s when forward thinking fishermen’s wives realised there may be a demand for fresh fish and cold drinks as foreign tourists began to trickle onto the beaches of the fishing villages of Spain.
The early day chiringuitos were very often nothing more than an overturned boat used to serve up tapas and drinks. As business increased the shrewdest fishing families decided to build wooden kiosks. Whether you live here all year round or just visit, it is this time of year that we all look forward to that has become a Spanish tradition.
Posted by: Debbie Whyman on 19/04/2017
Spain Set for a Bumper Year on Property Sales
Demand from international buyers will remain fundamental necessity to help the Spanish property market continue its recovery and it remains to be seen if Brexit results in a fall in British interest.
Overall experts point out that 2016 was a positive year for the real estate market with prices having bottomed out the year before and modest price rises seen in some locations.
It is likely that locations with lower prices could become more in demand in 2017 as buyers still want a bargain and there is likely to be some uncertainty around the UK formally beginning the process of leaving the European Union and elections in France and Germany.
According to Lucas Fox International Properties the last 12 months were a turning point for the property market in Spain. Co-founder Alexander Vaughan said that the
recovery continued throughout 2016 and price increases moved beyond the big cities such as Barcelona and Madrid and desirable second home destinations.
‘We believe that a growing economy, low financing costs, good potential for rental returns and capital appreciation will continue to drive sales throughout 2017 and beyond,’ he said.
But his firm has found that Brexit had a noticeable effect on sales to British buyers in the second half of 2016 but he believes that this was mainly due to the depreciation of the pound rather than concerns about the country’s future in Europe.
‘Across Spain as a whole Brits still dominate foreign sales with nearly a fifth of the market share, more than double that of French buyers, he pointed out, adding that diminishing demand for high end homes in London following Brexit could also see non-EU citizens look to Madrid or Barcelona in the forthcoming months.
‘We also expect that demand for Spanish property from other foreign buyers, including from the United States and the Middle East, will continue its upward trend throughout 2017. We’ll see new low cost flights from British Airways and Norwegian Airlines from the US to Barcelona during 2017, a reflection of the growing attraction of cities like Barcelona for Americans, as both a tourist and second home destination,’ he concluded.
New homes are expected to be built in Valencia in 2017, signalling that developers think the demand will be there, according to Juan Luis Herrero, a partner with Lucas Fox in the region.
‘Regarding re-sale properties, we forecast a continued upward swing, especially now that the uncertain political situation which prevailed during 2016 has come to an end. The return of mortgage credit and low interest rates will continue to fuel this trend,’ he said.
Demand is also expected to rise on the Costa Brava, especially in traditionally sought after coastal villages such as Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell and Begur. ‘These are the areas where we are likely to see the first increases when prices begin to rise,’ said Tom Maidment, a partner with Lucas Fox Costa Brava.
He also expects to see an increase in buyers from the United States but thinks second home buyers from the UK will hold off until there are firm indications of what deals will be done once the UK begins the formal process of leaving the EU which should start with the triggering of Article 50 before the end of March 2017 and the impact this might have on Sterling.
Prices could fall further in Marbella as developers reach out to foreign buyers, according to Stephen Lahiri of Lucas Fox’s office in the region. ‘The increase of new projects is leading to increased competition and developers are increasingly focusing on prices and payment terms and value for money,’ he explained.
Richard Speigal, head of research at Spanish property portal Kyero, pointed out that house sales in Spain have recorded a 15% rise on the previous year and seen 10 consecutive quarters of growth, which means that the Spanish property market crash has officially ended.
‘Spain’s market has two unusual advantages. Firstly, it had nowhere to go but up. The 2008 crisis completely shredded the housing market. Secondly, Spain has incredible international appeal and with one in five property sales going to foreigners, it can endure weak local demand,’ he said.
‘British, French, German, Dutch, Belgian, Italian and Swedish buyers are picking up the slack, which has been good news for the wider market and for those involved in selling property in Spain,’ he explained.
He believes that there is still pent up demand from potential British buyers, citing figures that show that overseas searches for Spanish property via Kyero reached all-time highs after the referendum vote in June, up over 50% on 2015. The portal’s largest agents also reported seeing record attendance at UK investor shows.
He predicts that older British home owners with no mortgages on their properties and looking for a holiday home will be tempted to buy in Spain in 2017 and beyond. ‘In short, British buyers age 50 plus who love Spain are sitting on huge equity piles and Brexit didn’t diminish their wealth and as a group, British buyers are getting richer,’ said Speigal.
But he warned that they will haggle over prices and will want to get value for their money. ‘The hunt for value will translate to a key trend in the Spanish property market in 2017 with buyers seeking good value properties that offset the drop in Sterling’s value. Evidence is already emerging of the benefits of this on lower priced destinations, which look set to boom in 2017,’ he added.
Hi top tips for 2017 include Almeria where traditional charm attracts overseas buyers. In the third quarter of 2016 sales were up year on year by 93% and with an average price of €129,000 properties are seen as good value, almost half the cost of the national average on the portal.
Prices are also lower on average in Alicante where international buyers have more property than any other province in Spain. While this could make it susceptible to shocks, Speigal says it’s strengths are hard to beat including fabulous beaches, steady sales growth and prices up to 15% below average.
Tenerife is also on the spotlight as far as overseas buyers are concerned with Italian buyers overtaking British buyers for the first time as the main group of international buyers. Prices are already increasing, up 5% to an average of €249,000 in 2016 and low cost flights from around Europe make it popular with those looking for a holiday home that they can also let out.
Courtesy of propertywire.com
Posted by: Debbie Whyman on 20/01/2017
Javea Fiesta Calendar 2017
fullGuide to Fiestas in Javea,the2017 calendar of
Fiesta EventsinJavea / Xabia- Fiesta Programme is:
"The Three Kings"parade
3rd - 29th January
San Antonio's Festivities, parade and blessing of
San Sebastian, mass and sweets in
honor of the patron saint of Javea.
Bull running in Church Place
Carnival, Parade of costumes
Procession in honor ofJesus of Nazareth
13th - 17th April
22nd April - 3rd May
Fiestas in Honor ofJesus of Nazareth
10th - 24th June
Bonfires of Sant Joan,fireworks, Bull running,
parade, music on the street, popular offering of flowers
29th June - 1st July
Feast of theVirgen del Carmen,
sailors & fishermanprocession and flower offering.
15th - 23rd July
Moros y Cristianos in Duanes de la Mar- parades, craft
fair & fireworks
Last Weekend of July
Living Chessin Puerto de Xàbia
Festivities in honor of theVirgen de los
Angeles in La Plana
2nd Weekend August
26th August - 8th September
Fiesta in honor of theVirgin of Loreto
-"Bous a la mar" - Bullrunning, floats, processions and
Fiesta in honor of theVirgen del Populo,
Mass, sweets and chocolates in the chapel.
Pilgrimage to the Hermitage ofSanta Llúcia,
mass and distribution of churros with chocolate.
10th December to 6th January
Christmas and Three Kings - different activities
2017public holidays in Javea:
1 January:New Year
March 19:San José, Father's Day
April 13th-17th:Holy Thursday, Good Friday
and Easter Monday
May 1:Labour Day
May 3:Day of the Cross
June 24:Fiesta San Juan
August 15:The Assumption of the Virgin
October 9:Day of the Valencian Community
October 12:Columbus Day
November 1:All Saints Day
December 6:Day of The Constitution
December 8:The Immaculate Conception
December 25:Christmas Day
Posted by: Debbie Whyman on 04/01/2017
moors & christians,
We have all been left devastated by the recent events of mindless arsonists who have destroyed so much of our beautiful town. Our fire and rescue services showed such bravery and risked their lives. Many people have now found themselves homeless. I think the message below from our Mayor says it all.
" Good morning, we got up with rage and despair after seeing an important part of our town turned to smoke. When the mountain and houses are burning and the security of our neighbours is affected, a part of us breaks. In these terrible hours we have seen and we have suffered a lot of pain, but we have also seen examples of work, effort and solidarity that we will not forget.
Personally I have lived through some very hard moments of uncertainty and concern. From the PMA (Advanced Command), from the police car inside the perimeter and even from the helicopter featured in the fire, I was next to all the people who have fought against a truly devastating fire. My feeling towards all of them is genuine admiration and respect.
So I want to thank all the personnel who participated in the work of firefighting, safety, coordination and information: Local Police of Xàbia, Civil Protection, Red Cross, Fire Brigade, Civil Guard, Forest Brigades, Military Unit emergency 112 & personnel of the Generalitat Valenciana, volunteers, etc …
I also want to acknowledge the solidarity of our neighbouring towns, which offered effective Police and Civil Protection so that our people could rest and get to everything.
But my thoughts are especially with the residents of Jávea. What you have done since the fateful Sunday afternoon until now, your solidarity, your willingness to help wherever necessary and what was needed, your character to overcome the tragedy together makes me feel very proud of our people. The Fiestas Commission of the Virgin of Loreto, the peñas, businesses, men and women who have offered food and shelter … are amazing.
As for my fellow Councillors, you have also done a great job soldiering on relentlessly without rest, wherever you could help, getting involved in the situation and accompanying and serving people: Isabel Bolufer, Antonio Miragall, Doris Courcelles, Quico Moragues, Pilar Zamora Selva, Paco Torres, Marta Bañuls, Cesc Camprubi, Kika Mata Sapena, Ximo Segarra Fornés, Montse Villaverde Retamero, Jose Luis Luengo Medina, Pepa Gisbert Villaplana, Vicent Colomer, Juan Ortolá, Juanjo García, Teresa Bisquert Vendrell: you have all done a great job!
Finally, as Mayor of Xàbia, but mostly as a neighbour of this town, I will say that we have had our trees and houses burned, but not our will; not the great determination of our people, and we will rebuild at all costs.
Neighbours: courage, strength and we continue to work together."
We have started a Crowdfunding to try and raise some money for people who have lost everything. If you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, it would be greatly appreciated. Just click on the link below and it will open in a new window. Thank you!
Posted by: Debbie Whyman on 08/09/2016