Sierra Nevada Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships 2017

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Last week Sierra Nevada hosted the 2017 Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding World Championships, in what was the second time that the competition for both disciplines has ever been carried out together.

The competition, which saw over 700 skiers and snowboarders visit Sierra Nevada from 20 different countries to display their impressive skills against the back drop of the beautiful mountain landscapes of the Sierra Nevada, was a great success.

Both skiing and snowboarding uses the halfpipe, cross course and slope styles to compete in a range of events including Big Air, Half pipe, Parallel Slalom, Parallel Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross and Slopestyle. With the freestyle contest consisting of Dual Moguls, Moguls, Aerials, Ski cross, Slopestyle and Half pipes.

As well as the main competition, there was a range of other fun entertainment options taking place at the ski centre including live music, an amateur circuit for skateboarders, and a balance exhibition where acrobats exhibited their flexibility.

The championship was broadcast in 25 countries and a total of 37 events were shown live throughout the ten-day event ─ putting Sierra Nevada on the winter sports map.

Freestyle skiing and snowboarding requires intensive training and is not recommended for everyone, however, Sierra Nevada does make for the perfect family day out during the winter and spring months. Located at just over an hour’s drive from Marbella, Sierra Nevada is easily accessible and offers slopes suitable for all ages and abilities, and also lessons for beginners in both skiing and snowboarding.

The resort features a selection of restaurants and entertainment options, including the chic Clicquot Nevada Terrace, which is located half way down the Pista del Rio, here you can enjoy lunch and a glass of champagne while relaxing on the sun loungers and enjoying live music, before continuing your journey back down the slopes.

If you are considering moving to the Marbella area, contact us for more information about our new developments and properties available for sale in the area.

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Costa del Sol Beach Cleanup

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The torrential rain and storms of last December left many of the Costa del Sol’s beaches in need of repairs and a cleanup before the tourist season starts. Many areas along the coast were devastated, with stretches of sand suddenly shelving away. In addition, chiringuitos (beach bars) and other structures on the shoreline also bore the brunt of the storms. However, the government has promised everything will all be spruced up in time for Easter!

Government delegate, Miguel Briones, announced the promise at the beginning of March. This is a significant concession from the Spanish government, which has been in a series of heated debates with the Costa del Sol’s mayors over who was going to fund the beach cleanup from Málaga to Marbella. It appears the local mayors triumphed.

Marbella mayor, José Bernal, had been demanding a cash injection to tackle the destruction caused by the storms, but Briones initially responded by saying that Marbella had a €1.3m emergency fund, which would have to be sufficient to get the job completed on time for the holidays.

In the end, the national government awarded Spain’s entire coastline a total sum of €16m for repairs, with the Costa del Sol receiving €4m. In addition to this, Marbella has secured an additional €8.3m from insurance cover to put towards the cleanup.

This year, Easter falls on 16th April, so the work on the beaches must start by no later than the 15th March. This does not give municipal workers long to prepare for the Easter holidaymakers, but all parties concerned are confident that the beaches of the Costa del Sol will be as beautiful as ever come Easter.

 

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Where Have All The Bank Repossessions Gone?

for-saleThere was a time, not so very long ago, that the press spoke of little else than bank repossessions when it reported on Spain. That was during the height of the financial crisis and property crash, when many homeowners and developers defaulted and banks ended up with large chunks of what was then termed ‘toxic assets’. Soon after, investment-savvy buyers began scooping up the best of these bank repossessions, but where are they now, and is it still possible to find such bargains?

The property market has changed since the dark days of 2010, when much of Spain’s real estate seemed unloved and unwanted. First came the cash buyers keen to grab a bargain in the form of unsold, usually attractively modernised properties, and they were followed by a gradual return to normality as the market began to recover and conventional buyers – albeit at first mostly cash ones – came back in growing numbers.

What really rekindled the market was the strong demand among foreign buyers for new-build luxury homes featuring modern architectural styling and amenities. This spurred on a return to construction as the unsold stock gradually ran out. “We were among the first property companies on the Costa del Sol to specialise in the modernising and marketing of unsold projects, and we were also pioneers in creating the new, contemporary Marbella homes people wanted,” says Michael Liggan, CEO of Altavista Property.

Today, the focus is on such new projects, as well as on resale homes, with the stock of unsold bank repossessions all but gone in the Marbella area. A few opportunities remain in areas such as Manilva and La Alcaidesa, but if it is this kind of real estate you are after the most promising areas are Almería, Murcia and the lower Costa Banca, where American funds have taken over much of the unsold properties formerly held by Spanish banks. In and around Marbella, however, the market has fully recovered from the financial crisis and has once more become a dynamic investment and home-buying environment.

For more information about the best contemporary villas, townhouses and apartments for sale in Marbella, please contact the new-build property specialists Altavista Property.

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