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    Welcome (or bienvenido in Spanish) to Casa Espánada. Casa Espánada is a beautiful Spanish Villa located in “La Loma del Castillo”, an “urbanización” of Chiva, Comunitat Valencia, Spain. Built in 1978 by Pepe and Adela to escape the summer heat in the city, it is now our permanent residence and base of operations. Our home and surrounding area are the inspiration for this site. Here we hope to document our journey and captures the essence of all that we love about this beautiful country. Our desire is to share a sample of Spanish life, history, natural history and culture using our experiences as a foundation. If you were wondering, “Espánada”…

  • People on the beach at Playa de l'Arenal in Javea on Spain's Costa Blanca

    Costa Blanca Mini Vacation

    Like many in Spain during the hot days of summer, we decided to take a trip to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. Setting out from Casa Espanada for what we thought would be a day trip, we set our sites on the beaches of Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante. Having recently visited Alicante to visit friends and see Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, we decided to return to explore the beaches of this beautiful region. Costa Blanca First a word about this region. Spain in a beautiful marketing scheme has named each of its coast line along some theme characteristic of the area. The list…

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    Spanish Lessons

    So you’ve realized how wonderful Spain is and start your planning to visit in person. Knowing how to speak the language will make this so much easier. While many in the tourist areas can speak English, you will be much better prepared if you can at least communicate the basics. It helps to know some survival phrases and locals will certainly respect it if you at least attempt to communicate in their native tongue. This is where Spanish lessons will be a huge help. There are many ways to begin or improve to speak a language. We’ll go over more options in futures posts. However, one of the quickest and most…

  • Casa Espanada, a villa in Chiva, Spain

    Casa Espánada

    Overlooking fields of olives and almonds with the Sierra Chiva range in the skyline, Casa Espanada is a haven of peace and relaxation surrounded by some of the quintessential attractions and activities this country has to offer. History Description The property consists of a classic Spanish style villa surrounded by a walled garden. It is complete with a swimming pool, terraces and a fountain in the front. As such, it is ideal for private relaxation while providing safety and security. Behind the property is a small garage with enclosed “paellero”. A paellero is traditionally a place to barbecue or prepare Spain’s most famous dish, the Paella! In the back of…