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Contact Purple Parrot now for fantastic rates for long stay winter holidays with unlimited golf! Play every day on the West courses at Costa Esuri Ayamonte, Huelva. Located in an unrivalled position on the banks of the Guadiana River with fabulous views across to Portugal.
Prices include golf, a stylish apartment and all utility payments- contact us now!

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Great News!!
Following the success of the Summer 2015 season, the bookings are already coming in for 2016.
We urgently need more properties! To market your property with us, please contact us for more information

Great prices from Faro airport - transfers to Eastern Alarve resorts, and Ayamonte, Isla Canela, Çosta Esuri, Islantilla and Nuevo Portil in the Costa de la Luz, Spain

Why not combine your holiday with learning the local language.
From beginners, to those who just need to brush up their vocabulary, we can arrange classes to suit all levels. Whether you are here for a week or long stay.Fully qualified teachers based in Ayamonte.
Contact us for details.

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Check out the local weather to see what kind of day it's going to be today

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Read our guide to what you can see on a visit to this beautiful area

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We are here on the ground to keep you updated with the progress of your new property.
Use our complete snagging service, including a translation for the developer.
Let us arrange for the connection of your utilities.and organise the cleaning of the property after the workmen have left.
We also offer a full turnkey service for furniture, electricals, soft furnishings and landscaping - ask now for details.

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PPG Newsletter Winter 2011/2012

So you think things are bad in the UK, well it’s not too great in Spain at the moment either.
Unemployment is over 5.25 million according to this week’s figures. This, coupled with the continuing uncertainty about the Euro, means that the incoming government (PP) has an awful lot on its plate
At least the weather is something to smile about. If you are lucky enough to have been on holiday in Andalucía this January, you will have enjoyed unbelievable weather. Blue skies with lots of sunshine have made for temperatures in the 20s for much of the time. There has been no significant rain since mid December.

Strawberries

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The weather should make for a bumper crop of strawberries this year. The strawberry season normally runs from February through until the end of April.
Spain is the world’s biggest exporter of strawberries and 90% of those come from Huelva.
65,000 fruit pickers are expected to descend for the season, mainly from Poland, Romania and Morocco. If you fancy a go at this back breaking job, it pays 1 Euro per kilo picked.

Spain/Portugal Toll Road.

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The long awaited and often delayed toll on the motorway between Spain and The Algarve, finally came into being on 08/12/11.
There are various toll points along the motorway running across The Algarve, where number plate recognition cameras record all vehicles.
Currently, a journey from Faro Airport to Spain costs about 5 Euros. It is possible to avoid the toll by travelling on the 125. From Spain, the first toll point encountered is after the Monte Gordo junction; therefore no toll fee is applicable for trips between Spain and either Vila Real do Santo Antonio or Monte Gordo.
After a lot of confusion, the method of payment is now clearer and in fact relatively straight forward.
Portuguese registered vehicles are required to have a number plate reader.
All hire vehicles in Portugal (e.g. from Faro airport) will of course be fitted with a reader and payment will be taken from the credit card used to secure the hire of the vehicle.
There is no mechanism in place to pay at the actual toll points. Payment (if you do not have a reader on your vehicle) must be made either in advance or up to 5 days after the journey at various payment points. (Payment after 5 days incurs a penalty)
There is one at the border point on the Portuguese side of the bridge and one at Faro Airport. At both of these, payment is by credit card only. It is a relatively easy touch screen system, which will produce a print out of your journey.
It is also possible to pay at any Portuguese post office or at the Service stations along the motorway. In these locations you can pay by cash.
If you are on long stay visit or planning multiple journeys along the toll road, it could be worth purchasing a 90 day pass for 77 Euros. (for cars – larger vehicles cost more)

El Gordo

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The winner of El Gordo, (Spain’s largest lottery – drawn on 22/12/11) was won with a ticket purchased in the small village of Grañén. The village has just over 2000 inhabitants and each won 400,000 euro, having all bought shares in the winning ticket.
The winning ticket has been won buy a ticket purchased in Seville 15 times in the history of the lottery, making it the 3rd luckiest place in Spain. This contrasts sharply with Huelva, which has never produced the winning ticket.

Fiestas & Carnivals

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Spain, like all catholic countries celebrates many fiestas throughout the year.
The next one is just around the corner. Like most Spanish Cities and towns, Ayamonte will have a week of fiestas and carnivals centred around Shrove Tuesday, which this year falls on February 21st
Carnival week is basically the last chance to celebrate before the 40 days of lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.
If you planning a visit during that week be prepared to be in a small minority if you are out and about in the town centre and you are not wearing fancy dress. There are music competitions whereby local groups sing satirical songs. Politicians tend to be the main targets.
Most of the activity takes part outside the theatre and the whole street is blocked off for the week.
The end of the carnival week is signaled by ‘Enterro de la sardina’ (Burial of the sardine). A large cardboard sardine is paraded through the streets before being set alight. The sardine apparently represents Judas.

Andalucía Day

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Across the whole of Andalucía February 28th is a bank holiday in celebration of Andalucía being given autonomous status in 1980. The green and white flag of Andalucía will be in evidence at all public buildings. In 1918, Blas Infante lay the foundations for the Andaluz autonomy, embracing the Andaluz flag and its coat of arms as the national symbol for Andalucía. The coat of arms depicts Hercules taming two lions.

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