Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Atalaya Park Golf Resort Estepona

Atalaya Old Course:

Atalaya Old Course offers golfers pleasant, flat parkland course with many bunkers, wide fairways and elevated greens. While the experts might find the challenge a little limited, the average club golfer will certainly find it quite enough to handle as the greens are sharply contoured and quick. Without attaining the standard of some of the other golf courses in the Costa del Sol region, Atalaya Golf has enough going for it to warrant a visit - as its enduring popularity since 1968 will testify.

Atalaya Golf represents good value for money in terms of green fees. Both Golf Courses included, Atalaya Golf has 36 holes (Par 72s) and is located in Atalaya, San Pedro, 7 kms west of Puerto Banús. FCG will arrange Buggy hire, Clubs hire, Hand cart rental and the Clubhouse offers Restaurant & Bar facilities.FCG Travel arranges your flights, hotel rooms, visits to attractions, activities, boat charter, Conferencing, car hire, green fees for the finest golf courses in Costa del Sol, winetasting evenings, gourmet cuisine, flamenco shows and much, much more... Atalaya Park Golf Hotel & Resort, Costa del Sol, which is known as the "Golfers' Paradise", offers an exceptional opportunity to play golf in the perfect location.

The Atalaya Park Hotel Estepona offers a driving range and a practice putting green located in the Hotel grounds (free use for Hotel guests), Golf Lessons, free to Hotel guests. The Atalaya Golf & Country Club is the headquarters for the Professionals Golfers´Association of Europe (PGAE) You can take the opportunity to brush-up on your Golfing Skills using Atalaya International Golf Academy where you will be able to improve your swing through the assistance of expert professionals who give 3- and 5- day intensive courses for all levels and ages. There are Special Golfing prices for Atalaya Park hotel clients.

Atalaya Rosner Golf Course:

Located on the Benahavis Road, off the Costa del Sol, Atalaya Rosner Golf Course is a beauty for the most demanding golfer, requiring accuracy off the tee and a steady putter on the green. Although deceptive at the beginning among the wide flat fairways, Atalaya Rosner Golf Course soon shows its teeth by rising into the hills and winding inland towards Ronda. The return 9 affords golfers a gentle walk down the fairways of the older course to the chalet-style clubhouse. 18 holes
Par 70
Ctra.Benahavis km 0.7 Estepona
Buggy hire
Clubs hire
Hand cart rental
Restaurant & Bar

Monday, June 27, 2005

Government to approve measures to boost tourism Industry

Ministry to grant ? 107 million credit for modernization


The Cabinet is due to approve today a series of measures to modernize and drive forward Spain's tourism industry, which accounts for 11 percent of total economic activity and is a source of much-needed foreign income for the country.
The measures include a ?107-million credit line for operators in the sector. Older hotels and resorts will been given access to soft loans to update their facilities as Spain seeks to hold onto its global market share amid growing competition from other Mediterranean countries such as Croatia and Turkey.

The measures were announced Thursday by Industry, Tourism and Trade Minister José Montilla in an appearance before the Senate. The government also plans to complete the regulatory framework for setting up the Spanish Tourist Board to promote the industry.
Foreign tourist arrivals last year hit a record 53.6 million, a rise of 3.4 percent over the previous year. There was also a record number of foreign visitors in the first four months of this year: 13.6 million.

However, tourist receipts, which traditionally help offset Spain's trade deficit on the current account, have been slowing. According to figures released Wednesday by the Bank of Spain, foreigners spent ?4.087 billion in Spain in the first quarter of this year, down 13.2 percent from the same period a year earlier. This along with a ballooning trade deficit was responsible for the current account deficit more than doubling in the first quarter to ?14.768 billion.

Part of the problem lies in the strength of the euro. But as Montilla pointed out yesterday, a growing number of foreigners have bought second homes in Spanish coastal areas. As a result, recent figures on overnight stays in Spanish hotels are "perhaps not the best," Montilla said.
Tourism is also a vital source of employment in Spain. Some 2.3 million workers are directly employed in the tourist industry, equivalent to 12.2 percent of the total national workforce and 20 percent of total employment in the services sector.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Costa del Sol Property News

Spanish property market: Too much of a boom to go bust?

Throughout the course of last year Spain saw more houses built than Germany, France and Italy combined, continuing a remarkable trend that has resulted in over 20 per cent of all Spanish properties being built over the past decade, according to research. It goes without saying: that Spain is undergoing a serious property boom, outstripping a number of other European countries with similarly strong property markets.

Naturally, when a property market demonstrates this much growth this soon, fears of a market crash become increasingly acute. To a large extent this is alleviated in Spain by the rapid construction of new builds, meeting demand from domestic as well as foreign buyers, and it is this market in particular that could see even further Spanish Property growth and fuel an ongoing boom.

There are a handful of important reasons as to why the Spanish property market is so strong and showing continued signs of growth. Low interest rates are helping keep prices down in tandem with a relatively strong economy and declining unemployment rates. Foreign demand remains high for newer properties as well as slightly more expensive older homes, and a number of hotspots such as Marbella, Barcelona and the Costa del Sol continue to have strong appeal. Large cities in particular are attracting buyers in their droves, with somewhere in the region of two million people in total having moved into urban areas since 1998.Many of these buyers are investing in second homes.

Figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reveal that 14 per cent of all Spanish properties were second homes in 1999 and the Office of National Statistics states that over 2003/04 nearly 70,000 Brits owned a holiday home in Spain. This is all helped along by the boom in low cost air travel, which has made it dramatically easier for buyers to travel between their homes simultaneously boosting appeal for buy-to-let investment.

Last year saw somewhere in the region of 54,000 people move to Spain, some 15 per cent of the total number of people (360,000) who moved abroad last year. This figure itself is strong evidence of the appeal of Spain for British housebuyers, and of all these, a sizable percentage are in the older, retirement age bracket. According to reports almost 30 per cent of all Brits who moved to Spain last year were over 60. Only five per cent were under 40 suggesting that, overall, younger buyers are substantially less likely to move to popular holiday destinations on a permanent basis.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Gandia Wine

Founded in 1885 by Vicente Gandia Pla, the more than 100 years of experience as a family-run winery shows in the beautiful wines they make.

According to their publicity, "the passion, effort and care that we put into making high-quality wines are the result of knowledge passed down from father to son for four generations."

Thanks to this spirit of constant growth and renewal, Bodegas Gandía is one of the leading Spanish producers of bottled wine, doing business in more than 75 countries on four continents.
With more than 200 hectares at the Hoya de Cadenas estate and other facilities in Valencia, the firm employs more than 100 professional winemakers. All of their wines are aged in American oak casks for that special flavor.

The grapes they produce and make into wines are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Tempranillo and Bobal. I can attest to the fineness of the Tempranillo from drinking many, many bottles of this wine during the winter of 2004-2005 while staying on the Costa Blanca. The wines produced during the year 2003 are exceptionally fine, and two years later are quite drinkable, and enjoyable, indeed. Good thing it was a majorly prolific year for the grape harvest in Spain, in 2003. They say global warming is only making the European wines better and better. Small consolation I suppose.

So when in Spain, be sure to visit Valencia for the Feria, some Paella, and then venture into the mountains to the cool heights of Utiel-Requenna, and visit the Hoya de Cadenas estate of the Gandia family winery. You won't forget it. And I guarantee you'll enjoy the wine.

Great Hotels Organisation to Build in Marbella

GH International aims to have ten residence club projects completed by 2010, involving a mixture of urban and resort properties with an initial focus on London, Paris, Marbella and the Algarve.

Hotel Occupancy Figures Out for May in Spain

The National Statistics Institute (INE) has today revealed figures for tourism in the Hostpitality Sector for Spain. Hotels have been a source of good news, with figures indicating a year on year rise of 5% in Hotel occupancy, currently averaging 51.7%.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Consumer Holiday Spending On Target

FIRST Choice Holidays yesterday revealed it has seen no slowdown in consumer spending growth as it reported a narrower first-half loss and unveiled a big rise in summer bookings.Losses in the traditionally poor winter season were cut by 10% to £46m as First Choice reduced its exposure to many ski-ing destinations.

Meanwhile, sales of mainstream holidays are 11% ahead this summer, with specialist holidays 33% higher than a year earlier. Peter Long, chief executive, said a recent survey of 1000 First Choice customers found that 75% regarded their annual holiday as essential and not a luxury, and that 95% would not reduce their spending on their holidays.

That will ease investors' concerns following comments by Bank of England governor Mervyn King, who earlier this week said: "The weakness in sales of goods on the high street from clothes to cars has been marked."First Choice has been trying to encourage holidaymakers to book more upmarket breaks instead of what Long called the "commoditised market of generic two and three-star holidays in Spain and Portugal where there is no differentiation between you and the next operator".

Traditional tour companies have seen their sales dented by the ascendancy of no-frills airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair, which have poached short-haul travellers. In response, First Choice has focused on medium-haul to Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, as well as long-haul flights to the Dominican Republic and Florida. It has repackaged short-haul routes such as Majorca as luxury, but traditional destinations such as the Costa del Sol now represent just a third of the business.

However, Long said the trend did not mean the death of the typical Spanish package holiday. He said that for the first time in the travel industry, supply and demand was broadly balanced, meaning holiday companies are not having to slash their prices to sell unwanted trips. First Choice has also seen a growth in the number of customers choosing and booking their holidays online. Following the rise of dot.com rivals such as lastminute and ebookers, the company said online sales were running at 22%, with 25% expected to be hit this summer. Long said he could easily see 40% of First Choice's business being done over the internet before long.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Kempinski Takes over Hotel Atlantis, Fuerteventura

Kempinski Announces Take-over In Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Kempinski Hotels has signed an agreement with Plazapain S.A. to co-manage the Kempinski Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real with Atlantis Hotels & Resorts S.A.. The property is an existing five star luxury hotel, built in 2003 on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, and was taken over by Kempinski Hotels on 1 June 2005.

The Kempinski Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is situated in the north of the island, on the edge of the Dunes of Corralejo, a natural park with several thousand acres of white sand stretching out to meet the Atlantic ocean. The hotel offers stunning views over the tiny island of Los Lobos, as well as direct access to the beach. Puerto del Rosario international airport is a 35 minute drive from the property and the neighbouring island of Lanzarote is just 20 minutes away by ferry.
Built in a Moorish style, the hotel features 250 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, including three Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite. Five restaurants, a beach club and two bars provide guests with a multitude of choices in international cuisine.

The Bahia Vital Spa, situated on the edge of the ocean, is an oasis for relaxation and wellness covering over 3000 m2 and specialising in hydrotherapy and a wide array of body treatments.
A second property, the Kempinski Hotel Atlantis Miranda Real, is under construction and due to open in 2007, adjacent to the existing Kempinski Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. A stunning 1000 m2 ballroom and 14 further meeting rooms provide a total of 2000 m2 of meeting or banqueting space. In addition, the auditorium seating 400 makes the hotel the perfect place to plan conventions and congresses. The Kempinski Hotel Atlantis Miranda Real will also provide 395 one-bedroom apartments and 27 two-bedroom apartments, a second spa over 6000 m2 and a prestigious tennis academy. A further four restaurants and four bars with an additional three pools are also planned, complementing its sister hotel?s offer.

Fuerteventura is the second largest island in the Canaries, renowned for its starkly beautiful desert landscapes and expansive fine white sand beaches. The warm climate and minimal rainfall make the island a welcome retreat year round.

These two new hotels complement the Kempinski Resort Hotel Estepona, which offers guests peace and refined luxury on the Costa del Sol. Kempinski?s prestigious portfolio also comprises luxurious properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Each offers superior standards of service combined with a distinctive style reflecting the individuality of the property and its location.

Monday, June 13, 2005

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Investment in Costa del Sol Property

Costa del Sol Falling Property Market: A New Investment Opportunity

With Property Prices in Spain's ever-popular Costa del Sol at best at plateau stage, Distressed Sales may be the way to regain the margins of 5 years ago. The current estimates put UK owners in Spain at 750-800,000. The decline in Tourism over recent years in some areas is causing in particular Buy-to-Rent property owners to default on mortgages or get into financial difficulties & leaving the way clear for investors to cash in.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Spain to Accept EU Cuts over next 7 years

Spain will accept EU cuts if UK rebate pared

Spain is prepared to accept big cuts in the sum of money it receives from the European Union over the next seven years if the UK also accepts a much smaller rebate from the 2007-2013 EU budget, said Alberto Navarro, Spain's secretary of state for the European Union.

Spain's more conciliatory stance, signalled by Mr Navarro in an interview , is expected to add further pressure on the UK to make concessions ahead of next week's summit in Luxembourg, where the EU's 25 member states are supposed to complete negotiations on the 2007-2013 budget.

But Tony Blair on Friday signalled that Britain would only accept significant changes on its rebate as part of a broad review of the EU budget.
?If we have a fundamental review of the way Europe spends its money then everything is open to debate,? he said after talks with a delegation of MEPs.

Mr Blair signalled reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) would have to form part of any deal, though any major changes to the complex system of farm subsidies is unlikely in the short term.
?If people want to look again fundamentally at the CAP of course everything can be looked at properly,? he said.
Spain believes a deal on the budget next week would go a long way to dispel the pessimism that has engulfed European leaders following French and Dutch referendums last week that rejected a new constitution for Europe. Nevertheless, Mr Navarro said clinching a deal by next week ?would not be easy?.

Spain accepts that it is far too wealthy to continue to qualify for EU development aid, Mr Navarro said. Madrid has received a net ?93bn ($109bn) in EU funds since joining the union in 1986, a cash injection that surpassed US aid to Europe under the Marshall Plan after the second world war. EU funds have helped transform a once backward country into one of the eurozone's fastest growing economies, with modern highways and high-speed rail networks.
Since 1992 Spain has received a quarter of the EU budget. But from 2007 Madrid could lose up to 90 per cent of its funding as money is diverted to help the EU's new east European members. Spain would become a net contributor to the EU budget by 2012.

Spain's main demand in the current budget negotiations is for a longer transition period to cushion the blow of the loss of EU funds. The Luxembourg presidency is offering a two-year phase-out, whereas Spain would prefer a five-year transitional period.
?Spain should not pay for the full cost of enlargement while other countries get enlargement for free,? Mr Navarro said. ?Financing enlargement should not be a question of taking money from Spain and giving it to the new member states.? Mr Navarro said just as Spain recognises that it has outgrown EU aid, the UK should admit that the conditions that justified the UK rebate, which will total ?5.1bn ($6.2bn, £3.4bn) this year, no longer hold.

?When Margaret Thatcher won the UK rebate in 1984, most EU funds were spent on farming and the UK was much poorer than it is today,? Mr Navarro said. ?But the UK is now the third most prosperous country in the EU, farm spending consumes a smaller proportion of EU funds, and the UK has become more efficient at receiving more from the Common Agricultural Policy.
?If the UK does not give ground, poor member states will be financing the UK rebate, and that is unfair,? Mr Navarro said. ?It might be difficult to abolish the rebate but the UK must accept a formula that would reduce it over time.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Over Development Costa del Sol

Med threat from 'concrete coasts'

By 2020, half of the Mediterranean coastline may be built uponAt the crossroads of three continents, the Mediterranean is the largest semi-enclosed sea in the world.
Over the ages, it has supported a vast array of wildlife.
About 150 million people also live within 20km of the Mediterranean, and each summer that population almost doubles as swarms of sun-seeking tourists pack the region's hotel rooms.
But what they come to enjoy is slowly being destroyed.
After more than a quarter of a century of international treaties and plans to save the sea, the battle is on to stop the last pieces of untouched coastline being covered in concrete.
The issue is featured in Concrete Coasts, a film in the Earth Report series made by TVE and shown on BBC News 24, BBC One and BBC World.
We must switch now to more responsible tourist practices... if we don't do this, the Mediterranean will become nothing more than a huge dead swimming pool
Paolo Guglielmi, WWF Mediterranean
Within living memory, the sea has teemed with whales, dolphins, seals, turtles, and fish. Large sea grass meadows support much of this chain of life.
But the boom in tourism over the past 50 years has placed this amazing biodiversity under threat, says the TVE programme.
"One of the major threats is from mass tourism development along the coastline of the Mediterranean," Paolo Guglielmi, of conservation organisation WWF Mediterranean, told TVE.
"This is extensively damaging the environment and the ecosystem by occupying coastal land which is very fragile and by producing an enormous amount of liquid and solid waste on top of using a lot of energy."
Concrete jungle
Today, the Mediterranean is the world's most popular holiday destination. Escaping to the sun every year, 220 million holidaymakers - mostly from North European cities - flock to its coasts.
Every year, the numbers are growing. By 2020, they are projected to reach 350 million people - the population of the United States. Germany is the largest market followed by the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
On the Costa del Sol today, there is hardly a break in the coastline development from Malaga to Gibraltar. This urban conurbation is now so big it is being referred to as Spain's second biggest city.
Buildings also dominate the coastlines of France and Italy and by 2020, it is expected that half of the 46,000km of Mediterranean coastline will be built upon - with much of the development linked to the tourist sector.
Between Spain and Sicily, 75% of sand dune habitats and their biodiversity have been destroyed by tourism-related urbanisation.
The loss of natural habitats has led to more than 500 plant species in the Mediterranean being threatened with extinction, according to WWF.
Resource pressure
The destruction continues unabated, despite decades of initiatives intended to save the Med, including a UN Action Plan.
As well as continuing construction, the vast influx of holidaymakers every year puts a huge strain on resources and creates a vast amount of waste on shore - far too much of which ends up in the sea.

Millions of tourists flock to the Mediterranean each year"The impact of tourism on the Spanish resources has been really large and what we've found is that building and water are the two single largest impacts," Xavier Font, from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, told TVE.
Freshwater supplies are reaching crisis point in some Mediterranean countries, particularly the islands of Spain and Greece where they have little rainfall, small catchment areas and limited storage.
Throughout the holiday season, consumption of freshwater supplies rockets. The average Spanish city-dweller uses about 250 litres of water per day, while the average tourist uses nearly twice as much.
This is not just for personal use. Hundreds of millions of litres fill swimming pools, which are very often located within just a few metres of the sea.
Other water guzzlers are golf courses which consume more than 2.3 million litres of water every day. Every year, 5,000 hectares - half the size of Paris - is cleared to make way for them.
Waste increase
On top of that there is the damage caused by increases in waste and pollution. The Mediterranean sea receives about 10 billion tonnes of industrial and urban waste every year with little or no purification.
In high season, the production of waste from tourist areas often exceeds the capacity to carry it.
To investigate the effect tourism-related coastal development was having on the environment, WWF combined data on major species like turtles, seabed habitats, and human settlements, and produced a complete conservation map of the Mediterranean.
The lesson really that tourism destinations should learn from Spain is that they shouldn't sell cheap
Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan UniversityThe map shows that most of the Mediterranean coastline has been affected to some extent by urbanisation, mostly tourism-related.
But from Gibraltar, along the French coast to the Italian Border, the Italian Adriatic coastline, and the Syrian coastline to Egypt, all natural ecosystems have been annihilated. Most in the last 30 years.
Despite this, loggerhead and green turtles, and 19 species of whale and dolphin hang on there. Most endangered of all is the monk seal. Ten enclaves of pristine wildlife and unique culture, once the hallmark of the Mediterranean, now face being wiped out, TVE reports.
Despite three decades of environmental awareness, less than 5% of the Mediterranean coastline is protected - way below the minimum set by WWF.
"We must switch now to more responsible tourist practices which are in harmony with nature. If we don't do this, the Mediterranean will become nothing more than a huge dead swimming pool," says Mr Guglielmi.
Marine reserves
But there is hope, TVE says. WWF is working with tour operators, local communities, and governments, to try to preserve the last pristine habitats and manage the impact of tourism in a sustainable way.
One step forward was the creation of a whale and dolphin sanctuary in the north-western Mediterranean between Sardinia, the Cote D'Azur and the Italian Ligurian coast.
Covering 84,000 sq km and the home to 18 different species of whales and dolphins, it is the first marine protected area in the northern hemisphere to include international waters.

Monk seals are threatened by continued developmentIn the summer months, these are rich feeding grounds for up to 2,000 whales and more than 40,000 striped dolphins. Yet these waters are becoming increasingly polluted with untreated sewage and other waste from urban and industrial areas.
Other threats include driftnet fishing which unintentionally kills dolphins, and increased marine traffic from ferries, speed boats and whale-watching tourists.
To regulate these activities, including a ban on drift netting, the Italian, French and Monaco governments recently agreed a management plan for the sanctuary and the challenge now is to enforce it.
The sanctuary is so large - twice the size of Switzerland - that policing it requires the combined, co-ordinated and sustained resources of all three countries involved to make an impact.
Further marine protection areas are being opened in biodiversity hotspots in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Lost cause?
On Lastovo island, Croatia, conservationists and local government have set up the first in a string of marine protection areas that will form a "blue corridor" along the Dalmation coast, an area expected to be one of the hottest new holiday destinations over the next 15 years.
Conservationists would also like to see Turkey adopting the idea of marine protection areas to care for underwater habitats such as the important Posidonia sea grass meadows, as well as its sealife and sunken ruins.
"The lesson really that tourism destinations should learn from Spain is that they shouldn't sell cheap," says Dr Font.
"Turkey and Croatia should understand that if they have something worthwhile offering they will get tourists coming to that place because of what they have. So reducing the prices, because in the short term they can do that, is really problematic."
But what of the concrete coastline of Spain? Has its natural environment been lost forever? There are now signs that tour operators and local leaders are changing course.
"In those cases where the destination has overdeveloped, where it has gone over the critical limit of development, one of the only solutions is that you demolish hotels, you create green areas, you rehabilitate the beach areas, you try to bring back some of the biodiversity," said Dr Tom Selanniemi of the Tour Operators Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development.
"In Majorca, for instance, they have already started to blow up some of the hotels which I think is a good idea to make these destinations pleasant once more."

Costa del Sol Water Rationing

Spanish forced to ration water Giles Tremlett in Madrid
Monday June 6, 2005
The Guardian

Water is being rationed in half of Spain to save it for domestic use, as parts of the country suffer the worst drought for 60 years.
Weeks before the tourist season starts, swimming pools are empty, city fountains are turned off and golf courses ordered to reduce watering.
Some reservoirs in the south-east are more than three-quarters empty. With no fresh rain expected in the affected areas until the autumn, authorities have decided they must protect domestic supplies through the busy summer season.

Money Laundering Bust Spain

Spain dismantles money laundering group involving four Caribbean countries
Monday, June 6, 2005

MADRID, Spain (AFP): Spanish police said Friday they have dismantled a gang which laundered as much as 130 million dollars on the southern Spanish coast. Police believe the gang carried out assassinations, extortion and a variety of other crimes across eastern Europe, investing their gains in Spain and Andorra after transferring the cash via offshore accounts based in the Netherlands Antilles, Belize, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Andorra.
Investigators also sifted through data from some 60 bank accounts in Spain and several other European countries.
With the cash the gang constructed hotels and tourist flats on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, profits from which went into accounts in tax havens or snapping up works of art, police allege.Police said they had arrested nine Spaniards, three Ukrainians and a Russian in Barcelona and Tarragona in the northeast of the country and in the southern city of Almeria after searching some 50 apartments and a four-star Almeria hotel.
Spanish authorities have in recent months been cracking down on the pervasive problem of money laundering.
According to the interior ministry, the police have secured some 650 million dollars worth of laundered cash on the Costa del Sol, dubbed the "Costa del Crime," particularly in the town of Marbella.

Costa del Sol News

Spain busts German drug ring on Costa del Sol

06 Jun 2005 14:42:02 GMTSource: Reuters

MADRID, June 6 (Reuters) - Spanish police have dismantled a gang smuggling drugs from South America into Europe led by Germans living on Spain's Costa del Sol, the government said on Monday.
Spanish special forces stormed a German-registered yacht on the high seas carrying 113 kg (250 lb) of cocaine bound for Britain. They arrested two German citizens and an Austrian, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Police subsequently arrested another suspect in the town of Estepona, near the glitzy resort of Marbella on Spain's south coast, and seized a further 116 kg of cocaine aboard another sailing vessel fitted out with secret compartments.
The investigation, which began last July, culminated in the raid on the yacht on May 27. The ministry did not make the details public until now.
Meanwhile, German authorities made some 40 raids and arrested six people, at least four of whom usually live on the Costa del Sol. British police also arrested one person and confiscated the equivalent of 1.5 million euros ($1.84 million) in various currencies.
Spanish authorities said the gang has sizeable property assets and links to real estate companies in Spain, Germany and Latin America.


Trader Vic 's Polynesian Restaurant, Bistro & Cocktail Bar Costa del Sol

Trader Vics restaurants have a long tradition in cuisine, and to some, more importantly a rich heritage of Cocktails. Trader Vics is World Famous for creating the original "Mai Tai" Rum-based drink, among countless others. The Trademark of Trader Vics has been held since 1947, and has spread across the five Continents, arriving last decade in Puerto Banus, Andalucia 's haven for the rich and famous in Southern Spain. The winning combination of Trader Vic 's Restaurant & Cocktail combination is inherent here, too, with plenty of visual aids to keep you interested, from Polynesian Masks adorning the walls to original fishing boats covering much of the restaurant and bar's ceilings.

Trader Vics

La Alcazaba Puerto Banus 29660
Tel: 952 865 273
Fax: 952 865 273 BOOK RESTAURANT NOW!!!

La Gioconda Italian Restaurant Marbella

Marbella Restaurants: La Gioconda Restaurant in MARBELLA

The La Gioconda Menu is a nice mix of Traditional Italian well-loved dishes (pastas, risottos and pizzas) and some surprises drawing on the best of Costa del Sol's Seasonal produce. This is complemented by a satisfying blend of Italian & Spanish Wines and don't forget to leave room for the Tiramisu! To summarize, La Gioconda is a true little Italian Restaurant Gem, and all at FCG wish La Giaconda Marbella every success.

La GIOCONDA, Marbella
Paseo Maritimo
Marbella 29600

Tel: 952 865 273
Fax: 952 865 273

Santa Maria Cathedral Ronda

Santa Maria Cathedral Ronda

According to the archaeological studies undertaken in the Ronda region, the church of the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation (Iglesia Santa Maria) was located near the remains of a paleochristian basilica from the 14th century A.D. Some historians also date the church back as far as the Roman Empire, having at that time the function of temple. This late suposition has still not been proved by archeological studies. In the same place, during the Arab domination period of Ronda's History, stood the main mosque of the Medina. From that age there remains now the arch of Mirhab and part of its wall, with vegetable-based arab plaster decoration, just hidden from view as it is located behind the tabernacle's altar. The Catholic Monarchs, after the conquest of the City of Ronda, ordered the building of a temple in the place of the mosque, and the construction started in 1485 and, after several problems, ended at the end of the 17th century.

Hotel Molino del Arco

Hotel Molino del Arco
Ronda Hotels in Ronda

4 star Hotel Molino del Arco Ronda is set in the backdrop of the beautiful, mountainous Serrania de Ronda, located 8km from the historic town of Ronda, lovingly converted into a hotel from its original splendour as a Spanish Cortijo (Farming Estate). The original Hotel Molino del Arco building, constructed in the XVIII century, consists of four patios adjacent to the old oil mill, joined together by the various living quarters of the agricultural workers of the time. Nowadays, a superb 16 bedroom Ronda hotel combining all of the modern day comforts has transformed the original farm into a majestic Hotel retreat, uniting old world charm with contemporary elegance, all in a wonderful Ronda surrounding.

Molino del Arco

Partido de los Frontones
Ronda, Malaga, Spain E-29400 Tel: 952 865 273 Fax: 952 114 457
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Ronda Wine F Schatz Bodega

Bodega F Schatz Ronda Vineyard Andalucia

Ronda Vineyard

Rapidly gaining fame, along with many awards, as one of Spain's finest wine growers & Bodega owners, the vine grower Friedrich Schatz comes from a German family, linked since 1641 to vine growing in Wuerttemberg. In 1982 F. Schatz started cultivating top quality wine on his estate in Ronda, Andalucia. Schatz planted several grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Lemberger, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Merlot and others resulting today in his popular exhalted Ronda wines.

Finca Sanguijuela
E-29400 Ronda / Málaga
Tel: 952 87 13 13 Fax: 952 16 18 25 F Schatz Ronda Wine Enquiries

Carmarni Lounge Bar Puerto Banus

Carmarni Lounge Bar Puerto Banus


Carmarni Bar is "tucked away" location on the 2nd level of Puerto Banus Marina. The decor is sophisticated but homely, drawing inspiration from minimalists yet retaining a classical feel...a balance. This balance is evident from the moment you enter. This is no run of the mill Puerto Banus Bar, the staff are young and well presented, the stock is good quality, the wines have been carefully selected, there are incorporated chrome Champagne Coolers built-in to the tables and the service excellent, but moreover, Carmarni is Cool.

Baviera Golf Course Andalucia

Baviera Golf Andalucia

Baviera Golf Club is located on the skirts of Sierra de la Almijara East of Málaga , lying on a valley boasting the perfect microclimate for playing golf all year around. Baviera Golf Club is just 500 meters away from Caleta de Vélez, with its lovely Marina and magnificient beaches, among the best and cleanest on the Costa del Sol. Málaga International Airport (AGP) is just 30 minutes from Baviera Golf Club and a direct exit N-274 from the Málaga-Granada-Almería motorway, makes it convenient for golfers & guests to get to the Baviera Golf Club.

Contact Details:
Tel: 952 865 273
Fax: 952 865 273
Camino Viejo de AlgarroboCaleta de Vélez
29751 Vélez-Málaga

Marbella Flamenco Rincon de Chinitas

Marbella Town Costa del Sol

Experience Restaurant Rincon de Chinitas' truly spectacular, gourmet cuisine and spectacular Flamenco floor shows, born out of a desire to bring the awesome, World Famous Flamenco show from Madrid's Cafe de Chinitas down to Marbella in Costa del Sol, Andalucia, where Flamenco originated. World renowned dancer Juan Andres Maya is the cornerstone around which the superb Rincon de Chinitas event is choreographed, and restaurant guests enjoy an unforgettable dining experience too with wonderful, well-presented dishes.

Rincon de ChinitasC/Juan de la CiervaMarbella 29600 Tel: 952 865 273 Fax: 952 635 891 Rincon de Chinitas Flamenco Marbella

La Cala Golf Resort


La Cala Resort is an exclusive residential and recreational complex of approximately 1,000 acres (4 million m2) situated between the 'Sierra de Mijas' National Park and the Mediterranean. La Cala Resort is a 35 minute drive from Malaga International Airport. The Mediterranean is less than ten minutes drive from the complex, with Marbella only 15 minutes further along the coast.

The international developer behind La Cala Resort is the Irish Insurance Company, FBD Holdings plc. FBD is quoted on the London and Irish Stock Exchanges and has total assets in excess of € 1.460 million. FBD Shareholders include the Belgian Financial Services Company, KBC and Norwich Union Life Society of UK. The developer's aim is to make La Cala Resort the most successful residential tourist resort in southern Europe.

Since its creation in 1989, the development concept at La Cala Resort has been one of low density construction in order to maximize residents' privacy and to protect the resort's delightful rustic environment. La Cala Resort also has an excellent restaurant and a snack bar La Terraza where you can indulge in the finest selection of national and international dishes and the snack bar Hoyo 19 (19th Hole) in the clubhouse. Next to La Terraza restaurant, discover the new Bar Califa, where you will be able to sample the best selection of cocktails while you listen to live music.

The Hotel La Cala Resort also hosts the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and acts as the winter headquarters for a number of European golf federations. The two current golf courses at La Cala Resort are the main attraction of the resort (with another under construction). Both, La Cala North (Par 73) and La Cala South (Par 72) have been designed by North American architect Cabell B. Robinson. Other on-site sports facilities include tennis, squash, gymnasium, swimming pools and a football pitch. There are nature trails for trekking and horse riding.

Contact: Tel: 952 865 273Fax: 952 865 273

360 Virtual Tours Spain


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If you are running a business in Spain marketing solutions range from full web design to Virtual Tours created to your specification. Contact Virtual Continent to see what Virtual Continent & Five Continent Group can do to bring you business in Spain.

Are you looking to rent out your property in Spain? Costa del Sol? Short Term Holiday rentals and/or Long Term? Virtual Continent can arrange 360 photography Virtual Tours AND bring you rental clients from their Property Rentals Section and IATA registered Travel Agency.

The virtual tour packages including website, web design & optimisation for Search Engines start from as little as 399 Euros, and 360 photos from 149 Euros, plus they offer discounts for multiple marketing packages, Hotels, Real Estate Agents & more! With 1000's visiting the network of sites for Costa del Sol every day...can you afford to ignore market trends, new innovation & a proven track record for delivering customers?

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Ronda Museum Mondragon Palace

Ronda city's museum is located at the Mondragon Palace, known also as Palace of the Marquis of Villasierra. The Museo de Ronda is a magnificient building, probably Ronda's most significant civil building. Inside the Ronda museum four different areas or zones can be distinguished, according to the aim and function corresponding to each one of the museum's notions: An Exposition area, an Investigation area, a Storage area & a Services area.

The expositions and exhibitions area in Ronda Museum consists of different galleries forming each one the different museum's sections. The three sections contain the most representative cultural assets of the city and its region. These sections are as follows:

History Section:
Ethnography Section
Environment Section

Lara Museum Ronda Museums Andalucia

Lara Museum is an art and antiques museum, recently opened due to the private initiative of its promoter, Juan A. Lara Jurado, who has achieved the extensive task of restoring the former noble Ronda Andalucian identity and artistic magnificience of the Count of the Conquest of the Batans Islands' Palace, which was a former residence of some members of the Spanish Royal Family during their visits to Ronda.

Located on Armiñan Street, in the centre of Ronda's historic city quarter, next to the Tajo of Ronda, the Lara museum is part of an interesting series of buildings with palacial architecture located at the city of Ronda. Containing more than 2000 works seperated into seven great collections, it represents not only a lifetime of 50 years travelling the World collecting varied antiques, but also the first private museum space in the whole of Andalucia, where the world of communication, art, archaeology, film making, science and popular arts go together to show a wide and varied walk through our past.

Picture of Lara Museum Ronda

Hipodromo Costa del Sol Mijas Horse RaceCourse

Carrera Entertainment is the Company for Horse-Racing in Southern Spain. Presently they run the two premier race courses in Andalucia; the Costa del Sol Racecourse on the coast just inland from Fuengirola and the Gran Hipódromo de Andalucia in Dos Hermanas just outside the Andalucian Capital, Sevilla.

Facilities at the racecourse are second to none, with constant improvements on a weekly basis. Currently at the racecourse there are 300 boxes for racehorses with a further 80 for show jumpers etc. A total of four spacious paddocks can be found, with horse walkers, veterinary facilities and quarantine area.
For race day, although there is no grandstand, there is seating for 2,000 not to mention four bars, three restaurants, three fast food outlets, children’s entertainment and tented shops.

For racing aficionados, the Costa del Sol Racecourse is a fibrous sand track. Horses train on the track during the early hours of the week, with many international trainers based at the Costa del Sol racecourse. The feature races, which include the Spanish Derby, Oaks and Mijas Cup, attract owners and trainers from all over Europe with horses of good calibre.
The recently run Spanish Derby, saw Fol Parade take the €58,800 first prize, Fol Parade has a current French horseracing rating of 42. The step up in distance to the mile and a half contest saw considerable improvement and connections are looking towards black type contests outside of Spain.
Race cards usually consist of six races and betting uses the familiar Tote betting system. Official Race Programs is given on entry to the course, in full colour complete with jockey colours and form guide.

The course is well endowed with bars and restaurants, and live music continues well into the early hours. There is always something going on with a number of different themes throughout the racing season. In addition you will always find a flamenco show on stage during race meetings. No wonder the company says that a visit to the Mijas course is, “More than just a day at the races!�

Entrance is priced at €7 with VIP entrance at €15; VIP entrance entitles the holder of the day’s VIP badge to avail themselves of the VIP facilities in the Sadler’s Wells suite. For the regular race goers, Costa del Sol course offers low cost membership – with full VIP entitlement – for just €160 for 2005.
Racing has just begun its summer season, with meetings on Friday nights. The first race is always at 10’o’clock and gates are open at 8pm.

Hotel Torrequebrada

Hotel Torrequebrada in Benalmadena is a 5 star Hotel, Casino & Conference Venue in Costa del Sol. In total the Torrequebrada Hotel Benalmadena offers accommodation for 700 guests in 350 hotel rooms and suites divided into two 11-storey Hotel towers.

All the rooms and suites in Hotel Torrequebrada have private balconies with views along Costa del Sol over Benalmadena & the Mediterranean Sea, air conditioning, heating, interactive TV with 12 channels of Satellite TV, music channel, minibar, direct dial phone, safe, hairdresser, free toiletry kit and daily laundry service and soundproofing.

Hotel Torrequebrada's rooms are divided as 284 double rooms, 44 Junior Suites, 20 Executive Suites, 1 Hotel Presidential Suite and 1 Torrequebrada Royal Suite. Hotel Torrequebrada Benalmadena is an extremely attractive option as a Conference & Banquet Hotel Venue.

Together with Five Continent Group Hotels, Torrequebrada Benalmadena has everything you could require for the organisation of large or small-scale events, business meetings, hotel conferences, congresses, conventions, launching of new products and much more. The Hotel's 15 Conference Rooms have the capacity for 1.600 guests. For further information, please email us

Torrequebrada Hotel

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Costa del Sol Useful Information


Emergency Phone Numbers for Andalucia:

Emergencies 112
Medical Emergencies 061
Civil Guard 062
National Police 091
Municipal Police 092
Citizen Information 010

Youth Culture in Costa del Sol Andalucia

This article is primarily of interest to the younger foreign generation which has emerged in recent years in Costa del Sol as many families have left the UK in search of a better environment to raise their children in and coincides with the property boom to foreigners in Costa del Sol over the past decade.

It is generally accepted that Youth Culture in the UK is now directly linked to vast proportions of crime and initial reports suggest ASBOs or Anti Social Behaviour Disorders are not tough enough in dealing with persistent offenders. As Teachers Rights at school are being eroded & dissipating in favour of governmental directives for childrens discipline, many families have chosen the strongly family-orientated sytem Spain offers with its unmistakable advantage of bililinguality, and there are record numbers of teenagers & young families here now. Many young couples in their 20s & 30s have embraced the laid back way of life & financial opportunities the hospitality & Property industries have afforded over recent years.

The newUrban Andalucia section serves as a platform to help shed the light upon up and coming events that you may not generally get to hear about – a concept very unique to this coast. Take a look at our Urban Andalucian Festival Survival Guide or venture towards a riveting report on this year’s successful Rocket Festival; read up on a captivating experience at the Dragon event and discover the wonders of the La Chispa Holistic celebration in aid of the Summer Solstice.

Andalucian Cuisine Information

Andalucia Southern Spain has a wide diversity of landscapes from rocky mountains to golden beaches and this landscape has carved a very individual style of Andalucian cuisine. The best introduction to Andalucian cooking is by means of a tapas bar where small tidbits & tasty morsels can be sampled either seated or standing at the bar. These tasty snacks can be hot or cold. Some tapas bars can have as many as 40 different meals on offer. The word "tapa" derives from the Spanish for "cover" as a small piece of bread was used to prevent flies etc getting into workers' drinks...and it has developed from there. If you want a larger portion than the usual tapa which is literally just a nibble, then you should ask for a "racion".
Meal times are late in Costa del Sol / Andalucia, 2-3pm for the comida, or midday meal, which for the Spanish is the main meal of the day, then 9-10pm for the cena, evening meal.
Besides tapas bars, ventas are good places to eat. They are country restaurants, often in the middle of nowhere, serving good quality food at very reasonable prices. These places surprise you by the amount of business they receive in such remote settings but that is always a good sign. Andalucia boasts superb quality fruits, vegetables, hams, oils and wine and much of it's cuisine still bears Moorish influence. One has also to bear in mind that Andalucian people once lived off the land so food was always basic and nourishing. Much of that is still true today.

Costa del Sol is famous for it's fresh fish along the coast and it's "iberico" pork inland and although paella originated in Valencia, Andalucia is also famed for it. Fresh bread, baked daily is also of the highest quality and has been since Roman times. Andalucian hams or Serrano hams are also world famous and rival the Italian Parma Ham in quality.

When it comes to sweets, Andalucian foods are richly flavoured with aniseed, cinnamon, sesame and honey, many with Arab origins. Biscuits and cakes are made fresh all over the region, many of them true works of art.
The region is not without it's own native drinks, not least of all Sherry from Jerez., Malaga Dulce is a sweet apperitif wine, and Ronda is gaining fame producing top quality wines like Bodega F Schatz.
With about 140 kilometres of coastline, encompassing the Costa del Sol which has a true world-wide appeal, it is not surprising that along the coast, any manner of international cuisine can be found. For a selection of the best restaurants in Andalucia, I suggest you visit FCG Dining.

Distress / Distressed Sales Costa del Sol

With the Property Market in Costa del Sol having boomed for almost 8 years non-stop now, the general consensus is that the Real Estate & Property Market in Spain and particularly in Costa del Sol (Marbella, Malaga, Golden Mile, Puerto Banus, Sotogrande, Casares etc...) has now reached an unavoidable lull.

Every Cloud has a silver lining, so whats the Good News here? Five Continent Group has been looking into the positives and how to turn this to our advantage as an Investor.

There seems to be a Buyers Market now with many properties being adjusted to more reasonable asking prices on the advice of banks, property valuers & Estate Agents in Costa del Sol.

Defaulted properties / Distressed Sales

Distressed sales can be an excellent way to make money...if you can get hold of the lists of defaulted properties, bank repossessions, distress sales, urgent owner sales and developer "close out" properties for sale in Spain. Unfortunately for the general public, these lists are like gold-dust! (Contact Five Continent Group for an updated selection.)

To avoid accusations of robbing anyone, Five Continent Realty is challenging the usual commissions charged by agents, which can be up to 10 or even 15% per cent in the Costa del Sol, by cutting its rate to 2.5 % and offering Virtual Tours to market the properties to buyers overseas.

Property Auctions

Many are now turning to Real Estate auctions to avoid lengthy waits to sell property on the Costa del Sol. Once a bid is accepted, the buyer puts down 10 per cent of the purchase price and has 28 days to sort out the remaining finance...very similar to the UK. This means vendors are accepting lower prices than before in an effort to liquidate their assets in a shorter time frame.

Buying property at auction can be a profitable business, especially in a falling market where you get a lot more distress sales from people needing to shift properties quickly. Make sure you are well informed, which can be difficult if you're only in the country for a few days. You will need to appoint a Spanish Property Lawyer to do due diligence and ensure you don't inherit any debts with your new property. It's also easy to get caught up in the heady and competitive atmosphere of an auction and end up paying far more than you planned. Make sure you visit the property and see a good selection of other properties in the area so you know you're not paying over the odds, set a price and stick to it, remembering your costs purchasing property in Spain will amount to approximately 11% of the Buying price.

Of course, another positive is you avoid the hard-sell tactics so many Real Estate companies in Costa del Sol & Costa Blanca employ, and being toured by sales agents!

Property in Ever-Popular Costa del Sol Spain

Still UKs no.1 Destination

66% of British choose Spain as preferred destination for property purchases abroad(Europa Press)According to a new study by Grupo Lar - a Spanish developer - Spain is the first choice location for 65.7% of British people who intend to buy a second home abroad.

For 17.4% of British respondents the property will be used as a permanent residence in the future, whilst only 0.7% are buying as investors with the intention of reselling.
The MD of Lar Sol - María Jesús De Miguel - explains that low cost airlines, relatively low property prices compared to the UK, and a well established British expat community in Spain all help to make property on the Spanish costas increasingly attractive for British buyers.

Other key findings of the report are as follows:

37.3% of British overseas property buyers choose France, and 27.4% choose Florida.Factors influencing choice of location:
42.3% say climate.
30.6% say personal and cultural reasons.
14.9% say expected quality of life.
12.2% say regular holiday destination.
77.4% say they take the decision of where to buy jointly with their partner and that they plan to buy a detached house.Media used by the British to research and shortlist properties and property companies:
73.9% use the internet.
59% use personal recommendations from friends and family.
56% use local estate agents based in the UK.
47.3% use specialist magazines dedicated to Spanish property and living.
92.5% of Brits have visited Spain at least once before.
4.6% visit Spain for the first time when looking to buy property.Negative opinions towards Spain amongst British respondents:
50% report no negative opinions whatsoever.
12.2% cite insecurity and terrorism.
10.9% cite the effects of mass tourism
10.4% cite poor infrastructure

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Ronda Tourism Guide

Ronda has been proven by archaeological findings in the Old City to be one of the First cities of Spain. It's origins date back to Neolithic times, however evidence suggests even earlier settlement in Ronda: Cave paintings found at the Pileta's Cave are some of the best examples of all the Paleolithic age in Andalucia.

Evidence of Prehistorical human settlements remain in Ronda, many now carefully conserved archaeological digs that can still be admired nowadays, like the megalithic Necropolis: Dolmen of El Chopo and Encinas Borrachas among others. It was at that time when the most important human settlements of the region were well defined: Acinipo and Ronda, but the City's rise and thriving economic times arrived later. The time of Acinipo was during the Roman Empire but the Ronda we know came to being during the Middle Ages.

Many remains from the Roman Conquests in the Iberian Peninsula are still found in Ronda, the most important of wich is the archaeological site of the Roman City of Acinipo because of its conservation: some of its elements belonging to a Classic Roman city, for example, the Theatre. Once Acinipo fell during the turbulent Fall of the Roman Empire, attention was paid to present site of the city of Ronda....

The most important contribution by Ronda, and the reason for its fame, coincided with the Nazari Kingdom of Granada, because of its closeness to the territories conquered by the Catholics coming from Castilla. That meant the city and region of Ronda became a very important border zone. After the conquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs(1485) deep economic and cultural changes happened, which can be still seen at the structure of the city: Opening of squares not existing before, streets made broader, etc.

By the 18th century, Ronda earnt it's definitive role within the province of Andalucia. It was during this period that the most relevant and well-known monuments of the city where built, as symbols of the former aristocracy and the presence Ronda: The New Bridge and the Bullring. During the 19th century, the romantic image of the city grew, as well as the legend of its Serrania (mountains), a world of the bandits and the art of bullfighting creating a deep & lasting impression for many important visitors and travellers alike. Both aspects have been converted since then%2

Villa Tiberio Restaurant Marbella

Villa Tiberio is simply one of the finest restaurants in Spain. It is as much of an Institution in Marbella as Sunshine, and over its long history Villa Tiberio yet to tire. The gardens are a sumptuous setting for an equally sumptuous restaurant.

Villa Tiberio restaurant Marbella serves top class Italian Cuisine and a breathtaking array of International fine wines with a sophisticated ambience and perfection in its attention to detail. The walls and Ceilings are bedecked with stunning Romanesque Murals which now vye for space alongside all of Sandro's accolades, awards and too many photos of famous diners to count. Villa Tiberio attracts Royalty, Film and Sports Stars and lovers of great food in great surroundings from the Mediterranean courtyard to the generous terrace area and tropical gardens and fountains at the front.

The Villa Tiberio Menu is extensive, carefully chosen and well balanced, drawing on the best of Italian Cuisine. This is complemented by a comprehensive and uncompromising Wine List for even he most discerning enthusiasts. Villa Tiberio Marbella opens on Sunday aswell during the month of August. To summarize, Sandro has crafted a masterpiece which no visit to Marbella or the Costa del Sol would be complete without Villa Tiberio Restaurant.

Villa Tiberio Restaurant

Opening Hours: Open Mon- Sat19.00- 24.00
Credit Cards Accepted: All
Group Bookings available.
VILLA TIBERIO Restaurant, Marbella
C.N340 km.178 Marbella 29600
Tel: 952 865 273
Fax: 952 824 772
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