Thursday, 8 June 2017

Nice comment about our agency Le Chien Andalous

Yesterday we received this nice comment of a Dutch client that we love sharing with you:

Last winter we wanted to spend for the first time in Spain. Because we had quite specific requirements for our stay, I sought advice from someone who knew about it. Via I found Janny, who immediately gave us good advice and proposed three houses for free.
One of them fulfilled all our wishes on paper, so we arrived at the beginning of December - including our dog and partner who is doesn't walk well and is can't stand any cold.
The house was perfect. Practically all in all, very nice owners, and a beautiful setting in nature with the sea and a cozy village around the corner. With a lot of thanks to Le Chien Andalus we had a wonderful winter!

Las Negras beach

In Dutch:

De afgelopen winter wilden wij voor het eerst doorbrengen in Spanje. Omdat we nogal specifieke eisen hadden voor ons verblijf zocht ik advies van iemand die er verstand van had. Via vond ik Janny, die ons meteen goede raad gaf en geheel vrijblijvend drie huisjes voorstelde. Eentje ervan voldeed op papier aan al onze wensen, dus daar zijn we begin december naartoe getrokken. Inclusief hond en kouwelijke partner die slecht ter been is. Het huis was perfect. Praktisch helemaal in orde, bijzonder aardige eigenaren, en een prachtige ligging in de natuur met de zee en een gezellig dorpje om de hoek. Met veel dank aan Le Chien Andalus hadden wij een heerlijke winter!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Padel in Andalucia a combination of tennis and squash

Maybe you've never heard of it and you're not familiar with it but Padel in Spain is very popular. At many places you come across small courts, which are placed in a sort of glass cages. Here Padel is practiced. In Spain padel is after the football the most popular sport, even more than tennis and golf.

Padel is a kind of combination of the sports of tennis and squash. It is played with small thick rackets.

adidas fast court racket

The game can be played like tennis in singles or doubles. But the field is smaller, the scoring like tennis, and the ball can't go out. Just as in tennis there is a net at the a middle of the field, 88 cm tall. The playing field is completely closed off all around by walls 3 meters high, these are usually transparent. Experts say Padel is more accessible to the general public than tennis. The reason is that less techniques are needed.

Padel court Bubion

The sport was brought to Spain by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe who came into contact with it in 1974 when he was in Mexico. The godson of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Eugenia was visiting his friend Enrique Corcuera. Enrique played a sort of mini-tennis in a walled court. This small tennis court he had built himself because his garden was too small for a real tennis court. Von Hohenlohe appreciated the sport practiced by Enrique so much that he put two courts in the gardens of his Marbella Club Hotel, and adjusted the rules. Then he managed to inspire a lot of his friends and visitors to play the game.

Alfonso von Hohenlohe

Influence of Manolo Santana
Then at the end of the seventies, when the Spanish tennis legend Manolo Santana also got inspired by Padel by the sport became even more popular. Santana organized Padeltournaments and the sport became popular along the Costa del Sol. More and more clubs started their own courts. Padel spread from the south of Spain to the rest of the country. Now there are many courts across Andalusia, Murcia, Comunidad Valenciana and Catalonia where the sport has also become very popular in recent years.

Conquest of the world
The Argentine millionaire Menditengui saw at his friend Von Hohenlohe in Marbella how popular Padel was. He brought the sport to his homeland where Padel was also a success. The sport is today in extended over all South America, and on other continents. Worldwide currently about 6.5 million people practice this sport. More than four million of the sportsmen come from Spain.

Where to play
Houses with Padel courts nearby in Granada province:
Casa de la Luz in Bubión: in English, in French, In German, In Dutch
Casa Milagro in Bubión: in English, in French, In German, In Dutch
and all the houses in Orgiva.
In Bubión at this moment the court is to be used for free, in Orgiva you have to pay a fee.
Balls and raquets are sold in Orgiva: shop Sierra Nevada Outdoor

Source: Frans Mulder in Spanje Vandaag

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Nieuwe opinie over Casa de la Luz in Bubión | New review Casa de la Luz in Bubión

Casa de la Luz is een schattig authenthiek huisje. De eigenaren zijn ontzettend aardig en geven graag informatie over de omgeving en wat er te doen is. De Alpujarras waar Búbion in Iigt zijn schitterend. Je kunt er heerlijk wandelen en hiken. Kortom wij hebben er een fijne week gehad. Zorg in januari wel voor voldoende warme kleren en hout om te stoken!

Casa de la Luz is a lovely authentic cottage. The owners are very nice and provide information about the area and what to do. The Alpujarras where Bubión is located are gorgeous. You can go hiking and trekking. Overall we have had a great week. Advice: take in January enough warm clothes with you and gather wood to burn in the fireplace!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Newly opened: Museum of Malaga in the ancient Customs Palace

Yesterday, 12 december 2016 was the long expected opening of the Museum of Malaga in the ancient Palace of Customs.
After nearly 20 years waiting finally the exquisite collection of fine arts and archeology of Malaga is on exhibition again for the public.

The palace contains over 17.000 pieces of which about 2.700 will be on exhibition. It comprises archeologal objects  from prehistory until the late eighties of the XXth century.

The superb neoclassical building of the Customs, with its palm trees poetically inclined towards the sun, forms a scenic triangle that crosses the most recognizable landmarks of the city, with the Alcazaba and the Cathedral as vertices. Perhaps for this reason it has been defended by the Malagueños, who not only perceive the imposing architecture, but also identify it as one of the few immutable corners of the capital.

Also, its old function, the one of building of customs, retrotrae to the neighbors to century XIX. It was then that the province reverberated throughout Europe as a thriving industrial center, when the alleys were changed by avenues and the more media fortunes of Malaga history - the Loring, the Larios, the Heredia - were amassed. This was the reason that it was necessary to build a palace on the seashore to administer prosperous commerce with the Americas.

Precisely at that time flourished in the city the plastic arts thanks to authors like Jose Gartner, Emilio Ocón, Bernardo Ferrándiz, Jose Denis Belgrano, Fernando Labrada, Antonio Muñoz Degrain, Jose Moreno Carbonero, Jose Nogales or Enrique Simonet.. These artist now have a privileged space in the new gallery. In this way, the collection of the Museum of Malaga links almost symbiotically with the building that contains it, with that time in which the waves caressed the stairs of the Customs.

Opening times:
The Museum of Malaga will be open from Tuesday till  Saturday, every day from 9:00 till 20:00, and on Sunday from 9:00 till 15:30.
The entrance fee is free for European citizens.
And the patio on the main floor will be open for everybody.
For visitors from outside the EU the entrance fee is 1,50€.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Museum of Glass, Malaga

The museum of glass (Museo de Vidrio y Cristal) in Malaga is located in a nice old cuarter called San Felipe Neri, not far from the Plaza de la Merced, in front of the church of San Felipe Neri.

The collection is located in a carefully restored 18th century Italian house where we can see the history of humanity by means of the glass.

The collection is private with more than 3.00 pieces of glass of different centuries, set in a beautiful setting with pictures, furniture and decorative objects of different centuries, inmersing the visitors in an environment close to the domestic context of the era.

The museum is open from tuesday till sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.

The tours are always guided 
Entrance fee: 
Adults: 6€
Kids from 7 till 12: 4€
Younger kids: free

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Holidayhomes adapted for disabled people

Le Chien Andalous offers various holiday rentals which are specially adapted for families with disabled holidaymakers.

We can advise you to stay in:

Casa la Parada in Malaga province, near Antequera.
This beautiful luxurious house has space for 6 holidaymakers and counts with two bathrooms.
For more information see: Casa la Parada
In Dutch, in French, in German

Finca Albaricoques in Almería
One of the houses of Finca Albaricoques, an ecological resort, is especially adapted for disabled people. Maximum capacity 3 people.
For more information see: Finca Albaricoques
In Dutch, in French in German

Finca el Olivar near Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz province
Some of the houses in this complex are well equipped for people in wheelchairs.
For more information see: Finca el Olivar
In Dutch, in French, in German

Monday, 18 April 2016

News: The Kings Path open again 22 april 2016

The Caminito del Rey or Kings Path was closed in March due to bureaucratic difficulties but will reopen again on the 22nd April 2016. Tickets will be sold online on the official website from the 18th April.   
The ticket price will be 10€.  
Only 10% or about 110 tickets a day will be available for direct purchase online to general public, the remainder via tour operators and local tourism business. 
More information on: Caminito el Rey

Caminito del Rey