Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

If you want to link to me or you want me to link to you, that'll work too. If I think you're a good local company and you're prepared to part with a few euros, you might be lucky enough to advertise on the blog (which, fyi, is page rank 3 on Google - just type in puerto duquesa at google.com).

Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Spanish property articles today

Further to my post yesterday about the increasing 'chatter' concerning a property crash in Spain, the Telegraph published an article today as did thisismoney.co.uk.

Amongst all the doom and gloom, I thought the following quote was quite accurate:

"Natalia Aguirre, head analyst at Spanish broker Renta 4, said: 'The real estate bubble has not burst. It is the inflated valuations of some real estate companies that have been pricked."

Interestingly, one source in Sabnillas (just down the road from Puerto Duquesa) told me on the Manilvalife forums that her next door neighbour put his apartment on the market and sold it within a week. This quick sale was put down to the fact that it was sensibly priced. Perhaps the market isn't as bad as the press are trying to make out then.

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