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Last month I had an absolutely fabulous day out on the Optimist of London 11 a luxury catamaran based in Marina Del Este harbour. My family and I arrived at Marina Del Este and found Stephen and his boat on berth 60, opposite the Pizzeria. Having already pre booked the 3 hour cruise, which left at 12.30pm; we waited for others to arrive. There are various cruises to choose from, 3 hour or 6 hour trips or you can book the Catamaran for your own exclusive use. You can check availability on the website just put the date and time you want to sail and you can see how many places are left on the boat. I would suggest booking well in advance as places fill up incredibly fast.


It was a pleasure to interview Alick and Debbie as they celebrate their 10th anniversary. The Grapevine was with them from the start and has often advertised their services and seen their business model change and grow over the last 10 years. 10 years is a fantastic achievement, even more so as foreigners in a country only just coming out of recession. For those of you that weren't here 10 years again let's start at the beginning, how did Debbie and Alick come to build a business in Competa 10 years ago? Alick started his working life in the Metropolitan Police Service but found this profession wasn't for him and moved into financial services while Debbie enjoyed rising through the ranks of a pharmaceutical company. Both were successful, busy people enjoying their working lives and accepting the stresses that went with it. However, Debbie was hit with redundancy and this marked a re-evaluation as to what was important to them. Did they really want to continue with their fast paced lives or should they use this moment to make some changes?


Welcome to Competa for the 7th village Artwalk, for four days during Semana Santa (1, 2, 4, 5 of April).

The intention of this event is to offer, to all those who are interested in the world of art, an opportunity to meet with the diverse, international and multicultural artistic community of this "Pueblo blanco". Art will be shown at different locations in the centre. Competa is well known for its artistic and creative environment, is has an open, tolerant, friendly and welcoming culture whihc is the reason why you will find a wide range of artists, sculptors, writers and musicians, all looking for creative inspiration in this countryside at the foot of the mountains.


As part of its Cultural week, the Ayuntamiento of Canillas de Albaida proudly presents the third Night of Multi-cultural Music and Dance to be held in the Plaza (main square) in Canillas de Albaida on Sunday 5th October. Admission to the event is free but there will be opportunities to donate to local charities.
The event will be hosted by Inez Leniere and Roger Sparks in Spanish and English and they will open the concert at 7.30pm.

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