Want to set up a business in Spain? Read how the locals and expats in the Axarquia area have set up their business. Or use this section as a guide as to where to shop, drink or eat.


GUSTO XC are specialists in Mountain Bike adventure. They provide mountain bike tours all over Andalucia with packages to suit all abilities. Bike rental is offered along with a professional guide. Andrew Laine known more commonly as Digger has been in the bike industry for years. Digger and his friend Tim are the business owners. Tim also has Restaurant Gusto in Nerja and they jointly set up Gusto XC 6 months ago.

Before Andrews years in Spain, he was in the Avionics Industry


On the 10th of June something rare will be happening near the town of Sayalonga. A Steinway grand piano, brought in from Granada, will arrive at Bodegas Bentomiz. It will be set up on a stage on the forecourt between the winery and the vineyards ready for a night of wine, tapas and classical piano music. 

This is the launch event for Mountain Wine and Music – a series of classical, flamenco and jazz performances to while the nights away at the bodega this summer. It is


Coming to Spain 11 years ago Wendy and her partner Doug were inspired by the landscape, the light and of course the climate. In awe of the spectacular sunrises and sunsets they spent several years searching Andalusia for their ideal location and eventually settled on a property near Periana with spectacular views over Lake Vinuela. 

The next years were spent transforming their property into the beautiful villa which it is today. Being perfectionists everything had to be just right. The gardens were landscaped, many interesting trees and shrubs planted and unusual features created. Their tasks mainly completed, their attention turned to embrace the local culture and in particular the numerous local artists and their work.


Bistro 6, just down from Plaza Vendimia has been newly taken over by Gilly and Gary who are both well known in the village of Competa. Gary is an extremely talented chef and Gilly is a likeable, personable and an efficient front of house. They really do make a perfect combination to run a business. Gary is not new to running his own business as he has run his own restaurants and bars on and off throughout his career. Gary graduated from Chef School at Southport University 40 years ago where he trained under the Roux Brothers heading. He explained he was trained in French which was usual in those days to gain chefs qualification. After graduating, Gary went on to work in London for 25 years. He opened Coconut Grove both in London and Marbella. Also, for 7 years Gary ran his own Bar and Brassiere in Brixton. Then friends asked him to chef at their restaurant El Parador in London, a Spanish tapas restaurant with famous clientele such as Ken Livingston and Bjork.


We probably communicate through written language every day, but when is the last time you put pen to paper and really wrote something? And no, I'm not talking about emails or correspondence or tweets or facebook posts or the weekly shopping or to do list. Okay, some people keep a regular journal, but if it's been a while since you got creative on the page, it might be time to kick-start your practice because writing and creativity have been linked to a number of benefits for both body and mind. Write It Don't Type It If you're always glued to your computer screen or smart-phone, then take some time out and step away from the keyboard, because although typing has become our main way of putting our thoughts down in print, using a pen or pencil has a number of well-documented benefits.

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