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Tips For Going Green When On A Charter Yacht Trip

In the area around the Caribbean, islanders make a living from yacht charters in the Caribbean and travellers visiting the region to experience the sun, sand and sea that make this one of the most popular and loved destinations in the world.  However, the ocean around these beautiful and interesting islands, that used be considered resilient and inexhaustible, is actually very fragile.

The good news is that with the world becoming a more eco-friendly place and marinas and charter yacht providers are becoming more and more concerned with green issues such as reducing their carbon and offsetting their carbon footprint while being more interested in forms of sustainable travel.

While it is good that others are doing their part, as a traveller you can take action to ensure your charter yacht sailing trip is as green as it can be.  You can achieve this by keeping in mind the following:

Respect Nature

Respect the nature around you observing and enjoying it without causing any damage.  Take care when diving and snorkelling around coral reefs.  One misplaced kick could destroy many centuries of growth.  Avoid touching any fragile organisms with equipment or even your actual body.  Always leave areas as you found them, by clearing away and taking your rubbish when you leave.

Look At Booking A Charter Yacht That Uses Alternative Energy

Various boat manufacturers now design yachts to be environmentally friendly.  Many even have solar panels and wind generators on board to charge the electrical systems.  This helps reduce the amount of time the boat needs to use the engine to recharge its batteries.  You can check with charter yacht brokers or tour operators to see if they have these eco-conscious boats.

Reduce and Offset Your Carbon Footprint

Avoid running air conditioning all the time and instead open the side vents and hatches to allow the natural winds to provide ventilation to make your trip comfortable.  This will reduce the amount of pollution you create when you constantly run the generators or air conditioning.

Control How Much Rubbish You Generate

As many companies and individuals consider recycling too expensive, the rubbish generated often ends up in landfills, which in turn negatively impacts the beautiful environments.  Try then to control how much rubbish you generate.  Do not take plastic of any type of, such as disposable cutlery, plates and cups, plastic bags or six-pack rings.  Make sure you pack re-usable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.  By using less plastic, your carbon footprint will be smaller.

Rubbish Disposal

Never throw any rubbish, even if it is food, over the side of the boat.  Fish and other aquatic wildlife and birds are unable to use food meant for human consumption.  It can have adverse effects on their natural predator/prey interactions, coral reef’s balance of nutrients and the natural feeding habits of animals.  Store any plastic bags securely onboard so they don’t end up over the side of the boat if you have to take them.

A trip on a charter yacht sailing around some of the most idyllic regions of the world can be a great way to relax and forget about work and real life for a few days or weeks.  However, we all have a responsibility to protect the oceans and seas of the world and we can all do our own part to do this.  Hopefully, the article above can give you some tips on how easy you can achieve it.

Your Complete Guide to Retiring in Spain

There is very little doubt that Spain is one of the best destinations to retire. Those seeking beautiful beaches and endless tapas the country is perfect. You are bound to find expats from almost any country living in Spain. Retiring in Spain ensures that you have stunning weather and great healthcare, as well as property at affordable prices. Adding to this, the cost of living in Spain will ensure that your pension goes much further. Here is our complete guide to retiring in Spain.


Spain uses the Euro currency and because of this traveling to other countries will be easier too. Life as a retiree should be one of leisure. You have worked your whole life for the day when you can pack up your bags and travel without having to worry about getting back to work. And life on the Euro makes this so much easier.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Spain is far lower than other countries and adding to this cost saving are literally everywhere. Residents across Spain have access to the best fresh fruit and vegetables not to mention seafood and home-made sauces. These are also healthier options adding to the general well-being of residents living in Spain.

Taking a look at daily life

Weather-wise, living in Spain is a pretty ideal climate for retirees. The area around Barcelona, for example, has an average summer temperature of 24°C. Temperatures across Spain are moderate throughout the year which makes for the best opportunities year-round for picnics, beach visits, and general outings. Spain offers retirees plenty of leisure activities including amazing food and wine, and even hiking and sports. UNESCO World Heritage sites are all around Spain too which make the country great for those who love history. Overall, Spain is a friendly country and friends can often be seen meeting in gardens for leisure picnics.

Visa Requirements

Enlisting the right help can in this regard is vital. While the process is really simple a little help will go a long way. At the moment the UK and Spain are still both members of the EU and this means that the process of British citizens to apply for citizenship is fairly simple. Those who are looking to stay in Spain for more than three months need to register at the Oficina de Extranjeros in the province where they want to live. This is followed by the issuing of a residence certificate. After five years of permanent registration, the applicant will need to apply for a certificate of permanent residency in Spain.

Finally, getting settled

With a process this easy there is little wonder that so many international people find post-career bliss in Spain. Not only are retirees able to find low-cost homes right by the sea, but there is a variety of food pleasure to indulge in, making retirement in Spain something of a permanent holiday. The country is also a bustling hive of active senior citizens. There is little doubt that the Spanish government and people make it easy for expatriates to readjust to life in Spain.

Paseo de la Castellana

Taking A Holiday From Javea to Madrid

My main work consists of running my Javea properties online portal, which means I am mostly based in Javea, but some work I can do virtually, which allows me to travel to other parts of Spain. One of my favourite destinations is Madrid. Just like any capital city, Madrid has plenty to see and do. Here I outline the main places of interest and make some suggestions, but leave the reader scope for exploring, which is an essential part of getting to know a new place and is more fun.

Madrid’s fascination comes not so much from its history but from its character. To get a feel for this, walk through the old quarter around the Plaza Mayor, or visit the Rastro, the Sunday flea market near the Puerta de Toledo, or spend an evening wandering around the “tapas” bars, (bars serving an enormous variety of hot and cold snacks).

Madrid’s modern architecture is also worth a mention. There are some superb new buildings on both sides of the Paseo de la Castellana, including the Torre Picasso, one of Madrid´s tallest building.

For a complete entertainment guide see La Guía del Ocio (in Spanish) which appears in all newsagents and newspaper kiosks once a week on a Monday. Similar publications printed in both English and Spanish are Enjoy Madrid (free publication which can be found in hotels, Barajas airport and tourism offices) and “What’s On”, which is available in tourism offices. Alternatively check out local business listings online.


Prado Museum, famous for its collection of old master’s paintings.
Reina Sofia Centre – Contemporary art museum, where Picasso’s “Guernica” is on show.
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum – Private collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, paintings from 13th century onwards including sculptures and modern art.
Royal Palace, not the residence of the present Royal Family, but used for state receptions.
Opera, at present undergoing major reconstruction.
Plaza Mayor – “main square” with traditional shops, bars and restaurants.
Puerta del Sol, from which all distances in Spain are measured.
Retiro Park – centrally located with boating lake. A popular venue for a Sunday walk.
Casa de Campo – Large open area on the south-west side of Madrid with boating lake, amusement park and zoo.


Madrid is surrounded by many interesting towns and villages within easy reach for a day’s excursion. For example, in little over one hour one can reach the top of the Guadarrama mountains, where in summer the air is cool and fresh, and in winter the ski-slopes are very popular. Here is a short list of some of the most popular places:

Navacerrada, a village near the summit of the Guadarrama mountains, within easy reach of the monastery of El Paular and the valley of Lozoya. The nearest skiing resort to Madrid.

Segovia, with its Roman aqueduct and a medieval fortress, previously the capital city of Isabella and Ferdinand, the joint monarchs of Spain in the 16th century.

Avila. The highest regional capital of Spain, Avila is surrounded by a magnificent 12th century wall. The town is the birthplace of Saint Teresa and contains the oldest cathedral built in Spain.

Salamanca. Famous university town with a magnificent “plaza mayor”.

Aranjuez. Famous for its strawberries, asparagus and royal palaces.

Chinchón, home of the famous “anis” drink. Bullfights are held in its ancient circular “square”.

Toledo. The former Gothic capital of Spain, Toledo contains a wealth of architectural treasures, including a magnificent cathedral and synagogue, which reflects its past importance as a centre for Spanish Jewry. The town was the home of the painter El Greco and many of his works are on display. More recently, the Alcazar, or fortress, was the scene of a famous siege during the Spanish Civil War.

Pedraza. Medieval village with its own castle in the mountains to the north of Madrid renowned for its restaurants serving roast lamb cooked in big brick ovens. It well worth a visit on a cold, clear winter’s day, when the views of mountain scenery on the road up to the village can be breathtaking.
There are many other places worthy of mention here; just ask at Relocations España®’s Madrid office.

If wishing to explore further afield, it is worth bearing in mind the “paradores”. Literally “inns” the paradors are a chain of state-run hotels, manly of which are converted palaces, castles and convents, often situated in beautiful locations.

Tourism offices:

Duque de Medinaceli, 2
Tel. 91 429 31 77
Open Mon-Fri 9a.m. to 7p.m.
Sat 9a.m. to 1p.m.
Plaza Mayor, 3
Tel. 91 588 16 36
Open Mon-Fri 10a.m. to 8p.m.
Sat 10ª.m. to 2p.m.

Barajas Airport
Tel: 91 305 86 56
Open Mon-Fri 9a.m to 8p.m.
Sat 9a.m. to 2p.m.

Chamartín Railway Station
Tel: 91 315 99 76
Open Mon-Fri 8a.m. to 8p.m.
Sat 9a.m. to 1p.m.
This section is provided courtesy of:

Relocations España® S.L.
Bueso Pineda, 5, 1.ºC
28043 Madrid
Tel: +34 91 519 64 20
Fax: +34 91 519 64 19

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