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Villas for sale Maspalomas

Maspalomas is an international holiday resort south of Grand Canara and belongs to the county of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The history of this town goes back to the 10th century which makes Maspalomas the oldest holiday resort in this area which a rich history. The 127-year-old lighthouse is a definite must for all visitors of Maspalomas.

With the tourism starting in the 1960s the owner, Conde de la Vega Grande, saw his chance to profit from the beginning mass tourism and sold a big part of his property to willing construction companies. Ever since the whole area experienced an increased economic upturn. Since then the region is constantly changing and expanding to adjust to the growth in tourism. By now Maspalomas is a modern holiday resort with several big shopping centres, night clubs and activities for every age and almost every interest.

To further promote the area and to help the economy the municipality released several villas in Maspalomas for sale. You can visit them on our website at Villas in Maspalomas for sale. Apartments you can buy beginning from %u20AC 90. 000. If you feel you would like to make a greater investment, there are also Luxury Villas or Family Homes available. With an investment of a holiday home in Maspalomas you are the winner all year round, because, when you are not there, you can lease it. In no time at all, your investment will pay for itself.

The sand dunes in the south-east of Maspalomas stretch over a length of six kilometres and are up two kilometres wide. The sand receives its particular colour mainly from corals and shell lime which floods the surf. However, there is also sand that was carried over from the Sahara by the wind. Those sand masses, of course, have nothing to do with the original landscape.
It is here in the sand dunes of Maspalomas where you find the only nude beach in the area.

Maspalomas is characterised by tourism and has no other relevant industries. However, there is plenty to see and to experience, with the Palmitos Park as its main attraction.

Have a look at Villas in Maspalomas for sale to find your new holiday home.

Seville and Christopher Columbus


A sailor and draughtsman about to discover a new continent and his most faithful companion, his illegitimate son, destined to become one of the most passionate devotees of books and the written word. Both named Columbus. Christopher and Ferdinand, the Columbus family of Seville.Burial site of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus came from Palos to Seville in 1484. Barely eight years would pass before his greatest adventure which would lead to the knowledge of a big and beautiful new world full of diversity; a world which he would at first mistake for the East Indies. In Seville he dedicated himself to drawing and selling maps, according to Juan Guillen in his biography (published by the José Manuel Lara Foundation) of Ferdinand, son of Christopher and Beatriz Enríquez de Arana of Córdoba. Ferdinand was the most Sevillian member of the Columbus family, and would later choose this city as the house and home of his extensive library.

Columbus bookFor Columbus, the budding explorer, Seville was to be the place in which his best friends and worst enemies would live. Here he searched for, and found, people to collaborate in his commercial and nautical adventure. In the monastery on the Isla de la Cartuja lived one of these collaborators, Friar Gaspar Gorricio, who would end up being the trustee of Columbus’s personal papers, including his will, as well as being spiritual adviser to his sons.

So it is in the Cartuja de Santa Maria de las Cuevas, onetime home of the navigator, today home to the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Centre for Contemporary Art) and used during Expo 92 as the Royal Pavilion for the Spanish monarchy, that we shall look for Christopher Columbus. In the gardens we can see a monument to him that was erected in 1887 by the widow (a marchioness) of Pickman, the Liverpudlian industrialist who converted the monastery into a china factory in the 19th century.

The mortal remains of Christopher Columbus, who died in Valladolid, were deposited in the Cartuja in 1509.

Thirty years later they were moved to the Cathedral in Santo Domingo, only to return to their final resting-place in Seville, where they lie beneath the monument that can be seen today in the Cathedral. But let us go back to the monastery in the Cartuja. Here we can see the most famous ombú tree in Seville, which, it is said, was planted by Ferdinand Columbus. Ombú, Phitolacca dioica L., known as ‘Beautiful Shadow’ in Brazil, is a leafy evergreen tree of great width with a trunk that grows more colossal with the years.

In addition to the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions which are displayed here, a visit to the monastery must also include the Chapel of Santa Ana situated at the entrance, which was built to house the tombs of Columbus and his family, and in whose crypt, which still exists today, lay Christopher Columbus’s mortal remains between 1509 and 1536. On its now inexistent altar stood the Cristo de la Clemencia (Christ of Mercy) by Martínez Montañés, which can be seen today in Seville Cathedral.


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