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A day at the races: pomp, ceremony, tradition and adrenaline

Equestrian pursuits have always had a regal air about them, from dressage and show jumping to horse racing. Perhaps it is the association with cavalry and knightly horsemanship, perhaps the sheer cost of maintaining these fine animals and their noble bloodlines, but even the lively distraction of gambling does nothing to diminish the tradition, intensity and sense of occasion that horse racing carries with it.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Jardines del Turia, the former Turia river

Living near to Valencia’s atmospheric City of Arts of Sciences

One of the most prominent areas of expansion in the city of Valencia is the neighbourhood surrounding the City of Arts of Sciences. Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, this ensemble of buildings comprises the Hemisfèric, housing the IMAX cinema, Umbracle, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the Oceanogràfic, a spectacular aquarium with a variety of aquatic ecosystems from across the globe, and the Ágora, host to several indoor tennis tournaments over the years in Valencia.

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Two of the winners of the I Rimontgó Padel Tournament

Rimontgó treats its guests to a Padel Tennis Tournament

It was “anyone for tennis?” at Massamagrell's Padel+ Club on Saturday July 2nd as Rimontgó treated some close friends to the I Torneo Rimontgó 2011padel tennis tournament. Located in Massamagrell, just north of Valencia, the padel club stands out for having not only modern outdoor courts but also fully climatised indoor courts. Resembling in many ways a midway point between tennis and squash, padel tennis is a Spanish variant that is also very popular in countries like Argentina, and is now gaining ground in countries across Western Europe. Fast, fun and very competitive, it has become a favourite of locals and foreign residents in Spain, many of whom have helped to spread the word back home.

Friday, July 15th, 2011
The reclaimed Turia river bed

The Turia riverbed – green haven in the midst of Valencia

Rising in the distant Montes Universales, the Turia River traverses the province of Valencia before flowing through the region’s capital city and into the Mediterranean. As its main river, and the reason why the original settlement grew into a major port city, the Turia is inextricably linked with Valencia. For centuries it provided a navigable link between the sea, Valencia’s port and the agricultural areas immediately beyond the town walls, yet after a devastating flood in 1957 it was decided to tame the Turia by rerouting it southwards around the city. The decision to stop the river from flowing through the city centre, as it had done for countless generations, was a difficult one, but within a few months the course was diverted and the flowing water ceased to be the focal point of life in Valencia.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Home gyms encourage physical fitness

Homes with gyms

In an age when many of us have become rather accustomed to designer kitchens, outdoor terraces with swimming pools, stylish bathrooms, studies and even jacuzzis, the gym is still a feature that cannot be taken for granted. Indeed, no self-respecting villa of sizeable proportion can really take itself seriously without having one. A properly fitted gym in a smaller home, on the other hand, is a true surprise and normally an amenity that will add to the property’s desirability and price.

Friday, September 24th, 2010
Spain honours its sporting stars

Spain’s sporting reign continues

Just when it didn’t seem possible that Spains run of sporting success could improve (for what could be better than winning the World Cup?) along comes yet more good news. The German Grand Prix belonged to Ferrari as teammates Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso jockeyed for position. With the help of some poorly disguised instructions from a Ferrari engineer, Alonso overtook Massa and sped to victory. The team has already received a hefty fine and it will be some weeks before Alonso’s win is secure, but there is no doubt that the Spaniard dominated the race.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
The beautiful Viking yacht

Experience the European Grand Prix in luxury

If you’re thinking of visiting Valencia to enjoy this year’s European Grand Prix (25th to 27th June), then you might as well enjoy it in style from the privacy and comfort of your own floating palace. This is the ultimate five-star Formula 1 experience, with the offer consisting of a three-day package that includes six frontline race passes, a complete onboard catering service and a full crew for the three days that encompasses practise sessions and the race itself.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Five-star lifestyle

Tee time for top golf properties

One of Spain’s many advantages is its warm climate, so it is the ideal environment for keen golfers. Fanatics will be pleased to learn that it’s not short of courses, either. However, to appreciate the full benefit of playing golf in Spain it’s wise to choose your local golf club with great care. Rimontgó is able to offer some extraordinary properties within a short drive - in the golfing rather than the motoring sense – on some of the best greens on the Costa Blanca – and beyond.

Monday, January 18th, 2010
Luxury lifestyle

Golfing – and living – in Valencia

With a world class F1 Grand Prix street circuit and a new marina deemed fit to host that most prestigious of sailing events, the America’s Cup, Valencia has gained a reputation for speed on the ground and at sea. With El Bosque Golf in Chiva, Club de Golf Escorpion in Bétera, La Sella Golf in Denia, Oliva Nova Golf in Oliva and the Alicante city golf course, right next to Playa de San Juan, to name but a few, the Costa Blanca is as much a centre for golf as the Costa del Sol.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010