My name is Mark van Jaarsveld and for the last seven years I have been living near the town of Gandia in the Valencia region of Spain with my partner Nigel and our menagerie of four dogs and several more cats!
I am co-owner of a successful bed and breakfast business here in Spain, and due to our location attract guests throughout the year. Many come during the summer period for the obvious attractions of a sunshine holiday in a beautiful part of the Costa Blanca, whilst others come in the cooler months to enjoy the other attractions of the area. We therefore promote holiday opportunities based around walking and hiking in the nearby hills and mountains, rock climbing on the famous crags nearby, as well as mountain biking along tracks and trails within a short distance of our property. Other guests come in search of their own home in Spain and spend time with us during their property search in the area.
During quieter spells at our guest house, I spend much of my time creating and working on websites for businesses and private individuals, using WordPress. I pride myself on creating sites that are tailor made to the client’s specifications and requirements, as well as optimising them in such a way as to ensure a prominent position in any Google search. I then empower the client with the knowledge to update and maintain the site himself, or can also offer the facility of site maintenance if this is the preferred way forward.
Before coming to Spain I spent seven years living and working in London for a large international banking corporation in their IT department, and prior to coming to London I had spent my working life in my native South Africa. I worked in the IT departments of a variety of companies in Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as in various IT consultancy posts in Cape Town.
In my spare time I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the beautiful countryside of this area. My main passions are running competitive road races, cross country mountain biking and walking with our dogs.