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Voting in Spain: How can you vote as an expat?

Voting in Spain

In this article we talk about the process of voting in Spain: how the voting works, how you can register to vote, how you can vote and what happens after the voting. Spanish government The government in Spain is arranged according to four tiers: National – the elected government of the country Regional – the […]

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Best Alicante golf courses you would love to join

Alicante golf courses

Whether you are an experienced or emerging golfer there is a course and a club to suit your needs in Alicante. In this article we explain just why the region is so good for golfing as well as giving you some tips to the best golf courses in Alicante. Why Alicante is so good for […]

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What is Spain famous for? – Top 10 famous Spanish things

What is Spain famous for

A visit to Spain at any time of the year provides a great deal of new experiences. Although the variety of places you may want to visit, and things you might do during your visit, is wide, there are certain famous Spanish things you’re sure to miss once you leave Spain.  So what do many […]

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How to get a social security number in Spain

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Similarly to the United Kingdom’s National Insurance system, Spain has Seguridad Social, or social security. This ensures that residents and citizens have support during times of ill health, old age, and unemployment. Under Spanish social security, EU and non-EU citizens are covered by national health insurance when there is some form of a contribution to […]

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Markets in Torrevieja and surroundings

Markets in Torrevieja

When in Spain, a trip to the local market is always exciting and a great opportunity to experience Spanish culture up close. The Costa Blanca’s vibrant atmosphere, the banter in different languages and the large variety of products available all make this a fascinating experience. No matter which part of the Costa Blanca you’re visiting, […]

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Guide to spot good Spanish wine

Good Spanish wine

Living in or visiting Spain and you are blessed with a huge choice of high quality wines at very reasonable prices. In this article we explain some of the main terms you’ll come across to help you spot good Spanish wine and enjoy it. Wine in Spain If you are a winelover then you’re definitely […]

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Tabarca, Spain: Tips for making the most out of your trip

Tabarca is a tiny island connected to the Spanish mainland by the ferries that travel regularly from Santa Pola and Torrevieja. If you are staying in the Alicante province it is well worth a day trip, but remember to take your snorkel with you. How and when should you go to Tabarca, Spain? Glass-bottomed boats […]

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Best areas to stay in Valencia, Spain

Best area to stay in Valencia

In this article we go through 2 of the best areas to stay in Valencia: Alicante and Valencia city. Moreover, if you would like more information about the best coastal cities in Spain, you can download this free guide: Top coastal cities in Spain. Alicante, Costa Blanca Alicante is a city of contrasts and one […]

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Best places to live in Spain by the sea

Best places to live in Spain by the sea

Spain is a unique country: it has a culture and food all of its own and its influence is plain to see all around the world. Of course, one of Spain’s greatest resources is its 5,000 miles coastline. Along that fantastic coastline, you can find some of Spain’s greatest cities for casually indulging in the […]

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Twenty reasons why the British will return to Spain

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The Telegraph newspaper listed their 20 reasons why British holiday makers would continue to come to Spain. The Spanish paper, ABC picked up the idea and translated the article into Spanish. Here we summarise the points for you – do you agree?  We live in unprecedented times. Who would have guessed this time last year […]

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Where is the best place to live in Costa del Sol?

Best place to live in Costa del Sol

Southern Spain is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in Spain, not only because of its sandy beaches, but also because of its history, culture, tradition and beautiful towns. But where is the best place to live in Costa del Sol? In this article we’re going to go through Málaga and Marbella, our […]

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Best places to live in Spain: Top 10

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Spain is one of Europe’s most unique countries. It has a culture and food all of its own and its influence is plain to see all around the world. In this article, we will go deeper into the top 2 places we consider to be the best cities to live in Spain: Cádiz and Barcelona. […]

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Spanish lifestyle: 5 habits to be healthier

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It’s well-known that many aspects of the Spanish lifestyle are beneficial. Now the statistics seem to confirm that this is true. Topping the tables with the highest life expectancy at birth, we outline five reasons why Spain is good for you. Spain is the world’s healthiest nation according to a study of 169 nations by […]

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Coronavirus confinement: Tips to deal with it

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I was reading an article this morning written by a philosopher in lockdown. He said that he was using the time during coronavirus confinement to reflect. I think he is an elderly gentleman, required to self-isolate. He certainly isn’t in charge of young children. He’s lucky to find a path that gives what’s happening some […]

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Coronavirus in Spain: Requirements, travelling and government measures

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At the time of writing, we are almost at two weeks of lockdown in Spain because of coronavirus. The expected date when restrictions might possible be relaxed is now April 11th.  The current situation means that we are only allowed out of our houses for some essential reasons and when we do venture out this […]

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La Manga beach: Exploring the best coastline and coves

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La Manga Del Mar Menor – better known simply as La Manga – is a long, narrow strip of land on in Murcia, southeast Spain. At approximately 13 miles long but just 100 yards wide, this slim sandbank splits the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean sea, creating a beautiful lagoon-like area of water fed by […]

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Cars for sale in Spain: Where and how to buy a car

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If you’re starting a new life in Spain, it’s likely that you’ll be looking to buy a car. This is especially the case if you’ve purchased a rural retreat, where it’s highly probable that your car will be your key form of transport. However, purchasing a vehicle in any country comes with a healthy dose […]

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Exploring the Golden Mile, Marbella

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The Golden Mile, Marbella, is one of Spain’s most glamorous residential areas. Lying to the west of the beautiful Andalusian resort, this strip of exclusive apartments, homes, shops and restaurants stretches west from Puerto Banus to the eastern edge of Marbella city centre. The Golden Mile has attracted the rich and famous since the 1950s […]

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The cost of living in Spain compared to the UK

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Spain is widely known as a relatively inexpensive place to live, at least by European standards. This is especially true in comparison with northern European countries like the UK where the cost of living is quite high. The cost of living in Spain compared to the UK can mostly be seen in the lower cost […]

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How to buy a Spanish SIM card

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If you choose to spend a significant amount of time in the country, then getting a Spanish SIM card is one of the most practical and sensible decisions you can make. Spain is, for many reasons, a fantastic country to explore. Not being able to connect can be a wonderful excuse to switch off. If […]

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How to make the most of Tarifa kitesurfing

Tarifa-kitesurfing

Kitesurfing, particularly Tarifa kitesurfing, is one of those rare joys. Your first forays into the waves are marked by sheer surprise at the power of the wind and the speed of the board. It is a tricky sport to get the hang of, but once you do you feel like you are flying across the […]

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Registering a UK car in Spain: Our quick guide

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If you’re moving to Spain, there are many reasons why you might decide to bring your car from the UK. Although buying a car in Spain may seem like the most straightforward option – not least because Spanish cars are left-hand drive – there are likely to be circumstances where it will be more convenient […]

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Expats in Spain: Problems and how to overcome them

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Living in another country is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. It exposes you to new cultures, places, often a new language, and is an incredible way to make new friends. These experiences teach you to be more open-minded, flexible and resilient, not to mention bringing plenty of fun and laughter along […]

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5 of the best water parks in Spain

Best water parks in Spain

Spain has some of the best weather in Europe and spending a day out in the sunshine is ideal for families. Water parks offer a great opportunity to have fun with children or grandchildren as the youngest play and splash about and older siblings can have fun on the water slides. If you have recently […]

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Ten tips for emigrating to Spain stress-free

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Emigrating to Spain is a big decision. Telling friends and family, selling your home, and embarking on a whole new life in a foreign country is a big step. Certainly, leaving unfinished business back home isn’t an option, especially if there’s a possibility you may one day return. This is particularly the case with changes […]

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