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Protect your property from squatters in Spain

Protect your property from squatters in Spain

If you own a property in Spain but are not a resident here, then the prospect of squatters may be a worry. The okupa movement has gained ground here and there are stories of people moving into unoccupied properties. So, how can you protect your property from squatters in Spain and what can you do […]

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Cautious optimism within the housing market

Housing market

People with a house to sell and those thinking of buying shouldn’t expect the same level of slump within the housing market post COVID as there was in 2008. The situation is proving to be quite different with some types of housing more, not less, in demand than before. It’s still a bitter memory. The […]

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How to obtain your TIE card in Spain

TIE Card Spain

As the transition period draws to a close details have been released by the Spanish government of the new identity card to validate residency for those UK nationals who live in Spain. In this article we explain what the TIE card in Spain is and what you need to do to obtain one if you […]

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Moving to Spain from the UK: What you should think about

Moving to Spain from the UK

There are many obvious reasons to think about moving to Spain from the UK. Counting excellent weather, famously good cuisine and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life, it is easy to see why it is the choice for so many. Over the course of this article, we give some practical guidance on making the move […]

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What is it like to live in Alicante?

live in Alicante

As you may already know, Alicante is a historic Mediterranean city on Spain’s Costa Blanca. It gained prosperity during the 13th century and became an important port for Mediterranean goods such as olives, wine and oranges. In the 20th century, Alicante boomed as a tourist haven; people came for its year-round sun, warm sea waters […]

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Electricity in Spain: Saving money on your bill

Electricity in Spain

Electricity can be quite an expensive commodity in Spain. In this article we explain how it is possible to reduce your electricity bills and not compromise on comfort.  Electricity in Spain Most people will agree that Spain is a relatively cheap country to live in. Council tax is very reasonable and food and drink can […]

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Best spas in Spain: Our top 6

Best Spas in Spain

When was the last time you relaxed? I mean properly relaxed. Switched off your mobile phone, computer, tablet, radio, and just sat still and calmed your mind? The answer to that for most would be “not in a very long time, if ever.” That is why we go through the best Spas in Spain, so […]

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Easter celebrations in Spain you will love

easter celebrations in Spain

In some European countries these days, Easter can pass by almost unnoticed – except for the Easter eggs. Not so in Spain. Easter celebrations in Spain are very important and it’s well-worth understanding more about the religious and not-so-religious traditions.   Easter celebrations in Spain  Spanish people really know how to mark an occasion. What often […]

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Pharmacies in Spain: Everything you need to know

Pharmacies in Spain

You see the distinctive green cross of the farmacia (chemists) dotted around the towns and suburbs of Spain. Pharmacies in Spain offer perhaps more than you would expect and function in ways you might not be used to. Pharmacies in Spain Whether it is for the occasional pain killer or for a regular, essential medication, […]

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Spanish railroad: Train travel in Spain

Spanish railroad

If you like visiting different parts of Spain then travelling by rail can be a good option. In this article we give some general advice about the Spanish railroad and the different types of Spanish trains and provide an opinion on travelling by AVE to Madrid.  Spanish railroad If you enjoy discovering Spain then you’re […]

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What is Padel or Paddle Tennis and Pelota in Spain?

What is padel

Of course, we all know that the Spanish are mad about football but there are also some lesser known sports that are popular here. Maybe you heard about padel, but what is padel? And what is pilota? We’d like to introduce you to padel and pilota so you can really mix in with the locals. […]

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Moving to Spain after the coronavirus: Make Spain your office

Moving to Spain after the coronavirus

Where would you choose to live if you could work anywhere? Remote working has become a plausible alternative for many businesses. Attitudes and technology have changed over the last few months. So where would you like to call home? Let’s discuss why moving to Spain after the coronavirus might be a wise choice. Why moving to […]

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Top 10 best hotels in Spain

Best hotels in Spain

If you’re looking to take a short break in Spain for a special occasion such as a birthday or romantic weekend away, you would not (hopefully) book in to a large, all-inclusive, typical tourist monstrosity for the event. Hopefully, you’d be a little more selective with your choice and take the time to find that […]

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Rural holiday in Spain: Discover Cehegin, in Murcia

Rural holiday in Spain: Cehegin

Spain hides some really fantastic places, the Region of Murcia. If you want to visit the most striking places in Murcia and enjoy a memorable rural holiday in Spain, look no further than Cehegín. Cehegin: Rural Wonder of Spain 2019 The art and cultural attractions in Cehegín are sure to give you an insight into […]

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Building your own swimming pool in Spain

Swimming pool in Spain

Over the past few months we have had plenty of opportunity to consider the strengths and weaknesses of our homes. Perhaps one of the prime considerations as the weather heats up is how to keep cool. If you’re thinking of a swimming pool as the answer, we have some advice about how to build your […]

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Live in Valencia: Buying and living in this beautiful coastal city

live in valencia

Valencia has a long and colourful history, reflected in the city’s stunning architecture. Founded during the Roman empire, the city has gone through numerous significant cultural shifts. During the Moorish era in the 7th century, Valencia was named Medina bu-Tarab. The city later reverted back to its Latin name, meaning “valiant” or “brave”. This blend […]

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Best place to live in Costa Blanca: Orihuela Costa, Spain

Best place to live in Costa Blanca

If you are wondering which is the best place to live in Costa Blanca, keep reading to find out about Orihuela Costa. This town and region situated on the Costa Blanca is a popular destination for both tourists and foreign residents, you will see why! Best place to live in Costa Blanca: Orihuela Costa Here […]

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Best Balearic Islands in Spain you will love

Best Balearic islands

In this article we are going to talk about 2 of the best Balearic Islands in Spain: Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. Best Balearic islands Ibiza Ibiza, one of the best Balearic Islands, is world-renowned for its nightlife. So renowned that the world’s top DJs descend on its shores every year, all year round. For […]

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What to do in Torrevieja? Places to visit and things to do

What to do in Torrevieja

I knew little about Torrevieja, including how to pronounce its name, when I first visited the area. Now as a resident I’d like to share its star qualities and encourage you to explore and enjoy this intriguing town, so in this article I’m going to talk about what to do in Torrevieja. Torrevieja Like many […]

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Andalusian food that you will love

Andalusian food

The southern coast of Spain is renowned for its beautiful weather and glorious coastline, but what about Andalusian food? In this article we explore the flavours and food favourites of the Andalucían region. Andalusian food The autonomous community of Andalucía is the second largest in Spain. It includes the provinces of Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, […]

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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

social secutiry number in spain

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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