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Building your own swimming pool in Spain

Swimming pool in Spain

Last updated on August 11th, 2022 at 08:34 am. Perhaps one of the prime considerations when you have a property in Spain 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 own swimming pool in Spain. Reasons to build your […]

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

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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

Last updated on June 10th, 2020 at 02:52 pm. 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 […]

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Andalusian food that you will love

Andalusian food

Last updated on June 5th, 2020 at 12:24 pm. 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. […]

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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

Last updated on June 5th, 2020 at 12:25 pm. 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 […]

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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 spotting good Spanish wine

Good Spanish wine

Last updated on June 5th, 2020 at 12:22 pm. 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 […]

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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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Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:40 am. 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 […]

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Spanish lifestyle: 5 habits to be healthier

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Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:39 am. 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 […]

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Coronavirus confinement: Tips to deal with it

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. 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 […]

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Coronavirus in Spain: Requirements, travelling and government measures

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. 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 […]

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La Manga beach: Exploring the best coastline and coves

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:55 pm. 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, […]

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

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:56 pm. 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 […]

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Exploring the Golden Mile, Marbella

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:59 pm. 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 […]

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The cost of living in Spain compared to the UK

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 05:57 pm. 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 […]

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