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We invite you to celebrate the opening of the ÁbacoClub

Last updated on November 26th, 2019 at 10:48 am. We would like to invite you to celebrate with us at one of our opening events next week. Monday, November 25th will be the first opportunity to present our club. We have chosen the Club Náutico in Torrevieja for being one of the most emblematic places […]

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Torrevieja

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:12 am. Our history When we think of taking a walk in Torrevieja it’s easy to imagine the sea beside us, the sand beneath our feet and the sea breeze caressing our face. For many people, the Costa Blanca is the promised land, a special place in which […]

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Top international schools in Valencia and Alicante

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Last updated on May 13th, 2020 at 05:21 pm. Families face many challenges when moving abroad. Among these are the usual problems of where to live and whether to rent or buy. Getting to grips with a new culture and language is certainly one of them. Furthermore, families with children need to think about which […]

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Expat car insurance in Spain: Everything you need to know

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:26 am. If you’re relocating to Spain, it’s likely you’ll want to take your car with you if you currently live in Europe. Considering measures put in place in the European Union and the EEC, many people may assume that they don’t need to buy Spanish car insurance. […]

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Comparing some of the best international schools in Alicante

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:25 am. If you’re considering relocating to Spain, your children’s education is undoubtedly a top priority. The buzzing city of Alicante is a hot spot for families moving from abroad and there’s a lot of choice when it comes to your child’s education. Thankfully, Spain’s state education system […]

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Choosing a bilingual school in Spain

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Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:18 am. If you’re considering moving to Spain with your family, you might be exploring sending your children to a bilingual school. Where your children will go to school is a key concern if you’re relocating. Subsequently, many parents will want to take full advantage of the opportunity […]

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Enjoy 5 of the best Murcia golf courses

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Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:19 am. What makes Murcia golf courses such a fantastic destination for your favourite sport? For one, you can take advantage of great weather all year round at just a stone’s throw from spectacular beaches. Also, there are 22 different golf courses in Murcia, Spain. This fact alone […]

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5 of the best Barcelona tips for a spectacular city break

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Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:19 am. Barcelona has long been a fashionable destination that attracts tourists of all ages and interests from around the world. This article offers 5 excellent Barcelona tips intended to show some of the city’s finest museums, districts and other attractions. Barcelona has a reputation for a rebellious […]

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The beauty of horse riding in Spain

Horse riding in Spain along the beach

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:19 am. Horse riding in Spain conjures images of a lonely beach, virgin sand, and the steady rhythm of a fine stallion galloping along the shoreline. Imagine holding its broad neck with the wind flying through your hair as you breathe the sea air in deeply. All of […]

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Golf in Benidorm: Best courses and clubs

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:34 am. If you enjoy golf Benidorm is the place to go. Far more than an ITV series, Benidorm is one of Spain’s, if not Europe’s, most underrated golf resorts.  With gorgeous weather, a wealth of stunning courses and a variety of properties – both traditional and new […]

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Pine processionary caterpillar in Spain: Dangers and advice

Processionary carterpillar

Last updated on April 23rd, 2020 at 12:25 pm. If you live in Spain or visit during the springtime, you might have heard people talking about the pine processionary caterpillar.  This specie is often mentioned by dog owners who are warning others of the danger. They’re a real threat too; we don’t usually associate caterpillars […]

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Making the last wish come true

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:21 am. Imagine that before you die you have the privilege of rubbing a magic lamp, just like Aladdin, to make a wish come true. You perhaps have opportunity to wish for something that you have never been able to do before. A last wish. Four health workers […]

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Helping disabled children and adults – ALPE

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:21 am. Many people travelling up and down the old Alicante Road or Cortes Valencianas in Torrevieja will never have noticed ALPE (Asociación Comarcal para la Rehabilitación del Discapacitado). It’s on the side of this very popular stretch of road and provides education and life-long learning opportunities for […]

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Consul advice for British citizens in Spain

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:22 am. On Monday 12th February the British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris, visited Torrevieja town hall to meet the public and answer questions about Brexit. In this article we share the advice she gave. We are now approaching the second year of preparing for Brexit and those people who […]

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Who lives in Torrevieja 2018?

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:24 am. The most recent padrón statistics show changes in the local population. We look in more detail at what they tell us and why all residents should be registered. The padrón is the town census which should include the names of all the people who live there. […]

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Active in English thanks Ábaco

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:25 am. Most of the property sales that Ábaco assists with are for homes. They are on behalf of those residents and non-residents in Spain who recognise the importance of enlisting a solicitor who will look after their interests. However, there are occasions when Ábaco is asked to […]

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Where to go hiking in Spain

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:25 am. If you want to go hiking in Spain then you really are spoilt for choice. Spain has 14 national parks, every one of which can be an interesting alternative for a hike. We mention some of these routes in this article, but it is impossible to […]

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The rise and fall of solar energy in Spain

Solar energy in Spain

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 05:59 pm. You’d think with the seemingly endless sunshine in Spain that solar power would be its chief form of energy. However, this is not the case. Why doesn’t Spain invest more heavily in solar power? Spain has a reputation for the number of sunny days that it […]

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Summer means the Moors and Christians

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:26 am. If you regularly visit Spain during the summer then you really should at least once watch a Moors and Christians parade. This mixture of history, tradition and sheer dressing-up madness is a must for all ages. It can also be a long night ahead if you […]

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Spain tops the list for Erasmus +

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:26 am. Erasmus is a European Union student exchange programme which has built a reputation for being a life-changing and inspirational experience. Not surprisingly, many students want to come to Spain. In this article we consider why and what the benefits are. There are currently more than 4,000 […]

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Homely and sophisticated – the food in Spain

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:27 am. From the homely tapas to the sophisticated Michelin starred restaurant, the food in Spain has something for everyone. If you think of Spanish food, what are the first images that come to mind? It might be garlic, paella, tapas, or the display of hams and cured […]

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Salt and Sailors in Torrevieja

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:27 am. Some people think of Torrevieja as just a seaside holiday resort. In the hustle and bustle of the summer season you could be forgiven for this. However, it’s also a town with a history and salt is at its heart. Torrevieja’s population has rocketed in the […]

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Torrevieja – so much more than a beach resort

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:28 am. Most people think of Torrevieja as primarily being a seaside resort. It’s not a package holiday destination as such but, with its prime location on the shores of the Mediterranean, it’s a popular holiday destination for Northern Europeans and Spanish alike. Although this swells business during […]

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Spanish residency for the self-employed and businesses

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:38 am. This is the fourth article of a series of five articles on Spanish residency for EU and British citizens. David Ruiz of Torrevieja Translations explains the process and what you need to comply.   The table of contents is: Spanish Residency Overview Pensioners Workers Self-employed/business Unemployed Today’s article […]

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Understanding insurance in Spain

Last updated on February 19th, 2020 at 01:39 am. If you buy a property in Spain then you will need to take out insurance. Insurance in Spain works very similarly to that in other European countries, more or less. You pay a Premium and, unless you have to make a claim, that is it. However, […]

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