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Driving legally in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. How to drive legally in Spain is one of the most talked about and written about subjects amongst the expat population. We frequently receive questions from clients directly and on the forum about licences, vehicle registrations and driving laws in Spain. Here, Graham Shelton of www.spanish-number-plates.com answers some of the […]

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Federico García Lorca – talent and untimely death

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. The body of the Spanish writer Federico García Lorca remains buried somewhere in southern Spain. Murdered by Franco’s Spanish nationalists, he remains one of the many individual tragedies of the Spanish Civil War. Lorca is one of the most important Spanish poets and dramatists of the […]

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Exploring Córdoba

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. Most people who are wanting to explore Spain will visit its major cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Granada. Each one is special and different and provides examples of Spain’s rich past. But if you want to travel to somewhere a little different that has a […]

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The worst airports in the world

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. Of course, what you consider to be the best and the worst will depend on your own personal preferences and experiences. For example, if you have had a particularly bad experience at one airport – perhaps you lost your luggage or had something stolen – then […]

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Smoking trends in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. Smoking banned indoors in Spain? Never! Many people initially felt that Spain was a country that would never introduce or enforce such a ban. They were mistaken. Certainly the introduction in 2011 of a number of strict measures went relatively smoothly. Smokers have perhaps been helped […]

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Going off with a bang in Elche

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. If you are anywhere near Elche in the middle of August then you cannot let the Mystery Play pass you by. There are three important dates to put in your diary. On the 13th August it’s La Nit de l’Albà when fireworks and firecrackers are let […]

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La Vuelta makes it to 80

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. The Tour de France this year proved to be a spectacular victory for the British cyclist Chris Froome as he cycled away with the yellow jersey. However, he wasn’t on his own in deserving a mention. The Spanish riders Alejandro Valverde and Quintana made the final […]

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Retiring to live in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. For many people, it’s their dream. After years of the daily grind, to make the most of their retirement by coming out to live in Spain. What better place to enjoy the extra time you have than in a beautiful climate with fresh, healthy food and […]

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Stirring up the town halls

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:08 am. It may seem very far removed from beaches and bars, but what happens in Spain’s local and general elections is of great importance to everyone with a property in Spain and not only those who live here. The political climate impacts on day-to-day lives probably more […]

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Living in Spain during the winter

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. People who have property in Spain fall into one of two groups – resident or non-resident. You are a non-resident here if you live less than 183 days in Spain – and these don’t need to be consecutive days. However, there is perhaps another group within […]

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Cheap flights – good or bad?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Most people with property in Spain have enjoyed cheap flights for a few years. Without doubt it’s one of the reasons why people choose property here. With good, predictable warm weather in the summer and milder winters on the coast, you’re not far away from family […]

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Taking a cruise in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Taking a cruise around the Mediterranean is on plenty of people’s bucket lists. In this blog Spain Explained provides some advice on what’s available and how to make the most of it. The presence of cruise ships around […]

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Camping in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Hotels, guest houses, apartments and staying with relatives. Lots of different ways in which you can take advantage of Spain’s beautiful climate and hospitality. But what about camping? There are ample opportunities to enjoy this too. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Using communal showers, hikes […]

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Dentists in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. If you come out to live in Spain it’s not only healthcare that you need to organize. You need to look after your teeth too. Spain Explained spoke to Dr. Ian Smith from Carredent Dental Practice about his experience of being a dentist in Spain. There […]

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Schools in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. You’ve made the bold decision to move your family to Spain. With children to consider, your priority must be, how will they fit in too? It’s no easy matter moving your whole family abroad. The paper work itself can take an age to do and then […]

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Getting it right with car rentals

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. Trying to get the best deal when it comes to renting a car is no easy matter. We talked to Mike at Coys Rent A Car to find out the behind-the-scenes information. In this part of the Costa Blanca, businesses have a tendency of coming and […]

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Car rental in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. If you have a property in Spain, there is chance that at some point you have hired a car here. Most people like to be able to travel around to get the real benefit of a holiday home. If you live in Spain, you have probably […]

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Consulates and embassies – what can they do for you?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. In many respects we hope you never have to use either a consulate or an embassy.  A visit to either of these outposts in someone else’s native country is usually a sign that something has gone wrong. The holiday maker who has lost their passport or […]

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Tourism on the up

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. One of the main foundations of the Spanish economy is tourism. Tourism and Spain have been linked in the minds of many Europeans for decades. However, this close relationship hasn’t always been cosy or predictable and the tourism statistics for Spain are evidence of this. During […]

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Help Vega Baja

Help vega baja

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 04:39 pm. Help Vega Baja is a not-for-profit association, helping people out in the local community. In our question and answer session they explain what they do, how they might help you and how you could help them too. Who are you? HELP Vega Baja was established more […]

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Spanish driving licence: Do you need to obtain one? How can you do it?

Spanish driving licence

Last updated on May 18th, 2020 at 05:13 pm. It’s been one of the longest lasting debates in the forums in Spain. Must you exchange your foreign driver’s licence for a Spanish driving licence? The camps have been equally divided for years and you will hear countless stories in the bars about people who were […]

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Why bother learning a language?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. It is hard learning a language, especially if you are slightly older in years and you’re starting from scratch. You can think because you live in another country or visit it regularly that it will somehow come to you naturally. That you will absorb it just […]

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Banks poaching insurance in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. We all know how difficult it can be to find the right insurance policy. There is a lot to be made from commission and companies will jostle each other for your custom. No matter how carefully you read through the small print your policy can still […]

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Graffiti in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. It’s everywhere. Or so it seems at times. Graffiti is on walls, trains, bins and fences. Anywhere there is a spare square meter of space to record names and messages. Although some of this graffiti is pretty banal there are examples of street-art that have artistic […]

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Standing in the way of progress?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:09 am. The internet has transformed our lives. The way in which most people communicate, research, work and relax has changed immeasurably and it won’t stop there. We cannot imagine what the next twenty years will hold in terms of this revolution. And it is a revolution. The […]

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