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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It’s time to file your Modelo 720 form in Spain

modelo 720

It has been a few years since the Modelo 720 asset declaration form was introduced, but it can still slip your mind, especially if you have recently moved to Spain. In case you are one of the people that is not aware of this important form, the 720 is a form which some foreigners living […]

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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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Property tax in Spain and other expenses you should be aware of

Property tax in Spain

There are many things to consider when purchasing a property in Spain including its proximity to your favourite restaurants, beaches and other leisure facilities. However, another important consideration should be how property tax in Spain and other associated costs affect the final price. This article is here to help give you a guideline on what […]

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How stamp duty in Spain can save money via the extinction of co-ownership

stamp duty in spain

Life is complicated, and sometimes, your circumstances may change. As a result, you might wish to carry out a transfer of property ownership. In this article, we explain your options and why the ‘extinction of co-ownership’ may be the best route to take. Generally speaking, this is because, in most regions, the process only requires […]

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What Spanish building regulations mean for your property

Spanish building regulations

Even the most perfect dream home in Spain will need some renovation from time to time. Whether it is anything from glazing a balcony to building a new pool, there are some legal implications that you need to be aware of. Also, if you are buying a property that has had work done on, there […]

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Understanding gift tax in Spain

gift tax in spain

As we all know, time goes by and circumstances change. A common question our clients ask us is about gifting a property. If you own a property in Spain, you may wish to gift your home in Spain to someone else, either as a true gift or as a way to reduce inheritance expenses. In […]

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How to buy a house in Spain in 6 steps

How to buy a house in Spain

Having this wonderful weather all year round certainly makes owning a home an attractive proposition, but where should you start? These days, there is a lot of information online about buying a property in Spain. Unfortunately, this can lead to confusion and can be somewhat overwhelming. This article aims to help unravel some of the […]

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Invest in Spanish property: Everything you need to take into account

Invest in Spanish property

Investing in Spanish property has become a profitable and popular alternative. However, it isn’t just a case of advertising it in Airbnb. There are implications that you should be aware of when renting out a property in Spain Making the decision to invest in Spanish property So, you’ve decided to advertise your property for rental. […]

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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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Do you require planning permission in Spain? Find out how to get it

Planning permission Spain

Did you know that even minor works to Spanish property need a planning permission? Many home owners in Torrevieja have found out to their cost that work they’ve had done has not been legalised. Here, we explain what might happen next. Types of planning permissions in Spain Improving their property is something that many people […]

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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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Guide to spotting 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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Applying for Spanish residency: Requirements and tips

Spanish residency

More and more people are recognising the importance of obtaining Spanish residency if they live in Spain. But it isn’t just civil residency that is important. There’s fiscal residency too. In this article we explain what civil and fiscal residency are and how you can obtain them. Spanish residency: civil vs fiscal When people talk […]

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Selling a house in Spain: Required paperwork, taxes and tips

Selling a house in Spain

If you are thinking of selling a house in Spain you want to be ready for when a prospective buyer appears. The presentation of documentation is an essential part of the selling process. Some paperwork you should already have to hand. For example, you will have had to have had a NIE (tax identification number) […]

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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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Registering and filing your tax return in Spain

Tax return in Spain

In this article we will go through some relevant information regarding your tax return in Spain. However, we would like to remind you that taxes in Spain can be complicated and you could be subject to fines or penalties if you miss a deadline or don’t do your taxes properly. Advisably, you should seek fiscal […]

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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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