The cost of living in Spain compared to the UK

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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 UK can mostly be seen in the lower cost […]

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How to buy a Spanish SIM card

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If you choose to spend a significant amount of time in the country, then getting a Spanish SIM card is one of the most practical and sensible decisions you can make. Spain is, for many reasons, a fantastic country to explore. Not being able to connect can be a wonderful excuse to switch off. If […]

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How to make the most of Tarifa kitesurfing

Tarifa-kitesurfing

Kitesurfing, particularly Tarifa kitesurfing, is one of those rare joys. Your first forays into the waves are marked by sheer surprise at the power of the wind and the speed of the board. It is a tricky sport to get the hang of, but once you do you feel like you are flying across the […]

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Tax in Spain for residents: Read our quick guide

guide to tax in Spain for residents

Retirement in Spain is still a very popular choice. When better to take advantage of Spain’s beautiful climate and perfect pace of life than when you have the time to really enjoy it? However, what you don’t want whilst you are enjoying your new lifestyle are worries about tax or documentation in a foreign country. […]

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Registering a UK car in Spain: Our quick guide

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If you’re moving to Spain, there are many reasons why you might decide to bring your car from the UK. Although buying a car in Spain may seem like the most straightforward option – not least because Spanish cars are left-hand drive – there are likely to be circumstances where it will be more convenient […]

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Apartments for sale in Torrevieja: Tips to find the best deals

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Torrevieja is a small city on Spain’s Costa Blanca, in the province of Alicante. Originally built to produce salt which was then distributed around the world, the city is now a tourist centre. The city is very popular with people from all over Europe with Brits feeling particularly at home here. More British people live […]

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Spanish tax forms foreigners need to complete to avoid penalties

Spanish tax forms

Living in Spain brings with it fantastic opportunities to enjoy a different culture, climate and pace of life. Whatever stage of life you are at, it is a rewarding experience. When moving to another country, though, one must be aware of the tax procedures in place. We would like to remind you that taxation in […]

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Can I apply for an NIE number online, in person or by proxy?

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Spanish bureaucracy can be complex and unfortunately, you can’t apply for an NIE number online. However, with a helping hand, applying for an NIE is simple.  If you are moving to Spain or have any economic, professional or family connection with the nation, you will need to apply for a Número de Identidad de Extranjero, […]

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Expats in Spain: Problems and how to overcome them

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Living in another country is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. It exposes you to new cultures, places, often a new language, and is an incredible way to make new friends. These experiences teach you to be more open-minded, flexible and resilient, not to mention bringing plenty of fun and laughter along […]

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Weighing up the pros and cons of Spanish residency

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Moving to another country is a big decision. Perhaps you know someone who has taken the leap or you’ve been on holiday somewhere and fallen in love with the people and its culture. Whatever your motivation or inspiration, it’s important not to jump too quickly. Your move will have implications not just for you but […]

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Spanish inheritance tax calculators: Everything you need to know

Spanish inheritance tax calculator

Confusion about Spanish inheritance tax is rife on expat forums and on social media. This is because inheritance tax calculations are  based on numerous factors. Often, these variables are complex to determine, thus producing conflicting calculations. Furthermore, each autonomous region in Spain has different legislation in regard to inheritance, which creates important differences depending on […]

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5 of the best water parks in Spain

Best water parks in Spain

Spain has some of the best weather in Europe and spending a day out in the sunshine is ideal for families. Water parks offer a great opportunity to have fun with children or grandchildren as the youngest play and splash about and older siblings can have fun on the water slides. If you have recently […]

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How to find the best Spanish estate agents

Spanish estate agents

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Spain, it is likely that you will need the help of Spanish estate agents. There is no law requiring you to work with an estate agent for the sale or purchase of a property. However, many people consider the help, navigation of bureaucracy and extra publicity […]

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What is going to happen to the Spanish property market after Brexit?

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One of the only certainties about the Spanish property market after Brexit is that nothing is certain. Withdrawal deals have yet to be agreed upon and an election hanging on the possibility of another referendum still looms. In this article we give our analysis of the possible consequences Brexit has on the Spanish property market. […]

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Ten tips for emigrating to Spain stress-free

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Emigrating to Spain is a big decision. Telling friends and family, selling your home, and embarking on a whole new life in a foreign country is a big step. Certainly, leaving unfinished business back home isn’t an option, especially if there’s a possibility you may one day return. This is particularly the case with changes […]

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Retiring to Spain from the UK: How it’s done

Retiring to Spain from UK

What could be better than living out one’s twilight years under the Spanish Sun? It is a dream come true for people who are reaching retirement age. The lifestyle, weather, entertainment and relatively cheaper property make retiring to Spain from the UK a very attractive prospect. However, make sure the process goes as smoothly as […]

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Where’s the cheapest place to live in Spain?

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Attractive prices on Spain’s property market mean that foreigners have been snapping up Spanish property in their thousands. Moreover, the cost of living in Spain is lower than in many other western European countries. Of course, this varies from place to place. Certainly, major metropolises like Madrid or Barcelona are at the more expensive end […]

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Do you pay tax when you sell your house in Spain?

Do you pay tax when you sell your house

When people are selling their property in Spain, they wonder, “do you pay tax when you sell your house?” Generally, this type of taxation falls under capital gains tax (CGT), which can be complex. Capital gains tax applies in most countries when you sell a property. In essence, CGT is a payment on the profit […]

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7 biggest mistakes when moving to Spain

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If you are thinking about moving to Spain there are a lot of things that need organising before you make the trip over. Reading this article will certainly help you with all the practical things to organise after making this exciting decision. These are the top 7 biggest mistakes when moving to Spain that people […]

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Calculating capital gains tax in Spain when selling your property

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Capital gains tax is applied in most countries and Spain is no exception. Essentially, capital gains tax is a levy imposed on the sale of a non-inventory asset, that is, a capital asset that’s not likely to be liquidated into cash within a year. The most common capital gains are profits earned from the sale […]

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The 5 best Valencia golf courses

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Valencia is famous for great weather, paella, oranges and of course, football. However, there is a quickly burgeoning golfing scene here that rivals the great golfing destinations of the world. Valencia golf courses are a great option because of their exposure to the region’s 300 days of sunshine a year. Furthermore, it features a variety […]

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Property to rent in Spain: Tax implications and recommendations

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Everybody knows that Spain is a fantastic place to live and work. The combination of great weather, food and lifestyle make it a very attractive country to move to. Many people who think about moving to Spain are not ready to make that move permanent. These people may consider looking for property to rent in […]

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Find the best casa rural in Spain

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If you’re looking for a tranquil, sun-drenched holiday, then look no further than a casa rural, Spain’s secret countryside getaways. After all, it’s not news that the days of the package holiday are well and truly gone. Now, most people prefer to build their dream holiday from scratch. Instead, tourists will book their flights and […]

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Spanish tax on rental income: rates, deadlines and recommendations

Spanish tax on rental income

British nationals are by far the largest group of foreign homeowners in Spain. Many keep their property as a holiday home or only live there part time, either renting their property to other holiday makers or long term tenants for some of the year. For many, this is a valuable source of income. However, as […]

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Cheap Spanish property repossessions: What to watch out for

cheap spanish property repossessions

The 2008 economic crash was particularly difficult for Spain. Subsequently, many cheap Spanish property repossessions have appeared on the market.  After the economic crisis, unemployment rose sharply, lax lending was rife, and interest rates crept up. This meant that many Spanish homeowners found themselves in financial difficulty and instances of home repossessions soared. It’s only […]

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