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Vinalopo Castles

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain

I’ve always loved castles and we are lucky here in the Costa Blanca to be close to the area of Vinalopó, in the province of Alicante. Here you will find these fascinating, historic buildings to explore. The Vinalopó is a small river flowing through the Alicante province, of Spain. The river, despite being tiny during […]

Visiting Spain from the UK

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain

Visas The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021: · you can travel to countries in the Schengen area which includes Spain for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to stay in your holiday home, to […]

Moving to Spain after Brexit

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain

Do you intend to move to Spain after 1st January 2021? You will need a visa to spend more than 90 days in any 180 days period in Spain to live or on business. Getting a job in Spain or study also requires a visa. You need to apply for these from the UK before […]

What is the Habitation Certificate or Occupation License?

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain, Uncategorized

There are several terms for this document: The Occupancy License, Licencia de Ocupación, Certificate of Habitation or Certificate of Conformity. This certificate certifies that the construction has been carried out according to the applicable regulations and that the construction can be used as residential living place. Water and electricity supplying companies often require this document […]

7 Cost effective ways to add value to your Spanish home

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain, Selling your home in Spain, Uncategorized

A swimming pool. If you afford it and can fit one in, a swimming pool usually adds much more value than the cost and makes your house much more desirable when you sell. Lets face it having a swimming pool is part of the Spanish dream. An 8 x 4 pool costs around 12,000 euro, […]

Working from home in the sun!

by Brenda in Living in Spain
Working from the pool

Many of our clients who have bought houses from Country Fincas have been working from their home in Spain for years. People who work for the oil industry live here and return to work for their shift rotation on the rigs, airline workers often choose to live here, executives and sales people base themselves here […]

NIE, TIE, SIP, Padron, S1 – What does it all mean?

by Brenda in Living in Spain, Spanish property market, Uncategorized

Planning to move to Spain? Here is a brief explanation of some of the documents we use. NIE is a foreigner’s ID number (número de identidad de extranjero). It is your own unique tax number and it is needed for to buy a house and almost all big purchases, to open a bank account and […]

Summer drinks in Spain

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain

In the summer in Spain, its time to slow down, stay in the shade, take a siesta and enjoy the summertime vibe and the beach. It´s important to drink lots of water and look after your skin. Also there are other tempting drinks to try at home and in your local bar! Tinto Verano – […]

Mudding anyone?

by Brenda in Living in Spain
mud bath

Have you tried the Las Charcas Mud Baths at Lo Pagan, about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Pinoso? Its a different experience and all free. Worth a go and good fun! The mud baths contain minerals like sulfur, zinc, magnesium, and bromine that are said to draw out impurities from the skin, exfoliate dead […]

Driving Miss Daisy, or not!

by Karen in Living in Spain, Uncategorized

We bought our motor home last year and I have to say we make very good use of her, until the lockdown in March we would hop in and discover another area of Spain nearly every weekend. As most motorhomers will know it is quite normal to name your van and ours is called Daisy. […]

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