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, […]

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 […]

Maggie’s top ten properties of the week

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

We have some cracking properties at brilliant prices – here’s my top ten for this week, in no particular order of importance! There’s something for everyone! Great price, really 2 houses, includes a huge garage – so much potential! 38,000 euro. Casa Susana Great value, recently reduced, includes old bodega at the rear of the […]

Selling your Spanish Home

by Brenda in Information, Selling your home in Spain, Spanish property market

Selling your Spanish Home Pointers for selling your Spanish property quickly and at the right price. Contract us, no sale, no fee. 1) Choose the right Estate Agent. It is important that your agent is active in the area where your property is located. Choose an agent that has a registered, public office in a […]

Eating for tyros

by Chris Thompson in food and wine, Information, Living in Spain

The English are ironic. The French don’t like to wash. Germans are humourless and efficient. Well so they say. But the chances are that it’s not actually true. There are some generalisations of course that are generally true. For instance punctuality is important, culturally important, in some countries and completely irrelevant in others. Punctuality doesn’t […]

Time to fly

by Chris Thompson in Information, Living in Spain, Nearby towns

Just a few kilometres from Pinoso, on the road to Monóvar, is a small village called Hondón. In May 1938 a group of Republican soldiers turned up in the village, requisitioned the house next door to the pine tree that gave the best shade and set about building a munitions dump, a couple of machine […]

Oil and garlic

by Chris Thompson in Information, Living in Spain

Spaniards love their food. They are convinced that it is the best in the world. The Spanish talk about food a lot. There is a movement in Catalunya for independence from Spain which does not sit well with most non Catalans. As a result lots of Catalan achievements are disparaged by other Spaniards but nobody […]