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 […]

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. […]

Gazpacho Andaluz

by Brenda in Uncategorized

One of my summer favourites! This delicious and traditional cold soup is so refreshing on hot summer days. Nearly all the restaurants serve gazpacho as a starter or its easy to make it yourself.

Top 10 habits to pick up when you move to Spain

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain, Uncategorized

Hit the ground running when you move to Spain! 1. Kiss In Spain, people greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek. These aren’t really proper kisses at all! People usually touch their right cheeks together and make a kissing sound, then repeat the process on the left side. People don’t […]

My Spanish story: Swapping the city for a writing life in the campo

by Brenda in Living in Spain, Uncategorized

Sam Michaels relocated to very rural Spain to pursue a life as a writer. Here she describes how she adapted to a quieter pace of life and a house full of adopted animals. I’m a Londoner, born and bred, which makes me very much a town girl at heart. So, imagine my trepidation when my […]

A day in Spain, customs, traditions and rituals

by Brenda in Uncategorized

Breakfast in Spain consists of coffee with bread or a pastry. Fruit, yoghurt and cereals are gaining in popularity. You might have a freshly-squeezed juice or you might wait to order one out later. Remember if you work here, there is very little of the 9-5 timetable in Spain. The working day is either 8am-3pm […]

The Pedanias of Pinoso

by Brenda in Living in Spain, Nearby towns, Uncategorized

You’ll notice when you move to the Pinoso area that there are lots of small villages close by, many of them come under the authority of Pinoso town hall and they are called pedanias. Believe it or not there 14 of them! They are quite small villages, some more like hamlets, but well worth visiting […]

It’s Fiesta Time!

by Brenda in Uncategorized

It’s Fiesta Time! During the months of July and August there are fiestas in our local villages every weekend. However, the biggest and the best is Pinoso’s own fiesta, which is celebrated from the 1st to the 8th August in honour of the patron saint La Virgin del Remedio. The fun actually starts a few […]

Purchase costs for your new Spanish Home

by Brenda in Uncategorized

Purchase costs for your new Spanish Home: It is important to calculate in your budget the costs involved in buying your dream home: Property Transfer Tax – This is currently set at 10% in the Alicante Region and 8% in the Murcia Region of the registered declared value (amount declared on the deeds at the […]

3 Kings arrived in Pinoso

by Brenda in Fiestas, Living in Spain, Uncategorized

The children’s favourite celebration of the Christmas period in Spain is the arrival of the Three Kings. This is when children receive their presents brought by the kings, also known as the three Wise Men or Magi, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar. Corresponding with Epiphany, the celebration of El Día de los Reyes in Spain and […]