Yearly Archives: 2014

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Spain is good for your health

Why do people emigrate to Spain? Most people mention the weather, closely followed by good food and quality of life. The sun shining makes everyone feel better and more fresh air and a relaxed lifestyle definitely contribute to a sense of wellbeing. The Mediterranean diet has been well-documented over the years as having nutritional benefits. [...]

By | December 31st, 2014|General|0 Comments

Keeping warm in the Spanish winter

Should expats be entitled to a heating allowance if they retire to Spain? It’s a long running debate that is guaranteed to raise temperatures. For those who aren’t regulars to Spain, the Spanish winter is visualised as no different from the Spanish summer. After all, Spain is hot. Isn’t it? Those who have spent time [...]

By | December 18th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

5 reasons why you should have a keyholder

You have a property on the Costa Blanca. Lucky you. Having a second home abroad is the dream of many and a luxury for a few. However, as with everything valuable, it needs looking after. Have you thought? What happens if there is a water leak? What happens if there is a break in? What [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Enjoying Christmas in Spain

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to Christmas? In many countries, Christmas has become a hurdle to overcome rather than a celebration to enjoy. Starting in October, the hype begins with shops decorated from top to tail in tinsel and long, sickly TV adverts pulling at your heart strings. If you are [...]

By | December 3rd, 2014|General|0 Comments

Act like a digital native in Spain

My son asked me recently, ‘How did you ever make arrangements with your friends when you were young without mobile messaging?’ It took me some time to think, given that we are talking a number of years ago. However, it was quite simple. You made arrangements before you went home for the next time you’d [...]

By | November 26th, 2014|General|0 Comments

How to complain in Spain

  Hopefully you will never have need to. However, chances are that at some point during your time in Spain you will be unhappy with some aspect of service, some goods you have bought or perhaps will be at the receiving end of a criminal offence. The good news is that the routes for complaint [...]

By | November 20th, 2014|General|0 Comments

5 steps to renting out property in Spain

5 steps to renting out property in Spain Do you rent out your house in Spain or have you ever considered it as an option? Some people buy Spanish property specifically to rent it out and get a return on their investment. Others come to the decision due to changing personal circumstances. Whichever route you [...]

By | November 13th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Driving legally in Spain

Driving legally in Spain If you are a regular visitor or live in Spain, chances are you drive whilst you’re over here. Having access to your own transport can enhance your experience. Some people are proficient at making good use of public transport and find their way all over the country using only trains and [...]

By | November 6th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

Scam alert!

Scams, phishing, trolls. All language of the internet and all reminders of how it might have provided us with more opportunities but it’s also increased the threats.  Scams have always existed but never in as much abundance. The ways they think of confusing, beguiling and defrauding us are legion. Approaches taken vary from frightening us, [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Home Services|0 Comments

How to behave in Spain

How to behave in Spain ‘Behave yourself’, ‘he just doesn’t know how to behave’, ‘what kind of behaviour do you call that?’. We’ve probably seen a fair share of erratic behaviour from children (and adults) during the barmy summer season. The heat combined with alcohol can make even a normally well-behaved individual qualify for an [...]

By | October 27th, 2014|General|0 Comments