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Spanish Businesses Putting up Prices in a Recession Number 1: Toll Roads
09 February 2013

I recently used the toll road from Jerez to Sevilla and was amazed to see that the price had risen from the 6.40 I paid last Spring to 7.15 euros. That is a rise of nearly 12% compared to last year.  No doubt this has been done to fund the drop in revenue from fewer people using toll roads since the crisis started.  According to an article on the number of people using toll roads in Spain is back to levels last seen in 1997 and is down by 28% from the peak in 2006.  Toll roas usage in spain has now fallen for 6 consecutive years. 

Price rises of 12% aren't exactly going to encourage more people to use toll roads are they?

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Spanish retailers offering discounts of up to 20%
16 November 2012

Just found an interesting article about some of the tactics now being used by Spanish retailers, including the ridiculously expensive El Corte Ingles, to get consumers to part with their cash.  Here are some snippets:

Discounter DIA has boosted its private-label offerings to about 7,400 products from 2,000 two years ago, and it’s giving seasonal store-brand products such as panettone Christmas bread more prominent placement than brand-name rivals. Despite the crisis, DIA shares have gained more than 50 percent in the last 12 months as net income continues to grow more than what the market expects.

Closely held El Corte Ingles, Spain’s largest department store chain, known for sumptuous outlets staffed by legions of salespeople, has cut prices on 5,000 products by 20 percent and is trumpeting the change in its advertising.

Clothing retailer Cortefiel, which makes about a quarter of its annual sales around the holidays, has changed its ad strategy to stress value. And it’s offering Christmas merchandise earlier this year and expects to introduce markdowns in November.

Source: Bloomberg

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Fleece jacket for only €8.99 at Sport Zone
06 November 2012

Sport Zone are currently selling men and womens' fleeces for only €8.99 until 11th November, which looks like a bit of a bargain.  I'm going to get myself a couple as the weather has got a lot colder this week and the lack of central heating in Spain makes houses really cold in winter.

Sports Zone has shops in Algeciras, La Canada (Marbella), Lorca, Murcia, Elche, Alicante, Alcoy, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza, Girona, the Canary Islands, and Galicia.


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It's so much cheaper eating out inland
28 October 2012

Yesterday we went up to Coin, which is 30kn north of Marbella, inland.  We found a little bar in one of the squares and had some lunch.  I was amazed at how cheap it was and how big the portions were.  We ordered four 1/2 raciones which were 3 euros each:

  • Croquetas de pollo, espinica y setas (Chicken, spiniach and mushroom croquettes)
  • Pimientos rellenos (peppers stuffed with pork mince)
  • Calamares fritos (fried squid)
  • Cazon en adobo (monkfish?)
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 1 Diet coke

Each plate was the equivalent to a full racion on the coast, but half the price.

The total bill was 15.50 euros.  This would have been at least double had we been in a similar place on the costa del sol.  Coin was nothing special but we at least had a good feed!

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Renting just keeps on getting cheaper and cheaper in Spain
25 October 2012

Spain is now a renter's dream, particularly the coastal areas which have a massive oversupply of properties and a lot of desperate landlords.  Since moving to Spain 4 years ago, I've watched rental values plummet.  When I first arrived, you would be hard pressed to find anything for under 600 euros per month for a 2 bed appartment.

The other day, I saw this advert on a wall for a 3 bed house for only 340 euros per month.  That's unbelievably cheap.  Can rental prices fall any lower or are we reaching the bottom now?

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Great Value White Wine at Mercadona
25 October 2012

Mercadona have a great value white wine for only €1.65.  It's the Apoteosis Verdejo 2011 D.O. Rueda.  I'm not usually a fan of white wine but I really enjoy this one.  It was recommended to me by my Spanish brother in law who is very in to his wines.

I'd never actually heard of Rueda before.  According to wikipedia:

Rueda is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines located in the Community of Castile and León. It comprises 72 municipalities, of which 53 are in the province of Valladolid, 17 are in the north of the province of Segovia, and 2 are in the north of the province of Ávila.[1] It is known primarily for its fine white wines based on the verdejo grape

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VAT Rate on Golf has gone up from 8% to 21%
06 September 2012

I was quite shocked to find out last weekend at my local golf club that the VAT rate for golf has gone up from 8% to 21% as of 1st September.  It basically means that golf, which is already very, very expensive in Spain, is now even more expensive.  It will now cost around 10% more for a round of golf.

My local golf club was very apologetic about the rise and was scathing about the idiotic government's actions.  A lot of the golf courses are already struggling in Spain and this rise is not going to help matters.  There are plenty of other cheaper destinations now for golf tourists and I fear that tourists will just take their money elswhere.

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Almeria has the best tapas in Spain and it's free, well...sort of
26 August 2012

We were recently in Almeria on holiday and were blown away by how good the tapas were there.  I have travelled all over Spain and for me, Almeria has the best tapas. The portions were absolutely massive and best of all, they came free with every drink we ordered.  Basically when you order a drink, you will then we given a choice of different tapas.  Wherever we went, there was a choice of at least 8 different ones.

When I say free, they aren't really free because the drinks are a bit more expensive than you would usually pay.  I pay €1.50 for a tubo in Malaga province.  Where we were in Almeria (just outside of Almeria city) we were paying €2.50 for a tubo in the chiringuitos.  So still great value for a beer and a massive tapas.  Here are some snaps of the tapas I had.  My favourite was the octopus (pulpo).

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Cheap Spanish Breakfast Number 2 - tostada con cafe
26 August 2012

Tosta con cafe means toast with coffee.  It is the most popular breakfast in Spain and if you go into any Spanish bar before midday, most people will be eating this, washed down with a coffee.

Typically a tostada comes as a sliced, toasted baguette with a choice of spreads.  The most common are jam (tostada con mermelada) and a tomato/olive oil/salt combination (tostada con tomate).

You should expect to pay between €2 and €2.50 for a coffee and toast, but the touristy places might try to rip you off.  There is a place on the sea front where we live that charges €4.50.

The best one I had was in Caceres recently.  It was a huge slab of lightly toasted bread and was only €1.80.  Here's a picture of it:

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Cheaper Diesel and Petrol on the Western Costa del Sol - 8.4 cents per litre cheaper than Respsol today
15 July 2012

There's a new petrol station just opened in the Estepona area (Western Costa del Sol) which is selling fuel significantly cheaper than the big chains such as Repsol, Galp and Cepsa.  The new petrol station is run by a company called Ballen Oil, part of Grupo Progeral.  I did some googling and can't find much information about them, so I don't know if this is a one off or if there are others in Spain. 

When they first started work on it, I have to say that I thought it was pointless having another petrol station as there are so many along the A7.  Well, I was wrong.

I went today and I paid 1.299 per litre for Diesel.  The next petrol station along (a Repsol) was selling diesel at 1.383 per litre.  That's a massive 8.4 cents difference.    In Marbella, Repsols were even charging over 1.39 per litre.

At Ballen Oil, Unleaded 95 petrol was 1.379, compared to 1.439 at Repsol.  That's a saving of 6 cents per litre.

For those that know the area, it is located in between Aldi and Lidl just off the A7, between Manilva and Estepona.

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