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Bubblegum lake city: Touring Torrevieja and taking it with a pinch of salt
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 22:39:11

SEEING the world through the proverbial rose-tinted spectacles is fairly typical when you're on holiday, and for newly-settled expats once they get the practical hurdles of a move abroad out of the way. Of course, it never lasts forever, but here in Spain, once the pink glasses come off, the full spectrum of colours awaits you at every turn.
Transport ministry explains how to get free frequent-traveller rail tickets
Sat, 06 Aug 2022 23:27:49

FREE rail passes for outer suburban and medium-distance lines can now be obtained online, and will become valid for use from September 1, confirms transport minister Raquel Sánchez.
Not dead yet: Man 'comes back to life' when funeral directors arrive
Sat, 06 Aug 2022 21:19:55

A MAN declared dead at his home in the province of Tarragona was on his way to the funeral parlour when he turned out to be alive, according to police sources.
'Library of Things': What a novel idea
Thu, 04 Aug 2022 23:41:31

YOU NEED to cut some tiles, you have a baby, you break a leg. Hopefully not all at once, of course, but it does mean you'll need an angle-grinder or tile-cutter, a pram and cot and baby-carrier – and to employ someone to do your sleeping for you, as you won't be doing much of your own – crutches, maybe a wheelchair depending upon how bad the fracture is.
All that jazz: The smouldering, soul-filled festivals rocking the Mediterranean
Tue, 02 Aug 2022 23:56:10

JAZZING up your summer, Spain's east coast is aflame with music this August: Two much-loved festivals barely 10 kilometres apart mean the final full month of summer is always an excellent time to plan a trip to the beautiful, cosmopolitan enclave known as the Marina Alta.
Minimum wage review in autumn to bring fresh increase
Mon, 01 Aug 2022 22:11:29

SPAIN'S minimum wage is set to go up again by next year as part of a longer-term plan to bring it to 60% of the national mean average salary, in accordance with European Union guidelines.
Wine, yoga and song: Music festivals without the mud or madding crowds
Sun, 31 Jul 2022 21:17:54

IN A NON-COVID year, you can take your pick from about 800 music festivals in Spain – in some of which, the music is only part of a packed programme of completely unrelated activities that might even include yoga classes and wine-tasting – at least one in almost every province, featuring local or national bands which may or may not have made the mainstream music charts, and often with a handful of inter-galactic superstar singers or groups swinging by the western Mediterranean on a world tour.
Culture minister: “If I was 18 this year, I'd spend my voucher on Elton John records”
Fri, 29 Jul 2022 23:42:44

TURNING 18 is always either an exciting or absolutely terrifying time, depending upon the life you lead in general, but it's rarely 'just another birthday' or devoid of emotions – and, if you live in Spain and it's your 18th this year, the ministry of culture wants to help you celebrate it with €400 to spend on entertainment and arts, as we reported earlier this week.
'Casual day at the office' helps combat climate change, says Spanish president
Fri, 29 Jul 2022 21:22:08

DRESSING down at work is healthy for the planet – during heatwaves, at least – and Spain's president Pedro Sánchez hopes others will follow his own example.
Rosalía's surprise fan: Might Obama join Spanish star on world tour?
Wed, 27 Jul 2022 23:27:51

SPAIN'S most international new pop artist of the turn of the decade has an unexpected famous fan – former United States president Barack Obama.
Spain's gas market prices 'significantly cheaper' than rest of Europe for first time
Wed, 27 Jul 2022 21:25:13

SPAIN'S gas market prices are now 'significantly cheaper' than elsewhere in Europe for the first time in history, partly driven by the country's far lesser reliance on Russian supply, according to the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC).
Amazon opens new logistics hub in Castellón province
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 23:56:21

ONLINE retail giant Amazon has just opened yet another logistics centre in Spain – this time outside of its usual target areas in and around the country's biggest cities.
Orange and MásMóvil reveal merger plans
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 22:35:15

TELECOMMS and internet operators Orange and MásMóvil have announced a planned merger worth €18.6 billion, set to go ahead in the second half of 2023 at the latest.
Banca March buys major slice of BNP Paribas Wealth Management
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 21:03:46

NATIONWIDE high-street financial entity Banca March has completed its acquisition of BNP Paribas' personal banking portfolio for the previously-announced price of €100 billion.
Iberia and Air Europa 'most punctual' airlines in Europe
Tue, 26 Jul 2022 20:52:31

TWO Spanish airlines were found to be 'Europe's most punctual' in June, according to figures covering carriers across the continent.
How do you know if you’re a tax resident in Spain (or not)?
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:43:56 +0000

In today’s mobile world, many people spend time in Spain and other countries during the year. But does this make you resident for tax purposes in Spain or are you fiscally resident elsewhere? This guide explains how you know if you’re a tax resident in Spain. There’s no doubt about it – tax is a […] The post How do you know if you’re a tax resident in Spain (or not)? appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Time to dream, to relax, to live life…
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:19:34 +0000

For HolaBank it is essential that its customers can spend time on what really matters. For this reason, it has created products and services that favour this lifestyle and make your day-to-day life easier and more comfortable, with special conditions and in different languages. HolaBank, the bank specialising in expats, with more than 500 multilingual […] The post Time to dream, to relax, to live life… appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound Euro exchange rate slumps from three-month high on recession warning
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:57:42 +0000

The Pound Euro exchange rate hit a fresh three-month high this week before a recession warning from the Bank of England (BoE) slashed Sterling’s gains. Pound slides as BoE forecasts recession The Euro was initially muted this week amid some mixed data from the Eurozone. Worries that Russia will continue to choke off gas supplies […] The post Pound Euro exchange rate slumps from three-month high on recession warning appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Your guide to mortgage costs in Spain
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:55:21 +0000

When you take out a mortgage in Spain, there are associated fees. But who pays these, the bank or you, the buyer? Find out in this guide. Mortgage applications involve a number of fees, attributable to the lender or the borrower (or both). In this article, we list mortgage costs in Spain and explain who […] The post Your guide to mortgage costs in Spain appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Buy-to-Let: Landlord’s tax reliefs
Mon, 01 Aug 2022 06:37:20 +0000

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain explains how non-resident BTL landlords can GREATLY benefit from tax allowances dramatically reducing their landlord tax bill (on average by 70%, or more). You can review here our client’s testimonials. Article copyrighted © 2022. Plagiarism will be criminally prosecuted. 8th of August 2022 Introduction August. It’s again that month of the year […] The post Buy-to-Let: Landlord’s tax reliefs appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound Euro exchange rate climbs to three-month high on European gas shortage fears
Sat, 30 Jul 2022 09:06:10 +0000

The Pound Euro exchange rate rallied this week, with the pairing coming within a whisker of €1.20 as concerns over European energy security weighed heavily on the single currency. Euro undermined by gas shortage fears The Pound Euro exchange rate strengthened this week, largely as a result of a EUR selling bias. The slump in […] The post Pound Euro exchange rate climbs to three-month high on European gas shortage fears appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Asking prices increase the most in Ibiza and Marbella since 2010
Sat, 30 Jul 2022 08:47:25 +0000

Asking prices in Ibiza are 88% higher than in 2010, followed by Marbella, up 63%. At the other end of the scale, prices are still more than 25% lower in Murcia city. I’ve been looking at how asking prices have changed since 2010 in a selection of cities of interest to foreign buyers. 2010 is […] The post Asking prices increase the most in Ibiza and Marbella since 2010 appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish Supreme Court declares all ‘Modelo 720’ fines dished out for not declaring overseas assets null and void
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 19:50:31 +0000

Good news for expats in Spain with assets abroad, especially those who have fallen foul of Spain’s egregious obligation to declare all worldwide assets of 50,000€ or more. In the light of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that aspects of Spain’s 720 tax model declaration was illegal, the Spanish Supreme Court has declared […] The post Spanish Supreme Court declares all ‘Modelo 720’ fines dished out for not declaring overseas assets null and void appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
The housing market in south-east Mallorca enjoys strong, sustainable growth in the wake of the pandemic and improved transport links
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 18:30:20 +0000

Changing preferences in favour of healthy natural environments in the wake of the pandemic, and significant improvements to the infrastructure and facilities of the south-east corner of Mallorca, have delivered strong results for our real estate office in the area, and bode well for the future. Look at a map of Mallorca and you see […] The post The housing market in south-east Mallorca enjoys strong, sustainable growth in the wake of the pandemic and improved transport links appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound Euro exchange rate rocked by ECB’s shock 50bps rate hike
Sat, 23 Jul 2022 09:42:16 +0000

The Pound Euro exchange rate continued to trade in a wide range this week, with the pairing fluctuating between €1.18 and €1.16 as the European Central Bank (ECB) surprised markets by raising interest rates at a faster-than-expected pace. Euro spikes following ECB interest rate decision The Pound Euro exchange rate initially firmed this week. Sterling […] The post Pound Euro exchange rate rocked by ECB’s shock 50bps rate hike appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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