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Soy... una mujer

Sobre mi... Born in 1973. JD ( Seville) and MA ( Navarre). US 2000-2001. Married to an artist, two children: Teresa y Jacobo

Vivo en... Algeciras (Cadiz)

Me gusta... Philosophy, friends, nature.

Trabajo de... Lawyer

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Maria L. de Castro, JD, MA


Director www.costaluzlawyers.es

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05 Jul 2024 8:15 AM:

Dear smccartney:

We have an Employment Law specialist among members of the tea, will be pleased to see if we can assist

Best wishes


Thread: Employment Law

30 Jun 2024 2:46 PM:

Discover the True Spain: Residential Tourism in Cádiz

Many of you have possibly already experienced the overcrowded streets of Barcelona or the busy beaches of Costa del Sol. What was meant to be a few days of disconnection, relaxation, and recharging often turns into a source of stress and frustration. It pains us that this happens in our country, as an effect of globalization.

While these popular spots have their charm, Spain offers so much more! If you’re looking to experience authentic Spanish culture, gastronomy, people, pace of life, philosophy, art, and pure idiosyncrasy, consider exploring the province of Cádiz for a more permanent stay. This region offers rich history, affordable prices, and a relaxed atmosphere away from the tourist throngs, making it perfect for those considering residential tourism.

Why Choose Cádiz for Residential Living?

Authentic Experiences:

  • Towns like Rota, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and Chipiona maintain their traditional charm. You can stroll through the historic streets, enjoy local festivals, and immerse yourself in the daily life of these vibrant communities. The true essence of Spain becomes more apparent in these towns, providing a deeper connection and a greater sense of belonging. Additionally, if you are considering moving and living in Spain, this is the real Spain. For investors, these towns offer more affordable prices.

Cost-Effective Living:

  • You’ll find that accommodations, food, and daily activities are much cheaper in smaller towns. For example, in Algeciras, the average price for a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment is around €226,000, making it an attractive destination for those seeking lower living costs. In comparison, the average price for similar 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom properties in near cities ( and wost beaches ;)...) is significantly higher: in Málaga, you can expect to pay around €564,000, in Marbella about €700,000, and in Estepona approximately €550,000.

Peace and Tranquility:

  • Enjoy the quieter streets and lesser-known attractions. For example, Jimena de la Frontera and Castellar de la Frontera offer breathtaking views and a peaceful environment, making them perfect for a relaxing and sustainable lifestyle. Both towns feature impressive castles, and the locals are always nearby and ready to help you with the best Spanish hospitality. Similarly, towns like Los Barrios, Grazalema, and Arcos de la Frontera provide stunning scenery and a welcoming atmosphere. Despite being small and tucked away, some of these towns have received significant tourism awards for preserving their personality and identity, which is what many of us are seeking in this hyper-globalized era. Notably, Grazalema has been awarded the "Tourist Municipality" designation for its exceptional commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Hidden Gems to Explore for Residential Tourism in Cádiz


  • Known for its beautiful beaches and US naval base, Rota is a charming town with a rich history and vibrant local culture. It offers a peaceful lifestyle with all the amenities you need for comfortable living. There is no tourist saturation, allowing you to enjoy the life of a Cádiz town with kilometers of Atlantic beaches and white sand.

Sanlúcar de Barrameda:

  • Famous for its sherry wine and the annual horse races on the beach, Sanlúcar de Barrameda combines cultural richness with natural beauty. The town's historic center and lively atmosphere make it a wonderful place to settle. There are not too many foreign residents, so you will feel truly welcomed and become part of the community.


  • With its iconic lighthouse and stunning beaches, Chipiona is a favorite among those seeking a quieter coastal life. The town is known for its seafood cuisine and friendly community. While Chipiona does not have a large population of foreign residents compared to more tourist-saturated areas like the Costa del Sol, there are some expatriates living in the town. The majority of the population consists of local Spaniards, which allows newcomers to truly immerse themselves in the local culture and community, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an authentic Spanish lifestyle.

Conil de la Frontera:

  • A picturesque coastal town with whitewashed houses and beautiful beaches, Conil de la Frontera is popular for its relaxed vibe and excellent local cuisine. The town offers a variety of housing options, from traditional Andalusian homes to modern apartments, making it a great place to buy property. For example, a typical 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house in Conil can be found for around €250,000, providing excellent value compared to larger cities.

Vejer de la Frontera:

  • Perched on a hilltop, this town offers stunning views and a well-preserved medieval quarter. Being ideal for those looking for a blend of history and tranquility, the town offers a variety of housing options, with a typical 3-bedroom house priced around €270,000. Additionally, Vejer is conveniently located near the beautiful Atlantic beaches of Barbate, providing easy access to some of the best unspoiled, natural coastal spots in the region.

Jimena de la Frontera:

  • Located in the Campo de Gibraltar, Jimena de la Frontera is known for its natural parks and historical sites; it’s a great spot for nature lovers and those interested in a quieter, more rural lifestyle. The town offers a variety of housing options, with a typical 3-bedroom house priced around €180,000 and the area boasts stunning natural attractions, including Los Alcornocales Natural Park, which offers numerous hiking and wildlife-watching opportunities. Additionally, Jimena de la Frontera is conveniently located about 40 minutes by car from the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol, providing easy access to coastal activities while enjoying a peaceful rural setting.

Castellar de la Frontera:

  • A charming town with a castle offering panoramic views, Castellar de la Frontera is perfect for those who appreciate history and nature. The town is also home to a planned golf course project, which is expected to be completed by 2025, adding to the appeal for both residents and visitors. Additionally, Castellar de la Frontera is conveniently located about 20 minutes from Sotogrande, a luxurious coastal resort area. The town is surrounded by stunning natural attractions, including the vast Los Alcornocales Natural Park and La Almoraima, a large estate known for its rich biodiversity and beautiful landscapes. This combination of historical charm, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities makes Castellar de la Frontera an attractive destination for those seeking a well-rounded lifestyle.

Tips for a Successful Residential Move

  • Visit Off-Season: Visiting potential new homes during the off-season can help you get a true feel for the area without the tourist crowds.
  • Support Local: Choose locally-owned accommodations and services to support the community and integrate more easily.
  • Plan Ahead: Research and plan your move thoroughly to ensure you find the perfect location and home.


Next time you consider relocating to Spain, think beyond the usual tourist hotspots. The province of Cádiz provides a more genuine and relaxed experience, allowing you to truly discover and integrate into the heart of Spain.

For personalized advice and assistance with your residential move or any legal matters in Spain, contact Costaluz Lawyers. We are excited to announce the launch of our new Lifestyle section, where you can find expert tips and recommendations on living  in Spain. Let us help you make the most of your Spanish adventure!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance. Happy settling!

María de Castro


This message was last edited by mariadecastro on 6/30/2024.
Thread: Discover the True Spain: Residential Tourism in Cádiz

30 Jun 2024 1:21 PM:

NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTY: The Future of Golden Visas in Spain

On April 9, 2024, Spain’s president, Pedro Sanchez, announced plans to repeal the rule governing ‘golden visas’, which grants residency to foreigners in exchange for significant investments in the country. This announcement has introduced significant concerns and uncertainties among foreign investors, particularly regarding the proposed amendment to Article 63.2(b) of Law 14/2013.

Government’s Silence and the Role of Legal Professionals

The central government's lack of transparency has left many investors feeling unsettled. It is now the responsibility of legal professionals to reassure clients, investors, and entrepreneurs amidst this absence of official clarification.

Shedding Light on the Situation

  • New Applications: Although new applications are expected to proceed as usual, some consulates have been requesting additional documentation or even pausing activities. For instance, the UGE briefly displayed an 'out of service' notice on their website.

  • Applications in Process: These should continue to progress normally, as the government's announcement does not signify an immediate repeal of the current law.

  • Effective Date of Changes: The exact date for the elimination of the real estate investment option for Golden Visas remains uncertain, but it is anticipated to occur sooner rather than later.

Alternative Pathways for Investors

Given the current uncertainty, many investors are exploring alternative solutions. One such option is the Law 20/2022 of October 19, known as the "Grandchildren's Law" (Ley de nietos). This law allows those born outside of Spain to become citizens if their parents or grandparents are Spanish. Although the nationality requirements under this statute are disputed and ambiguous, the Ministry of Justice has issued an interpretive instruction to provide clarity.

Once clarified, this law will enable many foreign entrepreneurs to access the benefits of the Spanish market, from EU entry to business development in a favorable environment. It not only serves as a civil or immigration measure but also signals Spain's openness to foreign investment and its commitment to supporting those contributing to its economic growth.

Act Swiftly or Explore Other Investment Avenues

Those still interested should act promptly, as the law is set to expire on October 21, 2024, with no indication of an extension. Should time run out, remember that Law 14/2013 offers alternative investment routes to obtain a Golden Visa, including investments in listed shares, social participations, investment funds, and bank deposits.

Stay informed, act decisively, and explore all available avenues to safeguard your investment and residency in Spain.

You can contact us for further information on this

Thread: NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTY: The Future of Golden Visas in Spain

30 Jun 2024 1:14 PM:

Supreme Court Ruling on Temporary Residency

Some of you may know this, and some may not: Spanish Supreme Court has recently annulled the regulation that led to the termination of temporary residency for foreigners due to prolonged absences from the country. The foreign community has applauded this decision, providing a renewed sense of security and stability for those who need to stay abroad for extended periods.

Key Points of the Ruling

  • Extended Absences Allowed: Foreigners with temporary residency can now stay outside Spain for more than six months without losing their residency status.

  • Regulation Overturned: The court struck down Article 162.2.e) of RD 557/2011, stating it violated the right to free movement under Article 19 of the Spanish Constitution. Such restrictions should be legislated at a higher level.

  • Legal Inconsistency: Article 31 of Organic Law 4/2000, governing foreign residency, does not specify cancellation of temporary residency for absences over six months. Therefore, the regulation was invalidated.

What Temporary Residency Permits Does This Ruling Affect?

  • Exceptional Circumstances: Labor Arraigo, Family Arraigo, Social Arraigo, Arraigo for Training.

  • Other Permits: Initial Residency and Work Permits, Self-Employment Permits, Residency for Highly Qualified Personnel, Job-Seeking Residency, Internship Residency, Residency for minors not born in Spain to resident parents.

Long-Term Residency Considerations

It is worth noting that absences over 10 months (or 12 for work) within five years can affect eligibility for long-term residency.


This decision provides greater flexibility and reassurance for temporary residents in Spain, removing the stress of losing residency due to extended absences. For personalized advice on how this ruling affects you, contact our law firm, Costaluz Lawyers. We are here to help you navigate these changes and secure your residency status.

Thread: Supreme Court Ruling on Temporary Residency

30 Jun 2024 1:06 PM:

Website Renewal and Latest Legal News

We are renewing the website of Costaluz Lawyers, which will now be managed by a new company. In the meantime, we have decided to provide the latest legal news through EyeonSpain. We will be happy to answer your questions here on the forum or via email.

Happy Summer!

Thread: Costaluz/Maria de Castro´s website renewal and Latest Legal News


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