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11-M anniversary

Life in Spain

Known in Spain as 11-M, it’s the horrific terrorist attack that took place on March 11 2004. It was a whole decade ago, but numbing pictures of the four blown-up commuter trains were beamed around the world, making it an atrocity that remains indelib...

Who is the world’s largest exporter of strawberries

Food and Drink Life in Spain

Who is the world’s largest exporter of strawberries? Why, it’s Spain, of course. Some 285 thousand tons of fresh fruit leave these shores annually, bound for European countries and the rest of the world. Some 90% of this production is grown around Hu...

UKs Foul February Floods

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Without doubt, the vast majority of the Costa Blanca’s Brits will have been watching the TV news, or listening to the radio, to determine the UKs worst hit areas. Most will have an association of some kind with the Thames Valley, with the West Countr...

Spanish Cherries

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Spain is the world’s 7th largest producer of cherries, and is the second largest producer in Europe. Some 60% of Spain’s cherry crop is exported with Germany and the UK taking a large proportion. In fact, UKs imports of Spanish cherries peaked in 2...

Golden Visa

Life in Spain Buying Property

How do non EU members obtain Spanish residency with the new “Golden Visa” The Golden Visa scenario sounded like a great idea but in practice it does not seem to be as good as reported and open to much interpretation, especially between ...

Spain’s export success in 2013

Life in Spain

As we revealed in our last article, most economic pundits reckon that Spain’s gradual move into financial wellness, relates to a change of strategy of its businesses. The more inspired  and aware CEO’s realized that their home market had shrunk ...

Spain to Exit from bank bailout

Life in Spain

No one really knows what’s in store for us in 2014, but in Spain there’s one thing that’s certain. In January, Spain will exit the EU’s bank bailout programme, as Ireland has just done. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the EU’s Eurogroup, speaking a...

EHIC UK European Health Insurance Card

Life in Spain

The people entitled to use this card are those who are in Spain temporarily (on holiday or staying at a second home for some months of the year). This assumes you consider that you still live mainly in the UK. Then, if you are a UK student, in Spain,...

Emergency Numbers for the Moraira Area

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When you own a property in Spain, whether it’s your permanent residence or your holiday home – it makes sense to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise. Keep a list of phone numbers in a safe place ready for use if ever they ar...

Creating a garden in Spain

Gardening in Moraira Life in Spain

When you buy a property in Spain, once the interior is developed to your satisfaction, you’ll want a garden that looks as good and is appropriate for an outside lifestyle. There are many ways to approach this and I’d just like to pass on some i...