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What to do during retirement in Spain

Things to do Life in Spain

Like me, you probably hurtled along motorways in the years prior to retirement, trying to reach appointments with important clients. Allowance had been made for high levels of traffic, but just one accident resulted in miles and miles of stationery v...

Markets in Costa Blanca North

Things to do Life in Spain Shopping

There are markets to visit daily along the Costa Blanca North. They usually start trading around 9-10am and wind down around 2pm. Although people may tell you that stall holders will not barter, I can categorically state that if you offer a price tha...

Getting from Alicante Airport to your Villa

Services Life in Spain Buying Property

Most people seem to hire a car for collection at the airport, and that makes sense if you need transport during your stay. On the other hand, lots of people have holiday homes on the Costa Blanca North, and may well have a vehicle awaiting them at th...

Driving In Spain

Life in Spain

There seems to be a perception that driving rules and attitudes to driving in Spain are much more lax than the UK. If you own a property in Spain and live here or are a regular visitor – and are an owner or regular car user here – then it’s impo...

Get yourself a Spanish Will

Services Life in Spain Buying Property

"In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Those wise and somewhat sad words were uttered by Benjamin Franklin in 1789, and of course, nothing has changed in the meantime. So, the firm recommendation is to get yo...

Is the UK government stark raving mad

Life in Spain

The UK is being praised for continuing to raise national output dedicated to aid, in line with international targets. UK’s annual aid budget is £10 billions. At the same time, Spain has cut overseas aid by 50%; Italy has made cuts of 34%;...

Does the European Health Insurance Card give you free medical treatment in Spain?

Life in Spain

First of all , it’s important to state that the EHIC, which replaced the old E111 in 2006, is suitable for visits to Spain only. If you live in Spain, the EHIC has no validity whatsoever, however this blog we did back in 2008 regarding health certifi...

dining out in moraira

Food and Drink Life in Spain

It’s fair to say that Moraira isn’t the place to experience much authentic Spanish cuisine. Rather, the food available here is best described as "international” The exception to that statement can be found on a visit to Spanish bars in the ...

New Passport rules for Expats in Spain

Life in Spain

Passport application rules have changed for British Ex-pats in Spain and took effect on 13th May. All passport applications must be sent to the Identity & Passport Service (IPS) in Belfast, United Kingdom. Previously it was the regional processin...

El Portet Moraira

Life in Spain

Whether you’re on holiday in the area, or are one of the village’s lucky retirees – regular visits to the secluded bay of El Portet are a must. It’s only about 1k from Moraira centre, and although there are lots of parking spaces available, it’s a ve...