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Spain

Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Spain

Sunday January 18, 2015 (02:58:45)

Expats are drawn to the prospect of living in Spain for many different reasons. This is a country that is soaked in history and tradition, has abundant natural beauty and some gorgeous cities. Plus, there’s the mouthwatering cuisine and a multitude of fiestas that add flavor and fun to life. If you’re already sold on the idea of living in Spain, here are some books to help you plan your move.

Moving to Spain with Children: Essential reading for anyone thinking about moving to Spain

Written by Lisa Sadleir, a working mother based in Andalucia, this book is a useful self-help manual for expat families. It comes from someone who has been through the almost rollercoaster-like experience of relocating with children.   more ...

Spain > Property

Spain

Could These Be The New Expat Property Hotspots In Spain?

Monday November 03, 2014 (00:44:11)

There are many reasons why Spain is such a popular expat destination. The weather is almost always great with about 137 days of sunshine, natural beauty is abundant, the culture is diverse, the food and wine are renowned the world over, and the country has a rich history and tradition. Spain continues to attract overseas visitors that are looking for a job or lifestyle change. The country is also among the top choices of retirees due to its relaxed lifestyle. An increasing number of expats are settling down in the following property hotspots in Spain.

Barcelona   more ...

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Spain

5 Places You Might Want To Move To In Spain But Have Probably Never Heard Of

Friday October 03, 2014 (20:51:17)

Spain is much more than the big cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Granada. It is also a country of mountain ranges, sandy beaches and forests. And away from the bustling city life and tourists hotspots, lies a quieter part of Spain consisting of little towns and villages that have remained mostly undiscovered. Here are 5 beautiful Spanish destinations that are a good way off the beaten track.

Huesca

The city of Huesca lies in northeastern Spain in Aragon, and has been largely overlooked by tourists and travellers.   more ...

Spain > Living

Spain

Moving To Spain? Learn What Makes It Such A Great Expat Destination

Wednesday August 06, 2014 (23:23:16)

Spain often features in the top European expat destinations because of its warm weather, rich culture, economical housing rates and high standard of living. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that 6% of the total resident population in this country comprises of expats from the UK, America and Africa. Expatriate living in Spain isn’t just for the retired people who are seeking a relaxed and laidback lifestyle. The nightlife here comprises of world-class cafes, bars and nightclubs to cater to the younger generation of expats. If you are planning to move to Spain for the next few years, read on to learn what make it such a great expat destination.   more ...

Spain > Property

Spain

A Short Expat Guide To Building A House In Spain

Wednesday April 30, 2014 (13:24:24)

The first step to building a house in Spain is choosing a property. When exploring a certain area, it is advisable to learn about the medium-term infrastructure plans of that place with the regional authorities. Road and railway projects may be underway, and this could mean that in a few years, the area will not be as quiet and isolated as it is now. Details about infrastructure development for the next ten years are usually made available to the public upon request, and it is a good idea to take a look at these when buying your property.

It is also necessary to find out if the property you wish to buy is located in an area where building is permitted. Areas marked suleo rustico are governed by rural land law and are either categorized as Suelo no urbanizable protegido, which is special protected land that can’t be used for residences, and Suelo no urbanizable común, which has no special protection and may be used to develop private use residential homes.   more ...

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Spain

Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Spain - Some Tips For Expats

Tuesday March 18, 2014 (14:26:02)

It’s always a good idea for expats to learn the language of their new country, and it’s true that in most cases, locals tend to appreciate foreigners trying to communicate with them in their native tongue.

Spanish is considered to be among the three most important languages in the world, as it is the official language in 21 countries. So becoming fluent in the language is quite advantageous and can enable you to connect with not just the locals in Spain, but also people from several other countries. To make the process a bit easier, here are some helpful tips.   more ...

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Spain

Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

Friday February 28, 2014 (03:04:54)

Expat Focus talks to Alan Parks about his memoir "Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?" a frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything when they move to Spain to breed alpacas.

Alan, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Alan Parks, and I originally come from the south coast of the UK, where I used live in a town called Peacehaven, just outside Brighton. I moved, with my partner Lorna to rural Andalucia, Spain, close to the city of Cordoba in 2008 after Lorna became ill with Sarcoidosis.   more ...

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Spain

Spain – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Sunday February 23, 2014 (20:49:34)

It’s often difficult to know what to look out for when you’re considering a move to a new country, but there are plenty of blogs out there that provide tips and tricks for potential (and actual) expats, and here at Expat Focus, we’ve been taking a look around the blogosphere to find some of our favourites. Today we’re focusing on Spain; here are five recommended Spanish expat blogs.   more ...

Spain > Working

Spain

Starting A Small Business In Spain - 5 Things You Should Know

Tuesday February 18, 2014 (02:32:33)

Starting your own business is a dream for many people – it opens up the possibility of higher earnings, it brings freedom from a regular employment, and doesn’t involve many of the work-related restrictions that go with a regular job. But of course it also comes with a few potential downsides. For one, there isn’t a guaranteed income and you have to begin from scratch. Starting a business in a foreign country poses a few additional challenges.

Before you start your business in Spain, it is a good idea to ask yourself how your business is going to be different from existing business in Spain. Also, is there a market for your business? This initial research will help you start out on the right foot.   more ...

Spain > Property

Spain

Hans Drees & Lynda Thomson, Miraflor

Monday November 18, 2013 (21:41:08)
Hans Drees
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Hans Drees, along with his wife Lynda Thomson are the proud owners of one of the most respected, successful real-estate agents in the Costa Blanca “Casitas Miraflor” based in the centre of the village of Els Poblets near to Denia.

Our story is much the same as many who come to live in this area where you are looking to improve your life but still need to work. You do tend to fall into a type of employment which revolves around the property or tourism industries. We actually met way back in 1987 while working for separate property companies in the Javea / Moraira area. Hans is of German origin, speaks four languages fluently and has lived and worked for most of his life in Spain, always in the property industry. Lynda was a newcomer to the region, spoke very little Spanish and had left a very good job in a UK bank. Again, like many expats Lynda chose to come to the region after falling in love with the area and lifestyle during holidays enjoyed in her parents’ holiday home in Denia.   more ...



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