Costa Blanca South

Costa Blanca South Spain

The Spanish Southern Costa Blanca is blessed by a climate that escapes both the chilly, damp winters of its northern neighbour the Costa Brava, and the excessive summer heat and humidity of the Costa del Sol, closer to Africa. With a steady sunshine record all year round, it’s heaven if you have health problems such […]

The Beginner’s Guide To Tax In Spain For Residents

Tax in Spain for residents

Perhaps you are looking to move to Spain or perhaps you already live here. Either way, you should be aware that if you are in Spain for more than 183 days in a calendar year (and these need not be sequential) then you are a resident. As a resident you have certain obligations tax wise: […]

Driving in Spain: Renewing vs. Exchanging your EU Licence

Driving in Spain

Admit it. You feel frustrated after reading so much contradictory information about driving in Spain, in particular when it comes to exchanging / renewing your EU driving licence. That frustration sounds familiar. I was there before, believe it or not. Even though I’m a native Spaniard, I used to feel like you: cheated, frustrated, and […]

This could save your life while living in Spain

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You don’t feel immortal anymore. Neither do I. Years go by. Life passes swiftly. And it seems even faster in Spain, doesn’t it? We all know at this point that health problems have nothing to do with the country flag you wave, the language you speak, how much money you have in the bank, or […]

A Quick Guide to 112: the emergency telephone number in Spain

emergency phone number in Spain

In a formal description we could say that “112 is a free emergency telephone number in Spain which offers a 24/7 emergency service to any person located within the country of Spain, regardless of their nationality and legal status”. In my own words: “112 is the phone number you must use in case of any […]

Renewing your EU driving Licence in Spain: 3 case studies

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Must all European Union driving licences be changed to Spanish Licences after the new regulation? Do you have to change your EU licence if you do not have Spanish residency? In the case that the new regulations apply to you, do you need a medical certificate? I’ll answer these three questions and more in this […]