de Reyes, Spain
A to Z of bureaucracy in Spain
is a really novel and informative way of listing in
alphabetical order all those niggling requirements linked
to owning a property in Spain. See how many of
these you can tick as 'done that' at one time or another:
for another top ten
made a promise to myself that there would be no more
top ten features from The Local in this
newsletter. And then they posted this one. I couldn't
resist. There are plenty of points to debate in their
'Top Ten Reasons why Spain's Crisis is Invisible':
informed with On The Pulse
The Pulse is a news and information site that helps
keep Spanish property owners up-to-date. The site is
sponsored by Ábaco and we invite you to take a look
and sample this beneficial service.
For example, if you want the latest information for
property owners about what's happening with electricity
you might find this article of interest:
not all the serious stuff. Try reading the blog
and find out who's been awarded Michelin stars in Spain:
you missing the snow?
perhaps you live in a part of Spain where there has
already been some? Of course, many parts of Spain are
very cold in the winter and experience at least some
snow. There are only some coastal regions and
further south that manage to avoid it completely.
If you do live in this part of the world and are missing
the fluffy white stuff, you might like to visit the
Christmas Snow Zone in Murcia's Barrio del Carmen.
It includes winter toboggan rides, ice skating and its
own snow mountain. You'll have to be quick though as
this feature closes by three Kings (6th January)
of Pilar de La horadada
is no doubt that Spain has more than its fair share
of fabulous beaches. The only problem you might
have is deciding which one to visit.
In this article, Valencia Today provide us with an overview
of the beaches at Pilar de la horadada. It might
not be sunbathing weather just yet, but a brisk stroll
and a deserted beach at this time of year can be really
invigorating, and not a bottle of sun tan oil in sight.
ours too, to remind non-residents that the 31st December
is the last date for making your non-resident tax
declaration. If you are already a non-resident client
then you have no need to worry as Ábaco will do this
If not, please do make sure that you meet the deadline
in order to avoid the possibility of fines and even
a bank account embargo.
appointments at Tráfico
at the Tráfico offices have received a warm welcome.
Similar to the procedure at social security offices,
you can now book an appointment online to cut down the
waiting time that most of us have learnt to expect.
Appointments at Alicante, Murcia and Cartagena Tráfico
can be made by phoning 060 or through the Tráfico
Full instructions for making your appointment online
can be found at:
of our favourite topics, we thought it was time for
an update. For those eagerly waiting the opening of
Corvera it might just add to the confusion to hear that
a parking concession for the next five years
has been awarded at San Javier. Not exactly the sign
of an airport winding down then.
Murcia Today now have their own weekly Corvera airport
news round-up. We can hardly argue with that!
taste of Spain
Just in case you haven't already bought a Spanish
cook book, you might like to refer to this article
for a selection of ten of the most popular Spanish dishes,
along with recipes. They are all classics and if you're
a frequent visitor to Spain then it is likely that you've
sampled a few of them already. Now, why not try your
hand at cooking them?
Oh dear, oh dear, our British non-resident readers will
have to tell us if it really is this bad. The title
says it all, 'Spanglish Atrocities - So-called
'Spanish food' in the UK. It's a very critical article
that has a particular go at the supermarkets who are
mass producing 'Spanish' dishes.
The author is certainly concerned about the preponderance
of chorizo in the recipes for anything described
as Spanish. Those of us here in Spain would like to
know if this is your experience if you live in the UK
and if you live elsewhere - how is Spanish food being
interpreted by your supermarkets and in your restaurants?
Cathedrals to visit
Perhaps visiting Spain's most spectacular Gothic
cathedrals isn't to everyone's taste. However, just
looking at the photos of this top ten collection (yes,
another one) might be enough to wet the appetite.
If you are planning a visit to any of these Spanish
towns and cities you might want to pencil in a visit
to its cathedral. Even if you're not an enthusiast,
the majesty and grandeur of these places is worth experiencing: