houses on the beach sand
good article that sums Corvera up
has been so much that has been said and written about
Corvera airport that there hardly seems anything left
to write but, wait and see… Having said that, this English
translation from El Pais is perhaps the best summarising
article we've come across. Read it and weep.
A little p.s. to this is that it's now been reported
that Corvera has 'lost' the summer season (2013). Murcia
Today are answering email queries with, 'sorry, we don't
yet have a date for the opening of Corvera airport,
so it's advisable to book flights for San Javier or
to A Place in the Sun
rather addicted to programmes like 'A Place in the Sun:
Home and Away' and 'A Place in the Sun: winter sun'
These programmes combine several things I like to do:
1. looking round other people's houses
2. reflecting on the wonders of living in a sunny part
of the world
3. taking a sharp intake of breath when people make
bold and rash decisions
So many times the potential property purchasers are
seduced by the difference in what money can buy at 'home'
and what it can buy in one of the southern European
countries often featured. The sun is shining, the property
is bigger, it's no wonder that 'Away' often wins.
I was particularly interested to see on a recent programme
of 'Winter Sun' a commentary on Spain's property market.
The couple concerned were considering buying property
in Gandia. Nick Snelling, from 'Culture Spain' was asked
To find out more about what Nick Snelling has to say:
If you do happen to be in the UK you can even visit
'A Place in the Sun' yourself. From the 12th - 14th
they will be in London Olympia. The event is an opportunity
for property agents to advertise themselves under the
heading of 'A world of Overseas Property Under One Roof':
They are also advertising free seminars on buying property
It is worth making a visit to Nick's website where you
will also find English translations of some news items
from El País:
host or not to host
the reaction to Britain hosting the Olympic games was
extremely positive. Of course, we have yet to see what
will happen to all those stadiums in the long term.
However, the games did create a significant amount of
feel good factor.
Now it's Spain's turn to bid again. This will be the
third time that they have tried to get a bid accepted
to host the games. There are mixed views on whether
such a bold step is wise during the current economic
climate. Some of the pros and cons (mostly pros) are
considered in this article from Iberosphere:
newsletter is missing the regular input of good book
titles to read. I've nearly finished my reading stock!
If you have any examples of good literature with a Spanish
theme please let us know.
sometimes seems as though there are fraudsters round
every corner waiting to catch us out. Luckily this isn't
the case. However, there are a number of scams that
are doing the rounds and one in particular has recently
come to our attention.
Letters are being sent out to foreigners using the names
of Spanish solicitors. These letters claim that the
letter recipient is due to inherit a fortune and that
all they need to do is to pay the Spanish income tax
to access it.
Described like this on the pages of our newsletter,
it might seem strange that anyone would fall for it.
However, the fraudsters use false documents and stamps
and after all, the promise of untold wealth can make
us ignore our common sense reaction.
This is, of course, not a genuine inheritance case and
you must not provide them with your bank details or
send them any money.
are doing it for themselves
all the bad news about jobs, some people are choosing
to create their own opportunities. In this article from
Expatica we hear how 53,000 people registered last year
as self-employed in Spain. Of course, making it work
can be a different matter…:
was aware that most of my movements will be picked up
by a webcam somewhere but not, perhaps, just how available
these are to the public. You can view webcams taking
up-to-date photos of all the different parts of Spain.
Why would this be useful? I'm not too sure. Other than
if you want to see how busy a beach is or whether it's
windy on your favourite spot:
for your diary
There will be a series of public meetings to inform
British expats about why and how they should register
for healthcare whilst living in Spain. These meetings
will include an explanation of the correct use of EHIC
cards for British visitors. The meetings are open to
the public and there is no need to register beforehand.
Future meetings about registering for healthcare include:
9th April - Oliva - Centro de Participación Ciudadana,
Calle Eras de Juan s/n at 12.00pm
23rd April - Javea - Casa de Cultura - Plaza de Baix
at 12.00 pm
7th May - Calpe - Casa de Cultura Jaime Fluix y Pastor
21st May - Benissa - (venue to be confirmed) 4th June
- Benitachell - Ajuntament del Poble Nou de Benitatxell
are still falling
you are trying to sell a house in Spain, it's bad news.
If you're wanting to buy a house, it's good. Property
prices continue to fall here according to the Knight
Frank Global House Price Index. According to their league
table, Spain is second to bottom with house prices falling
by 10% over a 12 month period. Only Greece comes out
worse with prices falling by 13.2%. So, who is doing
At the top of the table is Hong Kong, where house prices
rose by 23.6% followed by Dubai at 19%.
See for yourself:
Spanish love their pets too
you were in any doubt then perhaps you should visit
the Sr.Perro (Mr. Dog) website:
It's in Spanish but if you want to know about pet-friendly
hotels, black-listed venues and see some heart wrenching
videos and photos it might be worth opening up your
google translate (if you need to).