The Word on the Street - News and Information from Spain

News and Information from Spain

International Edition - June 2018

Welcome to the June issue of 'The Word on the Street'. This is your monthly news and information from Spain provided by Ábaco Advisers. We hope to keep you in touch with the news, events and just a little bit of gossip.

Putting the GDPR in place

Putting the GDPR in place

We must apologise for the fact that you didn’t receive our May issue of the newsletter. However, there is a very good reason. We have been implementing the new GDPR regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation means that data protection law across countries is the same.

We’d like to remind you that we only use your data to provide you with information linked to the products and services you have contracted with us and to comply with legal and fiscal requirements. If you would like to know more about how we handle data you can consult our Privacy Statement on our website:

Privacy and protection of personal data

You can also access our May newsletter using this link:

The Word on the Street - May 2018

Building up, down or around - be legal!

Building up, down or around - be legal!

If you engage in home improvements in Spain, do make sure that you have the correct licences to go ahead. Many people do not realise that you need licences for even small works and not having one can lead to fines and even demolition.

We explain what you should do to ensure that you’re compliant:

Obtaining a building permit

Good advice on buying and selling

Good advice on buying and selling

Some of our customer care department were in England recently at the Place in the Sun exhibitions. One thing they noted was just how much interest there is currently in buying Spanish property.

If you are considering putting your home on the market or are wanting to buy in Spain, it is important to get the correct advice. In this article we explain how we can help you:

Some good advice on buying and selling

We’ve got plenty of visitors!

We’ve got plenty of visitors!

If you live in or visit a coastal town in Spain then you will already be aware that Spain hasn’t been short of visitors this year. Tumbit describes Spain as being ‘on a roll’ with over 82 million international visitors in 2017. A figure that now puts Spain ahead of the USA.

If you would like to know more:

Spain overtakes US to become second most-visited country in the world

Feeling romantic?

Feeling romantic?

With the increase in temperature can come an increase in romantic feelings. The Local has taken the time of year as an opportunity to share their 'Ten ideas for a romantic summer date'. If you have your eye on someone special you might like to try out one of their suggestions:

Ten ideas for a romantic summer date in Spain

Madrid Pride

Madrid Pride

Madrid Orgullo is billed as being Europe’s biggest Pride event. This year is special as it will be 40 years since Madrid first authorised a demonstration of LGBT.

To help you find your way around the range of activities on offer, The Local provides you with their choice of main events including the Stiletto Race on July 5th and more details of the main parade which takes place on July 7th from 5.30pm until late: 

The ultimate guide to Madrid Pride 2018

New PM speaks fluent English

New PM speaks fluent English

You may or may not be aware that Spain has a new president. Pedro Sánchez has replaced Mariano Rajoy at the head of the Spanish government. What has caught the notice of many English-speaking foreigners, is that he is a fluent English speaker.

This has not always been the case for previous presidents although King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are both proficient in the language. What is perhaps also interesting ishow much money has been spent on trying to equip those in power with language fluency. At least this should now be  a saving to the Spanish Budget:

Spain News & Information

Some useful banking tips

Some useful banking tips

People can assume that banks in one country work in the same way as banks in another. However, this is not necessarily the case. There are many differences in the way that Spanish banks operate and this article from Money Saver Spain is a useful collection of top tips to help you navigate the Spanish system:

Banks in Spain: Top Tips for Account Holders

Remember too, that Spanish Banks can embargo your account if there is tax or another debt owing. We have many enquiries from people who have had this happen to them and are surprised that the bank can do this without informing them first.

Thinking of bringing your parrot?

Thinking of bringing your parrot?

We know that there are not many people who will face the conundrum of how to bring a pet parrot into Spain. However, this blog from Eye on Spain gives an overview of just how complex it might be. It’s true that ‘Woody’ is anAfrican grey parrot which is on the protected list and so made the process of getting permission that bit more difficult.

However, it is perhaps a classic tale of the problems people face in finding out what you do, actually need.

Pet Passports and Paperwork

Would you like your own Casa Amor?

Would you like your own Casa Amor?

It’s always good to do a little daydreaming and if you’ve been watching Love Island recently then this might interest you even more. It’s the Island’s second, secret villa, that has been put up for sale and is nowon the market for a meager €2.9million.

The Telegraph gives us a sneaky look inside and the photos provide a taste of this stunning villa:

For sale: Love Island's Casa Amor in Majorca on the market for £2.5m

Inside the Alfonso XIII Suite

Inside the Alfonso XIII Suite

Whilst we’re dreaming of how the other half live, you might like to take a peak inside the Alfonso XIII Hotel which, the Telegraph claims, is Seville’s most celebrated.

This is what The Telegraph has to say:

By royal appointment: Checking in to Seville's palatial Alfonso XIII Suite

If you think you might like to book a room you can book on the usual travel sites but, be warned, one night in this hotel is likely to set you back well over €300.

Not the best in restoration

Not the best in restoration

In 2012, a restoration attempt of a fresco in Borja, shocked the world. Now, it’s in competition for the worst restoration ever as a wooden effigy of St. George has been given ‘the treatment’ in the Spanish town of Estella.

Which attempt to restore would you give the award to?

Second Spanish church falls prey to well-intentioned restorer

Siesta and Go

Siesta and Go

It might seem like an unusual idea but this fledgeling business is still going strong into its second year. The idea behind Siesta and Go is that many working people need a break that requires more than just a strong coffee. Set in Madrid, Siesta and Go offers people the opportunity to have a proper siesta in a specially designed room.

El País in English explains more about this unusual business venture:

How to enjoy a lunchtime siesta in the middle of Madrid’s financial district

What interests you?

 What interests you?

We would welcome any suggestions for future themes you would like us to cover either in the newsletter or in an article on Spain Explained.

Please let us know by email at newsletter@abacoadvisers.com.

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