The Word on the Street

International Edition - November 2014


News and Information from Spain


Welcome to the November issue of 'The Word on the Street'. Your monthly news and information from Spain provided by Ábaco Advisers. In a couple of columns we hope to keep you in touch with the news, events and just a little bit of gossip.

Read our non-resident tax handbook – we’ve written it for you

If you’re not already a client of Ábaco’s you will benefit from reading our comprehensive handbook about what exactly you should be paying and why.

If you’re already a client you have no need to worry about your non-resident taxes. We will take care of them for you. However, you might know someone who is not so compliant and should read our guide. Remember the deadline is December 31st.

Either way, it’s here to download:

Are you trying to sell your property?

There is interest out there, but you still have to be on the ball if you want to make sure that you find a buyer. In this article we describe one rather unorthodox manner of building on interest and 10 more reputable tips for making a sale:

Top 10 indicators that you’ve gone native in Spain

Just how well do you fit in with the locals? There are 10 situations here that you will recognise as being characteristic of Spain. But which ones have you adapted to? Once more, it’s the Local that gives us an interesting set of slides to reflect on:


We all know how important perceptions of events are. They’re even more important when they are wrong about significant groups of people.

This poll and quiz conducted by IpsoMori reveals just how wrong perceptions can be, not just in Spain but across the world. Try out their test and see how accurate you are:

This article reflects on the poll and its implications:

Finding work

Whatever the official messages about recovery might be, many young people in Spain are not quite so optimistic.   

An EU-wide survey by Vodafone has revealed that Spanish young people are amongst Europe’s most pessimistic with six out of ten of them expecting to have to move abroad to find a job.

For a summary of the research:


Top ten Spanish dishes to try before you die

A rather morbid title and some of these dishes don’t look too appetising either. However, the Local assures us that they taste delicious. We shall see...

And perhaps 10 restaurants to eat them in

This blog   ‘10 of the Oldest Restaurants  in Spain’ introduces us to ten establishments dating back to 1725 and a restaurant that has been classified as the oldest in the world, ‘Botín’. If you live in any of these areas or are travelling there, it might be worth trying them out:

Are you a fan of stag and hen parties?

Or do you avoid them like the plague? Although they are largely the preserve of your younger years, an increasing number of older and twice + married partners are still enjoying these pre-nuptial excuses for going just a little wild. 

However, it seems that holiday destinations frequented by these holidaying groups, are not always delighted to be selected. 

Following the announcement that the Spanish resort of Tossa de Mar is banning them in August this Guardian article shares five reasons why the hen and stag party should be saved:

To find out more about the background to this story:

Borders have a lot to answer for

Discussion around borders is very much in the news these days. The independence of Catalonia is being hotly debated here and raises many issues at a time when faith in government is probably at an all-time low. 

Spain Explained has produced its own summary of the pros and cons of Catalonia becoming an independent state:

Another border issue that’s frequently in the headlines is that of the attempts to enter Europe via Spain’s two African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta

Whatever your views on border control might be, this article from Tamara’s blog on Eye on Spain, provides an interesting and though-provoking account of a visit to Melilla and the ever-present shadow of who we do and who we don’t let into our countries:


The international auditorium

Following a request from a reader a couple of issues ago, we’ve been looking out for what’s happening at Torrevieja’s International Auditorium

Torrevieja’s symphony orchestra will play:

January 6th - New Year and Three Kings Concert.

February 21st – Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

March 28th – Handel’s Messiah with the Torrevieja choral society

October 30th - Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

On May 2nd the Murcia regional symphony orchestra will perform Beethoven’s ninth symphony.

Ticket prices range between €5 and €18 and season tickets to cover all five concerts can be obtained. 


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