The Word on the Street

International Edition - March 2015


News and Information from Spain


Welcome to the March 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.

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Non-resident inheritance tax

Most people are now aware that Spain has changed its rules around the payment of inheritance tax by non-residents. However, we are now getting a number of enquiries about whether or not it is possible to claim back inheritance tax paid previously.

Our article ‘Spanish inheritance tax for non-residents’ aims to clarify the situation:

A no-fear visit to the dentist

Does such a thing exist for you? If it doesn’t and you’re still hoping then you might want to read our article about Ian Smith and how he set up his dental practice in Spain.

Going to school in Spain

It’s a different language and a different culture, but just how different is the school experience for children in Spain?

In this article we consider what the options are for those considering bringing children out to Spain to live.

Thinking of going on a cruise?

It’s a very popular type of holiday; a cruise can navigate you just about anywhere. Holidaying by cruise is a passion for some and suits those who enjoy being taken to their destination’s doorstep.

In our article we’ve included our top tips for cruising and a list of pros and cons. We’d be very happy to hear if you would like to add to or disagree with our list.

You might also be interested in reading about the 10 Things NOT To Do On A Cruise:

This guide provides more in-depth information if you’re interested in cruising and want to book and plan your trip:

Fodor's: Cruises Travel Guide.

What not to do when buying a property

We’re often told in some detail what we should do when it comes to purchasing property in Spain, but what about what we shouldn’t do?

We have written or own list of the 10 pitfalls to avoid:

You might like to compare these with Tumbit’s ‘AIPP’s top 10 of ‘what not to do’ when buying a property in Spain’:


What would you do...

...if you thought you were having a heart attack in Spain? David Ruiz takes a long hard look at the practicalities and the panic that might set in and gives his advice.

And remember, to remember 112, it’s

  • 1 mouth
  • 1 nose
  • 2 eyes

There are no excuses now:

How to get about in Spain

Once you have a holiday home in Spain then your next decision is likely to be how you will travel around when you’re here. There are a few options available. This blog from Easy Spain introduces you to them and what you should consider when making your decision.

Advice for British people in Spain

We like to think that we can provide advice around the majority of subjects of concern to foreigners in Spain. But we don’t know everything!

That’s where sites like that belonging to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office come in handy. For example, the advice they provide on health care is very good and is information that no one should leave the UK without:

It’s not just health care. If you go to this link you will find advice about lots of other issues that can cause anxiety amongst foreigners in Spain:

How reliable are ‘stars’?

Have you ever been confused by the star rating given to the hotel you’ve stayed in? Perhaps it was a hotel in Spain with a four star rating that in your opinion is more worthy of a three.

Sometimes star allocations can seem to be rather arbitrary. This is an interesting article from Typically Spanish that seems to highlight why this might be the case. Apparently, each autonomous region has its own criteria:

Congratulations Palma de Mallorca!

Voted  the top best place to live in the world by the Times. Although you have to subscribe to read the full original article, The Local gives us a little taster of why Palma came out top.

The Guardia Civil are the good guys after all!

We mentioned in last month’s newsletter about how some members of the Guardia Civil have established a website in English that is covering the questions and concerns of foreigners in the community.

Since then the website has grown and,  along with its Facebook page, is proving to be very popular. If you are on Facebook it would be a good site to ‘like’. Why not join over 8,000 people who already have?


One for the Music lovers

I’d not heard of Concha Buika before but reading this Guardian article, the comments following it and watching the video I can see she is a force to be reckoned with:

If you want to find out more, this is her official website:

Corvera – could this be the answer?

Murcia Today writes that eight companies are interested in developing freight shipping from Corvera airport.

It sounds like a discussion still in its early stages but could possibly be a solution to the ongoing San Javier/ Corvera dilemma:


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