News and information from Spain
International Edition - April 2021
Welcome to the April 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.
Getting married in Spain
It’s spring and marriage is in the air!

It’s that time of year when some of us are looking for new beginnings or wish to cement a relationship that’s been toddling on for a while. Either way there is good news if you want to get married in Spain. A new law means that the notary can conduct the marriage for you without you needing to also have it registered at a civil venue. Good news, if you want to keep it cheep and cheerful!

In this article we explain more about the process and how we can help:

Must you make a resident tax declaration in Spain?
Time for the resident tax declaration

Yes, it’s that time of year again. But must every resident make a resident tax declaration? There are mixed messages about this, particularly from your bar room expert. So, to check whether you are required to make one or not you should read this article: 

You might be surprised.

The cost of buying property in Spain: The complete guide
Working out the cost of buying property in Spain

Remember, it’s not just the actual cost of the property itself. You must also take into account some additional costs and need to have built these into your budget from the outset. In this article we list the possible additional costs and tax that will need to be paid when you purchase property in Spain:

To Option to Donate in Spain
Is it time to donate?

Many people have been weighing up recently the pros and cons of donating rather than bequeathing their property. The donation option can be a beneficial alternative for some families and it is worthwhile considering settling the future of your property in Spain before you need to.

In this article we list the benefits of donating to those who you wish your property to go to in the future: 

Donations are up

According to this article reported by InSpain News. The number of people choosing to donate their property to their relatives rather than leave it to inheritance has increased due to uncertainty over tax reform:

Sell a property in Spain: How to get everything ready
Getting property sale-ready

If you are thinking of selling your property then it’s important that you get your paperwork in place. Once you have found a buyer the last thing you want is to have the selling process held up because there is evidence of unauthorised building work, for example.

In this article we explain what you need to have ready and how the sale might be held up if it’s absent: 


We have good news! The ÁbacoClub Magazine is now ready to be downloaded and read at your leisure:

ÁbacoClub Magazine - Issue 3  

You can read about local wines, eating out in Torrevieja, car rental in Spain and find out about places to visit and food to enjoy. We hope you like it.

If you missed our previous issues then you can still read them at:
ÁbacoClub Magazine

The ÁbacoClub itself is currently still behind doors but we are optimistic that we will be able to start our events and activities again shortly. We have missed seeing you in person and look forward to finding new places to visit and new attractions, activities and venues to share.

Just a reminder of what we’ve been up to in the past: 

ÁbacoClub Activities

And how we tried to keep in contact during lockdown:
Loans in Spain: What You Need to Know
In need of a loan?

Money Saver Spain provides some advice to make sure that you don’t end up paying more than you intended:

Loans in Spain: What You Need to Know

You can also check your credit rating following their advice in this article:
Present Situation for Residents With a UK Driving Licence
What help is available?

The Citizens Advice Bureau – Spain is a useful source of up-to-date information. For example, this article ‘Present Situation for Residents with a UK driving licence’ outlines the outlook for those still in possession of a UK driving licence at the moment:

Present Situation for Residents With a UK Driving Licence

Most of its articles are aimed at people from the UK but there are others that are applicable to any nationality. This article explains about the types of assistance that you might be able to access when unemployment benefits have finished:

Living in Elche Spain: The 2021 Guide
Visiting Elche

Not far from Alicante but very different in many respects is the town of Elche. If you have never been there it really is worth a visit. Just one of these reasons being that it is the capital of palm trees. David Ruiz tells us more about its history, weather, architecture, food and what you should visit whilst you are there:

Living in Elche Spain: The 2021 Guide
In Spain News
In Spain News

If you’re looking for a website in English that reports on Spain then you might want to take a look at InSpain News:

It includes a number of articles grouped according to theme and region and is worth browsing if you want to keep informed about what’s happening in the country as well as lifestyle and travel.

They also have a Facebook page on which they advertise their latest articles:

The letter ‘Ñ,’ the identity of Spanish the world over
The story of the ‘ñ’

Did you know that there is an organisation dedicated to introducing the Spanish letter ‘ñ’ into the English alphabet? Did you know that the EEC proposed to eliminate the ñ from keyboards? These and many more interesting facts about this quirky little letter are included in this article from El País:

The letter ‘Ñ,’ the identity of Spanish the world over
Walking around Menorca: my lockdown project is never staying still
Walking round Menorca

During times when most people were shut indoors, Laura Coffey took the unlikely opportunity to explore some walking trails in the Balearic Islands. With photos of some spectacular scenery, the wanderer part of you should enjoy this article:

Valencia in English – weekly round-up
Spain in English - updates for Valencia

Keep up-to-date with changes to restrictions for the Valencian region with Spain in English. They explain what you can and can’t do and keep you informed about COVID-19 statistics:

Spain has over 5.8m foreign residents – and 4 cities in top 10 destinations to live
Who lives in Spain?

Well, the Spanish of course but so do many other nationalities.This article from Spain in English reports the statistics of which nationalities are most dominant in the country and comments on how four Spanish cities are ranked in the top 10 global destinations:

MUD BATHS in Mar Menor | Lo Pagan, Spain
Mud baths in Mar Menor

Really, a mud bath? Yes, it’s recommended for your skin and this video shows you one place in the Mar Menor where you can legitimately cover yourself in black mud and then wash it off again. And the point? Well, it acts as a kind of natural exfoliator – a product that many people pay lots of money to do exactly the same job. But watch out - apparently it doesn’t smell too good. So, forget those expensive treatments and get a group of you together for an interesting, alternative day out with Mar Menor mud:

MUD BATHS in Mar Menor | Lo Pagan, Spain
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.

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