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News and information from Spain
International Edition - April 2022
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.
Must you make a resident tax declaration in Spain?
Tax declarations for residents

If you are a resident in Spain then it is most likely that you must make an annual tax declaration before the end of June. Although we are only now entering May, this is the time when these declarations are being made. The annual declaration is a summary of your income and enables the tax office to catch up with whether you have paid sufficient or insufficient tax during the relevant tax year. If you are lucky, retentions throughout the year mean that you may have some tax that is owed to you. In other cases, accumulated income over the year may mean that you will have a tax bill to pay.

Those eligible to make a tax declaration include pensioners, who receive one or more pensions abroad totalling more than 14,000€ a year, and early retirees with an income of more than 1,000€ from renting or interest. With the current requirements for entering the country since Brexit, it is to be expected that all new residents will have a declaration to make when their turn comes.

In this article we explain in more detail about the resident tax declaration and the benefits of making one:

Must you make a resident tax declaration in Spain?

In this article we explain what the process is and how long it might take:
Living in Aguilas Spain: The Definitive Guide
Introduction to Aguilas

The word ‘aguilas’ means eagle in English and this attractive seaport is situated in the south eastern province of Murcia. Like many Spanish towns it is an intriguing mixture of ancient and modern and is worth exploring both as a tourist destination and as a place to live. David Ruiz tells us more about this interesting location:
Suma Gestión Tributaria
Time to pay road tax

If you drive a car and live in the vicinity of Torrevieja then it is likely that you have received your road tax bill. The good news, firstly, is that this is not an expensive tax to pay for most road vehicles and secondly that the process for paying it is straight forward. Along with your traffic fines, you can make your payment via the SUMA website by entering your NIE and bill reference details. Be careful though to do this within the allocated window. Once this has passed then payment options become more complicated:
Pascual Flores
Visit the Pascual Flores

Would you like to step aboard an original sailing ship? The pailebote ‘Pascual Flores’ was built in 1917 and recently refurbished as a floating museum. It’s due to visit ports around the world, and, of course, Torrevieja is one of them. The ship will be in Torrevieja from 27th April until the 8th May and can be visited by the public from Wednesday to Friday 10am until 8pm at a cost of 2€ with children less than 10 years old going free.

You can also pay for a trip on the ship on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May. The trip around the coast of Torrevieja lasts for three hours and prices vary depending upon whether you are a resident of Torrevieja or not. If not you can expect to pay 50€, residents are half price. There are also other trips advertised on this site from Torrevieja to the Balearic Islands:

You can buy the tickets for the boat trip from:

Fundación Nao Victoria

You can find out more about the history of this amazing vessel:
Torrevieja May Fair 2022
The May Fair

The good news is that most of the fairs, fiestas and other annual events that we’re used to enjoying seem to be back to their usual time slots in Spain. In Torrevieja as May approaches, we’re looking forward to the annual May Fair that this year will run from May 11th to May 15th. It’s a vibrant, colourful event that sees the port area covered with 22 tents and a stage where local dance academies will demonstrate their prowess in Flamenco. You can also see more impromptu dance displays in the ‘casitas’ around the fairground and it is well worth browsing:
Spain starts 20 cents discount per litre of fuel, to run until at least 30 June
Keeping fuel prices in check

There is no doubt that the cost of living has gone up recently and many people are feeling the pinch. In a bid to ease this a little, the Spanish government has imposed its own discount at the fuel pumps- every little helps:
The top 20 beaches in the world, according to Tripadvisor
A bucket list of beaches
If you are a beach baby and enjoy golden sand and clear, blue water then you might want to create your very own bucket list of idyllic beaches to visit. Tripadvisor has created its top 20 beaches in the world from Grace Bay in the Caribbean to Nungwi Beach in Tanzania.

Mallorca’s Playa de Muro also features at number 17 with its shallow waters, forests and dunes making it the only Spanish beach on the list. Take a look at what’s included and wish you were there:
Paella that is out of this world: Spain’s top chefs take space food to next level
Fine dining in space

As spaceflight becomes commercialised it’s to be expected that those paying huge
quantities to look at the earth from above won’t want to be eating dehydrated pasta while they take in the views. The conundrum of how to wine and dine in space has tickled the interest of some top chefs including Spanish chef José Andrés who has just sent paella Valenciana into orbit.

It's an interesting challenge for chefs to find ways of preparing palatable and interesting meals within the confines of the Nasa guidelines:
Queen Letizia and Prince Charles inaugurate ‘Spanish Gallery’ in UK
Want to see Spanish art? Take a visit to Bishop Auckland

You don’t have to be in Madrid to see first-hand some of the finest Spanish works of art. The Auckland project in the UK is one of only two galleries dedicated to Spanish art outside of Spain. You can find work there by El Greco, Murillo and Velazquez and the project was recently visited by Queen Letizia accompanied by Prince Charles:
Superfood: study finds big Spanish export the avocado is good for your heart
The secret to a long life? Avocado
Well, they think it might be good for your heart. We’re used to hearing about the latest miracle food and this study suggests that the avocado could be it. We’ll take that with a pinch of salt. However, there is something rather special about this fruit and no doubt the avocado farmers of Andalucia will be pleased to hear the verdict:

Bandujo, the medieval dream destination in Asturias
Fascinating León

If you’re looking for new places in Spain to visit you might be interested in travelling north. This article from ‘Fascinating Spain’ suggests some of the towns and villages that you might like to visit in this northerly part of the country. Each of the places suggested has its own, unique style to it and many could be classed as ‘hidden gems’:

Alhama Offers Tax Rebates Of Up To 90 Per Cent To Install Solar Panels
The tide is turning for solar panels

With its reputation for sunny weather why aren’t solar panels more evident in Spain? The use of sun-generated energy has had a chequered past in the country but now it appears that consumers and distributors are looking more favourably at its use. Now the town council of Alhama de Murcia is offering a tax rebate to those prepared to install it:
Visit Benidorm
Shout out for Benidorm

Few places in Spain emerged easily from the measures taken against COVID but Benidorm in particular suffered from the absence of its main source of revenue.
However, the city has taken the opportunity to renew itself and is emerging as a force to reckon with when it comes to attractive seaside venues.

It’s recently been announced that thirteen companies located in Benidorm have been awarded SICTED which is a quality assurance mark for the tourist trade. This is being promoted as an example of how Benidorm is improving its image. Of course, the real way to check out the impact of this is to take a visit yourself:
Zenia Boulevard
Spanish Mother’s Day

Which mothers’ day do you celebrate? You can feel torn between the day allocated in your home country and that celebrated in the country where you’ve settled. Whichever you’ve chosen, you might like to know that Spanish Mother’s Day will be celebrated in style at Zenia Boulevard on Saturday April 30th. The centre invites children to create a gift for their mum.

You can also find free Spanish lessons advertised on the site:
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