News and information from Spain
International Edition - August 2020
Welcome to the August 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.
How to obtain your TIE card in Spain
Obtaining your TIE

The TIE is the new proof of residency for UK nationals living in Spain. It includes a photo and so can also be used as ID. The good news is that you don’t have to apply for one yet if you already have the green residency certificate or green residency card. However, if you would like to do so, the procedure and the documents you need are included in this article:

What is the plusvalía tax in Spain?
Selling property? Don’t forget plusvalía

Plusvalía is a tax paid by the seller because of increases in the value of the land that the property is built on. It is important that when selling a Spanish property you take this tax into account to help you budget.

In this article we explain what it is and how to calculate it:

Is it time to update your Spanish will?
Keeping your Spanish will up-to-date

How long ago did you make your Spanish will? Since then there might have been legal changes that could cause problems for your inheritors. In this article we explain why it’s important to have your will checked at intervals:

Donating property in Spain Tax benefits?
Donating your property

Donating property is an alternative to inheritance. In this video Laura Albors from our legal department explains what it is, the advantages and how you might proceed:

Costa Blanca
The reasons why we came to Spain

Whether you’re a regular visitor, live here or like to holiday here, these videos of the Costa Blanca remind you of the reasons you chose Spain in the first place. Hopefully you might have been able to visit since the end of lockdown. If not, we hope to see you soon:

Moving to Guardamar Spain: The 2020 Guide
Spotlight on Guardamar

Guardamar del Segura is a small town in the Alicante province of Spain. It has many interesting features including its sandy beaches, pine tree forest and dunes. In this article, David Ruiz explains its history, what Guardamar has to offer and why people might choose this location for their holiday home or permanent residence:

Elche returns to the First Division after an agonizing victory against Girona
Congratulations Elche!

You may or may not know that we do have some avid Elche supporters in our Ábaco office. So, when Pere Milla scored a goal for Elche in the 96th minute it was an opportunity for celebration. This last minute goal against Girona means that Elche will now return to the First Division and look to take on the big boys such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

It wasn’t a straightforward promotion either. You can read more about it here:

Real Spanish
Opportunity to improve your Spanish

Do you want to take your Spanish to the next level? Real Spanish is designed for people who already speak and understand some Spanish but perhaps are finding it difficult to progress further. It provides an interesting mixture of activities including videos and stories that place the Spanish vocabulary and grammar in context. Why not give it a try?

La Finca Resort
A tour of La Finca Resort

Our very own Sofia Zajac from ÁbacoClub videos some of her favourite views in the resort including the golf course, spa and swimming pool. We also get to see some of the dishes you can order there at their exclusive restaurants.

If you want to find out more about the facilities you might go to La Finca resort website:

You might also be interested in the new restaurant ‘Frijolino’ that has just opened there and serves Italian and Mexican food:

El Castell de Guadalest
El Castell de Guadalest

Guadalest is a beautiful little town in the Valencian region, close to Benidorm. It has many interesting and beautiful features you can visit. It’s particularly famous for its waterfalls but in this video and promotional material we’re told about its castle. You can also take a virtual tour around it to give you a real flavour of what to expect:

Scientists crack mystery of how Spain's prized albariño wine came to be
Unlocking the mysteries of Spanish wine 

If you are a fan of Spain’s albariño wine then you might want to read this Guardian article about the origin of the very special grape that it’s made from:

'New York can't compete': Spanish city starts setting up Christmas lights
Get ready for Christmas

Really? But it’s not even October yet! The town of Vigo in the north of Spain has already begun to decorate in its bid to be the city with the best Christmas lights in the world. The idea is that the decorations will help fill the town’s hotels - an idea that some other towns and cities in Spain might want to consider:

Worldcrunch newsletters

Until recently the Worldcrunch articles have been behind a pay wall. Now, on a temporary basis, you can access them for free. As the title suggests, the articles provide content from all across the world and on many different subjects. You can subscribe to their newsletter for free and read a selection from their website:

#Tomatinachallenge: Join the world’s biggest food fight (from afar)
Tomatina with a difference

Whether you think the tomato throwing escapades of Buñol in Spain are a messy waste of time and tomatoes or whether it looks like great idea fun, the Tomatina this year will be celebrated with a difference.

This year there will be no actual Tomatina. Instead people are being encouraged to ‘do-it-themselves’, creating their own food fight and then uploading the video onto social media. There is also a prize draw with – you’ve guessed it tickets for next year’s Tomatina.

Property in Spain: What I wish I'd known before buying a rural retreat to renovate
Buying a rural property – lessons learnt and advice to give

This article from The Local provides interesting insight and advice from a personal point of view. Stephanie de Leng took the plunge and bought a rural property. She got some things right but made mistakes along the way:

You can also follow Stephanie’s experiences through her blog 'Up a Mountain in Spain'. She includes lots of photos and personal accounts that will ring true with anyone who has spent time in Spain.
The best Spanish treats to keep you cool in summer
Feeling the heat? Food and drink to help you cool down

In this article from The Local they suggest 11 types of Spanish food and drink that can help you keep cool. Some of the suggestions also have links to a recipe so you can try making it yourself. How many of these have you tried?

What interests you?
What interests you?
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