News and information from Spain
International Edition - August 2022
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.
Getting married in Spain
Time to tie the knot

Although many people choose to cohabit rather than get married, there can be disadvantages when it comes to recognition of cohabiting status in some parts of Spain. Some regions will recognise you and your partner as a couple – but this isn’t always the case. In those regions, such as Valencia, you must register as a common-law couple (pareja de hecho) or marry, to be recognised as relatives when it comes to inheritance.

The good news is that if you are considering getting married you can now do so in Spain at the notary office. In this article we explain what the procedure is:

Getting married in Spain

Here we share the stories of two couples who decided they wanted to get married and Ábaco helped to make the arrangements at the notary’s.

Meet Mark and Clive:
To Option to Donate in Spain
Donating your property

Rather than leaving it to inheritance to sort out who has what when you die, some people choose to donate whilst they are still able. This has a number of advantages that help ensure that your nearest and dearest don’t lose out. To explain what the benefits are, read this article:

To Option to Donate in Spain

To find out why it could be a good time at the moment:

Extension of donation tax reductions
ÁbacoClub Magazine - Issue 6
ÁbacoClub news

ÁbacoClub is the exclusive social club dedicated to our clients. We are now busily preparing ideas and events for September and beyond. You can watch this space for line dancing, wine tasting and a ‘show and share’ flea market. If you are already a member then you will be able to see what’s up and coming on ÁbacoOnline or you can take a look at the Facebook page, we’ll keep you posted.

August saw the release of Issue 6 of the ÁbacoClub Magazine. You can access it via this link:

ÁbacoClub Magazine - Issue 6

In it, you’ll find articles about refreshing natural pools in Spain, information about solar energy, Michelin starred restaurants, where to enjoy wine in the Costa Blanca, exchange rate update and exploring islands by boat.
Living in Guadalest Spain: The Definitive Guide
Take a tour of Guadalest

Not far from Benidorm, this popular, historic little town really is a must to visit. As well as its castle, other buildings of note include a 12th century gaol and an 18th century baroque church. At the entrance to the village is the Museo Microgigante which has some exhibits that are so tiny that you need a magnifying glass to see them!

Find out more about the town, places to visit and how much it is to buy property there from David Ruiz’ website:

Tolls update

It’s being advertised that motorway tolls will not be imposed until the current rate of inflation has been reduced. Healthplan Magazine tells us more about it:

ON HOLD: Spain Rules Out Imposing Tolls On All Highways Until Inflation Falls
No Other Eu Country Has It: All About The Controversial Flashing Amber Traffic Light In Spain That Endangers Both Motorists And Pedestrians
When green doesn’t always mean go

You know the scenario. You’re in a car, the light’s turned to green and you turn right only to discover that pedestrians are crossing your path. Yes, it’s one of those weird go/stop scenarios that you sometimes find on the Spanish roads, along with the flashing amber traffic light. Apparently, Spain is the only EU country still to have this system. Check out the rules and wonder why they still exist:

Creative Connexions Ireland: Sitges ’22 – Irish Arts Festival returns to Catalonia
Sitges in October

If you can travel to Sitges towards the end of October then you might enjoy a visit to ‘Creative Connexions Ireland: Sitges ’22 Festival’. The festival will include more than 60 musicians from Ireland as well as 30 fringe events. You can find out more about the line-up and further details from Spain in English:

Creative Connexions Ireland: Sitges ’22 – Irish Arts Festival returns to Catalonia
Euro Tour Guide Website
Planning September

For many people, September is one of the best months in Spain and is when those who divide their time between countries make a return visit. The fierce heat of August is dwindling but you can still expect sunny weather and lots to do. If you are looking for entertainment then EuroTourGuide’s website is a good one to visit.

They are currently advertising coach trips to a wine tasting event, Elche football matches, Santa Pola Moors and Christians and the Valencian Fallas:

La Calahorra - Granada
Game of Thrones filming

If you’re a fan of the series then you might already know that parts of the new series ‘House of the Dragon’ were filmed in Cáceres in Spain. You can find out more about the filming and its location in these articles:

House of the Dragon filming in Spain: Matt Smith in Granada; Cáceres is King’s Landing!

You might also be interested to read up on the town of Cáceres which is in fact a UNESCO world heritage site. You can find out more about the criteria and reasons for it being chosen by UNESCO here:

To learn more about the town from the tourist’s point of view this is a useful source of information:

Is it dangerous to swim after eating?
Let your dinner settle first

Were you told that it is dangerous to go swimming after you have eaten a meal? It’s been a common piece of advice passed down from parents to children for decades. But is it true? An article in El País in English suggests that there may be more to this traditional wise word:

Is it dangerous to swim after eating?
Madonna has been scandalizing people for 40 years, and nobody’s going to stop her
Were you a material girl?

For many of you reading this newsletter, you’ll have grown up with Madonna’s music somewhere in the background if not in your actual sitting room. For forty years she has been in the tabloids and influencing the music scene. Love her or hate her, you’ve got to admire her staying power and the ability she has had to reinvent herself over years. She still looks pretty good too for a 64 year old! To find out more about her career and clashes with the media you can read this article from El País:

Madonna has been scandalizing people for 40 years, and nobody’s going to stop her
Seized $75m superyacht linked to Russian billionaire auctioned off in Gibraltar
Put your bid in for a superyacht

Sadly, the opportunity to place your bid for ‘Axioma’ a superyacht belonging to the Russian oligarch Dmitry Pumpyansky, has now passed. If you’re interested in finding out how this 75 million dollar superyacht came to be under the hammer then you can read it here:

Seized $75m superyacht linked to Russian billionaire auctioned off in Gibraltar
The Best Places to Visit in Spain
Have you been to the best places to visit?

Many of us like to think that we’ve toured around Spain and seen a good selection of its most important and travel-worthy locations. But have we? Why not take a look at this list of ‘Best Places to Visit’ selected by Culture Trip and see how many you’ve been to and how many you’ve yet to see:
Reading good writers about Spain
Reading good writers about Spain

If you have time to spare and enjoy reading what others have written about Spain then this might be a good place to start:

Best Blogs About Spain

From here you can select a variety of bloggers and their blogs focused on different parts of Spain including Andalusia, Madrid, Balearic Islands, Barcelona and Catalonia, Asturias, Galicia and Extremadura. Here we’ve selected one that is based in the Valencian region.

Up a mountain in Spain

This is one of the recommended blogs and is a collection of articles written by Stephanie de Leng describing her endeavours to renovate a finca in El Maestrat in Valencia. Her stories of woe when it comes to finding a reputable builder are ones that many of you will be able to identify with!

The Finca Diaries - Up a mountain in Spain

Here she writes about the making of a very special paella:

What interests you?
What interests you?

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