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News and information from Spain
International Edition - August 2023
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.
‘I’m so happy as a woman and as a Spaniard’: World Cup joy in Madrid
A celebration of women’s football

Whoever you rooted for on the day, the women’s football championship has really brought the game for women into the limelight. Here’s some information about the Spanish team that might have past you by.

‘I’m so happy as a woman and as a Spaniard’: World Cup joy in Madrid
The Spanish Land Registry
What is the Spanish Land Registry?

If you are buying or selling a property in Spain then it is important that you know what is officially recorded about it in the Spanish Land Registry. This register is managed by the Spanish government and it gives you details about who owns the property, if there are debts held against it and what the boundaries are. In this article we explain more about what it contains and how you can do some property research of your own:

Water safety in Spain
In need of a dip? Our advice

With the temperatures high, a quick dip in the sea or swimming pool is an important way of cooling off and enjoying your day. However, sadly every year we hear of people misjudging the risks both on the coast and in their own private pool. In this article we provide our safety tips for enjoying the water wherever you choose to cool down:

Water safety in Spain
5 of the best water parks in Spain
5 of the best water parks in Spain

Everyone will have their own personal favourites, but in this article we’ve selected five of our favourite water parks for the family. If you disagree with our list or would like to offer some suggestions and recommendations of your own – then we’re always open to ideas:

5 of the best water parks in Spain
La Manga beach: Exploring the best coastline and coves
La Manga beaches

The Spanish coastline is blessed with beautiful beaches at every turn. However, for something slightly different, you might want to explore the beaches of La Manga. La Manga is a narrow strip of land neatly situated between the Mar Menor (little sea) and the Mediterranean. This means you have double the number of beaches on either side of this sought after location. Here we recommend some for you:

La Manga beach: Exploring the best coastline and coves
Living in Estepona Spain: The Definitive Guide
Living in Estepona

If you are looking for a place to settle in Spain then you might want to take a look at Estepona. Located on the Costa del Sol it boasts some amazing beaches whilst also having a rich history and cultural heritage. In this article David Ruiz steers us towards some good places to visit and provides advice on the type of property you can find here:

Living in Estepona Spain: The Definitive Guide
Living in Benalmadena Spain: The Definitive Guide
Living in Benalmadena

Staying in the south of Spain, this time David takes us to Benalmadena in Malaga province. If you’re looking for an area that’s rich in history, then you couldn’t get much richer than this. Dating back to prehistoric times and later becoming a Roman settlement, it now enjoys what David describes as ‘the most beautiful marina in Europe’. For more information whether you are considering visiting the town or even living there:

Living in Benalmadena Spain: The Definitive Guide
Could Monarch Airlines Return to Alicante?
Could Monarch make a comeback?

Many people reading this newsletter will remember the wonderful Monarch airline with its menus, hot towels and attention to detail. In these days of airlines offering the bare minimum it’s a generation away. However, there are rumours (but only rumours) that Monarch might be trying to make a comeback. Whether it takes place or not, I think most people who remember the airline will be happy with the prospect:

Where oh where to park!
Where oh where to park!

Many town centres on the coast are particularly congested during the summer months. Here we have some advice from the N332 about parking expectations in Spain – some of them may surprise you when you look at what you can see on the roads!

Some interesting pointers can be found on the N332 Facebook page:

A little more about "Vados":

Where can you park?

How to apply for a disabled parking permit:

How to apply for a disabled parking permit

Also, Murcia Today explains what the zig zag lines on Spanish roads are for:

This article from Spain Traveller provides an overall perspective on dos and don’ts when it comes to parking in Spain if you are renting a vehicle. However, the advice largely seems applicable if it’s your own car you’re driving:

Torrevieja hosts some famous names
Torrevieja hosts some famous names

You might not have recognised some of the well-known reggaeton performers to visit Torrevieja in early August, but you might well have heard of the Black Eyed Peas who performed in front of a huge crowd on 11th.

It seems as though the new music venue, Parque Antonio Soria, is proving to be a success for those who are wanting to perform to very large crowds. This area is also currently the space being used by Torrevieja’s night-time fair as well as the location of Torrevieja’s Friday market.

Keep an eye open for the bands that are expected to play there shortly. On 9th September the park is host to ‘Rock against Cancer’ which will feature, amongst other rock band tributes, Bryan Adams on Friday and Lincoln Park on Saturday.

For more about the venue:

Antonio Soria Park

To see who is playing on the 9th September:

Parque Antonio Soria – Torrevieja
What’s in the water?
What’s in the water?

It’s been the month for some unwelcome visitors to the Costa Blanca part of the coast. First, bathers have been stunned to see these rather unusual creatures floating around. The ‘fried-egg’ jellyfish do look extraordinarily like fried eggs! 

The good news is that they are not dangerous and, in fact, are good for keeping down plankton and keeping water clear. They are rather unusual to look at however!

Less welcome was the shark that bit a bathers foot in Oliva. Before we get carried away with Jaws-type music, the injury was only slight and the waters were emptied until it was clear that the blue shark was off and swimming elsewhere:

Orihuela Costa Set Up With Food Trucks Instead Of Beach Bars
Orihuela Costa Food trucks

It’s been discussed at length – the lack of facilities this year along the Orihuela Costa beaches. In a bid to remedy the loss of a bar for snacks and refreshments (as well as the provision of sun loungers and parasols) – the council has now introduced food trucks into the car parks of three of the most popular beaches. As the article suggests – perhaps too little, too late:

September festivals in Spain
What’s on in September

September brings an official close to the summer and although the weather usually stays very warm, we lose the heat intensity of the July and August months. So, what better time to look around, travel around and enjoy some of Spain’s array of festivals and fiestas at this time of year.

This Spain guide introduces us to some of the most popular ones including the San Sebastián Film Festival, La rioja grape harvest and FIZ independent music festival:

La Siesta Park nearly ready to open
La Siesta Park nearly ready to open

Who would have believed the transformation from one of the most neglected areas of land to an all-singing, all-dancing vision for the future. Torrevieja’s La Siesta park has courted controversy for years. Initially partially transformed, disputes between political parties as to the status of its contracts, froze work on the park for years.

For the past few months, however, it has been a hive of activity. Using drone images, you can see how the park has developed and been transformed up to July 23:

Here you can see the continued discussions about it, including when it will actually officially open on the Facebook page:

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.

Please let us know by email at newsletter@abacoadvisers.com.

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