News and information from Spain
International Edition - February 2022
Welcome to the February 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.
It’s time to file your Modelo 720 form in Spain
Don’t forget the 720

The deadline for completing or making changes to your asset declaration form is March 31st and this will be upon us sooner than you think. The asset declaration form, or Modelo 720, isn’t a tax as such. It’s a document that must be completed if you are a resident in Spain and still have assets in another country over the value of €50,000.

If you are new to Spain then you should check whether you are eligible to complete it this year or not. If you have already completed one, be aware that there can be changes to your assets that require you to make amendments to your existing 720. To find out more: 

We’re getting married at the notary’s!
Tying the knot in Spain

Have you thought of getting married in Spain? If you live here you may well have done, if you’re not married already. But is it possible? We are delighted to share with you the story of Brian Benham and Patricia Mosdall for whom Ábaco helped arrange their marriage in the Notary office in Torrevieja. To find out how it came about and read their story:

Living in Orihuela Spain: The Definitive Guide
Find out more about Orihuela town

You may be familiar with the beaches and coastline of Orihuela Costa but what do you know about the town of Orihuela itself? In this article David Ruiz tells us more about this inland town with its historic buildings and roots in the middle ages:

Fundación Mapfre
More to Mapfre

Did you know that in addition to providing insurance policies to cover almost everything, Mapfre are also a source of information about life in Spain? You can visit their website to check in with the latest art exhibitions, health and wellness guidance and advice about preventing accidents. It’s worth taking a look:

How To Get A Digital Certificate For Spain
How to obtain a digital certificate

It seems that everyone is talking about this nowadays. Since lockdown and working from home, more and more people can see the value of completing their
transactions and documentation online.

In Spain, there are now a large number of functions that can be carried out without standing in line and meeting a “funcionario”, if you have a digital certificate. This article provides guidance on how you can go about obtaining yours:


Just in case you didn’t get chance to see Torrevieja’s 2022 carnival here are some images of this annual, vibrant event that we’re delighted to see has made a return to the streets. To see some of the amazing costumes and incredible designs created by the ‘comparsas’ you can browse this album:

Pine processionary caterpillar in Spain: Dangers and advice
Watch out for the caterpillars

Yes, it’s that time of year again when the processionary caterpillars are out and about and posing a threat to your pets. These nasty little creatures can be seen playing follow-my-leader across the very parks and gardens where you regularly exercise your pet. For dogs, in particular, contact with the hairs from the caterpillar can prove fatal:

Pine processionary caterpillar in Spain: Dangers and advice 

This is a useful article from Healthplan magazine that warns about the dangers and how to avoid them:

British Embassy Updates
A source of advice for foreigners in Spain

Whatever your feelings with regard to Brexit, you might find the Bremain in Spain website a useful source of up-to-date links and information.

Although the focus is that of British residents and there is a strong voice for staying within the European Union, they are clear that they are available for any nationality or for people at any location. You might find their updates from the British Embassy particularly beneficial:

British Embassy Updates
Make mine a coffee
Make mine a coffee

It seems like there are 101 different types of coffee drunk by the Spanish. The traditional cup of coffee comes in all shapes and sizes. This is a comprehensive article explaining what the different types of coffee are and how to ask for them. There’s also information on coffee etiquette that you might find interesting:

Now, Murcia Today explains why Cartagena is applying to have the Asiatico (Asian coffee) and its glass linked to Cartagena as a special aspect of gastronomic heritage:

Lights, camera and fashion

If you’re interested in cinema and fashion then you might want to visit the Cine y Moda exhibition in Madrid. This collection of iconic costumes, including Madonna’s conical bra, has been put together by Jean Paul Gaultier himself.

You’ve plenty of time to visit the exhibition which is open until 5th June and includes 100 garments, 90 film clips and other memorabilia such as posters, photos and stills. Behind each of the exhibits is a story:

Rocky’s shorts and Madonna’s bra on display in Madrid at Gaultier show
36th Goya Awards
36th Goya Awards

There’s now chance to check out the winners of the latest Goya Awards ceremony held on February 12th. The Goya Awards are Spain’s main national film awards and this year there are a few names you might recognise. The 36th awards were held in Valencia and ‘Spain in English’ tells us about them:

Wikipedia has a more detailed breakdown including the nominations and a summary of the total number of awards won per film:

Expat population in Denia grows for third consecutive year
Destination Denia

It seems like Denia has become one of the most popular local destinations for foreigners. This popular town is home for 111 different nationalities and the number of those originating from Britain, Germany and Colombia, is increasing:

Festival Jardins de Terramar
Calling Dire Straits’ and Queen fans

If you enjoy the music of Dire Straits and Queen and are happy to tap along to a tribute band then you might be interested to hear that the Festival Jardins Terramar is scheduled to host both during their annual music festival held in August in Sitges.

Brothers in Band will entertain with their repertoire of Dire Straits’ songs on 7th August and God Save The Queen will be performing on 11th August. The website is in Spanish but it more or less speaks for itself:

There is also a brief write up in Spain in English: 

Sitges Terramar Festival announces the first acts confirmed
Menorca: The paradise island where ‘anything is possible’
More about Menorca

Euronews features Menorca and Mallorca in its ‘destinations’ section of the website. Find out more about its sunrises and sunsets, its rich and varied food and its fiestas.
Did you know that its north and south sections are very different with red sands to the north and soft white sands to the south?

Menorca: The paradise island where ‘anything is possible’
Take a sip of vintage Mallorca and explore its rugged peaks
More about Mallorca

Mallorca also gets a write up as we’re told about its charming coastal villages and mountain ranges, in contrast to the hectic night scene which we often here more about. The island is a cultural paradise and if you haven’t visited it since your teens you might want a return trip to explore by rail, saunter round its vineyards or even tackle its Serra de Tramuntana mountain range:

Take a sip of vintage Mallorca and explore its rugged peaks
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What interests you?

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