News and information from Spain
International Edition - July 2020
Welcome to the July 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.
Moving to Spain

If you are thinking of moving to Spain in the near future, you might like to read this article. There are plenty of good reasons for choosing to change your location and this article gives some ideas about the area you might like to live in, obtaining a residency, the cost of living and work opportunities.

What is the non-lucrative visa?

There is more than one way of obtaining Spanish residency. If you have proof of sufficient funds then the non-lucrative visa can be option. You can apply for this visa if you do not need to work in Spain and have the financial support to fund yourself.

As with the normal residency application, you must also demonstrate that you have health coverage. David Ruiz explains more in this article:

Making the most of the double tax treaty

No one wants to pay tax twice. Fortunately many countries have a tax treaty or agreement with Spain that means income is only taxed once and you are not doubly penalised for the amount you earn. This is particularly important when it comes to rental income as you are taxed on this in Spain even if you are a resident of another country.

The double tax treaty also protects you from paying double taxation on corporation tax, capital gains tax and individual income tax. This article explains more about how the system works to reduce your tax commitments:

Living in Alicante

If you’re looking around for a place to live in Spain why not consider Alicante? This article gives you insight into this culturally rich and varied city and describes what you can do there, what the schools are like and the quality of healthcare:

Rental property and tax

You must declare your rental income in Spain whether you are a resident or non-resident. This article explains when you should do this and what you can claim as expenses. The good news is that many countries have a double tax treaty with Spain which means that you don’t have to pay tax twice:

ÁbacoClub presents…

Here we have this month’s instalment of videos from our ÁbacoClub. With the current restrictions we are still unable to meet up in person but we hope that our videos will interest and entertain you and that you’ll carry on practising your Spanish with us too!

Day trip to El Campello

In this video Sofia Zajac introduces us to the beautiful beaches of El Campello in Alicante. She begins the trip in one of her favourite restaurants and then takes us along the sea front and down to the port. Explore this delightful coastal spot and its little ‘island’:

One Day Trip - El Campello, Alicante

Show cooking with Sofia

This time Sofia shows us how to prepare Shitake and Endive Salad. It’s a healthy, tasty option and easy to make. Enjoy!

Show Cooking - Shitake and Endive Salad

Spanish conversation

In these regular Spanish language workshops, Sofia shares some simple sentences you might be able to use when you meet someone that you know. She speaks slowly and clearly and allows you time to repeat and practise.

Applying for your Spanish residency – TIE

It’s certainly been a complicated few months. However, whilst the world worries about COVID-19 there is another pressing issue for British people to deal with – Brexit.

In this article David Ruiz reminds us that the final deadline is imminent and that like it or not, we cannot stop the tsunami that’s upon us. There are now three parts to applying for Spanish residency and if you live in Spain but haven’t already got this, it is of the utmost urgency that you apply now.

David also recommends that even if you already have your residency that you apply for the new TIE form of identification. To find out more:

Keeping up-to-date about the virus

Most of the news here in Spain and in just about every other country, is dominated by Covid -19. We’re not reporting in-depth on this in our monthly newsletters. Partly because by the time you receive it the headlines will probably have changed again.

Instead we recommend some sources of information. However, even with these, we ask you to read between the lines, be alert to political affiliations and make judgements of your own. Perhaps never before has it been so difficult to really get to the bottom of what’s going on.

The Local

This is still a useful source of information although some of its content is only open to members. If you’ve been caught out by the newly imposed British quarantine regulations you might find this article useful: 

UPDATE: What's the official advice for confused British holidaymakers in Spain?

Spain speaks

Ábaco is no longer sending out the Spain Speaks updates but this useful series of videos giving up-to-date information on Covid-19 is still worth checking out. Stuart is currently reporting on the situation, now into days 130+. He reports some worrying figures and also fake news about Benidorm lockdown. 

Spain Speaks

Spain in English

This website provides up-to-date articles and briefings about the current situation. There is also a Valencia in English page with a briefing of what’s been happening locally for people living in the Valencian region: 

Spain in English

Official travel advice

Just in case you hadn’t seen it, this is the Gov.UK official travel advice. It reminds us that although British people have been advised against all non-essential travel to Spain they you should not ‘cut short your visit’.

Now, to get the children to sleep

There can’t be many people who haven’t joked at one time or another about slipping a little alcohol into their baby’s night time feed. Before anyone writes in to complain please note I said ‘joke’. No one really thinks now that would be an acceptable practice, but many years ago this might not have been the case.

Apparently, El País in English tells us, the children in Cádiz might have been given a stiff or ‘fortifying’ drink in the mid 20th century. Candiel or candié was made from sherry wine, egg yolk and sugar and could be offered to children as an invigorating drink:

Is this your idea of a holiday?

When we think of holidays it’s usually out in the open, blue skies, sand and sea. The last picture we might conjure up is that of a cole mine. And yet, this option is turning out to be unusually attractive for some potential tourists.

The Pozo Sotón mine is to be found in Asturias and was a working mine until 2014. Now its only visitors are those keen to find out first hand exactly how it felt to be dropped 556 meters down a coal face originating 300 million years ago.

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but this isn’t the only mine that’s open to tourists as you can find out in this article:

Paradores Spanish customs

If you don’t already know, a parador is a state run hotel that is often located in a historic or unusual building. They offer a quality assured hotel experience and continue to be popular.

We found this article ’10 Spanish customs that will surprise you’ on the Spanish parador site. Unfortunately several of these customs are definitely not flavour of the month right now and you might have to wait to practise them.

When you’ve finished you might want to take a look at some of the paradors that the article is advertising. If you go to their culture & history section there are more articles that you can read about paradores in special paces:

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