News and information from Spain
International Edition - June 2020
Welcome to the June 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.
Building your own swimming pool in Spain
Building a swimming pool

As the temperature rises so the swimming pool beckons. Being able to cool down in a pool is an important part of enjoying your property in Spain. But what can you do if you don’t have access to one? Build one, of course!

If you have the space available many people see this as a ‘must’ but it is important that you take the correct measures if you are thinking of installing your own. In this article in our blog we provide some advice about how you can enjoy your own, custom-built pool safely and legally:

Moving to Spain after the coronavirus: Make Spain your office
Where would you like your office to be?

As many people have been working from home over the past few months their living rooms and kitchens have been transformed into make shift offices. But how about gazing up from your work to views of the sea?

With the increase in remote working, the potential to live anywhere in the world and still have employment has grown. We’ve come to see that many types of work need not be based in an office and this is giving companies and their employees greater flexibility.

So where would you like to call home? In this article we look at the advantages of relocating your ‘office’ to Spain, how you can begin your property search remotely and why now is a good time to buy:

What are the different tax brackets in Spain?
Working out your tax commitments

If you have an income and are resident in Spain then it is likely that you will have to pay income tax here. There are different tax brackets and individual allowances depending on your income and your personal circumstances. For example, if you are over 65.

In this article we provide an overview of what the categories and the allowances are to help you have an approximate idea of how much you might need to pay:

Ábaco Club
Ábaco Club - reaching out to you through...

2019 saw the launch of our ÁbacoClub - an opportunity to offer our clients a range of activities and events to enable them to enjoy Spain even more. Our face-to-face meetings had to be curtailed, but not to be beaten we took to YouTube instead. These are four of our most recent videos designed to entertain and inform.


Sofia Zajac explains in this Spanish conversation video that for the time being the ÁbacoClub will continue online. In this class you will learn how to buy a train ticket. You can also download the cheat sheet and make your comments on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp and directly to Sofia:

Spanish Conversation - Buying a Train Ticket

Painting ceramics

In this ÁbacoClub video meet Oxana from Paint it Ceramics in Playa Flamenca. Oxana and her translator show you the range of items that you can choose from and then decorate according to your preferences. Once the pottery has been painted it is glazed and then baked in the oven - why not present one as a gift? There are also pottery-making and painting classes available if you would like to develop your creative streak. To find out more, watch the video:

Picture frames

Learn how to decorate a picture frame with dried flowers. Sofia uses Preserved Hydrangea flowers to give a drab picture frame a new lease of life. She shows you how you can use a few basic materials to create an impressive and beautiful frame to any picture you choose:

Workshop - Making Something Beautiful 

How to cook strawberry and chocolate pastry braid

Making a guest appearance, Gemma from Cocina con Gemma shows us how to create this very easy but delicious desert.

Live in Valencia: Buying and living in this beautiful coastal city
Live in Valencia

Have you been to Valencia city? It’s an amazing place with lots of historic buildings and of course, the famous ‘Ciuded de las Artes y las Ciencias’ City of Arts and Sciences. It also happens to be a very attractive place to live. Whether you prefer a city centre property or something a little more rural, there is plenty available to rent and buy.

In this article on Ábaco’s blog you can read more about Valencia’s many attractions and the benefits of living there:

Moving to Alicante spain
Live in Alicante

Our region of Valencia has a lot to offer and another desirable place to live is Alicante, the second biggest city in the region. In this article, David Ruiz takes a break from his usual advice about residency to provide a guide to moving to Alicante. He begins by explaining something about the city and its history. He continues by telling us about the weather, architecture, cost and places to visit:

Border quarantine rules relaxed as foreign holidays given green light
Good news for international travel

We can now have open travel between the UK and Spain without quarantine restrictions on either side. If you’ve been anxious to get over and check out your property or just have a holiday, then you can start booking those flights:

Corvera Airport will reopen on 1 July
Murcia International Airport to open

From 1st July this airport in Corvera, Murcia will be open for business. If you are wanting to book your flight you might consider travelling here if you have property on the Costa Calida or Costa Blanca:

Spain's beautiful parador hotels reopen - here are 10 of the best
Not tried a parador? Now’s the time

Spain’s parador hotels are run by the state and are often located in historic and spectacular buildings. They offer a guaranteed level of service and accommodation and using them can be a good way of exploring Spain. In this article from The Local they recommend 10 that you might like to try:

Natural park tourist routes to re-open
Natural park tourist routes to re-open

The tours around the lakes of la Mata and Torrevieja are due to begin again in July. During July and August you can take the night tour and learn to admire the lakes from a different perspective. There are limited places on each tour and you will need to book:

Valencia in English – weekly round-up
What’s happening in the Valencia region?

Spain in English has provided good coverage and updates of what’s been happening during the lockdown. This is a weekly round-up from them of events in Valencia:

Spain in English can also help you keep up-to-date with the latest figures and more details about the ‘new normal’.

It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs of all time
How not to repair a work of art

In this article, we’re introduced to a number of works of art that had been given a new lease of life that didn’t quite resemble the old. Several of them are from Spain which is the reason why we’ve included this in our newsletter. However, it’s evident that around the world there are people willing to have a go at rejuvenating an old master sometimes with disastrous results:

Grants in Spain for New Cars 2020
Need a new car in Spain? Grants are available

Money Saver Spain reports on the grants programme available for anyone who is legally resident in Spain. The scheme is called Plan Moves II and requires you to scrap your old vehicle which must be over 10 years old. Grants are available from between €400 to €4,000, but remember they are not tax-free:

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.

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