News and information from Spain
International Edition - March 2023
Welcome to the March 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.
Renting out your property – tax implications
Renting out your property – tax implications

Renting out property can be a very good investment. However, you need to be aware of the requirement to pay taxes on your income. If you are a non-resident then you must make a quarterly tax return using the form 210. We are now coming up to the end of the first quarter which includes income from January, February and March and tax on this is payable on 20th April.

Renting in Spain – the tax implications

If you are a resident then your income is declared annually as part of your income tax declaration which is filed before June each year:

How to get Spanish residency step by step
Obtaining residency from within the EU

If you currently live in a country that is part of the EU and are interested in moving permanently to Spain then this article might be of interest. We explain what documents you need and how you might go about obtaining them:

Spanish property prices – time to invest?
Is it a good time to buy property in Spain?

It’s been a topsy turvy time for conveyancing but properties are more or less holding their value. In this article we look at the overall trends and the implications for second-hand and new-build property:

A calendar of Spanish festivities
So much to celebrate in Spain (and so often!)

It’s true that Spain has a fiesta for every month of the year. In fact, we were spoilt for choice when putting together this calendar of annual Spanish fiestas and ceremonies. If you want to be entertained every month of the year and have a good excuse for travelling around the country, then why not make this part of your bucket list!

A calendar of Spanish festivities
Living in Finestrat Spain: The Definitive Guide
Explore Finestrat

Have you heard of the village of Finestrat? It’s an unusual combination of a mountain village with its own beach. Although it’s not far from Benidorm, it couldn’t be more different in many respects. Built on the side of Puig Campana, it boasts fantastic views of the coast and inland and has an array of colourfully painted houses. Finestrat is home to many residents of a variety of nationalities whilst still having a traditional Spanish feel. You can find out more by reading David Ruiz’ article:

Living in Finestrat Spain: The Definitive Guide
Saving energy with Mora Solutions
Saving energy with Mora Solutions

Ábaco clients are eligible to receive a free survey and advice for saving energy in their home through Iberdrola’s Customer Service Point of Mora Solutions. You can also find out more about the initiative Smart Mobility which could be of advantage to you and/ or your community of owners.

Brits in Spain Video in Facebook
Driving licence exchange is back on

If you are a British resident in Spain and haven’t already exchanged your driving licence an agreement has been reached allowing you more time to do so. The new agreement came into operation on March 16th and for more details you might listen to this update from the British Ambassador Hugh Elliott:

Coys Rent-A-Car Blog
Talking about cars

If you need to rent a car and/ or you’re interested in reading about driving in Spain then you might take a look at Coys Rent-A-Car blog. There are a number of useful articles on here. For example, have you heard of the ‘elephant effect’? Reading this article certainly makes you think again about your car interior:

Salinas de Torrevieja - Webcam
Salinas de Torrevieja

If you haven’t already visited the salt lakes and salt mountains in Torrevieja then you might want to take a look at this glimpse of what you’re missing. One of two lakes in the town, the ‘pink’ lake is the source of Torrevieja’s salt industry as well as providing a stunning photo shoot backdrop. Now a live webcam has also been launched that means you can check out the sunset and sunrise overlooking this incredible location:

Salinas de Torrevieja - Webcam

The Department of Fiestas will organize a tribute to the May Fair in the Parque de la Estación, from May 11 to 14
The May Fair

This year the May fair will be different to normal. This annual event is celebrated in Torrevieja with a colourful blend of tents and enclosures featuring traditional Andalucian culture. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a little flamenco and watch informal dances as well as dance displays by the town’s schools. Usually, the event takes place in the port area. However, due to changes being made to this part of Torrevieja the fair this year will take place in Parque de la Estación and will be a toned-down affair billed as ‘Homenaje a la Feria de Mayo’. Even in its reduced format, it’s still worth logging this in your diary as a must for May:

Mazarron doggy beach voted as one of the 10 best to enjoy with your pet
On the beach with your dog

Murcia Today has published a top 10 list of the best beaches in Spain where you can officially take your dog. Coming in at number 1 is a beach in Mazarron and in second place is our own Cala Mosca:

The best time to book your flight
The best time to book your flight

If you are a regular commuter between Spain and the UK or even if you’re just looking for the cheapest deal for family to visit, it might be an idea to check out some of the advice given her about the best times to book your flights. According to this, whatever you do, avoid Sundays!

March 31 to April 2 Mutxamel Street Food Market
Street food market

Mutxamel in Alicante is advertising its street food market from 31st March to 2nd April. There will be a variety of food trucks selling traditional street food from different parts of the world. There’s also a timetable of different events for you to enjoy whilst munching on your hotdog:

A guide to the Spanish pension system
Find out about Spanish pensions

If you have worked in Spain and your employer has contributed to the social security system or you are self-employed (autonomo) here, then you may be eligible for a Spanish pension. Expatica has produced some detailed information about what you might be entitled to in their guide to the Spanish pension system:

A guide to the Spanish pension system
Celebrating Easter in Spain
Celebrating Easter in Spain

Yes, it’s that time again and if you are here over the Easter break then it really is worth finding out more about the processions and religious traditions. In many ways, Easter is a bigger event than Christmas and all towns, villages and cities will have their own ceremonies to mark it.

Here is our own ÁbacoClub summary of what to expect at Easter:

Easter in Spain a very special occasion

In these articles you are given a quick summary of the different traditions in different parts of Spain:

Easter Week in Spain: destinations to live it intensely

For a quick dip into some Easter traditions:

Easter Traditions and Customs You Should Know About in Spain
Music Show On Ice With Highlights Of Frozen en Madrid
Ice dancing and frozen

If you have young family or visitors at the beginning of June you might be interested in taking them to see the ‘Music Show on Ice with Highlights of Frozen 1 & 2’. The performance is taking place in Madrid on 2nd and 3rd June in the Teatro Apolo Madrid. El Corte Inglés are selling the tickets:

Music Show On Ice With Highlights Of Frozen en Madrid
What interests you?
What interests you?

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