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THE WORD ON THE STREET
News and information from Spain
International Edition - March 2024
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.
Tax in Spain for residents: Read our quick guide
Resident tax declaration

For those of you who need to make an annual tax declaration, we will be preparing these on your behalf from April onwards. The deadline for Renta (IRPF) is the end of June 2024 for the tax period ending on 31st December 2023. In this article we explain who is required to complete it and what to expect:

Tax in Spain for residents: Read our quick guide
How to obtain an NIE document in Spain: all you need to know
Obtaining your NIE

If you have a financial link with Spain or are anticipating having one, then you will need your NIE or Número de Identidad de Extranjero. This is an individual tax number for foreigners that is required when completing large financial transactions. To find out more about it read our article:

How to obtain an NIE document in Spain: all you need to know
Making the most of the Spanish Nightlife
Spanish nightlife being questioned

Anyone who has spent time in Spain knows that the hours for most activities are significantly later than in other European countries. Lunch tends to be at around 2.30pm and dinner can be at 9.00 or even 10.00pm in the summer. Some politicians are now querying if this isn’t too late and whether Spain would be better to bring their working and partying day more in line with other countries:

Is Spain’s late-night lifestyle a precious part of our culture – or should we be more like sensible Sweden?

In this article we provide some details about the Spanish day and evening to help you make the most of it:
Living in Calpe Spain: The Definitive Guide
Get to know Calpe

Calpe, in the region of Valencia, is a picturesque coastal town which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Close to Benidorm, it boasts some quaint streets and peaceful areas where you can relax as well as a stunning coastline and beaches. David Ruiz, introduces us to the town, its history, architecture and provides a guide as to how much money you will need to buy or rent here:

Living in Calpe Spain: The Definitive Guide
Moving to Spain from Canada: The Definitive Guide
Moving from Canada to Spain

David Ruiz has also been providing some specialist information for residents of different countries interested in moving to Spain. This time, it’s the turn of Canadians to find out a little more about what’s required and how to go about it:

Moving to Spain from Canada: The Definitive Guide
Customer service law approved: Changes for the better explained
Not happy? Could the new customer service law help you?

Have you been left ‘holding’ on the phone for what seems like hours? Have you been frustrated by having a robot on the end of the line? A new customer service law is being introduced in Spain that could put an end to some of these practices, at least when it comes to utility and basic service providers.

It’s an exciting development when it comes to customer rights and complaints. Unfortunately, it doesn’t apply to every company but it could certainly hold some of those bigger ones to account:

Customer service law approved: Changes for the better explained 
The best place to retire in Spain 2024
The best places to retire in Spain

If you haven’t already made your choice then you might like to take a look at these suggestions from Idealista. They provide a brief summary of some places that you might not have considered and why they are a good option for people retiring from abroad. Unfortunately, our area doesn’t get a mention, but needless to say, we think it’s the perfect spot for retirement too:

The best place to retire in Spain 2024
Dousing the myth: Why water bottles do not deter peeing dogs and cats
Have you seen the bottles of water?

Lined up against the exterior of private, residential walls you often see bottles of water or yellow liquid. At first we used to think that Spain had a system of delivering water, similar to that of the old fashioned milkman in the UK. However, the actual reason for these bottles on the street is perhaps not quite so refreshing. But does it work?:

Jumping over babies, a village tradition
Jumping over babies? Whatever next!

It has to be said that some Spanish towns have some very unusual traditions. This one, from Castrillo de Murcia, has to be perhaps the most unusual of all:

Jumping over babies, a village tradition
Motoring & Travel
Keep up-to-date with motoring news

Did you know that Spanish News Today has its own motoring and travel page on its website? Here you’ll find information about new traffic laws and developments in Spain. If you have a caravan or campervan you might be interested to read their article ‘Complete guide to campervan rules and regulations in Spain’.

Inside Jasmine Harman's new dream home in Spain after family relocates - exclusive photos
Living the dream herself

Do you enjoy watching ‘A Place in the Sun’? Whether you have bought a property in Spain or not, it can be interesting to watch prospective property owners make their selection. But did you know that one of its main presenters – Jasmine Harman – had actually gone ahead and made the move herself? It is quite heartening to see that someone who advocates taking the plunge has been prepared to do it too:

Inside Jasmine Harman's new dream home in Spain after family relocates - exclusive photos
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona ‘will be completed in 2026’
The renovation goes on… and on…

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is on most people’s ‘to visit’ lists. Its sheer height and imposing appearance have made it one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. Whether you have seen it or not, if you want to visit it in its completed fashion then you will need to wait until 2026. That is now the projected completion date for this continuous work in progress. To find out more about the plans for the next two years as well as how it got to this point:
Spain speaks
Spain speaks

We thought this month we’d provide a reminder about the Spain Speaks videos. In these regular weekly broadcasts, Stuart updates us on the Spanish news and topics of interest to those living in Spain. In this issue he explains what’s happening with the exiled Catalan politician, Carles Puigdemont , outlines the accusations of corruption against Luis Rubiales as well as opening the debate about smoking on Spanish beaches:

‘Holy grail of shipwrecks’: recovery of 18th-century Spanish ship could begin in April
In search of bounty

To rival the legacy of the Titanic and the Mary Rose, comes the commitment to bringing the San José to the surface. This Spanish ship sank in 1708 and the argument about who the cargo belongs to continues. Although a galleon war ship, the San José was carrying treasure at the time it sank, fuelling the imagination and the arguments about who should derive benefit from it returning to the surface. There is still some uncertainty about the feasibility of its salvage, but at least it makes an interesting ongoing story of treasure and tragedy:

‘Holy grail of shipwrecks’: recovery of 18th-century Spanish ship could begin in April 
Jumilla Wine Route, Bodega Cerrón
Spanish wine – why is it so special?

If you like wine and are interested in finding out more about it, then you might want to read this article from Spain in English. It explains how the variety of wines in Spain have come about and also the trends in vineyard management that include grandchildren picking up the reins from their grandparents. One such example is given from Jumilla in Murcia:

Murcia Today explains more about this special Bodega and how you can find out about its wines and taste them:
Alicante Airport Voted Best In Europe For The Second Year Running
Applause for Alicante airport

Or Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández Airport – to give it its full title. The airport has been voted as the best in Europe for the second year in a row. The survey covered aspects such as accessibility, facilities, staff, security and waiting times and will come as no surprise to the many frequent travellers who use it:

Mercadona ‘has reduced the price of 1,000 products’: Spain’s leading supermarket seemingly responds to backlash after posting record profits
Mercadona – cheap and cheerful or on the make?

Profits have gone up and some people are unhappy that the company’s good fortune is not reflected in their own shopping baskets. Have you seen the price of olive oil recently? The Olive Press reports on the mixed messages we’re receiving:

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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