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News and information from Spain
International Edition - November 2018
Welcome to the November 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.
Time is running out for non-resident taxes

December 31st is the deadline for making your non-resident tax declaration. In this article we explain in a question and answer format what imputed income tax for non-residents is and why it’s important that you pay it: 

All you need to know about non-resident taxes in Spain
Be rental ready

Renting property has become an increasingly important option for people in many different countries. Spain is no exception to this. Buying property to rent out is a popular way of investing money in these days of Airbnb. Many people also prefer to rent rather than buy property for themselves.

However, it is important to note that there are legal and fiscal requirements around this and as a home owner who rents out their property you need to be aware of what they are. We summarise what you must do in this article:

Get your property rental ready
Christmas in Spain

As we head towards Christmas you might like to take a look at one of these articles to get a better understanding of what happens in Spain at this time of year.

In Spain Explained we provide a summary of what to expect on the main days in the Spanish Christmas calendar:

In this article you are introduced to some important Spanish Christmas vocabulary:

The Local introduces us to some of Spain’s more unusual Christmas traditions as well as those that might be a little more familiar.

The Guardian sings Spain’s praises

The longevity of Spaniards is the subject of this interesting article from the Guardian. A recent study suggests that by 2040, Spain will take the record for having the longest average lifespan – above that of Japan.

The Mediterranean diet is credited for much of this but there are other aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that also contribute. The society in general and the way that family supports one another also stands out in Spain. It’s what we knew all along but it’s nice to see it published too:

Fruit, veg and family life – why Spaniards are living longer
Corvera finally good to go

Many of us were sceptical that Corvera Airport would ever get off the ground. Built to satisfy the projected development of housing on the Costa Calida and the proposed theme park, it looked as though it had missed its window. However, this huge investment wasn’t going to be left to decay, in spite of the political wranglings that have surrounded it. Now we look forward to the airport opening in January 2019.

Murcia Today has a whole webpage dedicated to the airport and you can read about new and proposed flights as well as reflecting on its history:

There is an airport website for more information about the opening and flights available:

An Andalucian recipe

The Local shares with us a snippet from Fiona Dunlop’s latest Spanish cook book.There’s also a recipe from the book for the dish ‘Bodegas Mezquita’s Cod, olive and orange salad’. A perfect dish for the winter orange season:

Whilst we’re on the topic of food

Spain’s doing well again with Michelin stars. Altogether 159 restaurants have received a star according to this year’s Michelin Guide.

We generally assume that dining at a Michelin Star Restaurant is only for the rich and famous. Not so, explains Think Spain who tell us about how you can sample some simple starters at one Michelin restaurant for only €28. Definitely worth a try if you find yourself in Ourense:

Smashing the big boys

Getting the best mobile deal is no easy matter. Providers make it hard to understand exactly what you’re paying for and what you need. Movistar, Vodaphone and Orange are the big boys in this game but some smaller providers might be worth checking out too. In this article from Money Saver Spain we hear about Pepephone, Yoigo and Lowi:

Funeral traditions in Spain

Foreigners living in Spain are often taken by surprise at the speed with which funerals happen here. In this interesting article from Eye on Spain, we hear about this rite of passage in Andalucia and some of the customs that surround it:

How’s your Spanish?

If you prefer bite size introductions to the Spanish language then you might enjoy The Local’s ‘Word of the Day’ feature. The one we’ve included here introduces you to the word ‘cielo’ and different ways in which it can be used. It’s a nice little feature that we hope continues for those who want to sharpen up their use of Spanish:

A profile of Spain

The BBC provides a rather interesting factfile about different countries. In this one about Spain you can find some statistics about the country as well as a summary of its leaders, the media and key dates. Worth taking a look if you want a potted history:

Finding good places to go

If you are looking for a trip out in the Alicante or Murcia region then a good place to start is the Murcia Today website. The website provides a whole collection of different places to visit as well as established tourist routes. It isn’t just around Murcia either but includes routes around Alicante such as the castle of Santa Barbara and Ereta Park.

With excellent up-to-date news bulletins, newsletters and information about the local area, it is worth making it one of your favourite websites to visit:

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.

Thank you!
We wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas!
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