Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat dog owners forced to clear up mess or face massive fines

A recent crackdown on expat dog walkies in Spain sounds just like Britain. The high level of fines recently imposed by Los Montesinos municipality on dog owners who allow their pets to urinate and defecate in parks and on pavements has caused expat shock and horror as well as approval in the popular town. Those not collecting faeces or leaving urination on pavements, street furniture and facades will be fined as much as €750, and the municipality will be conducting a public awareness campaign to ensure everyone gets the unwelcome...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit annual state pension increases agreed for expats in Europe

Brit expats living in Europe are to get annual increases in the state pension. Finally, the good news for British expats living in European Union member states is that the annual British state pension uprate will apply to all those in residence by the end of this year. Previous warnings of no guarantees of uprates post-2023 unless reciprocal deals were made are no longer valid. The guaranteed uprate will also apply to Britons living in EEA countries or Switzerland, and those who move to Europe during this year will also be covered,...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain get previews of the effects of global warming

Expats in the Andalusian city of Fuengirola whose properties were hit hard by Storm Gloria are now enduring continuing power cuts. Lengthy power cuts are impeding expat residents’ efforts to repair storm damage and tidy up after the massive storm bore down on the popular region, with those affected unable even to get in touch with their local electricity supplier. It’s not just the outages themselves, it’s that the power comes for a while and then goes off without warning. According to one supply company, as soon as one area is...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Spain sees an increase in UK expat residents

According to a Spanish government report, the popular expat destination is now home to more British expats than ever. In spite of warnings that Brexit would stop new arrivals and be the cause of relocating to the UK for many long-stay expats, there are now a quarter of a million UK citizens living in all corners of the state. Even although a proportion of the four per cent increase may have been caused by long-term resident Brits finally registering with the authorities, the figures are still confirmation that life in Spain is...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2020

British expat bar owner in Spain plans tongue in cheek Brexit night at his bar

Expats in Andalusia wondering what to do on the evening of 31st January should head for Jimera’s Bar Allioli’s huge Brexit bash. Rather than celebrating the UK’s departure from the EU , British bar owner Paul Darwent is focusing on a tongue in cheek, alcohol fuelled celebration featuring comedy, music, poetry, traditional British nosh and bottles of the latest Brexit porter-style strong beer entitled ‘Don’t leave me this way’. The bottles bear a label depicting Boris Johnson as a ‘porter’ struggling to carry the bags...
21 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Massive storm devastates Spain and Mallorca

Spanish storm Gloria has caused freezing temperatures, snow, flooding, huge waves and three deaths. For British expats who emigrated to Spain in order to get away from the UK’s generally miserable weather patterns, Storm Gloria’s sweep across 30 Spanish provinces is a dread reminder that global warming isn’t country-specific. The mega-storm put more than 30 regions on high alert, sweeping in with unexpected fury and causing three deaths to date. Freezing temperatures and heavy inland snowfalls saw citizens and expats alike...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Spanish EU MP gives post-Brexit hope to all British expats

Spanish EU MP reassures British expats they’ll always be welcome. Last Friday, Member of the European Parliament for Spain Esteban Gonzales Pons gave a message of hope to all expat Britons living, working and retiring in the popular country. Referring to Britons who’re fearing for their post-Brexit futures, he referred to the expat community as friends, neighbours and relatives, reassuring all that they will always be Europeans, no matter the end result of Brexit. The European Union, he said, is your safe house, adding he...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Balearics cracks down on alcohol abuse and balconing

Massive crackdown on alcohol in the Spanish Balearics leaves British expats in two minds. Tourism based on excessive drinking and rowdy behaviour is now under attack in Spain’s Balearic Islands, focusing on resorts in Mallorca, Majorca and Ibiza and banning pub crawls, limiting sales of alcohol, ads for alcoholic beverages, happy hours, booze vending machines, free bars and party boats. Also banned is the deadly craze for jumping from hotel balconies into swimming pools whilst drunk. Sales of alcohol between the hours of 9 pm and 8...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2020

For wealthy expats, Moraira is Spanish heaven

For those with unlimited cash, this smaller, exclusive Costa Blanca municipality is the place to be. Spain is mostly rated amongst would-be British expats as a cheap-as-chips hideaway featuring inexpensive accommodation, British food and endless sunshine. For those who can easily afford to be more selective, the jewel in the Costa Blanca crown is the small conurbation of Moraira. This sun-baked little town now has the highest secondhand home property prices in the entire region at around €2,800 per square metre. For those...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain warned over dangerously contaminated tap water

British expats in Spain are now being warned of the dangers of drinking tap water. According to a recent study, Spain’s municipal tap water is amongst Europe’s most dangerous to drink. The study, aimed at identifying chemicals in tap water, was carried out by scientists at Barcelona’s Institute for Global Health, and included samples from all the 27 European Union member states with the exception of Romania and Bulgaria. The group of chemicals found in the Spanish sample are believed to cause bladder cancer. Spain’s tap...