Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

24 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain rush to stand as candidates in local elections

Dozens of expatriates living in the popular Andalusia region’s towns and villages are queuing up to register as candidates in upcoming local elections. The current election year is expected to be the most diverse in decades, with expats from the UK, Scandinavia and a good number of other northern European states now included on local political party lists. Local elections in Spain are vital, with almost 50 per cent of Andalusia’s coastal resorts comprising sizeable expat communities. Apart from the EU MEP elections, local polls...
23 May at 6 PM 2019

New survey rates expat destinations for their ease of digital life

If you’re determined to relocate to Italy and are a social media fan, perhaps another choice of destination might be the best idea. The results of a recent survey might come as a shock to would-be expats hoping to work or retire in this stunningly beautiful land, as expats in Italy are the least satisfied with their digital services of all foreigners living in Europe. It’s not just poor internet services, as paying for purchases using a credit or debit card is also almost impossible. The latest survey by InterNations involved the...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

Some Spanish towns and villages now have more Brits than locals

It has to be said that not all British expat retirees want the stress of learning Spanish and adjusting to a different culture. Expat retirement for many UK citizens isn’t about a totally new language and lifestyle, it’s simply about a better climate enjoyed amongst other like-minded Brits in a supportive community. As a result, a number of Spanish towns and villages have found themselves becoming Little Britain, a home from home for a sizeable number of expats. Whether or not more conventional expatriates agree with this stance...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

Expat investors in Spanish property may lose tax breaks

Spain’s recent election results may pose a threat for expat property investors. Due to the inconclusive result of last month’s Spanish general election, expats looking to buy Spanish property as an investment may lose their tax breaks. The winning political party PSOE wasn’t able to form an overall majority government, and is now looking for support from the anti-capitalist Podemos party. Spain’s PM Pedro Sanchez has already promised a review of tax breaks available to landlords renting their properties long-term as the...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Oz is all-time favourite for high net worth expats

Australia is migrating millionaires’ number one destination. If there was ever any doubt that the past several years saw more people deserting their countries of birth than ever before, the latest figures on millionaire migration prove it’s all about the money, one way or the other. High net worth individuals can go where they please, as can the top talents in tech and other 21st century sectors, with destination cities all resembling each other in the race to attract mega-wealthy incomers. Over the past year, 12,000 or so...
3 May at 6 PM 2019

Fake electricians hitting on Brit expat pensioners in Marbella

It seems Brit expats’ favourite retirement hub in Spain is reverting to its old title, the Costa del Crime! Yet another report of criminal activity along the Costa del Sol is hitting the English language press, increasing the fears of local British expat retirees about the safety of their chosen bolt-hole. A recent media report indicates local villains’ favourite rip-off techniques are back in favour, as yet another phony electrician is arrested by local police after robbing at least five homes in Marbella. Carefully choosing...
2 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expats in Costa del Sol urged to audition for British TV show

Brit expats on the Costa del Sol are needed for the new Bargain Loving Brits series. Theatrically-inclined Brits living and loving their lives in Spain’s Costa del Sol are being urged to audition for Channel Five’s upcoming Bargain Loving Brits show, the fifth in the series. Auditions will be taking place during May, with the team hoping to hear from expats who’d love to get involved and who’ve interesting stories to tell. The casting process is now underway and it’s hoped this run of the popular TV show will feature new...
1 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats and holidaymakers scammed by rental property fraudsters

British tourists and would-be expats have been scammed out of thousands when renting villas online. It’s not known exactly how many British visitors to Spain have been affected by the cleverly constituted rental property scams, but it’s the third year the crooks have stolen large amounts of deposit money from their victims. The bogus travel company trades as Dream Villas Spain, illegally uploading genuine rental properties from other legitimate sites and using them on their own website in order to dupe renters into sending hefty...
1 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats and locals fight planning permission for restaurant on protected Spanish beach

Expats and locals are protesting against planning permission for a beach club on a wild beach Biosphere Reserve. A petition signed by almost 180,000 expats and locals is in protest against the granting of planning permission for a celebrity-backed beach club on one of Spain’s last remaining wild beaches. Valdeaqueros Beach is part of a designated Special Conservation area and is also a Biosphere Reserve for both local and migratory bird species. In an interview with local media, British expat campaigner Harry Stevenson confirmed...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Costa del Sol expats rally round homeless Brit expat pensioner

Britishers are rallying round a 72-year old homeless expat in Fuengirola after he was discovered to have been unable to remove rent-free tenants from his apartment home. British expat Patrick O’Loughlin was found to be sleeping out on benches in Fuengirola’s airport and train station, even although he’d inherited the home he’d shared with his Finnish wife when she died eight years ago. Dozens of well-wishers sent messages of support when his plight was published in local media, with several offering to put him up until his...