Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

13 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Urgent travel warning issued for expats and tourists as Spain’s extreme weather returns

British expats and holidaymakers in Spain are being urged to take note of the Foreign Office’s urgent travel warning. Following on from the earlier ‘worst storms in over a century’ in Valencia, the Foreign Office is now warning tourists and expats over more outbreaks of extreme weather. Last week, Valencia and its region suffered biblical floods, massive storms, flash floods and damage to property and vehicles, with the latest travel warning an indication there’s more of the same on the way. Torrential rain is expected to...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Health and environmental concerns now as important for expats as salaries

Nowadays, emigration isn’t just about high salaries and a luxury lifestyle, as health, wellbeing and the environment feature ever more strongly in would-be expats’ destination choices. Perhaps because of the scary changes in world weather, the looming threat of global warning has raised environmental consciousness and how climate can affect health and wellbeing, especially when choices are being made as regards expat professional destinations. The rise of poor air quality in mega-cities as well as in favourite retirement locations...
6 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Greece experience extreme weather phenomena

As reports continue to come in about worldwide extreme weather phenomena, are expats in Greece wondering if their choice of climate should be reconsidered? Awareness of the fact of climate change is now growing as extreme weather reports coincide with scary analyses of melting polar ice, soggy permafrost and other previously unreported manifestations of climate instability. Amongst recent headlines were massive flash floods due to hailstorms in Spain, record-breaking temperatures across Europe, Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of much...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Sunbathers’ shock horror as cannabis smugglers speedboat lands on Spanish beach

Costa del Sol expats and tourists sunbathing on a favourite Costa del Sol beach were threatened by cannabis smugglers arriving by speedboat. Estepona’s beaches on the Costa del Sol are all-time favourites with expats and visitors alike, but one peaceful scene was interrupted last Monday by a gang of cannabis resin smugglers who arrived by speedboat and proceeded to transfer the illegal cargo to a waiting 4x4 in full view of the sunbathers. The smugglers took around three minutes to pile the bags of resin into the vehicle before...
3 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Flog-it auctioneer to host charity valuation event aimed at Brit expats in Javea

Brit expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca region are being encouraged to dig out their valuables and antiques for Flog-it’s auctioneer Mark Stacey. The popular rags-to-riches show is to be aired from Javea on 14 September, with free valuations the order of the day. Stacey’s trip is aimed at raising funds for the Guardian Angel charity by means of valuing expats’ treasures, making an offer and taking the chosen articles to auction in the UK. The visit is Mark’s second to the region, with the first six years ago seeing a packed...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expats in EU to get state pension upgrade of £200 for three years

Retired British expats living in EU member state are being promised an annual £200 pension increase for three years following a no-deal Brexit. In a move aimed at quashing scare tactics suggesting British expat pensioners in the EU would lose out after a no-deal Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has guaranteed the increase for British retirees in the EU, including those in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and France. The current British state pension is £168 a week, with the triple lock-based increase amounting to £16.66 a...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2019

UK expat Boris backers tell why they want a no deal Brexit

Whilst the majority of British expats in Spain grow ever more fearful of the effects of a no-deal Brexit, a determined few are actively backing Boris. It’s difficult to imagine why any long-stay expat retiree would consider a no-deal exit from the bloc is a good idea, but those who voted leave are maintaining their stance in the face of warnings from business leaders and financial experts who’re claiming economic disaster as a result. Even as the shrinking pound and cost of living increases make life less far comfortable for...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat residents, tourists and locals in Spain hit by monstrous storms and a tornado

As massive thunderstorms and floods hit Spain’s favourite expat locations, Madrid residents are trapped in biblical-style floods. Worst hit was Arganda, a semi-rural district to the southeast of Madrid, with huge storms releasing torrents of rain turning the streets to rapids and washing away cars just a few minutes after the storm broke. The capital’s metro was badly affected with its lines 5 and 9 cut off, and parts of the M30 and M40 motorways are under water. The fast-moving hailstorm hit yesterday between 5.30 and 6pm, with...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Spain still tops for British expat retirees hoping to escape Brexit Britain

In spite of Brexit fears, Spain is still the all-time favourite retirement destination for Britons. Yet another recent survey sees Spain topping the list of retirement favourites for Britons looking to escape the potential meltdown following a no-deal Brexit. France and Portugal were the runners up, with Turkey now in the top ten, but the USA feel to ninth place. New Zealand and Australia are still in the top ten, even although UK expats choosing either will have their British state pensions frozen on arrival. Given that the...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Costa Blanca warned over deadly virus carried by tiger mosquitoes

Expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca region are being warned over the danger of tiger mosquito bites. Expat residents as well as locals across the popular region are being advised to clear all standing water away from their properties due the risk of deadly diseases caught via tiger mosquito bites. The warning comes after experts detected an alarming rise in the numbers of the aggressive insects in the region. Authorities in Valencia are fining business owners and residents who don’t comply with their instructions, with those allowing...