Expat life: Making new friends

Moving to a new country is fraught with challenges – finding a new job, getting to grips with the local way of life, new culture, new food etc. But there is another challenge and one that is often overlooked amidst all the other pressures of the move: making new friends. This can be especially difficult for adults who don´t have the advantage of going to school every day and being forced to make friends that way, as is the case with children. Thankfully, there are loads of ways of smoothing this part of the transition and ensuring that finding your place in the sun needn´t mean abandoning your social life.

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Looking for a job in Spain

Expat Life: Looking for a job in Spain

The first piece of advice for anybody looking to work in Spain is learn Spanish! The more Spanish you have the more your employability rises, and it puts you streaks ahead of the many English speakers who move to Spain without being able to communicate beyond ordering cervezas at a bar. One way of getting a feel for the jobs market is to register on the major jobs websites like monster.es and infojobs.net (the websites are in Spanish but if you just type the word English into the search box, it will list all English language jobs.) A good recruitment agency to register with is Talent Search People, as their agents are usually quite proactive and responsive to emails once you have made the effort to put yourself on their radar. Seguir leyendo

Costa del Sol, an all-year-round golfer’s paradise ☼

Costa del Sol is also known as Costa del Golf and there is a good reason for that. There are ca. 60 golf courses located along this sought-after stretch of coastline, of which 4 are ranked in the Top 10 in Europe:  Valderrama Golf Club, San Roque Golf Club, La Reserva and Los Naranjos. These golf courses have been designed by renowned names such as Severiano Ballesteros, Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Dave Thomas. But let me tell you that it is not only the high quality of the golf courses themselves what attracts golfers from all around the world to this area.

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Rebeca Alonso

British Market Advisor

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Estepona: the New Golden Mile

Estepona is a thriving town nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and Sierra Bermeja range. Well known as part of the “New Golden Mile” of Costa del Sol, Estepona has turned into one of the most exclusive towns in Costa del Sol.  The New Golde Mile is the name given to the area between San Pedro del Alcántara and Estepona, a new expanding area where nature and luxury meet. One of the advantages of this area, is that its development has been carefully planned, without any high-rise constructions and respecting the environment.

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La Zenia

La Zenia: Getting to know Orihuela Costa with Sonneil

La Zenia is a golden sandy beach located in Orihuela Costa, in the southern area of Costa Blanca, a short drive from Torrevieja. It is situated in a lovely residential area of the same name offering no shortage of amenities and retail complexes including a huge shopping centre called La Zenia Boulevard where retail outlets by the leading fashion and accessory names can be found. It is in fact one of the biggest shopping centres to be found in Alicante province.

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Foreign buyers, except for Britons, are buying more than in the pre-recession period

One of the conclusions drawn from the presentation on international marketing challenges given by Alfredo Millá, Sonneil’s CEO (www.sonneil.com) at the last Barcelona Meeting Point in Barcelona, is that buyers coming from the major countries purchasing second homes in Spain are buying more than in the pre-recession period. Especially Northern countries, which have increased their volume of purchases by 450%, compared to the year 2006, followed by Belgians, 240% and French, 54%. All that according to the data provided by the Land and Mercantile Registrars Association of Spain’s Statistics Reports.

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Real Estate Glossary: Kitchen layouts

Open-plan, separate, kitchenette, single-wall… When reading some building specifications and brochures we may find some terms referring to different kinds of kitchen which do not sound familiar to us. Moreover, kitchen layouts may differ, especially in newly-built developments, depending on the predominant trends and the target customer. For instance, a separate kitchen is often our first choice for our usual main residence, whereas we prefer an open-plan kitchen in our 2nd home, which is understandable since when we are on holiday we do not feel like cooking.  Instead, we opt for a larger living are or a good-sized terrace to enjoy the unrivalled Mediterranean sunlight 🙂

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How to apply for NIE number in Spain?

If you are planning to purchase a property in Spain you will need to obtain a NIE number to do all the paperwork or to make any transaction in Spain, e.g. opening a bank account, applying for funding, paying your taxes, etc. The so-called NIE is an acronym for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, i.e. Foreigner’s identification number, it will be your identification and tax number in Spain and is issued by the Foreign Service stations. Before going any further, we would like to point out the difference between the NIE, TIE and the authorization of residence:

Cabo de las Huertas, a place where the sun melts into the sea

El Cabo de las Huertas is a never-ending-summer place located in the North of Costa Blanca, boasting over 300 days of sunlight per year. It is both a cape splitting Alicante’s coastline into two different parts, the sought-after San Juan Beach, and a district part of Alicante. A former grove area, hence its name, which has turned into a well-liked residential area fringed by a stunning stretch of coastline made up of little sandy beaches and unspoilt coves yet to be discovered. Seguir leyendo

Rebeca Alonso

British Market Advisor

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