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Five steps to preparing for the new school year in Spain

Five steps to preparing for the new school year in Spain

Are you and your family ready to return to school after the 12 week summer holiday? We hope you’re all feeling rested and happy and that you enjoyed summer on the Costa del Sol. Renting long term is such a treat over the summer, as you are getting an amazing deal to be in one of the best holiday locations in the world. This is the time you can afford to feel smug knowing you have the pool and beach on your doorstep, as well as gorgeous warm weather and you’re paying the same per month as someone per week short term – it’s a great feeling.

However, September heralds the start of reality again when things need to be organised and you need to get prepared for work and school to begin again in earnest. Despite the length of the holiday, this always seems to come round fast and believe it or not, there’s only a week to get everything in order.

As Costa del Sol long term rental experts with years of experience of bringing up families on the coast, we wanted to share five things to do to prepare for the new school year to help you get ready.

  1. Get the books – For kids 3-5 years old (Infantil) there will be a book list for your year, which is often posted outside the school gates one week before the start of term. However, ordering the books can take longer than this, so to be organised, go along to the bookshop close to your school and ask whether they know the books for your year group and if you can order them. If your child is of primary age, books are free and you should have received a book list and document which shows that you do not have to pay for them (Cheque Libros), take this to your local bookshop and find out if they can accept it.
  2. Restart the normal bedtime routine – Summers on the Costa del Sol are full of late nights and lazy mornings and you need to break this habit and get back into the normal routine to make getting up for school easier. Ease it in slowly, half an hour earlier each evening so the kids don’t feel punished, but they are used to going to bed earlier and waking up earlier too.
  3. Do some homework – As boring as this sounds, kids get out of practice with reading, writing and maths over these long summer holidays, so it’s good practice to do something every day for the last week, so they get back into the swing of things and it’s not such a shock on the first day of term.
  4. Check the school gates or Facebook page or ask questions on the What’s App group – Notices of books, meetings and things to know are posted at the school gates in many schools, but can also be shared online. If you have questions, ask the AMPA (PTA) or in your classes’ What’s App group – there’s lots of great knowledge out there if you’re not afraid to ask.
  5. Enjoy the final week together, rest and create memories – Think about what you haven’t done enough this summer and use this week to tick them off the list and really enjoy your family time together. Once you’re back on the school and work treadmill you’ll have too much to do and too little time, so this last week is precious and should be enjoyed.

If you have any doubts, read our advice for going back to school on the Costa del Sol where we share more tips and insider knowledge. We also have useful information about education in Spain on our website and are always here to help you to find a place to live, answer your questions about long term rentals and offer advice and practical help so you can settle into your life here. Enjoy the final week of summer – see you the other side!  

Travelling from the Costa del Sol

Travelling from the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is amazing and living in a holiday destination is a real treat, however it can be nice to get away and have a change of scene. Many residents decide to escape the heat and crowds in August and head back to their home country to see family and friends or explore a new country or city. Will you be one of them this year?

Due to several years of growing tourist numbers, airlines are increasing their routes and number of flights. As well as being great for the area in terms of tourist income, it’s also great for those of us lucky enough to call the place home. More routes and more competition drives prices down and we have loads more options to choose from for our next getaway.

Here are just a few of the new developments…

Jet2 are increasing their routes by adding 12 weekly flights from Stanstead and 10 weekly flights from Birmingham, making it easier than ever to visit the UK this year. However, why not broaden your horizons with a visit to the vibrant and beautiful city of Amsterdam? Both Ryanair and KLM are now flying from Malaga to Amsterdam, with KLM flying twice daily in the peak months of July and August.

Germany is also becoming easier to reach with Ryanair adding daily flights between Malaga and Frankfurt and local airline Niki offering regular flights connecting Stuttgart, Berlin and Hamburg with Malaga.

As well as the traditional routes to the UK and Northern Europe, we’ve got more to look forward to next year, with Qatar Airways announcing a new route which will offer direct flights between Doha and Malaga in 2018. There are also plans to restart the direct route to New York due to an increase in interest in visiting the Costa del Sol from the US. 

In addition to flights, we also have the high-speed train the AVE which can whisk you up to Madrid in just a few hours. Spain is also a great place to explore by car, with a rich history, plenty of culture and lots of regional variations. You could also drive across the border to Portugal for white sand beaches and a very different feel, or jump on the boat over to Morocco and explore a whole new continent.

Living on the Costa del Sol offers so many opportunities for a better work life balance and great climate and sports facilities, not to mention easy travel. If you made the move, well done! If you’re still dreaming about it, what’s keeping you? We can offer affordable and flexible long term rental properties all along the Costa del Sol, so you can try the life and the experience before you buy, with very little risk. Let us know if we can make your dream a reality!

Living and Working on the Costa del Sol in 2017

Living and Working on the Costa del Sol

If you’re dreaming of relocating to the Costa del Sol in 2017, go ahead and take the plunge – January is a great time to start putting a plan into action and it looks like 2017 is going to be a great year for Spain. The economy is expected to grow well above the Eurozone average, an impressive 2.5% in 2017. Growth forecasts also include the creation of 500,000 new jobs, and there are schemes to support people to set up their own businesses and thrive.

There’s plenty of support out there for new businesses and a great place to start is to visit one of the CADE offices on the Costa del Sol. CADE is a government funded organisation which offers help for entrepreneurs, from helping with business planning, funding and grants. The CADE Marbella office is set up with foreigners in mind, the staff speak many languages and can help you through the first stages of setting up a business here in Spain.

Another great way to start is to visit some of the networking meetings which take place along the coast. These meetings bring you into contact with fellow business people, allow you to meet new clients, build partnerships and also to pick established entrepreneur’s brains and find out what the reality of running a business on the Costa del Sol really is. We believe that Andalucia is a great place to work but it does have some unique challenges, so do your research, reach out to other entrepreneurs and seek help from organisations such as CADE.

One of the exciting new trends for entrepreneurs which makes starting a new business easier is coworking – shared office spaces which offer new businesses an affordable way to start up, with great facilities and opportunities for development, training and networking. A few coworking spaces opened in Malaga in 2016, and a new coworking brand is launching in Marbella next month. Our//Space Marbella promises to give new businesses an inspirational and highly designed work space, amazing facilities and lots of added benefits such as fitness, training and development sessions, as well as regular social events and networking. They are launching with a free 30-day trial, so anyone can see what coworking can do for them. Coworking will be a growing trend on the Costa del Sol in 2017 which will really help new businesses flourish.

To get yourself settled on the Costa del Sol and make life in the sun work for you, we’d suggest taking it slow and steady and not over-committing yourself. Start by finding a long term rental property, as these are very affordable and flexible, so you can change locations or property types depending on the needs of your new business and cash flow. Think carefully about your location, as well as your budget when choosing the best property. If your business will involve foreign travel, or be linked to the UK, then a location close to Malaga airport such as Benalmadena is a great option. This two bedroom Benalmadena long term rental apartment close to the marina could be a perfect base.

We have plenty of information about living in Spain on our website, and our experienced long term rental specialists are here to help find you the perfect property, and offer advice on locations depending on your needs. Let 2017 be the year that you make your dream of relocating to the Costa del Sol come true – we’re here to help!

Exploring the world from Malaga

Malaga-Airport-DeparturesFollowing on from last month’s post about travelling between the UK and the Costa del Sol, this month we wanted to talk about why living and working on the Costa del Sol is so great if you’re a frequent flyer to other parts of the globe, and tell you why things are getting even better!

Málaga airport offers flights to over 100 destinations in 25 countries, so it’s a brilliant place to live near if you love travel or need it for work. There are a large number of UK airports with direct and low cost flights as we’ve said, as well as over 16 destinations within Spain, but what about if you’re looking for something a little further afield?

You could fly to Bologna in Italy, which was recommended by Rick Stein as a great place for a long weekend for it’s amazing food, charm and beauty and looked amazing. Check out the programme and let us know what you think?

Or what about visiting the place where east meets west – Istanbul, to shop ‘til you drop in the huge bazaar, visit the Blue Mosque and take a boat down the Bosphorus? You can have a romantic break in Paris or Venice, or sample the delights of Salzburg or Sofia, all from Malaga airport!

We’re thrilled to see that Delta has also resumed their direct flights between Malaga and New York, after testing the route last summer.  The flights are daily and due to be running all year round, offering an amazing 2,700 weekly seats in 2016. Prices start from under 800€ return, find out more and book on the Delta Airlines website.

If you don’t see the destination you want from Malaga, check the flights from Madrid or from London, as this gives you much more flexibility and options. It can also be cheaper than a direct flight, so shop around. Remember as well, that on the Costa del Sol you’re not far from Gibraltar, Seville, Jerez and Granada airports, so make sure you check out all the options. We’d recommend Skyscanner for finding the best deals, you can find some amazing bargains if you’re flexible with when you travel!

If proximity to the airport is important to you, we’d recommend placing yourself on the train line from Malaga to Fuengirola, as this will give you the easiest route in. Renting long term in Benalmadena is a good option if you want to have everything on your doorstep, a strong international community, great schools, medical facilities and things to do.

This two bed Benalmadena apartment is an excellent choice, as it’s great value for money, in a quiet secure complex above the town itself, yet with good transport links down to the centre. The complex has a swimming pool and it is within walking distance of a 4* hotel with great facilities. From just 525€ per month as a long term rental, it would make an excellent and affordable base close to the airport for frequent flyers. Let us know if we can help you find the perfect long term rental on the Costa del Sol!

Looking forward to summer 2016

Summer 2016 MarbellaThe sun is shining and it’s starting to feel a lot like summer, so we thought it was a good time to look ahead to what’s going on this summer, as there’s loads of brilliant things being announced all the time.

There’s a packed schedule of live music events, including over 20 stellar acts at Starlite 2016 including Robert Plant, Santana, Tom Jones and Alejandro Sanz. As if that wasn’t enough, Seal is performing at the Puente Romano in July and Simply Red will be in Fuengirola in August.

The beach clubs will be opening their doors at the end of this month, with regular events starting in May and ramping up throughout June, July and August. Once the beach clubs are open, there’s always something going on!

If you’re an art lover, head to Malaga to enjoy the summer shows, which include Jackson Pollock’s Mural at the Picasso Museum.

Foodies should make a beeline for Fuengirola for the Feria de los Pueblos at the end of April, and the Malaga Gastronomy Festival from the 29th April to 5th May, not to mention Estepona’s great ham festival in August. Read more about food festivals on the Costa del Sol

Remember that the ferias begin with Marbella’s Feria in the second week in June and continue on throughout July and August, so keep your eyes peeled for your nearest one.

Don’t miss the San Juan celebrations on the evening of the 23rd June, it is a really magical experience where people light bonfires on the beach and party all night long. We recommend heading down to Sabinillas for the coast’s biggest San Juan party with bonfires like art works.

You will be the envy of all your friends living on the Costa del Sol in the summer and there’s always something going on. It’s such a treat to be able to just head to the beach or to the pool after work, enjoy sundowners at your favourite beach bar, or stroll down the promenade late into the night on one of the many balmy summer evenings.

If you’re planning to move over to the Costa del Sol before summer to enjoy all of this, then don’t delay in sorting out your long term rental property. Once the summer starts (from June onwards) then most landlords will choose to let their property short term and that will be a lot more expensive for you – a week’s holiday rental is generally the same price as a whole month long term. Please contact us for a list of good long term rentals in your preferred area before May to ensure you get a good selection, or browse our properties online. We look forward to hearing from you!

Improved flight routes to Gibraltar for 2016

Improved flight routes to Gibraltar for 2016Great news for anyone living on the Western Costa del Sol and using Gibraltar airport – both Monarch and EasyJet have announced new routes starting this summer.

Monarch will be running flights from London Gatwick to Gibraltar four times a week from May 1st, with a mix of early morning and afternoon departures. This adds to Monarch’s flights into Gibraltar, from Luton, Manchester and Birmingham.

EasyJet are also starting a new service which will connect Manchester and Gibraltar from 3rd July. It will run twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, with pricing starting from under £40 one way. This adds to EasyJet’s existing flights from Gatwick and Bristol into Gibraltar.

These new routes show the increasing importance of Gibraltar and its capabilities to handle more passengers since the new terminal was completed in 2012. In addition to Monarch and EasyJet, British Airways runs a route from London Heathrow to Gibraltar and you can also fly to Tangier and Cassablanca with Royal Air Maroc Express.

For anyone living from Estepona to Sotogrande, Gibraltar is a much easier airport to use than Malaga, not simply because of the distance to travel, but also because the airport is much smaller so it is much easier and quicker to get through. Travelling through Gibraltar is very low stress, with less walking and queuing, the only downside is some flights struggle to land due to high winds and a short runway, so there are some delays because of this.

Bus connections are not as good as from Malaga, but there are buses from La Linea to most parts of the coast. There are buses leaving La Linea for Estepona at 6.45, 8.30, 8.50, 10.00, 12.15, 14.30, 16.30, 18.30, 19.00 and 20.00 Monday to Saturday. It takes 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Estepona, going through San Roque and Sabinillas, amongst other destinations on route.

If you’re being picked up, or collecting friends and family, you can park in La Linea and walk across, to avoid taking the car over the border. It’s an easy five minute walk across from the airport to Spain.

For more information on living on the Costa del Sol or advice on where to live please browse our site. We’re here to help you find the best long term rental property and make yourself at home here so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Why move to the Costa del Sol this year?

Why move to the Costa del Sol this year? In our last post we gave you 7 reasons why expats love the Costa del Sol which we hope gave you a good idea of why it’s such a great place to live. In this post we wanted to expand the theme a little to say why now is the time to move over and stop dreaming about your life in the sun.

First and foremost we’d say that now is a great time to relocate to the Costa del Sol because the economy is finally improving and Spain is officially out of crisis. After five tough years you can see things really turning around with more people recruiting, restaurants, bars and shops busier and everyone feeling much more positive about the year to come. This is brilliant news whether you’re looking for a job, or want to launch your own company and the signs are that the economy will continue to improve for many years to come.

Property remains affordable but the market is rising, so this means that time is of the essence to relocate, find your feet and get ready to buy. We recommend renting long term first so you can get to know the area and find your perfect place before you take the plunge, so it’s a good idea to come over as soon as possible before you get priced out of the market.

The start of the year is normally the time to make changes and take action, so if your new year’s resolution was relocating to the Costa del Sol, start making it a reality and contact us to find an affordable long term rental property.

Plus this time of year is a good one to come as there are a lot of properties to rent long term, flights are still cheap and everything is quieter. If you leave it until closer to summer you will struggle to find something before September.

We look forward to making your dreams come true in 2016! Here’s some handy information about moving to Spain and what you need to know to point you in the right direction, if you want to know more please don’t hesitate to ask.

7 Reasons why expats love the Costa del Sol

7 Reasons why expats love the Costa del SolThe Costa del Sol offers one of the best climates, lifestyles and gastronomy in the world, within easy reach of Europe, the UK and Scandinavia, and we love living here. As long term rental specialists, it’s brilliant to be able to give people a chance to start a new life here, without too much commitment, and to see them thrive. To give you an insight into why we think it’s a great choice, we’ve listed our top 5 reasons to live on the Costa del Sol

This is an area with a huge amount of different nationalities living side by side with the Spanish who were lucky enough to be born here. The British in particular have been moving here in their thousands since the 1960s when Marbella became a favourite with the international jet set and package holidays made travelling abroad affordable.

So why is it that all these British “expats” choose to call the Costa del Sol home? Here are the main reasons we think it’s such an expat paradise –

  1. The weather is so different to the rain, grey and cold we’re used to in the UK and the wonderful quality of light, endless sunny days and blue skies lift our spirits and make us never want to return home.
  2. The cost of living is so much lower than the UK, especially if you live in the big cities. Costa del Sol long term rentals can be found from as low as 400€ per month, a fraction of the cost of renting somewhere like London or Manchester. Plus, petrol, alcohol and eating out are all much, much cheaper, so you can have a much better standard of life for much less.
  3. You can still find all the English favourites of tea, marmite, traditional biscuits and sweets in your local supermarket. If you’re looking for something unusual then Iceland will normally stock it, or you’re just a short trip away from Gibraltar and the big English supermarket there. Spanish food is amazing, but if you’re going to call somewhere home then it is nice to be able to buy your favourite foods, go to an English café for a fry up or fish and chips when you want to, and the Costa del Sol has everything you can want.
  4. Most people speak English and local Town Halls and service providers are set up to deal with English people who don’t speak Spanish. Whilst we always encourage people to try to learn the language, it is brilliant that the English speaking community is so well supported.
  5. There are loads of excellent international schools for expat families. This means you can keep your options open and allow your kids to follow the English curriculum or the international baccalaureate system, but still give them an amazing place to grow up and the chance to be bilingual.
  6. It’s easy to get back to the UK to see family and friends, or even to do business. With low cost airlines flying into Malaga and Gibraltar regularly, people even commute from Spain! The short distance and low price tag means that you don’t feel cut off or isolated and you’re sure to get plenty of visitors as everyone loves the Costa del Sol!!!!
  7. There’s a strong international community of like-minded individuals who welcome new arrivals with open arms and go out of their way to help them and make them feel at home.  You can find friends who speak your language and have similar interests and beliefs really easily by joining clubs, networking, taking Spanish lessons and getting involved in the expat community.

Now we’re not saying that moving to a foreign country is easy, but the Costa del Sol is one of the easiest places to relocate to if you want to make a change and give yourself a better standard of living. We can help you start the ball rolling by finding you an affordable Costa del Sol long term rental in an area which fits with what you want your new lifestyle to be. We’ve all made the move so we know the pitfalls and have even written this article on how to make life on the Costa del Sol work for you to make it even easier. Don’t wonder what if, take the plunge and try it out – you can always go back!

Hope to see you here in 2016, let us know how we can help.

Costa del Sol Christmas Markets and Events

Costa del Sol Christmas Markets and Events Tis the season to get busy and there’s loads of festive fun to be had in November and December on the Costa del Sol. If it’s your first Christmas renting long term here, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it! Even if you’re not staying for Christmas itself, there are some lovely opportunities to get in the mood and do the Christmas shopping with markets and special events.

Here are just a few –

The Nutcracker Ballet Marbella Theatre 21st November 20.30- A lovely way to start thinking about Christmas is to enjoy the classic tale of the nutcracker, being performed by the Company Russian Classical Ballet More information

ADANA Xmas Fair – 22 November 2015 – Palacio de Congresos, Estepona from 10.30 to 16.00 – Fantastic day out with entertainment and lots of Christmassy stuff.  If you have a business on the Costa del Sol selling gifts then you can also book to have a stand. Enquiries to: events@adana.es or 697-289-922.

Discount Fair Marbella 3-5 December Palacio de Congresos Marbella 10.00-22.00 – Whilst not a Christmas themed event, this is a great place to get your gifts at amazing prices. With over 100 stands to look at and a huge range to choose from, you could get all the shopping done at once and there’s even a rest area, entertainment and a bar to rest those weary feet.

Peppa Pig Festival 12 & 13 December – Palacio de Congresos Marbella – An early Christmas present for the kiddies to experience the magic of Pepper and her friends and play with the characters for 4 unforgettable hours. Choose from a morning or afternoon session, and experience 10 different characters and 9 amazing activities. More information

Arboretum Winter Festival 20th December, Arboretum Marbella – This will be a winter festival outside in the beautiful setting of the edible gardens in Arboretum. There will be stalls, activities for children and the theme will be sustainable Christmas trees, with activities for making trees out of recycled materials. More information

To see what the Town Hall is planning in Marbella over the festive season in English, keep your eye on the Marbella Family Fun Christmas page where they translate the programme as soon as it becomes available.

If you’re looking for a Marbella long term rental for Christmas, please browse our selection of properties or get in touch with us to find out what we have available so you’re in and settled before this very special time of year.

Green Costa del Sol

bigstock-Spanish-Vineyards-Overlooking--300935The Costa del Sol is a wonderful place to live and rent long term for many reasons, one of them is the amount of green space and clean air. Did you know that Fuengirola has 350,000m2 of green space or that you can find many lovely parks tucked away in the heart of Marbella and all the towns in the area?

As well as the urban green spaces, stray just a few kilometres away from the coast and you will find yourself in beautiful countryside, with rolling hills, national parks and golf courses. The combination of all the amenities that you want with countryside on your doorstep is one of the best aspects of life here. There’s loads of ways you can enjoy the great outdoors, such as weekly hikes which are put on in Mijas Pueblo, Manilva and many places in between. You can join a riding club and do hacks through the mountains, grab your bike and go, birdwatch, or do a quad-biking trip. Keep your eye on social media and in the local media for news of events, associations and activities being arranged near you.

Renting long term in the countryside around the Costa del Sol is a great option if you want to be part of a small community, have peace, quiet and enjoy beautiful surroundings. It is also excellent value for money, being significantly cheaper than in the bigger towns. For example, just inland from Elviria up in the stunning hills is this Elviria three bedroom penthouse apartment. It is modern and constructed to the highest standard with stunning views for just 600€ per month. Or how about this stunning long term rental villa Mijas? It has 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, a private pool and spectacular country views, it’s close to the hikes around Mijas Pueblo, but within very easy access of Fuengirola and due to its more rural location it can be rented long term for just 800€ per month.

The Costa del Sol is also becoming greener in another sense of the word! Organic gardening is increasing in popularity and low food miles, organic or raw restaurants are popping up such as Km 0 in San Pedro. There are Transition groups in Marbella, Coin and Malaga to name a few, trying to make their communities more sustainable and an environmental charity called Arboretum creating a people’s forest behind Marbella’s bus station.

Next week Marbella is hosting an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course at Arboretum Marbella, which will further enhance the area’s reputation as an environmentally friendly destination. It is certified by the British Permaculture Association, is carbon neutral and is flying over some really high profile speakers from the UK including Naresh Giangrande and Aranya. This is great news for Marbella and those living on the Costa del Sol. If you want to take part, there are a few places still available.