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Having a baby in Spain

Every year, hundreds of expats make the Costa del Sol their permanent home and decide to start a family here, or extend the one they have! The great weather, schools and choice of activities make the area very appealing to families of all ages. If you are planning to have your baby here for the first time you may be full of questions, but be rest assured because Spain has just been voted the 2nd best place in the world to bring up children!

Scans and check-ups

When working on the Costa del Sol and contributing to social security, you will be entitled to excellent free health care. This will cover you for all your scans and appointments at your local clinic. Keep in mind these will probably be in Spanish though, as not all clinics have in-house translators, however you could always use the Medical Translation Line which proves very helpful for answering questions about your health and understanding any important information given. If you would prefer to go private and have the exciting 3D and 4D scans done, you could always visit someone like Dr Berral in Marbella who comes highly recommended and speaks English.

Preparing for the new arrival

When you have your due date, you will naturally want to start building the nest ready for your new baby! There are loads of great places to shop for baby things on the Costa del Sol including the famous El Corte Ingles shopping centres and ‘Nana’s’ the big baby shops which sell everything from prams to clothing and everything in between! You can also find a Mothercare shop if you go to Gibraltar.

The Mediterranean diet is notoriously good for your health and perfect for mums to be! You will also be sure to find everything to suit your pregnancy cravings at the various supermarkets such as Super Sol and Mercadona, plus there are loads of great restaurants which will tailor the food for you. The pharmacies sell all the vitamins you need and if you wanted to have a go at pregnancy yoga there are plenty of great classes in the Marbella area.

Having your baby

If you are planning to have your baby in the Costa del Sol Hospital you will be relieved to know they offer an excellent standard of care before and after the baby is born. The rooms are very clean and many of staff there speak English and are used to supporting expats through this exciting and emotional time. You can read more about people’s experiences of giving birth at the Costa del Sol hospital on websites like mumsinspain.

If you are looking for a bigger home to suit the new addition to your family, the team at HomeRentalontheWeb can take all of your requirements and help you find the perfect new long term rental home for your family, just give us a call on 952 839 595 or visit our website.

Doctor strikes on the Costa del Sol

A recent article in the Euro Weekly News informed us that from this week, doctors in Andalucia will be holding various strikes at healthcare centres in the area.

The 24 strikes will be called randomly at a different health care centres everyday in order not to disrupt hospitalised patients, so if you have an upcoming appointment we suggest you check with your clinic before you leave.

When renting long term on the Costa del Sol it’s a good idea to register with a doctor when you arrive. If you are working here and paying social security contributions you and your family are entitled to free, high quality medical care so it’s definitely worth making it a priority after the move.

In order to register with a doctor in Spain you need to be registered on the padron first to prove your address and residential status. Signing up to the padron is free and simple and you can read more about the benefits and how to register in our previous blog.

You can find lots more information about looking after your health in Spain and a range of other interesting topics on our blog. Just use the search box if there is a particular subject you are looking for.

The season of giving!

As we take the decorations down and tidy away the remains of Christmas wrapping paper, thousands of households across Spain are preparing to do it all again in celebration of the Three Kings!

Now you are renting long term on the Costa del Sol, you may want to settle in by learning more about Spanish traditions and the Christmas period is a great way to do that. With all kinds of exciting events being held until January 7th, there is still plenty of time to get involved. Every year on the 5th January, the three wise men take part in a big parade through Marbella and San Pedro throwing sweets to all the children in the street who try and catch them all with upside down umbrellas! There is also a big selection of festive events for all ages such as shows, concerts, fun days and competitions, so it is a magical time to be in the area, even if there’s no snow!

If you find that you have lots of left over, non perishable food and some unwanted gifts, why not put those to good use and donate them to charity? Unfortunately there are many families in Spain who haven’t been able to celebrate Christmas with the food and presents they would have wanted and the Three Kings day will see many go without again. If you have gifts from Christmas which will be likely to end up in the back of the cupboard never to be seen again, donating them to charity could really make someone’s day and a donation of food could make a big difference to a family.

When out shopping in the sales this week, keep your favourite charities in mind as any donations made now could easily be distributed to those in need just in time for Three Kings Day. Getting involved with charity is also a great way to start settling in! If you don’t speak Spanish you could drop your donations into somewhere like Specsavers Opticas in Marbella and Fuengirola who are currently collecting on behalf of Red Cross and AECC (Spanish Cancer Care Association).

You can see all details of local events, things to do and be involved with, including charity work, in the local newspapers and local websites such as Marbella Family Fun. Visit our website if you are looking to rent on the Costa del Sol in 2013 or call us for more information on 952 859 595.

 

 

Why Sign Up To The Padron?

There are a surprising amount of expatriates renting property on the Costa del Sol who have not yet signed up to the padron. As an expat in Spain you are obliged to sign the register yet still many are unaware it even exists or unsure why they need to.

 

So why should you sign up to the muncipal register even if you are not a not a home owner?  Here are some of the benefits you will have;

·         Register with doctor

·         Have the right to vote in the local and European elections

·         Have access to free or discounted activities

·         Free or reduced cost Spanish classes

·         Register kids at school

·         Help and support for the elderly

·         Reduction in bus fares

·         Tax reductions on certain services such as rubbish collection

Signing the padron is not a complicated process, it’s simple, quick and free and if you are spending the majority of your time in Spain you should be signing up. If you are worried about how this would affect your taxes or rights in the UK, the HMRC and new www.gov.uk websites provide lots of useful information about this. However the Town Hall itself is the best place to get information about the padron and its benefits.

It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the benefits are only available to those who have been signed up to the padron for a few years such as social care for the elderly, which is why its important to sign up as soon as you move to Spain.

By renting long term on the Costa del Sol and not signing up to the pardon, you risk not having access to your rights here in Spain and possibly wouldn’t be considered a UK resident either. Your resident status simply depends on where you spend the most time.

The budget allocated to each town depends on the amount of people who are signed up to the town’s padron so it’s important everyone does it to ensure their town receives the correct budget. In fact, Mijas Town Hall is sending out fines up to €150 to residents who don’t sign up as it could lead to the town losing out when it comes to budget allocation as they depend on the number of registered inhabitants.

If you have already signed up to the padron and are wondering whether you need to renew or make any adjustments, pop to your local town hall to check and bring with you original paperwork such as passport and residence tarjeta. In general, foreign residents should renew their empadronmiento every two years to avoid being dropped from the register and losing their rights.

The deadline for enrolment is the end of the year so best to head to your local Town Hall as soon as you can if you haven’t signed up yet.

For more information about renting long term on the Costa del Sol visit our website or call us on 952839 595.

Considering relocating to the Costa del Sol?

Every year, hundreds of Brits decide to make the Costa del Sol their new home, whether it be for work and business reasons, or purely for a better quality of life. It’s not hard to see why with the stunning weather and a lifestyle to suit everyone, all within easy reach the UK.

Whatever your reason for considering the big move, one of the first things you will arrange will be your new home. Long term rentals on the Costa del Sol are very popular. They allow you to get to know your new location, they are great value for money and the contracts can be from as little as six months. Even if you are planning to buy property on the Costa del Sol, renting long term first is a great way to get a real feel for the area before committing to buy.

With so many beautiful areas to choose from and stunning properties on the rental market you may be spoilt for choice, especially this time of year. There are some great websites giving lots of information on Southern Spain so you can research each area easily and a good rental company will help you find the perfect property for you without stress. With any house move there will also be a legal side so we have teamed up with local lawyers to provide you with a free guide to the Spanish legal system.

HomeRentalontheWeb can help you through every aspect of your move to the Costa del Sol and provides support before you rent and whilst you are a tenant, every step of the way. To view our full list of available long term rental properties in Southern Spain, visit our website or call us on 952 839 595

Sending and Receiving Christmas mail on the Costa del Sol

The Christmas season is fast approaching and the shops are already brimming with food and gifts for the merry occasion.  Many of us have friends and family that we won’t be able to see this Christmas but would like to send a card or present to instead, however it’s no secret that the Spanish postal service is less than reliable… Continue reading “Sending and Receiving Christmas mail on the Costa del Sol”

Opening a bank account in Spain – Quick Guide

Despite some of the stories going around about opening a bank account in Spain, it can be a relatively simple process. When it comes to finding work, paying bills, and settling in, it’s essential to open an account. For those of you who don’t speak much Spanish, here is a quick guide to opening a bank account here in Spain. Continue reading “Opening a bank account in Spain – Quick Guide”

Costa del Sol Area Guides

If you are considering moving to the Costa del Sol, check out our Costa del Sol area guides, which include useful information on the most popular residential areas on the coast. We’ve drawn on our years of local knowledge to give you an overview of 20 popular locations to help you become familiar with the options available to you.

This is a very diverse region and getting to know and understand the area by research, visiting the areas and talking to local residents is crucial to make sure you’re happy with the location you choose.

Once you’ve done your research and narrowed down the options, search our Costa del Sol long-term rentals to see what’s available in your chosen area and which suits your needs. If you have any questions, please contact our helpful team by emailing info@homerentalontheweb.com