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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!

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.

Featured Property – Three Bedroom Apartment in Hacienda de Mijas Golf

When it comes to searching for a new family home in Spain, one of the most important considerations is that the children will be happy, settled and safe. The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular areas with families, with so much on offer including; excellent schools, sport facilities, and a massive choice of fun things to do for all ages.

There are some great family friendly properties available to rent on the Costa del Sol, such as this three bedroom apartment in Hacienda de Mijas Golf. Just five minute drive from Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas with all facilities nearby including golf courses, supermarkets, salons and garden centres, it’s very conveniently located.

The apartment is set in a secure, gated complex which includes; underground parking, gardens, pools, paddle, tennis court, and a lovely kid’s play area. Plus there are loads of activities and beaches to explore in nearby Fuengirola and Mijas, so the whole family will enjoy it!

            Inside the apartment you will find a modern, fully fitted kitchen and spacious lounge/dining area, leading out onto the terrace, as well as three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a king-size bed, built in wardrobes and a full en-suite bathroom. The second and third bedrooms are of good size and both feature twin beds with access to the guest bathroom and walk-in shower.

This property boasts stunning view to the Mijas Hills and offers a fantastic outdoor lifestyle. Great choice for those who are looking for a property ready to move into! To find out more about this apartment or to view other properties for rent on the Costa del Sol, visit our website or call us on 952 839 595.

Some incredibly useful phrases to know in Spanish!

Without a doubt, life in Spain is certainly easier and can be more enjoyable if you learn to speak the language. Everything from socialising and work to shopping and finding your way around may require you to know some Spanish. Many people on the Costa del Sol speak English, however not everyone does and Spanish are polite people so it’s good to make an effort when talking to them. Here are some key phrases that will really help you to settle in and impress your friends and family when they visit your new home this summer!

 

¿Dónde está ………………….? Where is, just add desired place or object, e.g.:

¿Dónde está el ayuntamiento? – Where is the town hall?

 

¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much does it cost? (One item)

¿Cuánto es? – How much is it? (End total of a few items)

 

Se puede …… ( + verb) – Can you ?. e.g.:-

¿Se puede aparcar aquí? – Can you park here?

No se puede – you can´t.

¿Se puede? – could also be use don it’s own to request permission.

 

Quiero …….(+ object or verb) – I want- (not as rude as it sounds in English!)

    Quiero dos kilos de patatas – I want two kilos of potatoes- (object)

or:

Quiero apuntarme – I want to sign up  (verb)

No quiero – I don’t want to/it.

 

No sé – I don’t know

 

Tengo – I have

No tengo – I don’t have

Tienes – Do you have? You have.

 

Me duele………. ( + body part) – My ……….. hurts

Me duele el tobillo – My ankle hurts

 

No funciona – It doesn’t work.

Está roto – It’s broken.

 

Hay – is/are there? , there is/are – (pronounced “eye”)

No hay – there aren´t/isn´t any

 

Voy a …………..( + place or verb)  – I’m going to ………….

Voy a la playa – I’m going to the beach.- (place)

Voy a comprar pan – I’m going to buy bread.- (verb)

¿Dónde vas? – Where are you going?

 

No importa – It doesn’t matter.

 

¿Cuándo es? – When is it?

 

Es muy importante – It’s very important.

 

To learn more Spanish you can see our previous blogs with useful phrases to use at the pharmacy and the beauty salon, plus tips for understanding Spanish utility bills.

If you are looking to rent long term on the Costa del Sol this year, visit our website for list of available properties or call us on 952 839 595 with your requirements.

 

 

 

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.