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Valentine’s Activities on the Costa del Sol

Valentine’s Activities on the Costa del Sol

It’s February, so all thoughts turn to romance and celebrating the love of your life, but if you’re in a new country it can be hard to know what to do and where to go. Never fear, we’re here to help to make living on the Costa del Sol fantastic, so we’ve picked some top activities for families, couples and singles to help you have a great day no matter what!

This year Valentine’s falls on a Tuesday, so many places are running special romantic meal deals for the week of the 10th to the 19th of February. This includes 2 weekends, as well as a whole week, so it’s much more flexible than normal.

For the big spenders or those who want to make this year one to remember

If you’re thinking of popping the question, or you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary, how about two nights in a luxury hotel, with pampering, amazing food and stunning surroundings?

The most historic and iconic Costa del Sol hotel has to be the Marbella Club, and they are offering an amazing package including champagne buffet breakfasts, a gourmet dinner, spa treatment and unlimited golf for the Valentine’s period.  Find out more

A little further along the coast is the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, the only 5* Grande Luxe hotel in the Estepona area. They are also doing a wonderful Valentine’s package, including luxurious accommodation, a romantic 5-course dinner, champagne in your room and use of the spa and fitness centre, which would be a very special way to say I love you.

For Love birds

The Beach House is a lovely restaurant right on the beach in Elviria, with great food and a lovely atmosphere. They are holding a special Masquerade Dinner & Dance on Valentine’s Day itself, including a 5 course menu and champagne cocktail.

The Urban Villa is a stunning boutique hotel in the hills behind Marbella, with breath taking views. They have created a lovely four course menu including marinated salmon with a pink pepper and dill dressing, confit cod and mascarpone with red fruits, which is 35€ per person including a half bottle of wine.

The Kempinski Hotel Bahia has a special couple’s Valentine’s spa treatment in their amazing Aqua Suite, with 2 treatment beds and a private Jacuzzi. The therapists will pamper you with an exquisite 50-minute massage and then you will sip champagne in the Jacuzzi together, for a relaxing and totally romantic treat.

For the singles & newbies

Social group Marbella Buddies are putting on a fun event on the 11th which is a NON Valentine’s Dinner, where you can meet new people, enjoy a great meal and dance to a DJ, without needing to have that special someone, or know anyone at all!

Spectrum Love are holding a special event on Monday the 13th of February at Laguna Village near Estepona for people looking for that special someone. It’s amazing value, for 15€ including dinner, gifts and activities to help you meet new people, have a great evening and maybe find love!

For the families

This is a tricky day for those with kids – you either need to splurge on a babysitter (if you can find one) so you can go out, try to do something at home when the kids are finally in bed or just forget about it all together! Mundo Mania family entertainment centre in Cancelada have come up with a solution and are putting on a special after school event, where the kids can play in the soft play and be entertained with face painters, a magician and games. Meanwhile, adults can sample the special set menus in their lovely café area and spend some quality time with their other half. Perfect! Find out more

We hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, no matter what you’re planning! If you want any advice about living here or finding that perfect Costa del Sol Long Term Rental please get in touch. We love life here and have all got years of experience with helping people to relocate, find a great home and make the most of living here, so get in touch and see how we can help. 

Buying Second Hand Cars on the Costa del Sol

If you rent long term on the Costa del Sol, chances are you will need transport. Long term car rentals can work very well and provide you with a reliable car and peace of mind, although it is worth keeping in mind that during the summer months prices usually go up substantially. For a longer term solution most people end up looking for a car to buy. Our rental clients often ask us for advice on general day to day issues about settling into life on the Costa del Sol and here are three of the most commonly asked questions about buying cars;

 Where is the best place to look for second hand cars?

There are many places to look for second hand cars such as classified ads, newspapers, auto magazines, plus auction websites such as Ebay Spain. Many people find reassurance with buying from a dealer as they usually come with one year warranty, however many people choose to buy from private individuals so they can get a better price. Basically there is no best place to find good second hand cars, it just depends what you’re looking for. If you can speak a little Spanish, you may even get a better deal by buying from places such as autoscout24.es where Spanish dealers and individuals advertise cars for sale.

Is it expensive to buy vehicles here?

Compared to the UK cars are generally more expensive here. However on the plus side, car insurance is cheaper in Spain than the UK.

What paperwork do i need to buy a car in Spain?

A foreigner can buy a Spanish – registered car in Spain if they have at least ONE of the following;

  • An official residents permit
  • Proof that they are a Spanish home owner
  • Documentation of being registered as an inhabitant (empadronamiento) issued within 3 months prior to purchase
  • A rental contract for the minimum duration of one year
  • NIE or NIF number

The buyer and seller should also draw up a sale agreement (contracto de compraventa) or the seller should provide an invoice. Either document should show the details of the vehicle, names of the buyer and seller, the sale price agreed, plus the time and date of sale. This information is used to make sure any traffic fines associated with the car are assigned to the correct person.

Next you will need a transfer of ownership form (Solicitud de transmisión de vehículos) which is signed by the buyer and the seller and a copy given to each. The transfer of ownership form is usually provided by the buyer and is available to download here.

The transfer of ownership is then finalised by the local traffic department (Jefatura de Tráfico) by registering the car in your name within 30 days of purchase. You can find your local traffic department here. The cost of doing this is currently 4% of the vehicle’s value. Documents you will need to supply are;

  • ·         The copy of the transfer of ownership (Solicitud de transmisión de vehículos)
  • ·         A copy of the sale agreement, plus copy of the seller’s ID
  • ·         The relevant paperwork provided by the seller;
    • Vehicle registration document (Permiso de Circulación)
    • ITV certificate as proof of roadworthiness
    • o   Receipt for municipal vehicle tax
    • If you are a foreigner you will also need to provide proof of habitation in Spain as listed above.

Remember to get the vehicle checked over for your peace of mind if you don’t feel confident doing it yourself. Take a look at this directory of mechanics to find one in your area.

To find out more about buying and selling vehicles in Spain from our friends at Anglo Info, click here.

For more information on settling into life in Spain or to view our list of long term rental properties on the Costa del Sol visit our website.

Do you need health insurance while living in Spain?

If you rent long term in Spain or are planning to this year, one important thing to remember is international health insurance. We don’t generally like to think about going to the doctors or being ill when moving to a beautiful warm country, but better to be safe than sorry when it comes to health. Check out our previous blog post about doctors & pharmacies on the Costa del Sol and using your EHIC card in Spain so you know where you stand when it comes to needing insurance.

There are many companies offering expats international health insurance plans, so it’s best to shop around and find one suitable for you. Continue reading “Do you need health insurance while living in Spain?”