Category: Living In Spain

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Benidorm Weather Forecast

Benidorm Weather Forecast Weather report for Wednesday 15th August 2018 – top temperature of 28ºc (in the shade)   Hello from Benidorm. Welcome to SUMMER in Spain Quite a cloudy start to the day.  The temperature here at 10 am was 26ºc, the rest of the day will be a mixture of sunshine and clouds but we…
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New Valencian Law for Holiday Home Rentals

The Autonomous Region of Valencia has approved a new Tourism Law, “Ley 15/2018”, published on the 8th of June, coming into force on the 8th of July 2018. Article courtesy of The Citizens Advice Bureau Spain ( link below) Important changes with regards to the registration of holiday rental properties  like ´viviendas de uso turistico´…
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What to do if you are arrested in Spain

Hopefully no one comes to Benidorm to break the law but sometimes things  can take an unexpected turn. Whether the problem has been of your own making or some other incident or accident.  This page is to help you know what to do in the event of being arrested here in Spain.  This is just general…
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All about Prickly Heat

PRICKLY HEAT also known as miliaria rubra, is an itchy rash of small, raised red spots that causes a stinging or prickling sensation on the skin. Prickly heat can develop anywhere on the body, but it usually appears on your face, neck, back, chest or thighs a few days after exposure to hot temperatures. The rash is made up of tiny spots…
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Consumer rights here in Spain

Spanish Consumer rights – Guarantees and returns Can I Return Anything To A Store? Basically no. If you think you might change your mind about what you’re going to purchase, check the store’s policy first. Stores are not legally required to accept returned goods just because you’ve changed your mind or decided you don’t like…
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Creepy Crawlies in Spain (non dangerous)

Creepy Crawlies in Spain (non dangerous insects etc) FOR INFORMATION ON DANGEROUS CREEPY CRAWLIES CLICK HERE  As in every country there are literally 1000´s of different species of insects, but these are the main ones you may come across. Cockroaches The mention of cockroaches can often make your skin crawl and your hairs stand on…
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Tabacco/Cigarette Prices

Tabacco/Cigarette Prices Please note:- These prices are for products purchased in the Spanish government controlled “Tabac” shops, .  For opening hours click HERE To see what the DUTY FREE allowance is from Spain to the UK click HERE The most popular Cigarette Prices for 200 – prices updated 21/04/18 Lambert and Butler – 48.50 L&B…
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Top 20 things to do on the Costa Blanca

Suggested by Benidorm Seriously FB Group Members.  In no particular order. A DAY TRIP TO ALICANTE Alicante is a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca, and the capital of the Alicante province. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets, colored houses and a lively nightlife scene. From here, an elevator…
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Mosquito Facts and the Best Repellents

Mosquito Facts and the Best Repellents Here are a few interesting mozzie facts – Most mosquitoes, buzz in the key of C. They buzz round your head as they are attracted to the carbon dioxide you breath out. Only females bite. The noise comes from their wing beats and it their way of attracting the…
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How to apply for your NIE Number

HOW TO GET YOUR N.I.E NUMBER INFORMATION CORRECT AS OF November 2017 – Please note that these instructions may vary if you are in a different area of Spain. Things have changed yet again and you now need to make an appointment on line, and you can now print and fill in the forms online…
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Benidorm Fiesta Dates for 2019

BENIDORM FIESTA 2019 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY BENIDORM FIESTA DATES FOR 2019 (All dates are approximate, please double check with your travel agent before booking your holiday). Benidorm has about 55 Fiestas every year so far too many to list, here are the main ones. January 6th – 3 Kings Day. Totally unmissable is the grand…
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Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm

Fiestas – EASTER (Semana Santa) in Benidorm This highly religious festival is recognised and commemorated in every city, town and mountain village throughout Spain, and is as important as Christmas is. The varias cofradias and hermandads, (brotherhoods)  will have been preparing and practicing for months for their displays of piety and devotion to God in…
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A New Life – Short stories by our Members

A New Life – Short stories by our Members STORIES FROM BENIDORM SERIOUSLY GROUP MEMBERS  VICKY THOMPSON – I moved here 15 years ago with my parents and 2 younger brothers as my father retired and it was at the time cheaper way of life and the exchange rate was fantastic. What I miss is…
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Market Days in the Benidorm Area

Market Days in the Benidorm Area This is only a guide, as days and locations can change. There are markets along the Costa Blanca every day and these usually operate from about 8.30am until about 2pm. You will find all sorts of things  on sale such as clothes, shoes, towels and blankets, ceramic pots and…
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Dangerous Creepy Crawlies in Spain

Dangerous Insects & reptiles in Spain  Bees, Hornets and Wasps etc The sting from any of these insects can be very painful. Try to withdraw the sting immediately but do not use tweezers because squeezing or pressing the sting can inject more poison into the skin. It is recommended that you scratch off the sting with your…
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Fiestas – CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM December 2 – Generally this is the date that the Christmas Square is opened (in front of the Town Hall, old town) this tends to start with the traditional lighting of Christmas lights including the Christmas tree lighting. The  Plaza de la Navidad  – There is normally an ice rink,…
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Watch Out For Pine Caterpillars!

PROCESSIONARY PINE CATERPILLARS These Caterpillars (Thaumetopoea Pityocampa) may look cute and furry, but they are very DANGEROUS to children and especially dogs.  DO NOT TOUCH THEM. These are one of the most dangerous natural enemies to dogs and can be found all over Spain. Some have even made their way to parts of the UK:…
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Life in Spain, a different view

Life in Spain, a different view These are the worst things about living in Spain: (WARNING: This is full of sarcasm). 1. Having to put up with all of these holidays. You just cannot get into the groove of working here because there are too many opportunities to have barbecues with friends, go out for…
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Spanish Building Regulations

Spanish Building Regulations Many people who buy a property in Spain want to make changes to it. Perhaps they would like an extension, a swimming pool or maybe just to improve the internal layout of their property. It can come as a surprise to discover that each of these home improvements requires a building permit.…
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A complete list of schools in the area

A complete list of schools in the area To follow is a list of both private and state schools, with contact telephone numbers and addresses. Bear in mind that the local state school is unlikely to have an English speaking telephone operator – although most have an English speaking member of staff as English is…
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Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish TOP 100 SPANISH WORDS 1. gracias (thanks) 2. ser (to be) 3. a (to) 4. ir (to go) 5. estar (to be) 6. bueno (good) 7. de (of, from) 8. su (your, her, his, their) 9. hacer (to do, to make) 10. amigo (friend) 11. por favor (please) 12. no (no) 13. en (on, in) 14. haber (“to have” as an auxiliary verb) 15. tener (to have, to possess) 16. un, uno, una (a, one) 17. ahora (now) 18. y (and) 19. que, qué (that, what) 20. por (for, by) 21. amar (to love) 22. quién (who) 23. para (for,…
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How To – Keep cool during the Spanish Summer Months

Keep cool during the Spanish Summer Months Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn’t just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long. Stay out of the sun while it’s at its hottest. This commonsense approach isn’t always easy…
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Spanish Internet Providers

Spanish Internet Providers Customer service and support In case you want to order additional services, make a complaint of your slow internet connection or terminate your contract with your provider you have to call the customer service. In Spain one can basically order an internet access just walking into any office or dealer shop or…
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Dog friendly beaches in the area

Dog friendly beaches in the area Alicante : Agua  Marina From 15 June till 15 September the Agua Amarga beach will have a dog friendly beaches. The beach will be  an area full of amenities for dogs. This is really the best beach of all. This dog friendly beach includes hammocks with umbrellas, so the…
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