Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder of Taylor Wimpey España, explains why Mallorca is the ideal location for a holiday home purchase.
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One of the big attractions of Spain – apart from sun, sea and sangria – is the cheap alcohol. Whatever your favourite tipple, you can get it at a fraction of the price in Spain. However, if you’re prepared to be adventurous and try out some of the brands you’ve maybe never heard of, rather than sticking with the ones you know, you can save even more – and you might be very pleasantly surprised. Spain can do quality spirits and liqueurs – don’t let the stuff they serve up on your Benidorm all inclusive break put you off. Here are some great Spanish brands to look out for.
Like many of the expats I’ve interviewed for this series and for the Writers On Spain series, Phil Morrison has ended up doing something completely different in Spain from his former life in England. Originally from London, these days Phil, AKA The Flexible Chef, hosts tailor made cooking and walking holidays from Casa Adora, his home in Monte Lope Alvarez, Jaen, Andalucia.
Dave Bull has lived in nearby Gran Alacant for 16 years, and he’s made it his mission to learn all he can about the history and culture of his adopted home. One thing that really gets his goat is when people come to live or come for a holiday in the region, and don’t investigate the back story. Too many people just pick out the guide book highlights and don’t look for the really interesting, off the beaten track stuff. Dave’s hoping to put that right with his unique 3.5 hour walking tours.
When you buy a property in Spain, you need to open a Spanish bank account. It’s necessary for payment of utility bills, and it makes economic sense as well. If you use a Spanish bank for all your Spanish transactions, you will not be charged conversion fees. If you don’t know much about Spanish banks, the choice facing you can be bewildering to say the least. Here are a few ideas to help you to make the right decision for your needs.
If you intend to live in Spain, you really should try to learn the language, no matter how daunted you are by the prospect. For a painless introduction to the language, you can’t do better than visit Jane Cronin’s website. Jane is a bit of a celebrity on the Costa Blanca. She’s something like a Spanish version of Victoria Wood, telling funny tales about her struggles with the language when she first arrived in Spain, and singing songs about the Brits in Spain in her stand-up comedy show. Her latest show ventures into Spanish stand up, and that’s being very well received to. Jane really is a bilingual comedienne.
The Samaritans is famous the world over. Started in 1953 by London vicar Chad Varah as a listening and befriending service for people on the brink of suicide, it now has 201 branches in the UK and Ireland and receives over 5 million calls a year. It may surprise you to know that there is also an offshoot of the Samaritans – Samaritans in Spain. It’s based in Punta Prima, near Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca, and it deals with calls from all over Spain, and as far afield as India and America. In fact any English speaking person, anywhere in the world can call Samaritans in Spain.
Spanish people are renowned the world over for their tolerance, hospitality and love of fiestas, but there are some things about expats that they really don’t like, and sad to say they are justified in most of these things. Spain is the land of cheap booze, but who actually goes binge drinking and throws up in public? That would be the Brits. You may think their reputation is unfair, but I’ve seen it too many times, and it’s only the British who get really obnoxious through drink.