Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

7 Jul at 3 PM 2015

Spanish authorities broadcast face of wanted Scot in expat areas

The face of one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been broadcast around popular expat areas in Spain as authorities up their efforts to locate him. Derek McGraw Ferguson, 51, is suspected of murdering a man in the Scottish town of Bishopbriggs in 2007. His image will now appear on a digital screen on the back of vehicles belonging to Operation Captura, an organisation that tracks down suspects thought to be hiding among Spain’s expat communities such as Malaga, Puerto Banus and Benidorm. Ferguson is being hunted down over...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

British expat dies in Cadiz paragliding accident

A British woman has been killed in a tragic paragliding accident in Spain’s southern Cadiz province. The 48-year-old expat, who lived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion, died when her canopy folded in midair shortly after taking off on Sunday. Sources said that the Brit, who has so far only been identified by her initials L.P., said that she was an experienced paraglider who got into unexpected trouble just 30 metres after take-off when her chute became entangled. Witnesses explained that she fell straight to the ground,...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Ex-tennis star Andrew Castle enticing British expats to Almeria

Former UK tennis ace Andrew Castle is luring expat Brits to southern Spain after taking on an ambassador role with Spanish property developer TM Real Estate Group. Castle, who was British number one in 1986 and climbed to a career high of number 80 in the world in 1988, owns a holiday home in the southeastern Spanish town of Murcia and is often seen on the courts of the renowned La Manga Club. He will now also spend some of his time promoting newly-constructed properties in Almeria. The BBC pundit, 51, said that the villas and...
19 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Spain reveals most common expat names

Spain’s office of national statistics has published the most popular expat names in the country, with Moroccan and Romanian names out in front. According to statistics agency, Mohamed and Fatima are the number one men and women’s names respectively, with 40,658 Moroccan Mohameds and 18,493 Moroccan Fatimas living in the Iberian country. However, there are also many more expat Mohameds in the country, with a further 2,436 from Algeria and more than 19,000 Mohammeds with a double m. Meanwhile, in addition to the number of...
19 Jun at 2 PM 2015

Belgian expat named mayor of Spanish town

A Belgian expatriate in Spain has been voted in as the mayor of Alcaucin in Malaga. Mario Blancke, who has resided in the southern Spanish town for 25 years, was a town planning councillor for four years before his election campaign to be mayor in May. He won a large number of his votes because of his role as spokesman for Save our homes in Axarquia (SOHA), which campaigns to prevent homes in the region being demolished. Blancke and the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) have now agreed that the Belgian will hold the position...
11 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Expat media boss to appear in Seville court over non-payments

A media group on the Costa del Sol is being sued by one of Andalucia’s largest printing firms over non-payments of bills. Former Sunsearch Media boss Stan Israel is to appear in court over failing to pay bills totalling €8,000 and dating back to 2013. Seville company Tecnographic printed Perfect Homes, which was among a number of luxury magazines produced by Sunsearch Media. Fifty-three-year-old Israel launched his new firm, Simply Media Group, in 2014 and now reportedly boasts clients including Bulgari, Lady Gaga’s perfume...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Dog housesitters allow expat in Spain the chance to travel

Irish retiree Catherine Guy quit her homeland last year and headed for the Spanish town of Vera and, having previously been committed to her role as a music teacher, found herself with plenty of time on her hands and a desire to travel. However, there was one slight problem that prevented her doing so: her dogs had moved with her. Despite loving life in Spain, a country she regularly visited on holidays before retiring, Catherine, with her new found freedom, wanted to travel around and see family and friends across Europe and Canada....
7 Jun at 2 PM 2015

British expat in Spain banned from feeding stray cats

A British expat who has been banned by her town hall from feeding stray cats is fighting back in a bid to overturn the ruling. Kelly Dooley, 44, was told by Benalmadena Town Hall that she was no longer allowed to lay food out for the cats that roam around Paloma Park. However, Dooley, originally from London, is not happy with the ruling and has already gathered 2,000 signatories on her petition to reverse the decision. Dooley said that she couldn’t believe they would make such an unjust call, pointing out that she had worked so...
27 May at 6 PM 2015

British mother ordered to reside near abusive ex-partner in Spain

A British mother is appealing to the High Court to have a repatriation order stating she must live near her abusive ex-boyfriend in the Spanish region of Granada overturned. The woman, 19, who has remained anonymous for legal reasons, said that her Spanish ex-boyfriend frightened her to death and has appealed the British court ruling that ordered her to reside with her two-year-old son within 100kms of her former partner, who was found guilty of strangling her to an unconscious state while pregnant. The ruling, which she has until 1...
26 May at 4 PM 2015

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely unaware that the inheritance laws in the two countries are entirely different, and are all set to change once more. Spanish laws determine who the inheritor should be when a person who has not made...