Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

24 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Expat millionaires’ date ends in legal dispute

A French oil expert and a former Japanese model have become embroiled in a legal spat after meeting on a millionaires’ dating website. Charles Miriel, 67, and Nan Itakura, 44, met on millionairematch.com and met in person for the first time in the Spanish town of Sotogrande in March. Things were all rosy at the beginning and Itakura and her 11-year-old son moved into the Frenchman’s home in the Andalusian resort town shortly after. However, just three months later the relationship has turned so sour that both have filed police...
21 Jul at 4 PM 2015

Algerian ‘cat burglars’ arrested in Spain for targeting expats

Two Algerian men have been arrested in Spain and face charges of committing burglaries with some assistance from the meows of a cat. The investigation and hunt for the men started in May, after a British expat informed police that her purse had been stolen amid the sound of meows. Authorities believe that the men targeted vehicles in the city centre of Estepona, a popular Costa del Sol destination among expats. Their plan involved placing a recording device by the motors of cars, then wait for their targets to start the vehicle,...
13 Jul at 3 PM 2015

Expat journalist Joan Davies passes away in Spain

British expat journalist Joan Davies who had lived in Spain for around 50 years has died at the age of 85. Davies, who along with her husband, Gerry, was the co-founder of the Malaga-based English language newspaper Sur, passed away on Tuesday at her home in the Costa de Sol town of Benalmadena. The highly-respected journalist was born in England but raised in Wales before she relocated to Spain during the mid-1960s. She and Gerry worked for the Daily Mail when they first moved to the Iberian country before moving to the Costa del...
13 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Malaga has Spain’s cheapest beer

Malaga serves the cheapest beer in Spain, revealed a recent survey, spelling good news for the large number of expats that reside in the southern city. With the average price of a beer being just €1.56, the Andalucian city is also the fourth cheapest city out of the 75 surveyed worldwide. The rankings, which were listed by Go-Euro after comparing 33cl beers in hotel bars and stores across the 75 cities, showed Krakow in Poland as having the cheapest beer at an average of just €1.51. The Ukrainian capital Kiev and the Slovakian...
10 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Expat haven Torrevieja named poorest city in Spain

The southeast Spanish city of Torrevieja is the poorest city in Spain, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The agency revealed that the Costa Blanca resort, a popular destination among expats, has a lower per capita income than any other Spanish city. However, despite the recent figures, due to the large population of foreigners in the city, analysts have indicated that the figures could be misleading. Just half of the population is local, and because expats file their taxes in their homelands, their income is...
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...