Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

25 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Benidorm wants Unesco status

Spain’s most popular holiday destination Benidorm is vying to be granted Unesco world heritage status. After you’ve checked the date and realised it’s not 1 April and it is actually Benidorm, yes Benidorm, frequented by hordes of drunken Brits year-round, you can read on and see just why the sunny haven, well, fun-in-the-sun-type place, believes it is worthy of a status that places such as the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge already boast. Sociology professor Mario Gaviria, who is driving the bid, claimed that the popular...
22 Apr at 4 PM 2015

Expat couple to star on Channel 5 documentary about demolition of Spanish villa

A British expat couple will appear on Channel 5’s Horror Homes to reveal all about how their dream villa in Spain was demolished. Len and Helen Prior, who were living in the Andalucian town of Vera, saw their villa bulldozed on January 2008 because of “planning irregularities”. Despite being in possession of the required documents which were signed by the local town hall, the Priors, from Berkshire, received a call informing them that their property was to be demolished. Five years on in 2013, Helen told reporters that the...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Bar and restaurant-owning expats in Spain suffer since economy crisis

Since the onset of the Spanish economy crisis, bar and restaurant owners in the Iberian country have been losing out to supermarkets, with wine purchased in the latter having gone up by six per cent. The Bank of Spain’s macroeconomic report has revealed that spending on the majority of products has gone down, but spirits and liqueurs have suffered the most, with a decline of 40 per cent. Although people are still spending on products they enjoy, it seems they are now looking to be careful about where they buy them. This spells bad...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2015

British pensioners heading overseas after cashing in on reforms

With the new pension reforms in the UK, British retirees are cashing in and heading to pastures new in foreign lands. Among the main investments pensioners are making after withdrawing substantial sums of money from their savings are holiday homes abroad with, unsurprisingly, Spain being the most popular destination. Chancellor George Osborne introduced reforms earlier in April that enable people over the age of 55 to make unlimited withdrawals from their pensions. Although the majority of people in this bracket are not looking for...
14 Apr at 4 PM 2015

British expats angered by BBC Costa del Sol documentary

Many British expats residing on Spain’s Costa del Sol have been outraged by the BBC’s ‘Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing’ documentary after it portrayed life on the sunny coastline in a negative manner. The locals interviewed on the show described the Brits living there as “crazy” and “barbaric” among other not so positive comments, while expats who have relocated there are filmed making derogatory comments about the Spanish. However, Barbara Mora of online news site Vertele was far from impressed by the...
9 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Two Brits named in relation to missing expatriate Agnese Klavina

Names of the two British men who were questioned over the disappearance of the Latvian expatriate Agnese Klavina have now been released. Craig Porter and George Wesley Capper were in court on Monday facing questioning over the incident. Their names have been released after a gagging order regarding the case was lifted. The two men were seen driving away with Agnese in a car on the same night she went missing in photos taken outside at Puerto Banus’s Aqwa Mist nightclub. These photos were shown to the court. George Wesley Capper...
6 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Scandinavian link to murder in Gibraltar investigated by police

Police in Gilbraltar are looking at a possible link to the women’s Scandinavian ex-partner and the family which was found dead this week. There has been confirmation from the police that they are investigating the mother’s family in particular. She was found with her throat slashed along with her six-week-old baby and four-year-old daughter on Monday morning. Also found at the scene was the women current partner who is thought to be from Liverpool. The murder scene was so gruesome that many police who visited the scene needed...
3 Apr at 12 PM 2015

Gibraltar murders: Adults’ state of mind to be investigated by experts

A 31 year old British man and 37 year old Spanish women were found dead along with two children in Gibraltar on Monday. The police are looking into both the adult’s state of minds. According to police, the names of the deceased are being withheld until the arrival on the Rock of their next of kin. Two girls, one aged four and the other six months, were found dead at the murder scene and have since been removed and taken to St Bernard’s hospital. Eddie Yome, police commissioner, said that until Doctor Carey who is an expert...
3 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Century-old tapas bar to shut down in Almeira

After more than 100 years of service, the ‘most famous tapas bar in Almeria’ has been forced to close. Case Puga, which is run by brothers Jose and Leonardo Lopez, has fallen foul of rental laws that have recently been enforced. Over 2,00 people have been campaigning to save the bar which is popular amongst the expat community in Almeria however the owners were enable to afford the increased rental prices. The tapas bar could reopen with new owners within a month if negotiations prove to be successful. Leonardo Lopez said...
1 Apr at 12 PM 2015

After a string of burglaries, Benidorm murder victims tried to sell their house

The British couple who were recently murdered in their villa in Benidorm previously experienced two robberies and had put their property on the market in order to move closer to their son in Mallorca. Their three bedroom villa had reportedly been put up for sale for €230,000 after they had been burgled twice so that they could move to Palma de Mallorca and live near their son Sasha. Peter and Jean Tarsey were found dead in their villa on Sunday Afternoon in Xalo when their dinner guests raised the alarm after arriving at their...