Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Spanish seas now safe for whale migration

Expats who value the pristine beauty of Spain’s seas and their part in the annual migrations of whales, dolphins and sea turtles are thrilled that a Royal Decree has now protected some 46,000 square kilometres of the ocean. The vast protected area runs between the coastlines of Alicante, Girona, Catalonia and Valencia on the mainland side and the Balearic Islands, and is a major part of an important migration pathway for the three species as well as other denizens of the deep. The order, issued by the Spanish government after...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Pregnant expat women well cared for in Spanish state hospitals

Expat women living in Spain are well covered as regards prenatal and maternity care. Being pregnant and giving birth as an expat in a country where English isn’t at least a second language can be stressful, but Spain is well-equipped to deal with pregnancies and giving birth.The first good news is that legal residents working and paying social security and Spanish taxes are not charged for medical services undertaken in state hospitals. Spain’s healthcare is high standard and includes social welfare as well as maternity services....
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Former expat mom crowdfunds for help for her son

Kate Ogborne, her husband Dave and their son Jake were planning their move to the Costa del Sol when her baby son began showing worrying symptoms. The 14-month old had started walking and was attempting to run but fell over much more than is normal. Concerned, Kate took him to her GP, who assured her he’d grow out of it, adding there was no need to cancel their emigration plans. Once they’d arrived in Malaga, it became obvious he wasn’t going to ‘grow out of it’. Scans at hospitals in Malaga didn’t help as the results were...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Tips on selling your Spanish home if relocation is your answer to Brexit worries

For expats giving up and returning to the UK before Brexit, selling your Spanish home isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Selling a property in Spain is tougher as regards bureaucracy than the process of purchasing. The easy part is finding a buyer, especially nowadays as the number of Brits buying property and emigrating before Brexit kicks in ensures a steady flow of interest usually leading to a quick sale. It’s essential for sellers to have the help of experts in the legal process, but there are several ways in which the...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat arrested for starting forest fires in Spain

A retired British expat has been arrested and accused of starting last summer’s forest fires in Spain’s protected Puerto Mayor area. The unnamed 78-year old is believed to spend the summer months living in the region before returning to the UK for the winter, and was arrested after being discovered close by the origins of the fires holding a five-litre jerry can containing petrol, matches and several cigarette lighters. He is due to appear in court before a judge who will decide whether to release him on bail or hold him in...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Strong Spanish property market down to Brits

It’s official – Spain’s property market is now as strong as it was in 2008. Up until now, Spain’s golden years for its property market were just a memory, thanks to the long-standing effects of the 2008 financial crash. However, according to the country’s Land Register, foreign sales in the first quarter of this year were higher by 13.2 per cent than at the same time in 2017, proving that a property in Spain is a strong investment no matter where the buyers are located. Even more encouraging, Britons still make up the...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Campaign against deadly drug Nolotil goes to Spanish health authority

In an update on the investigation into deadly painkiller Nolotil, Spanish health authorities are set to consider nationwide action in July. Nolotil has been widely prescribed in Spain for years, but the drug causes often fatal reactions in patients originally from northern Europe. Late last year, English language newspaper Olive Press started a campaign to outlaw the deadly painkiller drug after many expat readers revealed family members and friends had died after taking it as prescribed by local doctors. Health campaigner and...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Manhunt under way after mother abducts her son from Costa de la Luz

It’s feared six-year old David Thompson has been abducted by his mother from La Antilla in Spain’s Costa de la Luz as part of a plan to fly to an Eastern Europe destination. Last Monday, David’s father reported his son was missing, claiming his ‘aggressive’ ex-wife may have been responsible for his disappearance. The boy had been staying with his mother, Davy’s ex-wife Mirka, during an agreed visitation weekend, and his father hasn’t heard from them since she took David. According to the father, his relationship with...
30 May at 6 PM 2018

EuroCitizens meet in Madrid sets out human cost of Brexit

Last week’s EuroCitizens round table meetup in Madrid told it like it is right now for UK citizens living in the EU. The March agreement between the opposing UK and EU Brexit negotiators means the post-Brexit rights of Britons living in EU member states are to be severely curtailed. British in Europe steering group member and EuroCitizens chair Michael Harris reported on the situation to date, how this has happened and what protest groups can do during the months preceding ratification. Basically, should a Brexit deal be finally...
25 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit father and son VAT fraudsters captured in Spain

A recently arrived British father and son have been arrested in their villa near Benidorm for a one million VAT fraud. Benidorm was the chosen expat refuge for Brian Colwell and his son Jamie, just as it has been for decades for criminals fleeing the long arm of British justice, but the unsavoury pair have now been hauled back to the UK to begin their prison sentences. The pair were finally tracked down to their villa outside the favourite Spanish beach resort by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs after they’d breached their...