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IBIZA TO DISCOVER FROM THE WATER IN A DAY

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IBIZA TO DISCOVER FROM THE WATER IN A DAYIf you leave the port of Ibiza Town you will get to see the island. His best side The ridge above the havenkam with the white houses of Sa Penya and the city walls . The cathedral and castle stabbing above it . The Platja den Bossa , you will see the race boats at anchor.Es cavalett , with its wide beach and dunes and the pure water gives a welcoming impression.You go past the Punta de ses Portes , where a guard tower at the southernmost point. Now the salt mines come into view .

Behind the Platja des Codolar , with the airport in the background , the rocky outcrop Sa Caleta appears. Here, the Phoenicians had an outpost . Then Cala Jondal , a protected beach with a wonderful restaurant Blue Marlin , masage and good control on the beachbed fine , and now swim.

Then you sail along Punta Puerto Cap Roig and Llentrisca , there lies the Es Cubells . The cliffs are many villas .

Once you have left this go sail to Isla Vedra . At the 400-meter high cliffs swarm many seabirds . The beautiful and rare Eleonoravalken bring their big boy there .

Around Isla Vedra sail will make a deep impression on you .

Cala d’ Hort is located in a bay , known for a beautiful sandy beach and a castle .

Cala Vadella long cruising gives you a beautiful view of picturesque to busy bay .

Cala Tarida many tourists come for a tour . These come from Antoni . Right are the rocks and the flat port Espatar and continue towards Cala Comte .

Cala Comte is a small sandy beach with dunes and pine trees . No hotels and holiday homes . Only two small beach restaurants . Relax and drink until sunset . The sun sets in a red glow beautifully under behind Isla des Bosc .

A little further to the north lies the Isla Connilera , the rabbit island. There’s a lighthouse , restaurant. If your question here or Hannibal (247 AD ) was born , they say , and nodding wholeheartedly that this is so .

Behind the Punta de sa Torre with Saracenentoren lies the scenically beautiful but busy Cala Bassa .

Along the Cala des Torrent , you will see the large bay of Sant Antoni . A day on the water makes you hungry and thirsty but Sant Antoni will find numerous restaurants where you will be attracted .

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17 tips to enjoy Mallorca

  • The west coast of the island is a hiking and biking paradise . No noise and stress here but absolute peace and beautiful small villages.
  • In Palma you will find the castle of King Juan Carlos I that overlooks the city .
  • Visit The Cathedral La Seu , which dates from the 13th century and has later been restored under the leadership of Gaudi .
  • Above Palma de Mallorca you will find the beautiful castle of Bellver . The views of Palma are formidable from here!
  • Palacio de la Almudaina is a beautiful palace just outside the city walls with a great view of the bay of Palma de Mallorca .
  • The Soller tramway dates back to 1913. The original carriages take you through the beautiful countryside .
  • Mallorca is an excellent island for cycling. The roads are good, the scenery beautiful and the weather in the summer just fine. Bikes are available for rent on the island .
  • A boat trip along the coast takes you through the beautiful bays of the island.
  • For shopping in Palma you can best go to the biggest shopping street : The Jaume III where you can find several boutiques , quaint gift shops and the Galerias Preciados , a famous Spanish department store .
  • Or you can shop at the best on the market in Palma, but also in the smaller villages you will find markets and traditional shops .
  • Majorca is known for its pearls , which are for sale everywhere . Also you can visit a pearl factory to see how they are made .
  • The traditional Spanish fish market Catalina is a must see.
  • The Moorish quarter in Palma is nice to walk with many alleys and courtyards throughout.
  • Torrent de Pareis is a jagged gap in the northwest of Mallorca , where you can make Spectacular walks
  • On Majorca you will find many caves but there are only a few open to the public . The most famous cave system you can find on the east coast of Mallorca : Coves del Drac .
  • The most beautiful places in Palma you quickly discover with the hop -on – hop – off city bus. You can get on and off as often as you want .
  • Port de Soller is a pleasant resort in Majorca with cute houses from the 16th and 18th centuries and orange plantations
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Along the Loire France, 5 trips

Chinon
Chinon is a medieval town in the southwest of the department of Indre – et – Loire . The entire old center of the village is still  in medieval style with a cap of Chinon Castle . Chinon belonged from the 12th to 16th century to the French royal domains. During this period, even Jeanne D’arc visited the village . In memory of this , there are numerous plaques in the city center and the castle of Chinon . There is a weekly market held here on Thursday, there will be mainly sold here and great fruit.

Wine
The region is known for its wines. It is mainly white wines produced here but also to a lesser extent, red , white and sparkling wines . In the area are a total of six Appellations find but the AOC Touraine is the greatest . Unlike most areas , the AOC Chinon mainly is known for its red wines. The white wine here is mainly made of Chenin Blanc with a little more acidity.

Loches
Loches is a village in the south of the Indre. The center of this medieval village is almost still to be admired in its former glory in its entirety. The Castle of Loches and the old city gate Porte Royale are among the most special places in the village .

Tours
Tours is the largest city of the Indre – et – Loire , and thus has a major regional function . In the City are countless beautiful buildings including the Cathedral Saint – Gatien and the Abbey Church of St. Julien . Besides the ordinary shopping Tours is known for its many markets . There over 30 held throughout the cityduring the week. These markets range from the basic fruit and vegetable market to antiques and flea markets .

Goat Cheese
To be precise , the Sainte- Maure de Touraine AOC . This goat is unique to this region and has for some years the AOC label . The green- blue mold rind and stick it in the cheese are the most prominent appearance of the cheese . The cheese is made ​​from raw goat’s milk and then sprinkled with burnt ashes . It tastes best with dark walnut bread and a glass of red wine from the region . There are of course several goat cheeses produced in the region, but this is the most striking .

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5 things to visit on Ibiza

Dalt Vila

Dalt Vila , the old town of Ibiza town . This town has partially excavated ancient walls , dating from the 16th century . The Cathedral of Santa Maria d’ Eivissa is on top of Dalt Vila . The cathedral was built in the 14th century. From all over the city of Ibiza this stately cathedral is visible.

Santa Eulalia del Rio

This port is named after the only river of Ibiza , which flows through the town of Santa Eulària . There are two big hippy markets held where many tourists and locals come together. Punta Arabi in Es Canar and Las Dalias near Sant Carles . Also you can find a golf course , marina , beach and promenade with lots of water . There are also a number of historical sites , such as towers, church Es Puig de Missa , mills , S’Argamassa Aqueduct , Torre d’en Valls parish from the 18th century and remains from 1600 BC at the foot of Cap des Llibrell in Cala Llonga .

Platja d’en Bossa

Platja d’en Bossa is particularly well suited for children . It has a sandy bottom and the water runs gradually. You’ll find a lot of wind surfers here, which provide beautiful spectacle. It is not particularly busy here and the music is present to a lesser extent. From this beach you can take a nice walk to the lookout tower .

Sant Antoni de Portmany

This city is just the place to be . It is said that Columbus had been born here. About 2000 years ago this place was no more than a small fishing village . Now it is mostly known for its perfect view of the sunset and especially at Cafe del Mar . While enjoying a drink with lovely matching music. The clubs Eden and Es Paradis also attract many visitors to this place .

Formentera

The island of Formentera is located seven kilometers south of Ibiza The island is about twenty miles long and has about 9,000 inhabitants . Who has had it with the crowds at the neighboring Ibiza , can cross well to this green island for some relaxation. Formentera is known for its white beaches and the fact that nude sunbathing is not allowed on many beaches . The ferry crossing is made in as little as thirty minutes .

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The most beautiful villages on the Costa del Sol

Andalusia has many picturesque villages and towns renowned for its rich culture and good food. People when thinking of the Costa del Sol not often imagine authentic Spanish villages , but that is wrong.

The region of the Costa del Sol surprisingly has many nice villages for various reasons worthile visiting.

Below is a list of the prettiest villages in the area:

Mijas:

For many, Mijas perhaps is too touristy, but the town is very close to the coast on a beautiful location . High above Fuengirola Mijas offers fantastic views over the bay of Fuengirola and the surrounding countryside . On a clear day the coast of Morocco is even visible.tumblr_m4b017o2Dv1r6lxzlo1_500

Mijas is a network of small streets with nice shops and restaurants . Many restaurants are aimed at tourists and will probably disappoint you but if you look good enough authentic places are to be found.

Mijas is also a unique place to live because of the short distance to the airport of Malaga, the beaches and all the amenities.

Benahavis:

Benahavis is known as the gastronomic center of the province Malága and that has its reasons. The village has many restaurants for a town its size. The narrow streets are packed at weekends with locals who come to enjoy the many fine restaurants. Here no touristy restaurants but completely authentic Spanish restaurants , bodegas and bistros .

???????????????????????????????In addition, the access route to Benahavis is spectacular through a narrow gorge with a crystal clear river. The distance to the coast is very short , as the village is only ten minutes from the glitz and glamor of Puerto Banus .

The territory of Benahavis runs down to San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona direction . There are many beautiful neighborhoods in Benahavis to consider buying a house like Los Arqueros , El Paraiso , Atalaya and Los Flamingos .

Istan:

Istan is located near Marbella , high above a spectacular lake . Here are many freshwater springs and several beautiful hiking trails. The village is very quiet but well worth a visit. Either a morning or afternoon would be the best time.Charca-Istan1

Casares:

Cacares is located just outside Estepona on a high rock. The fortress of the village is already visible from a great distance and provides a picturesque panorama. The nature around the village is spectacular with cork oak forests and pine forests. Casares is located near the coast and the territory of the village is even all the way to the beach .

casaresThere are many beautiful places to possess a property around Casares. You can live completely rural but also in the coastal area .

Gaucin:

Gaucin is one of the most beutiful located villages of Andalusia on a high cliff above a valley with a river. The route to Gaucin is breathtakingly beautiful , and you will stop various times to enjoy the views.

The village has a beautiful fort on the highest point and many narrow streets with nice restaurants. The area is beautiful and belongs to the Serrania de Ronda with chestnut and cork oak forests. You can use many scenic hiking trails and try many local

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Buyers costs in Spain

The amount of the buyer’s costs in Spain

· Transfer tax when buying an existing home. ( ITP ) Impuesto Trans Patrimoniales . The amount of the transfer tax is 8 % . Note that this may vary per Communidad Autonomo . For example, in Andalusia a scaled rate is applicable steadily advancing on the first EUR 400,000 will pay 8 % , from 400,000 to 700,000 9 % and anything above 700,000 10 %
· VAT / Sales tax when buying a new house . ( IVA ) Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido . The amount of VAT is 10 % .
· Notary fees , between 0.6 % and 1 % . Note, however, that a notary in Spain does not perform checks on your purchase as you normally would in the Netherlands . So be very careful ! For example, you should check whether the property is free from a mortgage at the time of purchase , you can do this with the Land Registry , the Registro de la Propiedad .
· Registration fees in the ” Registro de la Propiedad ” , the Spanish Land Registry are approximately 0.3 % to 0.7 % of the purchase price .
· If you take out a mortgage on the property , you are charges owed ​​to the bank , the notary and land registry . The closing costs of the mortgage amount to 1 % to 1.5 % of the mortgage amount . The fees for the notary , registration in the land register and the format of the documents are up about 2.5% of the mortgage amount .
· Construction Tax . Impuesto sobre construcciones , instalaciones y obras . To apply for any building permit , you pay 2.5% tax , calculated on the value of your future home as the architect indicating .

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Number of sold homes Balearics increases explosively

With the figures of the sale of homes in Balearic Islands is nothing wrong ​​in the month of January. Sales increased by 26.7 percent.

1029 Balearic homes were sold in the month of January, which is nearly 27 percent more than the same month in 2012, according to the recently published figures from INE, Spanish Bureau of Statistics. With these numbers, the Balearic climbed to fifth position as we look by region, after Aragón (30.9%), Andalusia (34.3%), the Canary Islands (44.8%) and Extremadura (103%).
If we are slightly more detailed look reveals that 51.5% of the transactions and a new home was found to be 48.5% on the purchase of a second home.

Throughout Spain, sales increased by 18.9% in January compared to the same month of 2012 with a total of 39,670 operations, the fastest pace since February 2011, when there were 45,000 purchases.

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New Carrefour opens in Mijas

MIJAS – Traffic Chaos was due last Thursday when a new branch of the French supermarket chain Carrefour opened in Mijas – Costa .

Many residents of the Costa del Sol to know the location : a half years ago there was the Euromarket established . Also a large supermarket that had an international audience and intended audience. The Carrefour through major changes in the building can reduce energy consumption. The store up to 30 percent The fresh produce department of fish will be sold directly from the port of Fuengirola and Estepona . With a range of 1,300 international products hoped Britons , Germans , Scandinavians , Russians and pulling . Dutch and Belgians There is also a section where fresh sushi is sold . In addition, local produce from the Malaga region are also sold .

The new supermarket with an area of ​​10,000 square meters , 550 parking spaces and 25 checkouts provide 360 new jobs. These were mostly forgiven unemployed . Besides the hyper mercado ” There are 23 other shops. According to the director of CostaSol Supermercados exists the potential audience of more than 500,000 people. The new case is found along the N-340/A-7 , coming from the direction of Malaga the first exit immediately after you have passed the El Corte Inglés .

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Tax breaks small and medium sized companies Spain

Companies with a turnover of less than € 10 million are entitled to a tax benefit of 10 % of their profits this year .
Around 385,000 businesses will be affected by the change , which is a total savings of tax will have. 600 million resulting

The action is one of a number of tax changes that take effect in an effort to revive the floundering Spanish economy . Kickstart this year

Those looking to invest in start-up companies , so-called business angels , will also benefit from a 20 % income tax reduction on investments of at least € 50,000 . They will be exempt from capital gains tax if they leave the company if they reinvest in a new or recently created .

The most common change is being worked on IVA ( VAT) , companies can defer payment until after the bill is paid .

The regulation applies to small and medium-sized businesses and self-employed with a turnover of less than € 2 million per year.

Those who want to use must register before March 31.

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Obtain NIE number

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What is an N.I.E Number?

N.I.E. is an abbreviation for Número de Identidad de Extranjero, which translates as Identification Number for Foreigners, or Foreigners’ Identification Number if you prefer.

The NIE is your all-purpose identification and tax number in Spain. You need it for everything that involves a tramite or official process in Spain. For example, you will need an NIE number to buy a property, buy a car, get connected to the utilities and, most importantly as far as the Spanish state is concerned, pay your taxes. Without an NIE number, the Spanish tax authorities are unable to assess or process annual tax payments such as income tax (IRPF), and the annual wealth tax (Patrimonio), both of which are declared by resident and non-resident property owners.

NIE number certificates are now being issued with a 3-month validity from the time of issue, after which you are expected to apply for residency, or register as a non-resident. So after three months the certificate is no longer valid, at least in principle. Some notaries may refuse to accept a certificate that has expired, which could cause problems for property buyers trying to sign deeds more than three months after obtaining their NIE certificate. To avoid problems you should sort out your NIE number on your last trip to Spain, when you find a property you want to buy. If the conveyancing process takes longer than three months, you may need a gestor to reapply for your NIE number, or register you as non-resident in time.

If you are an EU citizen and spend longer than 3 months in Spain after getting your NIE number, you are required to register and get a government certificate that shows your NIE number.

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Who needs an NIE in Spain?

1. Any foreigner who becomes resident for tax purposes in Spain needs an NIE number in Spain.
2. Any non-resident foreigner who buys property in Spain. If a couple buys a property in Spain together, and they register the property in both their names, then both of them must obtain an NIE number in Spain.
3. Anyone who wants to work in Spain, or start a business in Spain.

When do you need to have an NIE number?

If you are buying property in Spain, then you need to have an NIE number by the time you sign the deeds of purchase before notary, an event known in Spanish as the escritura.

Getting your NIE number in time for escritura means applying at least 1 month before hand if you are applying in Spain, and at least 2 months before hand if you are applying via a consulate abroad. The actual time it takes depends upon where you apply, and the time of the year. You might be able to get an NIE number in person in Spain in a couple of days, but it could also take weeks, so best allow yourself plenty of time.

How do you apply for an NIE number?

The first thing to understand is that dealing with the Spanish bureaucracy is often a perplexing, not to mention frustrating affair. The way they interpret the regulations in Andalusia might differ from the way they interpret the same rules in Catalonia. In one area, for example Barcelona, you need to book an appointment online in advance to request your NIE number, then spend hours waiting in a queue, whilst in other areas you can just turn up and get everything done in half an hour. I have confirmed for myself that the rules are inconsistently applied, which makes it difficult to prepare a guide to NIE numbers.

So keeping in mind that the process and interpretation of requirements might be different depending on how and where you apply for an NIE number, here is a general guide that explains the official requirements and the process as it should work (but might not)

There are three ways to apply for a Spanish NIE number:

1. Apply in person in Spain.
2. Apply in person via a Spanish Consulate abroad.
3. Apply through a representative in Spain

1. Applying for NIE number in person in Spain

Spanish N.I.E form
NIE form example – click to enlarge
Applying in person for an NIE number whilst in Spain is a relatively straightforward procedure. The only inconvenience is that you may have to wait for several hours in a queue in order to submit your application at a Spanish police station. It does depend upon the police station where you apply, and the time of day (early is better). With a bit of luck you will be in and out in half an hour or less.
The process is as follows:

1) Prepare the necessary documentation:

All applicants: Two copies of the Ex-14 application form filled out and signed . The Spanish name for the NIE form is Solicitud de NIE.(Ex-14)
All applicants: An original document (plus a photocopy) that justifies your reason for applying for an NIE number, such as a private purchase contract for a property, deposit contract, or a mortgage approval.
EU nationals: Your passport and a photocopy of the main page of your passport (the page that includes your photo, name, passport number, address, etc.).
Non-EU nationals: Your passport and a photocopy of your entire passport (all pages), plus proof of your legal entry into Spain (for instance a landing card, known in Spanish as a declaración de entrada or a título de viaje or cédula de inscripción). Some Oficinas de Extranjeros might accept a valid entry stamp in your passport as proof of legal entry. To be on the safe side non-EU nationals might also want to take along two recent passport size colour photographs with a plain coloured background.
+ NIE application form / solicitud de NIE (Ex-15)

2) Take all documentation in person to the appropriate place of submission.

You have to go to one of the immigration offices (oficinas de extranjeros) that are usually found in designated police stations (comisaría de policía), preferably in the area where you are buying your property. If there is no immigration office in your area then it should be possible to make your application through a local police station. In any event the local police station will be able to tell you the best place to go to apply for an NIE in your area.

The Ministry of Public Administration also publishes a list of Immigration offices around Spain, though I find that they often change the URL, so don’t blame me if this link leads to a dead end. It’s difficult to maintain links to Government websites.

In Barcelona, and some other places, you have to request an appointment online using the “Certificados EU” (for EU nationals) option at the Public Administration website. You might have to book an appointment a month in advance – you can’t just turn up. (More information from the Public Administration website in Spanish)

You will have to pay a tax of around €10.00 at the nearest bank branch after making your application, then take proof of this payment (the stamped receipt from the bank) back to the Oficina de Extranjeros. That completes the application process.

3) Collect NIE number after a few days

After you have submitted your NIE application you will be given an official receipt (resguardo) and a date after which you can return to collect your NIE document. It might be a couple of days later, or a couple of weeks – the police station will tell you. The time it takes varies by region and time of the year.

You do not have to collect your NIE in person – anyone can collect it for you if they have the official receipt or resguardo you were given when you submitted your application.

The time it takes to get an NIE varies greatly by region. Whilst it is still common in most areas to wait 15 days or more before collecting an NIE, in some areas, for instance Oviedo, in Asturias, (North Spain), you can apply for, and collect, an NIE in one single visit, which might not take longer than half an hour.

Generally speaking, it is also quicker to obtain an NIE from a local tax office than from one of the designated police stations. Applications via a tax office tend to take a few days, compared to a few weeks via police stations. Applying via a tax office does mean, however, that the Spanish tax office is aware of your situation as an owner of property in Spain. This makes it more likely that the tax office will pursue you for taxes related to owning property in Spain, such as the wealth tax (patrimonio), and income tax (IRPF), which all property owners in Spain have to pay, irrespective of fiscal residence.

2. Applying for an NIE number in person via a Spanish Consulate abroad

You can also apply for an NIE from Spanish consulates around the world if you do not have the time to apply whilst you are in Spain.

The process is as follows:

1) Prepare the necessary documentation:

EU nationals: Your passport and a photocopy of the main page of your passport (the page that includes your photo, name, passport number, address, etc.). Non-EU nationals: Your passport and a photocopy of your entire passport.
2 copies of the appropriate application form duly completed but NOT SIGNED as you will need to sign in the presence of a consular official. The Spanish consulate will not be able to provide you with this form so you must obtain it beforehand. The Spanish name for this application form is Solicitud de NIE. para residentes en el extranjero (Ex-14bis), and you can download it by clicking on the link below. This will open up a new browser window and display the forms in ‘pdf’ format.
A self-addressed envelope (no stamp)
An envelope addressed to:
Comisaría General de Extranjería y Documentación
Dirección General de Policia
C/ General Pardiñas, 90
28006 Madrid

In the UK it appears that there is no longer any fee to pay (you used to have to pay a cheque of £22 to “The Spanish Consulate General”). You may wish to ring the consulate beforehand to check this, or just take your cheque book along to be on the safe side.
You might also have to produce an original document (plus a photocopy) that justifies your reason for applying for an NIE number. This documentation might not be necessary, but best have it with you just in case. If you don’t have it, then don’t worry too much, as both London and Manchester consulates say they don’t require it.
+ NIE application form / solicitud de NIE (Ex-15)
If this link doesn’t work, the form is also attached at the bottom of this page.

2) Take all documentation in person to your nearest Spanish Consulate.

You have to go in person with all the relevant documentation to your nearest Spanish consulate. The Spanish Consulate cannot issue NIE numbers; it only acts as a “postal box” between the applicant and the competent authorities in Spain. Once you have submitted your application through the Consulate they will not be able to provide you with any further information on the status of your application. For any further information or enquires as to the status of your application you should write to the address given above for the Comisaría General de Extranjería y Documentación.

For contact details of Spanish Consulates in the United Kingdom see below:

3) Await notification from the Spanish authorities

If all goes well you should receive your number through the post within 4 – 6 weeks. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to have the NIE number sent to your address abroad, make sure you print this address very carefully on the application form, and also include a self-addressed envelope (no stamp). The website of the Spanish consulate in London says you have to use an address in Spain, but the consulate in Manchester says you can have your NIE sent to you in the UK. This is conflicting advice, and I cannot tell you for sure which version is correct.

Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom:
LONDON
ADDRESS: 39 Chesham Place, SW1X 8SB
TEL: 020 7235 55 55
EMAIL: emb.londres@maec.es

There is also a Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh and Northern Ireland – ring the Embassy for more information.

3. Authorise a third party to obtain you NIE number on your behalf

The Spanish Government now permits foreigners to authorise a third party to obtain an NIE number on their behalf, as I reported in this article The Spanish Government now allows foreigners to get an NIE number through a legal representative. There was a period of time when this was not possible.

As a result, you can now authorise someone to get your NIE number for you in Spain. Once authorised they take care of the whole process for you. There are numerous companies now offering this service. To do this you need to:

Grant them a poder, or power of attorney signed before notary, expressly granting permission to request an NIE number on your behalf.
Let them have your passport, or send them a notarised copy of your passport (copia legitimada). Getting a copy of your passport in Spain is easy and cheap to do with a quick visit to a notary. If you get it from a notary outside of Spain you will also need the Hague Apostille. Be warned that some oficinas de extranjería do not accept passport copies that have been notarised outside of Spain – they only accept copies done by a Spanish notary.
If you go to a notary outside of Spain, the documentation will also need the Hague Apostille (but not if you go to the Spanish embassy or consulate).

British Notary Publics are generally solicitors and practise in solicitors’ firms. I recommend you telephone one or two solicitors’ firms in your area and enquire as to whether they have a Notary Public or, advise you as to where the nearest one practises.

Be sure to take your original passports to the Notary appointment.

Source: Spanishpropertyinsight

 

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Costa Blanca property sales boost defies national gloom

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THE property market in Alicante Province has become vibrant again after five years of decline according to figures released by the national statistics institute (INE).

INE says that last November 2,029 operations were registered, the highest number since 2007, while in the rest of Spain sales and purchases dropped, with figures for the month for the rest of the country showing just 21,847 operations.
In the entire Valencia Region, November turned out to be the second worst month for property deals since the same period in 2011, with just 3,651 deals being done.

In the country as a whole, INE says that all regions experienced a drop if property sales during November 2013, except in the Canary Islands and Navarra where they rose by 13.5% and 9.7% respectively

Source: Costa News

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Marbella not to have skyscrapers

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Ángeles Muñoz, Mayor of Marbella, announced last week that the controversial plans to build skyscrapers in the town will not go ahead, and the debate about them is over. She did not say whether the modification of the town plan which was recently approved as a first step towards building the tower blocks would be debated again by the council with a view to annulling it.
Backtracking on her previous statement to the effect that no decision would be made until a public board had been convened and consulted, and in the face of strong opposition, the mayor said that it would not be necessary to wait for January and the advice of the yet-to-be-created board, because the decision had been taken.
In the mayor’s opinion, this means an end to the debate about the project for skyscrapers. Asked about the creation in Marbella of a citizen platform made up of promoters, architects and ecologists who are opposed to the project, she said:
“Anybody can form a group and debate. If a platform is set up we will be delighted to hear its opinions, but on the part of the local government I am telling you there is no intention to go ahead,” (in reference to the skyscrapers).
What the residents think
The plans to build several lofty skyscrapers in Marbella have been a hot topic of conversation amongst the town’s foreign resident population recently.
Under the proposed scheme six tower blocks of up to 150 metres in height were planned for five different neighbourhoods in Marbella. The Partido Popular government at the Town Hall had hoped the move would help revamp the town’s image, whilst boosting the local economy.
The towers, some of them up to 36 storeys high, would have been located at El Realejo, Rio Verde, east and west Guadaiza and on the road to Istán. However, many foreign residents living in Marbella have criticised the plans saying the towers will harm the image of the town, as the majority of its buildings are low rise.
Michael Liggan of Marbella based Altavista Property told SUR in English: “We are completely against the plans to allow the construction of skyscrapers. Marbella is neither Dubai, nor for that matter Benidorm and has no need to emulate them. Marbella is beautiful and charming precisely because it doesn’t have high rise buildings. The proposed areas are some of the most naturally beautiful areas of Marbella and these along with the classic and much loved views of La Concha which the town enjoys, would be destroyed by these proposed buildings.”
“Garden city should be maintained”
Brit Georgina Shaw, owner of Marbella based Shaw Marketing Services, added: “Marbella was developed by Prince Alfonso as a garden city and since then people have been campaigning to keep development below the height of the tree tops. Clearly that hasn’t been maintained, but I think the vision was correct and we should maintain it as much as possible. Marbella has escaped the development seen in the likes of Torremolinos and this has kept the brand strong. We should not go back by approving sky scrapers now.”
However, according to Johnny Gates, a Marbella photographer originally from Wales, the construction of the skyscrapers could be a positive step forward for the Costa del Sol town. He explained: “Personally I think it’s the way forward but the designs and where they are placed must be thought out with the utmost diligence.
“Marbella needs to jump into the 21st Century with a bang and bring serious investors and money into the area, not the crowd from “The Only Way is Essex.”
Tim Knight, 69, a concert promoter, originally from London, but now living in San Pedro, said: “I don’t think it is in keeping with the area and there have been so many disastrous planning scandals, the whole planning situation in Marbella is a terrible mess. I first came to Marbella as a tourist in 1973 and over the years there’s been no forethought in the planning whatsoever. So to add something that will stick out like a sore thumb is a terrible idea. A developer has obviously worked out that he can sell these apartments cheaply and make a lot of money.”
Job creation
Ukrainian lawyer Sergio Filonenko, 28, who works at Lexland Abogados in Marbella, said: “From my point of view the skyscrapers would damage the tourist image of Marbella and destroy a lot of the green zones. However, their construction would also bring a lot more business to the Costa del Sol, whilst creating additional jobs.
“But personally, I like the fact that Marbella has this traditional image of being a small fishing village with typical, white houses and low rise, luxury mansions. I would prefer it to remain a pretty, tourist destination without the skyscrapers.”
Rob Humphries, a Marbella based radio producer, originally from England, added: “Anything that brings jobs and opportunities to this part of southern Spain would be a good thing. But you wonder on top of other high profile failures like the Marbella port expansion and the plans to make Malaga Football Club one of the biggest clubs in Europe, whether they should concentrate on walking before they reach for the sky.”
A Facebook group opposing the plans called “No a los rascacielos a Marbella! Basta Ya” (No to Marbella’s Skyscrapers. Enough is enough) has almost 1,000 members, while an online petition has attracted 1,800 signatures over the past few weeks.
Source: Surinenglish

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