Every week we will write about living on the Costa del Sol. You'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice.

Topics will range from schooling your kids in Spain to tips on how to travel to the Costa del Sol, from insights on properties for sale to helpful advice on legal issues. But we also want to share events and culture, to show how wonderful life can be in the area around Estepona, Marbella and Malaga.

Scroll down or click through the list (right) to see previous posts full of interesting information and links about this great place.

Films to take you there...

Julie Savill // Thursday, 07 May 2020

Sit back, relax and soak up some Spanish action

Spain is a regular favourite with filmmakers, attracted by the architecture, the rugged inland countryside and, of course, the stunning coast.
These are three of our favourites for a warm summer evening:

Vicky Christina Barcelona - Woody Allen
Filmed in, you guessed it, Barcelona, this funny, romantic comedy-drama stars Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.
Love and tension follow when two young American women spend a summer in the city and meet an older Spanish artist who has his eye on both of them.
Buy or rent

 

The Way - Emilio Estevez
A father, played by Martin Sheen, receives terrible news that results in him going to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. What results is a moving story of friendships, courage and hope.
Buy

Open Your Eyes - Alejandro Amenábar
Starring Penelope Cruz, this is one of the most critically acclaimed Spanish films of the last 20 years. It was remade as the less than brilliant Vanilla Sky. A film full of dark mysteries and forgotten memories. The setting on the mediterranean makes it worth a watch, the engaging story seals the deal.
Buy or rent

 

A taste of Andalucia

Julie Savill // Thursday, 07 May 2020

Hang on in there - as restrictions lift it will be possible to visit your favourite part of Spain again.  In the meantime, rustle up a typically Spanish dish, pour a glass of sangria and get your feet in the paddling pool.

This is one of our favourite quick and easy lunch or supper dishes.  Flamenco Eggs, courtesy of ohmygoodguide.com - nip over there for more 'taste of Spain' inspiration.

Flamenca Eggs or “Huevos a la Flamenca” is a simple tomato, ham (Spanish jamon serrano or iberico, even better!), chorizo and eggs dish. Huevos a la flamenca is traditionally cooked in a clay pot, which preserves the heat and somehow, gives this dish a special flavour and touch. It is said that the dish is called flamenca because of its colourful pallet that resembles a flamenco costume.

– Flamenco Eggs recipe
3 eggs
1 can of fried tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
100g fresh peas
50g diced ham (jamon serrano)
5 slices chorizo
1 clove of garlic
Salt
Pepper
Boil fresh peas for approximately 15 minutes. Then, put tomatoes into a cooking pot, add slices of ham, chorizo, boiled peas and break the eggs on top. Season with salt and pepper. Finally, preheat oven to 200ºC and bake for 12-15 minutes. That’s it!

Spain is back on the move!

Julie Savill // Thursday, 07 May 2020

After several long weeks of lockdown, we are delighted to see the easing of some restrictions. We can now make individual APPOINTMENTS with clients to view properties (making sure we follow the social distancing guidelines).

Please contact us today to arrange virtual viewings before an actual appointment. Many new properties now offer 500€ REFUNDABLE RESERVATION deposits to lock in a price and a property. Get the first pick of the best deals on the Costa del Sol.

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Bringing Spain to you

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Bring a deckchair indoors, grab a nice cold drink, sit back and read!

As we can't make it to the beach right now, treat yourself to a little taste of Andalucia in the form of one of these books.  All are set in the part of Spain that is dearest to us and all make a great way to while away a guilt-free afternoon of enforced relaxation.  Links to Amazon Kindle store are included here.

The Return by Victoria Hislop, a captivating new novel of family, love, and betrayal set against a backdrop of civil war, flamenco, and fiery Spanish passion. The author of the beloved international bestseller The Island, Victoria Hislop now transports the reader to Granada, Spain, in a time of historic turmoil. The Return is a colorful and spellbinding saga of a family inspired by music and dance, only to be torn apart by fragile hearts and divided loyalties during the bitter war that brought the dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco to power.

Platero and I by Juan Ramón Jiménez. This lyric portrait of life—and the little donkey, Platero—in a remote Andalusian village is the masterpiece of Juan Ramón Jiménez, the Spanish poet awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Costa del Churros by Isabella May. 

The rain in Spain doesn't mainly fall on the plain…  Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Happy reading while you dream of being back on the beach...

 

 

 

 

Settling happily in Spain

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 08 January 2020

When you are moving to Spain, you need to learn to navigate your new environment – especially as you try and keep in touch with your old life. When you are preparing to move, you'll have any number of practical factors to consider and steps to follow. With that in mind, here are our top tips for settling in to your new life.

Before you move
Thorough planning and preparation before you move will be really useful, and there will usually be numerous expats sites and associations in the area you will be moving to that you look into. Spain is so popular with British expats, so there are many communities for you to join; the U3A is a particularly well known international organisation – and gives you the opportunity to meet those who have already been in the same position as you.
It’s also a good idea to use this time to look at maps of your new region and where you are going to be living. Assess where the facilities you are going to need are – the nearest shopping centre, medical centre, local market, nearby beaches and more-than-useful bar. We would also recommend taking some Spanish lessons before you go – having at least a basic understanding of the language will go some way to helping you communicate with your new neighbours.

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The heat is off

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 05 November 2019

In the heat of the summer the beach beckons but November is a fine time to explore some of the grand cities of Andalucia.  We started close to home with Malaga. The most accessible city in Andalucia, Malaga has more low-cost flights from the UK than any other city in the region.

November temperatues are perfect for sight-seeing and, ahem, shopping.  So get your flats on and let's walk...

The Picasso Museum - see the artist's work in the city where he was born

Iglesia de los Martires (Church of Santos Martires): a stunning Roccoco altar piece makes this a must-see.  

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It pays to invest

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Need an income from your Spanish property?  Buy wisely and there are great returns on offer.  We network all the developers offering good investment opportunities for those looking for a rental property.  These are just two of the current available portfolio - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

These apartments are in a 4* hotel and are promoted specifically for rental purposes.  They come with an initial guarantee of 5% return.

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Mind your manners!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 29 October 2019

It pays to know how a few things work if you want to fit in with local culture. Here are our top tips on getting off on the right foot!

Tipping

The Spanish are not like the Americans when it comes to tipping, however it is normal to leave the change to the nearest Euro in a bar or restaurant. Since a service charge is rarely added in a restaurant, most people will leave a Euro or two for the service if they are happy with it. The same goes for a taxi or other services, but you should be aware that some taxi drivers in tourist areas may expect a tip.

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Naughty but oh so nice!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Missing a little taste of Spain while you wait for your next trip?  Rustle up some candied almonds - perfect with a movie on a dull Sunday!

Ingredients:
- 200 g almonds, toasted with skin

- 250 g sugar

- 250 g water

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It's still your move

Katherine O'Neill // Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The latest is that the government has been forced to scrap plans for a law that would’ve ended the freedom of movement - a heavily criticised proposal by the home secretary, Priti Patel. The new law would’ve seen freedom of movement end at the stroke of midnight on 31st October in the event of a no-deal Breit. 

As it stands now, the free movement of EU citizens does not end automatically as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

More from The Guardian

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What's not to like?

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 07 August 2019

On a Monday evening in August, what’s not to like about a drink overlooking gently bobbing boats after a long lazy day doing not much?

Estepona port is a cut above many.

Enough to see and do without being rammed full of irritants.

Come and visit The Spanish Estate Agent at .... just up from the port.

Have a browse of our Estepona listings here.

Fly high in Malaga this weekend!

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 11 July 2019

It is the famous Torre Del Mar Airshow this weekend 12th-14th July!

Head down to the beach where there will be thousands of spectators and a real festival atmosphere.

Great music, great food and best of all 42 aircraft from five different countries will be dancing in the sky!

Why Estepona?

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Estepona, with its beautiful old town and pretty port, is a real success story for the Costa del Sol. The town has really grown rapidly, but maintained its quintessential, traditional, Spanish roots; if you’re looking for a slice of real culture along the Costa del Sol, Estepona is where you need to go.

The old town is full of characterful cobbled lanes, tapas bars and pretty little hidden away shops. Bars are restaurants on this part of the Costa del Sol tend to be cheaper than its coastal counterparts, but still retaining excellent quality. Of course there are plenty of traditional meats and seafood, but international tastes are also well catered for.

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The Andalusian White Villages

Josy Williams // Monday, 03 June 2019

Those who are familiar with the province of Andalucia will most certainly have heard of its iconic white villages. These are villages that sit high in the mountains and stick out from their natural environment with their white-washed square-shaped houses. They are characterised by a sleepy atmosphere, breathtaking views and interesting cultural influences, incorporating Iberian, Moorish and Roman elements.

One of the most famous is Ronda, which you can find more about in an upcoming blog. However, there are many others that are closer to the coast such as Casares - apparently well-liked by Cesar which is where it is reputed to have gotten its name from. Outside of the province of Malaga, you will find white villages such as Arcos de la Frontera in Cadiz which is more of a town and therefore has more to offer in terms of restaurants and bars. If you’re after mysticism this could also be the place for you, but you’ll have to discover its dark side for yourself…

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Ajoblanco - the "white gazpacho"

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 29 April 2019

If you've had your fill of 'regular' gazpacho - cold tomato soup - it's time to try this refreshing alternative made from garlic and almonds.

This Andalusian specialty is a summer favourite and can be had alone or a slightly thinned version to go with a baked potato. 

Find this simple, no-cook recipe by clicking below - alternatively, we've included a video recipe.

Enjoy!

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