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.

It's festival time today in Estepona!

Julie Savill // Monday, 14 May 2018

FERIA DE SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR
Andalucia is extremely proud of its history and traditions and this is easily seen with various festivities happening throughout the calendar year. On the 15th May Estepona celebrates the day of its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador (the Farmer), with a procession starting at San José church in the old town and making its way around the centre before returning back to the church. As the festival honours Estepona’s agricultural heritage, the procession is made up of farm vehicles dressed up in foliage, flowers and produce. There is a prize for the best decorated float and everyone makes a great effort, there are even some tractors with ‘San Isidro’ written in dough on a giant loaf of bread on the front of their trailers!

For more information see andalucia.com

Star Wars on the Costa del Sol!

Julie Savill // Thursday, 03 May 2018

The Legion 501 disembarks in Malaga!

The Imperial troops of the 501st Legion arrive on the streets of the centre of Malaga on Saturday, May 5, starting at 5 pm. Departure from Muelle Uno (Pier One), parade to Plaza de la Constitución.

At 5:30 pm, 170 members of the 501st Legion, accompanied by 10 Mandalorian Mercs and 48 cadets from the Galactic Academy, will start the tour at La Farola. They will take Pier One and then head towards the Pompidou Museum, where the Tagomago patrol ship of the Spanish Armada awaits them. From there, the Emperor will disembark with his guard to join the parade.

They will continue along Palmeral de las Sorpresas (Pier Two), cross Plaza de la Marina and take Calle Larios until they reach Plaza de la Constitución at around 8 pm.

Courtesy of www.malagacar.com

The best-trained team on the Costa del Sol

Julie Savill // Thursday, 03 May 2018

New regulations are about to come into play regarding how we gather and use our clients' data.

We take client security seriously and our whole Spain team sat down this afternoon to take part in an online training webinar to make sure your details are handled safely and to the highest standards of care.

 

Encouraging currency update

Tim Williams // Monday, 16 April 2018

The exchange rate between the pound and the euro broke through the 1.15 level last week for the first time in nearly a year.
Since the end of May 2017, the rate has been remarkably steady around the 1.10 - 1.15 level.

It remains to be seen whether this is the start of a new trend or not.

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A sight worth seeing

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 21 March 2018

'Semana Santa' (Holy Week), is a week-long festival of events. from 25 March to 1st April 2018  Here's what not to miss:

Palm Sunday
The first parades day. It passes the  'Tribune of the Poor' (Tribuna de los Pobres), one of the most popular viewing spots along the parades route next to Carreteria street.

Holy Monday
This day is for the parade of the figure of Jesus the Captive, the longest parade of the Holy Week. People walk behind the throne in penance praying to the statue. They are called 'The Promises' (Las Promesas).

Holy Tuesday
Virgen de las Penas, a parade of a throne and a religious figure with a mantle of flowers. The mantle of flowers is made by the gardeners of Malaga city. It is common for the men who carry the throne on their backs to pick it up higher and move it according the music rhythm.

Holy Wednesday
During the Holy Week, a prisoner is released on Wednesday. This dates back to the 18th century when, one year, the parade was suspended but the prisoners decided to escape and make the parade by theirselves. They later returned to their cells and the king to decided to release one prisoner every year, an act that still takes place.

Maundy Thursday
The Thursday is the day for the Parade of Legionaries. They land in the port of Malaga and are part of a procession though the streets of the city.

Good Friday
This is the day for the official townhall brotherhood and the religious figure called Virgen de los Dolores. The lights of the city fade off as the throne passes by.

Easter Sunday
This day is the Resurrection parade. You can also have a good day in Malaga by visiting any of the monuments of the city and eating typical food around the place or at the promenade next to the beach.

For more information visit malagaweb.com

 

Easter treats all round!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 20 March 2018

So, if you are heading to Spain over this Easter break, what specialities might you expect to eat?

Lots of deliciousness awaits but you might want to pack some loose clothes - low-calorie this is not!

Torrijas. This scrumptious treat is very traditional for Easter, with recipes dating back to the 1600s. Thick pieces of bread are soaked in a mixture of milk and egg, then fried with olive oil and served with honey and sugar.

Flores de Semana Santa. Also known as flores manchegas, these sweet and fried pastries come in delightful shapes.

Potaje de Vigilia. Traditionally served on Good Friday before Easter Sunday, this 'vigil stew' is made of cod, chickpeas, spinach and garlic.

For more Spanish treast visit The Local 

Start your property search around Estepona where you'll find lots of restaurants lining pretty little back streets.

 

 

 

Satisfaction from anti-Brexit groups...

Katherine Oneill // Thursday, 15 March 2018

...Votes for Life Bill goes to committee stage

Maglaga.

Bremain in Spain has said that it "welcomes the progress made with the second reading of the "Overseas Electors Bill" which aims to give Brits living abroad a 'vote for life' in UK elections, instead of the current 15 year cut-off period.

The second reading of the Private Member's Bill brought by Welsh Conservative MP, Glyn Davies, took place on Friday 23rd February. It gained support from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat benches and opposition from some Labour MPs. It was supported by Mike Gapes MP, the president of Labour International. The Bill was passed and will now go to the committee stage.

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Spain on the up!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Spanish economy grew 3.1% in 2017 thanks to an increase in consumer spending and a higher rate of investment, data released recently by the government has confirmed.

The nation GDP figure showed an increase of 0.7% in the fourth quarter of last years, slightly slower than in previous quarters, meaning the economy grew slightly less than in 2016 when it expanded by 3.3%. Last year was the third consecutive year that GDP increased more than 3%.

Household demand was up 2.4% in the year and investment was up 5% (including 6.1% for investment in equipments and 4.6% in construction). Exports grew 5% and imports grew at almost the same pace, up 4.7%
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Of the 3.1% growth, 90% came from and increase in overall domestic demand.

Credit: Sur in English

Your Overseas Home: Property Exhibition

Katherine Oneill // Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Our intrepid team of property consultants descended on the Hammersmith Novotel to represent Affordable France, The Spanish Estate Agent and Beaux Villages Immobilier at the Your Overseas Home Property Exhibition this weekend.

The team flew in from Malaga, Bordeaux, Amsterdam and Bergerac.

Ironically, our 'local' team from the south west of England couldn't get there!

Pictured, Karen Mathers, our call team manager, caught in a flurry of snow on Hammersmith Bridge.

All best wishes to our clients who battled the elements to attend this great ticket-only event.

Sold by The Spanish Estate Agent!

Julie Savill // Monday, 05 March 2018

SOLD : Estepona town centre, 3-bed, 2-bath apartment, 185,000€ - step out of your door and onto the beach-front promenade
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Another sale by The Spanish Estate Agent!

Julie Savill // Monday, 19 February 2018

Imagine waking up in your own 3-bed apartment on Europe's only freshwater lagoon development.
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It's Carnival Time in Cádiz!

Katherine Oneill // Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Everyone should experience the weekend madness, when people arrive on Saturday, from all over Andalucia and further afield (mostly by train and bus), dressed up and armed with liquid refreshment, to join in.

The party starts on the train, as groups of chickens, smurfs, nuns, and schoolgirls with swinging pigtails sing heartily in preparation for the festivities, kicking off their own Carnival celebrations before they've even arrived.

Thousands of people in fancy dress throng the centre of old Cadiz all Saturday night, many not even going to bed, till they stagger back onto their buses and trains on Sunday morning to head home (thereby avoiding having to pay inflated prices for hotel rooms).

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Sold by The Spanish Estate Agent!

Julie Savill // Monday, 05 February 2018

A lucky golfer has just taken ownership of this brand new apartment on the only links golf course on the Costa del Sol.
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Brexit: Theresa May to fight EU transition residency plan

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The news that the UK prime minister is seeking to make a distinction between the time between now and March 2019 and the so-called ‘transition period’ will not come as any great surprise to followers of the political posturing around the Brexit negotiations.
Whilst the 27 other EU leaders continue to present a united front, the plaintive cry from the UK has drifted from the trite, ‘Brexit means Brexit’, to something snappy along the lines of, ‘the transition period needs to look different from the bit leading up to it and the bit following after it’.

Allegedly speaking on behalf of the great democratic process and in honour of the referendum result, many observers will conclude that the reality is once again all about placating the section of her own party who provoked this in the first place.
Does anyone actually remember a groundswell of opinion towards a vote to leave before David Cameron foisted the choice upon us?

So now the rights of EU citizens wishing to live other than in their country of birth is back at the top of the agenda. At least as far as the Conservative party is concerned.
Expect the EU to disagree.

So what does this mean for people considering a full-time move to mainland Europe?

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Sun up!

Julie Savill // Saturday, 20 January 2018

Imagine this as your personal view to complement your morning coffee.
This sunrise was snapped at 0815 last week. Winter isn’t so bad!
Stop dreaming and book a viewing trip.
Picture by Tony Reddin, property consultant and font of 25 years local knowledge of Estepona and the surrounding area.
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