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.

Pros and cons of Urbanizaciónes

Joscelyne Williams // Wednesday, 01 June 2016

On your search for property in Spain, you will surely have come across many properties that are part of a development - or urbanización - and you may have also wondered what that means for you.

Many of the Spanish villas for sale on the Costa del Sol that are part of a development offer many advantages because you pay community fees that go towards general upkeep, so you can enjoy a gorgeously groomed garden without having to get your hands dirty, as well as decoration and maintenance of buildings, water supply, insurance, and often a full-time concierge (portero).

These developments are often in prime locations with fantastic views across valleys and the Med, and offer many facilities such as golf courses, pools, gyms, bars, restaurants and tennis courts. Developments with golf courses are especially popular, as there is usually a discount on green fees, and the knowledge that no-one is going to build a house in front of yours and ruin your view!

Some more advantages include the chance to live in a community with close neighbours, reduced property taxes in comparison with detached homes, and increased security.

Whether your property search takes you to Calahonda, Marbella or Estepona, make sure that the community fees are not excessively high - ask the current owner if the level of maintenance reflects the cost of the fees. Make sure to ask about the rules and regulations of the development - they may, for instance, allow pets!

For more information on living in developments, visit this page on the Just Landed website.

The perfect apartments?

Julie Savill // Friday, 03 June 2016

The Spanish Estate Agent on the Costa del Sol is delighted to be able to offer holiday/investment properties in one of the most exciting tourist projects on the Costa del Sol. As part of a 120 million euro project, this 4-acre Crystal Lagoon development is the first of its kind in Europe and is designed to enhance the Costa del Sol, the world's third most visited tourist destination. This is your ideal opportunity to own an apartment set next to the massive lagoon ideal for swimming, kayaking and other water sports. Pioneering technology creates a sustainable environment where the apartment residents will enjoy beach-front living in a safe and secure natural landscape. All the apartments have beautiful, traditional interiors and modern facilities to make living here truly special. Although you may never want to leave the crystal clear lagoon, historic Estepona and beautiful Marbella are a short distance away, Malaga International Airport is only an hour's drive and Gibraltar airport is just half an hour. Either as a beautiful holiday home or an investment in one of the premier developments at the heart of Spain's sunshine coast, don't delay to book your viewing trip

Click here to take a tour

And learn a little more about the company behind the development

Don’t forget to vote!

Don Quay // Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Unless you have been entirely out of circulation you will be aware that the UK goes to the polls on 23rd June to make a once-in-a-generation decision on membership of the EU.

What you may not know is that UK citizens resident in Europe for less than 15 years can vote.

Here is the link, www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - highly relevant to those of us living in Estepona, Marbella, Sotogrande…………

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Schooling on the Costa del Sol

Joscelyne Williams // Tuesday, 24 May 2016

We meet plenty of people at The Spanish Estate Agent who are thinking of making a permanent move with their children. We recommend visiting the Spain Mum Abroad website, which has extensive information on schooling, tips, interviews with experts and locals who have made the move and successfully integrated their kids into local and international schools.

One of the first things that many people consider on their search for their new home on the Costa del Sol is the location in relation to the school they have in mind for their children. In Spain, access to state schools is regulated by a complex system of points, some of which are gained by living in a certain area. Therefore, if there is a particular school that you have an eye on, it would be worthwhile to ask them for a list of streets that fall within their catchment area.

If you want your children to have a bilingual education, this is available from both state schools and private international school. The main difference between the two is the curriculum - in state schools the Spanish national curriculum is always followed, while in international schools they may follow a different curriculum in Spanish and other languages, or the Spanish curriculum but in English, or another language. In any case, if you want your child to be exposed to Spanish in school you needn’t worry that they would miss out on this by going to an international school - they will be sure to speak the language with their Spanish classmates.

 

Ferias in Andalucia

Joscelyne Williams // Thursday, 19 May 2016

An essential aspect of summer life in the South of Spain is the frequent and lively celebration of fiestas of which there are over 3000 every year.

The summer fiestas are awaited with much excitement, and if you find that on your search for gorgeous villas for sale on the Costa del Sol you’re passing through a town that is celebrating a fiesta, make sure to find the public fairground of recinto ferial, where you will find an amusement park and casetas, which are tents set up by the town associations. These are often private and can only be accessed upon invitation, but if you ask politely you’re sure to be let in.

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Gibraltar airport

Don Quay // Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Gibraltar airport may just be a hidden key for many people house hunting on the Costa del Sol.

Direct flights to Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow via well known airlines offer easy access from anywhere in England.

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Meet the team: Tim Williams

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tim is Finance Director of Beaux Villages Immobilier and its subsidiary company in Spain, The Spanish Estate Agent.
'Buying a property on the Costa del Sol is a dream for many Brits. The Spanish Estate Agent is based in sunny, friendly Estepona, about half way between Marbella and Gibraltar. Apartments in Estepona offer great value for British buyers and villas and townhouses throughout the Costa del Sol continue to be popular. Those looking for a rental income return on their Spanish property should look no further - The Spanish Estate Agent can find just the right property, whether it be on the beach, on the 18th green or with its own pool. We look forward to welcoming you to Estepona and the Costa del Sol!'
Tim is also a published author of work on quality processes in business.

Friendly advice on financial aspects of property purchase and sale freely available.

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THE SPANISH ESTATE AGENT – It’s your move!

On 13th April 2016 The Spanish Estate Agent opened its doors in Estepona.

Part of the established European property group, Beaux Villages, The Spanish Estate Agent shares its parent company’s unrivalled ethos of complete customer care from initial enquiry through to completion – and beyond!

As the most influential estate agency in France, Beaux Villages. has built a team of over 120 motivated and experienced professionals selling properties priced from a few thousand euros to many millions.

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