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.

Easter treats all round!

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.

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

 

 

 

Satisfaction from anti-Brexit groups...

Katherine O`Neill // 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!

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 O`Neill // 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!

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!

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 O`Neill // 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!

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

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!

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.
Great deals guaranteed.


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Time for a sundowner?

Sunset over Duquesa, Costa del Sol, taken by leading property consultant at The Spanish Estste Agent and long time local resident Tony Reddin.
For a list of properties available to buy with a magical sunset included in the price, click here

Love lentils?

Then the Malaga area has something special in store for you.  Although temperatures are not what Brits know as cold, the thermometer has dipped and thought turn from salads to something a bit more substantial.

Lentils are a firm local favourite and we love this recipe from Chic Andaluzza.  Check out the site for lots more delicious ideas.For four people as a main dish or six as a starter you´ll need

About 500g of lentils – we have the flat green ones here
Water to cover
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 medium onion, quartered
Half each of a red and green pepper, chopped into bite sized chunks
Two tomatoes cut into bite sized chunks
1 bay leaf
A couple of carrots peeled and finely diced
A stick of celery plus the leaves (if it has leaves). Finely dice the celery but not the leaves.
4 or 5 whole fat cloves of garlic
2 medium potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes (keep these in a bowl of water separately)
Sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary if you have it
¼ teaspoon each of pimentón and paprika
Salt to taste (at end of cooking)
Optional – a couple of chorizo and/or morcilla or your favourite sausages

 

Rinse the lentils then add all the vegetables and spices apart from the salt to a large cooking pot. Cover well with water, add the oil and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat slightly but don´t let them come off the boil while cooking as this will make the lentils hard. They will probably take about 45 minutes or so.

When the lentils are soft, add the potato and meats (if using) and continue cooking until the potatoes are cooked. Remove the bay leaf and celery leaves and add salt (and pepper too if you like) to taste and you´re ready to serve. Slice the sausages into smaller pieces before serving. A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon over the top really lifts the flavour!

 

Prices rising!

It’s official - Spanish property prices are rising.

EU data to the end of September confirms this.
There are always regional differences with this type of analysis, however the overall trend is the most important factor in considering the longer term advisability of an investment.

And it doesn’t mean there are no longer bargains to be had.
Talk to us for inside knowledge about the best value to be had from amongst the bewildering choice.
It does mean that confidence continues to return to the market - undeniably a good thing for property owners.

It has always been the case that your money goes further here in Spain, when any like-for-like comparison is made.
Not that ‘like-for-like’ is a piece of cake here on the Costa del Sol.
I mean, how many of you were on the beach in the UK yesterday?
Honestly - opposite our office in Estepona on white sand - locals, ex-pats and visitors alike basked in the winters sun.

Time to book a free viewing trip with TSEA.
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No rental property left on Costa del Sol - become a landlord!

Chloe Williams // Friday, 17 November 2017

Stock is at an all time low which means that rental properties that do become available are snapped up in an instant. In 2017, the Costa del Sol had its highest number of tourist visitors - ever!

That makes a great opportunity for anyone looking to buy a second home to rent out for part of the year or to buy a property specifically to create an income!

How does it work? There are three models to choose from:
- Buy a property and manage the rentals yourself, do your own marketing on specialist sites, take the bookings, arrange the changeovers.
- Buy a property and put it in the hands of a specialist rental agency who would typically charge you up to 20% of the income but they take everything from marketing to housekeeping off your hands.
- Buy a property in a tourist resort where the resort takes on the rental and offers a guaranteed return - usually for a limited period, for example 5% per annum over 3 years.

Our sales agents know the Costa del Sol inside out and are experienced in identifying the apartments or villas which will be in the most demand for rental. We can also put you in touch with specialist property management companies who will help with the rental process. Contact us now and find out how we can help you buy and make a return on your investment.

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Where in the Costa del Sol suits you?

Deyanira Eneko // Tuesday, 31 October 2017

What can it be that makes the Costa del Sol so loved by so many visitors and home buyers?

Is it the year-round good weather? Well, yes, and much more besides.

Many people come here for the fantastic Spanish lifestyle which welcomes people from all over the world.  Recent surveys of expats, have put Spain as one of the top 10 European destinations. However it's useful to understand the various parts of the Costa del Sol so you can start your new life here in the best area possible.

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