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.

Moving overseas for love

Josy Williams // Saturday, 11 February 2017

Perhaps you met someone abroad or you simply fell in love with a place and decided to make it your new home, but relocating with a partner or for a partner can be a tricky life decision to navigate. If your partner has gotten a new job in a different country, following them into uncharted territory can seem like a daunting task. Moving abroad is a big change, and doing so for a partner can feel scary. If you are on the look out for Spanish apartments for sale on the Costa del Sol with your partner, you may both have some concerns you'll have to discuss, when you're not bubbling with excitement at your new life!

Many people wonder what their new work life will look like. The BGRS 2016 Global Mobility Trends Survey found that only 20 percent of accompanying spouses worked while their partners worked overseas. Preparing for the worst but hoping for the best can be helpful in this situation, as you can never know what to expect, but a positive attitude is important! Finding a new job can be tricky when you’re in a new country, and you may have to think about different career avenues. This can be very fun though! Go in with an open mind and don’t give up hope.

This can be a stressful time for people in a relationship, but if you both go in with realistic expectations and plans, as well as a strong willingness to support each other through a time of transition, you will be more likely to succeed! You can take control of your own move, even if you are the “trailing partner”. It’s all about making the most of the situation. So whether you are feeling daunted or excited, there are many things to take into consideration when moving for love. But with the right mindset and plan, you can make it work for everyone! We believe in open communication here at The Spanish Estate Agent, so when you get in touch to discover all of the gorgeous houses for sale on the Costa del Sol, we will be happy to discuss any concerns you may be having, and help you address them head-on!

The first ship that sailed around the world is back!

Josy Williams // Friday, 10 February 2017

The Victoria "was a Spanish carrack and the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world". The original trip was made in 1519, starting in Seville, and returned three years later to Sanlucar de Barrameda (in the Cadiz region of Andalusia), after traveling 68,000 kilometres, or around 42,000 miles. After various other voyages, it was eventually lost at sea around 1570.

The replica that departed in direction of Malaga on Wednesday was finished in Chile in 2011 after a long construction process. It will be opening its doors to the public in Malaga from the 10th to the 19th of February before embarking on the grand tour that it will make around various countries in Northern Europe. 

Visitors to the replica of this 16th century vessel will be transported to the golden age of navigation, which holds maritime, touristic and cultural heritage with it wherever it goes. The realistic details within will ignite any young adventurers thirst for knowledge, and you will find out how crew members made a life for themselves on this vessel during their long voyages. 

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Spain - a great place for expats!

Josy Williams // Wednesday, 08 February 2017

The Independent recently posted an article which detailed the top 17 countries that expats live the happiest lives in. The top 10 includes Costa Rica, Thailand, New Zealand and Spain! Spain is actually the only European country in the top 10 list.

Some of the reasons for the high rate of expat happiness in Spain could be the cheap cost of accomodation, food, drink and transport, which are significantly lower than other Western European countries like the UK.

Aside from the lower costs, the weather is glorious, especially on the South coast. The article mentions good job prospects and decent pay which indeed are getting better year by year. In fact, Spain showed strong economic growth last year and is set to improve!

If you are thinking of buying one of the beautiful properties we have for sale in Calahonda, Marbella or holiday villas all along the Costa del Sol, give it a go! Or ask one of our friendly sales agents for advice if you have any questions about the move. 

El Caminito del Rey

Josy Williams // Saturday, 04 February 2017

El Chorro is a haven of beauty and tranquility around an hour and a half north of Málaga, perfectly accessible for those who are looking for apartments for sale in Estepona, and who enjoy climbing and other non-beach activities! Aside from the breathtaking turquoise lakes, climbing, hiking and camping attractions, it is also well known for El Caminito del Rey - the King's Walk - which opened in 1921 by king Alfonso XIII who walked along its path and gave it its name. 

It had since fallen into disrepair, and gained the reputation of being one of the most dangerous hiking routes in the world due to the dizzying heights and precarious holds. After some casualties, the walkway was closed, and the first 30m were removed so that it was no longer "walkable". It became an "unofficial" climbing destination, reserved for only the most experienced and sanguin climbers, yet it continued to claim lives.

However, in 2012 a serious effort was made to restore the walkway in its entirety, and it is now open to the public in all its glory. The hike takes about 3 1/2 hours and is accessible to almost anyone who is able to walk 2.9km comfortably, and the walkway is surrounded by 1.5m high railings, so the risk involved in the undertaking has been dramatically reduced.

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Costa del Sol breaks records!

Josy Williams // Friday, 03 February 2017

Last year, the hotels on the Costa del Sol hosted over five million visitors, more than ever before! The number of UK nationals also grew, and it is hoped that 2017 be an even better year for the area.

Another record was also broken last year on the Costa del Sol: The Malaga-Costa del Sol airport "showed a 16.4% increase in passenger numbers to the region compared to 2015". This is good news for people traveling to the area, who may see new routes added due to its popularity! Airlines predict that 2017 will be another record-breaking year for foreign passengers. 

To top off a year of records, the Malaga Public Library saw 200,000 new members joining, as well as an increase in books loaned out and visitors to its events! While you're on a viewing trip to see some of our wonderful apartments for sale on the Costa del Sol, you'll most likely fly into Malahga, so we recommend visiting this almost two hundred year old institution and checking out the plentiful international section if you enjoy history and literature!

The brand new beach-side walkway continues to roll out!

Josy Williams // Tuesday, 31 January 2017

For the past few years, a walkway by the beach has been under construction, that is planned to be 22 kilometers long, meaning that the whole length of the coast along Estepona will be connected by an uninterrupted path. This will be part of a bigger project to connect the coast all the way from Nerja to Manilva, which may take much more time due to land ownership constraints and construction permits.

The president of Costa del Sol Tourism, Elías Bendodo, said that the construction of this pathway shows that "the Costa del Sol is offering continuous responses to the demands of tourists whose ideas and desires are becoming clearer and stronger every day".

This pathway will be ideal for long walks along the beach, enjoying the natural beauty of the area. It will connect luxurious urbanisations to beautiful old villages with quaint bars and restaurants. The cyclists who are often encountered in pelotons on the motorway will be able to enjoy a safer and more beautiful ride. Those of us living along the coast will have a stronger connection to each other and to gastronomical, cultural, artistic and sporting delights.

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Why do us expats buy properties on the Costa del Sol?

Josy Williams // Monday, 23 January 2017

Buying a property is always a big decision, and buying a property abroad is an even bigger one. So why do so many people decide to leave their home comforts and decide to start hunting for Costa del Sol properties? This may be because of the 320 days of sun a year, or the numerous entertainment options available, the laid-back lifestyle, abundance of good schools, health services and improving infrastructure... It depends on the person! But here are just a few reasons why people may look to re-locate to the sunny southern Spanish coast.

First of all, it is much easier to enjoy life when the sun is shining and the days are long. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real problem for those of us who hail from the northern-most European countries, so many British, Dutch and Scandinavian people have come to us looking for property for sale on the Costa del Sol - it tends to be more affordable than property where they come from, so many decide that instead of sinking their hard-earned cash into holiday rentals, they can invest in properties for sale in Estepona, Fuengirola or Marbella. Plus, with so many expats with the same idea, you won’t be alone out here.

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Exchange rate news

Tim Williams // Thursday, 19 January 2017
Following Teresa May's comments on Tuesday, the Pound initially dipped and then recovered yesterday in one of its strongest days since 1998 against a basket of currencies.
 
Against the Euro, the rate has stabilised - at least for the short term at around 1.16, close to midway between recent highs at 1.19 and lows around 1.11.
 
In terms of Brexit, we are only at the stage of opening skirmishes, with the UK government seemingly setting out its its negotiating stall in a comparatively aggressive way, stating that the EU "needs" the UK as a trading partner more than the UK needs the EU, and in turn that a trade war, or at least the inability to play nicely in terms of reciprocal trade agreements, would be to the greater detriment of the EU than the UK. This has inevitably provoked a rebuke in the European press, citing "Little England" mentality.
 
The market tends to set psychological "rounded" levels for currency exchange rates. With the Pound/Euro at the moment those levels seem to be 1.10 and 1.20. The rate is fluctuating*, but once breached, is expected to break out one way or the other.
 
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Beach culture in Spain

Josy Williams // Wednesday, 18 January 2017

What does a day at the beach mean to you? For many Brits, this can seem like a somewhat futile pursuit, what with the traffic, the unpredictable weather, the faff of loading all items you might possibly need whilst at the beach (sandwiches, chairs, balls, brollies, the list goes on…), the inevitably expensive ice-creams and mundaneness of the same beach year-in, year-out.

However, moving to Spain will change all of this. I can tell you from experience that it is a life-changing moment when you realise that all you need to pack in your beach bag is keys, a towel, a bottle of water, sun-tan lotion and a book. If you buy one of numerous and amazing Spanish villas for sale on the Costa del Sol within 5 minutes of the beach, you won't have to worry about preparing for every possible contingency plan, you can just pop down for a couple of hours, bob around, lounge a little, and then get back to your day!

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Winter activities on the coast!

Josy Williams // Monday, 16 January 2017

Spain is a classic summer destination, famous for its beaches and general warm-weather activities. 

However, it is also a wonderful place in the winter, especially if you are in tourist-dense areas that usually receive heavy footfall during the summer months. These few months of lower temperatures also bring tranquility and if you live there year-round, you will feel more like a local than ever! 

Many British expats choose to spend the festive season with their relatives in the UK but maybe you have also got visitors looking to escape the bitter northern cold, and you may be scratching your head as to what to do with them in the time of year that many seasonal activities or attractions are closed. 

Spain Property Guides has some answers for you! The author of the article is an expat living on the Costa Brava, but their advice still applies to those who are looking at homes for sale on the Costa del Sol or who are already living here! If you are thinking of making this your full-time residence, it's good to have some tips to keep yourself occupied during the winter.

They mention visiting inland villages which I think is one of the best suggestions I've heard. Take the time during the cooler months to make your forays inland, where it is normally more stiflingly hot than the coast during the summer. The white villages of Andalucia are world-renowned and are certainly worth a visit. 

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Stylish, comfortable and ideally placed beachfront development

Josy Williams // Friday, 13 January 2017

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! 

Created from the development of the iconic Cinema House movie theatre in Fuengirola, these stylish, OFF PLAN apartments are located in one of the prime positions in the historic town.   It is a fabulous local situation in a quiet leafy street and yet close to many popular restaurants, cafés, bars and 150m WALK TO THE BEACH and short walk to the train station.  This is an ideal holiday home or permanent residence which offers owners the latest building standards including high levels of thermal and sound insulation to make your life as COMFORTABLE AND PEACEFUL as possible. The 3-bed, 2-bath apartment is designed with the latest in materials with amazing interior finishes.  With space and light throughout, you will enjoy living in this contemporary property with full air conditioning, home-automation systems and video entry. The kitchens are fully fitted with microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, oven and a washing machine and tumble dryer. With fantastic leisure facilities including a heated pool, the property comes with access to the Gym and fitness area. Completion is scheduled for autumn 2017.  Malaga International Airport is only 15 minutes by car or access with easy public transport.

Full details here

 

Hone your language skills quickly and easily!

Josy Williams // Wednesday, 11 January 2017

If you are looking to buy Marbella real estate, be it for a holiday home, an investment or your new permanent family home, you may be looking to pick up some Spanish language skills to help you along the way. 

It's also a really fun way to look into another country's culture! Plus, knowing a bit of the local lingo during your search for holiday villas on the Costa del Sol may be of help to you, to be able to have a proper chat with the current owner or your potential neighbours. 

So why not start learning for free and forget the lessons, by downloading Babbel, an app you can download onto any of your devices and get started with the basics. 

Firstly they ask you a couple of questions to get to know you a little bit, as well as a short assessment of your current language skills - whether you want to learn French, Spanish, Italian, German, or any other languages they have for offer (and there are many!).

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An unexpected upgrade!

Josy Williams // Thursday, 05 January 2017

Imagine... You've just had a wild night out with your friends and you wake up bleary eyed and queasy to a blaring alarm - you're going to miss the flight! You dash to the airport, hours late, discover your flight has been delayed, the other passengers put on an earlier plane and when you're put in yours, you have the entire plane to yourself!

This incredible story actually took place last month, as unbelievable as it may seem. Three British girls residing in Gibraltar were bumped up to business class and served champagne on an exclusive flight home for Christmas, courtesy of British Airways. The plane that would normally have carried 150 people at full capacity flew with only 3 paying passengers.

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