The Word on the Street

International Edition - November 2010


News and Information from Spain


Welcome to the November issue of 'The Word on the Street'. Your monthly news and information from Spain, provided by Ábaco Asesores. In a couple of columns we hope to keep you in touch with the news, events and just a little bit of gossip.

Sierra Nevada ski station - Granada

Sierra Nevada ski station - Granada

Happening in Spain

Snippets from the Spanish press

What is it with Spanish sport at the moment? Of course, Spain won the world cup in football, we all know that, even a recently deceased octopus, but what about all the other titles they've been picking up too?

We’ve had, Carlos Sastre’s Tour de France triumph, Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon championship win and we’ve just missed out on the Formula 1 World Championship.

Is it something in the water? Perhaps it’s time we did start drinking it.

Gossip on the forums

What the word is on the streets

The news is out that Amazon have bought out the Spanish online retailer BuyVIP and that there will be free delivery of items to Spain if the cost of them amounts to more than 25 pounds. Buying through Amazon remains a good way of purchasing those items that seem to be rather more expensive in Spain such as printer ink and blue-ray discs. Find out more.


Legal and Tax Updates

Remember, if you are a non-resident the deadline for completing your Spanish tax declaration is 31st December.

This is becoming increasingly important - please make sure you comply! Read our "tax quiz" article Whose tax is it anyway? to find out where you stand.

Just in case you are in any doubt the article 31st December - your last chance explains exactly what imputed tax is and why non-residents who don't rent out their property should be paying it.

What is a Denuncia?

On a slightly more subdued note if you are a victim of crime in Spain you should complete a Denuncia at the Local Police, Guardia Civil or National Police station. You will need to make the Denuncia in Spanish so might need to take an interpreter with you.

Alternatively you can make it over the phone by calling 902-102-112 and providing your NIE and full address. You can do this in English but must wait for an English operator and this might take a little while. It will then be faxed to your nearest police station where you will need to sign it.

For more information click here.

Albaicín and La Alhambra - Granada

Albaicín and La Alhambra - Granada



Coming out?
What's coming up?

If you're coming over in November you might be able to drop into the 'This is Spain Exhibition' on the 19th, 20th and 21st November. This is usually a busy event with lots of stalls and exhibitors. This year it is being held at the Thalasia Hotel in San Pedro del Pinatar. It's open from 10.00am to 6.00pm and the entrance fee is only 1€. To find out more visit

If you're feeling energetic…

Why not try the Costa Blanca's very own ski club. They take groups of skiers to the Sierra Nevada and Andorra throughout the season. The price of the trips is incredibly low and they welcome all levels of skier. You can find out more on their website.

Want to explore?

It's easy to get stuck in a rut, visiting the same places and seeing the same things. If you want to try something different have a look at these free travel guides for Alicante, Benidorm and Torrevieja.

Walking and cycling

If you like walking and cycling you might be interested in the following website Senderos de Alicante.

Established by the Alicante government, the site includes information about different walks in the region along with bicycle routes and a comprehensive history of the salt industry - if you can read Spanish. The 'arena' or beach option is particularly useful for providing an overview of all the beaches in the Valencian Province.

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