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Malaga airport is the busiest airport in southern Spain, accounting for around 85% of air traffic in Andalucia. In 2018, no fewer than 19 million passengers passed through its gates. It’s no surprise then, that there are plenty of options when it comes to transport to and from the city. You can take a taxi from Malaga airport straight into town, or hop on a bus to Marbella, Fuengirola, Nerja or Granada if you’re going that far. In this post, I’ll take you through the pros and cons of each transport option available at Malaga airport arrivals. 1. Getting a taxi from Malaga Airport Most people can’t wait to get to their hotel, peel off their travel clothes and slip into something more comfortable. And who can blame them? Malaga sits at the heart of the Costa del Sol, and is surrounded by beautiful beaches. If this sounds like you, then you’ll want to take a taxi from Malaga airport arrivals. Now, there are two ways of doing this. Firstly, you could simply walk outside into the scrum of waiting taxi drivers and jump in the first taxi you find. That’s fine if you’re not going far. But any further […]
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Unbelievably, over two and a half years have passed since the UK voted to leave the European Union, and still nobody knows what’s going to happen next. Even now – less than a month before the scheduled date of Brexit – many people doubt it will actually happen. However, in the event, British expats living in EU countries such as Spain will be one of the most affected groups. If you’re a British expat living in Spain, and you’re wondering whether you should stay or go, it may help to consider both sides of the argument carefully. Return to the UK? The most common reasons among UK expats living in the EU are less related to national pride, and more to do with finances. Travel expenses, for one thing, are expected to significantly increase for UK citizens in the EU. Expats who still have one foot in the UK, so to speak, might find it impractical to travel as frequently, which may lead them to decide to abandon Spain altogether. Britain, believe it or not, could benefit from some economic opportunities that result from any form of Brexit, in the real estate and agriculture sectors, for instance, though it’s expected […]
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Ir is an important verb to learn in Spanish. It’s how you describe where you’re going, and where you’ve been. As a Spanish speaker, you’ll find yourself using the many different forms of ir on a daily basis in conversation. Here are just a few examples of how you can use this common verb, which means “to go”: To discuss where you go regularly, eg. “Voy al colegio” (I go to school). To talk about future travel plans, eg. “Iré a la playa el viernes” (I’ll go to the beach on Friday). To talk about places you’ve visited in the past, eg. “Fui a Cabo San Lucas el año pasado” (I went to Cabo San Lucas last year). To say where you need to go today, eg. “Necesito ir al supermercado” (I need to go to the supermarket). In this article, you’ll find out how to conjugate the verb ir in the present and future tense, so you can form your own sentences like the examples above.   Where Do You Go? First, let’s start with the present tense forms of ir. In the following list you’ll see the Spanish pronouns on the left, and the corresponding, conjugated verb to […]
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While the Camino de Santiago has been a pilgrimage route for over a thousand years, its popularity seems to have surged in the 21st century. There are countless different reasons – which I outline here – why you might want to take on the challenge, from experiencing the lush greenery of Galicia’s mountainous hillsides to the rewards of self-exploration. Along the trails of those spiritual inner journeys are many fascinating myths that tie the history of the route together. Walking Under the Field of Stars Have you ever wondered where Santiago de Compostela got its name? Legend has it the word ‘Compostelo’ is an interpretation of the original Latin phrase ‘campus stellae’, which translates as ‘Field of Stars’. The myth of Santiago de Compostela recounts the story of St. James the Elder, who paved the path of the Camino, before returning to his native Jerusalem and meeting his death in 44AD with Herol Aggripa I ordering his beheading. Following the death of St. James, the myth describes how devout followers collected his remains and sent it toward Irivi Flavia, south of Santiago, on a boat guided by angels. The bones were all but forgotten until the 9th century, when the astronomer Pelagius observed ‘a […]
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In Spain, all roads leads to Madrid, the culture and finance capital, and home to a warm and welcoming population. As a tourist, there’s much to see – from modern art galleries to royal palaces – but as a resident coming from abroad, does the city offer everything you might need? Choosing the best place to live in Madrid isn’t a simple process, but with enough research, you’ll soon discover the most appropriate neighbourhood for you. Essentially, it largely depends on where your passions lie. Where to live in Madrid if you’re a food lover We all love food, of course – in fact, there’s a high chance you’re moving to Spain because the food has finally tempted you – but if you’re a ‘foodie’ who follows their nose and palate when travelling abroad, then Madrid’s tapas scene should be at the forefront of your mind. Nothing is more Spanish than spending an evening hopping from one tapas bar to the next, to sample as many tapas as possible. In Madrid, there are several quarters where the tapas is known for being outstanding. The most popular of these is arguably Lavapies, where you’ll find cuisines ranging from traditional Spanish to […]
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Home to the world-famous FC Barcelona, El Camp Nou – or ‘Nou Camp Stadium‘ – is one of the top attractions in Barcelona. Whether it’s watching a game or taking the Camp Nou tour, visiting this huge and historic stadium is an experience any football fan won’t soon forget. If you can get tickets to see a game, great! These aren’t easy (or cheap) to come by, and hearing the roar of a 100,000-strong crowd as ‘Barça’ take to the pitch is quite something. But the Camp Nou Experience – a tour of the club’s stadium – is the next best thing (and a great idea to wind down a stag party in Barcelona!). From the players’ changing rooms to the tunnel and dugout, the tour offers you the chance to feel the history and spirit of FC Barcelona, follow in the footsteps of the club’s most famous players, and understand why FC Barcelona is “more than just a club”. Last month, I had the chance to visit el Camp Nou and take the tour myself. I just showed up on the day, but in hindsight I wish I’d booked ahead in order to avoid the queue and guarantee my time of […]
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Many expats will need to make use of a relocations provider at some point when moving to Spain, and with so many to choose from, deciding whether a company is worth your time and money can prove tricky. However, with the right research and knowledge of what exactly to look for, you can guarantee your move will go as smoothly as possible. This post outlines what you should be looking out for, including accreditations, value for money and online reviews. Country Coverage The most important factor when choosing a removal company is, obviously, that they are capable of shipping your possessions to your destination. Some relocation specialists claim to be able to handle global moves, but, depending on where you are headed, you might find that their reach does not cover your particular destination. So, it’s wise to figure this out from the beginning, otherwise, you might end up wasting time filling out a long enquiry form for a company which only covers the UK and therefore cannot carry out a removal to Spain. Accreditations to Look For As with any service provider, it’s important to ensure the company or person you are hiring holds the right accreditations, as these […]
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Expats, whether in Spain or anywhere else in the world, need to transfer money abroad all the time. Whether it’s to pay for the mortgage, pay school fees, or help out family members, there are various reasons why transferring your money from abroad back to your home country is sometimes necessary. You may even have to move the remainder of the funds back once you’ve made all your payments. Each time currency is exchanged and transferred across borders it is slashed to pieces by fx fees and markups. If you were to take an amount of money and move it back and forth between two bank accounts at default bank rates it would only take 10 or 20 transfers to be left with nothing. Each time you are transferring money abroad these are the things you need to keep in mind: How much money should the recipient account get based on calculations of the real exchange rate for today? How much money was received in practice? Of the amount missing, how much money did your bank or FX provider charge you in fees and FX markup (the difference between the real exchange rate and the rate in which you buy […]
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With a climate of year round sunshine and high winds, Tarifa is one of the world’s best kitesurfing locations. I visited a couple of years ago and had a great time. Read about my adventure here. But this post is less adventurous, and more practical, offering tips and general information around kitesurfing in Tarifa. During high season, the town becomes an adventure playground for surfers and kitesurfers, who come from all over to experience Spain’s water sports capital. The skies become frenzied with countless colourful kites, while the ocean fronts are chock-full with thrill-seekers. In Tarifa, there’s an abundance of kitesurfing locations to choose from, suited to all experience levels and abilities. But, with so much choice, it’s easy to miss out on the best spots. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite locations below, in our helpful guide to kitesurfing in Tarifa. Why does Tarifa enjoy such great kitesurfing conditions? It’s all down to the Levante and Poniente, two strong winds that blow in from the east and west, respectively. The Levante is warm and dry as it blows over land, while the Poniente flows over the Atlantic making it cooler and more humid. Its brisk breeze can […]
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Of all things Spain is known and loved for by travellers, its idyllic beaches probably rank highest. You’ve only to visit one of Andalucia’s many bustling beach towns to see that. But such is the volume of these sandy stretches, there are inevitably many more you’ve never heard of. Think unspoiled landscapes, calm waves and enough room to swing a really big towel. This post takes a look at several of these understated beach heroes, in the hope that you will be tempted to explore beyond your comfort zone when holidaying in Spain. Playa de Rodas, The Cies Islands Known as the ‘Galician Seychelles’ by the locals, the tiny Cies Islands can be found off Spain’s northwestern coast, near Galicia. The sand on Playa de Rodas is about as bleached white as sand can get, powdery to the touch and backed by a Jurassic-like landscape. The beach itself extends for more than a kilometre, connecting the islands of Monteagudo and Faro. Regular boat trips from the mainland make day trips here easily doable, especially in summer, but there are hotels on the islands so spending your entire holiday here is also possible. Platja de Llafranc, Costa Brava Llafranc is one of […]

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