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Why EU removals will be tougher in 2022

 

As this year is ending, I want to tell you why EU Removals will be tougher in 2022. Considering the momentous Brexit changes we have already adjusted to this year, that is quite a sobering thought. And this is without factoring a global pandemic into the mix!

With huge changes coming, everyone in this industry must completely adjust the way they work next year. This is what is coming

  • A) the Brexit agreement being fully implemented
  • B) the registering of journeys in the EU
  • C) the inclusion of all vans over 2500 kg in the Operator Licence rules, 

The last 2 are looking like they may be the biggest shake up in European transport – probably ever. It will raise the barriers to entry, in an industry which has historically been very easy to get into.

The end of Man & Van?

The man and van sector has taken a hell of a bashing in the past couple of years. It is often criticized and is rather unloved within the removals trade. Brexit saw the demise of many man and van operators (read – unregulated businesses) man and van future in jeopardywhen the work involved with customs procedures took it’s natural toll. The consequences of Brexit also saw the number of British vehicles used in Europe fall dramatically.

In the spring of next year, two new pieces of legislation are being introduced. These will probably finish off any illegal ‘man & van’ operations that are based on the Spanish costas, or that operate from Facebook forums. Alongside this, sadly, the new legislation could well see the demise of many longer-standing operators, who might just decide that enough is enough.

It’s now difficult to see any future beyond 2022 for man & van, with the triple whammy of these new regulations, as fully explained below. What is abundantly clear is that only those operating legally will continue to thrive. Even then, the survivors will need to invest in licensing, new vehicles and compliance systems, which will be very expensive.

So, after such a scary opening to this article, shall I explain in full what is changing? Here are the 3 reasons why EU removals will be tougher in 2022

Reason 1 – Brexit – full UK border controls from 1st January

Since the UK and EU went their separate ways at the end of 2021, we have experienced a ‘Brexit lite’ period regarding customs procedures. Whilst full import controls were in place from Jan 1st for entering the EU, the UK has allowed deferred import clearance – by up to six months. As there have been few checks at some ports, this has led some removals companies to avoid doing any imports completely. However, from 1st January 2022 that will end, and all imports must have full customs clearance. This means all UK customs import declarations must be made in advance. Journeys must then be registered on the UK government GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service). If the trip is not registered, you will not be leaving the port of departure. Consequently, for those businesses who were less than honest, UK import taxes can no longer be avoided.

For many, this will mean another layer of expensive administration. For those who have been carrying out import clearances all this year, it will only mean one additional process.

This is reason one, of three, as to why EU removals will be tougher in 2022

Reason 2 – Registering Journeys (postings declaration) within the EU.

This relates to cabotage and cross trading. Cabotage is loading goods in one EU country and unloading them at a different place in the same country, using a vehicle registered in the UK. Cross-trade is loading goods in one EU country and unloading them in a different EU country, again using a vehicle registered in the UK.new van rules in the EU

The legislation means the registration of these jobs, made in advance with the authorities, will require full details of the vehicle, the driver, contract of employment, start and finish points of each leg, and expected timescales of each trip. Copies of all this info must be inside the vehicle during the trip. Then government officials can stop the van and check you are not trying to ‘cheat’ and gain an advantage. This legislation will apply to all vans, cars towing trailers and, of course, all HGVs. The UK government website states “You will get penalties if you do not register the journey”

 There are some exceptions, where journeys will not need to be registered. Among them are:

  •       From the UK to just one place in Europe, where you can both unload and load goods.
  •       From the UK to Europe, and you unload goods at more than one place abroad – but you must return empty and not load any goods in the EU

EU Warehousing as a solution

It’s pretty clear that the most useful exception is the first one. We expect to see trade links between removal businesses grow for those companies with warehousing and distribution facilities in Europe. Nobody wants to run empty with the costs of transport operations these days. With our huge warehouse near Mojacar, we look forward to helping the trade deal with this new rule by offering fulfilment services in Spain. You can then deliver in to us and leave straight away once loaded. We will take care of all the collection and delivery services within Spain using our professional staff who are resident there.

 A link to the UK Government’s advice on this legislation is here

This is reason two, of three, as to why EU removals will be tougher in 2022

Reason 3 – All Vans will need to be on an Operators Licence.

Perhaps the most controversial piece of legislation comes in May 2022. It may be the final nail in the coffin for many.

To operate vans on a hire or reward basis (carrying other peoples goods) anywhere in the EU, you will need to have a goods vehicle operators licence. 

legal van rulesThis legislation will be a hammer blow to small operators who carry goods between the EU and UK. This new ruling is massive, and brings the average ‘man and van’ under the same rules and conditions of operation as HGV operators. Don’t worry, though, if you only use vans in the UK this does not apply to you. Any van you have that operates to the EU will, however, need to be on an operator’s licence.

The criteria for a licence will be exactly the same as for an HGV, apart from an operating centre to park your vehicles. Therefore, it is very strict. It will be necessary to demonstrate financial standing, proving that you have access to a set amount of finance to run and maintain your vans. This is based on the number of vans you operate. You will also need a fully qualified transport manager – you could employ one directly, or hire-in an external TM.

Undertakings

You will also need to make the following undertakings as part of the application process, and prove to DVSA that you have proper records that:-

  •       All drivers keep to the rules on driver’s hours – the postings declaration rule (Reason 2 above)  will help to enforce this.
  •       Vans are not overloaded
  •       Vehicles operate within speed limits
  •       Drivers report all defects, and repairs are carried out promptly
  •       Records of defect reporting, safety inspections and maintenance/repairs are kept for 15 months
Speed limits in Spain

New rules mean the Operator will suffer if your drivers break the rules

There is no avoiding the huge impact of this new legislation. These rules are for the whole of the EU. So just buying, say, a Spanish van and hoping to carry on as before simply won’t work. Any work being undertaken for hire or reward in any vehicle above 2,500kg anywhere within the EU will mean you must have an operator’s licence.

 A link to the Government’s advice on EU van operator licencing is here

So this is why EU removals will be tougher in 2022 – the upheaval will be enormous. Things will look very different by the summer of 2022.

The future (may be) bright

EU-GB-Split However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Those planning ahead will already be aware of the changes and will be ready. Those that wish to continue travelling to and from the EU simply must abide by the new rules.  

 For those van operators in the UK that want to continue but don’t want to get involved with getting ‘licenced’ it seems that they won’t have a choice – they risk being forced out. However, there is an answer, and a way for them to continue. This will be by forging trade relationships with those business able to continue.

 Businesses that have an operational base within the EU can help those in the UK thrive in an increasingly inflexible environment. A positive extra result of this will the raising of standards across the industry. This will ensure the future survival of all of us within the removals trade.

2022 looks like being at least as difficult for European Removal Specialists as was 2021. Hard work and a drive to do things the right way will help all those businesses that are serious about continuing through the years ahead.


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A review of Removals from the UK to Spain

Removals from the UK to the EU - Brexit + 5 months - A review

Read this blog post for a review of removals from the UK to Spain now we are at Brexit + 5 months.

published May 2021

Horror stories from January

Back in January, just 15 days after Brexit, I reported our experiences and understanding of life in the removals business now that the UK is an independent country. It is now 5 months further on, so I thought it would be good to review things. This is to see if my thinking was right, and to update you on how things are going under the new rules. Our original article from January is here ‘Brexit horror stories & the future of removals to or from the EU’.

Indalo Storage - The home of the Indalo PodDuring the last 5 months since Brexit the Indalo Group (Transport, Removals, and Storage) has changed beyond all recognition. As we planned for Brexit for over a year, we prepared for some changes. However, the pace of change has surprised us. What has pleasantly surprised us most, though, has been the increased demand for our services.

Review

In January, we adjusted our pricing and procedures, and reviewed our legal standings. Our pricing now reflects the added costs of administration and customs procedures.

removals UK to SpainWe adjusted our timescales to allow more time for customs checks and border procedures. We have also found that we cannot now guarantee delivery dates. This is purely because there are now parts of the removal process that are totally out of our control.

A review of removals UK to Spain must be carried out very often when there are big changes. We are still reviewing the business, to ensure that we are fully legal, efficient and compliant with every aspect of serving clients who want to move internationally. Removals from the UK to Spain now demand an expert service, and we have reviewed all parts of our processes, to meet the challenge. 

Complete re-set for Removals UK to EU

Broadly speaking the European removals industry has now gone through a re-set. 

Several decades ago, before the UK joined the Common Market, removals from the UK to Europe needed the services of a specialist removals company. That company would assess the size, value, weight, and nature of the removal. Then they would Indalo Transport DAF Truckgive a quotation and plan how to carry out the removal. The plan would include things such as packing, export and import restrictions, and of course customs procedures. When we joined the EU this ended, making removals as easy as moving within the UK.

This is no longer the case, and the need for specialist removers for European relocation is back with a vengeance. This re-set back to ‘pre EU’ procedures has been the main factor in our increased demand.

 

Specialist removers – the new normal for UK to the EU

The need for a specialist removals company is now vital for a successful move to or from Spain, France or Ireland. This is especially true for Spain,  where bureaucracy is a hobby for civil servants, and a way of life for many. We help clients by dealing completely with the new Spanish paperwork requirements. We also take care of the Inland Revenue in the UK andd in Spain. This is all provided as a free service. This is solely to make things as easy as possible for our clients.

Man and van – ‘a geddon’

At the beginning of the year we thought that smaller operators would struggle in the post-brexit world of removals. Sadly, we are correct. The cost of legal compliance and the extra admin is proving too much for many. The number of man and van future in jeopardyUK registered vans on the roads of Spain has reduced. Those that have survived have bought new vehicles to be able to continue. Even then, these admirable survivors are struggling to find customs agents, as it is far better to have the regular work from a specialist removal company. We have helped several smaller operators continue their businesses by using our trade services.

Of course, there are always those willing to take a chance. 5 months in and we are still hearing of people struggling to get their belongings across borders.

One Horror Story from March 2021

Here’s one recent horror story. A family have their worldly belongings stranded in a storage company’s warehouse in the UK. The man with a van simply cannot complete the job. The removal, collected in Northern England in December, was put into storage in Kent. No paperwork was completed. The family moved to Spain and were promised their furniture would follow soon after. The family paid a fee of £4,000 (cash of course). Well, the removal didn’t happen. The complete removal now needs to be itemised and assessed for tax. The client is also now being charged £300 a week for storage. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything to help this client as they are in dispute with the existing mover.

The new Europe for all of us

As we move into the spring the public are really beginning to take notice of the changes brought about by Brexit. Many expats in Spain have had extra charges on their on-line shopping from the UK. Parcels are held waiting for duty removals UK to Spainpayments. In most cases, because of this, people have simply changed their shopping habits. A less welcome change is that Facebook has seen a surge in fully fledged ‘customs advisors’, who appear to know more than us regarding the new documents and processes required. These are probably the same people who are already expert COVID 19 virologists!!

 

New type of Client

We have noticed that many clients now take the time to look beyond the price of a removal. Most want the best service available for their budget. And they also need assurance that the remover can take care of everything competently, legally, and in a timely manner. In this respect we can say that we work extremely hard at giving the best possible service and making things as easy and stress-free as possible, for a fair price. Our tips for choosing your removal company can be found here

Best placed to help you since brexit

As we mentioned earlier, we spent over a year planning for Brexit. This review of Removals from the UK to Spain shows that our approach has worked. Our service has always been of the highest standard that we could achieve, and has always included many things as standard.

We have now expanded on these ‘Indalo standards’, and can highlight the following.

Free storage in Spain for 3 months

removals UK to Spain - indalo podsWe realise that there needs to be a degree of flexibility with international removals. Therefore, we have increased our offer of a month’s free storage, to give you up to 3 months’ free storage – at our huge storage facility in Palomares – if you should need it. This is a link to a video tour of the warehouse

 

 

Free packing materials

Indalo Transport BoxesFor every international removal we now offer free packing materials. We supply you with the best quality boxes and other materials necessary, based on our survey of the move. These materials are the same as we would use if we were to provide a full packing service for your removal.  Watch the video above to see the ‘self-pack store’ or visit the Self-Pack Store here.

Professional packing service

removals UK to SpainDuring the last year we have packed and wrapped for many people who have been unable to travel due to the pandemic. Our staff are highly trained and will pack your belongings as if they were their own. Because we are completely legal within Spain, Ireland and the UK, we have been able to cross borders, making collections and deliveries for those who have been stranded due to COVID. We can add a packing service to all our removals if necessary, at a cost which is dependent on the work involved.

Customs management service

This review of Removals from the UK to the EU – now we are Brexit + 5 months, has highlighted that we are very well placed for customs clearance. We have a network of customs agents able to clear our consignments quickly and without fuss. Our reputation for getting things right first time has helped us improve these relationships, which benefits you. We have dedicated staff in removals UK to SpainSpain and the UK that will obtain the necessary authority for your removal to cross borders.  We make all applications to get you relief from paying VAT, where applicable. Our one-off customs fee covers all necessary customs requirements, regardless of the size of your removal. It includes inventories, packing lists, export declaration fee, import declaration fee, and transit document fees.

Indalo standard protection

We have a very basic ‘Indalo Standard’ level of protection, that is probably higher than the best available from some competing companies. Sofas travel in specially designed quilted sofa covers. Mattresses are put in heavy duty plastic bags. Televisions have purpose designed covers. All pictures and mirrors are packed in export grade bubble blanket and may be given extra cardboard protection if we think it’s necessary. Bicycles are also bagged to stop any grease or oil damaging your furniture. All removals are loaded on to specialised removal ‘vans’ using high quality removal blankets and quilted removal pads. All this protection is standard at no extra cost. Examples of the indalo standard picture wrapping can be seen here.

Move Assured membership

Indalo Transport are accredited and verified members of Move Assured in the UK, the trade body best suited to the needs of professional independent movers. We are able to call upon a wealth of experienced, trusted and vetted trade contacts to help us whenever needed. This gives us the power of a national organisation, but with the service levels only found in a dedicated family business.

Trading Standards approved

We are now one of only a handful of international removal companies that are UK Trading Standards Approved. This reinforces our commitment to the very highest service standards. It means you can be assured of a hassle-free removal, and can have total confidence that Indalo Transport will deliver everything that we promise.

 

The future

This review of Removals from the UK to spain now we are Brexit + 5 months is almost complete. From shaky beginnings in January this year, we are confident that the new procedures we now have will become second nature sooner rather than later. The partnerships we have made this year will hopefully last for years and enable us to continue to thrive. We are one of a very select group of companies that are able to flourish in this new world order. Helping people realise their dreams of a new life in a different country is a privilege that Indalo Transport has always been proud of. That we will do it for many more years to come is an excitng prospect.

 

Indalo Transport continues to operate regular trips between the UK, Ireland, France and Spain with storage hubs in Gosport (UK), Dublin (Ireland), and Almeria (Spain). Our service and processes include all dealings with HMRC and other regulatory authorities in all countries, on behalf of our clients

Indalo Transport and Indalo Storage: The only names you need for a stress free European removal.

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Brexit Horror Stories and the future of your removal to or from the EU

Written 14th January 2021

Brexit Horror stories and the future of removals to and from Spain and the EU. Read this article to find out how household removals between the UK and anywhere in the European Union will work in the future. It explains the new rules, and also how Brexit horrors are happening at the moment. If you’re looking for a removal to or from Spain, Indalo Transport and Indalo Storage in Spain will take care of everything for you. This prevents you from having to deal with any of the problems mentioned in this article.

UPDATE : The return of the Specialist Remover – A review of Removals from the UK to the EU – now we are Brexit + 5 months

EU-GB-SplitIt has finally happened. The UK left the European Union on December 31st, and began 2021 as an independent sovereign state. This has finally given the UK control over its own borders, after 47 years as a member of what began as the EC. Following years of negotiation on an exit deal, it seemed like we would never reach agreement. However, a deal was struck on 24th December, with seven days to go until we would have crashed out of the EU. This free trade agreement will allow goods and services to move freely. It will also keep tariffs and import duties at zero for most things. However, as a country now outside the largest trading bloc in the world, there will be extra charges to pay when trading in the future.

Just a few weeks into the new rules and we have already heard some horror stories, and a few things that are just plain bizarre.

Horror Stories

We have been told of vehicles prevented from crossing into Europe because they don’t have the necessary paperwork in place. Also, vehicles impounded for days waiting for the correct clearance. We have heard how some major courier firms have suspended deliveries into the EU. The BBC even reported the incredible story of Dutch customs confiscating truckers’ packed lunches of ham and cheese sandwiches. All because the trade deal prevents the export of dairy products from the UK!

Dutch Customs Confiscate Truck Driver packed Lunches

It has been interesting to discover where removals sit in this brave new world of customs clearance, T1, T2 and SSD forms and more for transporters. What does the future hold for removals to and from the EU now?

As a removal is technically classed as second hand personal goods, you may think there wouldn’t be a problem moving your own furniture and possessions to your new home in the EU. Read on to find out why that is definitely not the case. 

Carry on reading Brexit horror stories & the future of removals to and from Spain for a full explanation of the customs process. I detail both imports and exports, and I have tried to explain so it is easy to understand.

The technical bit!!

When moving to a new country anywhere in the world, you are moving your residence, and therefore your furniture and possessions are changing residency with you. But you are effectively exporting and importing goods, because the UK is now independent and what is called a ‘third country’. To take goods out of a country, you need to export them. To bring them into another country, you must import them. This is the essence of customs clearance. The process entails the value of your goods being assessed, and then you pay duty and VAT upon entry to the new country. Or you get tax and duty reliefs, to allow your goods to travel tariff and vat free.  Simple!

Export Process Flowchart

This is the Export Process in a flowchart

So we have gone from completely free movement to full export and import controls, overnight. In short, with anything concerning the EU, there is now a whole new layer of complex bureaucracy to comply with. The start of the new year has seen businesses adapting to a new regime of administration, border checks, customs inspections and regulation. A seemingly endless amount of paperwork.

Indalo Transport have been actively preparing for this since the beginning of 2020 and I’m happy to say that we have everything in place to ensure our customers enjoy a hassle-free removal.

So what has changed?

The easy way to look at things is to realise that the EU border no longer starts at British shores. As the UK is no longer part of the EU, we now enter Europe from the outside. This means we must do certain things before being allowed in.

No longer can anybody just load a van with furniture and head off across the channel.  Now, you must get customs clearance for the load, even if it is all your own stuff.  From now all removals to and from the EU will require in-depth inventories and packing lists. Each client will have to provide proof of identity,  residency and destination, and also provide monetary values. Each removal firm is now registered with HMRC as an economic operator with an EORI number. They also need to register with the relevant European authorities, or use outside agencies to act on their behalf for the client.

The consequences of things not being done correctly are enormous. Without customs clearance the removal will not even leave the country of export. Trying to enter the EU with undeclared, or wrongly declared goods, will result in delays, fines, and goods being stranded.  If the transporter doesn’t have the correct licensing, insurance, and documentation, customs will impound the vehicle.

Import Process Flowchart

And the Import Process Flowchart – just as complex

The UK Department for Transport informed all hauliers by email on 13th January that “French Customs have a zero-tolerance policy to HGV drivers without the correct import and export documentation for the goods they are carrying”

What if I moved my own goods?

The short answer is that the same rules apply. If someone loaded their own van with their own furniture, they are subject to the same rules. Gauardia Civil Road BlockYou cannot transport any goods into the into or out of the EU without customs clearance. UK registered commercial vehicles are quickly becoming the biggest target for customs authorities. Fines for incorrect documentation and  failure to adhere to weight restrictions will be very easy to enforce. UK vehicles are easy to spot and, even if they do get past the ports, will be easy prey for the Guardia Civil.

Will I be taxed on the value of my furniture?

Possibly. If you are moving as a permanent resident (Transfer of Residency process) then you may not have to pay vat on the value of your goods in the country you are moving to. However, this is dependent on customs clearance being obtained and the relevant tax reliefs being applied for. If you are shipping used furniture to a holiday home where you don’t have residency, then vat will be payable on the declared value of those goods, plus transport cost.

Indalo Transport will apply for customs clearance for all our clients and ensure that we obtain the correct reliefs, as part of our normal procedures.

What about sending new stuff to Spain?

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An end to cheap furniture from the UK?

We have had a service delivering new items from the UK to Spain since we started in 2013. The ability to save money by buying online in the UK has been very attractive to many clients. Even with the cost of transport to Spain added on. I am sorry to say that this has now significantly changed. Brexit Horror stories and the future of removals to and from Spain and the EU means that this will be a victim of new customs rules.

To put it in perspective, quite simply every individual client delivery, from a small parcel right up to a big American Style Fridge Freezer or a garden furniture set, will now need customs clearance. And everything being imported into Spain will be subject to Spanish vat at 21%, based on the invoice value, plus the cost of transport. The result of this is that deliveries of anything new from outside the EU will become much more expensive.

A possible loophole around customs rules?

If you are already a resident of Spain then you may be able to buy things in the UK without vat being added. This is because supplies to outside of the UK are not subject to UK vat. However this will very much depend on the supplier. If successful, then you will only pay vat when the items get to Spain. Don’t forget though, that there will still be the cost of the customs clearance process.Euros - Indalo Transport

Indalo Transport will continue to offer our ‘UK shopping from Spain’ service for the next few months to test whether it is viable to continue with. But I feel it is very much the end of an era. Jan 2021 update – The delivery service for new goods ended with Brexit. It is now prohibitively expensive to buy single items in the UK and ship to Spain.

Moving Forward

I think that the changes being experienced now will have a profound effect on future removals into Europe.

mojacar_beach_AlmeriaSpain is still a fabulous place to live, that’s why we’re here. I think these changes are trivial in comparison to the benefits offered by a life in the sun. A bit more red tape,  and a more expensive move shouldn’t be a deterrent.

I believe the biggest changes will be within the removals industry itself. It is clear already that customers will choose their removals firm very carefully. This will be to ensure they comply with tax, customs, and legal requirements on both sides of the channel.Indalo Transport DAF Truck To continue operating, removal firms will need to demonstrate competence dealing with tax authorities.

UK companies that might have done a few European removals every year will probably not bother in the future. This is because of the extra work involved. They will instead pass the work on to EU specialists who will be able to easily undertake the work.

Man and Van removals to Spain

man and van future in jeopardyI must admit that I find it difficult to see a place in the market for the traditional ‘man and van’ who transports belongings for a bit of cash. Customs rules may mean the amount of smaller moves to Europe will decrease anyway, because of the more stringent rules for residency in a lot of countries. 

If this happens, the industry as a whole will have a much more professional image, as smaller operators will not be able to survive in European removals in their present form. Man and van may well only operate at local levels, being forced to comply with local laws. 

It will certainly be an interesting year for those of us in the industry.

Brexit Horror stories and the future of removals to and from Spain and the EU has been written by Mick Cox, founder of Indalo Transport and Indalo Storage. Published 14th January 2021.

Indalo Transport continues to operate regular trips between the UK, Ireland, France and Spain with storage hubs in Gosport (UK) and Almeria (Spain). Our service and processes include all dealings with HMRC and other regulatory authorities in all countries, on behalf of our clients.

Indalo Transport and Indalo Storage: The only names you need for a stress free European removal.

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Sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough

sometimes a man and van isn't good enough

A cautionary tale!

Sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough is a cautionary tale about being careful as an expat.

Expats, and Brits in particular, are resourceful when it comes to making a living.  Here in Spain we see many businesses spring up with regularity, all looking to carve their own niche in a crowded market.

The basic rule seems to be that if there is something you need or want, you should always be able to find someone who can provide it.

You can wake up anywhere along the Spanish Costas, let the cleaner in and go off for a full English. Or have a decent coffee, and join in a yoga class, before dropping your car in for a service.

Then you can hire a bike to ride to your Spanish language class, before having another coffee. After that you could head off to the aqua-aerobic session in a cool swimming pool by the beach. After an hour or so at the beach you can lunch on tapas and chill out at the Mindfulness and Well-being retreat. Or learn how to paint landscapes. After all of this you can have afternoon tea and then maybe a haircut or make-over. Finally to finish the day off by taking the bike back and picking up the car.

You can then go home to check on the gardener and the job the pool man did cleaning your pool. Additionally, you can then marvel at the works done by your team of builders and decorators. Then it’s getting ready to go for a meal, take in a band, or join in a quiz. All after your dance class of course. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

A great place to live

Happily, British entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and is seen everywhere along the Costas. From gardeners, painters, builders, cleaners, mechanics, nail technicians, dressmakers, artists and singers. All these vie for your attention with Man and Van services, Language Tutors, Interpreters, Dance Instructors and Fitness Coaches.  

Everything is available by recommendation or a click/like on social media. Everyone is in competition for your “shares” and “likes”.  It’s great, with all you need is just a click away.  It’s a true reflection of the modern connected society we are all now living in.

Being entrepreneurial is all well and good, and very commendable. But sometimes it does come at a cost. I have huge admiration for those that have become established and operate their businesses in accordance with the correct laws and regulations in the new country they have chosen to call home.

However, it seems that not everyone can do what they say. Sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough. Not everyone is as honest, or legal, as you may think.

Recently I’ve had a couple of instances that illustrate just how costly it could be for you, as an unwitting victim. The first story is about someone who didn’t really seem to care who did a job for her – whilst in the other story the lady took a bit more time and got a completely different result. Both cases show why sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough.

Please Help

The first instance started very late one Friday night. I noticed, via facebook, the plight of a lady in South West England. She had been waiting all day for a ‘man with a van’ to collect her furniture and belongings, for transport to Spain. He didn’t turn up, then he didn’t answer the phone or respond to emails. He even ignored repeated appeals on social media. What he did was simply pocket the £700 cash given to him several weeks before, and then disappear. What he did was despicable. I therefore sent a message to this lady saying I would do what I could to help.

The following morning, I spoke to her on the phone. She said that she was flying to Spain the next day and therefore whatever I could arrange must be done quickly.

Liking a challenge, I got on the phone and managed to find a solution at very short notice. By using our network of legal and accredited removal companies belonging to the Move Assured trade body, I arranged collection of her treasured belongings that same afternoon. This was one day later than the original planned date. Once in storage for a few days, they’d be delivered to her door in Spain some 10 days later. Pretty good going at such short notice, I thought. A collaboration of 3 removal firms, working together for the clients benefit, for very little reward, but all for the common good.

Man and Van

I then rang the lady back to explain what I had arranged. She then told me she had managed to arrange a new, different man with a van who “would collect everything next week and take it Spain when he is down that way later in the summer”.  She had already paid him £700 – in cash again as he was local to her in the UK.  So she was now £1,400 down, with no guarantee of when her delivery would occur.

I was, to put it mildly, shocked at her actions.

As she had sorted herself out she then thanked me for my interest, but obviously didn’t want to proceed with my solution. This even though we would have collected that same day and therefore while she was still in the house, and before she left the Country. It seems you just can’t help people no matter what you do!

I sincerely hope that she gets her furniture. I suspect that she too will be hoping, and praying during the next few months. After a bit of investigation I discovered that the man with a van to whom she had so gratefully given her cash to was actually a gardener with a van. He is obviously going to take the van on holiday! This is a classic case that illustrates why sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough

A proper job

The second instance concerned an elderly lady in Scotland. She was unable to travel and accepted an offer for the sale of her property here in Spain. She needed someone to pack all her belongings and move them to Scotland. Fortunately for her someone knew of a man with an empty van on his way back from Spain. He could do it, no problem, for £900.00 – cash. He gave this price without seeing the job and could only offer himself and his van.

I arranged with the local estate agent, who was handling her sale, for me to look at the property and survey the property, which is normal practice for us for every removal apart from the most basic small moves. After a 2-hour drive and a good look around I could see that indeed It was a full load for a large Luton type van. This would be no problem for ‘White Vanman’, if it only had to be chucked in the empty space he had (but he’d also certainly be overweight with everything that I had listed, but we won’t open that can of worms today)

However, it all needed wrapping and packing as well, as the lady had not been in Spain for over a year and couldn’t leave Scotland. All in all there were 72 large boxes that needed packing. Plus, the pictures and artwork needed special handling and export wrapping and there was office furniture to dismantle. In addition, there were also several very expensive pieces of crystal glassware. I noted every item, took photographs of the delicate items I had earmarked for specialised packing and headed back to my desk to prepare a quote.

Professional

Once I sent the quote by email, I phoned the client. She took a while to answer and jokingly I suggested that was because she had to pick herself up from the floor.  This was funny but understandable, because our quote was considerably higher than the ‘man and van’ price. However, she was pleased and grateful that I had identified the solutions to moving her precious lifelong possessions. Unlike the man with a van who had no clue as to how to properly look after, pack or wrap anything.

Needless to say, she recognised the difference between ‘cash van man’ and our proper removal service, and agreed for us to undertake the removal. She understood that sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough

I am happy to say that, within 2 weeks of her acceptance, I made the 2 hour drive again. However this time it was in a fully equipped removal van, with another trained removal man as company, as this job clearly required a two man service. We carried various sized boxes, specially designed picture packs, wrapping paper, export grade bubble blanket, quilted furniture covers and high-quality removal blankets, and a specially designed wooden crate.

 

So, one lady in Scotland spent just over two weeks looking forward to the safe delivery of her items, knowing exactly when they would be delivered and feeling reassured that they would arrive in perfect condition.

Another lady who was now in Spain spent months ‘hoping’ to take delivery of her items at some point, not knowing how they will be delivered, or if they will be delivered at all.

Moral of the story?

Just because someone gives you a price quickly, or is cheaper, doesn’t mean they can do what they claim. Sometimes a ‘Facebook man & van’ just isn’t good enough. Please please check the credentials of anyone who you are looking to do any work for you.

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Unloading the Stress

A true story of how one couple fared on their UK to Spain removal in 2019

Indalo Transport Unloading the Stress

Read on to see how good Indalo Transport is at unloading the stress of European removals, before the problems of brexit made things harder.

Life can be very stressful at times. A recent study showed that moving home is the 5th most stressful thing in life.

What are the top six most stressful things in life?

  1. The death of a loved one.
  2. Divorce.
  3. Loss of a job.
  4. Getting married.
  5. Moving to a new home.
  6. Chronic illness or injury.

When you consider that moving to a new home ranks so highly in the league of life’s stresses, it is no surprise that there is additional hassle in moving that home to an entirely new country.

Most reputable removers will do all they can to alleviate the pain and try to unload the stress associated with a move. That’s certainly the case at Indalo Transport, where we try very hard to make the move as easy as possible for you.

Indalo Transport unloading the stress
Initial research is easy these days

I know from personal experience the stress involved, as I moved to Spain 6 years ago. I was grateful that informative websites were available to help when I was planning the move – whatever did people do before the internet?

It did get me thinking about the affect this stress, and indeed our actions, have on our customers.

Indalo Transport unloading the stress

So I thought it would be a good idea to call one of our trans-European clients, and find out how they were getting on.

James and Lynda had made the decision to move to this lovely part of Spain last year. Their move was from Sandhurst in Surrey to Valle de Este in Almeria, Spain.

I wanted to find out if there was anything we could have done differently.

The Visit

Indalo Transport unloading the stress

After arranging a convenient day, I visited them on a beautiful sunny February morning. I sat with them on a shady terrace, overlooking the pool, in a comfortable 23C. It was clear to see that they were happy they’d made the move. But were they happy with how the move went? What, if anything, had we done to make things less stressful?

So, this is their story…

Having accepted an offer on their lovely property in Sandhurst James and Lynda issued their solicitors with instructions, so they had the financial and legal side of things well under control.

Next, they had to sort out the task of physically moving their belongings to another country. The move was becoming a reality, so I asked James where did they start and how did they find the right removal company?

James – “Quite simply I did what anybody would do, I googled it and Indalo Transport appeared amongst others on the page. Knowing that the “Indalo” was a symbol of the area we were moving to I kept it in mind. But actually, my first call was to a well-known large British removal company, who arranged to send somebody to our home.”

One of the most important things when planning a move is to get a proper survey done. It’s almost impossible to give a firm price without actually seeing the items to be moved. It may take a day or two to get that price in writing, but it does ensure that everything is accounted for and the removal company sends the correct size removal vehicle.

A survey will also give the customer a chance get a bit of background on the firm, and to find out what other services a removal company can offer to help, things like packing and storage.

James – “The price they eventually quoted was pretty good, but they couldn’t offer us the full package we needed because we wanted storage in Spain for lots of our belongings, to be delivered at a later date.”

A one stop shop

“I also felt I wanted a more personal service. I wanted a one stop shop, someone to do everything and one point of contact who knew us and what we wanted. That was very, very, important to us. I wanted to be able to pick up a phone, or send an email, to one person. This would be someone who could tell me exactly what I needed to do, what was going to happen, and when it was going to happen.”

Indalo Transport unloading the stress
Indalo Transport on Facebook

“It was actually Lynda who then reminded me about Indalo Transport because she had seen comments on Facebook, so I went back to google.”

The internet should be the first point of call for anybody looking to make the move to Spain. There are many websites that can give you valuable information and help you avoid the many pitfalls.

All reputable removal companies will have a website that shows accreditations. These are things like membership of a trade association and maybe even trading standards approval (Indalo Transport is one of very few trans-European removal companies to be fully approved by UK Trading Standards).

Careful who you trust on social media

However, social media advertising can be quite misleading, as you really can’t be sure of what you’re getting, often with disastrous consequences – read this horror story. At Indalo Transport we do use facebook in our marketing but mainly to show people to our website. This is where there are guides, hints and tips on all aspects of trans-European moving, and help on how to become an Expat.

Indalo Transport Website
Loads of help when planning a move

James – “I was impressed, very impressed, with the website and so I made the initial enquiry. I was even more impressed that the person coming to our home to survey our belongings was the proprietor of the company, Mick Cox. That was the personal service I was looking for and after browsing through the Indalo Transport website again I felt as if I knew Mick before he had even arrived! I really can’t stress how important that was to us, we wanted a relationship with the guys moving our stuff.”

“Mick was a pleasure to deal with, very knowledgeable and very professional, he even insisted on packing our more delicate items himself, which was a huge relief to both of us because I knew that Lynda wouldn’t trust me to do it. The price was pretty much the same, within a few pounds, so Indalo Transport were given the job. If I’m honest the price really wouldn’t have mattered that much because we felt we were in safe hands, and you can’t put a price on that peace of mind. But the price was competitive, and we felt that was a good reflection on Mick and his business.”

Obviously buying and selling homes can be a difficult process, with buyers and sellers, estate agents, surveyors, bankers and solicitors, all involved in a complex chain of transactions. And in this case James and Lynda had further complications with planning issues This is because their buyers were selling a listed building. In fact James and Lynda had to delay the move a few times because of this.

James – “I was glad that we had found the personal service because we really needed it. Mick was so patient with us, we had to rearrange the move three times due to problems with the sale in the UK. Nothing was a problem for Mick, each time he was happy to accommodate us and so quick to answer any questions. He was so patient, I wouldn’t have blamed him at all if he had told us get lost! But nothing was too much trouble for him.”

And it’s go, go, go…

Six months after initial contact, and with all the legals finally in place, James & Lynda were finally ready to move. We organised delivery of the necessary packing materials to start the job and they began transferring their life into wrapping paper and cardboard boxes.

James – “Mick arrived the day before he was due to load, and thankfully took charge of the packing process with his knowledge and expertise. We had already packed the easy bits like bedding and clothes, but were pleased we took advantage of the packing service. All our goods were inventoried and all the delicate items we both worried about were safely wrapped and packed.”

The next day everything was packed and loaded into the removal vehicles while James and Lynda attended to the last details with their solicitors. James and Lynda then waved goodbye to their belongings, and Mick set off for the sunny delights of Southern Spain.

Indalo Transport Loading Boxes

A week later, just before Christmas, I helped unload the road-train into our storage warehouse. 23 large boxes had been marked for immediate delivery to James and Lynda at their beautiful home on Valle del Este.

Uh oh, we forgot the hairbrush!

James – “It was great that everything was coming together exactly as planned. It was even better to know that Lynda’s favourite hair brush was arriving because I’d been dragged to every shop and chemist in the area looking for a replacement!”

After contacting us about ‘the wayward hairbrush’ earlier, luckily for James it was found in a bedside table drawer as we were unloading into our store, so it was retrieved and placed into a clearly marked box. For James’ sake I made sure that it was the first box off the van…

With everything they needed for now, and their remaining belongings safely in storage, that should have been job complete.

The Golf Connection

Indalo Transport Valle del Este Golf

James – “Oh no it wasn’t. My golf clubs were packed in your store, I hadn’t listed them for delivery. What’s the point of living near a golf course if I can’t play golf? Sheepishly I sent an email asking if was possible to collect my clubs at some point in the next few weeks.”

“Mick delivered them the following day in the morning. That’s what I mean when I talk about the personal touch.”

As I mentioned earlier James and Lynda are settled and clearly enjoying life in Spain. James is also now enjoying his golf and Lynda’s hair is looking fantastic…

So, the verdict?

I’ve really enjoyed my time sat in their company enjoying fabulous coffee amidst fantastic scenery. Before I leave, I ask James and Lynda the vital question. Could we have done anything differently, is there room for improvement?

James – “Nothing. No question. The service was great, the chemistry between you and your customers is outstanding and it worked very well for us. You guys were on time, every time, and did everything you said you would. You delivered so much more than our furniture.”

I didn’t need to ask anything else.

Thanks for coffee Lynda. I look forward to delivering your goods from store whenever you are ready.

written by Paul Burt in 2020

Looks like we unloaded the stress there. Mission accomplished. If you need a quote for a forthcoming move to or from Europe, fill in our form here.



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If you lived in Spain, what would YOU miss about the UK?

If you lived in Spain, what would you miss? - Indalo Transport

So, if you lived in Spain, what would you miss about the UK? Read on for an interesting article from one of Indalo Transport’s own staff, to find out what are some common answers to this very question. They moved to Spain several years ago and – spoiler alert – there’s not much they miss! (Article Published 19th January 2019.)

I was sat enjoying a small beer and some delicious tapas in a beautiful part of Almeria over the Christmas period. The company was great, with a mixture of ex-pats who had made the move to Spain and their guests made up of family and friends from the UK. As we sat overlooking the beach, practically at the water’s edge, the conversation inevitably turned to the comparisons between the UK and Spain. The question was posed – what do we miss about the UK? I couldn’t answer it, so I turned it back around and asked, “what do you miss about the UK”. The answers were pretty predictable, but interesting nonetheless.

Missing Family and friends

I think that family and friends would always be the first thing anyone would miss. And the group we were sat with are proof of my answer. Family always comes first. Time spent here in Spain with family and friends offers far more in the way of quality time than you would ever get over a UK Sunday dinner. However, with the endless ways of communication through FaceTime, WhatsApp, skype and the like it’s very easy to keep in touch with family.

The NHS

A great British institution – I’ll never knock it or those that work in it. But Spain also has a great health system and is considered a world leader in many forms of medicine. Getting access to the medical system in Spain is pretty straight forward. If you can’t, then there is a comprehensive private system at a cost. Medication is also a fraction of the cost in comparison to the UK.

The Language

Life can be challenging at times without being fluent in the native tongue, but it can also be fun. You’re never too old to learn. The local authorities often offer free Spanish classes, and when I get really stuck there is always google translate, or my helpful Spanish neighbours.

Food

When you cross the border into Spain you don’t suddenly forget how to cook! All the usual ingredients can be found in the local supermarkets, they are just labelled differently. Spanish food is fantastic and the fruits and salads are much tastier than anything you get in the UK. What you find in the UK all comes from Spain anyway! And let’s not forget that the Mediterranean diet is considered to be the healthiest in the world.

The BBC

Seriously! You can still get your Eastenders and other British shows on various internet and satellite systems. I always manage to catch-up on Match of The Day by Monday morning and my wife still enjoys Eastenders and Strictly.

History/Heritage

I’m proud to be British and I’m equally proud to be Bristolian, although with my accent the language barrier can be a problem even in the UK. Heritage is an important part of education and in my opinion should be taught more in school. In Spain the history and heritage is all around you and is proudly celebrated by numerous fiestas. If you want history and heritage then Spain is the place to explore.

Takeaway restaurants

The Spanish enjoy burgers and a decent curry as well you know, and they can do anything with chicken, pork, and seafood. But why take it away when you can simply eat outside? More to the point what about the Mediterranean diet. If takeaway is your particular thing then you can still find it here. Indeed most bars and restaurants will pack a meal up for you if you really want to sit at home. In front of the BBC.

Weather

What’s to miss! The weather is simply fantastic in Spain and the changing of the seasons is just as impressive as the UK, it’s just not as cold and wet. You really have to remember that these questions were being asked on New Years day… on a beach, in the sunshine.

Newspapers

When I was younger I used to enjoy taking the paper to the pub on a Sunday and poring over the football reports with a pint. But that stopped when the BBC launched the BBC News/Sports App! Newspapers are available in Spain, just harder to find.

Political stability

Hmmm…

The Royal Family

Well I’ll be astonished if the Queen ever sends me a birthday card! Being British, and proud of it, I suppose I must be a royalist in some way. However, I can’t say that I actually miss the Royal Family. I suppose they are a bit like turkey. Not really relevant apart from on Christmas Day.

Here’s the interesting thing…

When I asked “what would put you off moving to Spain” the only answer was the cost and hassle of actually doing it. The hassles of moving are numerous, and if you don’t want the hassle you shouldn’t even be thinking about it. But the cost of moving?

When asked how much they thought it would cost to move to Spain, most of our  tapas friends over-estimated the true cost of moving their possessions to Spain saying they thought it would be around £10,000!!

Removal cost

When we moved to Spain 4 years ago, we bought a van and drove down ourselves with all our belongings in the back. The cost of the van (and it’s depreciation here), insurance, fuel and overnight stops (x3) probably worked out to a little less than what our tapas guests had guessed at. However, since working at Indalo Transport I’ve learned the easy way to do things. At Indalo Transport the average cost of moving an entire 2 bedroom house would be under £3,000 – and they take care of all the hassle for you

So, if you lived in Spain, what would YOU miss about the UK? The answer may surprise you.

Written by Paul Burt

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How do I choose my removal company?

How do I choose my Removal Company?

Considering how many times you may move in your life, it’s no real surprise that you’re not an expert at choosing a removal company. So you may very well say ‘how do I choose a removal company?’

When you’re planning to undertake a major move abroad, it’s even more important that you make the right choice. You can do this by using services you can rely on and completely trust. Not choosing the correct removal company could cost you thousands of pounds and loads of heartache.

To help you in this I have a simple two step process I’d like to share with you. This will ensure that you don’t have any problems. And reading this, you’re already ahead of the game, as you obviously want to do things right from the very beginning. Read on for a full explanation of what you should pay attention to, and you can relax in the knowledge that everything should go smoothly.

How do I choose my Removal CompanyStep 1 – Membership

Professional removers who want to ensure they give the best service will join trade groups or organisations.  This is to show you that they are answerable, trustworthy and have been vetted to reach minimum standards of service and support.

Probably the best organisation that your removal company could be linked to is the Trading Standards ‘buy with Confidence’ scheme in the UK. This is a government run scheme that helps you, as a consumer, find reputable and responsible companies that are the best of the best in their own field of expertise. The criteria for joining the scheme is very strict, with vetting, checks and then an audit visit by a qualified trading standards officer. Only if the company passes all these checks are they allowed to join the scheme and then use the Trading Standards ‘tick’ on their advertising.

How do I choose my Removal Company

Step 2 – Insurance

A little mentioned component of a professional Removal Companies’ service is their comprehensive insurance cover. This protects both you and them if things happen to go wrong. So, when asking ‘how do I choose a removal company? this is a vital thing to check. This insurance, taken out with specialist brokers dealing in the Removal Industry, is called Goods In Transit (GIT) insurance. It is specifically to cover your belongings whilst they are in the possession of the removal company. It offers the same sort of cover as you would find in your home contents insurance policy. All professional removal companies will have GIT insurance, and will have no problem providing proof of this insurance for you to check.

How do I choose my Removal Company

There is also another insurance that is also important to consider when you are choosing a remover – public liability insurance. It covers a business against injury or property damage to the public in the course of their business activities.

However, not all removal companies are created equal – some have GIT and public liability insurance, and some do not. Goods in Transit Insurance can be quite expensive, especially if European moves are to be covered, so you will find that it is one of the first things to be ignored by removal companies that don’t have their customers’ best interests at heart.

legal

What price peace of mind? – that is the real question here. Your removals company is going to be in charge of all of your belongings and precious memories, gathered over your whole lifetime. So therefore you need it all to be in the hands of people you can completely trust.

Relax - Indalo Transport Cares!

Relax, we love your possessions too!

We make the grade

A  professional, fully insured removals service, Indalo Transport Ltd has all the following:-

  • Limited company status – Company Reg number 13164249
  • Accredited member of trade group ‘Move Assured
  • Member of Trading Standards ’Buy with Confidence
  • Goods in Transit Insurance to £60,000 per vehicle
  • Goods in Storage Insurance in Spain up to £250,000, UK to £50,000
  • Public Liability Insurance to 2 million pounds
  • Professionally trained packers and loaders
  • UK Heavy Goods Vehicle Registered Operator

So why not get in touch now for a free, no obligation quote


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How to avoid these 7 packing mistakes, for the best removal

7 packing mistakes

Read this article to learn how to avoid these 7 common packing mistakes, so you can pack like a professional.

Considering the number of times that you move in your life, it’s no real surprise you’re not an expert at packing. With the stress of a house move, how could you know all the ins and outs of how to, say, safely pack a crystal vase in a box for a safe removal.

Removals is an area that has tips and tricks just like any other field, so read on to find out how you can avoid these 7 packing mistakes, on your next move.

Although there a lot more tips and tricks in our trade, we have only included 7 of the most common things we see regularly – if you just do these, everything should arrive at your new home in tip-top condition.

1. The wrong type of box

Did you know there is a right and wrong box that you can use for your removal?

No, didn’t think you did. Most people go for the cheapest box,  which costs less for a reason. It is because it is made of single wall cardboard, and therefore has no strength. While this might be fine when you want to put your items into a self-store, it is not good if your removal has to travel halfway across Europe. If you do nothing else from this article, then this is the main packing mistake that you should try and avoid.

Just to give you a heads up, we always stack boxes one on top of the other – up to 6 or more high – so it is always best to use boxes made of double wall cardboard. These have enough strength to keep their shape when moved and stacked.  With these proper removal strength boxes, you can be sure that the box itself, and it’s important contents, will be as good when you receive them in your new house.

triple wall cardboard

The only cardboard to use for your removal

The type of box you want is triple wall with two layers of corrugations, sandwiched between 3 layers of straight card.  There is a picture of the cardboard here, to help you identify it when you go to buy your boxes.

By the way, if you’re buying boxes in Spain, we sell the highest quality triple wall boxes from our storage facility. Just go here to see our price list.

2. Seal the bottom of your boxes with lots of tape.

7 packing mistakes

An airtight seal gives the best strength

I’ve seen this many times, where the box has not been sealed at the bottom properly. In the worst case, when you lift the box, the bottom of the box opens and the contents drop onto the floor. This is obviously not a good result if you have valuables or china inside.

The way to get around this problem is to completely seal along all the open edges of the bottom of the box to make it airtight. It is best to put 2 lines where the 2 leaves join in the middle.

3. The right way to pack glass and china

It is amazing how many people don’t know how to correctly pack fragile glass and china. Not surprising though, considering that it’s not really obvious until you really think about it.

To help you remember, you need to look for where the strength is with glasses and plates.

With glasses it is always vertically, the way it sits on a table. Therefore, please pack it taht way. Either upside down or right way up doesn’t really matter. We always pack glasses upside down, so the second layer of china or glass, in the box, has a firmer base to sit on.

With plates and dishes the most strength is with them sitting on their sides. So you should always pack plates upright, not as they would sit on a table.

Scrunch

Always remember to use lots of scrunched up wrapping paper to provide a cushion on the bottom of the box. Then you need to also add more between each set of items. And, of course, use some to provide a cushion on the top too before you seal the box. No piece of glass or china should ever be directly touching the cardboard of the box. The main aim is that there should always be some sort of cushion of air.

Did you know that if you do your own packing you’re not insured for the contents of them. Whilst it may be in their terms and conditions, removal companies don’t tell you this at quote time. Being insured only if your boxes are professionally packed is common sense and perfectly understandable.  If you aren’t trained to pack, how can an insurance company cover you against any damage? Therefore, use all of these tips to make sure you do things right first time to pack things correctly. Hopefully then you shouldn’t have any problems.

4. Overloading

Putting too much heavy stuff in a box is an easy thing to do and is a big mistake. When this happens, the box can bulge, losing it’s shape – then it loses all strength. The way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to just put heavy things in the bottom half of the box, and then fill up the top half with lighter items.

A good test is to see if you can lift the box yourself easily – if you can, the weight is about right. If you can’t even move it off the floor then you might have a bit of a problem. Whilst your remover may still collect the box, they may have to use 2 men to lift it,  and too many very heavy boxes may well lead to an extra charge for your removal.

Another thing to think about is that if you have lots of heavy boxes stacked up, the bottom one may crumple with all the weight above it, damaging the contents of the box.

5. Underfilling

7 packing mistakes

A good example of over filling a box making it bulge and lose shape, and then underfilling the top so it crushes when anything is put on top

Just like overloading, underfilling a box can be just as bad. This is because a box not completely full will crush when it has other boxes put on top of it. If you don’t have enough things to fill a box up, use a smaller box, or cut the box down to make it smaller. All boxes should be filled to the very top, so that when you push on the top in the middle, it doesn’t go down too far. This means it can support a good amount of pressure. The next tip will help with this as well.

6. Not sealing the top of the box – make it airtight!

When you finally come to seal your box up,  do you just put a single line of tape across the top, to just seal the two sides where they meet? This is not good enough to provide the best strength to the box.

The best way to seal it is to put a line of tape along every open edge – this will make the box airtight (if you’ve also  done the same thing on the bottom, as in point 2 above) which increases strength and gives the contents maximum protection.

7. Not labelling as you go.

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These panels are on all our boxes, to help us make your move easier. Make sure you label it!

The final mistake happens when people are too busy filling boxes, that they forget to mark it once sealed down. Without labelling each box, you won’t know where that box should go in the new property. This is a very simple fix – just making sure you have a black marker pen and either write what is in the box, or alternatively what room the box should be put in, on the top. With the new rules following brexit, it is now a customs requirement to have a packing list, so a full inventory of the contents of every box is vital.

We recommend writing what room the box belongs in, as this will help your removers make life as easy as they can for you.

Make things easy for yourself

So there you have it, hope you enjoyed reading how to avoid these 7 packing mistakes for the best removal. Hope you like the tips and find them useful.

As a bonus, the only other packing advice we can offer is something that is seen all the time. It’s the most difficult thing for you to fix. I think virtually everyone who moves is guilty of this – it is taking things you’re never going to use.

As you’re paying good money to get things moved, there’s not much point in moving things then keeping them in a box for another two years without ever being touched again. Therefore make sure you take a serious look at every single thing you want to take before you decide to pack it and take it with you.

And if all this seems like too much hassle, Indalo Transport would be very happy to professionally pack for you. This can be included as part of our removal service. This will make your move as easy as it can be. We’ll even unpack in your new home, and take away all the boxes and packaging materials. Just click here to contact us or get a quote here.

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How to Save Money & Do Finance, for Expats in Spain

How to Save Money & Do Finance for Expats in Spain in 2022

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The Complete Expats Guide to Finance in Spain – save money and learn the tricks that the bankers don’t want you know!

Use this guide to find out how to save money and do finance in Spain in 2022, if you are thinking about becoming an expat, or are living in Spain.

Sterling. The Great British Pound. Whatever you want to call it, it’s quite a magical thing, really. It’s often quite hard to come by, it seems to get frittered away all too easily, and most people wish that they could always have more of it.

But what if you were thinking of becoming an expat?

What if you wanted to settle down in Spain?

How do you move money across to pay for that fabulous new property?

For day to day expenses, do you use an International account, Spanish account or an online account?

How do you open a Spanish bank account?

How do you go about transitioning yourself from using the Sterling you grew up with to the Euro you’ve only ever spent whilst on holiday?

Should you keep your British bank account open?

Can you get by quite easily with just using your UK-based debit card?

And is it really necessary to constantly work out how much the shopping would have come to in Pounds?

These and other questions are very important to ask, as all too often expats don’t consider the best way to move their money abroad, so save money and do finance for expats in Spain in 2022 by reading this guide.

Saving Money

Because maintaining your finances is so crucial, this in-depth post covers all about finances in Spain. This includes info on international bank accounts and how to open a Spanish bank account. Additionally, it shows you how to save money using professional money exchange services. Finally, you can learn about the revolutionary new money exchange apps now available on smartphones.

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Your new friends, not a bit like Sterling

So read on to learn how to beat the bankers at their game, and save money when you are an expat in Spain.

Important : Whilst we have lived in Spain many years and may use some of the services outlined in this article, we are not, and never have been, financial advisors. You must always get independant financial advice from trained experts, and discuss your personal situation with a professional, before entering into any contract involving your money.

Keep Your UK Bank Account Open

First things first, it’s always worth keeping your existing bank account open back in the UK. Obviously, this makes sense if you intend to keep assets back home, like property. Or if you’ll be receiving regular payments into that account from a pension, or from a tenant. However, it also makes sense even if you won’t be keeping any links with the old country.

Keeping your UK bank account open means that if you return to Britain, you have an account already in place. For trips back to see family you can access Sterling without needing to exchange any currency. This is a good way to save money and do finance when you are an expat in Spain in 2022

Additionally, it’s also worth mentioning that any expat who who has lived outside the UK for more than a year will find it very difficult to open a new account if they come back.

It’s always a good idea to keep a bank account open for as long as you can anyway because it makes a positive impact on your credit rating and it helps build trust with the bank itself.

Before you leave for your new home, make sure you inform them of your new address abroad, for any important correspondence.  Then set up internet banking, stop the paper statements, and use your internet to access the account easily in Spain.

Good To Know – Using Your UK-based Debit/Credit Card Abroad Incurs Fees

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Beware excessive fees when abroad

If you’re still going to be receiving income into your UK bank account, then it is possible for you to continue using your British debit or credit card whilst in Spain.

This can be quite handy because all you have to do is head to the nearest Cash Machine to get access to Euros. But remember, every time you use your UK-based debit or credit card you will be charged a fee. To see how much your bank will charge you, check out WeSwap’s list of card charges.

A Good Idea Before You Leave Is To Open An International Bank Account

As an expat settling in Spain, you will quickly realise how difficult it is to manage your money from a single currency bank account which is based about 2,000 km away from you, back in Britain. So the best thing to do, before you leave, is to open an international bank account, either with your current bank, or a new one if it has great introductory offers for you to benefit from.

An international bank account will enable you to access your money in whichever currency you need it in. These Euro accounts are provided by offshore divisions of UK high street banks. They typically come with the usual perks associated with a normal, British-based current account. They’re also great because they allow you to withdraw Euros at local cash machines, so avoiding the high currency conversion charges when using Sterling cards.

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A Euro Account is always a good idea

With these accounts though, it’s important to remember that you will likely have to pay a monthly or yearly fee to keep the account and its benefits open.

It’s worth noting that some international bank accounts are free if you keep a minimum amount of Sterling or Euros in the account.

If you are accepted, you will have the peace of mind which comes from being a customer of an established British bank. This usually comes with access to 24/7 online and telephone banking with English-speaking customer service).

The two main banks for Euro International Current Accounts, and which allow you to apply online, are Lloyds Bank and Barclays.

A European Online Bank Account in Euros – Why Not Try N26

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Their slogan is “Run your entire financial life from your phone” – now that’s a bold statement! Click on the picture to go to the website (opens a new tab)

N26 is a German-based online bank available in Spain, and is a good way to help you save money.

You can only apply for this bank account once you’ve got a permanent address in Spain. You can apply from your smart phone or tablet and the process is incredibly quick and easy.

After you’ve applied online, be prepared for a video call with an agent who will confirm your identity. You’ll need your passport to hand, proof of address and a smartphone with a decent camera.

The identification process is like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. You have a video call with a representative who instructs you to hold up your documents and then they take control of your phone, use it to capture a photo (as proof), which then gets uploaded to the computer they’re using.

After doing this and answering a few questions, your N26 MasterCard will be on its way. Unlike other international bank accounts, N26 offers fee-free banking and because you’ve got a European bank account, complete with IBAN, you can withdraw Euros from any Cash Machine, free of charge. Perfect!

How To Open a Spanish Bank Account

Once you’ve decided to become an expat in Spain, it’s a good idea to open a local bank account. As well as paying for regular services like water and electricity (through direct debits or ‘domiciados’), you’ll find that some companies will only deal with you if you have a bank account in Spain.  The Banks in Spain are no different to any other country, and must abide by Spanish and European financial regulations.

It takes a couple of weeks to get your bank account sorted and for you to receive your bank card(s). The main difference between the Spanish banks and British ones is that they’re only open in the morning, usually 8.30am – 2pm.

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The Spanish love their siestas

Step One – Book an Appointment and Check Whether You’ll Need To Bring a “Certificado De No residente”

There are many banks in Spain, the main ones are:

Banco de Sabadell

Banco Popular

Santander

BBVA

La Caixa

Cajamar

Once you have chosen which bank you’re going to visit, it’s important to remember that you’re going to need a good understanding of Spanish to be able to talk to the advisor. However alot of the Spanish banks have staff members who speak English.

If you don’t know much Spanish, see if there is someone who does who can go with you. If you don’t, you may miss out on some really good deals.

Unless you are already a Spanish resident, you will have to open a Spanish bank account as a non-resident. Make sure the first question you ask when making an appointment at your chosen bank is ¿Tengo que presentar un certificado de no residente?” which means, “Do I have to present a non-resident letter?” If they say no, that will save you loads of hassle.

(This certifciate is basically a letter from the local Police Station which states that they have seen your passport, that it’s valid and that you’re not currently a resident. However, because the Spanish system is a little flawed, the responsibilities of the local police vary, seemingly at random. So don’t be surprised if you’re told to go to another station to get your letter. Oh and it’ll take 10 to 12 days to receive, too. So best avoided altogether if you can.)

Step Two – Attend Your Appointment and Bring ID With You

When it’s time to go to the bank, make sure that you take the following items with you, as sometimes Spanish banks require different documents:

  • Photographic proof of identity (passport or National Identity Card from the country of origin for each of the applicants)
  • Proof of occupation or status (employment contract/payslip, letter from accountant/lawyer, pension or disability payment confirmation, student card). This is an extra requirement introduced in 2007 by the Bank of Spain as a measure to combat money-laundering
  • Residents also need to produce their Foreigner Identification Number ‘Residencia’ certificate (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros or NIE)
  • Confirmation of address (utility bill, driving licence or council tax bill; proof of address must have been issued within the last 3 months)

Step Three – Choose Your Account

There are two basic types of account:

  • Checking account aka Current account
  • Passbook aka Savings account

It’s important to remember that Spanish banks love their fees. To open an account you must make a small deposit and you should be aware that there may be commissions for deposits, withdrawals and a maintenance fee.

Some banks will also require you to maintain a minimum balance, usually of at least 500 Euros, at all times.

Most Spanish banks charge an annual or quarterly fee for administration of a current account (cuenta corriente) and is typically 15–30 Euros. There are often additional charges for credit (tarjeta de crédito) and debit cards (tarjeta de débito) too.

 

Money Exchange Specialists

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Professionals who exchange money day in day out

If you’re looking to make a large, one-off payment, as most will do to buy an apartment or villa, it may be worth considering using a trusted Money Exchange specialist.  These professionals do finance as their job, and they will save you money by giving you fantastic exchange rates which are better than the banks.

Through our links with Move Assured, the professional trade association, Indalo Transport has partnered with RationalFX, to help you save money when moving your funds abroad. As well as being the UK’s largest specialist foreign currency provider, they’ve been around for over 35 years and now exchange £22bn for 2.4m customers per year.

RationalFX can help you to send money to Spain at much better rates than normal banks. If moving to or from Spain, they will help make sure it’s as pain-free as possible. If you want to find out more about the money exchange specialists that we trust, click here

New apps to save money

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Good slogan – love it!

If you’re already an expat and looking for ways to really save money on your exchanges, the new apps from Transferwise (no simply ‘Wise’) or Revolut are fast & incredibly easy to use. Their bank-beating rates and low fees mean that you’ll be saving money every time you make a transfer,. It’s all done online rather than through a bank.

Revolut goes even further, as you can order a mastercard from within the app, and all the security and verification checks are also carried out using the camera on your smartphone – all you have to do is follow the instructions. Truly amazing!

Understandably, some people may find using an online financial service a tad risky. So, to help you save money and do finance for expats in Spain in 2022, we’ve put together a mini-guide on how to help tell whether the website you’re about to use is legitimate or not:-

1.Check the domain name

Every online store should have an SSL, a Secure Sockets Layer. This means that any information sent between you and the site becomes encrypted so hackers can’t intercept any of the data. Just look for the little padlock, and you’ll know the site is safe, secure and does what it says. Indalo Transport and Indalo Storage are both fully secure websites.

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Make sure the little green padlock is there

2. Look for spelling and grammar mistakes

Many sleek and professional looking websites can be created in one day. This is why so many bogus websites have sprung up, seemingly overnight. If English isn’t your first language the content you write never reads well to those whose native language it is. Also, if a site has been rushed there may be spelling and grammar mistakes.

3. Check the site for a privacy statement, blog, and in-depth information about the company and their products.

This information is usually found in the website’s footer or “About Page”, “Contact Us” page, or could come under “Terms and Conditions”. Reputable sites will tell you how they protect your personal information and secure your Credit or Debit card data – and whether they sell information about their customers to other companies. This is a disclosure statement and you should consider whether you feel comfortable with a site’s policy before using their services.

4. Check the images and the logos.

Are they low quality and hazy? If they are then the images may have been lifted from somewhere else.  It is true that to keep http requests to a minimum and to increase site performance, online services shouldn’t be filled with huge, slow loading, HD-quality images. However, there are ways around this without having to impair the quality of the photographs.

5. Check to see if the money exchange site has an established date and contact details.

All legitimate companies will provide contact details and, in particular, a phone number and e-mail address. They will often urge you to get in touch if you have any questions or queries. The calls will always be answered, never diverted, and your e-mails will never get bounced back. So you can test this if you wish, first.

6. Check for genuine customer reviews.

Great online money exchanges which are trustworthy and deliver great service aren’t afraid to display reviews. Alternatively, type in the company name in a search engine and see if other customers have reviewed them.

Forget Your Own Currency Conversions

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Resist the urge to continuously compare prices with ‘back home’!

It’s always nice to feel like you’re saving money, or are getting a good deal, but in the end, Spain is your home now and the Euro is no longer just holiday money. You don’t need to compare prices to get by, you’ve just got to look at the 8L bottle of water and say, that’s 0.79cents, nothing more, nothing less, no other currency.

We hope that you have found our suggestions and guides useful and we wish you all the best with opening the bank account of your choice, and dealing with money exchange on a day to day basis.

We hope you enjoyed reading our guide – how to save money and do finance for expats in Spain in 2022.

If you’re thinking of moving to Spain, let us quote you for a stress free and professional removal of your lifelong possessions. Super fast quote form here

Important Note – Please Read: While we may love some of the resources mentioned in this blog post, none of the information in this blog post constitutes, nor should be construed as, financial advice. You must always satisfy yourself that the products and services you use are adequate, legal and do what you want them to do. Thanks for your understanding.

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How to Use a Roundabout in Spain

Roundabout

Read this article to find out how to use a roundabout in Spain. Hang on, I hear you say. I know how to use a roundabout, I use them all the time in the UK. Isn’t it the same all over Europe? Well, actually, no that’s not strictly true. Read on to find out why.

Roundabouts are a relatively recent addition to the roads in Spain. You will find that things don’t always happen on Spanish roundabouts in the same way that you are used to from the UK.

How to use a roundabout – Round the outside!

The most common comment is about cars using the outside lane to go around to the 3rd or 4th exit of a roundabout. This surprises many visitors to the country when they first see it. Whilst this is not best practice in the UK, it is, however, the correct way to do it according to the Traffic Office in Spain.

Click on the picture below to get the definitive advice on how to use a Spanish roundabout, from the Spanish Traffic Office, the DGT. Then you won’t get caught out by the different way the Spanish are taught to use them. The bottom picture links to an explanation of when and how to use the innermost lane. This is where all the confusion normally comes in for UK drivers when in Spain.

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How to Use a Roundabout in Spain – Click to open video in a new tab

Inner lane – think overtaking

The use of the innermost lane is below. Think of it the same way as the outer or overtaking lane of a dual carriageway – that may help to understand how the Spanish view it. This is so unlike the way we use it in the UK. Click the picture below to go to the video. This explains how the DGT is thinking. It shows you when you would use the ‘overtaking’ lane on a roundabout.

Like everything else, how to use a roundabout in Spain is just a bit different to your experience in UK. You just need to exercise a bit of common sense, and keep your wits about you at all times!

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Moving To Barcelona in 2022 an Expat Guide

Moving to Barcelona in 2022 an expat guide

Moving to Barcelona in 2022 an expat guide is your reference on this wonderful metropolitan city. Barcelona is a place where expats have to jostle for space with up to nine million tourists, and where the traditional laidback attitude and slow-paced lifestyle associated with Spain have seemingly been exiled far, far away.

This expat guide to moving to Barcelona in 2022 will help you decide whether you’d like to move there or not. If you do, don’t forget to contact us for your removal to Spain

Where exactly is Barcelona?

Being Spain’s second-largest city, Barcelona is on the North East Coast of Spain, in the centre of the Catalonia region. Click on the picture above for a google map guide.

How can I get there?

By air, you can fly to Barcelona-El Prat Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Most airports within the UK offer affordable, direct flights to Barcelona, and you can get there in less than three hours.

For arrival by car, you can drive onto a ferry in Portsmouth or Plymouth, arrive in Bilbao or Santander, and then drive across to Barcelona, which should take you no more than six hours. Visit Brittany Ferries to book your tickets.

If you are moving and want a removal to Barcelona from the UK, then please contact us, as we specialise in removals from the UK to Spain.

Why Choose to move to Barcelona?

Catalonia is one of the most economically dynamic communities of Spain. Its capital, Barcelona, is a major international cultural centre, as well as being the third most-visited city in Europe.

Here are our top three reasons why British expats are moving to Barcelona in 2022.

Reason #1 – No One Ever Gets Bored in Barcelona

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Even expats love sightseeing and the traditional touristy haunts of Barcelona

Barcelona is popular as an expat and tourist destination for many reasons. Honestly, you won’t have the chance to get bored here and there is something for all the family to enjoy!

You can shop in stylish boutiques, visit museums, breathe in creativity whilst you sip on coffee in an art café.  Or you can explore the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods and hunt for a bargain at one of its famous flea markets.

Other interesting things expats can see and do in Barcelona

  1. Arouse your curiosity at the Erotic Museum
  2. Just a stone’s throw from La Rambla, El Jardinet dels Gats is home to dozens of beautiful kittens who are waiting to be adopted. Most passers-by miss what’s going on behind the tall wire fence – cats curled up asleep in the sun, stretching to scratch a tree, and playing in the tunnels and boxes left out for their amusement. It’s like something straight out of a children’s story.
  3. Find an oasis of calm atop Park Guinardó. Take in spectacular views, spot the remnants of an old shanty town, and the gun turrets of the anti-aircraft base.
  4. Enjoy experimental theatre at the Sala Hiroshima. It’s a place to experience some of the most interesting performances in town.
  5. Seek out the Romans – One of the best preserved relics of the Roman Empire (the columns of the Temple of Augustus) can be found at Carrer Paradis 3.
  6. Celebrate a special event (like an anniversary or birthday) with a Photo Shoot Tour of your new home city. Awarded a Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor.
  7. Try a variety of classes including Authentic Spanish cookery, mosaics or watercolour painting
  8. Take up sailing
  9. Learn about the universe and star gaze at the Fabra Observatory
  10. Visit the open air museum of El Poble Espanyol which has 117 full-scale replicas of different buildings from all around Spain.

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The nightlife in the city certainly packs a punch

Nightlife

The nightlife in the city certainly packs a punch as well. Even if clubbing isn’t your thing, Barcelona has a lot to interest expats. Cocktail bars, restaurants, pubs, theatres, music halls, galleries, you name it, it’s probably got it.

In addition, if you’re looking for an adventure, this expat guide to moving to Barcelona will certainly help provide ideas. You’ll definitely find more than enough to keep you going, long after the sun goes down.

Where to go to spend an evening when you move to Barcelona

Las Ramblas

A natural starting point for any new expat is, of course, Las Ramblas and, on either side of it, the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town.

Barcelona’s busiest boulevard by day, Las Ramblas is also heaving by night. Street performers still ply their trade and the pavements throng with locals and tourists heading out for drinks and dinner.

  • Best Restaurant: The Irati Taverna Basca is a gorgeous restaurant serving up traditional Basque cuisine. If you’re eager to try dishes from these proud people, then don’t look any further than here.
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Le Pop Cocktail Bar in the Lounge of Le Meridien Hotel (it boasts one of the best bartenders in town, who can mix you a signature Catalan Bellini).
  • Top Entertainment Venue: Watch a Flamenco Show in Tablao Cordobes, where some of the biggest names in the history of flamenco have performed.

Gothic Quarter

For the more authentic local venue, the labyrinthine alleyways and history-steeped backstreets of the Gothic Quarter await an adventurous expat. Here you’ll find scores of sassy little spots hidden away in dark corners.

  • Best Restaurant: Attic– first floor restaurant with a full view of the busy street of the Ramblas, serves Mediterranean cuisine.  Wooden decking, white canopies and orange trees makes for a truly romantic and summer-like setting. The terrace is also framed by two historic buildings, creating a truly unique and regal backdrop for a delicious Spanish meal.
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Milk Bar
  • Top Entertainment Venue: El Bosc de Les Fades – its name means ‘fairy wood’, and this sangria-serving grotto just off the bottom end of Las Ramblas is decorated just like one. Fake trees, illusory mirrors, haunting music and simulated rainstorms are all part of the experience.

El Born

One of the most desirable areas to live in Barcelona, is for the trendily-attired expat who wants a more ‘hip’ and sophisticated slice of Barcelona’s nightlife. Here you’ll find history, culture and you can discover hidden hotspots and weird and wonderful surprises.

  • Best Restaurant: Petra – This is a typical Spanish restaurant for the locals. It is hidden on the corner of Carrer Banys Vells and is a little hard to find because there is no terrace or sign which tells you that it´s a restaurant. The menu is printed on wine bottles and they only serve fresh products. Prices are quite cheap compared to other restaurants.
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Miramelindo
  • Top Entertainment Venue: The Palau de la Música. This is one of the finest concert halls in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was designed by Lluís Domènech I Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudí. The hall is exquisitely decorated and has a very special skylight.

Raval

Located on the other side of the Ramblas, Raval is a bohemian’s paradise, it’s Barcelona’s most colorful district. Street kids play cricket or football and generally run riot as beatniks stroke their beards and order another chupito.

  • Best Restaurant: El Rincón de Aragón – a restaurant with traditional, home cooked Aragonese dishes. It has a familiar and welcoming atmosphere and a rustic, authentic and characterful interior.
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Marmalade
  • Top Entertainment Venue: La Boqueria – a huge public market and one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The grand iron entrance leads into one of Europe‘s largest and most famous food markets. With fresh produce and providing a seemingly never-ending supply of exotic fruit smoothies and fresh lemonade.

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L’Eixample

‘The Addition’ is a grand, grid-patterned section of the Catalan capital which is residential… but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on! Trendy and vibrant, L’Eixample is a bustling area filled with young professionals, and the area around Casanova Street has been dubbed Gayxample.

For those missing a quiet pint or for a wee dram of exquisite whiskey, The Lock Inn in L’Eixample is a great place to call your new local.

  • Best Restaurant: Paco Meralgo – One of the best tapas bars in Barcelona – casually elegant and always busy. Their mix of delicious, high-quality food is accompanied by a large wine, cava, and champagne selection. Try their brie and asparagus dish, it’s phenomenal.
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Slow Barcelona – A suave club which creates some pretty innovative concoctions
  • Top Entertainment Venue: L’Auditori – A cutting edge, classical music venue

Gracia

Another area of Barcelona with an alternative vibe. Here, you’ll find a very Catalan quarter oozing with charisma and an energetic vibe – with not too many tourists, except those who lost their way trying to find Parc Guell. A quieter part of Barcelona, with an older, free-spirited and more genteel crowd.

  • Best Restaurant: La Pubilla – A bright and cozy restaurant that’s well-known throughout Barcelona for serving up the best menu del dia, or fixed price lunch menu. Beautifully creative presentation, top-notch quality and generous portions make this place a must for a chic Barcelona lunch. Reservations a must!
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Belle Epoque – Stylish and comfortable, luxurious and relaxing.
  • Top Entertainment Venues: For a low-key jazzy vibe try Woody’s.

Poble Sec

Shh, keep it quiet, but these days the once unloved district of Poble Sec a.k.a. Dry Town is now considered to be a pretty hip barrio. Quirky, creative, relaxed and culturally diverse, this area has recently undergone something of a renewal and is quite enchanting.

  • Best Restaurant: Xemei – If you’re in the mood for a quick break from Spanish cuisine, this restaurant is the stand-out option. The simple yet exquisitely cooked Venetian haute cuisine means it’s normally full so it’s worth making a reservation.
  • The Best Cocktail Bar: Maumau Underground
  • Top Entertainment Venue: El Molino – Barcelona’s most famous theatre in the area is located on the equally famous Parallel Avenue. Expect risqué yet largely tasteful cabaret and burlesque shows.

Reason #2 – Barcelona Has A Wonderful Culture

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Catalan culture, quirky architecture, funky street art and beautiful textiles – just some of the things which make up Barcelona’s culture

Barcelona is a lively, unusual, artistic city with a heart that hasn’t changed for over 500 years. Catalans are extremely proud of their identity, rich culture and beautiful language. This unique heritage blazed the trail for Spain’s 19th Century industrial revolution and artistic boom.

However, after Franco’s armies defeated the Republicans in 1939, the dictator banned the Catalan language, changed street names from Catalan to Castillian (Spanish), and censored their culture.

It was only after Franco’s death in 1975 that the Catalans restored their traditions, speech, and literature – thanks to the European Romantic movement – and reminded the world about its distinct culture.

This expat guide to moving to Barcelona in 2022 wouldn’t be complete without saying that there is a Catalan flair for beauty and love for art and music which is evident all over the city. It offers a feast of sculptures, galleries, concert halls, impressive architecture, art cafés, and fashion. It is the city of the young Picasso, of Miro and Tapies, of Modernista buildings by Gaudí, as well as the cutting edge structures by Gehry and Nouvel.

Catalans generally have a reputation for being hard-working, ambitious and conservative, and their folklore has been strongly influenced by Roman Catholicism.

Fashion

Their love of superior fashion and the traditional importance they give textiles is reflected in Barcelona’s drive to become a major fashion centre.

The dress style in Barcelona is classed as formal for both men and women. Shorts are still vaguely catching on for ladies, but most of the time you will get a weird look when wearing shorts. Stick with skirts and dresses for the summer.

Very few European cities can compete with the cultural experiences on offer in Barcelona. The city celebrates its remarkable artistic legacy at every turn and British expats living there can while away hours exploring its numerous delights.

Reason #3 – Barcelona Has Beautiful Architecture

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An eclectic mix of design and architecture

Ornate medieval buildings appear alongside Gaudi’s unique modernist creations, ultra-contemporary, sleek high-rises stand shoulder to shoulder with ornate, ostentatious old churches, and traditional tapas bars intermingle with chic eateries and glamorous Michelin-starred restaurants.

Barcelona really is a mishmash of structures, and has a series of architectural works awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.

Other important things to consider when you move to Barcelona

Picturing yourself living in Barcelona is one thing, working out whether it’s feasible to actually live there is something entirely different. This moving To Barcelona in 2022 an Expat Guide will help with this section, about the cost of living and other things.

The thought of spending long, warm summer days exploring the city’s maze of alleyways and narrow streets whilst immersing yourself in culture, treating yourself to a shopping trip, and smelling the intoxicating aromas of rice dishes and tapas as you go, is all well and good, but can you afford to do the shopping? Will you be able to cope with all that walking?

These are just some of the questions you’ve got to ask yourself, and below you’ll find all the other things you should consider before moving to Barcelona from the UK.

We’ve also thrown in a few tips and tricks on how to “Hack Barcelona” like a local. Moving to Barcelona in 2022 means that this expat guide must talk about these things!

1. Cost of Living

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You’ll need more than other places here in Barcelona

The cost of living in Barcelona is over six per cent higher than it is in Spain’s capital, Madrid. Therefore, you really need to have substantial savings to start your new life here. An average sized, two-bedroom apartment across the city can cost you around €1200 to rent, per month. Try Foto Casa, it’s a great website to view apartments to rent/buy and gives you a general idea of how much your new dream home might cost.

A cinema ticket will cost about €8, a gym membership will be around €40, a bus ticket costs more than €2, and most essential grocery items cost upwards of €1.50. For a gastronomic delight, a three-course meal will set you back about €40 per person.

To buy or sell things once you’re in Spain, try downloading the Segundamano app. It’s the most popular secondhand service in Spain, like a Gumtree, where people can sell and buy their used stuff.

2. Transport

Barcelona is a small, compact city of just under 40 square miles, making it smaller than London and similarly sized to Amsterdam. You can explore the city’s nooks and crannies, its 86 gardens and parks, plus its 3 miles of coast by foot. However, this can be incredibly tiring. Moving to Barcelona an expat guide suggests you read the following, to move around the city like a local.

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Bicing – Bikes that you can rent and park up anywhere around the city

  • Bicing to move around – If you like riding a bike, renting a Bicing bike is the perfect way to move around Barcelona. Very efficient, quick and simple.
  • Free parking outside of the city center – Parking in Barcelona city center can easily give you a headache. We highly recommend leaving your car on a free parking away from the city center and getting to your destination by metro.
  • Download the TMBApp – The official Barcelona public transport app. After downloading it and creating an account you can configure it to work best for you. Choose underground and bus lines, the ones you use most frequently, and get the access to their timetables. You will also get notifications with alerts about “your lines”.

3. Meeting new people if you are moving to Barcelona in 2022

Try the Meetup App or join the website. This application is well-known all over the world but its particular value is shown when you arrive in a new place. Barcelona is a vibrant city and it would be a sin to just stay at home all the time.

If you want to make friends or acquaintances to jog with, go to yoga with, play golf, drink wine, watch a movie, on Meetup you’ll find groups with similar interests. Many of them are expats just like you, so chances are you’ll find someone with common interests. It’s always worth trying at least once anyway!

Other useful information

Barcelona Tourism Board

Best Site to Find Jobs In Barcelona

Keep Up To Date With The Weather

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Hopefully this will be you soon, jus chilling out, taking in the sites of beautiful, albeit chaotic Barcelona!

We really hope our Moving to Barcelona in 2022 an expat guide has been helpful. You’ve maybe learned something new about this wonderful place, or it’s helped you to make your decision and you’re thinking of moving to sunny Barcelona!

If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to contact us now for help and advice on your removals from the UK to Barcelona in 2022.   Or anything else about becoming an expat in Spain. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we can point you in the right direction to get one!

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Moving to Murcia in 2022 an Expat Guide

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Moving to Murcia in 2022 an expat guide will help you decide where to go if you want to become an expat in Spain. This post is part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain. Consequently, it will provide you with lots of useful information about the breathtaking province of Murcia.

Read our blogpost explaining how things have changed with removals to Spain from the UK since brexit.

For great advice on removals to this part of  Spain from the UK, or to anywhere else on the Iberian Peninsular, get a free, no obligation quote for your removal to Spain

So, let’s crack on with Moving to Murcia in 2022 an expat guide, and find out why this province is generally one of the best areas of Spain to move to as a British expat.

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Where is the Region of Murcia?

Murcia is a typically Spanish area located in southeastern Spain. Click on the picture above for a Map Guide. It’s one of the country’s most beautiful regions.

Inland, Murcia is an arid desert vista where historic towns are surrounded by orchards, olive groves, plantations and vineyards. Correspondingly, there are also the remains of weatherbeaten, time ravaged Moorish castles.

All are set to the backdrop of imposing pine-covered mountains which stretch to the coast. Furthermore, along the Costa Cálida there is a selection of divine white sandy beaches stretching almost 170 km. Consequently, this results in Murcia’s coast having luxuriously warm, crystal clear waters and turquoise blue saltwater lagoons like the Mar Menor.

Why moving to Murcia is a great idea

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A perfect place for lots of reasons

People here really do live longer, healthier lives as life here is slow-paced and stress-free. Certainly, the only times anyone stays up to party ’til dawn are the times of the local fiestas, like the Burning of the Sardine. This is a night of madness and mayhem and there’s a noisy, colourful procession of floats, guarded by torchbearers. During this fiesta it travels through the streets of Murcia city, throwing toys and sweets out to children and adults alike.

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Mazarron and Aguilas are incredibly enchanting places at night. Albeit depending on where you choose to live, most villages and small towns will be cheaper than the cities. Accordingly, essential grocery shopping and meals out are about 16% less than in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Moving to Murcia for Sunny Days

The weather in Murcia is consistently wonderful all year round thanks to its Mediterranean climate. Moving to Murcia means you will get around 325 sunny days a year. Therefore, as a expat you can expect average temperatures to get slightly above 19 C, and there is very little rain. Consequently, you shoul plan a removal to Murcia to take advantage of this wonderful weather.

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La Manga, Lo Pagan and Cartagena, in the Murcia Region of Spain

The winters are mild and the summers are hot here. Air quality is incredibly good. Because of this, the World Health Organisation has named Murcia’s climate among the best in the world if you suffer from arthritis and asthma.

Popular Cities and Towns in Murcia

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The city of Murcia is vibrant. It is home to a mishmash of cultures and an assortment of architectural designs. Additionally, there is also a plethora of colourful traditions and lively fiestas.

It’s a place where nothing is hurried. Culture and history just seem to ooze from every narrow street. There is always an interesting museum,  bridge, garden or restaurant to visit.

For example, some of the amazing things to see and do around Murcia City

  • Hike to La Marenica Monestary and taste the heavenly Chocolate de La Luz
  • Experience true passion and an amazing culture at the Bullfighting Museum – rated on Trip Advisor as a real hidden gem
  • Discover the city’s delightful mini Aquarium and come face-to-face with baby sharks
  • The Moors and Christians Festival One of the most important fiestas in the city, this celebration is truly steeped in history. Therefore it really is a theatrical performance not to miss. Colourful groups of Moors and Christians parade through the city, playing music and re-enacting the Re-Conquest.  Most of the acts take place in the Medieval Encampment in the San Esteban Garden.

Lorca

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No expat guide to moving to Murcia in 2022 would be complete without mentioning Lorca. It is a city which goes by many names: –  City of the Sun, The City of One Hundred Shields, even The Baroque City. Each name reflects how magnificent and spectacular the city actually is.

History really does just seems to ooze from every corner of Lorca. Consequently, centuries old craft traditions like embroidery, iron forging and pottery are still practiced. Local artisan craftspeople be found at the medieval Thursday market, which still runs to this day.

Lorca will always be famous for its legacy of archaeological sites and historic buildings. Chiefly, it has a rich culture & traditions, particularly it’s spectacular Easter Week celebrations. Consequently, it has even been shortlisted for the European Destinations of Excellence program, in recognition of its sustainable tourism.

For example:- things To See And Do Around Lorca City

  • Experience an atmosphere like no other as you uncover Jewish history beneath the Parador Hotel, which once was an impressive castle.
  • Immerse yourself in the surroundings of Lorca by taking a leisurely 10 km trek through the Cejo de los Enamorados
  • Find out exactly what the artisans of the city have to offer and grab a bargain at the Centro de Artesania de Lorca

For instance, some Of The Must Visit Restaurants in Murcia

  • Casa Candido on Calle Santo Domingo – A rustic restaurant which makes delicious home cooked meals. What’s more, it’s found in a 16th Century building with its own underground caves. The meat is heavenly.
  • Taberna El Camino on Calle Santo Domingo – A cozy pub with a big heart. Traditional food is served generously inside its cool stone walls.
  • Restaurant Hiroshima, just outside the city – An elaborate restaurant located in a medieval castle. Elegant and sophisticated, the food is divine.

Aguilas

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Aguilas is a bustling, flamboyant port town, with a wonderful carnival and beautiful beaches. Consequently, the town is a very popular tourist destination for both the Spanish and the British.

That being the case, Aguilas isn’t as quiet as the other places we’ve mentioned, but it still oozes charm. Famous for its rich seafaring traditions and Roman history, the town adores culture and architecture. This generally evident from its funky concert hall, plus its comparative abundance of interesting museums and magnificent churches.

Dotted around its spacious streets and large plazas, expats will find traces of Roman history, beautiful gardens, exotic rubber trees, white windmills and medieval structures.

Furthermore, down on the golden, sandy beaches, expats can discover delicious seafood and can even give scuba diving, sailing and other marine activities a try. Therefore, for anyone who doesn’t like to keep still and who enjoys experiencing different things, Aguilas is the perfect place to lay down their roots.

Restaurants in Aguilas you should try

Mazarron

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Mazarron is a historic port town, set around a glorious bay which is surrounded by outstanding geological rock formations, breathtaking scenery and stunning beaches. This really is the place to just laze around and relax. Indeed, spacious, palm tree-lined plazas let expats meander around the town’s monuments and ancient buildings.

Not known for its nightlife, Mazarron is more famous for its Roman and Phoenician history, seafood, nudist beaches and mining.

For example, some of the amazing things to see and do around Mazarron

For instance, some of the must visit Restaurants in Mazarron

La Manga del Mar Menor

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Lastly, we have La Manga del Mar Menor, which is an upscale beach resort on a strip of land which separates the Mediterranean sea from Europe’s largest saltwater lake, the Mar Menor.

Here expats can enjoy the finer things in life,  like golfing, playing tennis, eating delicious, healthy foods and boutique shopping. Furthermore, they can relax and immerse themselves in culture, whilst benefitting from bathing in Mar Menor’s salt waters.

As a luxurious beach resort the town is clean and spacious. Every Sunday there is a bustling market, the Mercadillo de Cabo. Above all, it is like a car boot or flea market, but on a grander scale.

On the whole, La Manga is relatively peaceful, but it does become particularly lively during the summer thanks to tourism. Consequently, from June until September, the nightlife becomes even more exciting and the beautiful beaches become packed with bathers.

For example,  some of The Amazing Things To See And Do Around La Manga del Mar Menor

For instance:-some of the must visit Restaurants in La Manga del Mar Menor

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There are loads of things to see and do in Murcia, including river rafting on the Rio Segura River and seeing the exquisite countryside by hot air balloon

With the region of Murcia being so beautiful, healthy and such a wonderful place to relax and unwind, it’s undoubtedly the best location for any expat wanting to get away from it all and thoroughly enjoy life in their new, Spanish casa. Ahh, true bliss!

So there you have it, Moving to Murcia in 2022 an expat guide. We hope you enjoyed it and if you’ve found this article useful. If you want to find out more about removals from the UK to Spain in 2022, contact us now for help with your removal from the UK to Murcia in Spain.

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Everything About Moving to Europe with your Pets in 2022

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We all love our Pets – so this guide will tell you everything about moving to Europe with your Pets in 2022

This article has everything about moving to Europe with your pets in 2022. Did you know that in 2019, a whopping 45% of households in the UK registered as having pets. That’s an amazing 12 million families across the whole of Great Britain. All who love sharing their homes and spending their time with many a furry, feathery or scaly friend.

If you’re currently planning on moving to the EU, you’ll want to know how your pets can also make the move with you.

Fortuitously, we’ve prepared this handy guide, which tells you all you’ll ever need to know about moving to Europe with your pets.

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Moving with Dogs, Cats and Ferrets

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The first thing to do when preparing your dogs, cats and/or ferrets for moving to Europe, is to research the country you’re moving to. This is to find out first whether your animal is even allowed to enter. Basically to make sure your pet isn’t on any banned breeds lists.

Unfortunately, many countries still consider a handful of dog breeds to be dangerous, and some countries do not like certain cats to enter either. There are also some countries that think that foreign ferrets are nasty little blighters who, if able to escape, will go and bully and torment the local wildlife.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information in regard to what is and isn’t allowed admission to any particular country,  contact the Embassies and Consulates of the country/region you’re moving to.

Moving with Banned Breeds

Unfortunately, if you do own a pet that is banned in the place you’re going to call home, or if you just cannot fulfil any of the special requirements and obligations for owning a certain type of breed, then you’ll have to consider who should look after your pet instead.

However, this is highly unlikely, and your pet will be able to move to Europe in 2022. So, the next thing to do is to book an appointment at the vets for your dog, cat and/or ferret, as you need to ask for a rabies vaccination.

Some veterinarians will provide just one, others recommend a course of two injections. Please remember that animals cannot receive a rabies vaccine before 3 months old.  Also, you cannot leave the UK for another EU country, until 21 days after the primary vaccination. The day after the vaccination has been done is counted as Day One.

Animal Health Certificate

Whilst you’re at the vets, you should also ask them to prepare an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). Which will mean having your dog, cat and/or ferret microchipped – if not chipped already. The AHC must be produced no more than 10 days before you plan to travel. The only other requirement is for the animal to be wormed, depending on the country you are going to. This will need to be detailed on the animal health certificate.

Moving to Europe with Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs and Rodents

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These lovely little critters don’t have to undergo rabies vaccinations or BE microchipped like dogs, cats and ferrets. However, countries in Europe do have their own rules and regulations regarding these animals, so it’s always worth contacting Embassies and Consulates first. For example, Germany will only let you bring in three of these animals. Ireland requires you to give 24 hours notice of importation, while France requests that you get each animal a Certificate of Good Health. This must be in both English and French to testify that your pets carry no sign of disease.

For France, this certificate should be issued between one and five days before entering the country.

Birds

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Pet birds do not include farm birds such as chickens, turkeys, ducks or geese, and they also don’t include racing or homing pigeons.

Much like their fluffier counterparts, many European countries have their own special requirements when allowing pet birds onto their land. Therefore it’s worth getting in touch with a representative from your new country to ask them to provide you with the most up-to-date information available.

Many European countries will require your birds to have a vaccination against Avian Flu, plus a Certificate of Good Health written in the local language and signed and stamped by an official vet.

Snakes, Lizards, Tortoises, Fish and Other Exotic Animals

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Snakes, Lizards & Tortoises

As with all the other animal friends we’ve come across, the best way to get the most accurate information is to contact your new country/region’s Embassies and Consulates.

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A Vet can be your new best friend

As we’ve seen, preparing pets for European travel can be a bit of a lengthy process. It may be the case that you’ll have to reconsider when you’re going to move, to accommodate all those visits to the vet and the waiting involved.

It’s also worth remembering that with all the vet appointments, you’re going to have to incur some expenses. It might be worth calling your veterinarian now to ask how much this is all going to cost you.

And speaking of expenses, I also highly recommend that you get in touch with your pet insurance company. This is to make sure that it provides full European cover, especially now we are out of the European Union. The only other option is to cancel it and then take out new pet insurance in your new country.

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Don’t worry little puss, you’ll soon be in your new home!

UK out of Europe

As we have now completely left the EU, for moving to Europe with your Pets there is more info on the changes from the 1st January 2021 here on the Government’s website.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to chat about a removals service from the UK to Europe, sin pets, then feel free to go here for a superfast quote about that.

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I hope that Moving to Europe with your Pets in 2022 has given you advice and help with your move.

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Moving to Almeria in 2022 an Expat Guide

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Moving to Almeria in 2022

Moving to Almeria in 2022,  is part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain. It will give you plenty of information about becoming an expat in the wonderful province of Almeria, and moving to this region of Andalucia in Spain.

If you’re window shopping because you haven’t yet decided whether you want to become an expat, or if you have, and you just can’t decide where it is that you’d like to call your new home, this may well help make up your mind.

And, if you do already live in the Province of Almeria, and are looking for some interesting and unique things to do here, you won’t be disappointed!

Moving to Almeria in 2022 unveils just some of the truly one-of-a-kind experiences and sights to see in Almeria.

Moving to Almeria – where is it?

Almeria is located in southern Spain, in the south-east corner of the Iberian Peninsula, on the beautiful shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Inland, where it’s sparsely populated, there’s an eclectic array of fertile fields, saltwater lakes, arid deserts, and the imposing presence of the awe-inspiring Sierra de Gádor mountain range for you to behold.

As you descend towards the coast, the landscape changes – Nature Reserves and rich fauna, along with volcanic cliffs which rise majestically from the warm ocean, revealing hidden coves with transparent sea beds, traditional fishing villages, premier beach resorts and 200 kilometres of blue flag beaches.

This really is an area which offers the expat something truly amazing; the magic of snow on the far-flung mountains, deserts, and the bountiful sea. If you’re thinking of moving to Almeria in 2022, read all of this guide to becoming an expat here in Almeria and be enchanted.

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Popular Cities, Towns and Villages in Almeria

Plus things you can see and do there

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City of Almeria

Almeria begs to be explored. It is steeped in Moorish history and oozes charm.

It is a haven for history buffs and art enthusiasts, as well as culture connoisseurs.

Its cramped, winding streets magnify the hustle and bustle of this busy city which offers great tapas (usually free in bars, if you’re not too afraid to ask!)

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1.       Explore the Museo Refugio De La Guerra Civil

2.       Take an unforgettable eco boat tour of El Cabo a Fondo

3.       Unearth ancient secrets at the Archaelogical Museum at Los Millares

Town of Roquetas de Mar

Modernity meets history at this large beach resort in Almeria.

Filled with every modern facility an expat and their family could ever need, it also has lots of activities and natural wonders to keep even the most easily bored person occupied.

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1.       Grab yourself a bargain at the huge Thursday Street Market

2.       Take the kids for a fun day out at Castor Park

3.       Become a Toreador at the Plaza De Toros Museum

Village of Mojácar

Mojácar is a place where an expat feels like they’ve stepped back in time.

Quintessentially Spanish with hints of Moorish history, this village offers expats a much slower pace of life.

Things here are quiet and peaceful, until the Fiestas come around, & then it’s time to party.

1.       Take a dive you’ll never forget

2.       Ride quads, trek on ponies, have a go at archery, the choice is yours at Extreme Adventure

3.       Have a relaxing game of golf at the stunning Marina Golf course

Other notable places in the Province of Almeria include:

  • Nijar
  • Velez Blanco
  • San Jose
  • Vera
  • Cuevas del Almanzora
  • Sorbas
  • Bedar
  • Adra
  • Palomares
  • Los Gallardos
  • Laujar de Andarax
  • El Pinar
  • Taberno
  • Macael
  • Serón
  • Chirivel
  • Lubrin
  • Pulpi
  • Alfaix
  • Oria
  • Villaricos
  • San José
  • Olula del Rio
  • Tabernas
  • Aguadulce
  • Huercal Overa
  • Albox
  • Carboneras
  • La Alfoquia
  • Velez Rubio
  • Antas
  • Cantoria
  • Olula del Campo
  • Gador
  • Los Carasoles
  • San Juan de los Terreros
  • Las Negras
  • El Ejido

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Almeria, Roquetas de Mar and Mojácar, in the Almeria Province of Andalucia, Spain

What’s it like for a British expat to live in Almeria?

Climate

The Province of Almeria is located in the only region of Europe which has a hot, subtropical desert climate, and annual temperatures normally get above 19°C. It is the warmest and driest area of Europe and there’s little rainfall, so winters are warm and dry. The summers are sizzlingly hot with no chance of rain at all.

Almeria enjoys about 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and Almeria City is unique in Europe for not having recorded any temperatures below freezing.

The coldest temperature was 0.2°C in February 1935! The warmest temperature recorded was in the summer of 2011 with daily highs reaching an astronomical 43°C, and at night the temperatures don’t ever seem to drop below 8°C.

Ease at finding an English speaking job if you move to Almeria

It’s relatively easy for a British expat to find a job if you decide on moving to Almeria in 2022, as the county has blossomed into a popular tourist destination. But you will need to arrange a work visa now that the UK has left the European Union.

As with anywhere, cities and large towns offer the best chances for gaining employment. If you run your own business and work from home, you can live anywhere! Most English speaking jobs here are based around the retail and hospitality sectors.

Most full time working hours are 40 per week, and due to afternoon siestas, shifts are split up so that you have a three hour break between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.

Quality of life

Almeria offers expats the chance to slow down, take stock and really enjoy the here and now.

The pace of life, on the whole, is less hectic, much more so in the smaller towns and villages, but the city of Almeria and its larger neighbours still offer the exciting nightlife and cultural experiences, even more flamboyantly so when there are fiestas.

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There are loads of things to see and do in Almeria, including Wild West Film Sets, taking a camel ride in Mojácar and visiting the Vera Water Park

There are so many shops to explore, cafés and restaurants to dine in to get an authentic taste of Spanish gastronomy, and sports to do to keep fit and healthy that expats will never be bored. The cost of things in Almeria are affordable; essential grocery shopping, meals out, activities and renting property are nearly 50 percent cheaper than they are in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

With the fantastic Spanish Health Care system, its gloriously sunny weather, having the clearest skies in Europe and having a laid-back attitude to boot, the Province of Almeria really is a great place for an expat to call their new home.

This article, Moving to Almeria in 2022 has covered the major things, but there is loads more to discover in this wonderful area.

If you’ve found this moving to Almeria in 2022 article useful and you’d like to find out more about moving to Almeria from the UK, or if you’d like to book your Removal to Almeria, click here for a superfast quote.

For advice about becoming an expat in general, see the list of other helpful articles below, or contact us now for help or more info.

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Moving to the Costas in 2022

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This article, moving to the Costas in 2022 is your best resource for discovering where to move to in Spain.

The Spanish Costas are special and so even just thinking about them fills you with delight. For this reason, many a British Expat chooses a Costa to call home.

But did you know that there are actually 13 Costas around Spain. Above all, each has it’s own unique appeal. So if you’re thinking about a move to Spain, you may ask yourself which Costa is for me?

Let’s find out!

(This post is part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain)

Below I’ve listed every Costa in Spain, along with info on each one. Similarly, I also detail what attractions there are in nearby places, so this will help you decide if it is somewhere you’d like to spend time in. If there’s a particular Costa you’d like to find out about, they are arranged alphabetically for you. Consequently, this should help.

If you want help with a forthcoming move to one of the wonderful Costas of Spain, we can help. We have been Spain removal specialists since 2013. Therefore we know exactly what is involved – get your free quote here

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Costa de Almeria

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Mojacar, Costa Almeria

Location:                                 South East – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Almeria City, Mojácar, Roquetas de Mar, Vera

Nearest Airport:                       Almeria (5 miles)

This Costa makes up the coastline of the Almeria Province in the picturesque Andalucia Region of Spain. It boasts eight beautiful beaches which offer an expat exciting sandy coves and rocky headlands. Or a place to lap up the glorious sun on soft golden sands.

The beach at Roquetas de Mar is the best place for young families. In addition, this bustling coastal town provides the facilities of a city, but at a much slower pace.

The beachside villages of Mojácar and Playa de las Negras offer quaint surroundings, stunning architecture, and isolated beaches. However, Vera Playa isn’t for the fainthearted and isn’t a place to show to your Grandma as it’s also got a nudist beach!

For instance, expats who settle here can:

  • Explore gold mines in Rodalquilar
  • Trek across the Cabo de Gata-Nijar National Park and discover its wonders
  • Enjoy free jazz and flamenco concerts on the beaches of Mojácar during the summer
  • Play golf
  • Touch a stingray at the Roquetas de Mar aquarium
  • Try scuba diving or get drenched playing water sports
  • Take a peek inside the Alhambra, just a couple of hours inland

Costa Azahar

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Calpe, in Alicante

Location:                                 East – Valencian Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Benicássim, Alicante, and Valencia

Nearest Airport:                       Valencia (55 miles)

This Costa makes up the coastline North of the beautiful Valencian Region of Spain.

Nicknamed the Orange Blossom Coast, white sandy beaches are interspersed with breathtaking coves. As a result there’s unspoilt rolling countrysides dotted with lemon and orange groves, and quiet Moorish towns and villages.

This area of Spain is ideal for the expat who loves the outdoors and who enjoys soaking up history and culture. Therefore the lifestyle here is typically Spanish, so the pace of life is slower. However, people know how to celebrate the arts and music. Similarly, they know how to keep important traditions and festivals alive.

For example, expats who settle here can:

Costa Blanca

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Benidorm, Costa Blanca

Location:                                 South East – Valencian Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Benidorm and Alicante

Nearest Airports:                     Alicante  (approx.36 miles)

Like the Costa Azahar, this Costa makes up part of the beautiful Valencian Region of Spain.

Costa Blanca translates as the White Coast, and pristine white beaches are set off against sapphire blue oceans.

This is one of Europe’s most visited areas and the World Health Organization has therefore named it as having the world’s best climate. Consequently it’s therefore a very popular tourist destination.

This coastline has an enticing blend of lively social scenes, legendary nightlife and luxurious resorts to discover and explore.

For instance, expats who live here can:

  • Become closer to nature by exploring the Serra Gelada Nature Park – its mountain can be climbed in 2 hours
  • Feel an adrenaline rush at the Terra Mitica Theme Park
  • Marvel at the unspoilt beauty of the Algar Waterfalls
  • Discover the delights of the Palm Groves of Elche
  • Unearth the secrets of Denia Castle and Archaeological Museum

Costa Brava

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Cadaqués, Costa Brava

Location:                                 North East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Lloret de Mar and Girona

Nearest Airports:                     Girona  (19 miles)

The Costa Brava makes up the romantic, picture-postcard coastline of the cultural Catalonia Region. Its backdrop is made up of beautiful mountainous hinterlands, lush green valleys, gorges and natural springs. The towns and villages ooze traditional charm with cobbled streets.

For the retired expat, there’s the medieval town of Pals, situated on top of a hill, this historical and charming place is filled with craft shops, traditional restaurants, and bars.

For example, Brits moving here will be able to:

  • Feel at one with the past at the mini Pompeii Greco-Roman Ruins at Empuries
  • Have a look around Salvidor Dali‘s wacky house – there’s even a seven foot tall stuffed bear at the entrance
  • Explore the magical terraced gardens near Palafrugell
  • Take an uplifting walk and marvel in the breathtaking views of Camino de Ronda

Costa Calida

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Port of Mazzarón, Costa Calida

Location:                                 South East – Murcia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               San Pedro del Pinatar and Cartagena

Nearest Airports:                     Murcia-San Javier  (21 miles)

This Costa is between the Costa Blanca to the North and the Costa de Almeria to the South. This is the coastline of the Murcia Region of Spain. Subsequently, its fine, sandy beaches are surrounded by dunes and virgin pine forests and the area is flat with quiet roads.

The beach at Mar Menor is shallow, so warms quickly, and slopes gently into the ocean. Therefore this makes it the perfect beach for young children.

However, for somewhere a bit livelier, the port at Mazarrón near San Pedro del Pinatar offers an array of activities and an upbeat social scene.

For instance, expats who move here can prepare to:

  • Play golf at the stunning and world famous La Manga Golf Resort
  • Have a mud bath in Lo Pagan
  • Pack a picnic and take a scenic drive to see the Cabo Tinoso Cartagena Guns,
  • Take a scenic train journey from Los Nietos to Cartagena
  • Discover the thousands of festivals the Murcia Region has to offer

Costa Cantabria

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San Vincente de la Barquera, Costa Cantabria

Location:                                 North – Cantabria Region

Nearby towns/cities:               San Vicente de la Barquera and Santander

Nearest Airports:                     Santander  (4 miles)

This Costa is in the North of Spain, in the stunning verdant green region of Cantabria.

Therefore, the golden white sands of the beaches along the coast sit on the edge of rolling fields and rugged crags.

The whole area is charming and romantic, anywhere along the coast here offers an extraordinary quality of life. For example, those wanting to experience a rich Spanish lifestyle in tranquillity, the picturesque historical towns of Cóbreces and Mogro are ideal. This is in contrast to the bustling city of Santander which offers luxury, lively social scenes and an amazing nightlife.

This area isn’t just breathtakingly beautiful, there are plenty of opportunities to discover authentic Spanish experiences.

For example, Expats who live here can:

  • Discover the cave paintings of Altamira or Cualventi and bond with ancient ancestors
  • Expect the Spanish Inquisition at the Museum of Inquisition in Santillana
  • Learn about traditional Spanish fashion at the Regional Museum of Costume and Textile Art in Cabezon de la Sal
  • Become a Bronze Age settler in Cantabrian Town in Cabezon de la Sal
  • Meet the inhabitants of the Santillana del Mar Zoo

Costa Dorada

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Castillo Tamarit, Tarragona, Costa Dorada

Location:                                 East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Salou and Barcelona

Nearest Airports:                     Barcelona  (45 miles)

This Costa is found on the East coast of Spain, in the historic region of Catalonia, where history and tradition seep into everyday life.

The golden sands of this Costa’s blue flag beaches are set in front of cultivated fields and rugged mountains.

A popular tourist destination, this area sees over 3.5 million visitors per year, and it’s a favourite location for expats to move to. For example, Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, has all the daily hustle and bustle any socialite wants from a new hometown. Therefore it’s a wonderful place for art lovers, cultural connoisseurs and history buffs to call home.

For instance, expats who live here can:

Costa Garraf

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Sitges, Costa Garraf

Location:                                 East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Sitges and Barcelona

Nearest Airports:                     Barcelona  (18 miles)

This short stretch of coast lies just to the South of Barcelona, and North of the Costa Dorada.

Four seaside towns make up this area and impressive mountains overlook them. Sitges is the most popular expat destination and it’s easy to see why. It offers a tremendous mix of luxury, modernity, tradition, openness, inclusivity, art, and culture. Similarly, its beaches are soft and golden, and it has its own micro-climate.

For example, expats who live here can:

  • Take a horseback riding tour of the beautiful, rolling countryside of Vilanova i la Geltrú
  • Enjoy a variety of water sports including jet skiing and scuba diving
  • Take a segway tour of Sitges
  • Indulge in a VIP wine tour of Penedés

Costa de la Luz

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Cádiz, Costa de la Luz

Location:                                 South West – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Tarifa and Cádiz

Nearest Airports:                     Jerez  (27 miles)

This Costa makes up the Western part of the Andalucia coastline and faces out towards the Atlantic.

Costa de la Luz translates as Coast of Light. The area is well known for its outstanding natural beauty, and most of the coast are protected as nature reserves.

Dotted in the rich landscape are swamps, moving dunes, sweeping beaches, pine woods, small fishing villages and pleasant low rise resorts, which are popular with Spanish tourists.

The seaside city of Cádiz is an ideal location for any expat as it offers modern facilities with a rich history and quirky ambience.

For the adventure seeking expat, Conil de la Frontera is a surfers paradise, and for the hipsters, Tarifa, which is the windsurfing capital of Europe, oozes with charm and a laid-back atmosphere.

As well as being a stunning place with jaw-dropping scenery, the Costa de la Luz also seduces expats with its experiences:

For instance, expats who live here can:

Costa Maresme

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Calella, Costa Maresme

Location:                                 North East – Catalonia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Calella and Mataró

Nearest Airports:                     Barcelona (30 miles)

This Costa is found south of the Costa Brava and runs for just 31 miles. Its golden beaches are set off by the dark green rolling hills and dark rugged treelined cliffs that hug the coast.

Calella is the perfect new home for expats who love the arts, culture, staying healthy and looking after their wellbeing.

For example, expats who live here can:

Costa de Morte

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A Coruña, Costa de Morte

Location:                                 North West – Galacia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               A Coruna

Nearest Airports:                     A Coruna (7 miles)

This Costa is found in the North West corner of Spain, in the Galicia region. With a name that translates to Coast of Death, expats often overlooked it.

Sometimes experiencing wild and windy weather, its quaint fishing villages are huddled against forested mountain slopes. What the Costa De Morte lacks in climate and infrastructure, it makes up for with beautiful coves and isolated beaches.

For instance, they can also look forward to:

Costa del Sol

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Nerja, Costa del Sol

Location:                                 South – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Marbella and Malaga

Nearest Airports:                     Malaga (31 miles)

The Costa del Sol is the most well known Spanish Costa, and is found in Southern Spain. For most people moving to the Costas in 2022, this will be the destination.

Despite being associated with mass development, negative press and a soulless image, the Costa del Sol still has picturesque areas. The whole area sits at the bottom of rolling green foothills and the soft, white sands twinkle with the sparkling oceans.

The Costa del Sol has something for everyone. Puerto Banus is extravagant and luxurious and Marbella is a small, traditional, brightly coloured Spanish town dappled with history. Similarly, Fuengirola combines medieval markets with modernity and art.

For expats wanting to move here, the delights of this Costa are endless.

For example, some of the experiences that can be had include:

  • Seeing the beautiful Roman Puente Neuvo bridge in Ronda
  • Exploring the scenic El Torcal Nature Park in Antequera
  • Listening to Celia Morales play the Tradtional Flamenco Guitar in Ronda
  • Spelunking in the caves of Nerja
  • Meeting amazing creatures at the Bioparc in Fuengirola

Costa Tropical

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Salobrena, Costa Tropical

Location:                                 South – Andalucia Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Almunécar and Motril

Nearest Airports:                     Malaga (63 miles)

This Costa, also known as Costa Granada, after its province, is found in the Andalucia region of Spain. It is set against the heart-stopping backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

For expats wanting to seek out a traditional Spanish home in a peaceful place, Salobrena is ideal. This quiet town is small, bedecked in classical whitewashed houses, and crowned with an imposing Moorish castle.

For those wanting to experience a livelier pace of life, the city of Motril offers a vibrant nightlife, golf courses, shopping centres and a growing commercial economy.

For instance, expats who live here can:

  • Ski at Sierra Nevada Ski Resort
  • Visit the Bonsai Garden Museum in Almunecar
  • Go Whale watching in La Herradura
  • Get a sweet taste of history at the Palma Sugar Refinery in Motril

Costa de Valencia

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Sagunto, Costa de Valencia

Location:                                 East – Valencian  Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Sagunto and Valencia

Nearest Airports:                     Valencia (56 miles)

This Costa is almost one continuous beach stretching from Sagunto to Oliva and is on the East coast of Spain.

Just like Costa Azahar, this area has stunning backdrops of orange, lemon and olive groves. In addition, the countryside has marshes, wetlands and rice plantations.

For those searching for calmer climes and who want to feel like they’ve been transported back in time, the peaceful town of Sagunto is ideal. The ancient town has been declared a Property of Cultural Interest.

For example, expats who move to the Costa de Valencia can enjoy:

Costa Vasca

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Bizkaia, Costa Vasca

Location:                                 North – Basque Country

Nearby towns/cities:               Bilbao, San Sebastian

Nearest Airports:                     Bilbao (8 miles)

This Costa is in the North of Spain and is part of the Basque Country. Rolling hills and natural parks surround the enchanting. Similarly, the Pyrenees mountains feature here, and also the Guernica river lazily making it’s way to the sea.

Bilbao is the perfect city for a young professional or family to call home. In addition, it is a vibrant, bustling, cultural city, and is the financial and industrial epicentre of the Basque Country.

For those on the quest to find somewhere more exciting and traditional, the tiny village of Mundaka is the place to call home. It is the surfing capital of Europe and in addition it is where the locals are warm, friendly and passionate.

For instance, expats can discover its wonders:

  • Visit Miramar Palace and grounds in Donostia
  • See a show at the Arriaga Antzokia Theatre in Bilbao
  • Hike the Acantilados de Azhorri

Costa Verde

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Gijón, Costa Verde

Location:                                    North – Asturias Region

Nearby towns/cities:               Candás and Gijón

Nearest Airports:                     Asturias (26 miles)

This Costa is also in Northern Spain and within the Asturias Region. Green meadows practically meet the glorious sandy beaches and the sands are overlooked by spectacular cliffs.

For expats looking to enjoy traditional Spanish laid back life in the beautiful landscapes of the Green Coast, Candás is perfect. A little town nestled on the cliffs of the Bay of Biscay, Candás offers expats charm and tranquillity.

For example, expats can look forward to:

  • Exploring the Botanical Gardens in Gijón
  • Marvel at the largest building in Spain, the Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura in Gijón
  • Learn about maritime history of Asturias in Luanco
  • Be inspired by Lake Covadonga in Congas de Onis
  • Entering the awesome caves of Cuevona

In conclusion, this has been an exhaustive and complete list of moving to the Costas in 2022. Hopefully, you can find one that is perfect for you, around Spain. Did one jump out at you as a great place to live? Similarly, what ones did you think weren’t great for you?

Removals to the Costas of Spain

Get in touch today and we can offer you advice and guidance on how to move to your chosen Costa. In addition, we can help you decide between your choices. We are experts in removals to Spain, and full customs management is included. Above all, we will provide a free quote for your removal from the UK to the Spanish Costas.

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Port of Mazarron – Costa Calida

San Vincente de la Barquera – Costa Cantabria

Castillo Tamarit, Tarragona, Costa Dorada

Sitges – Costa Garraf

Salobrena – Costa Tropical

Bizkaia, Costa Vasca

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Your Free Moving Checklist 2022

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Moving, it’s often deemed quite stressful. And moving abroad? Phewee, that’s a whole new ballgame. So use this free moving checklist 2022 to help make things easier.

Many websites like to make light of “epic fails” when a move’s gone badly. However, it’s sometimes tragic to read stories which tug on your heart strings because nice people have got themselves into bother.

But we here at Indalo Transport are providing a practical solution!

As experts in the removals industry and a team made up of expats, we know a LOT about moving. This is not just from helping others relocate, but from personal experience too. People wanting to become expats don’t want horror stories about moves that have gone wrong. What they need at a time like this is, drum roll, please …  a Checklist!

Now it may not come across as a glamorous solution, but this humble list will work wonders for your move, just like Bob Geldof at a Live Aid concert.

This essential and free moving checklist 2022 will help you to plan the last three months before you move. It will help you to do all the important jobs, when moving, in the right order.

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Indalo Transport’s Indispensable Free Moving Checklist 2022

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Our handy and free checklist covers every possible angle of making your move the dream it can be.

Click on the checklist picture above to

  • open it in a new window as a  printable pdf file, and
  • save to your computer to print out whenever you want.

After you’ve used our free checklist and the last box is ticked, we hope you’ll feel relieved. And also happy and excited about boarding the plane, or driving onto the ferry, to start your new life abroad.

Below you’ll find that we’ve gone into more detail about some things which we consider important when planning a move.

Obviously, we believe that the most important things to get right is choosing the right removal company. We are a bit biased for obvious reasons! Read on for other important things to consider.

There are two certainties in life …

And yes, tax is one of them! It’s very important that you notify the tax authorities, i.e. HMRC, that you’re planning to relocate abroad. If you don’t contact them, you may have to pay additional taxes which, as an expat, you’d be exempt from otherwise.

So don’t waste money, use the government’s handy online service, or alternatively pick up a P85 form from your local Post Office and complete the required information. Don’t miss out on your tax relief!

Driving in a European Country

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Don’t leave home without these things.

If you’re planning to hop on a ferry and drive to meet your belongings at your new home, it’s always worth finding out what the local driving laws are for each country you drive through. Most European countries require you to have the following items in your car at all times:

  •   UK Sticker on the bumper/back of your car (cover up/remove any references to GB)
  •   2 Safety Warning Triangles
  •   High Visibility Jacket (must be kept in the car, not the boot)
  •   2 Breathalyzer Kits – for France only
  •   First Aid Kit
  •   Headlamp Adjusters (some newer models of car can be adjusted so their headlamps don’t shine in the faces of European drivers, others you can buy special headlamp stickers which reflect the light away)

For more information, the AA has come up with a very handy, country by country guide.

There is also an useful Indalo Transport blogpost detailing the legal requirements for Spain

So there you have it, your free moving checklist 2022, which you can print off and keep in your moving binder, and some very useful information on driving abroad, how to get a health card which you’re entitled to claim for free, and some info on dealing with finances as an expat.

If you have any other questions about moving, or if you’d like to get a quote for your removals to Spain from the UK, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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Moving to Marbella in 2022 an Expat Guide

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Moving to Marbella in 2022 an expat guide is an article to help you find out more about moving to this lovely town in Spain, on the Costa del Sol.

This is one of a series of guides about Spain.  It will reveal a copious amount of information on Marbella. We’ll also let you in on a few hidden gems of the town, which you should definitely go and visit.

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Where is Marbella?

Marbella is in the province of Malaga, in the Andalusia region of Spain, along the world-famous Costa Del Sol.

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How can I get there?

By air, there is the option to go to Malaga Airport, less than an hour away from Marbella.

Most airports within the UK offer affordable, direct flights to Malaga, and you can get there in less than three hours.

If you wish to take your car, you can drive onto a ferry in Portsmouth or Plymouth and arrive in Bilbao. From there it’s a 10-hour drive to Marbella.

We specialise in moves from the UK to Spain. So if you want a stress-free removal to Marbella from the UK, then please don’t hesitate to contact us, for free advice and help.

Why move to Marbella?

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If you’re looking to experience pristine white beaches, vivid culture and opulence, Marbella is the place for you.

It’s a truly irresistible town, permeated by Roman and Moorish history.

Opposites attract here, as the six different districts are a rich melting pot of ethnologies, where Spanish heritage, tradition, and folklore mix with luxurious living which gives an alluring buen estar.

In Marbella, you can experience sumptuous delights from prestigious boutiques, and enjoy haute cuisine in Michelin star restaurants. For example, Dani Garcia’s Calima where elegant and complex foods are served up in a secluded, subtropical garden.

The Eastern sector of Marbella stretches from Rio Real to Puerto de Cabopino. This area is less urbanized and has pristine white beaches, an enchanting marina, and a number of traditional Spanish bars and cafés.

Marbella Old Town has a unique, rustic and colourful charm, its ambience is truly special. This is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the distinctive Andalusian character.

Luxury in Marbella

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Beautiful, colourful, inspirational – all words to describe the charming district of Old Town

From Ricardo Soriano to the entrance of Puerto Banús, you’ll discover The Golden Mile. You’ll find that luxury abounds here, with many upscale boutiques, and exorbitant nightclubs, like the well known Olivia Valere.

Famous families and European aristocracy built their summer homes here, and it’s not hard to see why. Moving to Marbella has been popular for a very long time.

The Saudi Arabian Royal Family have even built a palace here, an exact replica of the White House.

It’s even rumoured that Salvador Dali would eat out all along the Golden Mile. Eating and drinking with his friends, when it came to paying, Dali would sketch a drawing on the back of his cheque. He knew full well that the owners of these restaurants would never cash them in!

The Nueva Andalucia district is known as Valle del Golf and is a haven for the golfing enthusiast.

San Pedro de Alcantara has a small town charm. However, it’s one of the areas of Marbella which has seen the greatest growth and changes in the past six decades.

Guadalmina, the final area of Marbella, is another haven for golfers and is dotted with amazing Roman architecture.

History

Marbella has been shaped by centuries of rich history, and countless cultures have left their mark all across this marvellous municipality.

Muslims, Romans, Christians, and modernity, have all played their part in making Marbella the place it is today, and the town began to transform itself in 1960. It is now one of the top five-star tourist destinations in the whole of Europe.

Architecture

Marbella showcases an incredible mix of architecture. It has a combination of Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Moorish styles.

In the colourful Old Town quarter, the whitewashed houses sparkle in the sun. This highlights the charming Plaza de los Naranjos, This Orange Square has three historic buildings around it, the Town Hall, the Church of St. Mary and the Governor’s House.

Intrepid expats can also discover the authentic and beautiful Roman bridge, the Marbella Puente, near the elegant Roberto Hotel. There’s also the awe-inspiring architecture of the Las Bóvedas Roman baths to discover. Also the old castle walls and also a 16th-century church, Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación. Don’t miss the Alcazaba or the ruins of a Moorish castle, the Bull Ring, or the Mezquita del Rey Abdul Aziz Saud Mosque.

Culture and Lifestyle

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Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella Puente, Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion and Alcazaba,

This Moving to Marbella in 2022 guide wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the special way this town treats its residents.

No-one is deemed ‘a foreigner’ in Marbella. For expats and locals alike it’s one of the most cosmopolitan and cultured places in Europe.

There are many wonderful art and history museums to visit, such as the Museo Del Grabado, the engraving museum.

You can walk down the absolutely stunning Avenue del Mar, which has many wonderful Dali Statues. Nature can be enjoyed at the Paseo del Alameda, an elegant 18th-century park.

Festivals

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Moving to Marbella in 2022 means that in May expats can witness the exciting Cruz de Juanar, and in June celebrate the Patron Saint, San Bernabé. Every July, the dramatic and vibrant tradition of the Virgen del Carmen procession takes place. In October, you can enjoy the San Pedro de Alcántara festival, renowned for its colour and folklore.

Cost of Living and Quality of Life

The cost of living in the province of Malaga is 13.6 percent lower than it is in Spain’s capital, Madrid, so your money will stretch a lot further here.

Well, that’s not strictly true, as that actually depends where you live! A three bedroom apartment in the most sought-after places of Marbella, along the Golden Mile can cost you around €1500 per month.

In the more quieter areas of Marbella though, like the Eastern sector, or Old Town, you can get a lovely one or two-bed apartment for less than €600 per month.

If you’re looking for a gastronomic delight, a three-course meal will set you back about €30 per person. But again, this is dependant on where you decide to eat. You can easily have a restaurant bill of over €200 in the most expensive parts of Marbella. But if you’re just grabbing a lunchtime bite to eat, check out The Menu of the Day at cafes dotted around The Old Town You’re bound to get something tasty for less than €5.

Public Transport

Local buses operate in Marbella on a route from La Cañada Shopping Center, to El Ángel, via the Hipercor in Puerto Banús. A monthly card is also available for unlimited travel on the Servicio de Transporte Urbano de Marbella buses.

The Weather

Marbella experiences hot summers and it’s possible to sunbathe almost every day from June until September with little or no rain. Daily highs can reach 35 C, and nights can go to 15 degrees.

Things to see, and things to do

In Marbella you can bathe on pristine white beaches, play golf, go sailing, shop until you drop. If you’re an adventurous person who loves nature, you should definitely take a Monte Aventura Andalucia Ecotour through the Andalucian countryside. This tour has been given the Certificate of Excellence on Trip Advisor.

There’s also the Lagoland Mountain Lake Center, a brilliant place to spend the day pushing yourself to the limit.

Or you could see how the other half live and go spotting supercars down near the marina.

Food and Drink

The traditional food of Marbella is Andalucian. You’ll find traditonal dishes here like Salmorejo (tomato soup usually served with a boiled egg and ham), and Pringa (a slow-cooked stew)

Being a coastal town, fish and seafood is essential. However, at every corner of Marbella you’ll find some amazing restaurants to eat at. There are even traditional Spanish tapas at El Estrecho, which opened back in 1954. For a recent list of the greatest restaurants in Marbella today, check out The Culture Trip’s restaurant reviews.

Other useful information

For more information, please contact the Marbella Tourist Board.

T: +34 952 768 760

E: turismo@marbella.es

We really hope our handy guide Moving to Marbella in 2022 an expat guide has been helpful. Either you’ve learned something new about this wonderful place, or it’s helped you make your decision and you’re thinking of moving there. If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. For a quote go here removals from the UK to Marbella

Photo Credits

Main Title Photo – Chris Goldberg

Marbella Old Town –  Nick Kenrick

Plaza de los Naranjos, – Photosylvia

Marbella Puente – Falk Lademann

Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion – SantlMB.Photos

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Irresistible you will absolutely love Spanish food

irresistable - you will absolutely love Spanish food

There are many reasons why you will love Spain as an expat. There’s the gloriously warm and sunny weather. The mediterranean diet. Life, in general, runs at a much slower pace than in the UK and the country’s natural beauty is the most varied and awe-inspiring in the whole of Europe. It is the truth, the food in Spain is irresistible – you will absolutely love Spanish food.

A Gem for foodies

Spain is a haven for foodies. It has so many culinary traditions and varieties of local gastronomic delicacies throughout the country. With an abundance of talented chefs, the place is a food and drink paradise! Spanish food is as diverse as the landscape is spectacular. Each region boasts its own exclusive flavours and specialities.

Find out here what types of foods you’d expect to find in each of the regions of Spain.

You will discover that it is irresistible – you will absolutely love Spanish food

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Galacia Region – A haven if you love shellfish and seafood 

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Octopus served with charred onions and crispy potatoes, Gambas al Ajillo, Chicken casserole, Caldo Gallego, and Goats cheese salad

Gastronomy is Galacia’s main attraction, with 300 food festivals celebrating the importance of food throughout the year.

Galacia’s stunning coastline stretches for over 800 miles, therefore seafood makes up a high proportion of ingredients. This Atlantic diet has excellent health-related qualities. In fact, Galacians are among the most long-lived peoples of Spain, with much lower rates of cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

But don’t worry, it’s not all fish, fish, fish! The Galacians’ favourite meat is veal, and they also enjoy capons (free range chickens), and kid (sorry to say that this is a baby goat).

The Galacians also grow a wide range of vegetables, including the potato, grelos (a type of cabbage), corn, nuts, mushrooms, beets and beans.

Typical meals that you’ll find here include octopus, Gambas al Ajillo (prawns in garlic), chicken casserole, Caldo Gallego (Galacian soup), and goats cheese.

Asturias Region – The place to go if you love rich cheese and dry cider

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Asturias cider, Fabada Asturiana, Valdeon blue cheese

Asturian cuisine is defined as ‘slow cooked over a low heat’, so stews, soups and bisques. Asturians don’t use many spices or other condiments in their dishes, as they prefer the natural flavours of the ingredients.

Cheese is the most famous delicacy of the region they call “Green Spain”. The area produces at least 30 different types, including a three-milk cheese made from cow, sheep and goats milk. Because Asturias is a coastal area, seafood is also very popular too – in particular the trout and wild salmon.

Alcohol is used a lot in much of Asturias cooking, especially cider. Like its cheeses, Asturias boasts over 30 varieties of apple. Their cider is every bit as tasty as ones served in Normandy in France.

A typical dish is a platter of local ham, sausage, cheese, and bread, accompanied by a large cider. Another popular main course is hake or salmon in cider, the famous Fabada Asturiana bean stew.

Cantabria Region – A retreat when you’re in need of home cooked, comfort foods

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Rabasare, Cocido Montanes, Cocido Lebaniego, and Sobao

The Cantabrians absolutely adore food. It’s as far removed from nouvelle cuisine as you could possibly imagine.

Dishes are rich, mouthwatering and made from comfort food that’s hearty and warming. Think high-quality game, such as deer and wild boar, anchovies, lobster, and squid.

The most favourite of traditional dishes are Cocido Montanes, a stew made from pork, beans and collared greens. Another is Cocido Lebaniego, made from chickpeas, potatoes, cabbage and pork or beef.

Basque Country – A foodie’s paradise for Michelin Star food

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Sauteed Elvers, Marmitako, Piperade, and Gateau Basque

In the seventies, a group of young Basque chefs, inspired by French cuisine, created New Basque Cuisine, a range of truly exquisite dishes that are now famous worldwide.

There are nearly 40 Michelin-starred restaurants in the Basque region, and there are ever increasing numbers of popular Gastronomic Societies to join. This is so you can experience and learn, about authentic local culinary traditions.

No wonder that the Basque region is the culinary capital of Spain. The city of San Sebastián has more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else on Earth.

Popular dishes include Marmitako (a fish stew), Pinchos (little snacks) and Piperade (made with ham, eggs, onions, green peppers and sauteed tomatoes)

La Rioja Region – For the vegetarian and wine connoisseur’s delectation

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Patatas a la Riojana, Esparragos Blancos with Salmon, Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

The food in La Rioja is based on the Riojans’ agricultural heritage.

In particular, the people use fresh red bell peppers, fava beans, artichokes, asparagus, chard, and lettuce in their dishes. Peaches and pears too. Grapes become full-bodied red wines, and sloe berries are turned into Patxaran.

But don’t fret if you’re not a vegetarian and you prefer meats to greens! The Muslim presence in La Rioja means that the Riojans have a great taste for lamb. In particular, Lechal – a suckling lamb, or Chuletas Riojana – grilled lamb chops over vine cuttings.

Favourite dishes include Piquillo Peppers stuffed with lamb, dipped in batter and fried. Also Esparragos Blancos (white asparagus), and Patatas a la Riojana, (potatoes roasted in smoky paprika and served with chorizo).

Navarre Region – A spectacular destination for adventerous foodies who love choice

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Trucha a la Navarre, Cogollos de Tudela, Esofado de Toro, Menestra de Verduras

Dishes in Navarre are always created from fresh, local produce, and food is celebrated throughout the year at gastronomic events. There are a multitude of themed days paying homage to traditional dishes of the regions.

Navarre’s most imaginative and exclusive creations are in its capital, Pamplona. Popular dishes include Menestra de Verduras – sauteed vegetables and Trucha a la Navarre – a mild fish stuffed with him and fried in breadcrumbs. There is also Estofado de Toro – bull stew served with potatoes and Chistorra – fried sausage served with a fried egg and potatoes.

Castile-Leon Region – Ideal for meat lovers, and anyone with a sweet tooth

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Sopa de Ajo, Tostón Asado, Hornazo, Yemas de Santa Teresa

Food in Castile-Leon has countless food conferences or age-old rituals of home butchering, matanza.

Castile-Leon is nicknamed Land of the Roasts, and the people here adore game of all types. This includes hare, rabbit, lamb, partridge, pork and trout. They also have a huge sweet tooth – there’s always room for dessert in Castile-Leon.

Typical dishes include Sopa de Ajo (garlic soup), Tostón Asado (suckling pig), Hornazo (meat pie), Olla Podrida (a pork and bean stew)

Catalonia Region – The only place to be if you’re a carnivore

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Fideuá, Canelons d’ánec, Fricandó and Bacallá amb Samfaina

There is so much more to this region’s food than paellas and chorizo. Like many other regions, all the ingredients are harvested from a diverse geographical landscape. Paella is iressistible, and you will absolutely love the Spanish food here.

A good way to try a cornucopia of delectable delicacies is to have mar i muntanya. This is a local surf ‘n’ turf – it literally translates to Sea and Mountain!

If you want to eat like a local in Catalonia, try Fideuá (like seafood paella, but with noodles not rice). Other dishes include Escalivada (smoky grilled vegetables) and Faves a la Catalana (fava bean, blood pudding and sausage stew).

Aragon Region – The ideal place if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you adore wholesome cooking

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Huevos Rotos con Jamón, Migas, Almojábanas, Churros, and Frutas de Aragon

Aragon is referred to as the plain cooking region of Spain. However, what you get is honest, wholesome, hearty food, inspired by French cuisine.

Game is very popular, as well as ham, snails and mushrooms. The food is quite classical, with dishes based on popular stews. The people of Aragon have a sweet tooth too – the area is famous for its candied fruits, Frutas de Aragon.

If you want rich, hearty food with an air of France about it, you should try Migas (breadcrumbs accompanied with, well, anything you want!). There’s also Huevos Rotos con Jamón (broken eggs with cured ham) and Ternasco Asada (roast lamb).

Valencian Community – For those who enjoy rice dishes, and like frequenting bakeries

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Horchata de Chufa, All i Pebre, Paella Valenciana, Arnadí, and Bunyols

Valencia’s claim to fame is paella. It also has the most fertile greenbelt in all of Spain, la Huerta.

What you might not know is Valencia is a land of tasty sweet treats and bakery products too. You’ll find toasted breads, Valencian donuts, and coconut cakes, just to name a few.

Local dishes well worth a try are All i Pebre (a stew made from garlic and eels) and Paella Valenciana (typically made with rabbit). There is also Olleta (pork stew) and Arrós a Banda (rice and fish).

Murcia Region – Ideal for foodies seeking authentic Mediterranean cooking

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Ensalada Rusa, Arroz Meloso, Pulpo a la Murciana, and Paparajote

Murcia is Europe’s Vegetable Garden, and so vegetables and rice are the staple ingredient in any dish. Therefore it’s a wonderful place for vegetarians to visit.

Tapas are widely available across all of Spain, and they can get quite humdrum, but not in Murcia.  Ensalada Rusa (tuna, potatoes and crispy vegetables mixed with mayonnaise) and Cazo (little goujons of Arab-spiced hake) are two delicious tapas.

A traditional dish is Alcachofas de la Abuela (known locally as Grandmother’s Artichokes).  There is also Pulpo a la Murciana (Murcian-style octopus) and Hortalizas en Tempura (vegetable tempura).

Andalucia Region – a melting pot of different dishes & the best region for foodies

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Salmorejo, Coquinas, Berenjenas con miel de Cana, and Tortilla Espanola

Cooking in Andalucia is traditional, and disparate – dishes have been passed down from generation to generation.

The healthy Mediterranean diet has developed throughout history. Influenced by the Moors, Greeks, Carthaginians and the Visigoths.

Favourites here include Gambas Pil Pil (prawns sizzling in chili oil) and Salmorejo (tomato soup served with boiled egg and ham).  You must try Tortilla Espanola (eggs, potatoes and onions), and Pringa (a slow-cooked stew).

Extremadura Region – Perfect for people seeking traditional food, with a bit of added spice

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La Caldereta, El Bacalao del Convento, Torta del Casar, and Ibérico Ham

Extremadura produces outstanding quality pork products, because of the meticulous care taken in rearing animals. In particular, the famous Ibérico ham, chorizo and Morcilla (black sausage).

This region also has superb cheeses, such as Torta del Casar and Ibores. Paprika is grown here, which adds a warming touch to most dishes.

Food here is something to enjoy with friends. Extremadura is one of only three areas in Spain where tapas are free virtually everywhere. It;’s a great way to sample the traditional delights of this region.

Hidden culinary gems of Extremadura include Cáceres (Ibérico pork fillet marinated in Paprika) and La Caldereta (a stew made from kid, peppers, mashed liver, and garlic). There is also Las Mijas (bread soaked in water, then fried with bacon and peppers) and El Bacalao del Convento (Cod served with potatoes, spinach and broth).

Madrid Region – From nueva cuisine to regional Spanish dishes

Madrid accepts all types of influences when it comes to food. Whilst it has its own authentic dishes, they don’t actually originate from here. But don’t worry, authentic food is still plentiful, it just comes from other regions!

This city is a treasure trove of delicious food, with one bar or restaurant for every 192 residents of Madrid. Every region’s tastes are represented here, so you won’t miss out on all the authentic Spanish tastes and flavours.

Castile-La Mancha Region – A sanctuary for wine and cheese lovers

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Manchego Cheese, Atascaburras, Carcamusa, Gachas, and Gazpacho

The cuisine of this region is hearty and traditional. With ingredients such as bread, meat, cheese and wine. This will transport you back to the era of Don Quixote.

Livestock in Castile-La Mancha focuses on pigs, but wild boar, stag, and rabbit are enjoyed too. Ewes milk is used to make the famous Manchego Cheese.

Castile-La Mancha has some of the world’s largest vineyards, and they produce fantastic wines.

There are plenty of tasty foods you can eat, when you’re not sipping on wine or nibbling at cheese. Some great examples of local Castile-La Mancha food include Atascaburras (a cod and potato paste) and Carcamusa (pork, vegetables and tomatoes stewed together).

The Balearic Islands – The best place to experience authentic meals once considered poor man’s food

Baleric Islands

Frit Mallorqui, Sofrit Pagés, Tonyina a l’eivissenca, and Ray Borrida

The many cultures that have passed through over the years have influenced cuisine in Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.

Most of the dishes are based on seafood – two unique types are the Mallorquin shrimp and the Menorquin lobster.

Dishes you must try across the islands include Frit Mallorqui (pig liver fried with vegetables, sherry and fennel) and Sopes Mallorquines (a cabbage stew). There is also Sofrit Pagés (a lamb, sausage, potato and herb casserole) and Tonyina a l’eivissenca (a traditional tuna stew made with pine nuts, raisins, eggs, spices, lemon juice and white wine).

The Canary Islands – Ideal for the adventurous foodie, combining traditional Spanish dishes with African influences

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Potaje de Berros, Sancocho Canario, Papas Arrugadas, and Beinmesabe

The Canary Islands are famous for their mojos, two different types of sauces. The first is mojo picon, made from pepper, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt and paprika, and the second, mojo verde is based on parsley and coriander.

Dishes to get your taste buds tingling include Papas Arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) and Sancocho Canario (salted fish in a mojo sauce), There is also Platanos Fritos (fried bananas).

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t eat another bite!

I’m full up…

You can hopefully now see that the food here is irresistible – you will absolutely love Spanish food. Hopefully, our guide to Spanish food has whet your appetite, and your computer is free from drool!

If our guide has also helped you decide on which region you’d want to live in, then please contact us, and we can help with the removal of your treasured belongings from the UK to Spain.

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The 1 Click Way to a Stress Free UK Spain Removal in 2022

The 1 Click way to a stress Free UK Spain Removal in 2022

Read this article to find out the 1 click way to a stress-free UK to Spain removal in 2022,  guaranteed.

“Change is as good as a rest”, they say, and there’s no bigger change than moving house.

But when you’re in the middle of moving and you find yourself in a sea of bubble wrap, the last thing that you may agree on, is “Yep, this whole moving malarkey is definitely as good as a rest”!

Yes, moving can be stressful – in fact, it’s one of the most stressful events in modern adult life. Still, countless families do it every day.

This is because (a) they wouldn’t go through with the move if the change wasn’t worth it (and by the way, it’s always worth it) and (b), when searching for a highly recommended and trustworthy removals company they discovered that Indalo Transport is a member of the Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme.

If at this point you’re excited at being able to hire a Trading Standards approved removals firm in just one simple step, then 1-click here!

If you’d like to find out what the Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme is, then read on!

Who are Trading Standards?

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Trading Standards are an Institute of professionals who work with our local Councils in the UK. They act on behalf of all of us, as consumers and businesses.

They advise and enforce laws that govern the way we buy, sell, rent and hire goods and services. Basically, the guys and gals at Trading Standards make sure that rogue traders and scammers can’t get away with ripping people off.

Consider them the Sheriffs of the business world, these knowledgeable professionals who always keep an eye out for consumers. They make sure that you get the high-quality products and services you deserve, from credible, hard-working local companies that care about doing the best job possible.

If a customer ever has a complaint about a business, it’s the Trading Standards people they should go to for help and advice.

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What is their ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme and Where Can I Find the Website?

The Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme for Approved Businesses was created nearly two decades ago. It’s aim was, and still is, to help consumers find reputable and responsible companies in all types of trades and services.

It was designed to combat the rise in cowboy tradesmen looking to rip-off unsuspecting people. Therefore, the scheme really is a great way to guarantee reassurance and peace of mind for you as a consumer.

Any business that you find within the ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme, whether it’s a removals firm or accountants, will be the very best of the best.

The companies listed on the website are reliable, trustworthy and excellent value for money. Click here to go to the Buy with Confidence website (link opens a new page)

The 1 Click way to a stress Free UK Spain Removal in 2022 – It really is the sure-fire way of taking the guesswork out of finding great businesses that are dependable, and who only provide outstanding levels of customer service.

You should feel confident that any firm you find on the Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ website is the real deal.

How do Removals Firms Become a Member of the Scheme?

By being seriously vetted, and we mean seriously!

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Becoming Trading Standards Approved in a nutshell – 2min 26 secs video

Any business wanting to be a part of the ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme must be prepared to be probed, appraised, scrutinized, and reviewed. They must undergo a myriad of stringent checks which include audit visits and criminal background checks about them and their team.

The series of visits are undertaken, independently, by the local County Council’s Trading Standards Service. Only when a business has passed all of these set procedures and checks can they join the Scheme.

Once a company is approved, Trading Standards continues to monitor their performance through the quality and quantity of customer feedback.

It’s a condition of the Scheme’s membership that these feedback forms are available to all customers, or the client can go directly to the website and leave a review there. It is true that honest reviews are the things which power the Scheme.

What Are the Risks of Using a Removals Firm Who Aren’t ‘Trading Standards’ approved?

If you choose to go with a removals company that isn’t a part of the Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme, you could be risking, well, everything.

There are countless stories of “White Van Men” who have placed online adverts promising removals. Often at incredibly affordable prices too. But once, everything is loaded into the van, they drive away, never to be seen again. Or they damage your treasured possessions.  (here’s one horror story as example)

If something does go wrong with your removal, then you can be confident that a registered company will want to put things right.  Using a company that isn’t a member of the ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme, you will have no one to back you up.

Many removals firms don’t have the correct type of insurance to cover the types of loads they carry. Therefore, if something got broken, there’s no guarantee that you’d get compensation. Trading Standards registered companies don’t have this problem.

By using a removals company who are members of the Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme, you reduce the chance of problems, and also cover yourself in the event that anything goes wrong.

Are Indalo Transport a Part of The Buy With Confidence Scheme?

Yes, we are! You can rest assured that Indalo Transport is Trading Standard’s Approved. You can Buy With Confidence through us.

We are members of this exclusive and excellent scheme. This guarantees you’ll receive excellent value for money and customer service that is professional. We’re also insured through Lloyds of London, so all your items are protected from Door to Door, across Europe, the UK and Ireland.

Does The Buy With Confidence Scheme cover Removals From UK to Spain?

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Indalo Transport – The only name you’ll ever need for Removals to Spain from the UK – or even for a removal to the UK from Spain!

Yes, it does, and that’s great because that’s what Indalo Transport specialises in!

We are a UK based company, with a warehouse in both Hampshire and in Southern Spain.   We help families each and every week relocate to Spain from the UK, and from Spain back to the UK.

Trading Standards approval backs up our commitment to exceptional customer service.

So there you have it, several reasons as to why you really should book a removals firm that are members of the Trading Standard’s ‘Buy With Confidence’ Scheme.

Browsing the ‘Buy With Confidence’ website will give you peace of mind and reassurance.  You’ll know that whoever you choose will provide an excellent service. They come highly recommended, and they’ll offer you the very best service with care and respect.

If you’d like a quote from a family-run, professional Trading Standard’s Approved removals firm,  then get in touch with us below.

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Moving to Mojacar in 2022 an Expat Guide

Moving to Mojacar in 2022

If you’re just window shopping for an area of Spain to move to, Moving to Mojacar in 2022 an expat guide will provide you with information to help you make that all-important decision.

If you’re an expat already living in the beautiful area of Mojácar, this expat guide, will help you settle in to your wonderful new home.

Hopefully, if you do decide you want to move here, you’ll consider Indalo Transport to help your removal to Mojácar from the UK run smoothly and stress free. Especially now with customs clearance, since the UK left the EU.

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Where is Mojácar?

Not to be confused with Majorca, one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean! Mojácar іѕ located іn thе Almeria rеgіоn of Mainland Spain, on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean.

Mоjáсаr соmрrіѕеѕ twо distinct areas, Mоjáсаr Pueblo (village) and Mоjáсаr Playa (beach), which are аррrоxіmаtеlу a kilometre араrt.

Click on the photo above for a Google Map Guide to where Mоjáсаr is.

How can I get to Mojacar?

By air, the closest airport is Almeria, which is just over an hour’s drive away.

For an affordable, direct flight, the best destination to travel from is London Gatwick, where you can get to Almeria in less than 3 hours. Check out Skyscanner for information on prices, and other airport locations, notably Murcia and Alicante.

By car, you can hop on to an overnight ferry from Portsmouth or Plymouth, arrive in Bilbao or Santander in Northern Spain. Then the drive to your new home is about 10 hours.

If you are relocating moving to Mojacar in 2022, then please don’t hesitate to contact us, as we specialise in removals from the UK to Spain.

Why choose Mojácar?

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Pristine, quiet beaches , mesmerizing architecture and stunning scenery. Mojácar, what a glorious place to call home.

If you’re looking for a beautiful village, steeped in history and vibrant in culture then Mojácar is the place for you. With the combination of beach and village, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds.  It is quieter than the Costa Del Sol, on the South coast of Spain.

Mоjáсаr is a mаjеѕtіс mеltіng роt оf cultures, it’s a сluѕtеr оf bright, whіtе hоuѕеѕ that sparkle like diamonds in the sun. The village clings tо thе vеrу еnd оf thе awe-inspiring Sіеrrа dе Cabrera Mountains.

Once you еntеr thе mаzе of narrow ѕtrееtѕ, еvеrу corner will сарtіvаtе you and the village’s beauty will be revealed. From the lookout square as you enter the village by road, there are the most breath-taking hоrіzоnѕ for miles around.

Mojacar Puеblо іѕ undоubtеdlу оnе оf thе most rоmаntіс and рісturеѕԛuе villages іn the whole of Spain. It was voted by the Spanish as one of the prettiest villages in Spain in 2014.

With its whitewashed hоuѕеѕ and cobbled ѕtrееtѕ, it is реrсhеd оn top of a hіll оvеrlооkіng the Mеdіtеrrаnеаn. It’ѕ easy to see whу thіѕ unѕроіlt Moorish fоrtrеѕѕ village hаѕ long bееn рорulаr with expats, tourists, аrtіѕtѕ and writers аlіkе.

History of Mojacar

The village of Mojácar, its architecture and culture, has been shaped by its history. At the beginning of the eighth century, its main inhabitants were Muslim.

When moving to Mojacar in 2022, you’ll definitely find out about the Indalo Man.  Interestingly, this ancient symbol and good luck charm was first found in the North of Almeria province. The symbol’s rebirth after some 4500 years coincided with the rebirth of Mojácar. It is also the logo of Indalo Transport too.

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Almeria’s Indalo Man Symbol

After suffering from severe droughts in the middle of the 19th century, Mojácar became a ghost village. Most of its inhabitants relocating abroad or to other areas of Spain.

By the beginning of the 20th century, modernity had swept over this sleepy seaside village. Things started to improve slowly. Hotels, complexes, restaurants, cafés and art galleries were built.

Mediterranean art, and the Indaliano movement, helped spread the charm of Mojácar and Almeria across the whole of Spain. At the end of the 1960s, the village was awarded a prize for its embellishment and improvement.

The Indalo Man is a good luck charm. Therefore, it must mean that if you book your removals from the UK to Spain with us, Indalo Transport, the Indalo Man will protect you and your cargo from evil and bad luck!

Architecture

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White buildings, archaic architecture, splendid churches and an awesome resort

This Moving to Mojacar in 2022 guide  wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the classic whitewashed architecture of the village.

However, it’s not all pristine white houses setting off against the brown of the earth and the azure blue of the sea and sky.

You really have to visit the fortified Rеnаіѕѕаnсе сhurсh of Sаntа Mаrіа, Mojácar’s 15th cеnturу cаѕtlе and thе remains оf ‘Puerta de lа Ciudad’ (Gаtеѕ оf thе City).

The beach area, Mоjáсаr Plауа, is just a short drive down from the village. It’s a mоdеrn day hоlіdау resort wіth 17 kіlоmеtrеѕ of bеасhеѕ, and numerous outstanding rеѕtаurаntѕ, lively bаrѕ and quaint cafés.

Thаnkfullу however, wеll оbѕеrvеd buіldіng lаwѕ hаvе prevented hіgh rіѕе, соnсrеtе developments like the Costa Del Sol. The hоtеlѕ and complexes lіnіng the ѕеаfrоnt hаvе been rеѕtrісtеd tо a mаxіmum of three ѕtоrеуѕ.

Culture and Lifestyle

Since ancient tіmеѕ, disparate реорlеѕ hаvе lіvеd in thіѕ wonderous municipality, and have helped turn Mojácar into a rich melting pot of beautiful foods, delicious drinks, fantastic festivities, and a relaxed way of life.

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Artists have been coming here for many years

If you’re the artistic type, it’s good to know that Mоjáсаr has always bееn a haven for artists. Many artisans, раіntеrѕ, photographers, muѕісіаns, wrіtеrѕ and craftsmen made the move to Mojacar in the 1960s and became expats.

The Mojaquera people of Mojácar are relaxed, but passionate. They enjoy mаіntаіnіng thеir ancestral trаdіtіоnѕ thrоughоut the year and by cooking simple, local delicacies and adhering to siestas, this makes Mоjáсаr and its people а very open village.

Festivals

Mojácar, ԛuіеt аnd relatively саlm most days, bесоmеѕ vеrу lively durіng its fеѕtіvаlѕ.

In all of the fiestas, you can witness Mojácar’s past, іtѕ сulturе, аnd thе аrt of іtѕ реорlе shining through. On a special note, eасh June, the spectacular ‘Mооrѕ and Chrіѕtіаnѕ’ Fіеѕtа hоnоurѕ the tоwn’ѕ Arаb ancestry, and is not to be missed.

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Moors & Christians 2012 Video (15 minutes)

Cost of Living and Quality of Life

If you decide on moving to Mojacar in 2022, your money will stretch a lot further than Madrid, as the prices are generally 21% less.

A three bedroom apartment can cost you around €600 to rent, per month, a gym membership will be around €20, a bus ticket costs less than €2, and a pint of milk; 1kg of oranges, a loaf of bread and a lettuce will all cost you less than €1.

If you’re looking for a gastronomic delight, a three-course meal with drink will set you back about €20 per person, but if you’re just grabbing a lunch-time bite to eat, check out the local ‘Menu del Dia’, The Menu of the Day, which you will be able to get for around €12.

The ѕtаndаrd оf lіvіng for an expat here hаѕ bесоmе оnе оf thе Mediterranean’s bеѕt kерt ѕесrеtѕ, and is helped by Mojácar’s ѕресіаl mісrосlіmаtе.

Thе sunshine, thе Mediterranean sea аnd thе рrоtесtіvе mоuntаіnѕ guаrаntее both wіntеrѕ аnd ѕummеrѕ аrе mild and gentle, therefore Mojácar offers соuntlеѕѕ орроrtunіtіеѕ fоr you to keep fit, stay healthy and always be entertained.

Mojácar is certainly the perfect place for the British expat to slow down, unwind and enjoy life.

Public Transport

The local bus service is easy to spot, as the buses are bright yellow. They operate on a circular route of the village and both ends of the beach and have numerous stops. The journey from one end of Mojácar, which starts at the Puerto Marina hotel, takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the other end, at Marina La Torre, and the bus costs €1.20 for any length of journey.

What’s in Mojacar

Evеrу mоdеrn convenience can bе fоund аlоng Mojácar’s Plауа. At thе Parque Comercial shopping cеntrе, lосаtеd on thе ѕеа front at the bottom of the road from the village, уоu will find a mеdісаl сеntrе, designer ѕhорѕ, ѕuреrmаrkеts, banks, restaurants, bаrѕ, рrореrtу shops, ѕоlісіtоrѕ and thе lосаl Englіѕh speaking rаdіо ѕtаtіоn, Sресtrum FM.

Directly opposite thіѕ ѕhорріng area you wіll fіnd the Tоurіѕt Infоrmаtіоn Cеntrе.

The Weather

Mоjáсаr has a very mild climate, it’s winters are cool, and its summers don’t get too hot, like other parts of Spain, in particular, the Costa Del Sol.

July is the hottest month in Mojácar, with daily temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius. The coldest month is January, with lows of 11 degrees, and the wettest month is nearly always November, where you’ll expect to get about 31 millimetres of rainfall.

The best month to go swimming in the sea is in August, where the waters reach about 26 degrees.

Things to see, and things to do in Mojacar

In Mоjáсаr уоu саn play as much ѕроrt as you want, all year-round, and the more adventurous expat can go hіkіng; mountain bіkіng, сусlіng and hоrѕе riding. For those who love the game, gоlf is very popular with four local golf courses.

For the water babies, there’s ѕurfіng; sailing, scuba diving and ѕwіmmіng. Speaking of swimming, Mojácar’s seventeen kіlоmеtrеѕ of pristine соаѕtlіnе mаkе this аn іdеаl рlасе to truly enjoy relaxing on beautiful bеасhеѕ and swimming in crystal clear seas. Many of Mojácar’s beaches have bееn аwаrdеd the FEE Bluе Flаg fоr quality.

Mоjáсаr’ѕ mоdеrn hotels, bоth in thе vіllаgе and оn thе beach, аrе соmрlеmеntеd bу family-run and rurаl еѕtаblіѕhmеntѕ.

Art, іn its mаnу forms hаѕ a special рrеdіlесtіоn fоr this соrnеr оf ѕоuth-еаѕtеrn Almеríа. Itѕ light, іtѕ charm, іtѕ lаndѕсаре and thе special аtmоѕрhеrе which соmеѕ frоm a multicultural society, mаkе Mоjáсаr аn ideal рlасе fоr getting creative.

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Mojacar Video (3min 49sec)

Food and Drink

Thе variety аnd quality of Mоjáсаr’ѕ сuіѕіnе саn bе еnjоуеd throughout thе уеаr. Products оf thе land and sea are сооkеd simply, and trаdіtіоnаlly, and offer something to be enjoyed and savoured by even thе mоѕt dіѕсеrnіng of раlаtеѕ.

Because Mojácar has such a rich, culinary heritage, the Mojaquera people embrace authentic flavours. The “gurullos” (Spanish pasta), meatball stews, pepper soup, “migas” (a scrambled egg dish), cous-cous and paella are all part of Mojácar’s heritage. For a list of Mojácar’s restaurants and bars, click here.

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Gurullos, pepper soup, meatball stew, paella and cous-cous – how very tasty!

How can I move to Mojacar

If you want to to move to Mojacar, you’ll first need to contact the Spanish Embassy in London. You’ll have to make an application to become a resident. Once you have been accepted, we can help with your removal to Mojacar. We will deal with all the customs procedures and Transfer fo Residence tax relief for you.

Other useful information

Mojacar Official Website

We really hope that Moving to Mojacar in 2022 an expat guide has been helpful, and you’ve either learned something new about this marvellous Moorish village, or it’s helped you make your decision and you’re thinking of visiting.

Contact us now for help and advice on your removal to Mojácar, or any aspect of becoming an expat in Spain – we’re here to help. If we don’t know the answer to your question, we can point you in the right direction to get one!

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Easter in Spain – Always fantastic festivities in the Sun!

Easter in Spain

Easter in Spain is wonderful, always with fantastic festivities in the Sun. You’re probably aware at how cultural and lively the Spanish are. They’re world-famous for hosting countless colourful celebrations and fun festivities throughout the year. However, Easter really is something special across Spain.

To get a real taste of traditional Spanish fiestas, you should really go out and join in with local Semana Santa celebrations.

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What is Semana Santa?

Semana Santa, which we know as Easter Week, is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Easter in Spain is a noisy and passionate Catholic religious festival. It sees brotherhoods from churches all over Spain perform processions during the last week of Lent around their villages, towns and cities.

This year, the festivities run from Palm Sunday, on March 25, to Easter Sunday, on April 1st.

Why is Easter in Spain so special?

Whether you’re religious or not, there’s always something to enjoy when you join in the epic celebrations of Semana Santa.

Easter in Spain

The Nazarenos waiting to leave a church. Robes vary in colour around Spain.

Whilst beautiful and majestic, these celebrations are meant to instil religious passion, and evoke a sense of wonder, and humbling devoutness. However, they also arouse excitement and entertain people through cheerful music, colour and sparkling lights.

The air becomes thick with the intoxicating smells of orange blossoms, beeswax and incense. Bustling crowds, dressed up in their finery, may leave you jostling for room, but you’ll watch in amazement as elaborate processions cascade through the winding streets.

Marching bands play music which will stir your soul, and images of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ will touch your heart. Impressively beautiful floats, depicting scenes from the Bible, add to the splendour. Eerie costumes of the Nazarenos will transport you back into a strange, archaic and religious world.

Where is the best place to visit to see a truly amazing Easter in Spain celebration?

Although the style and mood of Easter Week varies from place to place, the basic components remain the same.

For a more glamorous celebration, the region of Andalucia hosts some breathtaking fiestas, whereas those in Castile-Leon are more solemn – after all, this is a religious holiday.

Here are our Top Three locations to experience a truly spectacular Semana Santa.

  1. Mojácar, Almeria

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    Semana Santa Mojacar 2013 – 18m 40s Video

The Easter Week celebrations in Mojácar are exquisite, it’s a place where you can really feel the strong community spirit.

Processions of blacks, dark blues and rich purples are set against the glistening backdrop of Mojácar’s whitewashed houses, and glorious choral singing fills the air.

The celebrations here exude a mournful beauty, but things liven up in the evenings and the small village normally hosts a number of magical events for children to enjoy.

  1. Seville

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    Semana Santa Seville 2015 – 18m Video

Seville arguably holds some of the most elaborate processions during Easter Week. It’s at night time when these festivities really come alive here.

Renowned for its unique wooden pasos, these lifelike painted sculptures, weighing more than a metric ton, are carried by a large group of costaleros, men wearing headdresses which resemble sacks. This makes it look like the statues are walking on their own.

The air becomes thick with smoke, and inspiring classical music is played loudly as the processions continue from dusk till dawn. For many in Seville, and across Andalucia, Semana Santa is more than just religious processions, as Easter Week marks the arrival of Spring and many bars and restaurants will host parties, to continue celebrating in their own way.

  1. Zamora, Castile-Leon

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    Semana Santa Zamora 2015 – 1hr 40m Video

To see an award-winning fiesta, Zamora is the place to go. It’s the oldest celebration of its kind in Spain, and the processions are dark, moody, and sombre.

Candles and incense are replaced with medieval fire torches, and male choirs are used instead of marching bands. To get a real taste of traditional Spain, or to feel like you’ve stepped back in time, you really should spend a day of Easter Week here.

What types of food are available during Easter in Spain?

Easter in Spain

Manzanilla, a fine sherry which has a hint of chamomile, torrijas, and pestinos

No celebration is ever complete without indulging in some truly special foods and drinks. Rather than binging on chocolate eggs and sweets, the Spanish prefer puddings and pastries.

It’s always worth asking the locals to point out their favourite Easter Week bakeries, because then you may try things most Brits miss out on.

It’s highly recommended to try torrijas, slices of bread dipped in egg, then soaked in wine or milk, before being fried and sweetened with sugar or cinnamon.

Another delectable treat are the pestinos, fried honey-glazed pastries.

A lot of sherry is drunk at this time of year in Spain, particularly in the South, and if you can, the Manzanilla is well worth a glass. It’s a variety of fino sherry that takes its name from its notes of delicate chamomile tea.

Remember, it’s not just Semana Santa that Spain is famous for, there are loads of other festivals to see. For instance, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, or  La Tomatina, The Tomato Throwing Festival, in Bunol, Valencia.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on another, unique and amazingly vibrant Spanish fiesta, book your removals from the UK to Spain with us, now!

Photo Credit: Nazarenos  – Carlos

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Moving to Portugal in 2022 an Expat Guide

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Moving to Portugal in 2022 an expat guide is essential reading if you’re thinking of moving to this lovely country.

Portugal has an incredibly rich heritage. Expats can experience it all through a cornucopia of festivals, delectable local cuisines, superb sherries, stunning scenery, and breathtaking architecture. Because the Portuguese are particularly proud of their artistic traditions, you’ll never be far away from seeing something amazing or experiencing something exciting.

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A beautiful panorama of Cascais, Portugal

Portugal is a haven for museums, galleries, film and music festivals, all celebrating the vibrancy and colour of Portuguese culture. You’ll get to soak up the drama, and laugh heartily, at Portugal’s traditional Revista, a humorous political satire play. You can also marvel at the traditional Fado music genre, or to dance the passionate Corridinho.

Many Activities for all

Portugal also offers the sports-loving expat an adventurous retreat to explore. Golfing, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, rambling, horse riding, it’s all here for the fit and healthy Brit to enjoy.

The food in Portugal is simple but full of flavour, and you’ll find that spices and herbs are added to dishes to give them that distinctive Portuguese flair which always delights your taste-buds.

The Douro Valley, which has been described as heaven on earth, is right on your doorstep. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its vineyards.

James Bond’s classic film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was filmed in Cascais here in Portugal.

We end our Moving to Portugal in 2022 guide with an infographic, which shows you what to expect from this amazing country. We’ve also created a little list of just some exciting things to do once you get there.

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Things to do in Portugal

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Ponte 25 de Abril, Lisbon

  • Take a private tour of the beautiful religious cities of Fatima, or Virgin Mary.
  • Discover the village of Monsanto, its cobbled streets, stone houses, pointed castles and wandering shepherds will transport you back in time
  • Get creative in the town of Funchal, where museums, gardens and art await
  • If you’re heading to Lisbon and love clubbing, check out Music Box, it’s the most popular destination for a great night out on the town

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Gardening in Spain for Expats

Gardening in Spain for expats

Gardening in Spain for Expats – what you need to know is your top resource on this fascinating subject.  Did you know that there were around 27 million Brits who enjoyed gardening in 2014. Additionally, one third of all UK adults in that year gardened at least once a week?

Therefore, if you’re moving to Spain, you’re very likely to be a gardener. This article will help you learn more about the lie of the land in your new country.

Even if you’re not a fully-fledged flower-master, knowing what types of plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables you can grow in Spain might come in quite handy. Especially if you like the sound of becoming self-sufficient, so that you can live on a varied and healthy Mediterranean diet.

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What type of gardening conditions can I expect in Spain?

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Oh no, not the dreaded clay soil! But it’s not as bad as you think!

Now it may worry you to learn that the main soil type in Spain is clay. But whilst clay soil can be a nightmare for UK gardeners, clay soil in Spain actually works quite well!

With the amount of sun throughout the year in Spain (approximately 2700 hours compared to just 1500 hours in the UK), the ground can become quite arid. However, drought is much less damaging on clay soils than any other type. Also, the clay soil in Spain also doesn’t take as long to warm up as it would in the UK, so it’s easy for plants to germinate and grow healthily.

Also, because the rainfall in Spain is just over half that of Britain, your garden won’t get wet and unmanageable.

For some, having an arid garden might not sound appealing, almost boring and drab. However, having a bright, colourful, English country garden in Spain is quite hard work.

With some hard-work and dedication, your new Spanish garden will flourish.

Gardening in Spain for expats

It’s always colourful in Spain

But I won’t have a garden when I get to Spain, I’ll only have a terrace or balcony…

Gardening in Spain for expats

A beautiful balcony in Albayzin

Don’t fret! Plants can still grow very happily in pots filled with a high quality compost.

So what types of plants, trees and vegetables can I grow in Spain?

Here’s a video slideshow, showcasing just some of the plants that you can grow easily in Spain.

There are nyoutubegardeno names with each picture, so if you want a quick quiz, see how many you can name!

A full list of all the plants is at the end of the blog post!

For other types of plants that work well in clay soil and under a lot of sun, please visit the Mediterranean Garden Society’s page on Mediterranean plants, and there’s more info on the Royal Horticultural Society’s page on clay soils.

How can I make sure my Spanish garden will grow well, and stay healthy?

Gardening in Spain for expats

An important ingredient to help your garden grow – collect your own rain water

The most important part of maintaining any Spanish garden is watering. Less frequent, deep soakings are best as this will increase the drought tolerance of your plants.

Because of the weather conditions in Spain, it’s likely that you’ll have to water, on average, twice a week. That’s why it’s a good idea to gather rainwater when you can. It will significantly reduce your water consumption (which is metered in Spain) and you can easily make your own, low-cost, rain barrel out of, well anything!

As long as it holds water and you have a way to screen out the debris and mosquitoes, then you’re all set to capture nature’s H2O. Check out this handy little, step-by-step guide which shows you how you can make your own rain barrel.

Another way to make sure that your Spanish garden flourishes is to improve its soil condition, where you can. You can repair clay soil by using compost, which is readily available in Spain, particularly in the region of Extremadura, where donkeys are still the favoured mode of transport!

Even though, in the short term, it’s a good idea to whip your clay soil into shape by mixing in organic matter regularly and deeply, it’s not a good idea to do this every month because the less you disturb your improved clay soil, the better. That’s because extensive tillage stimulates the microbes deep in the soil, and they begin to devour all the nice, organic matter that are keeping your plants healthy.

Organic boost

To determine whether your clay soil needs an organic boost, roll some of it between your palms into a ball about an inch in diameter. If, when you pinch the soil between your thumb and finger causes the soil to crumble into pieces, you know you can add some more compost.

Along with adding compost, you should also plant ‘cover crops’ in any areas of your garden which would otherwise be left empty. Cover crops help to smother weeds, they reduce erosion and increase infiltration.

When it comes to flower or crop rotations, or if you just fancy a re-arrange, pull out your cover crops, and bob in your new plants. Your new occupants will adore their lovely home, filled with rich, organic matter that’ll help them grow into strong plants or veggies.

Gardening in Spain for expats

Poppies in Navarre

Here are the answers to the quick quiz:-

Yucca, Yarrow, Oranges, Tulips, St. John’s Wort, Strawberries, Succulents, Passion Flower, Bell Peppers, Pineapples, Pistachios, Plumbago, Ornamental Onions, Bee Orchid, Melons, Geraniums, Grapes, Hibiscus, Ironweed, Lavender, Daylily,Cacti, Canna, Avocados, Aster, Black-eyed Susan, Almonds and Apples.

Photo Credits

Flowers in Asturias – Ramon Duran

It’s Always colourful in Spain – Oseillo Pictures

A beautiful balcony in Albayzin – perlaroques

Poppies in Navarre – Bernard Blanc

I hope this article gardening in Spain for expats has given you an insight into the differences in Spain.

If you’re planning a move to Spain to start your new garden, get in touch with us for removal quote. We are the professionals.

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Moving to Spain in 2022 Regions guide for expats

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Moving to Spain in 2022 regions guide for expats will help you find the perfect place to start a new life. Spain is an absolutely beautiful country, so it’s great that you have decided to move there! It has an array of stunning landscapes, climates, traditions and foods

However, Spain is a very large country. Did you know that can fit two Great Britains in it! With 15 mainland regions and 2 island regions to choose from, use this moving to Spain in 2022 regions guide for expats to help decide where’s best.

This is part of our series of guides about the villages, towns, cities, provinces and regions of Spain. The series aims to tell you all you need to know about all of the different lifestyle choices and unique things to discover and experience in Spain.

If one region jumps out at you in particular, then you can research it in more detail. Once you’ve chosen where you’re relocating to, and you want to arrange a removal, give us a call!

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Moving to the North West Region

Galicia

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Vigo, Spain

Because of its lush green vistas, this region is known as “Green Spain”. Many of the villages, towns, and cities are along the coast.

Galicia’s summers are hot and the winters are pleasant. You can expect the same amount of rain as you would in the UK each year. In addition, because this region is a major tourist destination, the capital city of Pontevedra has an established English-speaking community. The capital is a lovely, bustling city known for its architecture, history, festivals, and transportation connections.

Asturias

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Cudillero, Spain

This region of Spain will take your breath away. As well as stunning beaches, it has mountains, nature parks and biosphere reserves too!

Like Galacia, the weather is like the UK, and winters here can even include snow. The capital Oviedo provides a slice of authentic Spanish life.

Asturias is an area that’s renowned for its food, photography and literature. It also tops all other regions for having access to the fastest high-speed cable broadband around.

Besides this, the area is famous for its ancient rites and beliefs, its gastronomy, and its monuments.

Cantabria

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Santander, Spain

On the coast of Cantabria there are beautiful bays and romantic fishing villages. The further inland you go, you’ll discover awe-inspiring green valleys, hills and spectacular mountain ranges.

Climate here is similar to the rest of the North West Region, so it has warm summers and mild winters. The capital is Santander, which is a very popular expat location. There is always lots to see and do.

Cantabria is famous for its colourful customs, its gastronomy and local crafts.

Moving to the Northern Region

Basque Country

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Bilbao, Spain

The Basque Region has immense natural beauty. Landscapes along the Guernica river are stunning, there are rolling hills, enchanting beaches and  several nature parks. The Pyrenees mountains are always soaring high in the distance.

Climate here is typically Mediterranean, so winters are warm and very wet, and the summers are hot and dry.

In fact the Basque region is famous for its mountain sports, including hiking, biking and riding. Wherever you go there is always scintillating modern architecture to see.

La Rioja

La Rioja regions guide for expats

La Rioja, Spain

This region is absolutely beautiful. It has Mediterranean forests, high-mountain areas and the most amazing lunar landscapes you’ll ever see.

The climate is relatively dry, much dryer than the UK, and you get very hot summers and very cold winters.

La Rioja is famous for its wineries as it has 500 of them. They produce a wine made from the famous Spanish Tempranillo grape. The wine also takes it’s name from the region itself.

Navarre

Navarre regions guide for expats

The Navarre region is small. However, it has three different types of geography. There are mountain ranges to the north with exceptional landscapes, in the middle are impressive canyons, and to the south are stunningly green and fertile valleys.

On the whole, Navarre has summers that are not too hot, and winters that aren’t too cold, but the further south you go, the warmer and drier it becomes. Navarre is a popular destination for expats and ecotourists, and its capital city, Pamplona, is a quiet and pleasant city.

Before moving anywhere in Navarre, it’s suggested that you learn some simple Basque phrases. The region is famous for it’s food, for being eco-friendly and for its jaw-dropping festivals and carnivals (most notably the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona)

Castile-Leon

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This area is “The Land of the Castles”, with extraordinary architecture in most of the towns and cities.

Castile-Leon has incredibly beautiful forests and has over 30 protected natural spaces, set in spectacular scenery. Subsequently, the weather is warm and dry during the summer, and cold in the winter.

This region isn’t particularly popular with expats. Actually, it’s worth saying that the native people here don’t quite share the same Spanish politeness as elsewhere.

However, plucky Brits who go come here, particularly if they opt for the funky city of Salamanca, will find a peaceful, cosmopolitan place during the day, with great nightlife.

Moving to the North East Region

Catalonia

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Barcelona, Spain

This is a quintessentially Spanish region, surrounded by gorgeous coastlines, and beautiful mountain ranges. Generally, the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are cool.

Barcelona is by far the most famous city in the Catalonia region, and it’s the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid. It’s an enchanting, cosmopolitan and fashionable city. In addition to being incredibly popular with expats, it is also a busy tourist magnet.

Barcelona is a vibrant place to call home, and it is Spain’s first city in terms of culture and art. However, other areas in Catalonia are more peaceful, and the villages, towns and cities boast Roman roots, and Moorish and Jewish influences in their architecture and tradition. Furthermore, don’t forget those beautiful beaches!

This region is famous for its gastronomy, art (Dali and Gaudi were Catalan), traditional festivals and of course, football!

Aragon

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This is a region of beautiful monumental towns and medieval splendor.

This area is renowned for its outstanding mountainous landscapes and glacier lake. There are also treeless plateaus and nature reserves (where you might even spot species that have become extinct across the rest of Europe).

Aragon has some of the most extreme temperatures in the whole of Spain, so expect very hot summers, very cold winters and irregular rainfall.

Expats can enjoy experiencing a life rich in Spanish tradition, and over 500 multinational companies means that getting an English speaking job is easier than other parts of Spain.

Indeed, as well as being famous for its Mudejar architecture, Aragon also has much dancing (in particular the Jota, an energetic 17th century dance), and its folklore.

Moving to the Eastern Region

Valencia

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Valencia, Spain

This region has everything; stunning mountains, lush wetlands, beautiful rolling hills, fertile lands, and magnificent beaches.

Truly a sun-lover’s paradise, the Valencia region has very hot summers, and cold winters, and it’s therefore a very popular tourist and expat destination, particularly in the warmer months.

The region’s capital, Valencia, is perfect for young professionals who would like to work within the tourism industry, or as English teachers. Therefore, this is a city that is a melting pot of different cultures. Additionally, it also has jaw-dropping architecture, and a night-life that rivals any of Spain’s bigger cities.

The Valencia region is famous for its festivals (in particular Las Fallas, the Fire Festival, and La Tomatina, the Great Tomato Battle in the little town of Bunol). In addition, it has excellent gastronomy, and also the fabulous City of Arts and Sciences museum in the city of Valencia.

Moving to South East Region

Murcia

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Murcia is a region characterized by its medieval history. It is blessed with absolutely stunning beaches, salt-water lagoons and desert-like landscapes.

The weather is very hot in the summer, and very mild in the winter, and the air quality makes Murcia one of the healthiest places in the world for people who suffer from asthma or arthritis.

Expats adore Murcia and it’s perfect for couples looking to retire somewhere immersed in culture, tradition and who want a slow-paced, stress-free life style.

Similarly, the Mediterranean diet makes for better health, plus it’s extremely tasty.

Murcia, the region’s capital city, ranks as one of the top ten cities for a high-quality living and working life.  In addition, the government provides free Spanish lessons for schools and colleges which have a high number of expats attending them.

Murcia is famous for its traditions, wine production, and architecture.

Moving to the Southern Region

Andalucia

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Malaga, Spain

Andalucia has beautiful golden beaches and awe-inspiring mountain ranges. This is the home of the Costa del Sol, with famous “White Villages” that are steeped in folklore and artisany.

The weather in Andalucia is incredibly hot and dry during the summer, and mild in the winter, although contrary to popular belief, this region, as a whole, does experience higher than average yearly rainfalls.

This area is an incredibly popular tourist destination and is heavily populated with expats.

Another popular expat destination is the province of Almeria, much more relaxed and far more peaceful than the Costa del Sol.

Almeria has beautiful, arid landscapes that make you feel like you’re in a Western movie. However, it also has stunning beaches like in Mojacar, and also skiing in the Sierra Nevada only 2 hours away.

Moving to the Western Region

Extremadura

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This region of Spain, also known as “The Cradle of the Conquistadors” is relatively untouched by tourism and expats. If you choose to move here, you’ll find unknown secrets and lifestyles.

Birds are attracted to the vast, undulating plains, which are covered in grasses and herbs. There are also glorious mountain ranges and beautiful rivers.

You’ll find the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are wet and cool. Expats can enjoy a peaceful, slow-paced, typical Spanish lifestyle here, and this even extends to transport.

Because many of the ancient paths in the region are impassable for vehicles, donkeys are the favoured mode of transportation!

However, it is a brilliant destination for the adventurous retiree, who is looking for something off the beaten track and a lifestyle that is truly Spanish. This region is famous for its customs, it’s local produce (ceramics, metal works and embroideries, as well as yummy, local foods like trout and game), and of course its stunning landscapes.

Moving to Central Region

Madrid

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This moving to Spain in 2022 regions guide for expats saluts Madrid as Spain’s sprawling capital. It’s located pretty much slap-bang in the middle of the country. A young, boisterous city, Madrid is a genuine cultural destination, and is a city of great monuments.

The weather here is hot during the summer, and cold during the winter. It has a lot to offer expats, as it already has a well-established international community.

Jobs are easier to come by in this city, and even though the pace of life is faster than anywhere else in Spain, it’s still considered to be relaxing, compared to places like London or Birmingham.

Full of noise, colour, celebrations and politics, life in Madrid may seem quite exhausting, so it might be a location for young couples or families who are looking for an invigorating new life in a bustling metropolis.

Castile-La Mancha

Toledo regions guide for expats

Toledo, Spain

This region of Spain is renowned for its historical importance.

The area has stunning arid plains (known as La Mancha) and Castile-La Mancha is the most mountainous region in Spain. Over 70 percent of its terrain sits more than 600 meters above sea level.

The weather in this region is hot during the summer, and mild in the winter.

Castile-La Mancha is famous for its gastronomy (particularly desserts), shepherding, and its windmills.

Moving to the The Islands

Since this moving to Spain in 2022 regions guide for expats should include all of Spain, we have included the very distinct regions of the island groups.

Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands regions guide for expats

This group of four islands include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.  It makes up the second-largest tourist region across the whole of Spain.

Expats and tourists are attracted to these islands because of the weather, as it’s gloriously hot during the summer, and mild during the winter.

People wanting to move here will find plenty of English-speaking services and an established expat community.

It’s important to remember that each island has its own personality, but each has something for everyone.

Ibiza is party central, with an amazing, energetic night-life,

Mallorca is renowned for its dramatic coastlines and tourist resorts,

Menorca is known for being a place to relax in beautiful surroundings.

Formentera is the place to be to enjoy unspoiled beaches, sunbathing and windsurfing.

The Balearic Islands are famous for their night-life, opulence and carnivals.

Canary Islands

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This volcanic archipelago (still active) is made up of seven major islands; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro.

The weather, on the whole, is hot during the summer, and very mild during the winter. Expats and holiday-makers love the islands, because of their outstanding natural beauty.

In the Canaries you’ll find beaches of black sand, moss-cloaked and mist-shrouded forests, and razor-sharp, steep, volcanic mountains.

People wanting to move here will find the pace of life invigorating, and there’s not much need to have a high level of Spanish. Work is good in the tourist industry, and health-care professionals, engineers and those in the forestry industry are in high demand.

Tenerife is the most popular tourist destination of the Canaries. La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Lanzarote are known for their tranquility and beautiful walks for ramblers. Gran Canaria is known for its culture and night-life, and Fuerteventura is the place to go if you enjoy action, adventure and water sports.

In addition, the Canary Islands are also famous for its wildlife, epic scenery, and for tourism.

So there you have it! Hopefully, our Moving to Spain in 2022 regions guide for expats has helped you get more of a feel of where you’d like to move to in Spain.

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Provinces of Spain

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Moving to Spain in 2022 an Expat Guide

Moving to Spain in 2022

Moving to Spain in 2022 an expat guide is your top resource to learning about this wonderful country. There is nothing more exciting than taking the plunge and deciding to become an expat. It really is an exhilarating adventure. There aren’t many experiences in life that affect you in quite the same, glorious way that emigrating does.

Once you commit to moving to another country, there’s no looking back. As daunting as this may sound, the reality is quite exciting.

Becoming an expat isn’t going to be as difficult and as scary as you think it is, and we here at Indalo Transport can say that with some authority because we’re a team of expats ourselves.

We know exactly what you’re feeling, and what you’re about to go through, so you’ll be relieved to hear that there’s only fun, opportunity, and excitement ahead.

As you start making preparations for your removal from the UK to Spain, don’t panic – we’re here to help you keep calm, so that you can carry on.

Full customs management of your move means that you only have to make sure you take everything you need.

We’ll help sort out all the documents you now need to do to keep your epic, logistical challenge right on track.

Why not check out our handy infographic. It’ll tell you all the important things you need to know about moving to Spain in 2022. This expat guide also has a few handy tips at the end for good measure.

(All links in this article open in a new tab of your browser, so you don’t lose your place!)

Moving to Spain in 2022 infographic

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What will my new life be like in Spain?

It’s going to be fantastic!

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Garrucha – Almeria

Spain is an absolutely beautiful country. There are tranquil, old-fashioned villages which are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and panoramic views.

It has awe-inspiring coastal towns, with exquisite beaches, and it has modern cities which are bustling and trendy.

No matter where you go in Spain, the place just oozes history, tradition, art and fashion, and that the country as a whole has been infused with the very best bits from a variety of exuberant peoples and lavish cultures.

Family, religion and a laid-back attitude seem the most essential things in Spain. You’ll find that nobody likes to rush.

Most places have a siesta in the afternoon, pretty much everything is closed on a Sunday, and banks close for the day at 2pm just after lunch.

Everyone seems to do pretty much everything as a family, and everyone actively keeps up old traditions. This is not just for posterity, but for the sheer fun and enjoyment of the celebration.

And the Spanish, they love fun. They love any reason to party. Each village, town and city has their own unique way of celebrating, with their favourite, time-honoured local fiestas.

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Puerto Banus

People fall in love with Spain because it has the perfect combination of warm weather, undemanding days and exciting nights.

It’s a bright, colourful country, and the Spanish are a very vibrant and passionate people.

This passion is quite infectious, and we think that you’ll fall in love with Spain in no time, and that you’ll be proud to call it your home.

Indalo Transport’s Top 4 things you need to do to prepare for your move to Spain

1. Decide on which region you’d like to live in

Spain is a huge country, it has over 15 different regions, and they couldn’t be more disparate from each other. That’s why it’s a good idea to sit down and have a long, hard think about what type of area you’d like to settle down in.

Are you looking for somewhere peaceful near the beach, or does the sound of living in a bustling, ‘big city’ appeal to you?

Do you want to be surrounded by other expats and tourists, or do you want to go off the beaten track a bit?

We have an article all about the Spanish regions here. It may help you choose where to move to.

2. Book your removals to Spain from the UK

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And there’s lots more to go!

When you’ve gone through all your belongings and worked out what it is you’d like to take with you to Spain, contact several removals companies for quotes.

After you’ve got your quotes, do a little background research into the firms you’ve contacted and check out their customer reviews to see if they’re really as good as they say they are.

Check to see if the company is fully insured and are members of any professional associations.

Find out whether they offer a packing service or can provide you with advice and guidance on becoming an expat.

Most importantly, check that they can sort out all the customs documentation now we have left the EU.

Once you’ve taken into consideration all these things, book with your chosen removals team as soon as possible, to make sure they’re still available to help you move when you need.

Whilst you’re here, why not have a look at the services we offer, and also our glowing customer reviews. Maybe we’ll be your first choice of getting your things safely to Spain from the UK.

3. Make sure you and your pet have all their documents

Now the UK has left the EU, you do need to make sure you can legally go and live in Spain. You must do this before you leave the UK, so contact the Spanish Embassy in London to check the rules. Moving to Spain in 2022 with your pets is also a bit more complicated too.

If you have pets, there are a few things you need to do in order to make their journey, as smooth as possible.

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Sorry Mr Dog, a dog licence isn’t the same as a driving licence!

  • Get your pet microchipped.
  • After your pet has been chipped, book them in as soon as possible for a rabies vaccination. The reason why you need to do this asap is because you must wait 21 days after it has been done before moving abroad.
  • Some vets only give one course of vaccinations, but some advice to give two courses, therefore, the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can move.
  • Ask your vet for a Pet Passport. Just like our passports, this is a little book, complete with photo page to help people identify your pet. It is also a handy record of when your pet will need to get revaccinated for rabies.

We have a blog post here that gives more info about moving to Spain with your pets

Find out about Spain and learn some Spanish

Whilst you don’t need to be fluent, the Spanish will always appreciate you attempting to talk to them in their language. There are loads of online resources that can help with this, like Duolingo for instance.

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You might want to start learning about Spain before you actually get there!

Concentrate on learning the basic phrases for food and drink and meeting and greeting and you won’t go far wrong. We have a huge article about food in Spain here

There are also lots of books about Spain and the Spanish, or resources online that are even totally free. The country has a wonderful rich history going back hundreds of years, and many colourful episodes and characters that are very interesting.

For general info and news about Spain, geared towards the UK expat, you can’t go wrong with visiting the Spain Buddy website here. 

I hope you have enjoyed Moving to Spain in 2022 an expat guide, and it has started your search for an exciting new life in the Sun!

For removals to Spain with a professional Trading Standards approved company, with warehouses in both the UK and Spain, click here for a superfast quote.

Now sit back, relax and start planning your wonderful, new life!

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