The battle against vacation rentals spreads beyond Madrid

Barcelona, Valencia and Palma have also approved regulations to curb the rapid growth in the supply of unlicensed short-stay tourist accommodation. The web of legislation surrounding short-term vacation rentals in Spain keeps growing: the city of Madrid has just approved new regulations to curb a practice that has come under the spotlight in a country with record-breaking tourist numbers.With growing numbers of apartments now being used for short-term tourist accommodation, authorities are faced with the question of how to keep [...]

All you need to know about the Fallas

How can one describe the “Fallas” such unclassifiable, unique and unimaginable celebrations? Difficult indeed to depict multifaced festivities, rich in activities as varied as they are spectacular ... Because these great traditional festivals must be lived in situation to be able to  understand, at least partially, the meaning and to feel the dizziness of the atmosphere ... The sensations are complete, sight, sound, taste and odour .. art, religion, pyrotechnics, gastronomy and good humor are the components of this [...]

Arrancapins … Do you know?

Centric, but not over crowded, fashionable, but not (yet?) "Hipsterized" ... This is  Arrancapins, the urban area of Valencia that is moving up, up, and up ... Spotlight on this "barrio" that is beginning to attract attention, because when it comes to Ruzafa, Ensanche, Cabanuyal and Carmen they are not necessarily the most  popular when you are looking for a neighborhood  that is easygoing and not to hard on the budget, and the wheel keeps  turning ... Today, this district [...]

Private insurance soars in Spain following cuts to public healthcare

Insurers have attracted over one million new clients since 2013, and experts warn this could lead to a dual-speed system based on who can pay for quick assistanceGrowing numbers of people are taking out private health insurance in Spain. The figure has grown by over one million since 2013, after the government made cuts to public healthcare at the height of the economic crisis.Today, one in every five households has private health insurance, at an annual average cost of [...]

Fraud : Online property scams are getting more sophisticated, experts warn

Authorities in Spain ask would-be buyers and tenants to use common sense when faced with an offer that proposes early payment through uncontrolled channels  “Hi! Thanks for taking the time to look at my property. My name is Ana and I am the owner of the apartment. I am currently working in the UK. If you are interested and want to know more about renting it, get in touch and I will send the step-by-step procedure.”This is an extract from [...]

New flights from Valencia !

The beginning of the year starts with some good news for travelers looking for new direct flights from or to Valencia. The airport of Manises this year once again will be connected with 9 new destinations . Thus, thanks to the French company Volotea, the connection Valencia / Lyon will be assured as in 2016 and 2017, with the Transalvia company. From the 12th of April, Volotea will assure flights on Mondays and Fridays. Another french city that is [...]

You know that you live in Valencia …when

You know that you live in Valencia ... - when you go back to your native country and you see a mixed paella of meat and seafood, you feel indignant, crie out that its a gastronomic scandal and threat to file a complaint!- If you have passed the test of the famous NIE, that is to say, if you took less than a week to understand exactly how it works and less than 2 months to get it.- If when [...]

Spanish government is extending rental contract to a period of 5 years and limits the rental deposit to 2 months

 On Friday 14th December, as expected, the Council of Ministers has approved the urgent matter regarding rental accommodations in order to improve its conditions, particularly difficult in larger cities.These new mesures are aiming to decrease difficulties encounter by families and young people alike when accessing the rental market.This new legislation would provide them with improved visibility and stability.The contract will be available for a period of 5 years instead of 3 as it was the case in the past.In [...]