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How To Enjoy The Last Few Weeks Off School With The Kids

If you are out of ideas of how to entertain the kids for the last part of the summer holidays then Marbella is the best place to be.  With this beautiful weather the easiest thing to do is get outdoors, just remember your sun cream and plenty of water.  Try to keep in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

The best thing to do is get down to the beach and if you have smaller children at the far end of the paseo (near the fisherman's port) they have a children's play area.

Most places are open late this time of year as its so hot people prefer to go out in the evening.   Tivoli World which is perhaps the largest theme park on the coast is open till 1 o clock in the morning.  Perfect for tiring out the little ones enabling you and them to get a lie in in the morning.

If you are looking for all day kinda fun plus a good way to stay cool then try the biggest aqua park on the coast.  Aqualand in Torremolinos.

There is also a aqua park in Mijas, Aquamijas.

If your kids are animal lovers then there are plenty of places to take them.  Perhaps the most famous one is selwo.  They have an animal park with lions etc.  They also have a marina with dolphins etc but it is in a different town.  If you want something a bit more scary then try the crocodile park.

If your kids are older then they may want something a bit more action packed like zip lining or paintballing.

For those of you that are not scared of heights try the cable car in Benalmedena.

So as you can see there are plenty of things to do and you can get discounts if you book for multiple parks so look out for ticket packs on their website.

If that seems too action packed then stick to relaxing on the beach or your swimming pool.

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Health Benefits From Going to the Beach

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One of the top activities when people come to Marbella is going to the beach.  So today we are going to look at some of the health benefits of going to the beach, yes, you heard me right health benefits of going to the beach!!

All that fresh air seems to give you a better nights sleep.  The beach just seems to automatically relax you, unless maybe you get hit in the face with a football, ha ha! So with all the stress free from your mind you are more relaxed when going to bed and sleep better.  We all know how good it is for our health to get a good sleep every night.

The sun is the number one place to get your daily dose of Vitamin D which is really important for our bodies, you should try to get at least 10 mins in the sun every day.  Luckily for those in Marbella there is 360 days of sunshine every year so you will definitely not suffer from not getting enough vitamin D.

For everyone who pays a fortune on skin treatments and exfoliants for removing dead skin, save yourself some money, the sand can exfoliate and remove dead skin for free.

If you are looking to get in touch with your spiritual side then the beach is the best place to do it.  There is just something so relaxing and peaceful about being on the beach and it really helps you to appreciate nature.

The ocean crashing to shore helps to relax and fight off stress, thats why so many relaxation CDs have ocean sounds on it.  So if you feel like your head is about to explode go for a walk on the beach to help think clearly again.

Lastly if your are looking to get fit or lose weight the beach is the perfect place.  The sand is harder to walk or run on but has less impact on your joints and who wouldn't want to work out with a view of the sea?  Also a lot of us go to the beach with a football or bat and ball game so you are losing weight while having fun.  Swimming in the ocean is a perfect for exercising if the water is not too cold.  Just remember to check which flag is showing and do not swim when you see a red flag, it could be very dangerous as this means no swimming.

So what are you waiting for pack your bucket and spade and get to the beach.  Don't forget to contact us if you are looking to buy a property in Marbella to enjoy the benefits of being near the beach.

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Guide to Retiring in Spain

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There are many people that pick Spain as their go to place for holidays and finally to retire to.  With places like Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, Costa Blanca, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands being the most popular.

Why is that?  Well it is simple, great climate is probably number one.  Affordable homes by the sea, low living cost, entitlement to state healthcare for some (only for pensioners).

However even with all these reasons actually packing up and moving can be a daunting task.  So here are a few tips to help you make this exciting time a little less stressful.

If you are from the UK you can have your UK pension transferred to your Spanish bank account.  If you prefer to be in control of the transfer rate from Sterling to Euro then use a currency transfer specialist so you can pick the best rate.  If you need help with this we are in contact with companies that offer the best rates so get in touch if you want us to recommend someone.  If you have more than just a state pension (work pension plan or other investments) it is advisable to speak to a financial adviser beforehand to work out what your most economical option is.

As stated living costs can be lower but obviously not if you go eating at the most expensive restaurants every day.  You will need to plan carefully.  It would be beneficial to speak the language for this as when you find out where the locals go you will find the cheapest places.  Also the supermarket brand items are a really great price, also take advantage of buying food and clothes from the local market.  You will probably find that electricity and water work out around the same but remember air conditioning will bump up your electric bill.  Maybe you can buy a fan to save some money there.   Council tax will be a big saving to you if you are coming from the UK.  Spain call it IBI and on average it will be about a quarter of what you would pay in the UK.  Do also take into account if you live in a community that there will be a monthly community fee that varies from place to place.  Depending how much facilities the place has that needs taking care off like gardens, swimming pools and other facilities.  If you don´t want to bring your car you will be happy to know the public transport is cheap, you will find it very useful if you want to take a bus to the local shopping centre.

If you are moving to the Marbella area and use us as your estate agent we don´t just make a sale and leave you stranded.  We can help you find a good lawyer, get your water and electric set up.  Recommend where to buy furniture, plumbers, builders, electricians or whatever else you need.  We want your move to be as comfortable and stress free as possible.  If you are buying in another area then check with the estate agents what they are happy to help you with so you can work with someone you can rely on if you need help, either during the buying process or in the future if you get stuck.

If you are wanting to get stuck in to the culture but feeling a little home sick then along the coast you will find many people from your homeland.  There will also be many bars and restaurants that are catered for expats so you can have a little sense of home while you are trying to fit in.  Some people prefer to stick to the Spanish culture and some prefer to stick with what they know, the benefit is you can pick to indulge yourself in the Spanish culture as little or as much as possible.  Since these areas are full of international expats some people don´t even get involved in the Spanish culture and feel more comfortable sticking with the people from their own homeland.  The great thing is that the choice is completely up to you.

Spain is also one of the healthiest places in the world to live with one of the highest life expectancies.  This is due to the great climate, good healthcare, laid back lifestyle and diet.  Also with the good weather you find yourself outdoors more, walking, swimming, playing golf or other sports so you keep yourself in good shape.

It is a good idea to make a point of knowing how to contact emergency services when you get here including where the local hospital is, police station and town hall.  Get to know your neighbors too they may be able to give you some great advice about settling in.

Don´t forget to get internet and a mobile phone so you can keep in touch with your friends and family back home.

It is advisable to be in touch with a lawyer in Spain that is familiar with Spanish law and how things work here.  That way they can advise you on inheritance tax, if you should write up a new will for your assets in Spain etc.  We can always recommend a good lawyer that can speak your own language too if needed.  Also you can use a lawyer to help you obtain and NIE (identification number) if needed.  You will need this to buy a property in Spain and for a number of other things.

If you are planning to move to Spain permanently then you will need to become a tax resident here and pay your taxes here.  If you are unsure about anything like this or what you need to do then you should talk to a financial advisor who can help you figure out all your taxes etc.  If you plan to rent out your property to make extra money then you will also have to pay income tax, if you don´t and you get found out then you will end up in serious trouble.   You can also speak to a financial advisor in your home country too that specializes in helping expats when they leave so they can give you advice too.

Ask your town hall where you move to for a pensioners card (tarjeta de jubilado/ tarjeta de pensionista) this gets you certain discounts and other benefits.  You should also register with the town hall in the area you are moving to by filling out a padron document.   It is very straight forward and you will just need certain documents like ID, something showing your new address, a utility bill and the usual things like that.

Other things not to forget is home and life insurance.  Also remember your pets passport, any other documents for them and make sure that they have an ID chip before you move.

It does sound like a lot of work and maybe scary but with careful planning and organisation you can make your move seem easy and stress free.  Register on forums to talk to people who have been through similar and they can adivise you also.  Plus when you are living a beautiful life in the sunshine you will forget all about the move and be so happy you did it.

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Why Marbella is the Place to be!?

1175506_512339988854788_1112776340_n The main thing people come for is the weather, with the good year round climate you can come here any time of the year and still enjoy activities like golf or going for a walk on the paseo.  

Safety is a big thing, people like to feel safe when they go out and Marbella definitely is a safe place to live and go out.  Many people talk about how safe they feel here.  

It has a very international culture.  There are many international school´s here (like Swans International School or British School of Marbella) so there are some great options if you have children.  There are many flights from all over the world that go to Malaga airport which is only a 30 minute drive away.  There is also a bus service that goes direct from the airport to Marbella bus station.  Hipercor supermarket that is inside El Corte Ingles also sell many international foods.  They also sell Kosher, Halal, ecological and all kinds of health food (gluten free, wheat free, soya etc) so you will feel right at home.  

This year is the 3rd year of property sale growth in Marbella and according to statistics Marbella is leading the rest of Spain in the property market.  That makes it a great place to invest and with prices on the up there are less and less deals to get your hands on.  So if you are looking for a property in Marbella or the surrounding areas of Benehavís and Estepona then contact us now before you miss out.  

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