Spain is home to one of the world’s cheapest Michelin Star restaurants

The cheapest Michelin Star menus in the world have been announced and a restaurant in the Spanish region of Galicia makes the list with its 26 euro basic menu. Calling all foodies! The Michelin guide is known across the world for rewarding the best restaurants and chefs for their fine dining and avant-garde dishes with the coveted "Michelin Star". But that doesn't always mean the food will cost you a...

How much does it cost to rent in Spain? Prices drop during the pandemic

How much is rent in Spain? The good news for those who are planning to rent property in Spain in 2021, a great alternative if you're not ready to buy, is that the price of housing rental in Spain has fallen by 3.8% during the 12 months of the pandemic, according to a report published by idealista. At the end of March 2021, renting a house, flat or apartment in Spain cost 10.8 euros per square metre....

What is the best orientation for a house in Spain?

If you're buying a home in Spain, then the orientation of the property is an important factor to consider. When looking for a property, the first things we tend to focus on are the location, surface area, condition and price. However,  but there is another determining factor that often goes unnoticed and is especially important when buying a property in Spain. This is knowing how many hours of sunshine...

Holiday Rentals: Anatomy of a VAT invoice in Spain

Following up on our article Buy-to-Let in Spain: Landlord Tax Reliefs, VAT invoices are the backbone on claiming landlord tax relief. As explained in previous articles on holiday rentals, landlords can deduct from their tax bill on average 70%, or more, of all their property-related expenses (including the lawyer’s fees to prepare the quarterly accounts). The ‘trick’ to vastly reduce your rental...

Living in Spain: practical advice for finding the best home insurance

All homes in Spain must have home insurance. Home insurance is important to consider if you are buying a property in Spain. In spite of this, studies show that one out of every four homes in Spain is not insured, something that comes with consequent risk. Home insurance in Spain is mandatory and it is common to have doubts about what type of policy to take out and which company to choose, or whether...

Renovating a luxury house in Spain can increase its price by up to 65%

The price of renovations is around 650 euros/m2, according to the specialised real estate agency Barnes Renovating a luxury home in Spain is an investment that pays off. This is the conclusion drawn from a study carried out by Barnes, a real estate agency specialising in the high-end market, in which it analyses the cost-benefit of renovating luxury and mid-range homes in Spain. According to their...

A guide to Blue Flag beaches in Spain in 2020

Spain is a world leader when it comes to beaches. Let's find out which Spanish coasts are home to the most beaches with Blue Flags this summer 2020. The famous Blue Flag has been identifying the best beaches in the world for over 30 years. The criteria for this highly recognised award of this distinction range from water quality to services and facilities, including environmental management by the...

Pets and rental properties in Spain

More and more people and families are choosing to have a pet at home. Pets are therefore very present in our lives, so much so that in recent times various media sources have pointed out that in some areas, there are more pets than children. This phenomenon has important repercussions on different aspects of people's daily lives; for example, when someone wants to rent a house to live in, together with...

How to make your bathroom more hygienic and easier to clean

Cleaning the bathroom is, without a doubt, one of the most demanding and usually least desirable household tasks. It must be done thoroughly and conscientiously to completely eliminate the germs that accumulate in it, due to the fac that it's ovbiously one of the most intensively used rooms in the house. However, as time is something that we never have enough of, technology and new trends have once again...

Possession: why you should never allow a seller to remain in a property post-completion

This article is our follow-up to our recent article, Possession: why you should never hand over your house keys before completion – 12th March 2020. Congratulations, you finally bought a house in Spain and you are all giddy at the thought! It is an exciting moment for a buyer. However, some devious sellers take advantage of a buyer’s good faith at this moment of weakness requesting to remain in the...

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