started by: sankie-491242 · last update: 1467273153 · posted: 1458207430

Hi. We are a retired couple looking for a 4 month rental next winter. A sunny appartment near the coast is a must as is UK tv or wifi. We are on a budget, don't need a pool, gym or helipad just a reasonable price for somewhere to chill out in the sun. Anybody out there know of a place or own a place, please contact me. Thanks

started by: MichelleR1 · last update: 1467101857 · posted: 1467101857

British Consulate Alicante Press Release: Passport WarningHolidaymakers and residents should take extra care of their passports this summer, with thefts in towns and cities on the rise, the British Consulate in Alicante has warned.  The number of Brits needing an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) is up 11% so far this year, with the Consulate having issued some 500 to date.  Getting hold of an ETD costs time and money: they cost £100 and can take around two hours to issue, plus the time needed for travel to and from the Consulate.  These single-use documents will get you home, but you will then need to spend more time and money applying for a new passport, leaving a bad aftertaste to any trip.   Two-thirds of stolen passports are taken in town or city centres, according to figures compiled by the Consulate.  As tourist numbers rise for the summer, passport theft often soars – as this year’s figures are already demonstrating.   Consul Sarah-Jane Morris says, “It’s frustrating to have your holiday ruined through a lost or stolen passport – and costly as well.  It should only take a little vigilance and care to keep it away from thieves.  Think about where you keep your passport – is it secure, or could it be grabbed?  If you are carrying your passport, keep it in a zipped pocket or money belt under your clothes.” This year is seeing a significant increase in the number of British tourists visiting Spain, with an expected rise of 11% over last year.  With the increase of passport thefts following suit, last minute dashes to get an emergency replacement from the Consulate are increasingly common, causing stress for more British holidaymakers.

started by: MichelleR1 · last update: 1466782679 · posted: 1466782679

Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, today issued a statement to the English-language media in Spain which serves British nationals living in the country.  He said: “I am very aware from the questions that we have been getting that some Britons living in Spain are uncertain about what the Referendum result means for them.  “As the Prime Minister has said, there is no immediate change. You still have exactly the same rights. You can still live and work here, travel back and forth in the same way, and access Spanish healthcare and other public services just as before.  “There is no change to your residency status, nor any need for visas for travel to other EU countries, and you don’t need to change your passport. Your pension rights continue.  “Leaving the EU will be a gradual process. The Prime Minister will continue to do his job for the next three months. The UK will only begin negotiations with the European Union after we have a new Prime Minister in October.   “He or she will have to decide when to start the process of leaving the EU. The negotiations could take two years or more and until they are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union.” A videoclip from the Ambassador can be found on Twitter at @ukinspain and on the British Embassy Madrid’s Facebook page

started by: bee hive · last update: 1465735262 · posted: 1465735262

Hi,Can anyone explain Correos fees for packages going anywhere in Europe?  We've tried to use their calculator but it seems to be broken.Apparently a deck of cards that weighs 9 ounces costs 20 plus euros to send to England.  Failing that, does anyone know of a cheap postal option for small packages in Europe?Thanks in advance for any information.

started by: bee hive · last update: 1465557876 · posted: 1465557876

started by: MichelleR1 · last update: 1464878479 · posted: 1464878479

Statement on return of postal votes for overseas voters at the EU Referendum Postal votes being returned by overseas voters for the EU Referendum use the International Business Reply Service (IBRS). This service is commonly used for international mail and does not require any additional postage to be affixed. We are aware that a very small number of voters may have been incorrectly informed that the postal service in a handful of locations in Europe cannot accept IBRS items.  Royal Mail has confirmed that IBRS is accepted across all international posts. It is working closely with postal operators to ensure acceptance of postal votes. Voters are advised that once a ballot is in the postal system (i.e. if it has been posted into a post box) it will be processed.  Overseas voters should not delay in returning their ballot pack to the UK in order for it to arrive by close of polls at 10pm, 23 June.

started by: Isabelle-944337 · last update: 1464358250 · posted: 1463768324

:) I have another question.  I am not a pensioner, and I am not working at the moment.  How do I obtain la tarjeta sanitaria?  I live here, however, I am not a resident.  I have the white certificate with my NIE and a social security number, but no healthcare.  Is there anyway that I can get it without being autonoma, working, or being a pensioner?  Thanks again.  I keep getting different replies from people, so I am not sure, as the law keeps changing as well.

started by: janet-538336 · last update: 1464346584 · posted: 1464296482

We are a mature couple living in Pitou Charente, we are looking for a winter let in Torrox Costa only 1 bedroom required but wifi is a must for us. Thanks in advance for any replies.

started by: Isabelle-944337 · last update: 1463768151 · posted: 1463768151

Hello everyone, I may be given a job in a company on a monthly renewable contract. What does that entail exactly? Can I apply for la tarjeta sanitaria once they give me the first contract?  Thank you 

started by: Kevin-Leitch-858626 · last update: 1462628083 · posted: 1462628083

Hi, My Mum and Dad, Bill and Rosemary Leitch, have now moved to Ciudad Patricia, Retirement resort after a happy trouble free 26 years living in Pueblo Bravo, Quesada.They are both in their 80's, Dad 87 and have not had a single legal or other problem etc in all this time . They and all of our family who also regularly enjoy visits would recommend anyone to retire in Spain and don't listen to all the doom and gloom you sometimes hear. I can honestly say that it was the best thing they ever did with the quality of life living in such a great climate.

started by: Daniel H · last update: 1462518863 · posted: 1462518863

How much does it cost to hire a skip? I'm thinking of one of those that they have on the sides of the road all over the place.

started by: TVTechnology-584734 · last update: 1460446943 · posted: 1459849884

Think this forum (discussions??) is missing a few major headers. Where is TV & Telecommunications?    Most people one of the first things they ask for when coming to Spain is the TV, phone / internet??

started by: shaggy-633948 · last update: 1458291464 · posted: 1458070254

advice please re packages or companies

started by: potnoodle · last update: 1458046459 · posted: 1458046459

Hi we are thinking of moving to Spain, inland Alicante, and buying a piece of land where we can site a log cabin.  Does anyone have any expirience of doing this themselves?  Is the planning permission the same as building a house, can we put in a pool?  Also if we were unable to conect to mains electricity what would the cost of a decent solar system be?Ohh yes and on a lighter note, who is Lord Wayne?Thanks  Myfanwy

started by: Spikeybill · last update: 1456750334 · posted: 1456750334

Hello We are moving to the Pedreguer area in the next couple of weeks and I just wondered if anyone knew the best home WiFi available without having a fixed landline. Also can anyone recommend any good dog walking in the immediate area. Thank you

started by: rexwilson · last update: 1456393723 · posted: 1456303846

I am travelling to Costa Blanca in my campervan to look around the area with the hope of finding an area where we will buy a house. But for now I would appreaciate some help in finding a suitable campsite. I would like to stay in north costa Blanca. I have 2 well behaved dogs. I need WiFi and I don't want to pay premium holiday rates, the cheaper the better. Any help will be most appreciated.

started by: witchintime · last update: 1456184760 · posted: 1455535254

I have always dreamed of living in the sun. I am now 60ys old and think it is about time to make that move. I have the delemma as to buy or to rent. Lots of people have advised me to rent for a year to see if is really what I want. I suffer with Raynards it is nothing serious just bad circulation and it is horrible in the cold. I am fit and can easily walk ten miles and road cycle in England weather permitting. lol Would idealy like somwhere quiet but not desolate if you know what I mean. Not a holiday complex. I was looking in the Murcia or Santa Pola area. What sort of rent should I expect if renting for a year. And where will I find the best vacancies. It is a big decision and would appreciate some idea's.   Dianne Lewis  

started by: spain4me2 · last update: 1455576661 · posted: 1425317834

I am in the retirement industry and have the oportunity to take on and also wanting to operate one or more English run sheltered accommodation/care homes in the Costa Blanca area should there be enough call for such accommodation. I am looking for feed back so here is your chance to comment. The places available will have apartments for independent persons and rooms for dependant persons at resonable prices and affordable either rental or life lease. Thanking you in anticipation.

started by: Weeks-399941 · last update: 1455538185 · posted: 1455446304

Any advice please, we need to send a parcel back to Uk urgently, less than 10kg and approx  45cm x 30cm any ideas on quickest way please.

started by: sniedoba · last update: 1455363937 · posted: 1455363937

Hello I am trying to contact Jill Carr who I believe worked for Superbeam TV sales at Torrevieja. Anybody have an address Many thanks Sally

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