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www.allabroad.es March 2013 issue number 20

GRAN ALACANT Something for everyone?

CIUDAD QUESADA

What a nice place!

EXPAT LIVES Sharon Hulbert talks about finding the right home on the Costa Blanca

ESSENTIAL EXPAT Advice from the experts

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SPAIN’S

DOING FINE THANKS!

...no bull!

No matter what slant they decide to put on the news in the UK about just how bad things apparently are here in Spain they never seem to get it quite right do they? In fact if you believed the news, whether printed or on TV, then you too would be witnessing the ‘many expats now living on the streets of Spain…’ now, apart from a good few teenagers who earn the right on a Friday and Saturday night to live, drink, eat, vomit then sleep on the streets of Spain - I haven’t seen families of Brits, Swedes, Germans or even French pushing shopping trolleys up the side of the N332 or living in doorways of banks either. In fact, the more people I talk to the more positive things seem. In my area of Gran Alacant alone I can name at least half a dozen businesses that have started up, and are doing well, and there are many more cases up and down the coast of businesses not only surviving in Spain but flourishing. Take our colleagues at The Coastrider who are expanding into Benidorm, or estate agent Sharon Hulbert, who features in this month’s magazine, who has started her own businesses helping expats relocate to Spain. Coys Cars are preparing for an extra busy year with bookings breaking expectations and our own new venture, Hot Dog T-shirts has hit the ground running (and panting now…) with orders and enquiries for work wear seeing us heading up and down (and in and out) of the Costa Blanca. Most expats living in Spain are doing ok thank you very much and it seems, to me, that its people who live abroad and rely on their home press to inform that are getting a confusing, a mostly inaccurate, message. So just let them know would you...? A little gloating about how you’re out in a busy cafe with other happy expats and locals enjoying the sunshine goes a long way don’t you think? And if there are some expats maybe looking a little scruffy and worse for wear..? It’s more than likely because they want to be... Things are moving in Spain, despite the doom mongers, and anyway, if we are all skint – I know which country, out of the UK and Spain, I’d rather be skint in…

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QUALIFIED GESTORA

Fiscal help...

Est. 1991

Part 2

Conveyancing

DECLARATION OF WORLDWIDE ASSETS IN SPAIN

Notarial deeds

An obligation for residents as from tax year 2012

Fiscal representation

Following my article in last month’s

Spanish probate / Inheritances Spanish Wills

Property taxes

edition as regards the declaration of

If

worldwide assets for foreign residents

ing 50.000,- € in each block, i.e. a

Power of attorney

in Spain I will give you more informa-

house worth 80.000,- €, bank account

tion as now released by the Spanish

60.000,- € and income as described

Private sales contracts

tax authorities.

for block three worth 55.000,- €, and

Change-over of utility bills

The declaration (Model 720) is to

fine will be 10.000,- € for each block,

inform the tax authorities of values

that means a total minimum fine of

Planning permissions

and assets abroad (outside of Spain

30.000,- €.

a

person

has

assets

exceed-

fails to present the declaration the

that is). The form consists of three blocks, one for bank accounts situ-

If the person has i.e. a house worth

ated abroad, another for real estate

80.000,- € and a bank account with

and rights on the same, and a third

30.000,- €, only the block for real

one for securities, insurances and in-

estate has to be filled in. Failing to

come that is deposited, managed or

present the declaration would in this

generated abroad. If a person has as-

case result in a minimum fine of

sets for any of these block/s exceed-

10.000,- Euros, for the non-declara-

ing 50.000,- Euros those have to be

tion of the house exceeding the set

filled in.

value.

To be precise, each block is to be

Important to know is that the informa-

considered as a separate obligation

tion of bank accounts abroad with a

although all the information is taken

balance exceeding 50.000,- Euros on

in the same form.

31st December has to be given even if there is more than one account holder.

In case of non-fulfillment, the mini-

In this case the total balance is given

mum fine for each block in which

with the indication of the percentage

the information was not presented is

of the holder.

10.000,- Euros. I hope this has made things a little I will try and make this a little bit

clearer. No doubt there will be more

clearer:

questions which I will follow up.

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Gran Alacant

Gran Alacant is one of those few places where old Spain blends with modern Europe; the hill is home to a wide range of Europeans (other nations are well represented too amongst the populace but Europeans (especially The British) make up more than 50% of its current population meaning that the area is a cosmopolitan mix of people, shops, bars and businesses unlike most places in Spain. In 2001 the boom started in Gran Alacant and the ‘hill’ began to fill very quickly with foreigners, Spanish residents and holiday makers ready to take their place in the sun and following on from the those early homes all of a sudden many more urbanisations were being completed, and all of them (bar none) sold out well before they were actually built. Modern meets old Although some may describe Gran Alacant as a ‘modern’ area it has some history too and established urbanisations - as well as the more recently built ones – offer fantastic views, especially at night. The bay of Alicante is like a flame to a moth for many (especially if you find yourself in one of the rooftop bars overlooking the city) and Elche and Santa Pola offer an attractive and al-

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ternative view too.

Location

along with its wonderful setting on top of Good looking

the cliffs of Santa Pola, Gran Alacant also

Along with a good aspect from one window

boasts a close proximity to the historical

or another (or the terrace), most proper-

sea port of Alicante and its modern airport

ties in the area have access to a modern

and the quaint and charming city of Elche;

swimming pool (some have tennis/football

both of which are just fifteen minutes away

pitch too) for residents that are be well-

by car and with Benidorm (45 mins) not too

maintained throughout the year.

far away the things to do list may well need to be extended a little.

Security Closed urbanisations offer great security if you have little ones running around and all swimming pools have a gate to keep them in the complex and your eye safely upon them or if hitting the beach is your choice then you will be spoilt for choice as Gran Alacant has some of the best beaches available on the Coast and if you include Santa Pola in the equation it can boast around 16 kilometres of clean sand and a sparkling sea. Facilities The area is fully covered by all services these days with its own post office, town hall, local police station and doctor’s clinic. A modern primary school, a petrol station a 24 hour chemist along with spas gyms and much more, Gran Alacant is modern Spain at its best – it even has its own lighthouse, proving that here old Spain really

Eating out Foods from around the world and around the corner (fresh Santa Pola seafood) offer the adventurous gourmet a rich menu to choose from but if all else fails to keep the little, the kids will find a McDonalds five minutes away!

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fast of toast and coffee on the Med’?

Santa Pola quickly takes you back to Ro-

the Stamp Fair - parking isn’t too much of

are rarely if ever full, and both are only a

man times. It was here where the Portus

a problem and the two car parks alongside

short walk from the town hall where you’ll

Illicitanus, the Roman ruins, were found.

the port (after Panoramis shopping centre)

find antiques, stamps and much more.

The Roman House of the Palmeral which was built during the Low Imperial era and the Roman factory for pickling and salting fish from the 4th century B. C. are also reminders of the era. Santa Pola extends from both side of the Renaissance Castle-Fortress built in the 16th century to defend itself from pirate attacks. Found in the city centre it has a military appearance and houses the Archaeological Museum where you can find Iberian and Roman relics. Also located here is the Fishing Museum with a wide selection of maritime objects and an interesting aquarium. Elche Small but well endowed....with history, architecture and of course restaurants and cafes! As the great bike-maker Sir Walter Raleigh once said, ‘There are an awful lot of benefits to getting on a push bike and riding around a city…’ you can rent a bicycle in Elche city for next to nothing and take a touristic trip around the city and stopping off at the odd café for something refreshing and a bite to eat means you get to see just what there is to see in Elche – without having to slow down in the car and endure the wrath of an impatient bus/car/lorry driver. Alicante north of Gran Alacant is Alicante, full of all the usual delights of a city and one where (on a Sunday) visitors can rummage around at the antiques fair before crossing time (and a road) and discovering just one of the things that is so good about modern Alicante...the Beach Clubs. There’s nothing wrong with stopping on the way at the Chill Out Bar in Urbanova (5 minutes), great views and a lovely beach, and who’s going to begrudge you a break

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saltlakes of the area is pleasant on the

fun seekers and many of us begin to find

but in Quesada you have your own bus-

eye. As a bonus, the area is the second

it easy to understand exactly why the

tling town that comes with shops, bars,

healthiest place in the world and the

Spanish have a siesta – and especially

restaurants, a golf course – and its own

healthiest in Europe which is mainly due

in July and August. Anyway, away from

water park.

to the saltlakes.

for the tourist and/or the expat wanting to

Alicante and Murcia airports are only 30

So there you have it…if you’re reading

see a bit of his foreign home?

miles and the nearest beach is within 10

this in the UK or perhaps on the plane

the beaches and the coast what is there

minutes drive away. If you are a golfer,

on the way home following a holiday out

Apart from some amazing mountains

then they are many professional golf

here with us then I apologise for nothing.

surrounding the area there are an awful

courses, Villamartin, Las ramblas and

lot of places to visit just away from the

Campoamar are a short drive away, not

You see not only have we got the beach-

coast. Quesada is one of them and is

forgetting the much improved La Mar-

es, the weather, the fine food and cheap

relatively new to the Costa Blanca land-

quesa in Ciudad Quesada itself. The local

beer but, just to put a little bit of extra

scape but in a short time has evolved into

water park is open every day during the

sweet icing on top of an already mouth

a fine multi-cultural town.

summer months and I know from expe-

watering cake -we also live in the healthi-

rience that parents can relax in the sun

est place in Europe. If you ask nicely at

(or shade) while the kids clear off, I mean

Gatwick they might send you back – if

go and play, and generally amuse them-

not just tell them you’ve got a speeding

selves – although the crossing the palm

ticket in the UK I understand that comes

with gold rule applies at this point.

with deportation these days…

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Tuesday Markets Alicante (Rastro) Aspe Altea Barx Bellreguard Benijofar Campo de Mirra Castalla Elda Jalon (Xalo) Orihuela Palma de Gandia Piles Rafelcofer Relleu San Fulgencio Tibi Villalonga Xeresa

Ador Albatera Alcoy Alqueries Almoines Banyeres Barx Benjema Beniaries Benidorm Benilloba Benitachell Biar Callosa de Segura Calpe (Rastro) El Campello Elda Guardamar del Segura La Font d’en Carros La Mata Muchamiel Monforte del Cid Novelda Orba Ondara Petrer Polop Potries Rotova San Miguel de Salinas Teulada

March

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Alcoy Alicante Almoradi Alqueria Banyeres Bellreguard Benifairo Benissa Callosa d’En Sarria Calpe Castalla Castell de Castells Catral Elche Elda La Font d’En Carros La Romana Gaianes Hondon de las Nieves Novelda Ondara Pedreguer Playa Flamenca San Vicente del Raspeig Salinas Relleu Santa Pola Xalo (Jalon) Rastro

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Tele: 659274573 Email :barneys.hope@gmail.com Web: www.petsinspain.info for our dogs and events.

Gre 3.5M round by 1.2M deep brand new never been erected with upgraded pump sand filter ladders instruction manuel and dvd bargain €599 fortuna 650 788851

Caravan 2 berth abbey lincoln approx Ikea Full Length Curtains, tab top, sheer 1990 double glazed windows hot cold fabric, 5 pairs in unopened packets. water shower oven hob fridge 3m awVarious colours 5 euros per pair, wel- ning waste water bottle and fresh water come to view. Tel 650039482 container needs tlc inside to woodwork where the sun has lifted laminate in Singer Touch & Sew electric sewing places bargain €600 fortuna 650 788851

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MOUNTAIN VIEW

CAT HOTEL

Breville Slow Cooker 3Ltr New €20 Tel. 693525799

Hondon de las Nieves/Frailes 27’ Tv-Built In Dvd €40 Tel. 693525799 Centrally heated houses with large indiviudual runs. Love and care will be lavished during your cat’s stay

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Computer Desks - Large €50 - Small - €25 - Fortuna, 650 788851

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Hp Printer + 4 Colour Ink, 3 Black Ink €45 - Fortuna - 650 788851

to visit book/call: 677 273 Carol or Paul 966 966195816 answerphone - we will call back Mobile 654 155 473

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Caravan birstner 390tk sportiv 4/5 berth lightweight caravan galvanised chasis only covered 200kms like new includes brand new awning cassette toilet hot cold water shower fly screens night blinds gas fire fridge €3,495 fortuna 650 788851 Wheelchair for sale folding good condition lightweight 125euros Quesada 966717851 GLASS COMPUTER DESK Ikea, with sliding keyboard panel. v.g.c hardly used. 50€ tel. 606 540 408 Legal and Registered - Over 30 years experience

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White Extendable Table/Small Drawer & 4 Whicker Effect Chairs - €60 Fortuna - 650 788851

500 BUSINESS CARDS = 35€ 24 hr turnaround Tel. 606 540 408 Electric Induction Glass Hob, Excellent Condition, €150 - Fortuna - 650 788851 4 Newell Posts For Staircase Cost €108 For €20 Tel. 693525799

SPORT

Bmw 323 Ti Compact Evo M 2001,Itv 2013,Manual,170Hp,Full Bmw Evo M Pack,Blistein Pss9 Coilover Suspension, Jbl And ,Custom Colour Coded Head Lining,17 Inch M6 Rims,Twin Stainless Exhaust,In Extremely Good Condition 5750€ Tel. 603142786

Picton 4.5 Sportboat With Trailer, Needs Fairing And Engine. 650E O.N.O. La Marina Tel: 666029666

Range Rover Vogue 3.0 Tdi Fully Lopaded Blue Pearl 16.995€ Tel. 634 377 276

VEHICLES

Breaking Opel Corsa 1.2 Most Parts Avail Tel: 633193156 Fortuna

*Fibre Glass Dinghy 3 Man Fits Ib Riif Racj 4Hp Engine Or Oars €380 Tel. 693525799

PLUMBING & HEATING SOLUTIONS

CITREON SAXO 1.1 5 DOOR, 2002, WHITE, I.T.V/TAX PAID, 1000KMS, €1,195 O.N.O

BATHROOMS KITCHENS TILING AIR CONDITIONING BUILDING

for sale piaggio free 50cc 1985 first twist and go with electric start 2 seater colour yellow new tyres saddle excellent condition on italian plates new battery collectors piece €350

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Tel. 965 071 220 - 666 907 456 www.dmfplumbing.com

Mazda Mx5 2.0 Litre. 6 Speed. 2005, One Owner. 26,000 Klms Only. Metalic Red. Spanish Plates. Lhd.As New 12,995 Euros Ono Tel. 639 545 694

FORTUNA 650 788851 Ford Mondeo Estate N/S/R Light Unit Complete 30€ Tel: 633193156 Fortuna Harley Davidson. 2003 Anniversary Road King. 24,000 Klms, One Owner. F.S.H Over 2000 Pounds Of Extras.Tel. 966 699 465 11,995 Euros Ono

Suzuki Intruder 125 V-Twin 900Kms, 2005, Mint Condition, Metalic Blue, Extras €1795.00 Tel. 650 788851

5000 LEAFLETS 135€ A5 FULL COLOUR DOUBLE SIDE PRINTS 135g glossy paper Tel 606 540 408

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