Entertainment and News Update 18 November 2016

Welcome to our latest newsletter with plenty of job vacancies in Spain, news updates and opinions from expats…

Did you know?

The Mediterranean or Iberian lynx is now considered as the most endangered cat in the world. On the brink of becoming extinct, this mammal is found in the southern parts of Spain and Portugal where conservation of the animal is established through various programs such as captive breeding. If you want to see an Iberian lynx in captivity, you can check them out at the Jerez de la Frontera Zoo in Cadiz, Spain.


Lynx pardinus – Photo by “Programa de Conservación Ex-situ del Lince Ibérico www.lynxexsitu.es”


yellow-happyRead on to know more interesting facts about Spain. 

The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to San Miguel de Salinas, Spain?

This week’s newsletter features Andrew Fox of Villas Fox & Spanish Bank Properties. According to Andy, San Miguel de Salinas is an ideal location if you’re seeking to have the best of both worlds. He also gave a number of helpful tips to anyone who is thinking of moving to the area on a permanent basis.

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San Miguel de Salinas

This Week’s Featured Town in Spain is La Marina.

La Marina is a town situated in the southern part of Costa Blanca and is nestled between Santa Pola and Guardamar del Segura. It is a small town that boasts of protected pine forests and fantastic sandy beaches.

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La Marina

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Bullfighting originates in Spain where it is otherwise known as “corrida de toros.” It is the most traditional among all of the nation’s fiestas with the Spanish people considering them as a form of art that is closely related to their nation’s culture, art and history. A bullfighting arena is referred to as the Plaza de Toros while a bullfighter is known in Spanish as “torero” or “toureiro.”

bull fighting

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Foreign Tourists Are Staying Longer In Spain With A Huge Majority Turning Into Property Buyers

Spain retains its appeal as a favorite holiday destination among foreign tourists around the globe. Costa Blanca continues to attract a huge majority of these visitors who would usually make several visits prior to deciding on purchasing a property.

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Foreign Tourists Are Staying Longer In Spain With A Huge Majority Turning Into Property Buyers

Help Required – Do you Live in Spain?

Can we ask you a question or two via email to help get some local tips and advice that would help others?

It might be something like, what is it like to live in your village or what things are there to do and see locally?

We will publish any answers on the website (and perhaps the next newsletter) with your quote, crediting your name as the source as if it would be published in a newspaper.

Email Menchie, tell us your name, where you live and we can go from there – menchie@spainmadesimple.com

Pound Hits 2-Month High Versus Euro, as UK Retail Sales Beat Forecasts

Peter Lavelle

Welcome to Pure FX’s latest update of the pound to euro exchange rate.

Sterling bounces back versus the common currency! The pound to euro exchange rate has hit 1.1658 today, its highest in 2 months, or since September 22nd.

Furthermore, looking ahead, the pound could continue to strengthen against the euro. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Sterling may rise, because US President-Elect Donald Trump has said that the UK is “a very, very special place for me,” suggesting that he may strengthen the US’s relationship with the UK.

2. The pound could strengthen, because UK retail sales jumped +1.9% in October, well above forecasts for +0.4%, telling us that British shoppers remain resilient to the vote for Brexit.

3. The euro may weaken, because Donald Trump’s victory in the US has lifted the odds that extreme-right wing populist Marine La Pen could win France’s Presidential election next year.

4. The euro could fall, because if Italy votes “no” to prime minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reforms in a referendum next month, Italy could fall into economic and political chaos.

5. The euro may lose out, because the European Commission has warned that 8 Eurozone countries are in danger of breaking its deficit rules, with their proposed budgets for 2017.

Given all this, the pound could soon exceed its 2-month high versus the euro!

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Craving for bread? Try empanada which is a type of bread that is stuffed or pastry that is either baked or fried. Its name came from the Spanish verb “empanar” which means to coat or wrap in bread. While origins of empanadas can be traced back to Galicia, Spain, it now comes in several versions worldwide. Depending on the country, empanadas can have various types of filling that include meat, cheese, onion, raisins, olives, boiled egg, fish, spinach, peppers and fruit.


Watch this video which shows how empanadas are made.

More surprising facts to be revealed in the next newsletter. Be sure not to miss any of it!

Latest Jobs in Spain

I work for The Good Care Group and we are looking for expats in Spain to work flexible shift patterns as a live-in carer in the UK. Previous care experience is required either professionally or privately via a family member or friend. Our clients are mainly elderly and infirm and some have dementia. Duties include cooking, cleaning, personal care, laundry duties and assistance with any day to day activities to enable them to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. We offer permanent contracts, regular work, subsidised flights, expenses paid in the UK, holidays and full 24 hour support. Want to work for the UK’s most awarded home care provider? Then please contact me.
Email: Tracy.Jackson@thegodcaregroup.com or Tel: 622 047 351 or 951 507 423 for an immediate interview.

The Good Care Group due to expansion are looking for live-in carers to work with our clients in the UK on a flexible shift pattern such as 2 weeks on/ 2 weeks off. Previous professional or personal care experience is essential as well as excellent verbal and written English. Earn up to 95 GBP per day depending on experience, you will have 20 days holiday a year and a permanent work contract and regular work. Ideal opportunity for those who live in Spain and wish to have regular work and enjoy their lifestyle here. For further information call Tracy on: 622047351 or email: Tracy.Jackson@thegoodcaregroup.com

Thank you everyone and we look forward to receiving any contributions towards the next newsletter.


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple




  1. Martin Hyams says

    Excellent article regarding , the Urbanization La Marina.Explains the Urbanization exactly .
    I would also like to recommend a Plumber I used named Dave( advert in Euro weekly News under boiler repairs / Replacement ) , to replace my electric boiler. Very good job and reliable .

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