Entertainment and News Update 4 November 2016

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

Did you know?

People in Spain have a very interesting morning habit. Instead of rubbing butter or margarine on bread which is normally done in most nations, Spaniards would rub garlic and tomato.


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The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Yaiza, Spain?

This week’s newsletter features Sonia Vargas of Optima Estate who shared with us a number of interesting reasons why moving to Yaiza is the best among other municipalities in Lanzarote, Spain. Sonia also shared some handy insider tips and useful insights on the current property market in the area.

Continue to read the full article. Click below.

Yaiza, Lanzarote – The Essential Guide from Local Residents…

This Week’s Featured Town in Spain – Blanca

Blanca is one of the six municipalities in the Spanish region of Murcia situated in the “Vega Alta del Segura.” Nestled in the mountains with a distinct color, it was called in the past as La Negra or “The Black.”

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Guide to Blanca in the Ricote Valley of Spain

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Love to dance? Spain is famous for its flamenco dance wherein some of the nation’s best flamenco dancers are referred to as the Romani people (gitanos). While it comes in various styles, the flamenco that is most familiar among foreigners is seen as being developed with the tourists in mind. In order to make flamenco styles as varied as possible, group dances have been created while solos are seen as being choreographed.


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Costa Blanca Enjoys Stronger Tourism and Property Market Brought By The Longer Summer Seen This Year

Longer summers caused by climate change resulted to a boost in Spain’s tourism and property market as revealed by Chris White, a Spanish property expert.

According to the latest report:

  • Alicante airport expects to see the high season extended up to December.
  • Longer summers in the nation brought major positive impact on tourism and second home ownership.
  • This year’s Autumn season in Spain is recorded as the 3rd warmest in 50 years.
  • Foreign visits of British people to Spain increased by up to 13 percent, according to the National Statistics Institute.

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Costa Blanca Enjoys Stronger Tourism and Property Market Brought By The Longer Summer Seen This Year

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.

Euro Nears 7-Year High Versus Pound, as German Unemployment Falls


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

The common currency continues to climb versus sterling! The euro to pound interbank exchange rate has hit 0.9023 today, close to its highest in 7 years, or since October 23rd 2009.

Moreover, looking forward, the euro could rise above its 7-year high against the pound. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The euro could strengthen, because German unemployment fell –0.1% in October to 6.0%, the lowest since reunification 25 years ago.

2. The euro may climb, because Germany’s manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace since early 2014 in October, according to Markit.

3. The euro could rise, because German factories hired new staff quicker than any time since September 2011 last month too, says Markit.

4. The euro may pick up, because German GDP is forecast to expand +1.9% in 2016, the fastest pace in 5 years.

5. The euro could fly higher, Germany’s decision to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees is forecast to reverse Germany’s demographic decline too.

With all this in mind, the euro to pound interbank exchange rate could soon exceed its 7-year high!

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

The Spanish cuisine is almost synonymous to tapas which are usually snacks or appetizers that come in huge variety. Tapas can be either cold (cheese and mixed olives) or hot (fried baby squid) and can be ordered in several dishes. It is said that tapas are concocted to encourage mealtime conversation since people don’t need to focus much on eating. Moreover, eating tapas also gives people the freedom to stand and move about as many dishes can simply be held by the hand.

Some of the local Tapas dishes are:

Patatas Bravas – Potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce
Sepia – Cuttlefish
Tortilla – Spanish Omlette
Jamon Serrano – Spanish Ham
Magra en tomate – Pork in tomato sauce
Patatas Alioli – Potatoes in garlic Mayonnaise
Calamares – Squid
Chorizo – Spiced Sausage
Croquetas – Croquettes
Albondingas – Meatballs
Alitas de Pollo – Chicken Wings


Typical tapas of Martos (Jaen), Spain – Photo by Juan Jaen, Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a video showing how you can make tapas in your very own kitchen.

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

Latest Jobs in Spain

Hi, we are looking for an experienced Raw Food Chef for a new Restaurant opening in Marbella in early 2017. Must have good knowledge of modern raw food. Please contact Jo on 0034 952 815070.

Villa Specialist – Requires Local Representative in Fuerteventura

Our clients are an established tour operator looking for an experienced representative to ensure the local suppliers are keeping villas are maintained and offer support and a welcoming face for clients in resort.

If you have experience as a villa representative please do get in touch. The vacancy can start with immediate effect or within the next few weeks dependant on the right candidate.

Competitive salary, company car and phone provided. Must have own access to a PC/Laptop and to the internet as the role will require daily email interaction.

To apply or for more information please contact us at recruitmentabroad@gmx.com. F Miller

From: Sian Stephens

Business Name: Simple Legal Solutions

Business Address:
Cotton Exchange

Telephone: 01704 261995

Email: recruitment@simplelegalsolutions.co.uk

Type of Business: Holiday Claims Agents

Towns or Areas Covered: Benidorm

Best Features:

Looking for Holiday Claims Agents to work in the resort of Benidorm. Good basic and great commission

Main Description:

• Holiday Claims Agent

• To work as a field based agent obtaining leads from UK holiday customers in resorts in Spain, Benidorm who may have been injured, involved in an accident or suffered an illness while on a package holiday

Reports To: Holiday Claims Manager

• Establishes insurance claims by obtaining client information; and determining eligibility.
• Obtains client information by; interviewing clients; verifying information.
• Determines eligibility by comparing client information to requirements.
• Informs clients by explaining procedures; answering questions; providing information.
• Accomplishes sales targets of 5 claims per day by outreach in the resorts, airports and surrounding areas

• Maintaining compliance at all times when dealing with clients
• Basic computer knowledge
• Able to work towards achieving targets
• Willing to travel and work unsocial hours
• Able to be flexible with working in different locations
• Be a good team worker demonstrating loyalty and commitment to the organisation and team members
• Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills
• Smart, professional appearance when working

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


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple



  1. dave sutton says

    Hi we are looking for car insurance for English reg car, we have job to get in england do you know any insurance com that might help we are over here 5 months the rest of the time the car is kept at our uk address many thanks dave

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