Newsletter 15 July 2016

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

Top of the Props: Demand for Spanish property hits 10-month high’s Top of the Props report reveals that demand for Spanish property has reached a 10-month high.

Since September 2015, Spain is now the most popular country for the first time.

There is now an increased interest on French and Portuguese property.’s Top 10 listed Irish property for the first time.

To find out more on the latest property trends in Europe, click below…

Top of the Props: Demand for Spanish property hits 10-month high

The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Spain?

We feature another great expat interview this time with newsletter reader Sue Chaloner who now lives in Los Balcones at a large villa after first renting an apartment in Torrevieja in July last year.

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Los Balcones Urbanisation

This Week’s Featured Town in Spain – San Pedro de Alcantara

Thinking of visiting the Costa del Sol? Take a trip to San Pedro, a bustling town that is nestled to the west of the Costa del Sol, around 10 kilometers away from Marbella and known for its long golden, sandy beach.

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San Pedro de Alcantara Tourist Information – The Essential Guide From Locals…

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 if it was published in a newspaper.

Readers Letter of the Week

Today we feature a comment from Tracy Kitching about her experiences on living in Alhaurin el Grande. We also got an interesting review on a restaurant from Violet which goes to all the foodies looking for new places to enjoy delicious food with friends and family members!

Don’t forget you can also be published on our website by sending us your tips and advice about any aspect of Spain. Just email us or add your notes into the comments boxes which are usually at the bottom of every page on the site. We do read all the comments people add.

“Hi. I’ve lived just outside el Grande since October 2015. My husband and I love living here. We’d always holidayed on the coast near La Cala de Mijas, a lovely village but coming inland, we found a better sized property and got significantly more property for our money than we would have done buying on the coast. It’s also quieter with less tourists in the height of the summer so getting around is really easy. But it still means that if you want the sea, its only 30 minutes away. We love el Grande as everything we need is here including several supermarkets and a fabulous greengrocer’s called El Paraiso – the fruit and veg is amazing; really fresh and delicious and the variety has to be seen to be believed! Our bank and lawyers are in the town and the medical centre is easy to access if need be; they have a couple of doctors who speak English. Dentists are plentiful but all are private.

I’d highly recommend buying a property here for all the reasons stated above,” says Tracy Kitching.

“The Indian Ocean Restaurant before Quesada, on the main road leading to Guardamar, near the La Laguna Hotel is by far the very best Indian Restaurant I have ever been to over years. The food is excellent, the venue itself is very pleasant, easy parking, the staff are really friendly… down side except that they close at 3pm till early evening if you usually have a late lunch! Cannot wait to go back again after yesterdays lovely visit,” says Violet.

Euro nears 33-month high versus pound, could continue to strengthen

Peter Lavelle

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

The common currency continues to rise versus the pound!

The euro to pound exchange rate has hit 0.8467 today, close to its highest in 33 months, or since October 25th 2013.

By contrast, the euro was as low as 0.7601 against sterling on May 25th. Hence, it’s since risen by +8.5 cents, or +11.39%.

To put this into context, a €250,000 transfer to the UK would now get you £211,675, or +£21,650 more than 2 months ago.

(Please bear in mind, these are the exchange rates at the time of writing. The exchange rate may have changed since then.)

Pound may weaken, as Brexit uncertainty continues

What’s more, looking ahead, the euro to pound exchange rate could continue to rise. This is because:

1. The pound could weaken, because it could take the UK up to 6 years to sort out Brexit, according to new Chancellor Philip Hammond.

2. Sterling may lose out, because the UK economy contracted in June, in the run up to the EU referendum, according to NSIER this week.

3. The euro could strengthen, because the UK’s exit is Europe’s opportunity to reinvent itself, says French economy minister Emmanuel Macron.

With all this in mind, look for the euro to rise above this 33-month high versus the pound!

Latest Jobs in Spain

We are looking for some staff for our bar at Santa Catalina, it is very new and we need someone who can speak Spanish ad English. its a very chic and new bar which we are currently opening soon. We need someone who are versatile, fun loving and passionate. Hattaya

Hi. I am moving to Albatera near Alicante Spain in September and I am looking for a nanny or Au pair to help me look after my two beautiful children. I am a professional teacher and I have alot to give to somebody who wants to learn childcare and enhance their skills. I have a 14 month old daughter and a 10 year old son. We are moving to a mobile home site in Albatera until we buy our house. I can arrange for someone to live with us if they can not travel everyday.
I am looking for someone to have my daughter from around 10:30/10:45am until around 10pm Monday – Thursday and the occasional Friday afternoon when I have to do staff training. My son will need collecting from the village at around 6pm and bringing home so I will need somebody who is able to drive. Both children will need their tea cooking for them and putting to bed at night time.
I am looking for a very special person who is easy to get on with and truly cares for my children. I would prefer someone who can speak Spanish as they will be able to help my children learn.
the initial contract will be from 01/09/16 – 30/06/17 then with a possibility of renewal in September 2017.
I do not work school holidays so a weeks holiday will be given at Christmas and Easter if you want to return home etc. To apply please send a CV to

Hello. American institution looking for a full time cook/chef for athletes for the upcoming academic year (September – June). If interested, please contact

Lead generators required. Expanding company starting Holiday Sickness claims requires enthusiastic individuals to join our team.
Although experienced people preferred, full training will be given to the right individuals. Rates of pay will depend on the individual’s experience and skills.
If you are interested in this role or would like to know more please contact Eamon today on 07496444302.

Hello. We have a school in Cartagena to teach English. We are looking for native teachers. We have few native teachers now but need more in the new school year in September. Please send out the word we are looking for teachers. We pay good wages and great staff to work with. Here is my email and telephone number., 868-066271. My mobile number is 645-406227. We have two schools. The numbers are 868-066146 and 868-063587. Thank you. Martin Poropat of Think English School.

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


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple





    Hi Mark just to say how much we look forward to receiving your newspaper my Son lived in Benidorm, and still wants to go back should a job become available that suits him, but we think you are doing a great job and as I say we love the newspaper keep up the good work.

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