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 Cordoba patios

There is always something happening in the ANDALUSIA region and the following articles showcase some of these events.

Please select an item of interest below and check back regularly to see the latest.

An NIE number is mandatory for all foreigners21 June 2018
An NIE number is mandatory for all foreigners with financial, professional or social affairs in Spain, regardless of whether they are a resident or non-resident in Spain. NIE is Número de Identificación de Extranjero, NIE number)translated as Foreigner's Identification Number. The NIE number is unique and personal and is used as a way of tracking an individual's financial and official activities in Spain and is assigned by the Spanish National Police.

Residency in Spain21 June 2018
You have made the decision to come and live permanently in Spain. Now you must make it legally your home. If you are here for a total of 183 days then you are classed as being a tax resident of Spain.

Have you ever wondered about the origin of tapas? 18 June 2018
 Selection of tapas
Tapa comes from the world Tapar meaning to cover. These fascinating appetising snacks originated more than a century ago from SEVILLE when a piece of bread was put over a glass of wine to keep fruit flies off. This refreshment was handed to the horsemen who rode to the inn, before they dismounted. Soon cheese or meat was balanced on the bread to make an appetising snack and has since become Spain's most endearing ritual.

Golden Visa11 March 2018
 Golden Visa
The Golden Visa program offers a real estate investment route to gaining residency in Spain. The Golden Visa program is flexible in terms of the family options it offers however it is restrictive when it comes to the route to citizenship. Government fees are low and the process is quick. It is ideal for residency but less so for those requiring a second passport. An investment of €500,000 is required in real estate in Spain. The property, either residential or commercial, can be rented for income. Any number of properties can combine to make up the €500,000 minimum investment. Joint buyers can combine investments into one property. The property can be mortgaged for any investment exceeding the minimum.

Jamon - Explained11 February 2018
Jamón in Spain is so coveted that there is such a thing as a Denominación de Orígen seal, which ensures they meet the standards and last year. Not only does the taste and quality depend on the breed of the pig, it also depends on what it is fed and how & where it is raised and processed.

Inheritance Tax - new changes from 201809 February 2018
 Inheritance Tax
Did you know there is a new law from 2018 involving inheritance tax in Andalucia? The change will mean 95% of inheritors in Andalusia will no longer need to pay inheritance tax on inheriting assets from their parents or spouse which is a welcome respite.

New regulations for vehicles being taken for their ITV08 February 2018
 ITV station
New regulations have come into force across the country for vehicles being taken for their ITV. Now people will have to present car insurance certificates before the test is undertaken. Anyone unable to present such documentation will find that their vehicle will not pass the test.

Energy Performance Certificate08 February 2018
 Energy Performance Certificate
An energy performance certificate is a report that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption and also gives recommendations on how to save money and make your home more efficient. It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from "A" (the most efficient) to "G" (the less efficient).

Rute - The Christmas City 17 December 2017
Rute – The Christmas City – in the heart of the Cordoba Subbetica where you can journey through the aromas and flavours of marzipan, nougat, chocolate, jamon and anisette bringing back memories of Christmas past.

Spain’s unique ‘El Gordo’ is the second oldest in the world17 December 2017
 El Gordo
Spain’s unique ‘El Gordo’ (The Fat One), the second oldest in the world, takes place on December 22nd and is by far the biggest in Spain and the richest in the world. Every year at Christmas, Spaniards go lottery mad, queuing for hours to buy their tickets for the famous Christmas lottery and this year it is bigger than ever.

New holiday rental regulations in Southern Spain10 March 2016
 Spanish Rental Homes
New regulations for tourist property rentals are being introduced in Southern Spain that require owners to register and meet various requirements. After years of debate, the Junta de Andalucía (the regional government) has finally passed Decree 28/2016, concerning properties that are rented as tourist accommodation across the region. Under the regulations, owners must register, meet requirements, hold a license, and be subject to inspection or liable for large fines, if they do not comply. The decree, which comes into force in May 2016, just in time for the tourism season, aims to regulate the thousands of transactions between owners and tenants who rent properties for their holidays every year.

Driving News10 March 2016
 Driving Rule Change
Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has proposed changes to the General Traffic Regulations, which will allow Mopeds & Motorcycles to travel on the hard shoulder when traffic is stationery, providing that the speed is kept below 30km and the driver exercises extreme caution.

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