Ronda is where you should go, if you ever go to Spain on a honeymoon or if you ever bolt with anyone. The entire town and as far as you can see in any direction, is romantic background… If a honeymoon or an elopement is not a success in Ronda, it would be as well to start for Paris and commence making your own friends....... Ernest Hemingway
Spain is so much more than this
Once you get away from the 'Costa's', which foreigners created, it really is a very beautiful country.
A typical 'white' village nestling in the mountains
Northern Spain, Basque country, is amazing and a wonderful cruising ground. In southern Spain and with Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea you can have the best of both the British and Spanish worlds. The countryside and national parks are breathtaking in the splendour and size - in the winter you can ski in the morning then drive to the beach and swim in the afternoon.
If you become a resident there is a National Health System, which is considered to be one of the best in Europe, and a living standard which is both high and inexpensive.
The countryside and mountains are spectacularly beautiful.
This is a very lovely and cultured country with a wonderful proud history. There are 500 million people speaking Spanish as first or second language - 2nd only to Mandarin!
If you decide to live permanently or mainly in Spain, then you should Register yourself into the system. It's madness and expensive not to.
When you eventually sell your Spanish apartment or house, if you are not in the system, you will pay an extra 10-15% sales tax. Your motor car will become illegal and if you are involved in an accident, even if it's not your fault, you stand the risk of being prosecuted for not having an MOT, no Road Tax, and possibly insurance which is not truly valid. You will also have to pay an annual non resident's tax on your home.
It is a hassle to become a legal Spanish resident, and there are costs involved but it is a one off operation and the benefits, not least of which is an excellent National Health service, properly insured vehicles for less than the 'dodgy' insurance offered to 'expats'.
There are marinas every 10 kilometers or so along the Mediterranean coastline - some fairly inexpensive and some only for the rich and famous. If you come to live in Spain then you must register your boat. If you do it when you first arrive you can avoid the 12% matriculation tax on it's current valuation. If you fail to register your boat (and you can still keep it British Flagged and sail it under British rules) then one day the Guardia Civil will impose fines which will make the matriculation tax look like peanuts!
I have just been to the bank to pay a three thousand Euro fine to Malaga Cultural department because, I obtained planning permission from the Cultural department in Malaga. Handed the plans to these awful people and asked them to build my terrace.
The building works carried out for me by
RP- Ronda Properties - Serrania Property Services and their builder Augustine
were totally illegal!.
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after they finished the new terrace it leaked!
They had used the cheapest possible waterproof membrane and because it was laid on top of a maze of electrical wires they perforated the membrane.
I have now had to pay to have a new legal staircase put in, the terrace totally rewired and retiled.
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However these people are not Spanish rather English and Columbian, so I cannot blame Spain for this!
no apology, no regrets, no offers of reimbursement just 'give us more of your money'!
If this is how they treated me over a building project that I had obtained all planning permissions for, I do wonder what it is like to buy a house, farm or flat through these people?
I highly recommend builders, who recovered the terrace disaster and installed the inside staircase with all the works done to the highest standards at very, very reasonable prices.
They cover the entire Andalucía area and Carlos speaks perfect English & German. Email:- email@example.com