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A lunch at a private villa

CRIS&KIM Travel Designers offers the opportunity to enjoy a unique day in the countryside. Enjoy an exclusive meal in the home of one the most beloved families in Marbella, the Marquis of Belvis and enjoy the hospitality of the owners.

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Marbella’s Early History

Archaeological excavations carried out in the mountains around Marbella indicate human habitation in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. Some historians believe that the first settlement on the present site of Marbella was by the Phoenicians in the 7th Century BC. They are known to have established several colonies along the coast of the Malaga province.

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Marbella in the 20th Century

The first hotels were built in Marbella in the early 20th Century between 1918 and 1926. During this period, Marbella experienced major social changes driven by contentious political parties.

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Don’t let your dog get too hot!

Well, summer is almost here. And if it’s anything like last year, it will be another hot one! Extremely hot weather can be a problem for humans, but it’s an even worse problem for our dogs.

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How to apply for an NIE

You will need to complete an EX15 form in order to apply for a NIE (you can get one from your accountant or you can download one Here). Then, take it to your local police station.

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How to legally scrap a vehicle in Spain

Vehicles (including vans up to 3.5 tonnes) that have reached the end of their useful life will have to be scrapped at an authorized treatment facility (Centro Autorizado de Tratamiento or Desguace Autorizade).

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Registering a vehicle in Spain

Registering a vehicle from another country and buying a new or used vehicle in Spain is a complex and potentially costly procedure. If you are a Spanish resident, you will normally be exempt from Spanish registration tax if you obtain Spanish number plates within one month of the vehicle entering the country.

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How to register on the Padrón

If you are a Marbella resident, you should register on the Padrón. The Junta Andalucia provides Marbella’s Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) with funds based on the number of people registered.

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How to renew your EHIC

You can obtain or renew an EHIC online Here. Please note, an EHIC may be required even if you live in Spain (eg. if you require treatment when visiting your home country).

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How to renew a UK Passport

You can now apply for, renew or update your passport and pay for it online Here. Read the notes first, click on “START NOW” and follow the instructions.

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How to report a crime

The province of Málaga has recently launched a new system for foreign tourists to report a crime to the police. We have provided details here for your information.

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Driving in Andalucia

Driving in Andalucia is similar to driving in any European country, but there are some differences. So, please take a few moments to read this post to ensure that you understand the rules here in Spain before heading out onto the roads.

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EU Driving Licence Law in Spain

From January 2015, anyone applyiing for Spanish residency is now required to exchange their driving licence for a Spanish one. This new law enables the Spanish authorities to check the health and driving ability of foreign drivers in Spain.

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Registering for Social Security

If you are in receipt of a UK pension and you live in Spain, you should obtain an S1 form (previously E121). This form is required to register with a state doctor here in Spain. You should then take it to the INSS office in your area (in central Marbella, this is in Plaza Leganitos 5) along with the following documents (with copies of each):

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Residency requirements in Spain

Please find below regulations for residence certificates, non-residence certificates, European Union (EU) certificates, general registration, return authorizations, letters of invitation, nationality reports, student cards and other trades & NIE:

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Inheritance Tax Changes in Andalusia 2017

In August 2016, the Andalusia tax office published new regulations regarding inheritance tax in the province.  A review of the legal position provides more beneficial reliefs which come into force in January 2017.

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