Useful Information


Plastic pollution is killing our planet

Over the last 50 years, the use of plastic has been growing exponentially. This wouldn’t be a problem if it was biodegradable, but most plastics in use today are not. Consequently, plastic is now one of the greatest risks facing our planet. And if we don’t do something about it, within the next three decades, there will be more plastic in our oceans than there are fish.

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Inheritance Tax: Proposed exemptions in Andalucia

The PSOE lost its majority in Andlucia in the 2015 election. It currently retains power as a result of its coalition with Ciudadanos. In return for its support for the 2018 budget, Ciudadanos has forced the PSOE to accept a substantial change to the Impuesto sobre Sucesiones y Donaciones (ISD), Spain’s inheritance and gift tax.

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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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Lost or Stolen Social Security Health Cards

When you register for Spain’s Social Security Health facilities, you will be given a Health Card. This card is very important, because it will enable you to be identified by Andalusia’s Public Health System. It also provides access to electronic medical records, enabling you to obtain drugs from a pharmacy. So, what happens if your card is lost or stolen?

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Bus Timetable: Málaga Airport – Marbella

There are regular bus services from Málaga Airport to Marbella and from Marbella to Málaga Airport throughout the year. The timetable below is correct at the time of publication and it will be updated on receipt of new information. Allow plenty of time before your bus leaves to buy your ticket or book on line from here……..

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Bus Timetable: Marbella – Málaga Airport

There are regular bus services from Marbella to Málaga Airport and from Málaga Airport to Marbella throughout the year. The timetable below is correct at the time of publication and it will be updated on receipt of new information.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to buy your ticket at the bus station. Or book on line……

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English movie listings in Marbella

English Cinema Listings in Marbella

On this page, you will find up to date information about films being shown in English at Cines Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús, Marbella | We also include details of operas and ballets being streamed live from around the world.

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Disabled access in Marbella

What is Marbella like for disabled access? Are hotels and rental properties disabled friendly? What about the beaches? We look at these and answer a number of other questions below. You can trust MarbellaAzul.com’s information about disabled access because it is written from a disabled person´s point of view by a disabled person.

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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

A NIE is required for any type of process in Spain if you live here, do business or own a property, (such as opening a bank account, registering for a doctor etc.). It does not mean you are resident, (you can have a NIE but still live full-time in another country), and does not affect your tax resident status.

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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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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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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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What taxes to pay in Spain

What taxes do you have to pay in Spain? When do you have to pay them? Are there differences for residents and non-residents? Questions we have tried answer in this article – information provided by Perez Legal Group.

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New i-size chart for child seats in vehicles

This information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332. The labelling on child seats has changed across Europe, making it theoretically easier for children to be secured in a more appropriate seat, making them safer.

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What to do if you have a road traffic accident

The following information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332. Information on what to do if you are involved in a car accident in Spain: who to call and how to fill in the accident report document for insurance.

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Alcohol limits & penalties in Spain

The following information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332.

Alcohol Limits & Penalties when driving in Spain.

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Cyclists and the law

The following information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332.

Cyclists and the Law of the Road.

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Wet Weather Driving Tips

The following information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332.

Wet Weather Driving Tips:

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ITV Test in Andalucia

An ITV (Inspeccion Tecnica de Vehiculos) is the equivalent of an MOT in the UK and these tests take place in an authorized garage. If you live in Marbella, the nearest authorized ITV centres are in Málaga, San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona. This article also gives details of changes as of May 2018.

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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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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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La Feria de los Pueblos

Right now we are in the middle of Marbella’s San Bernabé feria, so our thoughts turn to the many and varied ferias which take place in Southern Spain.

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Feria de Abril de Sevilla

The feria season is upon us – the first big feria of the year (and one of the biggest in Spain) is the ‘Feria de Abril de Sevilla’ (Seville April Fair).

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Visit to Zoo Castellar

Our latest ‘Spain in Focus’ is all about a place which has become very dear to those of us associated with MarbellaAzul.com. Zoo Castellar is a very special place. It is no ordinary zoo, rather a rescue centre for wild animals of all shapes and sizes.

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Beware of blazes!

This is a very special post written by local resident Vladimir Solomatin (aged 10) – accompanied by Derek Evans’ photographs for Spain in Focus. Now we are entering the period of very high risk of fire here in Spain, so it is a good time to remember the terrible fire of summer 2012.

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Marbella Fishing Port

Once upon a time (long before the advent of Price Hohenlohe and Europe’s ruling elite transformed Marbella into an international tourist destination) our cosmopolitan city was a small fishing and farming village with only 900 inhabitants.

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Cordoba

If you are looking for an Andalucian city to visit in spring look no further than Cordoba.

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The Andalucian Horse

Horses have always been linked to Spanish history and culture…from the strong, swift warhorses of the conquistadors through the brave, tragic horses of the bullfights to the dazzling dancing horses of the Spanish dressage shows.

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Camino de Santiago

It is spring … the weather (according to Marbella Azul) is warmer and a young (pious) man´s fancy turns to pilgrimage. And Spain is home to the daddy of all pilgrimages – the world famous Camino de Santiago.

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The rain in Spain

During the last few weeks we have had our share of the wet stuff falling from the sky. Rain…we may not like it, but we really need it. During the long, dry months of summer, drought is an ever present threat here in southern Spain.

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Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air…and arriving early this year. Not only have we already heard the chattering of cicadas, but take a short drive up La Concha – Marbella’s mountain – and you can experience the stunning sight and delicious smell of the first almond trees in bloom.

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