Ryanair have announced that from the end of 2019 Alicante Airport will have five new flights per week to London Southend Airport and another two to Cork.
The airline also announced 96,000 additional seats on its 11 pre-existing routes from Alicante, five of which are to the UK. Among the operator’s other new European winter destinations from Alicante are Porto, Marseille and Toulouse which will each be serviced by two weekly flights.
The frequency of the existing routes to Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester and Poznan, will also be increased. The announcement follows Ryanair's revelation that this summer it will run two weekly flights to Bordeaux and an additional three to Munich.
Following these latest additions to its winter calendar, the airline expects to transport over 4.9 million passengers through Alicante per year, an increase of 14%.
Villa Maya, which did not benefit from protected status, was torn down this week despite more than 500 people finding refuge there during the civil war.
The villa, located at number 19 Republica Argentina Street in Malaga, was occupied by the honorary consul of Mexico in Malaga, Porfirio Smerdou, who hid both nationalists and republicans under threat of assassination during the Spanish civil war.
“Porfirio Smerdou was a very important character, a human being who tried to avoid what was happening on both sides and who even suffered reprisals from the fascist troops when they entered Malaga despite having helped many of their own,” historian Francisco Espinosa told Malaga Hoy.
The demolition of the property did not go unnoticed in social networks:
"The demolition of Villa Maya occurred at the same time that we support the Málaga festival, the project about Malaga in 1936-37. We feel sadness for the abandoned historical memory and loss of being able to tell a great story." posted the director, José A. Hergueta, on Twitter.
"We elected our representatives to do the best for our city, but we are disappointed after the World Masters Athletics Championships, Villa Maya, the Port Skyscraper, the Historic Centre, etc, etc, so therefore we have to thank those who are struggling to maintain our heritage", said José J. Cortés.
"You support culture but destroy the Villa Maya, so do you want to loose the World Championships? Knock knock is there anyone there?" Asked the citizen, José Manuel Leiva, of the Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, on Twitter.
According to data published on Thursday by Spain's Ministry of Development, the average value of free market housing in Spain reached 1,618.8 euros per square metre in the fourth quarter of 2018. This represented a year on year increase of 3.9% and was the fifteenth consecutive quarterly increase. The research was based upon 137,424 valuations of a type known as "tasaciones" in Spain, which were all undertaken in the last quarter of 2018.
At the end of 2018, the Community of Madrid and Catalonia registered the highest year-on-year house price increases of 8.1% and 5.8%, respectively.
The reported average price per square meter represents a fall of 23% when compared to the maximum values reached in the first quarter of 2008, the highest point of the real estate sector "boom". However, this percentage rises to 33% when taking into account the variation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
From the minimums registered in the third quarter of 2014, the price of housing has recovered by 11.2%. Analysing the data of the fourth quarter of 2018, the price of housing rose 1.8% compared to the previous quarter. By age, homes of less than five years old increased by 2.3% to 1,845.5 euros per square meter, while homes of more than five years increased to 1,611.7 euros per square metre. In the Spanish protected housing sector, the average price per square meter was 1,127.1 euros, which represented a fall of 0.1%.
Fourteen of Spain's seventeen Autonomous Regions showed year-on-year price increases during 2018. Of these Madrid stands out the most: Madrid (8.1%); Catalonia (5.8%); La Rioja (4.8%); Andalusia (4.2%); Canary Islands (4%) and Valencian Community (3.7%). However, four Regions registered year-on-year falls, the most notable being Asturias (-1.4%); Murcia (-1.3%); The Basque Country (-0.5%) and Castilla y León (-0.1%).
Of the municipalities with more than 25,000 inhabitants, the highest values of free market housing were registered in San Sebastián (3,590.9 euros / m2); Ibiza (3,537.4 euros / m2); Barcelona (3,362.8 euros / m2); Sant Cugat del Vallès (3,331.1 euros / m2); Santa Eulalia del Río (3,224.8 euros / m2); Madrid (3,103.8 euros / m2); Pozuelo de Alarcón (3,091.4 euros / m2) and Majadahonda (3,020.6 euros / m2). The lowest pvalues in the municipalities with more than 25,000 inhabitants were registered in Elda (574.8 euros / m2); Jumilla, (593.4 euros / m2); Puertollano (599.1 euros / m2); Villena (603.0 euros / m2); Villarrobledo (606.4 euros / m2) and Caravaca de la Cruz (607.9 euros / m2).
British nationals who have retired to EU countries may no longer have their healthcare costs covered by the NHS in the event of a no-deal Brexit and many are considering returning home, reports Vishala Sri-Pathma of the BBC.
See the article by the BBC.
According to the British government, failure to take out a driving licence in the EU country in which UK citizens live could mean that drivers would have to pass a test after the UK leaves the EU on March 29.
The government also said people living in the UK who want to drive in the European Union after 29th March might need an international driving permit (IDP).
The government advise released yesterday stated:
“In the event that there is no EU exit deal, you may have to pass a driving test in the EU country you live in to be able to carry on driving there."
“You should consider exchanging your UK driving licence for an EU driving licence as soon as possible. Increased demand may lead to longer processing times and delays to exchanging driving licences the closer it is to 29 March 2019."
"If you return to live in the UK, provided you passed your driving test in the UK (or another specified country), you can exchange your EU licence for a UK licence without taking another test."
You can drive on your EU licence when visiting the UK.
The Tinsa IMIE General index, which reflects the evolution of the average value of finished housing (new and used) in Spain, registered a year on year increase of 6.5% in the month of December 2018, nine tenths more than in November.
In the whole of 2018, the average variation (the average growth for each of the 12 month periods) was 5.0%. Despite the fact that the average price in Spain has recovered 14% from the minimum recorded in February 2015, it is still 34.6% below the maximum of 2007.
The regional capitals and large cities (+8.7% year-on-year in December) and the archipelagos (+10.6%) where the main highlights in the December 2018 compared with December 2017. "The year has ended with a notable price increase with signs that this is slowly extending to areas that until now have been stable ", says Rafael Gil, director of the Tinsa Research Service.
When the overall results are analysed, it can be seen that the regional capitals and large cities have largely driven up the overall prices, with an average increase of 7.9% in 2018. This is practically double the increase registered in metropolitan areas (+3 , 6%), the Mediterranean peninsular coast (+4.2%) and the islands (+4.3%). In contrast, in the rest of the municipalities within the interior of the peninsula, the average growth in 2018 was a more discreet: 1.2%.
At the end of the year, the national recovery of prices had reached a level of 14.0% above the recorded minimum. Both the regional capitals and large cities and the island territories showed an average revaluation of more than 20% from their respective post-crisis minimums. The Mediterranean peninsular coast registered an accumulated increase of 18.1% and the metropolitan areas 10.9%. In the rest of the territory, the cumulative increase from the minimum levels did not reach 5%.
Despite the general trend of recovery of values, with greater or lesser intensity according to the area, the average fall in prices in Spain, from pre-crisis maximums, is 35%, the same as the main cities and municipalities of the interior of the peninsula. The gap since the peak of the cycle exceeds 40% in the metropolitan areas and the Mediterranean coast, while it is around 20% in the Balearic and Canary Islands.
The rating agency Fitch warns that the increase in the price of mortgages due to legislative changes and the increase in the price of housing will make it more difficult for Spaniards to access housing.
Fitch estimates that house prices will rise by an average of 5% in 2019 and 4% in 2020, compared to salaries that will increase at a slower pace than housing, especially in large cities. Mortgage loans are expected to become more expensive in the country as a result of the regulatory changes introduced last November, obliging the bank and not the client to pay the stamp duty tax tax (AJD).
According to Fitch, in 2019, at least half of new mortgages will be contracted at a fixed rate, in anticipation of a rise in interest rates. The agency also expects the growth in mortgage loan issuance to slow down to 7.5% in 2019 and 5% in 2020, compared to an estimated 10% in 2018.
We occasionally get asked about swimming pool sand filters from people who have never owned a swimming pool before. Apart from the lessor used diatomaceous earth (D.E.) filters there are two basic choices for pool filtration systems which are sand filters and cartridge filters.
In Spain and Portugal it is far more common to find a sand filter system for domestic swimming pools. The video, by an Indianapolis based company, explains how a sand filter system works. Although the video is from the USA, the filter system is the same as most of those you find in Spain or Portugal.
We are often asked what type of survey do I need for the property I want to buy? Below is the answer I always give:
The main difference between a Building Survey and HomeBuyer Survey is that the Building Survey is far more comprehensive, and gives you a much more detailed analysis on the condition of the property.
Although you are free to choose which survey you want here are some guidelines to help you decide which report type would be the most suitable.
A HomeBuyer Survey is generally more suited for properties with the following characteristics:
A Building Survey is generally more suited for properties with the following characteristics:
Once you’ve decided what type of survey you require you can request an online no obligation survey quote before you instruct Spain Survey Company to undertake an inspection of the property you want to buy. Alternatively, if you have any questions about our surveys please do not hesitate to contact Spain Survey Company on +34 610 418 654 (Spain mobile) or +44 (0)7446 554154 (UK mobile). If you wish to message us please use our Contact Page.
Stan Dickens (FRICS) is a UK qualified Chartered Surveyor who has practiced in Spain and Portugal since 1989.