NEW! Updated content Jan 2012
Onwards and upwards - new enquiry forms and new experts
After a flying career I developed the first computerised
information service, the only consultancy business to have its results
guaranteed by Lloyds of London. For thirty years I advised small
businesses, industry and the Government before retiring to live
in Spain where I was astounded by the mass of pitfalls waiting to
entrap the unsuspecting émigrés. Not just Spanish
laws, tradition and red tape but unscrupulous people, largely within
the property market, waiting to relieve people of their money.
I set up practicalspain.com to offer free objective and unbiased
advice relating to moving to Spain and living in Spain. The site
has now received over 3 million hits relating to every region of
Spain and asking help about retiring, opening spanish bank accounts,
money exchange, money transfer, insurance, tax, child education,
health service provision, buying and selling property, holiday homes,
rental investments, and even whether or not the indigenous wildlife
could sting or bite.
Practical Spain has helped literally tens of thousands of people
over the last eight years. I take great pleasure in negotiating
the best of breed deals for my users to benefit from. Do also use
the feedback form to let me know
what you think of the site, and if there is advice or information
you feel should be added to the site.
Maurice Hamlin (founder)
Currency Exchange & Money Transfer to
Spain new contacts, better value!
Get MORE Euros for your currency exchange
when moving to Spain
Foreign exchange service companies can offer a better rate of exchange and faster transfer than high-street banks.
Whether you are moving to Spain or buying property in any other foreign country the savings can be significant.
Learn more about Money Transfer
A Brief History of Spain
From ancient times to the present day
Spain has a rich and varied history: 780,000 year old human remains; invasion by Rome, Visigoths, Moors and Napoleon; voyages of discovery and empire; arts, literature and science; civil war, despotism and democracy.
Learn more about the history of Spain
Banking in Spain
Spanish Bank Charges
The fees charged by Spanish banks for their services
including money transfer have always been a cause for concern. However
in a major breakthrough, one bank is now offering no bank charges
to receive your money transfer to Spain for a property purchase
together with other benefits.
Learn more about this low-cost Spanish bank offering
The NHS in Spain
to get the new European Health Insurance Card
Overseas health cover for visitors and those considering moving to Spain is available under the UK/Spain reciprocal health agreement. To be covered you must obtain your European EHIC Card before you leave the UK.
(Note - this does not replace personal travel insurance.)
Find out about this and other Spanish health matters
Telefonica Message Service
How to set up for English language
A step-by-step guide to setting up and using your Telefonica Domo handset to access voice mail.
Read about this and other Spanish telephone services and issues
Spain - A Land of Opportunity?
Working in Spain
Spain suffers from the high unemployment common to much
of Europe. If you intend to relocate to Spain to work, either as
an employee or starting your own business, careful planning must
be given to ensure you can sustain your family until sufficient
income is secured. Certainly there are opportunities, but more fail
out more about working in Spain
NIE & NIF - Get help
here! English forms available now!
An NIE is required to purchase property, arrange insurance or start
a job in Spain. What is it? How do I apply? And can you get the
forms with an English translation? You can indeed, thanks to Practical
Spain's helpful form order service.
Dreaming of moving and owning/renting in
A helping hand to avoid the pitfalls
and enjoy life in the sun
- Advice on Buying, Renting or Selling
See Practical Spain's extensive knowledgebase on the Spanish
property market. Whether buying, renting or simply looking for a
longer-term holiday rental, you need to do your research and follow
some basic guidelines to protect yourself and any investment, particularly
in a property market which has changed signficantly.
Spain Property Check List
These are the most important searches and services
you need to have checked when buying a property in Spain. Whoever
advises you, ensure that all these items are part of their remit.
Residency and the Law
In Spain, placing a deposit on a property is a commitment to buy.
This secures both buyer and seller but does have its hazards
Valencian Land Grab - LRAU
This iniquitous law, condemned by the European
Parliament, can catch both expat and native Spaniard alike, resulting
in loss of part or all of your Spanish property and a considerable
more about the LRAU
The information in this site is offered with the best of
intent. Readers must appreciate however, that I am neither a legal
nor a financial expert. My knowledge comes from having travelled
the dusty road from England to Spain, absorbing the Spanish culture
from Gibraltar to Barcelona and finally settling in what my wife
and I feel is the finest town of all. Gandia.
My moving to Spain guide was initially intended as a helping
hand to expats contemplating living in Valenciana, but countless
emails I receive from such far away places as Australia, Canada,
Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, USA and all parts of Europe, saying how
much the information has assisted them moving to Spain all the variouse
provinces of Spain confirmed its wider interest.
The site is currently undergoing major updating and I continue to
enjoy my retirement developing this resource to inform my fellow
expats and aid them with the most trustworthy contacts, local expertise
and practical help I can find.
My aim is to be helpful but in all things legal or where money
is involved, I can accept no responsibility and strongly advise
you to obtain professional advice.
Maurice Hamlin (founder)