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Castles in Spain setting for HBO’s Game of Thrones

Fans of the fantasy television series ‘Game of Thrones’ living in Spain could hardly believe it when the international and local media announced that US production company HBO were scouting in Andalucía for film locations for the forthcoming fifth series. It should also please any businesses with an interest in the tourist trade, including property owners.

Castles in Spain setting for HBO’s Game of Thrones2014-07-14T00:00:00+00:00

What are people looking for in a property these days?

We have a good idea of what that would be in London, less so in Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro, but when it comes to Marbella and the Costa del Sol we have been finding people homes for long enough to be able to say we do know what people are looking in a property.

What are people looking for in a property these days?2014-07-10T00:00:00+00:00

Signing on the Marbella padrón

Marbella’s mayor, Ángeles Muñoz is appealing to the municipality’s foreign residents to step forward and sign on the ‘padrón’, which is effectively a census of the number of people living in the Marbella area also including San Pedro Alcántara. Expats may wonder what is the importance of putting their name on the padrón register? The simple answer is numbers equal money.

Signing on the Marbella padrón2014-07-04T00:00:00+00:00

Simplifying the Spanish system for you

Simplifying the Spanish system for you We always hear about how complicated, frustrating and time-consuming paperwork and bureaucracy can be in Spain, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult as long as you know exactly what to expect, have the correct documents (including the all-important photocopies) and are prepared to wait a little.

Simplifying the Spanish system for you2014-07-04T00:00:00+00:00

Juzcar – the real Smurf village

This month the village of Juzcar in the Genal Valley between Estepona and Ronda celebrates its third anniversary of going blue. Yes, when Sony approached the village more than three years ago with the outlandish suggestion of painting the entire whitewashed hamlet bright blue for the filming of their upcoming movie ‘The Smurfs’, the intention was to repaint it white as soon as screening had finished. But when the film launch was over and the residents were offered the choice to go back to white, they chose blue! And so the bold blue ‘Smurf Village’ was born.

Juzcar – the real Smurf village2014-06-27T00:00:00+00:00

Spanish Property Infographic 2014

At Altavista Property, we aim to provide potential clients with the information they require to make an informed decision upon whether or not to invest in Spanish property. Bearing these goals in mind, we have decided to produce this Spanish property infographic in an attempt to provide research and statistics explaining in the simplest terms why the Spanish market offers such fantastic investment opportunities.

Spanish Property Infographic 20142014-06-24T00:00:00+00:00

Spain follows Marbella towards recovery

The Marbella property market has been growing again and picking up momentum since 2013, but now there are encouraging signs that the Spanish market is also on the road back to recovery.

Spain follows Marbella towards recovery2014-06-19T00:00:00+00:00

Magical San Juan in Marbella

The Noche de San Juan, which takes place on the 23rd of June, is a night of magic, spirituality and festivities all over Spain. This ancient pagan festival occurs on the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) to welcome in the summer season, and is a night steeped in tradition, rituals and age-old practices.

Magical San Juan in Marbella2014-06-16T00:00:00+00:00

Where to watch the World Cup in Marbella

If you can’t make it to Brazil for the World Cup, then right here in Marbella is a great place to enjoy it! With glorious sunshine, sandy beaches and lots of bronzed bodies around, Marbella is about as good a substitute for the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema as you’ll find.

Where to watch the World Cup in Marbella2014-06-13T00:00:00+00:00

King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates

King Juan Carlos of Spain has announced his intention to abdicate after nearly 40 years on the throne. The King, age 76, has had health problems in recent years and has also suffered a decline in popularity of late, prompting the decision to abdicate in favour of his son, Prince Felipe.

King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates2014-06-11T00:00:00+00:00
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