New traffic rules came into play on 21 April affecting pedestrians, drivers and cyclists in Spain.
If you’re planning on holidaying in Spain, or visiting your Spanish holiday home, it’s worth making a note of the changes so you’re not caught out with a fine.
Driving in Spain
New speed limits
In some urban areas, e.g. around schools, speed limits have been lowered from 50kph (31mph) to 20kph (12mph).
Children in cars
Only children over 1.35m tall (4ft 5in) can travel in the front seat of a car. Children under this height must sit in the back.
‘No-frills’ ferry travel has finally arrived on Brittany Ferries who are now running a low-cost ferry service to France and Spain from the UK.
The new économie service begins on 24 March and comes as a welcome option for both travellers holidaying in mainland Europe and owners of holiday lets visiting their properties.
Costs and journey times
Running between Portsmouth and Le Havre or Santander, the ferry service is 20-25% cheaper than the company’s standard crossings:
- France: the Portsmouth-Le Havre service runs five times each week and is from £79 (journey time 5hrs 30 mins)
Spain has more public holidays than most other European countries: 14 national, regional and local holidays are celebrated each year. And as the Spanish are big fans of turning a public holiday into a short break, their busy calendar creates some fantastic opportunities for marketing your holiday let.
When you advertise with Holiday Lettings, your place will also be seen by thousands of Spanish travellers on www.tripadvisor.es (among others). So it’s well worth taking the time to widen it’s appeal (also see our tips for the French public holidays).
Spanish public holidays in 2014-15
- Thursday 17 April: Maundy Thursday (not all regions)
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Travellers looking for breaks in the Canaries and Balearics this year could be more likely to book a holiday home after hotels hiked up their prices by up to 12%.
A new study by Trivago has revealed that hotels on the Canary and Balearic islands have increased their nightly rates by 12% and 11% respectively. The rise makes the average price of a night’s stay on the Canaries €122 and the Balearics €113.
The Canaries and Balearics benefit from all-year-round popularity because of their milder winter temperatures compared with the rest of Spain. However the price hike still comes at a time when the rest of debt-ridden Spain is seeing hotel rates either stagnate or fall.
Owners of Spanish holiday accommodation will be pleased to hear that a massive 57.6 million foreign tourists holidayed in Spain between January and November in 2013.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, these are the highest numbers yet, with the Canary Islands and Catalonia proving particularly popular.
As we reported last year, tourist spending in Spain was already up by 13.7% by March 2013. The Ministry now reports a marked increase in visits from Russian and Nordic tourists, but British, German and French visitors still lead the way when it comes to booking sun-baked holidays in Spain.
Spain’s got some great news for its visitors this season. ‘Operation Summer’ was launched by the Interior Ministry on 1 July in the regions of Andalusia, Asturias, Canarias, Cantabria, Valencia, Galicia, Madrid, the Balearic Islands and Murcia. Its aim is to ensure the safety of the millions of tourists expected to visit Spain in the coming months.
The crime rate in Spain remains among the lowest in the European Union, however, the Secretary of State for Security said, “Our ambition is always to improve the crime figures even more, and for that the National Police, Guardia Civil, and other security forces, are working daily with the intention of providing a safer country”.
21 May, 2013
According to the Egatur Tourist Expenditure Survey (prepared by the Institute for Tourism Studies of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism), tourists visiting Spain spent 3.28 billion euros in March, an increase of 13.7% on March 2012.
Visitors from France, the Nordic countries and Germany were the main contributors, especially in the Canary Islands and Catalonia. In fact, the Canary Islands had the largest volume of spending between January and March, at 3.16 billion euros (up 7%). Catalonia was second, with 1.99 billion euros and an increase of 14.2% year on year. Andalusia was third with 1.25 billion euros spent in the first quarter, an increase of 10.5%.
17 May, 2013
New financial reporting requirements in Spain have prompted many expat residents to think about leaving the country. The new tax laws require anyone who resides in Spain for more than six months of the year and owns overseas assets amounting to more than 50,000 euros to declare them.
Although this will certainly ring true for many expats, those affected should seek financial advice before deciding to leave as there may be ways of reducing the impact of the new laws.
Read the full story here: www.telegraph.co.uk
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26 April, 2013
The Spanish government has relaxed the strict Ley de Costas law of 1988, which was designed to protect the coastline from over-development and erosion, as well as keep it open to the public. The protected land area has been decreased from 100 metres back from the public maritime border to just 20 metres. The land beyond the 20-metre point will now fall under more lenient municipal planning laws.
For more on this, visit: www.spanishpropertyinsight.com
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25 April, 2013
If you own a holiday rental property in sunny Spain you should be aware of the Spanish Department of Housing’s new draft law, says the Association of Holiday Rental Managers in Madrid (Asotur). If it’s passed, the regulation of residential rentals in Spain will be handed over to the 17 regional governments, some of whom may restrict short-term residential lets in tourist hotspots to boost business for local hotels.
However, the full details and scope of the law are yet to be released. We’ll post here again once we hear more about it. In the meantime, you can read more by visiting www.spanishpropertyinsight.com
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