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In restaurants, it is common to see Spanish women under 50 accompany their meal with a beer. According to the Wall Street Journal's annual barometer, its price of almost 7 euros in Madrid remains lower than Paris or London (7.30) and far behind Hong Kong, where it reaches 12 euros. And at less than ...

THIS YEAR AGAIN, BLUE FLAG FOR THE EMPURIABRAVA BEACH

THIS YEAR AGAIN, BLUE FLAG FOR THE EMPURIABRAVA BEACH

European standards and Directive 2006/7/EC distinguish, in 47 countries, the quality of beaches and seawater with the Blue Flag, now well known to summer visitors. That it has become a reference is explained by the number of criteria that validate its achievement by rewarding: the surrounding ...

THE SPANISH HAS A BETTER MIND THAN ENGLISH

THE SPANISH HAS A BETTER MIND THAN ENGLISH

We will see that this high-sounding title perhaps explains, surely justifies, the attraction of the UK for this part of the Iberian Peninsula. Beyond its greater sunshine. But above all, what does mental health represent? In fact, it does not correspond to happiness or satisfaction with the life ...

Spain, the good deal

Spain, the good deal

The current surge in gasoline prices underlines what French people bordering Spain have known for a long time: this country is a godsend for the wallet.

In fact, all year round, on Saturdays and Sundays, the weekly markets of Empuriabrava and Roses attract lovers of fresh produce: meats, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits...

After a typical lunch more advantageous than in the nearby tourist resorts of Languedoc-Roussillon, they fill the tank and stock up on tobacco, alcohol, perfumes...

On their return, after a day of expatriation, they also discover with satisfaction the tens of euros saved.

The appetite of the French tax authorities partly explains the difference. But it is also based on another element: an average Spanish salary 20% lower than the French.

As a result, the cost of living, lower in Spain, accelerates the desire to change main residence for retirees; secondary residence for the working people.

Something to ponder...
Renovating in Spain, not so expensive!

Renovating in Spain, not so expensive!

Essentially on the part of those who have never set foot there, and even less invested, it is fashionable in France to mock the quality of work of Spanish craftsmen.

However, the best denial comes all year round from the vans from the province of Girona which weave their way through the lines of heavy goods vehicles to come and renovate in Céret, Le Boulou and as far as Perpignan. For cross-border commuters, the savings made speak for themselves.

For investors too.

Due to the cost of living, which is on average 20% lower than that of neighboring France, the bills for materials acquired on Spanish soil and for Spanish craftsmen should therefore not be overlooked in the evaluation of the budget necessary for a renovation.
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