Tax & Residency Guides for Spain

Whilst we cannot vouch for all their advice or practises, Blevins Franks, have a long and respected reputation for financial advice, tax, BREXIT and the Spanish legal maze.

They offer books, videos and free basic guides to paying taxes in Spain. They often advertise free seminars in the area where you can meet and quiz their experts in relaxed surroundings.

Use the link below to find an array of published guides (PDFs) and books. e.g. Franks & Blevin, AIPP, etc

https://www.blevinsfranks.com/download/tax-guides/

 

Euro Tour Guide… What’s On?

If you want to know what events, fiestas and entertainment is available across the Costa Blanca then our friends at Euro Tour Guide are experts on events and tourism for the area.

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» Euro Tour Guide : They have an excellent website, video guides, events calendar and books. Their website is well worth subscribing to if you want to get more from your time on the Costa Blanca.

 

Elche, City of Culture and Fiestas

Elche (Elx) is well worth the visit. it’s only 20 minutes from the Hondon Valley, so our nearest city. As well as an vast array of modern shops and services you’d expect in a city it’s  clean, beautiful (“The City of a Million Palms“) and offers a rich historic culture.

Image c/o WikiPedia

Steeped in religious history, Elche has centuries of architecture, museums, a central park & old rambla with more than enough varieties of palm trees to keep you intrigued for an afternoon. This Palm Grove is just one of Elche’s three cultural assets registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

But Elche’s centrepiece has to be the Basilica De Santa Maria, a landmark church built over the ruins of a Muslim mosque in the city centre. It features an ornate baroque portal with square towers. It was built in various stages from mid 14th century after the Christians conquered the Moors long before (1265).

You will see many copy busts of La Dama (The Lady of Elche) around the city. She has a unique headdress. There’s a painted one at Alicante Airport too. Discovered in 1897 at L’Alcúdia, an archaeological site on a private estate two kilometres south of Elche, now a museum and worth a visit. The original bust is kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid. The fiesta day of Our Lady of the Assumption is on the 15th August

The lady of Elx
Image c/o WikiPedia

In August you can see The Mystery Play, or Festa d’Elx, the most authentic symbol of the city´s identity. It is a chanted drama of mediaeval origins and performed in the City’s Basilica. It’s a sacred part of the local heritage. Check YouTube for footage.

If you want a real taste of Elche life of old then visit the Museum of Pusol. Created in 1969, as a celebration of local rural trades, crafts, farming, traditions and the environment of the Campo de Elche. They have interactive workshops, events and historic exhibits. Many Spanish schools use this in their history curriculum.

Thousand’s will gather to watch and take part in Palm Sunday. Locals parade their carved white palms from Elche’s Palm Grove to the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Also popular is La Burreta and Easter Sunday, when millions of little pieces of coloured paper, known as Hallelujahs are showered onto the image of the Resurrected Jesus. Search YouTube for “Procesión Aleluyas Elche“.

Also in August, in addition to the Moors and Christians Festival, which recalls the conquest of the city by the troops of King Jaime I in 1265, is the Nit de L’Albà, on the night of the 13th August and la Nit de la Roà, in the early hours of the 14th and 15th, which take place on the same dates as the performances of the Mystery Play of Elche. THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED if you like lots of fireworks… the finale display “Palmeral de la Virgen” is an awesome sight… a firework launched from the Basilica so big and spectacular people oooh and aaaah in awe!

In December, with the celebration of the Coming of the Virgin, the origins of the Mystery Play are commemorated, when the legendary, sacred image of the Virgin Mary, arrived by sea in an ar brought by the coastguard Francesc Cantó, who on his horse  gallops the city to announce the good news.

And there is much, much more to see and do in Elche. Go and immerse yourself in the festivals, the sights, the history and its people. Enjoy yourselves with the men and women who make possible one of the richest festival programmes in Spain.

» Elche main Tourist Information

Hondon Valley? On yer Bike!

Almost without fail many Spanish cycle clubs visit the Hondón area each weekend. The local mountains are ideal for cycling, mountain bikes or walking enthusiasts. And Hondón has been part of the country’s major tour “Vuelta España” tour.

Bike Ride. Albatera to Hondón

These are serious “peddle pushers”, all geared up, with bikes that probably cost a few months wages. They most often come over the very long and steep Albatera mountain ranges into the About the Hondón Valley. That’s one hell of a climb (even for a car) so it requires a very good level of fitness. They then stop off at the local bars and restaurants in Frailes & Nieves for refreshment and a rest. It gives the villages a real buzz on weekend mornings.

Bike Ride Alicante CoastNow on to the coast ... Do you fancy a relaxing cycle ride overlooking the Mediterranean sea? This 26-km (16-mile) route from San Juan beach through El Campello village is ideal for bikers of all ages. Get to the finish line and cool down at Coveta Fuma cove before taking the tram back to the city center.

Holy mackerel…the Mediterranean diet reduces ageing

New study sheds more light on benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

HV Editor: We agree on the whole! Except on weekends of course when G&Ts, Brandy and patatas bravas are practically the law around here. LOL! And remember Hondon de las Nieves has a great market and al fresco vice on Saturday mornings in the Village Plaza 🙂

med-diet[Source: AngloInfo]  To many expats the headline may seem like old but good news to those who already eat a Mediterranean diet, based on findings from years ago.

However, a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this week, reinforces the previous findings that following a Mediterranean diet helps prevent or slow down ageing.

The health of about 5,000 nurses in the USA was followed with a controlled number placed on a Mediterranean diet for more than ten years. The nurses on the Mediterranean diet showed fewer signs of ageing than their counterparts on a ‘normal’ diet. Specifically, it seems that microscopic ‘caps’ called telomeres, which protect our genetic material as it divides, get shorter and less protective on a normal diet. Whereas on a Mediterranean diet, the nurses’ telomeres did not shorten as much; and they showed fewer signs of cell degradation, or ageing.

What is a Mediterranean diet? According to the BMJ it involves eating, “a high intake of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and grains; a high intake of olive oil but a low intake of saturated fats; a moderately high intake of fish; a low intake of dairy products, meat, and poultry; and a regular but moderate intake of alcohol (specifically wine with meals).

Three cheers for following the Mediterranean diet then.

One of the best places to find fresh food that fits the Mediterranean diet is at local markets (whether you live in the Med area or not). To find your closest local market, go ‘What’s On’ on your local AngloINFO site and then choose ‘Markets’ from the drop down menu.

» by AngloINFO World editor

Choose Hondón’s Local Real Estate

Forgive us for blowing our own trumpet but did you know…

We womn the Business of the Year!Hondón Villas, unknown to us, were nominated and voted for by our clients for the “Business of the Year” 2015 as part of the annual “Pride of Spain” awards by the Costa Blanca People.

The “Pride of Spain” awards ceremony was a great night out and many clients came to see us WIN a nice trophy, a pleasant accolade to our work ethic.

Maureen Cook, Business Owner

Maureen Cook has managed many Real Estate offices in the UK and Spain winning sales & service awards galore! As the top selling female agent for Med Sea Plc she achieved an unheard of 70%+ conversion for Inspection Trip clients on the Costa Blanca South, sales worth many millions of Euros.

Maureen has been an agent pretty much all her working life, very few local agents, if any are even trained, less had the experience. She has 30+ years experience with the likes of the biggest UK agents: Halifax, YourMove, Birstow Eves, Manning & Staintons and more… meaning she is trained to a corporate level of service. She herself has appointed and trained 100’s of staff over the years who have also gone on to be successful agents. It’s a pedigree she is proud of.

Hondon Valley Property Agent

She prides herself on her people skills, a friendly no-nonsense personality and helping people from all walks of life and nationalities to get that dream house. In over 30+ years she has never pressured a single person to buy a house that was not suitable for them. With a relentless hunger for helping people from the minute she meets them and beyond the sale process, she can be counted on for support as a service provider. Many clients become friends and happily recommend her services. Repeat business through word-of-mouth is testament to her hard work here in Hondón.

Investment & the Lowest Agent Fees in Hondón

Choose us, as we re-invest. Hondón Villas have invested in the last 8+ years, 1000’s € in the local community, in people, various offices, multi-level marketing and equipment. We employ local people and pay their taxes, pay rent, buy cars, mobiles, etc which helps facilitate the local economy. Many other agents cannot or will not do that?

Because of this continual working expense and investment we have the cheapest fee for Hondón area property sales. Many other agents here without the same overheads are charging you far too much to make far to a big fat profit when working from home or a car!

Hondon Real Estate Office

Always Improving, Always Expanding

And expansion or improvement is never far from Maureen’s mind. We have neede bigger premises three times already in Frailes. And indeed we just announced we will be opening a second office in the area – no other local agent here has done that before either. So we take the risk and plough money back into the Hondón community.

So can we ask and encourage you to choose us as a local agent. There simply is no-one else in the Hondon area with that expertise, passion or knowledge for property or the area, even ones claiming to be international experts, trained, selling for years or making out they are bigger than they really are.

Hard work is how we got this far from scratch.

So, whilst our numerous staff probably cannot sell every house, be assured we will try our very hardest in a professional and trustful way.

If you can, and if you have enjoyed the service recommend us, rate us, review us as Hondon needs an honest hard-working team in Real Estate. Without you we can’t do the job we love!

We hope to be here in the Hondón Valley for years to come…

We believe in the future of Hondón Real Estate, we are here to stay, re-invest, help the community and think we can claim to very good at what we do, indeed top agent in the area for sales and service. We already have plans to extend our service into the next 5 years at least … God willing, the Brexit confusion, and the Spanish economy will not stop us.

Thank you for reading if you got this far.  Love & happiness from the Hondón Villas team.

Footnote: Avoid confusion. We are not “Hondon Valley Homes” nor do we collaborate with Steven Bromley, the owner.  We have two real offices in the area you can visit. Please ensure you call our telephone numbers and visit the correct website. www.
Office: +34 965 075 357
or +34 865 571 981 |
• Español (0034) 683 635 339 | English (0034) 622 314 244
OFICINA: Central Plaza, Hondon de los Frailes Map

Summer is coming … Fiesta Season!

Are you ready? … June , July and August in the Hondóns are for parades, dancing, puppets, firework mayhem, medieval markets, water fights, “Moors & Christians”, fairgrounds, bike rides, treasure hunts, concerts, street parties …. and much more!

Summer Fiestas in Hondón

The summer is here, after what was not such a good winter or spring in the Hondón areas (for a change). And summer means “more life” in this sleepy rural community. It’s time the Spanish shine with lots of family get-togethers, celebrations and the inevitable fireworks…. smell the gunpowder!

Well the municipal garden flowers and surrounding mountains are full of growth and beauty, the farmer’s crops look great after more rain than normal and there is a buzz that summer is going to be good. The children are away from school now so there is much more family activity in the villages.

Of course it’s not Spain without the summer Fiestas and community events. The local Town Halls are sprucing up the streets and municipal venues for these fun events. The plazas of Nieves and Frailes are gearing up for the parties, even more “al fresco” dining and the throng of visiting family & tourists. It’s great so find out when they are and if you can GO!

» Euro Tour Guide have a Events Calendar here.
» Ayuntimiento Nieves / Ayuntimiento Frailes / Ayuntimiento Aspe

Over the years the town halls are not so good at the P.R. of these events but are now taking to websites and social media to get the word out. So details are usually sketchy or hard to find. There is no one online resource to get a timetable but programmes are available from the respective town halls or their websites / Facebook Pages.

There are events for all ages during the day but mainly in the evenings. The larger ones tend to be evenings when it is cooler, more people can attend and often start very late… so have a siesta before the fiesta!

We would strongly recommend you look the events up, book a table early if needs be as they are generally very good, lots of fun and you are seeing that the Spanish love life and a family get-together. Join in!

Video: Hondon TV produced this if the very popular CorreFocs…

Alicante: The Bonfires of San Juan

The madness and spectacular statues, Ninots and Bonfires of San Juan in Alicante is on-going during June. The parades, sculptures and fireworks are amazing so always worth a visit day (more sedate) or night (as long as you don’t mind fire!). there’s plenty to se, eat, drink and be merry about.

» More information and the official Guide and Timetable from the Alicante Tourist website.

Here is just a glimpse of what to expect of the “Bonfires of San Juan” ….

Put your trust in Hondon Villas, you won’t go wrong!

Maureen and her team have always been brilliant! We’ve rented a number of properties over the years through Hondon Villas and it’s our dream/ambition to eventually buy/build our dream villa. Maureen and her team have listened to our “must have/not” criteria and have shown great patience with us as our needs have changed.

Indeed over the years I like to think of Mo has our friend and then our estate agent! So, if you want an estate agent that puts the needs of clients first don’t hesitate to put your trust in Hondon Villas, you won’t go wrong! –  Sharon Buckley

Such excellent professional service . And always with a smile!
We would not have found our beautiful home if it had not been for Maureen. We can’t thank her and her team enough for the pre, during and after sales service we received. We would highly recommend Hondon Villas Estate Agent to anyone looking to buy in the Hondon Valley! – Jane Delonga

Elizabeth Chadwick reviewed Hondon Villas Estate Agent : Excellent! My husband Phil and I experienced Maureen as caring, honest, genuine and constantly helpful. We would highly recommend this company and would like to extend our gratitude to Maureen & her team. Best wishes.

Duncan Pattison : We bought our country house from Hondon Villas, this was our best decision. Mo and the team were fantastic!!!. The team are so professional and have great knowledge of the whole Hondon Valley area. Such a big move can be stressful and Mo made it all so easy for us, unlike other agents she listened to our requirements. The whole process was explained to us and any questions we had were answered correctly and honestly.  We would totally recommended and encourage that you buy your dream home from Hondon Villas. “THE BEST, WHAT A TEAM!!!”