Thursday, April 27, 2017

Richard Lawson

The ITV test for your vehicle is compulsory

As elsewhere in Europe, all vehicles on the roads in Spain must be roadworthy and it is up to the car or bike owner to ensure their vehicle has a valid ITV certificate. Vehicles must be tested at the island’s ITV test centre. The ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos) is the roadworthiness test for a motor vehicle in Spain. It is …

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Why the clocks go back one hour this weekend

Clocks in Spain will go back one hour this Sunday October 30th, marking the end of daylight saving time. At 3am, the time will jump back to 2am, in line with the European Union directive that ensures that all 28 member states change their clocks simultaneously. According to estimates by the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), the time …

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Halfway through the summer and still standing…

This summer has proved really busy on Ibiza with dates for the rest of August hard to find. The few that can be found are either expensive, or risky if you’re being asked to part with money in a hurry… However, September and October are our own personal favourite months, when the sea is still warm, the clubbing kids are …

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New Balearic ‘Sustainable Tourism Tax’ comes into force next Friday

Considering the seismic negative shift in exchange rates that has been unleashed since the announcement of ‘Brexit’ it seems a bad time to announce a new tax on visitors, but that is what the Balearic Government have decided to bring into force next Friday. Nobody really believes that this tax will be set up, but at least the Spanish Gouvernement shows how …

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Ryanair celebrate Brexit with new restrictions on Brits

Anyone booking a flight with Ryanair recently will, no doubt, be amused by this email that they’ll receive after they’ve booked their flight to that outpost once known as Europe… Fortunately, once they arrive they’ll fnd that hospitality here is still as it ever was…

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OMG – Brexit! The official line…

For any Brits out there planning an imminent escape to Little England here a are a few words of comfort from our local rep… Statement by HMA Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, on the outcome of the referendum Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, today issued a statement to the English-language media in Spain which serves British nationals living …

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The Spanish population is shrinking

Spain keeps losing population, and there are two major reasons for it: increasing numbers of Spaniards are moving abroad, and there are fewer foreign residents in the country. On January 1st, 2016 there were 99,439 fewer residents in Spain than a year earlier, according to preliminary figures released on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute (INE). The registered resident population …

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Cervantes celebrations take over the Spanish Congress

The bell ring announcing the start of Thursday’s session in Congress was followed by another very different sound. It was the sound of violins, violas, cellos, a harpsichord and a double bass belonging to the La Spagna orchestra, which played fragments from Georg Philipp Telemann’s Suite Burlesque de Quixotte. Actors and musicians filled the Spanish Congress to observe the 400th …

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Bryony’s Rich Kitchen has arrived

Some of the finest moments to be experienced on Ibiza are often those that you least expect and which don’t involve vast expenditure. The nightclubs and beachfront restaurants garner global publicity but, as nice as they are, the memories that most readily spring to mind involve a simple table in a field surrounded by fellow immigrant residents, who we may …

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Nimmo’s Wild Rover settles at last…

Saint Patrick’s Day has been something of a non-event in Santa Eulalia for as long as anyone can remember. Sort of on a par with the Queen’s birthday or Saint George’s Day… But that all changed this year with the opening of Nimmo’s Wild Rover in the town’s port on March 17th. March can be bleak for those looking for …

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