Want to live and work in Spain? Maybe just visit? Or just curious about the Spanish way of life? When in Spain offers practical advice, real-life observations and travel ideas for anyone figuring out Spain and the Spanish culture.
When in Spain is a weekly podcast series that shares 'warts and all' observations and insights on life and culture on the Iberian peninsular. The show also offers practical advice on how to move here, live, survive and thrive in this country of countries.
How to buy property in Spain
Planning to buy a property in Spain? Maybe it's a future ambition to own your dream Spanish home.
Whatever the case, this episode will give you a detailed insight into buying a house or apartment in Spain and is packed with practical advice on buying in Spain. It's a meaty subject so I decided to enlist Spanish property consultant Felix Joseph who shares his expert advice.
Felix runs his own property consultancy on the Costa del Sol called Property Under One Roof. He's also written a book called How to Buy a Property in Spain: everything they wont tell you about buying a property in Spain.
Felix first caught the property bug at a young age when his father unfurled the plans for a house he was going to buy in his native Caribbean. Felix studied an economics degree and then worked in IT for 15 years before investing in property in the UK and building up his own property portfolio which allowed him to semi-retire to Spain with his family. In 2002 he left IT to set up his real estate company ‘Property Under One Roof’ and then moved to Spain in 2006 and pivoted into property consultancy where he offers a wholistic service for people from outside Spain looking to buy.
In the this episode we look at:
* The paperwork you need to get in order in order to be ready to buy property in Spain, such as a fiscal ID number (NIE)
* Whether now is a good time to buy property in Spain or not in light of the situation with Covid 19 and for British citizens, Brexit.
* The costs associated with buying property in Spain.
* The property purchasing process in Spain and legal issues involved.
* Mortgages and financing options for buying property in Spain.
* The Golden Visa
* How to find a property in Spain
* Sage advice and what pitfalls to watch out for when buying property in Spain.
* Plus a few questions that When in Spain listeners sent in.
For more information about Felix Jospeh and his property consultancy check out his website and social media below:
His book available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Felix-Joseph-ebook/dp/B087QST5M9
Seville and slow, sustainable travel with Aldara Arias Saavedra
Sit back and join us for some armchair travel to the capital of Andalucía. That's right we're of to the 2,200-year-old city of Seville or Sevilla if you're feeling Andaluz!
Our guide for the journey is native Sevillana, Aldara Arias Saavedra. Aldara produces and hosts her own podcast about food and slow, sustainable travel in Seville called Slow Tasters Podcast. She also works as a tour guide in Seville and the wider Andalucía region of Spain and has a passion for promoting slow and sustainable tourism and finding ways to reduce our impact on the places we visit.
During the episode Aldara walks us through the city's intoxicating mix of resplendent Mudéjar palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes which are home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
A magnificent marriage of Christian and Mudéjar architecture, Seville’s royal palace complex is a breathtaking spectacle. The site, which was originally developed as a fort in 913, has been revamped many times over the 11 centuries of its existence. www.alcazarsevilla.org.
Catedral & Giralda
Seville’s showpiece church is awe-inspiring in its scale and majesty. The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, it was built between 1434 and 1517 over the remains of what had previously been the city’s main mosque. Highlights include the Giralda, the mighty bell tower, which incorporates the mosque’s original minaret and the monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus.
The Archivo General de Indias
The General Archive of the Indies, housed in the ancient merchants' exchange of Seville, Spain, the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes, is the repository of extremely valuable archival documents illustrating the history of the Spanish Empire in the Americas and the Philippines..
Aldara explains the city’s past as a showcase Moorish capital and later as a 16th-century metropolis rich on the back of New World trade. She also gives us an insight into the sevillano art of celebrating and the city’s great annual festivals, notably the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril.
Later in the episode we talk about alternative parts of Seville to wander and get away from the touristy sites and soak up the neighbourhood atmosphere with the locals. Food and drink with a special recommendation. To round-up Aldara shares her philosophy of slow travel, sustainable tourism and why she thinks we need to reduce our impact on the places we visit and how we can go about doing it.
PLACES MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE
San Luis de los Franceses
Basilica de la Macarena
Plaza de España
Catedral & Giralda
The Archivo General de Indias
Antigua Abacería de San Lorenzo to eat a Montadito de pringá.
Calle Teodosio, 53, Sevilla http://antiguaabaceriadesanlorenzo.com/
DAY TRIPS FROM SEVILLE
Parque Natural Sierra de Hornachuelos
Cazalla de la Sierra
Find out more about Aldara here http://aldaraas.com/
and follow her on Instagram here @aldaraas
Starting from zero in Spain at 70 – The personal story of Hollywood director & author Marsha Scarbrough
Thinking about moving to Spain? Think it's too late? Join me to hear the inspirational story from Marsha Scarbrough who proves it's never too late to say yes to a new life in Spain.
Marsha left her native California to start afresh in Madrid when she was 70 years old after losing everything in the 2008 financial crisis and declaring herself bankrupt.
Marsha spent 20 years working as an assistant director on films and network TV shows in Hollywood but by the time she hit 50 se knew she wanted to leave the LA rat-race behind. In 2017 she moved to Madrid and has never looked-back.
I caught up with Marsha in the barrio of Chamberí that she now calls home. Marsha shares her experience of making the move, we talk paperwork, visas, healthcare, finding somewhere to live and much more. She also gives us some insights into life in Madrid and Spain and her favourite places in the Spanish capital.
Also find out how Marsha found herself plastered across the Spanish press when she first arrived in Madrid - think Donald Trump!
Later in the episode Marsha talks about her award-winning memoirs Medicine Dance and Honey in the River.
Find out more about Marsha on her website http://www.marshascarbrough.com/ and check out the International Living website that Marsha writes for here https://internationalliving.com/author/mascarbrough/
Interested in her books? You can find them here on Amazon
Sephardic Roots – Jewish History in Spain & Sephardic Ancestry Citizenship
In this episode of The When in Spain podcast we're talking about Jewish history or Sephardic history - to use the Hebrew word - in Spain. We'll also be talking about a law that Spain passed in 2015 that has laid a pathway for people of Sephardic descent to reclaim Spanish citizenship – and one of those who is going through the process joins me in the episode.
I'll be chatting to Nichole Martínez Kruse who relocated from San Diego in the US to Zaragoza in the Spanish region of Aragon after a family member and amateur genealogist discovered Inquisition records dating back to the 1500s proving that Nichole's Spanish ancestors were Jews.
This culminated in Nichole applying for Spanish citizenship via Sephardic ancestry. (CORRECTION - Important to note that Nichole has not yet obtained Spanish citizenship as I incorrectly said in the episode.) Nowadays Nichole helps others looking to gain Spanish citizenship through their sephardic roots through her boutique immigration firm, Welcome Home Sefardi. https://www.welcomehomesefardi.com/
Nichole is going to be sharing her personal story and offering some practical advice for those interested in embarking on the same ancestral journey. We'll also look at Jewish history in Spain and how she finds her new life in Zaragoza. At the end of the episode I'll be running through a few historical locations across Spain that should be on your radar to visit to if you're interested in exploring the history of Sephardic Spain.
The Basque Country with David Bumstead
Drizzle, green hills, pintxos, cider, pelota & bull running. We must be talking The Basque Country!
Tucked into the corner of northeastern Spain, País Vasco, or as it is known in the regional Basque language, Euskadi is one of the lesser-known Spains for many. To talk us through the landscape, cities, beaches, language, traditions and food and drink is David Bumstead. David moved to San Sebastian from the UK in 1983 and never left.
Join us as we explore this unique corner of Spain and everything it has to offer.
In the episode David talks us through the landscape, cities, beaches and countryside of The Basque Country. We also delve into Basque language and traditions, including pelota and bull running in Pamplona. Of course, we talk food and drink, from pintxos to the region´s renowned yet secretive gastronomic societies. We round off the episode looking at ETA and its history and how Basques feel about it today.
Useful links and places mentioned in the episode:
Guggenheim - https://www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en
Gernika Peace Museum - https://www.museodelapaz.org/
International Film Festival
Parque Natural Aralar
Txakoli Wine - https://www.sansebastianturismoa.eus/en/eat/txakoli-wine
Basque Cider Houses - https://www.sansebastianturismoa.eus/en/eat/where-to-eat/cider-houses
Pamplona - San Fermin (Running of the Bulls) - https://www.sanfermin.com/en/
Film and TV
Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Spanish Affair)
La Línea Invisible
LEARN A FEW WORDS OF BASQUE BEFORE YOUR VISIT
Kaixo = Hello / Agur = Goodbye
Bai = Yes / Ez = No
Eskerrik asko = Thank you
Mesedez = Please
Zenbat balio du? = How much?
Ez dut ulertzen = don’t understand
Bi garagardo = two beers
Ezkerra = left / Eskuina = right
Ba al dakizu ingelesez? = Do you speak English?
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Covid – a mixed blessing for Spanish politics, economy & society? With Alan McGuire
Madrid-based British writer and podcaster, Alan McGuire joins the When in Spain podcast to talk about Spanish politics, society and the economy since the 2008 financial crisis and the struggles that Spain has faced since then.
Alan also talks about how Covid-19 has affected Spain and highlights the problems the pandemic has exposed. We also look at how Spain could or should use the vast pandemic recovery fund that is being made available from the EU. Where should Spain spend the money? And is this an opportunity for Spain to restructure its economy and move away from its dependence on the tourism and construction sectors.
In the interview we talk about unemployment, jobs and education, small businesses, regional governments and corruption, party politics and the politicisation of the Covid pandemic, as well as looking towards the future to see where Spain needs to improve.
Alan hosts and produces his own podcast about Spain called The Sobremesa Podcast, where he focuses on Spanish politics and society. He has many great guest on the show so be sure to give it a listen! In fact when we recorded this episode Alan also interviewed me for his podcast so head over to The Sobremesa Podcast to hear me talking about the global perception and reputation of Spain and whether it has changed since Covid-19.
You can also find out more about Alan and his writing at https://alanmcguire.com/
Customer ReviewsSee All
Varied and Immersive
Consistently informative and upbeat podcast that provides the listener with an evocative and educational experience. The topics covered are varied and the format is never formulaic. Interviews with informed personalities are alternated with local and regional excursions, as Spain’s geographic and cultural landscape is studied. Descriptive passages are accompanied by the provision of societal context and relevant, historical anecdotes. The host balances expressing his enthusiasm with a respect for the places he visits and the conversations that he partakes in.
A must for lovers of Spain!
A fabulous series with a fascinating mixture of history and culture. I often feel I’m right there in Spain and have learnt so many interesting facts. The interview episodes are very entertaining. Thank you Paul!
Excellent for lovers of everything Spanish
I’m delighted to have stumbled upon this podcast which covers food, travel tips, culture, people, night life, music, dance, little known towns, hidden regions of Spain and everything else!