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Removals To Spain

Are you relocating or moving to Spain? Do you require removals to or from Spain? Spanish Removal? Holiday home? We can help!

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With our registered removal companies you can move to anywhere within Spain. Our removal companies can cater for any load size, from a single box collected from your door to a large family home removal, including a comprehensive packing and unpacking service.

Weekly removal services are available to and from this popular British destination, so you can feel safe in the mind that experienced movers are looking after every detail of your life changing move to Spain.

Due to the frequency of the services to and from Spain, companies can be extremely flexible in the service they offer. The companies we recommend will be able to work with you to tailor a unique plan for your removal to Spain, before effectively putting it into action; ensure your removal runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Services provided include:

  • Full and Part Loads
  • Full or Partial Packing Service
  • Secure Possession Storage

Areas covered include:

Basque Country
La Rioja
Castilla la Mancha
Valencian Community
Ballearic Islands
Canary Islands

Our partners services cover all the regions of Spain. If the area you are looking for is not mentioned then don't panic - we'll find someone who can provide a service to any area you wish!

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Living in Spain

If you're moving from the UK and are British, you have every right to live and work in Spain, courtesy of the UK's EU membership. However, to work in Spain, you will need to register for a Social Security number. Obtaining a social security number also entitles you to medical care. To obtain a number, go to your local social security office on arrival in Spain.

You will also need to obtain an NIE number. A form for this can be obtained from a local National Police station or download the form here.

If you're retiring to Spain, remember to tell the UK Pension Service, so that they can send the payments to the correct place.

Healthcare in Spain

The standard of health in Spain is generally excellent, with a mixture of both state provided and private health care providers. The Spanish system is based on social security contributions, meaning that you'll normally only receive state care if you've made some contributions to the Spain system. You will receive care though if you're in receipt of a UK pension, you spend less that 3 months in Spain when you've therefore covered under the European HEalth Insurance Card. Other instances can be found on the FCO website.

Cars & Driving in Spain

If you are a UK national, you can take your car to Spain, but you cannot use it for more than 6 months in a year. If you are a resident in Spain and want to import your vehicle, you need to register it with the your local authority in Spain, who will then give you permission to drive your car in Spain with foreign plates.

When driving a foreign plated car, you will need to carry with you your passport and driving licence. You will need two red warning triangles and a reflective jacket in case of breakdown.The triangles must be placedin front and behind the broken down vehicle. The high-vis jacket must be kept inside the car so that it can be put on before getting out of the car. You also need a spare set of bulbs, valid insurance and all vehicle documents related to the car. Children under 12 are not allowed in the front seats. If you wear prescription glasses, you must carry a spare pair in the car with you.

The use of mobile phones will driving is banned even at the side of the road.

Banking in Spain

Banks are generally open Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

To open a bank account as a resident in Spain, you only have to show your resident ID and you can then open a 'cuenta para residentes' account. As a non-resident, to open a cuenta para no residentes' account, you have two options: the first is to go to tyour nearest police station and ask for a non-resident certificate (you will need your passport & a photocopy to apply) or the second option is to go to the bank with your passport where they will apply for your non-resident certificate. They will make a charge for this and your account will not be opened until the certificate arrives.

Most banks will charge for the maintenance of a bank account.

Education in Spain

Schooling in Spain is compulsory for children of 6 years and over. Prior to this, pre-school education is available for children from 3 to 5 years, and it is free, but not compulsory.

Primary education covers the ages of 6 to 12, followed by 4 years of secondary education. If childern want to gain the baccalaureate they will study for a further two years. To enter a Spanish university, students must sit an entrance exam.

Primary school hours are generally from 9am to 12:30pn and then 3:30pm to 5pm or full time classes from 9am to 2pm except during June and September where shools are open for the mornings only from 9am to 1pm.

Holidays are similar to those for UK schools, but with longer summer holidays. There are no half term holidays, but often long weekends for various religious days.

Telephone in Spain

There are at least 7 national telephone providers of fixed lines in Spain, with Telefonica dominating the market.

As with the UK, there are many different packages available, and the best one for you will depend on how often, where and when you call.

To have a telephone installed or reconnected, you must visit the local Telefónica office. Take along your passport or residence card (residencia), proof of your address and a copy of your property deed (escritura) or rental contract. If you're renting and don't have a residence permit (residencia) you must pay a deposit of around 200 Euros.

Broadband Internet access is available widely in Spain with many remore areas being connected wirelessly without landlines. The cost of ADSL broadband is around 40 Euros per month. See Broadband Spain for more information.


Spain Facts

  • Spain had a large empire in the the 16th century, stretching from Europe to the Americas
  • Subsequent failure to embrace the industrial and mercantile revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France and Germany in economic terms in the 17th century.
  • Spain covers an area of 504,782 sq km
  • Spain has a temperate climate, with hot summers and cold winters
  • The highest point in Spain is Pico De Teide on the island of Tenerife
  • Spain's population as of 2008 was 40,500,000
  • Average life expectancy in Spain is 76.6 years for men, and 83.5 for women
  • The main religion in Spain is Roman Catholicism with 94% professing an alleigance to the Pope
  • The Spanish economy grew every year from 1994 to 2008 before entering a recession that started in the third quarter of 2008
  • Spain's GDP in 2008 was $1.4 trillion, with the per capita GDP being $36,500 in the same year

Learn Spanish In Spain - How To Speak Spanish Like A Spaniard

If you want to learn the language, why not learn Spanish in Spain and do it properly? Learn how to speak Spanish like a Spaniard does? Most people learn languages from books or audio courses, and some attend courses once or twice a week. How long will that take you to learn and how well are you going to learn? Forget it, and do it the correct way where you won't forget what you learn because you don't have time to.

The problem most people have with learning a language is that they do it part time. They go to courses once a week and are given homework to do. They come back a week later and try to remember what they have learned while at the same time being given new lessons and more vocabulary to learn. You will not learn vocabulary that you are not using, and you certainly won't understand what a Spanish person is saying to you unless you are used to hearing the words in his accent, and not in yours in your head!

Learn Spanish in Spain, and you will be speaking in Spanish all the time. You will be immersed in the language 24/7 and this is accepted by everybody as being the best way to learn a language - bar none! This is particularly true if you learn in a group: a group of like-minded people wanting to learn how to speak Spanish and prepared to talk in the language whenever they can and whenever they are forced to. It's amazing how quickly you learn when everybody around you is speaking the same language and you can't understand a word!

You can't buy anything in the shops, you can't order in a restaurant and you can't even read the road signs let alone the newspapers. Believe me, you learn fast. By choosing to go to Spain to learn their language, you will give yourself a fabulous benefit that no school kids have when they learn at school. You will be speaking to your tutors, your classmates and everybody else using the same language, and if that doesn't get you speaking Spanish quickly, then nothing will.

Not just schoolboy Spanish either, but how to speak Spanish like a Spaniard speaks it. You will learn how to converse in the language, using all the colloquialisms that confuse everybody learning in school or trying to teach themselves. But what if you have a specific reason for wanting to learn, such as if you are a professional having to be able to read Spanish texts or reports, or maybe you are getting work as a tourist rep or are buying a bar in Spain as many people do?

This is ideal for you, because you can combine your general Spanish lessons with tutoring in your specific specialty. Not only that, but you meet others with the same reason for learning as you have. There are courses that enable you to learn on a residential basis, so that not only are you truly learning on a 24/7 basis, but you can also immerse yourself in the Spanish culture: their food, history, architecture and entertainment. Once you begin to be able order from your own menu, speak to people in the shops and understand the jokes in the Spanish night clubs then you know you are getting there!

This is not to infer that you will not be learning the academic side of the language. You would also learn the grammar and proper sentence construction that makes the language what it is, but you will not get bogged down in that as you would in many class-based courses in your own country. A language is a living thing and changes with time. Just consider the way that your own grammar and vocabulary have changed over the years, and even the use of vocabulary. Certain words have changed in accepted meaning over the years, ranging in English, for example, from 'sophisticated' that once meant 'corrupted' or the current meaning of the word 'gay'. It is no longer used to mean 'happy and carefree'. These are things you learn when you learn Spanish in Spain.

It is well accepted that to immerse yourself in a language of any country, and in the customs and culture of that country, then you will learn to speak fluently very much quicker than if you learned any other way. It is almost impossible to speak like a resident of Barcelona, for example, unless you live in Barcelona while learning.

In fact, you can generally choose from a number of Spanish cities in which to learn the language. If you are moving to Spain, you are advised to learn in the nearest city to your new home. That way you will be able to learn Spanish in Spain using a dialect that you are most liable to hear and to use. If your want to speak Spanish like a Spaniard, then you have got to understand what others are saying to you and also enable others to understand you. It is more than just being able to read a language, so learn the right way and learn to speak Spanish the only way to enable you to speak it correctly.

More information on how to learn Spanish in Spain is available on where you also find a range of other languages that you can learn in their own country.

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