Information for Expats

Here is a selection of information websites for expatriates (Mostly Brits) living in Spain. These ones seem to be
a) Useful and
b) Kept up to date

OFFICIAL

British Embassy in Madrid

http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/
Help for British Nationals: Passports, Births Marriages and Deaths etc.

Dutch Embassy in Madrid

http://espana.nlembajada.org/
In Castellano. Doesn't seem to provide much information.

Alicante Government website for European Residents

http://www.residenteseuropeos.com/index_en.php?sec=en
Lots of information on making wills, NIE, Padrón etc.
Includes information on how to register for voting in the coming Municipal elections.

SPAIN GENERAL

Spain Guide

http://www.justlanded.com/english/Spain
Living, working or studying in Spain? Just Landed helps you manage everyday life.
Spain Guide covers topics like visas and permits, housing, jobs, property, banking, health and business.
Has a forum and tips on learning Spanish (take a look at Lo Mas TV - http://lomastv.com/?alt=1 Pity you have to pay for it!)
Website also has German, Spanish, French Italian and Dutch versions from a drop down menu.

Expatica

http://www.expatica.com/es/main.html
News and information for the International Community
Information about employment, housing education etc. Includes forums, Q&A etc. Covers several European countries.
Has a section on Spanish News in English

Typically Spanish

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/
Mostly Spanish National and Regional News translated into English, classifieds etc.
Has features on History, Regions of Spain, National Parks etc.

Expat Forum -

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/spain-expat-forum-expats-living-spain/
The Spain Expats forum is a dedicated community of people that have moved to Spain. This is the place for Expats to meet and discuss anything including the Spanish way of life, working in Spain, food and property in Spain. (Moderator is from Xabia - wonder who she is ?? - Not CBJ!)

REGIONAL

Abusos Urbanisticos No!

http://www.abusos-no.org/
Fights the Valencian Land Grab law
Has page of links to useful information and contacts

Valencian Region Ombudsman

http://www.sindicdegreuges.gva.es/bienvenida-f_e.htm
Can make complaints in English on-line.

COSTA BLANCA

Costa Blanca News - Care and Welfare Guide (2008)

http://issuu.com/mattwu/docs/cwguideautumn08/01
A PDF version of the guide issued free with the Costa Blanca News
The 2010 issue has been released with the CBN (Oct 1020), but I cannot find it on the Web yet.

Anglo Info (Costa Blanca)

http://costablanca.angloinfo.com/
Lots of Classifieds , but includes useful information in the INFOrmation section
http://costablanca.angloinfo.com/information.asp
e.g. on Taxes, Mortgages, Banks, Insurance etc. Voting in US and UK from overseas, Visas and work permits etc..

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REGIONAL NEWSPAPERS

http://www.roundtownnews.co.uk/
http://www.costa-news.com/
http://www.thepost.es/
http://www.theleader.info/

NATIONAL SPANISH NEWS IN ENGLISH

http://www.elpais.com/misc/herald/herald.pdf
The English Edition of El Pais is issued with the International Herald Tribune. It is available as a free PDF document download called"herald.pdf". The content of the file changes each day, so if you missed yesterday's edition…you missed it! Excellent in depth editorials and English versions of feature stories and articles. Each PDF is about 3 MB

JAVEA

Living in Javea

http://living-in-javea.wikidot.com/
(….still in its infancy - An attempt to bring together information about untangling the ropes in Javea - not much on this site yet - but all information gratefully received!)

Javea U3A

http://www.u3ajavea.org/
If you want to start a group or join an activity - try the U3A

Agenda21 Javea Wiki

http://agenda21-xabia.wikidot.com/
This site is nominally about the Agenda21 porcess in Javea (Citizen's participation in long term sustainable development. )
The main page tracks news items about Javea and regional environmental issues. It displays short versions of the stories in English with links to the original sources. Articles are all taken from Press Releases or Spanish Regional and local newspapers, so they have a chance of being accurate!

Javea Computer Club

(how could I forget!)

LEISURE AND GENERAL INTEREST

Iberia nature

http://www.iberianature.com
Iberianature is the principal English-language source of information on the Net on the nature and geography of Spain
Includes info on Rural Tourism

Topwalks

http://www.topwalks.net/en/
Mountain walking routes in Spain
(In English, Spanish, German, Swedish and Finnish)

Michael's Walks

http://www.michaelsmapsanddirections.blogspot.com/
Descriptions and instructions for loads of mountain walks in this area by Michael Davies

Paradores

http://www.paradores-spain.com/
All about the Paradores - in English , including locations, offers and discounts.

Weather

- from Spanish Met Office in English (often pessimistic!)
http://www.aemet.es/en/eltiempo/prediccion/localidades/javea-xabia-03405

Travel In Spain

http://wikitravel.org/en/Spain
Contribute YOUR knowledge to this Wiki !

TOURISM SITES - Comunidad Valenciana

http://en.comunitatvalenciana.com/home/home-english/493
http://www.whatvalencia.com/
http://www.bspcn.com/2008/06/03/9-mind-blowing-flash-animations/

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