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Learning Spanish – At the Bank

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One stressful thing to have to attempt in Spanish is financial transactions, as it really matters that you say the correct phrases. Thankfully on the Costa del Sol we have a number of banks which particularly cater for the expatriate population and speak many languages, such as Solbank, and then branches of familiar UK banks which specifically cater for us Brits, such as Barclays.

However, if you find yourself somewhere without an English speaking bank and need to do simple tasks such as changing money, here are some phrases to help.

AT THE BANK

Which counter do I go to to change money? ¿Debo ir a quél caja para cambiar el dinero?
I would like to change some travellers’ cheques, please. Quiero cambiar algunos cheques de viaje, por favor.
Is there commission? ¿Hay comisión?
What’s the exchange rate for Pounds Sterling? ¿Qué está el tipo de cambio por la libra esterlina?
Where do I have to sign? ¿Adónde debo firmar?
What is today’s date? ¿Qué es la fecha hoy?
What time does the bank open? ¿A qué hora abre el banco?
What time does the bank close? ¿A qué hora cierra el banco?

 

We can help you with many different aspects of holidaying on the Costa del Sol, from holiday rental properties in Marbella and all along the coast, to useful guides on the area and we can answer your holiday rental questions so please just ask. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Benalmadena: self-catering holiday quick facts

Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol is an extremely popular holiday detsination for large numbers of British self-catering holidaymakers each year.

Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol is an extremely popular holiday detsination for large numbers of British self-catering holidaymakers each year.

Benalmadena on Spains Costa del Sol
Benalmadena on Spain's Costa del Sol

That’s because it not only boasts an award-winning marina full of luxury yachts, eye-catching architecture, exciting nightlife and a wide selection of different restaurants, bars and clubs to suit all tastes, it’s also home to the nearby Sea-Life Aquarium, Selwo Marina, Tivoli World theme park and an exhilarating mountain-top cable car ride – so there’s plenty to entertain the whole family.

In fact, if you’re looking for  somewhere to spend your summer 2009 holidays, Benalmadena is just about the ideal destination.

If you’d like more information about the holiday rental accommodation we have available in Benalmadena, please feel free to contact Kathryn in our Holiday Rentals department on (UK) 0208 123 58 53 or (Spain) 00 34 952 83 95 95, or via email at: info@HolidayRentalontheWeb.com

We look forward to welcoming you to Spain,

Hasta luego!

Spain plans to keep the country a top holiday destination

Spain now rates just behind France in terms of the total number of holiday visitors and second only to the Americans in terms of the volume of sales and the Spanish government want keep Spain on top of the international tourist destination ratings until 2020 and well beyond…

Despite the considerable social and economic reforms that have taken place in Spain over the last three decades, and modernisation that has lead the country to become one of the most forward-thinking in the world, good old fashioned tourism still remains one of the country’s most important industries.

In fact, it’s the single most powerful stimulus of the country’s overall economic well-being and employment, providing 12% of the country’s gross domestic product.

Spain now rates just behind France in terms of the total number of holiday visitors and second only to the Americans in terms of the volume of sales and the Spanish government want keep Spain on top of the international tourist destination ratings until 2020 and well beyond.

To do this, they’re actively implementing what they call their “Plan del Turismo Español Horizonte 2020” which is undertaking significant investment in more environmentally sustainable leisure resorts and in the country’s key road, rail, sea and air transport networks, which they see as key to the flow of tourists both into and around the country.

In our area, the Málaga province alone, evidence can be seen of this investment through the current expansion of Málaga airport, which will see a second runway and new terminal opening next year in what is already Spain’s third biggest airport.

There’s also the recently-opened high-speed AVE train linking the city of Málaga to Madrid (now two hours between cities) and the rest of Spain, plus the expansion of the city’s sea passenger port.

The lesser-known areas of Spain – such as the Costa Azahar in Valencia – are also being promoted by the government to foreign markets, together with other aspects of holidaying in Spain, such as the exploration of the country’s vast cultural heritage.

The government also want to extend the holiday season, by marketing Spain as an all year-round tourist destination.

In short, they want visitors to see Spain as a culturally enriching holiday destination throughout the autumn and winter, as well as the spring and summer – a place that offers far more than just the traditional ‘sun, sand and sangria’ package deal fortnight in a cheap hotel during the summer on the Costas.

So far, despite the worldwide recession, the plan seems to be working.

In Andalucia alone – historically one of the most popular package deal destinations – the Spanish Tourist Board now say there are noticing a marked trend, especially amongst the British, for exploring the less commercialised areas of the region.

All fantastically positive news if you own a holiday rental property in the area!

That’s all for now, hasta mañana!

Want to rent out your Costa del Sol property for extra income?

Renting out your property on the Costa del Sol either for long term or holiday lets can be a great way to contribute towards some of the costs associated with owning it – and if you’re really lucky, it might even provide a welcome source of extra income too. But before you rub your hands with glee and rush off to buy a ‘For Rent’ sign to put up outside your property, there are a few points you should carefully consider before taking what is, essentially, a giant leap into the unknown…

Buenos dias,

Well, almost the entire  Costa del Sol woke up this morning to a dense mist drifting in off the Med – a sure sign that the pre-summer heat is rising. That means the peak season for summer rentals is just weeks away. The perfect time to take a look at what it really takes to rent out your Costa del Sol property either for holiday or long-term lets.

There’s no doubt renting out your Costa property can be a great way to contribute towards some of the costs associated with owning it – and if you’re really lucky, it might even provide a welcome source of extra income too.

But before you rub your hands with glee and rush off to buy a ‘For Rent’ sign to put up outside your property, there are a few points you should carefully consider before taking what is, essentially, a giant leap into the unknown.

Firstly, there’s the question of who’s going to handle the business of renting it out.

Of course, it’s only natural you might think first about the cheapest way to do it, and that could mean either doing it yourself, or asking neighbours or friends who perhaps do a bit of property rentals ‘on the side’ to take care of things for you.

Fine, except that anyone who has renting out their property in Spain this way will tell you, it can be a complicated affair for even the most experienced owners and agencies, let alone the uninitiated.

There are pitfalls aplenty and cutting corners and doing it on the cheap by can and usually does lead to big problems.

So, what are your options?

How about using a rentals agency? Great idea. But with so many out there, which one do you choose?

Well, a word of advice  – those agencies or individuals that charge a low fee will almost certainly not be capable of dealing with any big emergencies, or have the resources and expertise necessary to fully help you realise the rental potential of your property over the long haul.

Likewise, they almost certainly won’t have comprehensive liability insurance or even the most basic legal protections in place should anything go wrong or someone is injured while a client is renting your property.

You should also ask yourself the question whether or not you feel you could trust them implicitly to collect the rent on your behalf, or are certain they’ll not rent out your property without telling you and pocketing the cash?

If the answer is “Hmm, not sure,” you may be well advised to look for a reputable local rentals agency instead.

Taking a business-like approach to the rental of your property by finding yourself a dedicated, professional rentals management company to take all the potentially ruinous risks away from you is essential.

The easiest way to find companies offering professional property management services is to go online and search in Google or one of the other major search engines.

You could also check the local area around your property to see if there are any companies offering the kind of services you need. Asking friends and neighbours if they can recommend any good companies is another an excellent approach.

You’ll soon draw up a shortlist of potential candidates, but then the next question is, which one of them should you choose?

We’d recommend you opt for one with an excellent reputation, full insurance cover and all the resources necessary to handle the entire rentals process for you – from giving rental clients initial advice and taking bookings, then caring for them throughout their stay, and finally paying your rental fees directly into your bank account.

In the ideal scenario, the rentals company should insist on providing comprehensive property management services for you too, so your property is cared for year round by their team of professionals. This will ensure your property is always maintained in the best possible condition and therefore be more attractive to those looking for rental accommodation.

At the end of the day an expert rentals management company will provide you with complete peace of mind, by saving you time and money and freeing you from all the hassle associated with renting out your property.

And you’d better believe that price is well worth paying!

We hope that info helps and hasta luego!

Volvo World MatchPlay Championship 2009 coming to Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol

The 2009 Volvo World MatchPlay Golf Championship is coming to Estepona on the Costa del Sol between October 29th and November 1st this year. This is fantastic news for the local Costa del Sol community and especially for our holiday rental property owners with conveniently-located properties, as demand for accommodation during the tournament is expected to be high…

The 2009 Volvo World MatchPlay Golf Championship is coming to Estepona on the Costa del Sol between October 29th and November 1st this year. This is fantastic news for the local Costa del Sol community and especially for our holiday rental property owners with conveniently-located properties, as demand for accommodation during the tournament is expected to be high…

Considered one of the most prestigious competitions on the professional golfing calendar, the tournament will take place at Finca Cortesin Golf Course near Estepona.

This year’s revamped format will pit 16 of the top golfers from every continent – including such illustrious names as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Michael Campbell and Phil Mickelson – against each other to win prize money of over three million Euros.

The fact that such a prestigious golfing event has moved to the Costa del Sol from its traditional home of Wentworth in England speaks volumes for the Coast as a golfing destination. But then, the Coast is a true golfers’ paradise, catering for players of all standards, with around 50 quality courses ranging from simple 9-hole courses to Europe’s most challenging; the legendary Valderrama and new Finca Courtesin.

With great weather almost guaranteed throughout the golf season, not to mention a whole host of other amenities and entertainment on offer – such as the fabulous beaches, great sports and beach clubs, adventurous things to do, and interesting places to visit, world-class shopping, an abundance of restaurants and the exciting night life.

Many believe that the fact the World MatchPlay Championships has found its new home on the Coast can only further enhance the Coast’s reputation as the ideal place to choose for a relaxing golfing break.

This is great news for the local community and especially for our holiday rental property owners with conveniently-located properties, as demand for accommodation during the tournament is expected to be high.

To capitalise on this, we’ve embarked on a major e-marketing campaign targeting our direct travel clients, European travel industry partners and UK golf clubs to launch our new ‘Fairway Collection’ of over 30 quality-assured self-catering golf holiday rental apartments and villas located on or within a 5 minute walk of a Costa golf course, many of which are within short walking distance of the Championships.

Discounts to encourage early rental bookings during the tournament mean some of our rental accommodation is now available from just €13.50 per person, per night during the tournament, for group bookings.

What’s more, we’ve teamed up with local golf booking specialists, Golf Service, to offer holiday rental clients substantial green fee discounts at every single course on the Coast, as well as pre-booked tee times via our website.

All positive news in these harsh times!

All for now, hasta luego!