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  • #57859
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    I have been here since 4th November – I am enjoying the warm sunshine and sea bathing (water temperature 22C locally) and many people bathing little kids old grannies over weight Germans and nimble Scandinavians. Not so many English though. I have seen on the Spanish TVE news that there has been snow in many parts of Spain down as far as the mountains behind Alicante !

  • #118666
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    and !

  • #118675
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    i think the point is that mainland spain is cold in the winter and only in the Canaries can you get warm temperatures all year round

    I travelled to Tenerife 3 times this year and loved it- last Xmas it was 25 degrees. For me this is the point

    In the end the weather is everything.

  • #118682
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    I read in this weeks financial periodical Expansion that in the 3rd quarter there were 4 regions of Spain where the number of property transactions rose . The highest was Canarias with 10.5% – of the rest I remember Catalunya and Andalucía (7%) All the rest in descenso. Not trying to sell it but its correct Canarias is only region with guaranteed climate.

  • #118688
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    I also helps that the tax on buying a resale home in the Canaries is only 6.5pc, and 4.5pc on new homes – much lower than the 10pc in places like Valencia and Catalonia.

    I believe lower taxes make a big difference. Year-round sunshine helps too 8)

  • #118689
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    Mark – If ‘information is power’ I think you should also point out the law and restrictions relating to vacation rentals in Grand Canaria. This law enacted in 1995 was not really enforced until recently. Teams of inspectors are now tracking down owners who advertise holiday lets in residential developments which is regarded as commercial exploitation. Fines are heavy. Catalonia are also enforcing this national law which has been left to autonomous regions to implement. Some information here.
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    http://www.aplaceinthesun.com/news/feature/tabid/131/EntryId/1955/Default.aspx

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    @logan wrote:

    Mark – If ‘information is power’ I think you should also point out the law and restrictions relating to vacation rentals in Grand Canaria. This law enacted in 1995 was not really enforced until recently. Teams of inspectors are now tracking down owners who advertise holiday lets in residential developments which is regarded as commercial exploitation. Fines are heavy. Catalonia are also enforcing this national law which has been left to autonomous regions to implement. Some information here.
    viewtopic.php?f=30&t=6972
    http://www.aplaceinthesun.com/news/feature/tabid/131/EntryId/1955/Default.aspx

    But logan, shouldn’t that income be declared as income on one’s taxes? The article claims the fines are unfair, but they don’t consider that it is tax evasion, a serious crime.

    Frankly, I’m tired of paying my ‘fair share’ of taxes so others, who often have more money/assets than me, can skip out on what they should be paying.

    The threat of high fines seems to be the only way to get some people to comply with the law. To be effective, they need to throw a few of the serial abusers in prison, as an example.

  • #118691
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    I agree Gary and I also think the enforcement of this law will improve the quality of life for many who are resident in Spain but are overrun by basically illegal holiday lets and people who don’t behave themselves. Lets face it property owners have for years done very well from undeclared lettings.

    The Spanish government have been forced by financial necessity to start enforcing their tax laws. It believe it will help transform the country further into a modern European state.

    One of the reasons people wanted for criminal activity still flee to Spain is because there is a belief laws are not enforced. That may have been true in the past but things are changing. There is still a long way to go but the signs are there.

  • #118725
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    Yes but I think that you can still have relatives and friends using the property. This is only a problem I think if you are advertising to let in the public domain or with an agent and there is a clear commercial transaction. Indeed a lot of residential property can be let to people working who are not Spanish and this property often cheaper

  • #118796
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    We had some bad weather this week on two days with much rain but not as much as Tenerife and the western islands -rather in rain shadow area of Teide in the south. It cleared up Thursday afternoon and went for a bathe sea temperature measured by the only other person on the beach as 20.5 C. Yesterday Friday clear blue skies and the sun was back full pelt. Prices have gone up a bit in the restaurants and bars a large lager 2.50 compared with 2.00 last year that now buys a small one but just mention in passing. Wine up a bit too -said to be due to increasing Chinese imports of South European wines.

  • #118792
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    Sounds lovely. It was 18º on the beach here in Barcelona yesterday.

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  • #118988
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    I will try and post pictures in the future Mark but not possible at the moment. We have had much more rain this year in the Canaries and at present we seem to be in a kind of ‘polar vortex’ the pressure distribution is send polar maritime air this way whilst mild sub tropical air from the Carribean is reaching England. However its warm by the coast but you find it cool inland. Many still swimming in the sea but having recently caught the flu bug-you cannot escape it brought in on the planes and propagated by on the buses not for me at the moment

  • #118991
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    Unless the Weather Channel is wrong there have been some fairly dire temperatures in Barcelona recently…and Madrid. We were looking at a post Xmas break and followed the weather in the Canaries. decided it was better to pay just a few hundred pounds more to get 30C in the Caribbean.

  • #118992
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    I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing between Barcelona and Madrid and the weather hasn’t been too bad, but nothing special either. Just typical January weather, with a bit of rain. It hasn’t been cold this year, we haven’t turned on the central heating at all. But nobody ever said Barcelona was a winter sunshine destination. The Canaries has to live up to that claim.

  • #119038
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    Recently we had ferocious North-Easterlies with gigantic waves in the north of the island. Apparently according to local newspapers the coldest January since 2007. However sea temperature 19 C and in the South long sunny days but it seems unsettled. The flu virus is still affecting local people -brought in by ‘touristas’ Buses best avoided -lots of Germans with hacks. Hoping for a return to normality soon.

  • #119042
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    Sea temperature 19C 😯 ..27C where I am.

  • #119052
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    Good for you ! I expect you are paying for it Katy but why not if you can afford it. Here you only get that temperature in high summer more often in a few sheltered rock bays and of course in the hotel and public swimming pools.But its only in January and Feb it can be below 20C.But for the Scandinavians its always warm enough and how often is it ever above 18C in UK in high summer ! How much longer can the £ climb against the $? . Last boom we got to about 2.10 crippling for British exporters. Hope we don’t have to go through another crash in UK -it will affect Spain too if we do.

  • #119205
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    Recently got back from Fuerteventura and enjoyed good weather and managed flights from the UK for just £33 each way and just 4hrs away. Excellent VfM.

    @katy wrote:

    Sea temperature 19C 😯 ..27C where I am.

    Good for you.

  • #119378
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    I left recently to return to Uk. You have to remember at the equinox the elevation of the sun in this latitude is about the same as in UK at the summer solstice about 61 degrees. At the solstice at this latitude its 85 deg ! The UV in UK does not get above 7 -here it goes to 13 . The plus is at the winter solstice here the elevation (all at 12 noon) is 39deg wheras in London its 16 deg. It does go to say that the sun was getting strong and despite a North Easterly some days locally known as the costeras is very cooling down the East coast when it goes to the East from Africa the mercury soars and whilst 10 years ago air conditioning was not so common inresidential property its now an essential particularly if you have any respiratory problems- in the months of July and August. There have recently been in the months of February and March the Annual Carnivals probably many who watch TVE television will have seen some of it .In my opinion too much obsession with Drag Queens. But they do seem in the Canaries to be very uninhibited in dressing up and might well be said provides a healthy way in these carnivals for the young to enjoy themselves.

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