Underground Living on Lanzarote

Lanzarote – the eastern most Canary Island – is home to some of the most unusual real estate on the planet. Thanks to a cataclysmic volcanic eruption – which lasted six years from 1730. Which covered one quarter of the island in solidified lava – so forcing a serious re-think about how to construct homes and houses.

This unique architectural approach is today best epitomized by the incredible home of the island born artist and architect Cesar Manrique – owner of what is undoubtedly the most famous and surreal property in Lanzarote.

Back in the 1960´s Manrique created a house… Continue reading

Villa Rentals in Spain

If you’d like to visit Spain, but don’t want to stay in hotels or apartments, you should consider renting a villa. If you’re going to stay in one place for a week or more, we highly recommend Spanish villas because they provide a more unique experience and can usually save you a lot of money, especially in the off-season. It’s also a good idea if you’re looking to buy property in Spain to rent a villa in the area you’re considering first, to see what it would be like living there.

Most rental villas are located along the beautiful Spanish coast, and usually have stunning seaviews, a swimming pool, lots more room than apartments, and normally can accommodate six or more persons. While there are some older style villas available, more and more villas are relatively new or have been recently remodeled. This means a modern kitchen with a big refrigerator, and sometimes a dishwasher. All villas have a washing machine, but few have dryers as drying your clothes outdoors is one Spanish tradition that’s hard to change.

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Banking in Spain

Banking in Spain for Tourists and Long-Term Ex-Pats

Visiting your local bank in Spain has become painless indeed since Franco died. Now in the year 2005, there is at least one English-speaking ‘bank officer’ on hand in just about any branch in southern Spain. They like showing off their mastery languages as they open ‘tourist’ accounts with glee.

An added bonus for us technology worshipping ex-pats is that most of their websites are also in several languages for ease of use.

Here is an almost complete list of banks in Spain, including the website addresses for each:

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First service station with biodiesel in Spain

First service station with biodiesel in Spain
CIVITAS2004-Sustainable Development News

TÀRREGA, Lleida, February 25, 2003 – A service station in the town of Tàrrega, in the Lleida region, has opened the first pump in Spain that supplies biodiesel, which is partly made up of vegetable-based oils. This fuel pollutes less, reduces noise and prolongs the life of the engine because lubrication is improved.

The biofuel, sold under the name of BDP 30 in the Petromiralles service station at the national N-11 motorway exit at the municipal limit of Tàrrega, is a blend of 30% vegetable-based oils and 70% diesel and is biodegradable and 30% less polluting than traditional diesel.

This ecological fuel is sold at the same price as conventional diesel and can be used in all vehicles that run on diesel. It is produced by the manufacturing plant Stocks del Vallés in collaboration with the Catalan Energy Institute of the Generalitat (Regional Government) of Catalonia. The Catalan government envisages that, by 2010, 8% of all diesel consumed in Catalonia will be bio-diesel, in keeping with the European norms on fuel consumption.

The distributing company, Petromiralles, is to install another five pumps with the same type of fuel in the towns of Figueres, Igualada, Vilafranca del Penedès, Cercs and the port area of Barcelona.

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Emergency & Useful Phone Numbers


Medical emergencies 061

General emergencies 112

Fire service 080

Guàrdia Urbana (local police) 092

Mossos d’Esquadra Catalan police force
Emergencies and traffic accidents 088

Policía Nacional 091

Guardia Civil police force 062

Hospital General de la Vall d’Hebron 93 274 61 00

Hospital Clínic i Provincial 93 227 54 00

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau 93 291 91 91

Hospital del Mar 93 248 90 11/10

Hospital Sant Joan de Deu 93 253 21 00

Duty Magistrates’ Courts (24-hours services) 93 567 31 40

Funeral Services 93 484 17 00

Round-the clock social care office 900… Continue reading

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