We hope this website will make you a little curious to come here and the website will in no way be a complete directory of everything that happens and happens, and what is in Almuñécar, but should only be of little help to those who are thinking about also want to come down to the Spanish south coast and spend the winter in a more comfortable way, than you do at home in the north. Here we do not scratch car windows. There is no snow, no frost and no slip accidents. Never minus degrees and every day we can go out and walk.
At home in the north you must have light therapy in the winter. We get it for free !! We also do not expose ourselves to the risks of falling over in the snow and breaking arms and legs.
We think you have heard of the small fine town of Almuñécar in one way or another and we would therefore like to give you some information. Give yourself something you can benefit from! Make yourself a little curious! Get yourself here. We enjoy it here and so can you.
Down here, we all live a healthier and healthier life. We have a greater social interaction, we are outdoors much more than at home, are more active and feel much better. Walk a lot and have a good time. There is no must. There is a lot to do and a lot to see if you want. To be such a small municipality, the cultural offerings are huge.
We are fine simply. We are doing well. Everything may sound very positive, but there is however no weather guarantee for it to always be sunny and warm here, so even if it is bad sometimes, you can comfort yourself with the fact that it is even worse up in Scandinavia. Many people live here, year after year, because here it is easy to live and easy to rent apartment.
We eat Mediterranean foods with their olives and olive oil, garlic, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and that makes us prolong life. Here is the chance that you will grow old, if you do not die earlier. We automatically get vitamin D from the sun.
We want to convey what we have learned from our own and others’ experiences and what others have told and experienced, and which we believe may be interesting for you to know. There is also so much information rushing around in the cyberspace and it is a pity if you miss something. Read through all the pages and click on all the www addresses you find, and search on. There is so much. Click ahead, plan and enjoy.
We also want to take the opportunity to give some good advice to those who want to come here. Simply make yourself a little more prepared, so that you feel welcome when you come. If you have any questions that are not answered on this website, please email your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long can you be a tourist? What is the difference between being a tourist and a resident?
If you stay less than 6 months in Almuñécar then you are a tourist and if you stay more than 6 months then you must register in Spain, become a resident and pay taxes. The easiest is to stay a maximum of 6 months. Then you don’t have to do anything. However, you must bring your passport and your EU card, which is used in the event of illness and accident. If you want, you can have extra insurance.
If you decide to come back, year after year, regardless of length of stay, you should enroll in the municipality, called EMPADRONAMIENTO, so that the municipality gets help from the state in hiring more people within the municipality’s service. The more enrolled, the more service to the residents, that is, everyone who is in the municipality of Almuñécar. That means no obligations. You may also vote in the municipal elections.
If you stay longer than 6 months, you have to sign down here. Then you become a resident with everything that it means. A bit cumbersome but works well. Obtain an address, make a transfer report from your home country, enroll in the municipality, obtain an NIE number / Numero de Identidad de Extranjero, declare and pay tax. You can then request a SINK tax (varies due to different agreements between different countries) but then you cannot own a winter residence in Sweden, or have a relative in your home country.
If you buy a house or apartment, you must obtain a NIE number and a bank account. You do not have to be a resident. So you can be a tourist and own a property.
But why go to Almuñécar? Or rather, why travel at all? Well, when you travel, you do it for two reasons. Either one goes away from something. You want to get away from snow and cold. There are a lot of other reasons too. Fatigue, environmental change, private causes, etc., or you go to something, because you want to see new places, experience new things, relax, sunbathe, swim and much more.
Most often it will be a combination of both reasons. But why travel to Almuñécar? Or perhaps more accurately, why come back to Almuñécar year after year. Most people who return here and live for a shorter or longer period, explain that they have traveled so much and seen so much, so you get a little tired of packing up and packing down and flying back and forth to new airports and to new and unknown places. In addition, Almuñécar is a very genuine small Spanish town. A city you enjoy.
Here in Almuñécar you feel safe. Police cars patrol many times a day. To feel secure is important. You want some stability and many have therefore found a good place to spend the winters. It feels good to be here. You live a healthy life. Out every day. Lots of fruits and vegetables. We have a rich social and cultural life.
Sure it is warmer in Thailand, but the sun is warming here too. Getting here is much easier. Everything is easier. We are in a European country. We are on the mainland. The Spaniards are decent and helpful. Everything feels good. Here is a pleasant climate all year round. There have never been minus degrees here and in the summer it is not too hot.
Here, tourists use the European Health Insurance Card (the blue EU card), which they show up when visiting a healthcare facility, together with their passport. If you have nothing, you get one via
Book well before departure. If you have your card on the trip you have free emergency care (but not for any illness you have before). Also check with your home insurance what is included. Healthcare works very well !!!
Here, if we suddenly feel like going home, we can walk up to the bus station and take a bus to Madrid and home with Euroline’s buses. Or take a taxi to Malaga Airport and take a flight going north. Or lift home, or bike. It feels like we’re home. For example, Monica commuted between Almuñécar and her job in Stockholm for several years. There are no difficulties. The difference is that it takes a few hours longer. We have solid ground under our feet. We are in the big European country. Our homeland has only gotten bigger.
We listen to Swedish radio www.sr.se, for news and interesting Ring P1. Follows news and more on TV via the internet: www.svtplay.se. You don’t make calls very often nowadays. There is, after all, skype, and easiest maybe messaging through Facebook, and several other opportunities. The development on the internet is so fast. We read magazines on the internet. You can also receive newsletters, automatically into your computer. Just to order.
Of course, we follow Spanish news on the Spanish TV. Weather for example, and there are many movies and nature and children’s programs.
It is very easy to have a home page on your computer called www.superstart.se where you have everything you need. Good site is also www.omvandla.nu.
If you come as a new hit, there are many you can ask for advice. If you have no one to ask, please email your question to: email@example.com, and we will ensure that you receive an answer.
If it has something to do with the internet, computers or phone, talk to Nicolas and Louisa on Zen II Net on 654 757 861. If you have problems with your computer, please submit it to Nicolas, the PC doctor, for repair. Read more at: www.zen2net.com
You also get a lot of help with all kinds of questions if you join the Facebook group Almuñécar Friends, which is free. There is always someone who answers.
If you only speak a little Swedish, here are some very popular gathering places:
You also have good help from the information page: www.hitta.almunecar.se
SANDRA. Bar Granos de Café at Plaza de los Higuitos / Fig square. In Sandra’s place, many Scandinavians meet to socialize and her “Swedish” shrimp sandwich is really tasty.
SABINA. Paseo de San Cristobal 11. Here we gather who love freshly caught fresh fish, which is Sabina’s specialty. Nice restaurant with WIFI. Call and book a table at tel: 629 88 26 96.
THE STRAND. Anna-Karin’s small fine restaurant is located on Paseo de Velilla 7 and is known for its good food. Here are Swedish magazines etc. Order a table at tel: 958 63 30 98.
Sweden has its www.hitta.se. Here it is called www.almunecar.se and you can find good phone numbers and street addresses.
There is also a large selection of bars and restaurants with flamenco, both music and dance. Concerts and exhibitions can be found at Casa de la Cultura. See especially cultural programs on the tourist information on Avenida de Europa. All events are available at: www.almunecar.se
There are plenty of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian free newspapers. Several Spanish, English, German, Belgian free rides are also available and they are located at the gatherings, tourist information, bars and various shops. A little everywhere.
There are many shops, both large and small. These have a varied range so just walk around and feel where it suits you best. Not all stores have the same range.
Larger stores are open on siesta and are closed on Sundays. The smaller shops usually have siesta. The food usually has lower prices than in Sweden. The wine is much cheaper. Fruits and vegetables are much fresher. The Market Hall / Mercado Municipal is open Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm. Outside the market hall you can buy flowers and spices. Siestan is approximately between 2 pm and 5 pm. Thus the morning will be between 10 am and 2 pm and the afternoon between 5 pm and 8 pm. Approximately.
For your help, also visit www.almunecar.se:
Current trips and excursions
Rent house or apartment available
Find phone numbers and addresses are available
See part of everything that happened in 2011-2014
Day-to-day event list available
Suggestions for sights
Read through all the links and gladly place them as a Favorite in your computer, so you can quickly and easily obtain things that may be important for you to know about, before you come down here. You can also use the website when you are here, whether you stay for a few months or a few months in the winter. Because it is in the winter months that we go here, so we do not have snow, frost and slippery. We also have a great time down here. We have a comfortable life. You can get that too!
If problems should arise, there is help to get at the consulates:
The Swedish Consulate is located in Malaga: Calle Córdoba, 6 – local 501, 29001 Malaga; tel: +34 952 60 43 83
and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The consulate in Granada has expired.
The Finnish Consulate has tel: +34 952 21 24 35
The Norwegian Consulate has tel: +34 952 66 79 55
The Danish Consulate has tel: +34 952 21 17 97
The Icelandic Consulate has tel: +34 952 66 12 00
The embassies are also helpful
Danish Embassy – Embajada de Denmark
Embassy of Finland – Embajada de Finlandia
Norwegian Embassy – Embajada de Noruega
The Swedish Embassy – Embajada de Suecia
Never forget this:
When you’re out and about, never have more money on you than you can afford to get rid of.