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Before buying Spanish property...

...check out these useful resources BEFORE buying Spanish property, that we have prepared for you.

We understand that buying a property is a big decision, so the research will take up a lot of your time.

We have selected a number of websites; travel safety tips before you go, guides to Spanish cities, European and world destinations to help you decide which country is most suitable for you. U.K. passport office, advice on immunisations, sort your driving license out, medical papers, rail and ferry tickets if you are planning to move all your stuff yourself after buying Spanish property, and maps to plan the journey! Hopefully you will find all the information you need!

You can also rest assured that we have personally selected these links carefully.


Know Before You Go Campaign(

Launched in 2001, 'Know Before You Go' is an ongoing travel safety campaign run by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). It encourages British nationals to be better prepared for their overseas trips with a view to avoiding common travelling traumas, risks and dangers.

The key campaign message is simple and applies to everyone - 'Know Before You Go' - get travel insurance, research your destination including local laws and customs, visit your GP at least six weeks before travelling overseas and make copies of important travel documents. Through a series of mini-drives we bring these, and other key messages, to specific categories of travellers which complements the FCO's Travel Advice service.

U.K. Passport office.

Advice on immunisations from the Department of Health.

Over 30 million trips abroad are made by UK residents each year, and travel to tropical countries and areas off the usual tourist tracks is increasing. This yellow book aims to provide a one-stop source of information for health professionals about the common health risks to travellers and how to reduce them. buying spanish property

Driving license.

Spain (including Balearic and Canary Isles).
All valid UK driving licences should be accepted. This includes the older all-green style licences (in Northern Ireland older paper style with photographic counterpart), although the EU appreciates that these may be more difficult to understand and that drivers may wish to voluntarily update them before buying Spanish property or travelling abroad if time permits. Application form D1 (in Northern Ireland DL1) is available from most Post Offices®. Alternatively, older licences maybe accompanied by an IDP.

How to get medical treatment abroad, including information on the European Health Insurance card, or EHIC - the replacement for the E111.
I suggest you sort your medical papers out before buying Spanish property, as you will be travelling regularly for viewings, signing etc.
The Department of Health, working with the NHS Prescription Pricing Authority (PPA), provides the EHIC free of charge. EHIC - free, quick online application Rail Europe has been your European rail expert for over 60 years. Eurorail and Eurail passes, Single or double country passes, Eurostar tickets and point-to-point.

P&O ferriesP & O Ferries Ferry booking, timetables, quotes for travel, Eurotunnel, Eurostar, self drive holidays, short breaks, insurance and port guides. - Worldwide interactive maps and driving directions. - A database of 4217 city guides in 175 different countries.


I decided to live in Spain after a beautiful holiday, where I fell in love with my (now) husband! I suggest you take lots of holidays in lots of exotic places before buying Spanish property.

Madrid guide Spain

Spain's vibrant and welcoming Madrid explained by a native of Madrid - Spain. Tips, hints and tricks to get the most from this great city! Sports, food, culture, music and more!

Valencia Travel Guide

Valencia is the jewel of the Mediterranean with miles of white sandy beaches, lush orange groves, a modern city centre, fairytale medieval 'Old Quarter' and one of the best nightlifes in Europe! Before buying Spanish property - we suggest you visit Valencia.

Barcelona Explore

This website provides a guide to Barcelona from the point of view of one of it's inhabitants. With articles on the history of Barcelona, it's attractions, things to do there, it also provides suggestions and recommendations for the smaller things in life, such as where to have good coffee and cake. .


Rather than buying Spanish property, you may prefer another foreign country! Check out these travel guides first for other European destination, and take a holiday there before you make that important decision!

Discover wonderful Denmark

Informational guide. Here you can find all interesting and cool facts about Denmark. Detailed maps and photos of Denmark. Find out more about famous people of Denmark, Danish traditional food. It is your Opportunity to learn the Danish language!

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