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Expats can enjoy Spain’s top quality beaches

Finding the best beach for your expat destination

But which of Spain’s beaches is the best? According to the 2017’s Traveller Choice Awards by Trip Advisor, the best beach in Spain (and the best beach in Europe, for that matter) is La Concha beach, located in the coastal city of San Sebastian in northern Spain.

But you don’t have to pack up and head to San Sebastian to get the best beach experience. Spain is full of quality beaches. In fact, it was recently announced that Spain once again has the highest number of quality beaches, receiving the prestigious Blue Flag award at a total of 579 of its sandy shores.

The Blue Flag is an award given by the Foundation for Environmental Education to certify that a beach, marina, or eco-tourism boat has met its strict standards. The Blue Flag is a symbol that the beach is a safe, well-managed environment. Each beach is judged on four main categories: water quality; the safety of the beach’s users and the quality of services available to them, such as having an adequate number of lifeguards and available drinking water; environmental education and information; and environmental management (in other words, whether the beach has the right system and facilities in place to ensure it remains clean and hygienic).

Being the country with the highest number of Blue Flags is a claim to fame Spain has been able to make every year since 1987, which was when the Blue Flag Award was initially set up.

In total, the Spanish coast has been awarded 684 flags because, in addition to its beaches, it also won 100 flags for its marinas and five for its cruise ship ports. Broken down by region, Valencia, on the east coast, has the most quality beaches, with 129 earning a flag, followed by Galicia (113), Catalonia (95), and then Andalusia (90).

Add to your beach lifestyle with healthy finances

To fully enjoy your expat life in Spain, it helps to have peace of mind that your finances are effectively safeguarded, leaving you free to spend your time however you want – whether that be sunbathing, enjoying water sports in the ocean or getting busy setting up a new life.

Blacktower has financial advisers at various locations along the Spanish coast – Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, and Barcelona – ready to offer you expert financial advice in Spain.

This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions.

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This is because British and other EU citizen expatriates in Spain have received a boost in relation to succession tax laws.

Under the Spanish regional system, expats in Spain (but not those from outside the EU or EEA) can avoid costly Spanish state succession rules on passing; instead they are able to take advantage of kinder regional laws, such as those just implemented by Murcia and Andalucía.

In these areas, if you have Spanish assets but have not quite yet become a fully-fledged expat or indeed if you have Spanish property but still reside full-time in the UK; your heirs, wherever they may live, are entitled to the full range of succession tax reliefs offered by the region in which your assets are invested. Sometimes this may be as much as 99% succession tax relief or, in some cases, total exemption.

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