For many people, the idea of moving to Spain is the same as moving to paradise. The country is one of sunshine and beaches and stunning surroundings. Every year, thousands of people opt to make Spain their home.  While simply packing your house up and moving sounds easy enough, there are a few things you can do to make your transition to Spain a little easier, as I found out when I bought my Javea property in Spain. Take a look at our top 7 tips for things you need to know before moving to Spain.

The Law of Falta Uno

One of the key things to remember before moving to Spain is the inevitable Law of Falta Uno which simply means that no matter how many copies you make of your documents, one will eventually go missing. Before you move, make absolutely sure that you have all the paperwork you need. A great idea is to give a separate set of copies to a trusted friend or relative for safekeeping.

The Butanero

The butanero plays an important role in Spanish lifestyle after all this man will be the one to carry those two-ton gas-bottles up you stair to ensure you have heating in winter and fuel in summer. Do not forget to tip this man.

Throw your birthday bash

Unlike in other countries when it is your birthday in Spain, it is up to you to throw a birthday party. As if aging another year is not bad enough already, you are going to have to spoil your friends, family, and colleges on top of it all too. You also need to know, that if it’s your child’s birthday you are going to need to send a whole big bag of sweets to school.

Avoid the beach in August

August is one of the most popular months for everyone to head on out to the beach. Everyone living in Spain, their families, their friends and their pets will be heading to the beach in August. You will also wait extremely long to be served in restaurants in restaurants or for food to arrive.

Queues in the morning

If you are planning to make a trip to the bank or see your estate agent or see a mechanic, you had best not plan to do so at any time between 9.30am and 11 am. At this time most people are tucking into breakfast at their local cafes and because you can’t change the culture of the country you may as well join them. Relax, take it easy and enjoy life. Everything else you have to do can be done after breakfast.

Your children are king

Children in Spain get to do whatever they want. They are treated as special creatures and cooed over at any opportunity.

Scream for attention

If you find yourself in a restaurant and want to get the attention of your waiter, simply putting a hand up won’t get you very far. You will need to you your voice, let the staff know that you want something or else you will never get it.

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