Easter in Malaga – Semana Santa

Lasting from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Domingo de Resurrección), Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the most important annual cultural and religious events in Spain. Although each Spanish region, and even city and village, has its own customs and practices for Easter, Andalucia takes the top spot for spectacular processions.…

How to register your Non Lucrative Visa in Spain – 5 top tips

Congratulations! You’ve got your visa in your passport and you’re on your way to a new life in the sun – woo.-hooo! Y enhorabuena! Here are Upsticks 5 top tips for what comes next – registering your NLV in Spain  Top Tip 1 – Check your visa document First and foremost you must  make sure…

Road Numbers in Spain – All you need to know

Whether you’re planning a road trip or simply travelling from A to B, it’s vital that you understand the road numbering system in Spain and what the various letters, colours and numbers mean. As a general rule, blue is motorways, red is national highways (roughly equivalent to UK A roads) and C are rural roads.…

How to get a Padron certificate in ROJALES (Alicante)

The nearest UK equivalent to the Padron is the Electoral Register, a list of residents in a town or area. The complete name in Spanish is Certificado de Empadronamiento, but most people just call it the Padron. Registering on the Padron means you’re officially living in that town and are therefore  “Empadronado.” As well as…

Bip&Drive – USEFUL APPS FOR SPAIN

We’re always on the look out for apps and services to make life in Spain that little bit easier and the Bip&Drive app fits the bill perfectly. For people who regularly drive around Europe, you’re probably already acquainted with the Bip&Go French toll road app that pays tolls automatically so you don’t have to stop…