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10 fun outdoor activities with kids on the Costa del Sol

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, August, 26. 2021

Article copyrighted © 2021. Plagiarism will be criminally prosecuted.

By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
8th of September 2021

Please excuse me this month for not writing up a legal article, I’m still busy playing catch up after the long holiday break.

I was stunned to overhear a tourist conversation claiming there wasn’t much to do on the Costa del Sol with kids besides going to the beach. So, I took it upon myself to write a brief article on the matter.

The following list (collated in no particular order) is recommended for young children mainly on the basis of doing an outdoor activity, but also to nurture in them the love and need for wildlife preservation.

 

  1. Selwo Aventura

In Estepona, you will find this nature wild reserve. From ferocious lions to gentle elephants, and everything in between. Personally, I loved Margarita and Florian, a couple of hippopotamuses that loved showing off their teeth to tourists (someone needs a dentist appointment btw). One of the major highlights is the bird show, where you will have the opportunity to see several majestic birds. You will be taught valuable lessons such as not to poison the food chain as this kills birds and allows harmful critters to multiply unchecked becoming a health hazard. There is also a zipline which takes you across a huge lake which is great fun!

Info: Selwo Aventura

  1. Selwo Marina (Delfinarium)

In Benalmadena, you will find this marine park which is the home of orcs, dolphins, seals and several other marine creatures. The major highlight for me is the dolphin show and especially when the little ones get the opportunity to interact with dolphins (additional fees apply); it is well worth it.

Info: Selwo Marina

  1. Bioparc

In Fuengirola, you will find nestled in the middle of the city a self-contained nature reserve that is the home of hundreds of creatures. The animal enclosures are built to the last detail to carefully mimic the animal’s natural habitat. A far cry from Fuengirola’s 80’s zoo which I visited back in the day and made me cringe at how bad animals were mistreated. One of the major highlights is the Baobab tree replica which is the home of several species of Lemurs and Meerkats. You also can't miss out on the bird show, those parrots will steal your heart! Bioparc is hands down a personal favourite of mine and whenever time allows it, we pay it a visit with the family.

Info: Bioparc Fuengirola

  1. Mariposarium (Butterfly park)

Have you ever fancied being surrounded by huge beautiful butterflies? Well, look no further. In Benalmadena you will find this amazing place that harbours hundreds of different species. This will be the delight of the wee ones.

Info: Butterfly park

  1. Orchidarium

In Estepona, the garden city, you will find in the middle of the town this unique place that is home to hundreds of different types of orchids. The whole place resembles a Noah’s Ark devoted to orchid care. For a moment there, I felt a bit like Rod Taylor venturing in the classic 60’s H.G. Wells' The Time Machine movie (fortunately for us, no Morlocks). The major highlight for me was the huge waterfall at its heart, with its impressive fishpond, where you could close your eyes and feel for one waking moment being transported far away to some wild jungle in South America.

Info: Orchidarium

  1. Fort Naguelle’s

Who hasn’t imagined as a kid defending a besieged cowboy fort against a ferocious Indian attack? Well, you now get the chance to relive your childhood fantasies with your kids at Marbella’s Naguelles Fort, surrounded by a beautiful pine forest which is a natural preserve. It’s a real size replica of a U.S. West Fort that has it all (well, less the Indians). It’s free.

Info: Fuerte de Nagüeles

  1. Tivoli World

Benalmadena’s theme park is a classic of the Costa del Sol. Only its name brings back fond childhood memories. It’s the perfect place to spend a family day and have your kids ride all the attractions. I assure you that when you get back home for the evening, they are going to fall asleep fast and you’ll have a wonderful night’s sleep! Guaranteed or your money back!

Info: Tivoli World

  1. Aquamijas

In Mijas you will find arguably one of the best and most fun water parks I’ve visited. It’s the perfect place to take the young ones and explore with them all the wild water rides. I guarantee you will be exhausted by the day's end!

Info: Aquamijas

  1. Aventura Amazonia

Do you like Indiana Jone’s movies? Well, then this is the right place for you. In Marbella, you will be able to find this unique treetop zipline themed park for kids and for those of us who are still kids at heart. Only the dauntless may apply!

Info: Aventura Amazonia Marbella

  1. Wolf Park

Well, not strictly on the Costa del Sol granted, but close enough. In Antequera, only an hour’s drive away, you can find this unique place in all of Spain (and Europe) that offers you the unique opportunity to visit wolves. Have you ever fancied dancing amongst wolves (property exhibitions aside)? Well, now you get the chance! You will have a guided visit that will explain how wolves live and just how unfair humans have been to them, from fairy tales to hunting them down to nigh annihilation.

Info: Lobo park

 

"Me ha bastado pensar que la naturaleza pertenece a los niños para reanudar mi batalla encaminada a la conservación de la fauna.” — Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente

“I need only remind myself that Nature belongs to our children’s morrow, to give me strength in the battles to come in defence of wildlife preservation.”

 

Félix Samuel Rodríguez de la Fuente (1928 – 1980). Decades before the BBC's brilliant Planet Earth, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, there existed Félix. He was a Spanish precursor of what is now branded as ‘ecologist.’ The son of a reputed Notary, he was expected to dutifully fall in line and follow on the wake of his father’s footsteps. But following social conventionalisms were not his cup of tea. After graduating in medicine, he heeded his calling and would go on to become a naturalist and broadcaster defending what he thought mattered most - Nature and the endangered wildlife. He would become world-renowned for his much-acclaimed tv series El Hombre y la Tierra (1975 – 1980). His calm, collected demeanour and rugged commanding voice, coupled with powerful images of an unleashed Nature the likes viewers had never witnessed, bewitched Spaniards and other nationalities, for decades to come. His enduring legacy would be to imbue and imprint on younger generations his indelible passion and love in defence of Mother Nature. This constitutes all unto itself a wondrous feat, given how Félix managed single-handedly to change the whole country's mindset, which was not particularly renowned for its love and protection of wildlife at the time (seventies). He had a soft spot for wolves, which had been driven by Authorities to the brink of total annihilation. Decades on after his death, young generations of Spanish ecologists and eco-activists, who grew up watching his show, took the torch and would follow on the path laid by him, steadily bringing back wolf packs into a land which was once their rightful domain. He would tragically meet an untimely death in a plane crash aged only 52. No accolade can honour enough what this man achieved in benefit of us all. Almost four decades on after his tragic death, he is still mourned and is credited as the father of Spanish environmentalism. There isn’t a single town in Spain who does not pride itself in having a street or plaza named after him. So much for adhering to social conventionalisms, eh?

 

At Larrain Nesbitt Abogados we have over 18 years’ experience assisting clients buying & selling property in Spain and dealing with its taxation.

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Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers is a law firm specialized in conveyancing, taxation, inheritance, and litigation. We will be very pleased to discuss your matter with you. You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88 or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

 

Article also published at Spanish Property Insight: 10 fun outdoor activities with kids on the Costa del Sol

 

Please note the information provided in this blog post is of general interest only and is not to be construed or intended as substitute for professional legal advice. This article may be posted freely on websites or other social media so long as the author is duly credited. Plagiarizing, whether in whole or in part, this article without crediting the author may result in criminal prosecution. No wolves or Eloi were harmed on writing this article. VOV.

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INE records highest number of property sales since 2008

Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, September, 1. 2021

Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 18 years' taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record of successfully assisting expats all over Spain.

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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer - abogado
1st of September 2021

As Spain’s leading property portal IDEALISTA reports in its article of August 2021, property sales over the last six months are at levels unseen since 2008. Spain’s National Bureau of Statistics (INE) reports 267,700 properties sold during the first 6 months of this year. We need to look back 13 years, all the way back to Spain’s property boom heyday, to see such healthy sale figures.

You can see the graphics here: House sales in Spain in 2021 (first six months of 2021)

In June alone, over 48,000 properties were sold, which is an 73.5% interannual increase. This is hands down the best performing June in real estate history. This confirms the unabated trend that we are witnessing the best sale figures in over 13 years. The property market has been nothing short of spectacular from March of this year.

There are several underlying factors that help to explain this spectacular property rebound which we’ve been collating in several articles:

 

The main one - at least in the region of Andalusia - has been a drastic reduction in taxes on buying property; both offplan and resale which we also reported at the time:

 

On offplan property, this change translates into tax savings of 20% in Stamp Duty.

On resale property, the reduction follows a sliding scale depending on the sale price. Starting at a 12.5% reduction on lower-end property and rising to over 30% for high-end villas. Meaning, the higher the sale price, the more taxes a buyer stands to save! This factor, all by itself, greatly explains the surge in villas sales we have been reporting over the last six months.

The ongoing global pandemic, which has modified consumer behaviour making buyers seek villas with spacious gardens in prime locations, coupled with a drastic tax slash has fostered a property boom that has been going strong since March 2021.

At last, we have Spain’s INE's hard data which serves as official confirmation to back up what we had been reporting over the last six months anecdotally.

 

At LNA we can assist you buying, selling or renting out your property in Spain. We have 18 years’ experience in conveyance & tax. We are also specialized in Immigration & Residency permits.

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Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers is a law firm specialized in taxation, inheritance, conveyancing, residency, and litigation. We will be very pleased to discuss your matter with you. You can contact us by e-mail at info@larrainnesbitt.com, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88, or by completing our contact form to book an appointment.

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Andalusia lowers taxes on buying property!

Alanda Properties, August, 21. 2021

Alanda Properties focuses in upscale off-plan developments, luxury resale properties, and rentals. It is comprised by a team of seasoned agents who have a collective experience spanning several decades on the local Costa del Sol market. It offers a wide array of upmarket developments catering to a discerning and sophisticated international client base from all over the world.

Its agents have a deep understanding of modern marketing and internet-based tools enabling them to market and sell properties using the most cutting-edge technologies.

Alanda manages to successfully blend the use of modern tech tools with the traditional core values of an honest and reliable agent.

Alanda’s realtor services cover the greater Marbella area, Benahavís, Estepona, Sotogrande, and Madrid. Our main office is in Marbella.

 

Alanda Properties kindly published our article: Andalusia lowers taxes, including Property Transfer Tax and Stamp Duty.

Original article published on our website: Andalusia lowers taxes including Property Transfer Tax and Stamp Duty in move that will boost the market – 28th of April 2021

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