Bethany Hemsley

Bethany is a writer who has enjoyed Spain and Spanish property for many years. She and her family have owned a property in Mazarrón in the Costa Cálida since 2003, so she offers great, personal advice on buying property abroad. She is a keen traveller, having Interrailed across Europe and toured many US states, including Michigan, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and California. She loves exploring new places and meeting people from different cultures.

Articles by Bethany Hemsley

5 quirky Spanish beach towns

Spain enjoys over 3,000 miles of coastline and has more Blue Flag beaches than any other country! With beautiful coastal towns in abundance, it can be tricky to narrow down your property search.

Why learning a bit of Spanish can be a lifesaver when buying a home in Spain

“You’re in Spain. You can’t expect everyone to speak English, and an attempt at some Spanish will definitely be appreciated by the locals. It will also make your early days in Spain a lot easier – take it from me!” says Ailsa, a Spanish homeowner who is now 15 years into her Spanish language learning journey.

Spain’s Golden Visa: invest your way to residency

Since the UK has left the European Union, British residents can no longer live and work in Spain as they please. For tourists or short-term visitors, nothing has really changed: you can enter Spain without a visa, but you can only stay for 90 days within a 180-day period. However, those who want to spend longer than this in Spain – perhaps for retirement or a permanent move – will need a visa.

Florida news update

Vaccination rate Covid cases in Florida have started to decrease, with a current 7 day rolling average of 5,826 cases. The state’s vaccination roll-out is well underway, with around 1.5 million Floridians having received both doses of the vaccine and around 1.3 million having received the first dose. Florida had originally taken a different approach than most other states, choosing to vaccinate as many over 65s as possible before essential workers and the medically vulnerable under 65. However, as of just yesterday (24 February), it was announced that teachers and police aged over 50 will star