Like everywhere also in Andalusia all kinds of interesting things happen every day, such as fiestas and festivals, culinary gatherings, processions, special exhibitions, but there's also news on the housing market or changed regulations. To make it easy for you, we bundle some interesting articles in this section so that you have everything at a glance.

 

A statue of Jesus is carried through the city at night during Samana Santa under Palma

Next week starts a very special period for many people; Semana Santa or Holy Week, the week before Easter. In other European countries, Easter is only 'celebrated' in a few days, in Spain (but also in other Spanish-speaking countries) they set aside a whole week for it. Therefore, it is also a very important week for religious Spaniards and famous for the elaborate processions and traditions during this period.

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Marita is relaxing in her garden
We announced it yet in the January newsletter: some changes are afoot within Second Home Andalusia; the business partnership between Marita and Malcolm continues but Marita will withdraw more and more from the day-to-day organization in the coming months and will be handing the baton to Caroline, Martin and Sanne. Below, she explains the how and why.  

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Flag of Andalusia with a piece of paper - Día de Andalucía, 28 febrero - on a wooden table
On 28 February, the autonomous region of Andalusia celebrates 'their' day for the 43rd time. On 28 February 1980, independence of the autonomous region was proclaimed by referendum and this fact should of course be celebrated grandly every year by the inhabitants to show how proud they are of 'their country'. On the day itself, but certainly also in the run-up to it, Andalusia's green and white flags are flying all over the region. 

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Photo of Sonja and Rene in the Cueva de Nerja the Sala de la Cascada

Some of the first clients we had the pleasure of helping search (and find) their Spanish dream home are Sonja and René. This month, we asked them how they are enjoying their Spanish holiday home.  

In 2015, you bought a second home in the campo of Canillas de Aceituno. What were your considerations for the purchase then?  
"How quickly time goes by! Yes, right, in May 2015 to be precise and we have not regretted for a second!   

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Christmas lights in the shopping area of Malaga

The countdown to Christmas has already begun. At the time of writing, we are about seven weeks away from this annual holiday season. And what a wonderful prospect it is to be able to spend these special days in the sun (and this is often the case!)

The first thing you notice when the festive season is just around the corner are the lights and decorations that are hung in the streets and squares all over Andalusia. In both villages and cities, you can find thousands of them. The most famous festive lights, though, are those in the historic centre of Málaga. Every year they come up with a new, original fairy-tale theme and it is a real delight to walk through the city in the evening and watch the lights.     

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