Is it your dream to move to sunny Spain? Almuñecar Info is here to help you with our relocate to Spain services and offering bespoke services when moving to the Costa Tropical.
Sometimes you need a little extra help to ease the stress and help you navigate your new home. Almuñécar Info provides in-depth local knowledge to help ease the stress of your move to Costa Tropical. We have lived in the area since 2012 and provide you with experience and knowledge. All of this information is needed to help you make informed decisions on where to live, residency, schools, banking, shopping, health care, and more. We will also give you the inside scoop for activities, restaurants, beaches, sights to see, and more.
Table of Contents
- Residency & Relocation Services with extra care
- What We Do…
- Who We Are…
- How We Work…
- Testimonials …
- Moving to Costa Tropical Services
- Move to Costa Tropical Rental Properties
- Property Purchases
- Understanding the area for your move to Costa Tropical
- Administrative Work
- Medical and Health Insurance –
- Options for Residency – TIE – Resident Card – Residency Renewal – Prices vary
- Certificate of Registration “padrón”Empadronamiento
- Digital Signature
- TIE – Residency Card
- Empadronamiento + TIE Bundle
- Residency for EU Citizens
- Non-Luractive Renewal & TIE Bundle
- School Registration
- * Add Ons
- Consultations or Q&A
- Build Your Move to Costa Tropical Package – Request a Quote!
Residency & Relocation Services with extra care
From planning to residency and getting settled, we can help you every step of the way. Our local connections, expertise, knowledge, & advice will help you with your move to Almuñécar, La Herradura, Salobreña, Motril, Nerja, and surrounding areas.
What We Do…
We offer a variety of services to our clients including
Residency & Visa Application
It doesn’t matter if you are coming for 1 year or are planning to stay forever, we can guide you through the process. We offer assistance for many Non-EU citizens for the non-lucrative/retirement visas. In addition, we can help with Spanish residency for EU citizens or a family with both EU and Non-EU members. We provide very detailed step-by-step instructions for all applicants.
Are you a US Citizen? Check out our visa application ebook called Live in Spain, which was written just for you!
Need help narrowing down where you would like to live based on towns or neighborhoods? Perhaps you need help with the logistics of making an international move? We can help you with planning a scoping trip, property searches, and even assist with planning the move!
Offering assistance with selecting affordable Spanish medical insurance, home or auto insurance, banking, money transfers, cell phones, and more. You can use our Getting Settled in Spain ebook! If you are relocating to the Costa Tropical area, we offer very customized services in these areas as well.
Driving In Spain
We know the rules of the road and can provide invaluable information about them. Not to mention our expertise as Americans obtaining a driver’s license and information about the pesky International driving permit. With our Driving in Spain ebook, you will have all of the information and tools you need to drive confidently and it assists Non-EU citizens with obtaining a Spanish driver’s license. If you need help getting a good deal on a car rental, we’ve got tips for you!
Education in Spain
Have you been trying to make sense of all of the incomplete information out there about education in Spain? We have another ebook, which will inform you of the general education options in Spain. In addition to that, we have 2 kids that have gone from primary school to university in the public Spanish school system. We know many school teachers or administrators and can help guide you with your choices and with registration.
Pets in Spain
We all love our pets and the Costa Tropical is certainly a pet-friendly location. We have a chapter specifically about pets and getting you started with moving them to Spain in our Getting Settled in Spain ebook!
Who We Are…
Almuñecar Info is a privately run marketing and informational website in English. It is our goal to help local businesses reach foreigners and to help those foreigners with their visit or move to the Costa Tropical area. We want to help ease the stress of the move and getting settled.
How We Work…
- Look through the services we offer and decide what you would like assistance with.
- Complete the contact form at the end by checking those items in which you’re interested. This will help us understand your particular situation and better guide you through the process. We recommend a minimum of 1 hour of consulting for all purchases, so we can call, email or video with you and work out your specific requirements.
- Your answers on the form will assist us with creating your custom package quote. We will return the quote to you via email, with a link make your purchase. Upon request we can provide you with an invoice to send a bank transfer for payment. In order to do this we will email you to request some personal details for the invoice.
- Once you’ve made your purchase, we will send you any ebooks or documents required to fulfil your order and get you started on your move to the Costa Tropical.
- Next we will create the remaining items you have selected. Within a day or two, these items will either be placed in a private Google share folder created just for you or we will send them to you via email.
- If you selected something with consulting time, we will schedule the call at your convenience. A time tracker spreadsheet will be created, to show where the time is being used and how much time you have remaining.
- Some of the items may be delivered upon arrival to the Costa Tropical, depending on the nature of the service.
“When making a move across the world with three kids, a lot of planning and research is required. Almuñecar Info Services was invaluable to making this a success. We needed assistance with only hours notice, and they were able to help us find a short term rental that met all our families needs and the perfect long term rental. We would have not found these properties on our own. Their vast knowledge of the area and community are invaluable. Anyone who is moving to the area, I highly recommend using their services and checking out their website for great resources to make your dream life in Spain the best! Thank you!” M.L. Aug 2021
“Words cannot fully express our gratitude for the phenomenal support and advice you provide! Every step of the way, we felt fully confident in our decision to move our family halfway across the world because we had such reliable guides to help us. Between the blog and our 1-on-1 communication, every question was answered thoroughly and in a timely manner. You truly transformed our dream into a reality!” M.G. July 2021
“Just wanted to give a shout out for all their assistance in successfully getting us through our VISA appointment yesterday in NYC! We purchased their ebook, Live in Spain, last year when we decided to apply for a non-lucrative VISA following a visit to Europe in the fall of 2019. Obviously, Covid delayed our plans, but it gave us plenty of time to prepare mentally and literally for this big step.
All the moving pieces of deadlines and expiration dates for the various forms and requirements was a bit daunting, but having the ebook, and specific advice from them just an email away, was a BIG help and certainly made a difference in having all our paperwork accepted at the NYC Spanish Consulate without any outstanding issues to address. Big sigh of relief!
So now we are told we are 4-6 weeks away from approval, and we owe a big thankyou for all their help So thank you! And those of you who are ready to begin this journey, I highly recommend their services! We owe them a dinner when we get there!! “- C.L. July 2021
“I wanted to make sure to let you know how helpful you and your program have been. I seriously could not imagine having done this without your knowledge and support! We’ve taken your advice from day 1 as far as having all of the necessary paperwork in an orderly fashion for all of the appointments we have had throughout this process. It makes a huge difference! They literally give us grateful looks of relief and seem almost happy to help us.” – J.S. 2021
“When planning our family move to Spain on the non-lucrative visa, the best money I spent was on the e-book as well as hiring them for consulting services to review our application package. Their web site has a ton of tips, but the book is really the key; it sums up everything you need to successfully navigate the Spanish bureaucracy. Which is saying something, let me tell you.” – P.C.
“You’ve helped us plan our sabbatical year in Spain. We hadn’t visited Spain from the US prior to our trip, so we really needed someone who knew the area. Your professionalism and follow-through, local knowledge and expertise, and personal experience were integral to our wonderful experience in Spain. You went above and beyond to help us create memories that will be part of our family story forever. Thank you!” – M.H.
“You were very helpful in our move to Almuñécar. You also were invaluable in helping us to find a home to rent and to register our kids for school before we came. It would have been a much more stressful process without their help and investing in their support was worth every penny!” – M.W.B.
Moving to Costa Tropical Services
Read through our services below and begin to build your custom package. Everyone has something they prefer to do on their own or that they prefer to have help with. We’ve done our best to document what we think is a top priority, but if you have something specific we can work with you to customize the services.
Just know which services are of interest to you, fill out the contact form, checking the services you would like. Items with an * are typically provided in person or once you are in Spain.
Non-Lucrative Visa (US citizens)
You will receive the Live in Spain eBook, (written for Americans) The eBook details all of the requirements and steps to obtain the Spanish non-lucrative visa for US Citizens, including a checklist, the nuances per consulate in the USA, the timing of gathering documents, and applying for the visa.
Prepare for the Move
You will receive the Getting Settled in Spain eBook. This eBook specifically covers information for anyone (mainly Americans) to prepare for the move and helping with tips once you arrive. We have referrals for shipping your items, credit cards, banking tips, bringing pets, and more.
Where to live?
We know the area well and can help guide you with neighborhoods, villages, urbanizations, and more, based on your needs and desires.
Cost of living in Spain
You will receive the Cost of Living in Spain eBook. This eBook will guide you through the process of how to budget and estimate the cost of living in Spain. It will help you understand your current lifestyle and estimate your lifestyle in Spain. It includes several money-saving tips as well.
Driving in Spain
You will receive the Driving in Spain eBook. This will help provide information on the basic road rules and signs. In addition, it includes information for obtaining your Spanish driver’s license. If you’re going to be driving in Spain, you need this book!
Non Lucrative Visa Spain (Americans)
You will receive our Spain Non Lucrative Visa for Amercians eBook. For those who like to do the work themselves, this eBook provides you with the tools needed to apply for the Spain non lucrative visa, specifically for Americans.
We consult via email or video/phone call. This can be related to any topic you want and the time is yours to ask the questions. We prefer to receive the bulk of the questions in advance to use our time together effectively.
Lobster Mobile Spanish SIM
We are suppliers for Lobster Mobile. We can Pre-register and mail you a sim card to use in Spain. If you are moving to Costa Tropical we can assist you in person or mail it to you in advance, so you have data and phone when you arrive in Spain. Free SIM cards! There is a small fee if we need to mail them to you outside of Spain. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
Spain Non Lucrative Visa (US & UK citizens)
We can help you remotely with filling out forms, understanding the requirements, translation services, background check, timing and more. We help guide you through the process.
1 person 300€
Each additional 200€
If you are moving to the Costa Tropical, we can also bundle this service with your TIE appointments upon request. Prices for the TIE are below.
Move to Costa Tropical Rental Properties
We work with you to identify what is important to you and your family. From an in-town apartment to a villa in the hills with a private pool, from short-term rentals or long-term rentals to purchasing a property, we can help with the property search.
We work with many of the estate agents in town and can provide you with the best recommendations based on your needs: sales, rentals, long-term, or holidays. After we have a clear understanding of what you want, we can help you with the search, visit on your behalf, or arrange a visit for you. If you have some links to properties you would like to send us for feedback or take advantage of our knowledge of that area, we can do that too.
Housing – “Just the Basics“
If you have the time and are comfortable searching the web on your own, we provide you with the basics to get you started. We provide a neighborhood and area overview to help you with your move to Costa Tropical.
This includes special tips and things to keep in mind, like the sun! We will also provide links to many of the local estate agents and general searching sites. 31€
Property rental search
Once we’ve received the detailed requirements from you, we will search to identify possible options for you. We will provide 6-10 properties for your review and will include our comments about them. You will need to reach out to the agents on your own.
We will also provide you with the tools in the “just the basics” option to also search on your own and understand how the rental market works in this area. You will receive a customized Google map, created just for you, so you can see where the properties we found for you are located. 150€
You provide us with 5-12 properties for our review. Sometimes you just want to know more information about a property, other than what is provided by an agent. We will share our unbiased feedback on location, walkability, parking, winter and summer activity, noise levels, and more.
We have nothing vested in a particular property, so will just provide you with the facts that we know about the area. (This is all based on us knowing the approximate location of the property, based on the photos in the listing. If you have an exact address, that is even better)
We create a custom Google Map and plot the potential property locations (as best we can), so you can view the surrounding area. 100€
With you or on your behalf – Based on your input, we can view a property in advance of your arrival or with you when you arrive. Often a property may look great in pictures, but the reality can be different. It is possible the photos are very dated, the apartment is located above a disco, at the top of a very steep hill, or perhaps it is surrounded by holiday rentals and you may feel isolated in the winter.
We can provide you with an objective opinion about the property or area, as we aren’t tied to the rental or sale of the property. These services can save you time and money. 75€
Rental Property Search & Viewing Bundle 395€
- All of the above property assistance is provided
(“just the basics”, property rental search, property opinions, and up to 2 viewings.)
- You will receive the tools to help you with your search, plus the addition of our local connections and knowledge.
(Is it up a hill? is fiber available? is there summer noise? is it “alive” in the winter? etc…)
- We will collaborate with you and search the various sites and will review 8-18 properties. This is a combination of our search and your search as well. You can provide us with properties for our review and feedback, based on listing information and photos, plus we will add to the mix. We will reach out to our local contacts and see what is available or what is coming soon. We will also contact agents on your behalf for properties you find and send us the link.
- We create a custom Google Map and plot the potential property locations (as best we can), so you can view the surrounding area.
- We will share our unbiased feedback on location, walkability, parking, winter and summer activity, noise levels and more. We have nothing vested in a particular property, so will just provide you with the facts that we know about the area.
- (This is all based on us knowing the approximate location of the property, based on the photos in the listing. If you have an exact address, that is even better)
- We will view 2 properties on your behalf or with you, based on the details listed above. If a viewing is not needed, we will add more time and effort to the search.
- We are not agents and provide our unbiased opinion and facts about the property or area.
If you are looking to purchase a property, we can provide you with a list of recommended agents to work with. This is a special offer to clients of our Almuñecar Info Services.
Understanding the area for your move to Costa Tropical
* Meet and Greet
Meet up for coffee and chat, to get to know you and gather your likes, desires, and needs to customize the tours. It is a great time to get some of your questions answered as well as getting to know the area. This is a question and answers consulting session.
75€ (~45 min)
* Big Picture Tour
The Big Picture Tour! We provide an overview driving tour of the area from Taramay to La Herradura, locations may vary based on your desires.
This tour will be in our car and a maximum of 4 people may be passengers. This will give you a feel for the different areas and neighborhoods of Almuñécar. We will point out things of interest for your move along the way, as well as answer questions.
100€ (~1 hour)
* Day to Day Life Tour
Day-to-Day Life Tour. In addition, we provide a walking tour of the town center. This will include historical sites, as well as pointing out the markets, restaurants, shopping, banking, schools, and a dip into the pedestrian alleyways of the old town.
This will provide you with a feel of the day-to-day life in the city and will be customized based on your desires.
100€ (~1 hour)
* Moving to Costa Tropical Understanding the area – 3-hour Almuñécar Tour Bundle
This is a bundled price for the Meet & Greet, Big Picture Tour, and the Day to Day Life Tour. 250€
If you’re considering a move to Spain from outside the EU or from within the EU, we can help you with the administrative parts of the process. You will need to consider many things including residency, schools, healthcare, opening a bank account, exapt health insurance for Spanish residency, phones, the internet, and more.
Medical and Health Insurance –
We provide recommendations for local agents for private health insurance, home or renters insurance, pet insurance, and auto insurance.
Options for Residency – TIE – Resident Card – Residency Renewal – Prices vary
The foreigner’s office (Extranjería Motril) for Costa Tropical is located in the Motril Police Station (Comisaría de Policía Nacional). They are open Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 14;00.
Appointments are required to apply for an NIE or TIE.
NIE – Numero de Identidad de Extranjeros, TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros / Resident Card
Services we offer
- Make appointments for you at Motril Foreigner’s Office
- Request NIE – Numero de Identidad de Extranjeros
- Request TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjeros / Resident Card
- Residency for EU citizens
- Residency for EU / Non-EU family
- Attend appointment in Motril Foreigner’s Office
- Review paperwork and attend the appointment at Motril Foreigner’s Office
- Residency renewal
Certificate of Registration “padrón”
The padrón is officially registering with the municipality of Almuñécar for the census. This is needed for many other administrative tasks, as well as school registration.
You will receive the detailed documented process for Almuñécar & La Herradura locations Process only 12€
Attend with you 40€
Our local lawyer helps answer some of the most common questions we have as foreigners in Spain. This topic is going to cover the digital certificate Spain! He can get one for you.
TIE – Residency Card
For those on the Non-lucrative visa, you just have 30 days to get more paperwork done! We guide you through the TIE process.
We will make your appointments, provide you with a checklist of what to bring with you, complete your forms online and print all of the required documents for you. Plus we will review your paperwork before you go.
1 person 150€
Each additional 100€
Empadronamiento + TIE Bundle
To become a resident you need to get through all of the paperwork and we can help you. Why not bundle your services and receive a discount?
We will provide you with the documented process to obtain the padrón on your own. We also guide you through the process for your TIE. We fill out the forms online for you and print all of the required documents, place them in a packet for each person, then we will make your appointments in Motril.
1 person 155€
Each additional 100€
Residency for EU Citizens
For those with at least one family member who holds an EU passport, we can help you with your residency in Spain. We guide you through the residency application and the TIE process.
We will make your appointments, provide you with a checklist of what to bring with you, plus review your paperwork before you go.
1 person 250€
Each additional 100€
Non-Luractive Renewal & TIE Bundle
For those of you with a non-lucrative residency or visa, it will need to be renewed after the first year and future dates as well. You may request to renew your residency in Spain. We guide you through the residency application and the TIE process.
We will make your appointments, provide you with a checklist of what to bring with you, plus review your paperwork before you go.
1 person 400€
Each additional 250€
We will provide information about the local area schools (public and private) to help with your research, checking for space availability, scheduling a school visit, help with registration
1 school 300€
Each additional school is 75€
* Add Ons
These are items we can help you with, once you arrive. There is no need to include it with your package, as they may not be needed. It could be helping with opening a bank account, setting up your internet, phones, etc. We can quote you a price at the time or offer hourly consulting.
Holiday Rental Tourist License
Our local lawyer helps answer some of the most common questions we have as foreigners in Spain. This topic is going to cover the Holiday Rental Tourist License Andalucia! Including services to complete the process for you.
Consultations or Q&A
Sometimes you just have questions and want to chat with someone to get those questions answered. We can set up a phone or video call or meet with you in person, in 30-minute blocks of time.
All Services are provided by Almuñécar Info to help you with your move to Costa Tropical. A discount will be offered to start with the purchase of 2 hours and/or when bundled with multiple services.
We are able to customize our services to meet your needs, so please let us know what you desire. Please contact us to schedule your appointment, to begin the process, or to receive an estimate for a customized package or service.
Build Your Move to Costa Tropical Package – Request a Quote!
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All prices quoted have the taxes included (IVA at 21%)