Want to set up a business in Spain? Read how the locals and expats in the Axarquia area have set up their business. Or use this section as a guide as to where to shop, drink or eat.


Crisis what Crisis?
Oh how nice it would be to be able to write such a headline and mean it, but sadly we can't. Since the banking crash in 2008 we have all been suffering and many businesses have not survived. Expats on the Costas are badly hit, both by low interest rates on their savings, a poor exchange rate when converting their pensions to Euros and of course the ever-rising cost of living.

No fun for the retired
Help the Aged report increasing numbers of pensioners struggling financially


t the Foremost Currency Group we can save you money when buying your overseas property, transferring money from Spain to the UK after the sale of a property or receiving your regular monthly pension whilst abroad. As foreign exchange specialists we understand the currency markets and consistently achieve better exchange rates than the UK High Street banks.

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At last La boutique in the village of competa is now open. The huge 3 floor department store has been the vision of Jose (owner of Portichuello Ferreteria) and his fiancée Lisa.

It has taken him nearly 8 years to transform the original second floor shop within the family building to the store it is today. The building can be found on the left hand side as you enter Competa on the way to the car park. This building started as a ground level herbal and drug store run by Jose’s family. When


At Asesoría Axarquía we have been providing professional assistance to many satisfied foreign clients for over 15 years. Based in the centre of Torre del Mar, our offices are easy to find with parking available right outside. We can offer all of our services in Spanish, English, German, Italian and French We pride ourselves on our friendly approach and like to get to know all of our clients so that we can offer a personal service.

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Lee Talbot Construction



Septic Tanks and Water Saving Solutions

Some older Fincas in Spain have a “posa negra” literally a hole in the ground rather than a septic tank. The waste is allowed to seep away into the soil resulting in pollution of the subsoil and water table. This is against EEC regulations and a proper tank should to be installed. Although there is no requirement to change the posa negra while living in the property, but if you are looking to sell your home the potential buyer’s

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