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Bàscara

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Begur

Weekly Food Market

Every Wed

Food market on every Wednesday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Weekly Market Begur

Every Day

Weekly market located at Plaça de l’Església and Plaça de la Vila from 09:00-13:00. Read More…

Cadaqués

Weekly Food Market

Every Mon

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Castelló d’Empúries

Weekly Food Market

Every Tue

Food market on every Tuesday. Fresh fruit, flowers and bedding plants. Opens all day. Located in La Placa del Mercat. Read More…

El Port de la Selva

Weekly Food Market

Every Fri

Food market on every Sunday. Vegetables, fruit, and some live chickens etc. Opens all day. Located in the Plaza Major. Read More…

Empuriabrava

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Figueres

Weekly Food Market

Every Tue

Food market on every Saturday. Open from 09:00-14:00. Located at Plaça del Gra and Plaça Catalunya. Read More…

Weekly Food Market

Every Thu

Food market on every Saturday. Open from 09:00-14:00. Located at Plaça del Gra and Plaça Catalunya. Read More…

Weekly Food Market

Every Sat

Food market on every Saturday. Open from 09:00-14:00. Located at Plaça del Gra and Plaça Catalunya. Read More…

Clothes market

Every Thu

Clothes market every Thursday at Passeig Nou from 09:00-14:00. Read More…

Girona

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun, Tue

Food market on every Tuesday and Sunday. Open all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Market of the Flowers

Every Sat

Weekly market of the flowers is every Saturday except those falling between 1st January and 5th January each year. The market is at Rambla de la Llibertat. Times are… Read More…

Weekly Market Can Gibert

Every Thu

Weekly Market. Calle San Sebastián 09.00Hrs until 14.00Hrs Every Thursday. Read More…

Weekly Street market

Every Tue, Sat

Held at Ribes del Ter, starts 09.00hrs until 14.00hrs Read More…

Art Fair

Every Sat

Street fair every Saturday morning at C/Mercaders & Abeuradors. Read More…

Fair for Arts & Crafts and Traditional Food

Every Fri

Monthly market held at Pl. Miquel Santaló. Every second Friday in the month from February to June and September to December. 09:00-20:00. Read More…

Fair for Traditional Food

Every Wed, Sat

Held every first Saturday in the month from 09:00-20:00 at Rambla & Argenteria. Read More…

Fair for Traditional Products

Every Sat

Weekly market at Pont de Pedra every Saturday from March to June and October to December. 09:00-20:00. Read More…

The Lioness’ Market

Every Sat

Held on the first and second Saturday every month at C/ Jaume Pons Martí from 09:00-14:00. Read More…

Girona

Weekly Art Fair

Every Sat

Art fair held every Saturday from 10:00-20:30 at Pl. Miquel Santaló. Read More…

Collector’s Fair

Every Sun

Held every Sunday from 09:00-13:00 at Pl. Catalunya. Read More…

L’Escala

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

L’Estartit

Secondhand Market

Every Sat

Secondhand market with all types of secondhand goods, clothing, bric a brac. Opens 9am – 1.30pm. Situated in the Market Square Read More…

Weekly Market

Every Thu

Market opens all day. Selling clothing and household goods, as well as leather goods, handbags, waistcoats etc. at the Plaza de Mercado. Limited parking nearby. Read More…

La Bisbal d’Empordà

Weekly Food Market

Every Fri

Food Fresh food market, vegetables, fruit, olives and oils. open every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Plaza de La Eglesia. Read More…

Llançà

Weekly Food and Clothing Market

Every Wed

Food and clothing market on every wednesday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square, which is on the waterfront near the Marina. Limited Parking at market but… Read More…

Lloret de Mar

Weekly Food Market

Every Tue

Food market on every Tuesday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Olot

Food Market

Every Sat

Monthly Mercat del Farcell featuring 100% artisan made food products. Held every second Saturday in the month at Firal d’Olot from 10:00-20:30. Read More…

Palafrugell

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Palamós

Weekly Food Market

Every Tue

Food market on every Tuesday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Palamos Street Market

Every Tue From: Monday 1 April 2013 To: Tuesday 1 April 2014

Palamos street market is in Avenguda Catalunya and features food, clothes, souvenirs and household items. Read More…

Pals

Weekly Food Market

Every Tue

Food market on every Tuesday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Portbou

Weekly Food Market

Every Fri

Fresh food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in La Plaza Eglesia. Read More…

Ripoll

Car Market

Every Sat

Second hand car market held every first Saturday in the month in El Mercat de Ripoll (Pl Ajuntament). Read More…

Roses

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located behind the old city wall. Read More…

Sant Feliu de Guixols

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Sant Miquel de Fluvià

Weekly Food Market

Every Sun

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Sant Pere Pescador

Weekly Food and Clothing Market

Every Wed

Food and clothing market on every Wednesday. Open until 2.00pm with cafes and parking either side of the river. Located on the banks of the river on the main road to… Read More…

Torroella de Montgrí

Weekly Food Market

Every Mon

Food and clothing market on every Monday. Opens all day. Located in the Ramblas, behind the church and library. Very limited parking with most street parking

Tossa de Mar

Weekly Food Market

Every Thu

Food market on every Sunday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square Read More…

Vilamalla

Weekly Food Market

Every Sat

Food market on every Saturday. Opens all day. Located in the Market Square

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Why is Spain a more attractive country in which to invest in a home than others offering the ¨golden visa¨- when in those countries, the required threshold is much lower?

All the experts point to the “legal security and political stability¨ in Spain as one of the vital aspects which puts Spain ahead of their Mediterranean neighbours.  Spain offers a wide range of real estate products of a varied nature much of which is being sold at levels seen in the last decade – making it interesting for foreign investment in property here.

Spain also has a good infrastructure, ease of access and a unique climate and lifestyle.

The non-EU investors interested in obtaining  ¨golden visas¨ are wealthy people because the law requires them to have at least 500,000 euros in cash for the purchase of property.  Demand is highest from those countries requiring normal visas  and among those who are typically travelling and doing business in Europe as this is an opportunity for them to establish a European base for their business.

According to El Mundo, the experts agree that the threshold of 500,000 euros is the correct amount for a minimum investment as “Spain is seeking quality investors” and “with an investor who has 500,000 euros in cash there is the security that in the future they will not make the economy suffer”.

It is interesting to note that in 2013, 4 times more houses were sold to foreigners than in the whole of  the previous year, and it is estimated that over the next 3 to 5 years more than 100,000 homes could be sold in Spain.  This will ensure a recovery in property prices.

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The Golden Economic QuestionWhat do you get when you combine sovereign debt crisis, major bank scandals, and volatile stock market conditions? You get the one question that runs through everyone´s mind: Which Way is up?

Perspectives on the precarious global economic climate are constantly flooding the news as well as  taking their toll on investor sentiments as reflected in the volatile stock markets and currency fluctuations worldwide. And yes, the bank scandals don’t help either.

However, while the sovereign debt crisis takes centrre stage with Spain, Italy and Greece bearing the forefront of the blame of the euro’s slide, perhaps a more global perspective with respect to borrowing costs for governments being at an all time low could reveal that the economic woes are more widespread than suspected.

In an article by Business Insider, a year or two ago, an analysis of 10 year treasury bonds around the world showed that these borrowing costs were at all time lows and suggested that instead of being a sovereign debt crisis as most reported, it was rather a problem of being a “growth-deficient world”. The article stated, “What this essentially means is that there’s a lot of money out there that sees no productive investments in the real world”.

RISK VS RETURN

Investing during such an ambiguous time might seem too risky for some.  However, for others, it is a moment of opportunity, and safe haven investments such as property, can offer a cushion of protection and moreover, a positive return on investment.

In a report by Wealth-X Research, Ultra High Net Worth investors (UHNW), are not only looking for these types of stable micromarkets or havens per se, but also taking “lifestyle” into their investment considerations.

This new trend is good news for places such as the Costa Brava where a combination of golden visa  opportunities for non-EU residents, reduced property prices and growth opportunities are beginning to attract foreign investors.

The bottom line: Investing in a good property in a good location will always lead you in the right direction…and that is Up!