Congratulations on moving to Malaga! Your new life in the sun is almost set ready to go, but have you got your Spanish NIE Number? You will need a Spanish NIE Number to open a bank account, rent or buy a property, connect to internet or get a contract phone in Spain.
Here at my NIE, we are able to sort all your paperwork, make the appointment for you and get you get up with a new Spanish NIE number within 24hrs.
Here at MY NIE Number we like to go traveling around. This week we visited Malaga. Check out our guide below for useful tips for holidaying or living in Malaga.
How to get a NIE Number in Malaga
You dont need a Spanish NIE Number to visit Malaga. Malaga is a Spanish City on the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean sea, in a region called Andalucía in the South of the country. The popular tourist resort is the 6th Most popular city and Spain and the second most popular city in its province of Andalucía. Tourism is hugely import for the economy in Malaga.
Famous as the birth place of Artist Picasso and for its fine Architectural assets, Malaga also boasts impressive Mediterranean cuisine, fine Spanish wines and some of the beast beaches in the world.
Attractions in Malaga
The city of Malaga is its own little world of magic and you don’t need your Spanish NIE Number to discover it. It was once described by the famous poet Vicente Aleixandre as ‘paradise between the sky and the earth’.
Malaga has 3 main beaches to visit, Torremolinos Beach, El Palo Beach and La Caleta Beach. The weather is generally good and is sun drenched most of the year.
It has numerous parks, including the Malaga Park, Crocodile Park and the Montes de Malaga Natural Parke. Malaga also boasts interesting landmarks and plenty of places for sightseeing which makes it an ideal place to spend a family vacation. You wont need a Spanish NIE Number to visit any of Malaga’s theme parks.
Transport in Malaga
Public transport in Malaga is world renowned, comfortable and safe. In the main city centre you can find basically all the main sights by walking, as they are all mostly found around the historic old town. You wont need your Spanish NIE number to jump on a bus or hail a taxi.
The main bus station in Malaga can be found next to Malaga train station. This is where busses to many places in the whole province can be found. Malaga’s buses run from 6:45 AM to 23:00 PM. There are also 3 night buses in the summer to help you get home after a few drinks or a night at the theatre.
Malaga’s train service is run by RENFE, which is the main Spanish Railway Company. In many of Malaga’s new train Stations such as Maria Zambrano, travellers can purchase train tickets to most places in Spain including Seville, Madrid and Alicante. The central train station boasts an enormous underground carpark and a shopping centre.
Hotels in Malaga
Malaga offers a wide range of hotels and accommodation to suit all budgets. Click here to book a hotel in Malaga.
Would you like more information about obtaining your Spanish NIE Number in Malaga? Give us a call or use our live help to contact us!
While your in Malaga why not take one of the Many Tapas tours? You wont need a NIE Number and its tasty!
In the main Tapas tour you visit 4 of malagas most famous tapas resturants on a 3 hour tour, tasting upto 20 different plates of tapas, of course all served up with a large glass of wine or a chilled Mahou beer.
Benefits of going on a Tapas tour
-Excellent value for money -Free drinks included -Free snacks included
You Meet your tapas guide near Plaza de la Constitución in the central area Malaga. Your guide will then walk you to your first tapas bar of the evening.
As you walk along the streets of Malaga, your Tapas guide will chat to you about Spanish foods and the surge in popularity for tapas all over the world.
While the best place to eat tapas is a subject of strong debate, It is well thought that Malaga is one of the best places to discover it.
Tapas bars in Malaga are often packed out, but that’s part of the fun! volley for space with the locals and follow the tapas etiquette of your tour guide. Dishes served each evening will vary, but you can expect up to 20 different Tapas from four different resturants.
Here at MY Nie Number we like to meet some of our Valued customers. This week we met up with John and Sandra Bradshaw who moved to Malaga to open a tapas bar.
Q: How are you finding Malaga and how did you get your Spanish NIE Number?
A: We love Malaga. It was a bit of a struggle to start with the get used to the Spanish way of life. The banks closing at 1pm does not help when your running a business. We used the my NIE number website because we found it cheap and easy to use. We put our details including our passport numbers and Spanish address into the NIE Number booking form and woke up the next day to find our appointments had been made and we had all our paper work filled out.
Q: Would you recommend our NIE Number booking service to other people and your Friends?
A: Yes we would 100% recommend your NIE Number booking service to all our friends in Spain. We found it so simple and easy to use. The Spanish NIE Number booking form was so simple because it was in clear and simple English, No Spanish was required so that was great as we speak very little Spanish Language.
Here at MY NIE we would like to take a few moments to answer all your Spanish NIE Number Questions. If you need your NIE Number why not visit our home page and read more. Get your NIE Number appointment in 24hrs.
So, What is a Spanish NIE Number and why do I need one?
A NIE is a Tax Identification Number in mainland Spain. In Spain it is commonly known as the Número de identidad de extranjero. Spanish NIE Numbers have recently been linked to your recidency so the number will also show on your tarjeta de residencia. The number is issued by the Police in Spain.
You will need your Spanish NIE Number to buy a house, rent a flat, connect to services such as water, electricity and internet and for getting a work contract.
What does a NIE Number look like?
You NIE Number is made up of a letter followed by seven numbers followed by another letter. If you obtained your number before July 2008 the starting letter will be an X and the end letter a Y. Your NIE Number is required to buy a property, boat or car and is required when you start working or claiming benefits.
Do I get a NIE Number Card?
No. Despite common misconceptions that you get a NIE Card your number will actually be given to you on a piece of A4 Paper stamped by the Police. See an example of a Spanish NIE Number below.
Although commonly called the NIE Number card you will in fact receive your NIE Number on an A4 piece of paper which will be stamped by the Local police. It will also include your date of birth, nationality and a signature.
How do I apply for my NIE Number?
You have various choices on how to get your Spanish NIE Number. You can use our service at www.mynie.co.uk, you can fill in the paperwork your self and make your own appointment or you Ask your solicitor to do it for you. The system MY NIE uses is the cheapest way to ensure all the paperwork is in proper order.
I don’t have an address in Spain. Can I still get my NIE Number?
When you apply for your Spanish NIE Number you will be required to give a Spanish address. This does not have to be a permanent address, for example a hotel address can be used. As mail is sent to this address occasionally its best to change your address once you get settled.
I don’t have a Spanish telephone number. Can I still get a NIE Number
Yes, no problem! Just let us know on our fast booking form and we will sort it out.
A man in a bar told me I can just walk into any police station and get a NIE Number. Is this true?
If only life was this simple…. In times gone by possibly this may have been the case in Small towns and villages, but with the number of people moving to Spain the Spanish brought in a streamlined booking system. We can say with 99% certainty that you will not get your NIE Number without an appointment.
Do I have to make an appointment to get my Spanish NIE Number?
Yes, in most area’s of Spain you now have to make an appointment to obtain your NIE Number from the local police station. You can make this appointment your self or let us at MY NIE do the hard work, book it and do the paperwork for you.
I’ve Lost my Spanish NIE Number
If you have lost your Spanish NIE Number unfortunately the system is the same as applying for a new NIE Number. You will need an appointment at the police station and will need to fill in all the forms again. Here at MY NIE we are able to do all that for you. Its helpful if you either know your NIE Number or have a copy of the certificate available. If in the unlikely event you go to the police station and they are unable to find you registered on there system you will have to apply again for a new number.
What do I do when I get to the police station to get my NIE Number?
On the morning of your appointment you will generally be required to attend the Police Station by 9.30am. Even with the new booking system the police only issue a certain number of NIE Certificates a day so its best to not be late. The wait can sometimes be long, so we recommend you take a book or magazine.
How do I know what police station to go to for my NIE Number?
Once we have made your booking we will email you over all your paperwork. This email will have a Google Maps links to the police station you are required to attend to obtain your NIE Number.
How many Copies of the NIE Number documents do I need to print off?
We recommend you print off 3 copies of each NIE Number document.
Do I need to pay a tax/fee to get my Spanish NIE Number?
Yes, you will need to take form 790 (which we will send you) to a local bank and pay the current fee of around 9.75. The bank will stamp your copy and you take this with you to the police station.
Will I be given my NIE Number certificate straight away?
Its unlikely. You may be asked to come back latter in the day or possibly another day to collect your NIE number Certificate. Please remember to take your passport/ID with you as without this you will not be given your Certificate.
What does NIE stand for?
NIE stands for ‘Tax Identification Number’ and is used for all official dealings in Spain.
Do I need a Spanish NIE Number to drive a car in Spain.
No, you can drive your car from England and drive a hire car in Spain. You will need a Spanish NIE Number to buy and insure a car in Spain though.
What area’s of Spain can MY NIE get me a NIE Number?
MY NIE is based in the area between Calpe and Alicante. However we can sort the paperwork for you and book your appointment anywhere in mainland Spain.
I’ve tried to phone MY NIE and get an answer phone. What can I do?
Unfortunately the area of Spain we are in has intermittent telephone signal. Some time, but very rarely this means you wont be able to call us. The very quickest way to contact us is via our live help or send us an email via our contact us page. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Use our easy NIE Number booking form to fill out your details, we will then in turn fill out all your paperwork and book your appointment at the police station. You will have your NIE Number appointment booked in Madrid and your paperwork completed within 24hrs. You will have your NIE Number appointment in Madrid in place within 24hrs.
All you have to do is turn up on the appointment date at the Madrid Police Station and hand in your NIE Number paperwork.
Your Spanish NIE Number Madrid will be available a few hours latter.
Here at MY NIE Number Spain we like to go traveling. We have put together our top tips for things to do once you have your Spanish NIE number. We hope you enjoy our guide.
Madrid, located in the Iberian Peninsula, surrounded by mountains and natural parks, is the Spanish Capital city, and home to the Spanish Royal Family and the Spanish Government. These days Madrid is the economical and industrial centre point of Spain with a population approaching 3.4 million People.
Madrid is connected to all major Spanish towns and cities by requent train, road and air routes. Madrid is a Large city with several police stations so getting your NIE Number in Madrid is reasonably quick process.
You dont need a Spanish NIE Number to hop on a train to Madrid. Trains are great way to get to any town and city in Europe. Main towns have at least one railway station, with Large cities normaly having more than two. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. The three main Railway stations in Madrid are: Madrid Atocha, Madrid Chamartin and Marid Princi Pio. You can also get a Direct services from Madrid to France , Paris and Portugal. A tipical trip from Barcelona to Madrid takes 2 hrs 45 mins.
There are two main companies running train services in Madrid. Ave, is a high speed train traveling at up to 200kmph. While this service may currently be expensive you can save heaps of time. A typical trip from Madrid to Benidorm can take up to 4hrs in a car while its only 75 minutes on the fast Ave Train.
The regional trains in madrid are somewhat slower but also cheaper. Known locally at Cercanias, the trains run frecuently and are very cheap. If you wish to visit the outlying areas of Madrid cheaply this is the way to do it .
You wont need your Spanish NIE Number to Visit Madrid . The weather in madrid is variable depending on the time of year. In summer it can easiliy hit the mid eighty’s but be warned in the winter it can also easily drop to just above freezing with temperatures of 4 degrees in the deep winter. Check the weather in Madrid
Attractions and things to do in Madrid
Do I need a NIE Number to visit Madrid’s many attractions? No! Madrid has a lot of fun, interesting attractions to visit. Madrid offers attractions that are both Cultural, like churches and the royal palace, to fun like its many theme parks and shopping centres.
Madrid is famed for its many Monuments and buildings like the royal palaces, Plaza Mayor and its countless statues. Madrid houses an extensive Art collection and Museums with works by Picasso and Velazquez.
Visit Madrid’s Royal Palaces (You do not need a MARDID NIE NUMBER to do this)
The Royal Palace in Madrid, made up of 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms is the official home of the Spanish Royal Family, but in reality it is only used for state ceremonies and entertaining purposes. Its the largest royal palace in Europe based on floor space.
The Spanish Royal family actually live in the Palace of Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid. For an admission fee of 11 Euros you have a tour around the palace and its grand rooms.
Like Sport? Well you don’t need a Spanish NIE Number to partake in sport in Madrid. Madrid can offer you all different types of sport from skiing to golf as well as many international sporting events such as football and rugby.
If you like hitting the town at night and boozing it up, Madrid has a very unqiue nightlife scene throughout the whole week and all year round. You can go out for a tapa (A traditional Spanish snack), take a bite at a very nice restaurants, visit a cinema or theatres, or find nearly any type of bar or disco. The good news….You don’t need a NIE Number in Madrid to enjoy the night life!
If you fancy seeing Madrid from up high it has its very own cable car system, known locally as the el Teleférico. The cable cars were originally built to ferry customers to Parque de Atracciones theme park. You get on at the Paseo del Pintor, which is located on Rosales street, not far from the Argüelles Metro station. The trip takes you high over the River Manzanares and into the Casa de Campo Natural Park. (As my NIE Number wrote this article the cable car was closed for repair with no set date to reopen)
Q: If I get a NIE Number in Madrid will it expire?
A: NIE numbers issued after 2016 no longer have an expiration date. If your number was issued before 2016 and has now expired you will need to make a new booking at the Madrid police station and get a new NIE Number. Click here to read more about NIE Numbers that Expire.
Q: Can I open a Bank Account in Madrid without a NIE Number?
Q: I need my NIE Number in Madrid Fast. Can you help?
If you need a Madrid NIE Number fast you have come to the right website. Here at MY NIE NUMBER SPAIN we can get you booked in within 24hrs. Use our simple booking form today. Read more about getting a NIE Number fast
Q: Can I connect to the internet in Madrid without a NIE Number?
Q: Where are the main Police stations in Madrid to apply for a NIE Number?
A: You can not walk into Madrid’s police stations to get a NIE Number without a CITA appointment. Madrid has Police stations spread all across the city so getting a NIE Number appointment near your home should be easy. Search GOOGLE for police stations in Madrid.
Q: Where can I find the NIE Number forms in English in Madrid?
A: NIE Numbers in Madrid have to be applied for using Spanish language forms. We do not recommend trying to fill in the forms your self unless you have a good grasp of Spanish and the Spanish booking system. Here at MY NIE Number Spain we can fill in all your paperwork for you while you sit back and relax. Read more about NIE Number forms in English.
Q: What does a NIE Number in Madrid Look Like?
A: Your NIE Number in Madrid will be presented to you on a A4 sheet of printed paper. Below is an Example of a Madrid NIE Number certificate:
Just moved to Barcelona? Need a Barcelona NIE Number for work or to buy/rent a property? Why pay over the odds for your NIE number when MY NIE can sort all the paperwork, fill in the forms and book your NIE appointment in Barcelona.
To book your NIE IN Barcelona Click here to use our easy booking form.
Will the weather be nice in Barcelona? Will people understand what I’m saying if I don’t speak spanish? Take a look at the MY NIE practical and useful guide to Barcelona below and you’ll find the answer to the most commonly asked questions before you even get on the plane.
More information about Barcelona from MY NIE Barcelona.
Catalonia and Barcelona was one of the first tourist destination of Spain, it has everything to please most people: with a long history among the oldest in Europe, a capital, Barcelona, which never seems to sleeps and an inland full of charm and Charisma not to forget the beaches in La Costa Brava. A huge variety of artistic treasures, the Romanesque, churches and all the greatest names in art and architecture , Dali, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso and more….
Barcelona sits between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains of inland Spain andhas found its self a formidable reputation: a foot in the traditional things and on the other hand the avant-garde. Barcelona is known of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain and it has renewed for the Olympic Games hosted in 1992.
History of Barcelona guide from MY NIE
The first humans settled in Barcelona in early Neolithic times. The town itself was founded by Romans who set up a town called Barcino at the end of the 1st century. The town had around 800 inhabitants and was walled in by a defensive stone mound, which you can still see today in the old town of Barcelona.
For hundreds of years Barcelona was under a majority Muslim rule, and following the Christian war, it became a county of the Carolingian Empire and one of the main residences of the court of the Crown of Aragon. The successful medieval period made BBarcelona’s position as the monetary and political centre of the Western world. The Old Quarter shows the splendour enjoyed by the city and its residents from the 12th to the 14th centuries.
From the 14th to 17th centuries Barcelona was in a period of decline, while it struggled to maintain its wealth and political independence from the rest of Spain. The struggle ended in 1679, when Barcelona fell to the Bourbon troops and Catalonia’s and Catalans’ rights and privileges were suppressed.
A time of cultural recovery began in the 19th century with the arrival of the development of the clothes industry. During this period, which was known as the Renaixença, Catalan regained prominence as a literary language. This was a good period for Barcelona and you would not have needed a NIE number in these times.
The 20th century ushered in widespread urban renewal (and the introduction of the NIE Number) throughout Barcelona, culminating in its landmark Eixample district which shows some of Barcelona’s distinctive Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista buildings and Churches.
The most famous is the Catalan Antoni Gaudí, the most eminent architects, designed buildings such as the Casa Milà, known as La Pedrera, the Catalan for stone quarry, the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família church, which are now world-famous landmarks visited by thousands of tourists each year..
The gains made during this era were restricted during the Civil War in 1936 and the dictatorship. With the reinstatement of democracy in 1978, the Barcelonasociety regained its economic strength and the Catalan language was restored to its former glory. The city’s hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games gave fresh importance to Barcelona’s potential and confirmed its status as a major city.
In 2004, the Forum of Cultures took back industrial areas to convert them into residential towns. An example of the renewed vigour with which Barcelona is looking towards the 21st century
Language in Barcelona. Do I need to speak Spanish to get a NIE number?
Catalonia has its very own language called Catalan. Most of the inhabitants who live in Barcelona are bilingual and speak Catalan and Spanish, which is also an official world recognised language. Some street names and most road and transport signs are in Catalan in Barcelona.
Lots of restaurants, especially those in the main city centre, have menus in several languages. But if there’s something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask people, many will be happy to help. Many people from Barcelona also speak English and French and sometimes German.
Barcelona Customs and Traditions
In Barcelona, and throughout Catalonia region, there are two official languages: Catalan, the language of the Catalans, and Spanish, the official language of Spain. As in most European countries like the UK and also in Catalonia, GMT is the time system used in Barcelona.
The clocks in Barcelona are one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two in summer and are changed twice a year, going forward one hour in winter and back an hour in summer.
Barcelona is in the Eurozone and the euro coin is its official currency. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, or ‘Caixes’ (the opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 2pm. Thursday afternoons, 4.30pm to 7.45pm, except June to September) and banks (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 2pm and Saturday, 8.30am to 1pm, except summer).
The Bureaux de change also open every day in Barcelona city town centre, and at the railway stations and the Estació del Nord bus station and at the Airport, where they have much longer opening times.
The working day in Barcelona usually begins at 8am or 9am in the morning and ends around 6pm or 7pm in the evening, with a one- or two-hour break for lunch at around 2pm. This is the daily life and routine that befits the residents reputation in the rest of Spain as a hard-working and thrifty people.
Lunch and dinner are eaten later than in the rest of Europe. Most restaurants open from 1pm to 4pm, then from 8pm until 11pm. Tipping isn’t obligatory, but people usually leave 5% if they are happy with the service.
Shops have long opening hours, from 10am to 2pm and from 4.30 to 8 or 8.30pm. In Barcelona city centre, most shops don’t close at lunchtime and large shopping centres stay open until 10pm in summer season.
With regard to prices, Barcelona features a huge range of different accommodation, shops and services to suit all budgets.
For Example here are some approximate prices in Barcelona: a single public transport ticket costs 2.15€, an coffee between 1 and 1.50€; a lunchtime set menu can cost between 8 and 15€, a cinema ticket 10€; a sandwich 3 to 4€, and a newspaper about 1.30€. Smoking is prohibited in all bars and restaurants in Barcelona like the rest of Europe and the UK. You do not need a NIE number to be able to buy cigarettes in spain.
Sustainability in Barcelona
Barcelona loves all aspect of sustainability. They were the first city in the world to be awarded Biosphere certification. From environmental and social issues, from mobility to a commitment to sustainable accommodation, when you visit you’ll find pioneering initiatives including alternative waste management, prioritization of bikes and pedestrians, the preservation of parks and beaches, and a commitment to Smart technologies. MY NIE using smart technology in its website to make booking your Barcelona NIE number quick and easy.
Accessibility in Barcelona
Barcelona is a accessible city and offers every facility so that disabled people can enjoy it and visit the iconic sights. Museums adapted for the blind, barrier-free hotels, accessible beaches and parks, and sign-language tours… are some of the options you’ll find on the website Barcelona Access.
Getting around in Barcelona
Barcelonas transport system is making strides in accessibility: acoustic and visual signals at the turnstiles, the location of vending machines by remote control, ticket machines with information in Braille and voice-activated browsing system s, and ramps and lifts providing step-free access are just some of the features available on the metro, buses, railway, trams and the Barcelona Bus Turístic.
At the same time, Barecolna are furthering there commitment to non-polluting and sustainable energies with hybrid taxis and buses.
The Barcelona Bus Tour
Here at MY NIE we think theres nothing better than the hop-on hop-off bus tour to discover a Barcelona! It is a cheap way to make a first connection with its main tourist attractions, without the stress, at your own pace. Barcelona bus tour offers three different and unique routes where no monument or sight seeing event is forgotten.
How does the bus tour Barcelona hop on hop off work?
MY NIE Barcelona took the tour and have these tips.
The open bus runs through the city on defined routes. These routes stop in front of the main monument in the city. Your ticket allows you to hop on and hop off as many times as you wish throughout the day or for two days if you choose that fare.
100% mobile and skip the line: If you buy your ticket on the website, it will be mobile, i.e. either printable, to keep on your phone and present to the bus driver. No more waiting lines to get your ticket at a tourist office in the city! You will receive your ticket by email immediately after purchase.
Your ticket is valid all year round, it will only be activated when it is scanned on the bus. From then on it will be valid for the whole day or for two consecutive days according to your purchase.
The tour includes a free audio guide with headphones : The audio guide included in the ticket price is currently available in 16 different languages (English, Catalan, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch).
Enjoy the presence of an official tour guide on board the bus, he will answer all your questions.
Finally, thanks to the open top floor of the double decker, take all the pictures you want of Barcelona!
Ten Facts about Barcelona your probably didn’t know about….
1. Its founding origins are still in dispute
There are two Spanish legends concerning the establishment of Barcelona. One legend says that it was founded by Hercules, 400 years before the building of Rome. But, according to the other legend, the city was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal. He named the city Barcino after his family, the Barca family of Carthage. Which one do you believe?
2. Barcelona is considered the “best beach city” in the world
by National Geographic, but their beaches weren’t used for leisure until 1992 Today there are seven beaches with a total of 4.5 km of coastline, but before 1992, Barcelona’s seaside was completely run over by industries, and there existed no beach for the use of the city’s populace and tourism. It wasn’t until the city’s redevelopment for the 1992 Olympic Games that the city moved their industries and converted the seaside area into an exemplary leisure area for locals and tourist alike; including the improvement of two beaches and the creation of five new beaches.
3. Barcelona is to thank for World Book Day. Thank you from MY NIE Barcelona!
Diada de San Jordi (St. Georges Day) is one of the biggest, most widely celebrated festival days in Barcelona which takes place on April 23rd and is a cOn this day, it is a tradition to present your near and dear ones with roses and books. Inspired by this custom, UNESCO declared the day as the International Day of Books.elebration of love and literacy.
4. La Rambla is not just one street… it’s five streets. MY NIE Barcelona went exploring.
La Rambla is probably the most famous street in Barcelona, but in reality, it consists of 5 boulevards –or ramblas– joined to make one long promenade. It starts from Placa Catalunya and ends at the Colombus statue by the waterfront. For this reason, this 2-kilometer long boulevard is also commonly known in plural as Las Ramblas.Thousands of people stroll on Las Ramblas every day and night, where they watch the performing street artists, shop, or sit for a nice meal or coffee. Las Ramblas is the major center of activities in the city and is undoubtedly the most famous promenade of Barcelona, and probably in all Spain.
5. It is Europe’s largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast
Also, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, and the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union.
6. It is the first city to win a RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture
The Royal Gold Medal for architecture is awarded annually since 1848, by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British monarch, in recognition of an individual’s or group’s substantial contribution to international architecture. In 1999, Barcelona became the first and only city, to this date, to receive this honor – instead of an individual architect. And it goes without saying that it is well deserved.
7. Fiestas de la Mercè is the most important festival in Barcelona
The main event of La Mercè is held on the 24th of September each year, and the Festival is held in honor of the Cities Patron Saint and Protector, The Virgin de La Merce. It is an official city holiday since the year 1871.
8. Flamenco is not well known in Barcelona
Even though Spain is well-known for its flamenco dancing, this popular dance is not traditional or well known/practiced in Barcelona or Cataluña. Catalans prefer the more contemporary rock-n-roll scene.
9. The hallmark grid pattern of the city came from a revolutionary utopian master plan
Most of the city of Barcelona was designed by Ildefons Cerdà i Sunyer for the 19th-century extension of the city. The plan, called Eixample, intended to create the perfect environment for Barcelona’s fast-expanding population. He considered traffic and transport along with sunlight and ventilation for the design of his characteristic octagonal blocks, where the streets broaden at every intersection making for greater visibility, better ventilation, and more significant open spaces. In the end, the plan wasn’t built following all the utopian characteristics he envisioned in his plan.
10. Gaudí was not the original architect of Sagrada Familia
Even though La Sagrada Família is one of the major works of Antoní Gaudí, he was not the first architect to be appointed to work on it. Architect Francisco de Paula del Villar was the first one commissioned to design the church. Construction of the crypt of the church was begun March 19, 1882, following Villar’s design. It wasn’t until 1883 when Antoní Gaudí started working on the project. On March 18, 1883, Villar retired from the project, and Gaudí assumed responsibility for its design, which he changed radically.
HOW TO GET YOUR NIE NUMBER IN BARCELONA
Getting your NIE Number Cita Previa appointment and NIE Number paperwork in Barcelona is easy with our service. Use our easy English NIE NUMBER BOOKING FORM, and our staff will book your NIE Number appointment in Barcelona, complete your NIE Number forms and email over for you to print. All you are required to do is attend the police station on the date and time of your appointment, hand in your documents and show your passport.
Your Spanish NIE number will start with a letter, followed by seven numbers and another letter in the end (an example of how a NIE Number might look: Y – 7654321 – A). Each NIE number is unique to one person and it is neither transferable nor does it expire.
More Information About Benidorm from MY NIE NUMBER Benidorm
You don’t need a Benidorm NIE Number to visit on holiday. Benidorm (Spain’s answer to Blackpool) , who’s hotels boast over 35,000 beds and is catered for by over a thousand restaurants, is a very popular Spanish resort In the of the La Marina Baixa region of Spain, and one of the main Holiday destinations along the Costa Blanca area of Spain.
Benidorm has amazing beaches and a variety of excellent Hotels, Hostels and Bed and Breakfasts. It also boasts amazing restaurants ranging from Traditional fish and chips to high end Paella and seafood joints. Benidorm also offers many recreational activities, including sky diving, water skiing and snorkelling, meaning it’s a hit with tourists from all over Spain, the UK and Northern Europe all year round. Benidorm is the perfect place to get your Spanish NIE Number and start working.
Benidorm offers endless possibilities for sun kissed fun, games and recreation and you don’t need a Benidorm NIE Number for any of them!: From taking a nice long walk along the promenade in Altea (get your NIE Number in Altea) , swimming in the crystal clear blue waters off Levante Beach, water sports in its many bays, a boat excursion to the island of Tabarca, or a wander through Benidorm’s historic old town, perched on a rocky outlet, the old town is in great contrast to the wide avenues of the main tourist and commercial area of the town.
Then there’s the Many local cultural festivals which seem to span every weekend in the summer, beautiful Foods and great shopping such as at La Marina. It is indeed one of the Costa Blanca’s biggest tourist attractions. With its Hiwian style white beaches, crystal blue waters, all year round climate and great infrastructure have all gone to give Benidorm have granted this region. Also equipped with a great infrastructure of high-quality services its well-deserved its fame and fortune. If your thinking of Moving to Benidorm to Live, the first thing you will need is a Benidorm NIE Number for tax reasons. Until you have this number its unlikely you will be able to get a job.
Benidorm, even without a NIE Number, is what you want it to be: full of fun, with a fantastic nightlife, but it also allows peace and tranquillity with its charming rock gardens and secluded coves. Truly a place with something for everyone, it’s no wonder it’s so popular. Bars and restaurants are a plenty, as are nightlight and some more ‘interesting’ places that would suit Stag Parties.
You don’t need your Benidorm NIE Number to play golf in Benidorm. There are numerous top quality golf courses in and around the Benidorm area offering a good challenge to the serious, casual and new golfer alike.
You Certainly don’t need a NIE Number Benidorm to visit the Beach! Without doubt, the beaches are Benidorm’s main attractions. A 5km stretch of golden white sand coastline, intermingled with coves where you can enjoy a revitalising swim, as well as take part in water sports, like scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing and sailing.
To the north of Benidorm harbour, Levante beach is one of the most beautiful in the town. As a result of its location, it has easy access to many places and hotels, as well as 2km of fine white sands. These beautiful sands are joined by a busy promenade, filled with terraces, Bars and restaurants, which are very lively at night.
To the south of the Benidorm, you find the beautiful Poniente beach, where 3km of beautiful scenery, hills and mountains can be found. You can also find the cross on top of the hill here. Like the Levante beach, Poniente has a great promenade and is accessible and convenient, with many facilities at hand.
Between the Lavante and Poniente beaches, is a small beach called the Mal Pas cove. A calming cove of golden sands, close to the historic old town and the harbour. Removed from the main centre, these hidden natural coves and beaches allow the visitor to escape from the hustle bustle of the city and enjoy scuba-diving around the magnificent, rocky seabed.
You don’t need a NIE Benidorm Number to enjoy the History of Benidorm. Benidorm’s historic centre is located on a rocky outlet, between the two main beaches – Levante and Poniente. This is the birthplace of Benidorm, a primitive fishing town, dominated by the church of San Jaime on the Hill.
Built in the mid 18th century, its blue tiled domes rise among an intricate network of narrow roads and alleyways, filled with beautiful little corners, shops and bars. The top of the Canfali hills lead to the Balcony of the Mediterranean, a amazing viewpoint that presents a stunning panoramic view of the sea’s around Benidorm.
Do I need a NIE Number Benidorm to visit modern Benidorm? No! On either side of the Old Town lay wide avenues and shopping streets that make up the rather more modern side of Benidorm. The Town, dependant on the tourist market, offers a range of services including hotels, restaurants, large shopping areas, discos and party pubs and terraces.
A NIE Number Benidorm is not needed for recreation in Benidorm. Benidorm’s recreational offerings are endless. From choosing to take a walk along the promenade or visiting the nearby park of L’Aigüera, to a Brilliant day in the Mediterranean Theme Park called Terra Mítica (famous for its wooden roller coaster). The city also has a number of sports centres, including a scuba Diving School and several swimming schools.
Do I need a Benidorm NIE Number to go on an Excursion? No. Boat excursions to Benidorms little island – located in middle between Levante and Poniente– depart from the harbour every hour. It is thought Legend has it that the island is a piece of rock from nearby Mount Campana that brave Roland severed with his sword during the expeditions of Charlemagne. The diverse seabed makes it a scuba-diving paradise with many Ship Wrecks. If the theme parks don’t float your boat you can always go on a blanket tour. Called a blanked tour because the trip is free but they generally try to sell you a duvet or a blanket…. But Great for a free day out.
Benidorm Go Carting (you wont need a NIE Number to go here), Open from 10pm to 7pm daily the Benidorm go carting track is a popular attraction. Located just 10 minutes from Benidorm town centre on the Avenida de la Comunitat. See map below:
You certainly don’t need a NIE NumberBenidorm to visit its great restaurants. Seafood such as prawns and lobster, and rice dishes are the base of the local menu’s. Paella is one of the main dishes, as are shellfish, grilled fish, fried, stewed, or in Benidorm soup.
Garlic and olive oil are the main ingredients of ali-oli sauce, which accompanies many dishes and for dessert lovers, try a almond cake, turrón or home-made ice cream. A range of different ice creams have sprung up in recent years, including gin and tonic and Chocolate mint.
Wines, with Designation of Origin – Alicante (the prestigious seal of quality and origin given in Spain to select wines and products) should certainly be tried. Misteleta (a sweet dessert wine) and horchata (a drink made from tiger nuts, the sort that grows on Trees), are both typical of the region.
Benidorm is one of the worlds happiest and festive town; the local holidays honour the Virgin of Sufragio and Saint James the Apostle. The party begins on the second Sunday of November and offer a varied programme, including floats, theatre performances, and a fireworks Display. You do not need your NIE Number to enjoy the Benidorm Fiestas.
A couple of days later, the Fiesta de la Carxofa – a traditional affair – takes place in the Old Town. Other celebrations worth mentioning are the Bonfires of San Juan and the Muslims and Christians festivities, both in June.
Surrounding areas of Benidorm
The outskirts of Benidorm are a beautiful area to visit. To the north of Benidorm, the terrain becomes rough, with sierras and cliffs all the way into the sea. In this area lay the towns of Alfàs del Pi, and Altea. If your living in either Alfaz De Pi, Altea or Albir and need your NIE Number your nearest police station will be Benidorm.
In addition, next to the Peñón de Ifach Nature Reserve is the town of Calpe, a amazing town that has mixed the conservation of its monumental heritage with its increasing tourism market. If your thinking of moving to Calpe and need your NIE Number again, your nearest Police station will be Benidorm.
To the south of Benidorm you find the tiny town of Villajoyosa, the capital of Marina Baja. Crossing the Sierra Aitana, the northern interior provides an interesting journey through Cocentaina, an important town in medieval history, and Alcoy, a place made famous for its Muslim and Christian festivals. For this reason it was declared a place of ‘International Touristic Interest’. If you thinking of starting a business or moving to Vilajoyosa you will need your NIE Number. Our staff will be happy to book you into Benidorm police station to get your NIE Number today.
So you have your NIE Number in Benidorm. What’s the weather like? Its hot all year around so Getting your NIE Number is an advantage. Benidorm benefits from a temperate climate all year round. Cooled by sea breezes from excessive heat in the summer, and remaining mild throughout the winter.
Visit the Benidorm Gay Area
You wont need your Spanish NIE Number in Benidorm to visit the old town and the Gay Area. Benidorm has a very vibrant Gay Scene with the Gay nightlife mainly concentrated in the streets of the Old Town between Levante and Pointe beach. Some great bars to visit include Casper’s, Mercury and West end show bar.
Pet Shops Benidorm that you don’t need a NIE Number to go to
Like Pet Shops? Benidorm is a pet lovers paradise with pet shops on most roads. From small fluffy puppies to huge parrots and snakes a Pet lovers paradise is on every corner. nb: MY NIE Number Spain does not recommend buying a puppy from a pet shop IN Benidorm. You should always see it with its mother.
5 Interesting Benidorm Facts!
1.) Benidorm was unsurprisingly Spain’s first seaside resort for package holidays when the then mayor, Pedro Zaragoza decided to transform the sleepy fishing village of the 1950’s into a major tourist holiday resort. He allowed bikinis on the beach and 7 decades later the town attracts more than 7m visitors a year. When Pedro Zaragoza was in power the NIE Number didn’t exist.
2.) Benidorm’s traditional drink of Horchata is not actually Spanish but was brought to the country by Muslims centuries ago. With its ingredients of Tiger nuts, sugar and water you can buy it in supermarkets or sample the real stuff at many cafes.
3.)There are two main beaches at Benidorm; Levante in the new town and Poniente in the old town. You don’t need a Spanish NIE Number to visit either of these beaches.
4.)The Met Office considers Benidorm to have one of the best climates in the world health wise thanks to its warm temperatures, low rainfall and clean air. Those with Asthma and Arthritis is particular will feel the benefits of life in this area.
5.) Only Milan and London boast more skyscrapers than Benidorm. The Gran Hotel Bali is the tallest hotel in Europe standing at 186m high.
Here at my NIE Number we like to get out and meet our customers. Today we meet Darren and Steve who opened a bar in the old town of Benidorm in March 2017. We decided to ask them how they found our service and any improvements we could make.
NIE Number Benidorm Reviews
Q: What was your experience of getting your NIE Number in Benidorm Spain Like? How did you hear about our service?
A: We was recommended to MY NIE Number by a friend of ours who saw the service advertised on Facebook. We was really happy with the service. We put our details into the online NIE Number booking website and within a few hours we had a call with a date and time to attend the police station.
Q: Would you recommend our NIE Number service to other people in Benidorm?
A: Yes, absolutely. we found your online NIE Number Benidorm service really quick, useful and the jargon free guide you sent us really helpful.
Q: Do you think there are any improvements we can make to our NIE Number service for the Benidorm Region?
Response: Thank you for your feed back on that matter. We have now made changes to our eBook information about NIE Numbers so it makes the system of paying the tax at the bank simple. How to pay your NIE Number Tax.
Q: Would you recommend our NIE Number service to other people?
A: Yes we would. We have a lot of people visit the bar who have just moved to Benidorm we tell them all the time about your service
Response: Thank you guys! Very Much appreciated 🙂
More Customer reviews who got their NIE Number in Benidorm, Spain.
Richard and Jackie moved to Benidorm to open a Café/Florist in the Old town. They needed their NIE Number in Benidorm but didn’t know where to go. They came to us and we had them booked into the police station and their NIE Number paperwork completed in no time. They Said:
When we first moved to Benidorm we had no clue that we needed to get a NIE Number. We went to the police station and they told us we had to make a NIE Number appointment online.
We found your service on Google and couldn’t have been happier. We was booked into our NIE Number appointment in Benidorm the next week and had our NIE Number certificate within a week. We would highly recommend you to our friends and customers.
More NIE Number Benidorm Information from our NIE Number Expert Lisa Hill
Q: I live in Benidorm but I have lost my NIE Number certificate can you get me a replacement?
A: Getting a replacement NIE Number certificate in Benidorm is unfortunately the same procedure as getting a new NIE Number. You will need a CITA PRIVA appointment and need to complete all the necessary paperwork. Our NIE Number blog has lots of information on Lost NIE Numbers
Q: Do I need to take passport photo’s with me for my NIE Number appointment in Benidorm?
Q: I want to fill in the NIE Number forms and book the appointment my self. Can you send me translated NIE Number forms?
A: Unless you have a good grasp of written Spanish and some understanding of the Spanish CITA PRIEVIA booking system we do not recommend attempting to complete the paperwork your self. Time and again we hear stories of people who have attempted to do this their self, made mistakes and been sent away from their NIE Number appointment in Benidorm without their certificate.
Q: I’m moving to Benidorm with my Children. Do they need a NIE Number?
A: Its highly unlikely that your child will be asked for a NIE Number in Benidorm. However we have heard from people that some private schools in the Benidorm area have asked for a NIE Number from Children. If you require a NIE Number Benidorm for a child please let us know. Read more about NIE Numbers for Children in Spain.
Q: I’m living in Benidorm. Do I need a NIE Number to connect to the internet?
Q: How do I find the Benidorm Police station when I have my NIE Number appointment?
A: Once you have made your NIE Number booking with us and we have booked your appointment at Benidorm Police station we will send you all the information you need in email form. A link with directions from your home to the Benidorm Police station will be included. Goggle Maps Link Below:
The Police station Address is: Carrer Apolo XI, 31 Tel: 965 85 88 92
A: If your planning on working in Benidorm, or intend to stay for longer than 3 months you will need a NIE Number. Check out our home page to find out how you can get your Benidorm NIE Number today. Or read more about legal requirement NIE Numbers.
Q: What is the cost of getting my NIE Number Benidorm?
A: Here at MY NIE Number Spain we have a flat cost of £20 to obtain your NIE Number in Benidorm. This includes filling in all the NIE NUMBER BENIDORM FORMS, and booking your Appointment at the Police Station. Once you have filled out our easy booking form you should be booked in within 24hrs.
Q: I’ve been refused a NIE Number in Benidorm. What can I do?
A: In the unlikely event that you are refused a NIE Number appointment in Benidorm our NIE Number experts can advice you more on what else you may need to take with you and book you a new appointment free of Charge. Read more about being refused a NIE Number.