Coming to live in Jávea is one of the best decisions anyone could make – but, of course, we could be a little biased. The latest available statistics (2019) show that 43% of its population of 27,604 are foreigners and that more than 4,500 of those registered residents have come from the UK. In the wake of BREXIT, it has become more important than ever for British citizens to ensure that they are legally resident in Spain to be able to benefit from the rights outlined in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement. Being properly registered also opens up many doors, including the right of residency, freedom of movement and access to the health system.

DISCLAIMER: These notes are based on our own experiences when we went through the processes a few years ago. As always, processes evolve and we would appreciate any updates based your own encounters with bureaucracy. If you have any doubt, we recommend employing the services of a professional advisor. There are several reliable options in our Business Directory.


Registering on the Padrón, the civic municipal list, is not only a legal requirement for those who spend much of their time in Spain but also provides the town hall in Jávea with a population count from which it receives the appropriate funding from central government for its local services such as police, postal service, fire fighting ability and health support.

LINK: How to register on the Padrón in Jávea

THE NIE – Foreigner Registration Number

The NIE (Numero de Identificación de Extranjeros – Foreigner Registration Number). is simply a registration legally required for foreigners who have assets in Spain, both residents and non-residents. You need this number for many procedures, including opening a bank account (resident or non-resident), buying a car, even, on occasions, accepting a package through the postal system.

LINK: How to apply for an NIE


EU citizens, including UK nationals, who want to reside in Spain for more than three months must register with the Central Register of Foreign Nationals. After the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement was signed, there has been a transition period which will last until 31 December 2020 during which UK nationals retain their rights. Once it ends, the rights of residence, work, study and social security will be maintained provided that the national is properly registered as resident in the country.

LINK: How to apply for residency


If you plan to live and work legally in Spain and contribute into the system, you need to apply for a social security number in order to qualify for benefits such as public healthcare. This number can be obtained from the Seguridad Social office in Paseo Saladar in Denia.

LINK: How to apply for social security and healthcare


If you have a SIP number and card, you can make an appointment with your doctor online using the link below.

LINK: Online Appointment [External]


One of the key actions that UK nationals living in Spain must take before the end of 2020 is to exchange their UK driving licence for the Spanish equivalent. If you don’t do this and have been resident in Spain for more than six months then, unless the UK and Spain come to an agreement, the only way to get a Spanish driving licence and be able to continue driving legally in Spain after December 31st 2020 will be to sit a Spanish driving test and theory exam.

LINK: How to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one


Contrary to popular belief, getting married in Jávea is neither going to break the bank nor destroy the will to live with mountains of paperwork and insurmountable barriers of bureaucracy. With a little bit of patience and foresight, the procedure is simple enough to leave all your worries for the big day itself.

LINK: How We Got Married in Jávea

EL GORDO – The Christmas National Lottery

For a few brief hours on the morning of December 22nd many Spanish eyes and ears will be glued to the nearest television set or radio, whether they be at home, in a bar or even sitting at work. On that day, as has been the case every December 22nd for years, the biggest lottery in the world will be drawn. By the end of the day, someone’s life will have been changed, a perfect start to Christmas. This is ‘El Gordo’ – the famous Christmas National Lottery.

LINK: El Gordo – The Christmas National Lottery

PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Public Buses in Jávea

The current contract for the public bus route in Jávea is run by Grupo DeniBus who provide a single route called TOSCAMARBUS which runs between the old town and the Toscamar urbanisation via the port and the Arenal beach area.

LINK: Public Buses in Jávea


Jávea has a decent record for proper waste management and a clear recycling policy. There is an Ecoparque for the collection of waste which can’t be deposited in the normal bins and a special location for the management of garden refuse.

LINK: Recycling in Jávea

“I sighed. I hated the maze of bureaucracy with a passion, but I’ve found the best way to deal with it is to smile and act stupid. That way, no one gets confused.”

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