NIE number in Spain

NIE card before and now

To move to, or at least purchase a property in Spain, is a dream come true for many foreigners nowadays. One of the first things you would have to do is apply for a NIE number, which you will need by the time you sign the deeds before the notary. What is a NIE number then? The Spanish NIE number acts as a tax and identification number, and is used in all fiscal transactions that involve the Spanish tax office. A NIE number is mandatory for all foreigners with financial, professional or social affairs in Spain, regardless of whether they are a resident or non-resident in Spain.

How does one apply for the Spanish NIE number? There are three ways to apply for it:

1. Apply in person.

2. Apply in person via a Spanish Consulate abroad.

3. Apply through a representative in Spain.

1. Applying for a NIE number in person.

Firstly, you would have to prepare the necessary documentation:

  • Two copies of the Ex-15 application form filled out and signed.
  • An original document (plus a photo copy) that justifies the reason for applying for a NIE number, specifically, of the existence of economic, professional, or social interests in Spain (such as a purchase contract for property, mortgage approval etc.)
  • For EU-nationals, your passport and photo copy of the main page and for Non-EU-nationals, your passport, a photo copy of your entire passport and proof of your legal entry in Spain

Secondly, you need to go in person to the appropriate place of submission, such as the immigration offices or a local police station, with all your documentation, print the form “Modelo 790 codigo 012”, pay a small tax at the nearest bank and then the application process should be completed.

Modelo 790-012

Lastly, once you have applied you will be given an official receipt and told when and where to pick it up. The time it takes varies. The NIE certificate that you receive eventually is actually only valid for three months. However, the allocated NIE number is unique to you, and will be yours for life.

2. Applying for an NIE number in person via a Spanish Consulate abroad.

Preparation of the necessary documentation as described above under point 1., but the exception that the Ex-15 application form should be duly completed but NOT SIGNED as you will need to sign in the presence of a consular official.

You need to take all the documentation in person to your nearest Spanish Consulate which will forward it to the competent authority in Spain, who will then issue your NIE number. The consulate itself has no authority to issue any NIE numbers and only works as a middle hand. Therefore, once you have submitted your application with them you will have to await notification from the Spanish authorities. If all goes well you should receive your NIE number in PDF format by email within 2-3 weeks.

3. Apply through a representative in Spain

You can also authorize a third party, a legal representative, to obtain your NIE number on your behalf. There are several companies that offer this service such as “gestorías” and law firms. Once authorized they take care of the whole process for you. You will however need to provide them with the following:

  • Grant them with a power of attorney (“poder”) or an authorisation form.
  • Provide them with a notarised copy of your passport (“copia legalizada”) which is simple and cheap to do.

Mirlinda Jonuzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Top “chiringuitos” in Mallorca

When summer arrives, one of the best options is to approach the beach, enjoy the sun and the sea and, if possible, have a drink on the beach. Mallorca has a wide range of beach bars, the so called “chiringuitos” where you can have a snack, munch something or even enjoy haute cuisine. Here are some of our tips:

Il Chiringo

Il Chiringo

Il Chiringo, located in Palmanova and its cool chilled-out atmosphere offers very good food and an excellent service. This place gets crowded especially during weekend nights in summer when they have a DJ in place.

Cala Sa Nau

Cala Sa Nau

Cala Sa Nau is the name of the beach bar located right on the soft sand of the small bay with the very same name, between Porto Colom and Cala d’Or.  On the menu, you have everything from meat dishes, fresh fish, snacks, natural juices or cocktails. At weekends, you can dance to live music or to music from the DJ.

Cala Sa Nau

Roxy’s Beach Bar

Roxy’s Beach Bar

Roxy’s Beach Bar, is the place to go to if want to enjoy a lovely glass of cava or a fresh “sangría”, whilst watching the beautiful marina in Puerto Portals. This is a very popular beach bar frequently visited by both locals and tourists.

El Chiringuito

El Chiringuito

El Chiringuito is one of the most popular ‘chiringuitos’ among locals and offers amazing views over Sa Foradada and a chilled atmosphere. The sunset here is breath taking and something you must experience at least once in your life.

Mirlinda Jonuzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Mallorcaresidencia joined the Cleanwave movement

Mallorcaresidencia has decided to ride the wave towards a plastic free world and have therefore joined the Cleanwave movement which aims to preserve the Mediterranean Sea and to eliminate the daily use of all plastic bottles.

Cleanwave is a dynamic movement of likeminded individuals who recognise the urgent need to provide sustainable alternatives to single use disposable plastic bottles on the Balearics and beyond. In the Balearic Islands, we consume 1.5 million plastic bottles a day.

Cleanwave believes that drinking water should be freely accessible and set out to minimize plastic waste through the sale of stainless steel bottles, sustainably sourced and produced with minimum environmental impact and easy to clean. Being one of Cleanwave’s refill stations, you can purchase the bottle with us. The Cleanwave bottle is not a once-off purchase – it is a way of life! Let us all ride the Cleanwave!

Mirlinda Januzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Cycling in Mallorca: Guided bike tours by “Cycling in Palma”

Mallorca has become a paradise for any cyclist. Fundamental aspects of any cycling activity are the climate, the mountains and the good roads. The mild temperatures during the spring season attract both amateur and professional teams to prepare for the pre-season that will continue in their home country.

The areas of Playa de Palma and Alcudia have adapted the hotel offer so as to eradicate seasonality by welcoming hotels to cyclists during the winter season. Cycling competitions, triathlon, Ironman and others have caused a large influx of this type of tourism.

Cycling in Palma is a small company that offers a personal and specialized treatment for each client, it is possible to rent high-end road bicycles and make private tours from the center of the city to the outside discovering the greatness of the Sierra de Tramuntana, its picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes.

Cycling in Palma is located in the emblematic district of Santa Catalina. This privileged location also offers the possibility of choosing several routes out of the city towards the mountains. They select the most interesting bike routes for their landscape beauty, cultural interest and roads perfectly adapted to cycling.

Have a look here at a few examples of the guided bike tours Cycling in Palma offers. Their bike tours are prepared for different levels of difficulty and have distinct duration. All of them start in the city of Palma, they also deliver bikes to your place. However, they can also create a personalized tour completely adapted to your abilities, preferences. Click here for more information.

Mirlinda Januzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

The guide to Mallorca’s best physiotherapists

What is a physiotherapist? A physiotherapist is working to assess, prevent, relieve and cure health problems. Public health, stress, sports medicine, manual medicine and orthopaedics are some important areas of expertise, but the professional role also includes assessing the patient’s injuries and abilities as part of the investigation of illness. Assessment of motor skills, strength, joint mobility and pain are some of the most common ones.

During my many years as a sportswoman, I had the luck, or perhaps the misfortune, to never go to a physiotherapist. When the body is young and strong, it feels like you can take on the whole world on your own, which you might also be able to, right then and there. However, one thinks very little about the future and that one can actually take care of their body for preventive purposes. This is something that is crystal clear to me today and therefore I give myself a “treat” at least once every two months or once a month, when I exercise harder. Now you are probably thinking, yes, but it is a time and money question also, and certainly, it is a fact. Still, is it not worth taking care of our amazing body here and now, while it is not too late and for it to never be too late? You cannot deny that it is great to have a body that is in harmony with everything you want to do, in your everyday life as well as in your exercising life? A guaranteed investment for the future!

Fisiosan – Vicens Marí Mayans


The owner of the centre Fisiosan is the physiotherapist Vicens Marí Mayans. I first came in contact with Vicens during my years as a runner where he helped me out with some minor injuries as well as maintenance during this period of very intense training sessions. The treatments at the centre are personalized and they apply the best techniques and the most advanced technology available in the market. A fusion of technology and physiotherapy to recover and improve physical condition much faster and more effectively. Combination of personalized treatment plan with machines specifically designed for physiotherapy use, which allows more effective treatments and solutions to be implemented. Vicens used to be the head physiotherapist of the football team RCD Mallorca for more than 15 years and was also working together with Rafa Nadal Academy until recently.

Carrer de Jesús 36, Palma

Susana Casanovas

Physiotherapist Susana Casanovas – Cenfi

Susana is an excellent physiotherapist and director of the Cenfi centre but they are 5 physiotherapists in total working there. They work with manual therapy, dry puncture, therapeutic exercise, radiofrequency, hypopressive exercises, osteopathy (not Susana but her colleagues do). They also treat babies with colic, bronchiolitis, neurological physiotherapy, sports, traumatology, pelvic floor, pregnancy, postpartum etc. Susana and her colleagues master most things in the field of physiotherapy and we can warmly recommend her sports massages which are guaranteed to dissolve all possible muscle nodes and tensions.

C / Molí d’en Perot 6, Palma

[email protected]

Physiotherapist / Osteopath Rocio

Physiotherapist / Osteopath Rocio

Rocio is a physiotherapist and osteopath who combines to work both in a hospital and a private practise at home. She works primarily with trauma injuries, sports injuries and in paediatrics with, for example, child colic and congenital torticollis (CMT). She is an active athlete herself and currently does cross fit, where I first met her, and works a lot with trail runners. Being an athlete herself, she can quickly relate to various sports injuries and help you with strain injuries and much more.

[email protected]

Mirlinda Jonuzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Mallorca Wine Tour

Some years ago I decided to surprise a dear friend of mine with something different for her birthday. I wanted to give her an experience and something that we could both share. Her being a wine lover, I took her on a Mallorca Wine Tour tour. This is one of the nicest experiences that we have had together here in Majorca and one we can really recommend.

The idea of having a train take you through the wine region of Binissalem while enjoying the landscape is very special and that is one of the things what makes this tour so unique. This wine tasting tour takes you to some of the best wineries of the island and lets you know their history and taste their award winning wines, accompanied by gourmet snacks (typical Majorcan tapas).

The guides on the tour are very knowledgeable and passionate about wine and will teach you about different grapes that are only grown on the island and help you improve your wine tasting skills. Who could say no to that! They have different types of tours to choose amongst and if you are curious and want a life time experience see for further information.

Mirlinda Jonuzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

The guide to Mallorca’s best personal trainers

The training industry has always been an industry in constant development. The different training trends are replaced by new training methods, or old ones that have been freshened up, continuously. I myself have trained for my entire life and have had time to try out many different sports and forms of training and what I have noticed in recent years, is that the personal training has won a lot of terrain. We seem to want to determine exactly what and how we want to train and above all when it suits us to train. Flexibility and quality are particularly important in our usually stressed everyday life. I myself have tried different forms of personal training and think that if you at any time in life can indulge in training a few weeks with a personal trainer, you should really go for it. You get such an incredible kick and perform that little extra and push yourself to the limit, something that is really difficult to do when you train on your own. There is a lot to choose from in Mallorca, but here are some tips on different trainers that I have tried and that I liked very much.

Aurelio Ruiz

Aurelio Ruiz

Aurelio is a licensed personal trainer who originally comes from the football world but who is now engaged in personal training in general. His focus is on different types of outdoor training; running, yoga, stretching, core training, functional training and complementary training for golfers, cyclists, runners and tennis players. You can train individually with him, in couple or in groups. I myself go to his fast-paced and fun functional group training where we train to good music and look out over the fantastic Golf Son Muntaner’s green areas. For more information contact Aurelio (speaks English) via mobile 0034 646793009.

Silvia García del Castillo

Silvia García del Castillo

Silvia is a licensed physiotherapist and a pilates instructor. She is very disciplined and technically skilled at really all types of training she instructs in. Silvia performs her training sessions mainly at the Pure Fitness Club in Palma but is flexible and sometimes goes home to people who prefer training at home but could also do open air trainings. With Silvia you can do pilates, stretching, functional training, cardio training, preventative training and much more. If you want to push yourself a little extra, Silvia is an excellent choice. She is originally Mallorcan but speaks fluent English. For more information contact via email: [email protected]

Mateu Palmér

Mateu Palmér

Mateu has been around for a long time in the sports world and especially in the racket sports tennis and padel. He was the champion of the Balearic Islands in tennis for 10 years, multiple champion in the Balearic Islands in padel and is the current champion of the Balearic Islands in the +50 class of padel. Mateu was a long-time gym manager at the legendary MegaSport Center but and is now the current owner of Pins Padel where he gives private lessons in padel. He works with all levels, beginners as well as those who want to fine-tune their tecnique or those who simply want to develop their game. Mateu adapts to his student’s level when he plans the training sessions and has very dynamic exercises. If you have never tried padel then I can warmly recommend you to try and why not try with Mateu! You are guaranteed to sweat and a good laugh at the bargain. For more information, please contact Mateu at 0034 687404841 (he speaks English).

Mirlinda Jonuzi

Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Best brunch spots in Palma

For all of you who enjoy a late breakfast, we will now recommend our selection of the best places to eat brunch in Palma. The brunch, a mix of breakfast and lunch, has become something of a trend over the last few years. And what is better than combining sleeping until late with a long sitting over a lovely breakfast and a glass of cava in the company of good friends. Or why not surprise your girlfriend or boyfriend this Valentine´s Day with Sunday brunch? These are some of our favorite places for brunch.


Avenida Jaime III 21

07012 Palma de Mallorca

At Hotel Nakar, in the center of Palma, a full Sunday brunch is served every week. The Cuit restaurant looks out over Palma with a fantastic view over the rooftops. The brunch offers everything from hot rice dishes to excellent cold cuts, and pastries. Enjoy the brunch and the excellent view while the house DJ plays music.

Sundays 12-15 h, 25 euros

OD Portals

Av. Tomás Blanes Tolosa 4,

07181 Portals Nous

At OD Portals, about once a month, a unique Mexican brunch is served combining delicious cocktails with Mexican mariachi music. It costs 28 euros which also includes a welcome drink. The brunch is served from 13-16 pm on set dates.

The other weekends, a Tasting brunch is served for 25 euros which includes drinks.

Hotel Maricel

Carretera d´Andratx 11

07181 Palma de Mallorca

Hotel Hospes Maricel is located just outside Palma in Cas Catalá. The breakfast at the hotel has been nominated the world’s best breakfast by Madrid Fusion, Spain’s most prestigious gastronomic event. And they do live up to their reputation with a breakfast menu that offers dishes such as gazpacho of blood orange and peach with basil ice cream, deconstructed potato omelet with truffle brioche and caviar among many others. The generous breakfast costs 49 euros and in the summer it is served on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A sitting takes between two to three hours, so prepare for an extraordinary experience.


Calle Metge Matas 2

07012 Palma de Mallorca

Santosha serves an international menu inspired by the owners’ travels and love for Mallorca. The cozy restaurant gives a homely feeling and the ingredients are largely organic and locally grown. The brunch is served Wednesday to Sunday between 10 and 13 and the set menu consists of a fresh fruit salad and avocado toast. The price is 9.50 euros.

Johanna Andersson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Genova: The picturesque village

By the foot of the mountain Na Burguesa, with beautiful architecture and views over the sea, Genova is a unique area in Palma. Keeping its picturesque atmosphere of a typical Majorcan village, Genova nowadays also has many international residents. Some of the most attractive new projects on the island are located in Genova. Recently we have listed a beautiful project of five townhouses (MFP059) managed by a local renowned developer.

Genova has its own church, school, healthcare centre, library, bakeries, and many nice restaurants. The village also keeps its traditions with yearly festivities in the summer, coinciding with the patron Saint San Salvador’s festivity in August. Genova is the perfect place for those who want to live in a quiet area with village feel, and still be close to Palma and the sea. The beaches of Cala Nova and Cala Mayor are within a short drive or a nice walk away. As family attractions, you can visit the Caves of Genova, and also the beautiful Castillo de Bellver and the large green area that surrounds the emblematic castle is within a few minutes’ walk. Palma centre is easily reached by bus or car, and there is actually also a nice bike path from Genova towards the old hospital Son Dureta and Santa Catalina. On the other hand, great beach clubs such as Zhero and Puro Beach Illetes, as well as the popular shopping centre Porto Pi, are all reached within a 10 minutes’ drive.


To give you an idea of some of the nice restaurants in Genova, here is just a few:

Kaskai – Creative Mediterranean cuisine in a simple yet elegant atmosphere. Kaskai on the top of Na Burguesa offers one of the best views over Palma.

La Rueda – Together with Casa Jacinto and Can Pedro (all located in Genova), La Rueda is one of the classic restaurants on the island with grilled meet and a great wine selection. La Rueda invites to a genuine warm atmosphere and some Spanish and South American specialities.  

Es Mussol – A charming restaurant with a beautiful terrace and a varied extensive menu with Majorcan specialties, as well as salads, crepes, meet and fish and delicious homemade desserts.

La Ximbomba – Located in a wonderful Majorcan house with a lovely patio, La Ximbomba runs an Italian kitchen, offering pizza and other Italian specialties, salads, as well as typical Majorcan dishes. Here you can taste one of the best “pa amb olis” in Palma.

Lume – In beautiful settings, Lume is located in a Majorcan stone finca with garden and patios. This restaurant offers the best of the Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, with high quality products and sustainable meet.


Maria Larsson, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia

Tapas Festival: TaPalma

Most of our readers know what tapas are, and among many it might already be a favourite, but maybe you don’t know the history behind and what tapas stands for. It is said that King Alfonso X (1221-1284) was the one who introduced this tradition that has become emblematic for Spain. He ordered all hostelries not to serve any wine without an appetizer or snack. This was to avoid too quick inebriation. The small dish was placed on top of the glass or jug, covering the beverage. Cover in Spanish is tapa(r) and therefore the word tapas.

The form and size of the ”tapa” vary according to the region. Even the name changes in some of the regions in Spain. In Aragon and Navarra tapas is ”alfira” and in the Basc country it is ”poteo”. In some parts of Spain, especially in the South, you would never get a beer or a glass of wine served without a bigger or smaller snack coming with it, while in other regions, tapas has become a delicacy and very rarely served automatically with your drink.

In Mallorca you can find Mediterranean tapas, as well as Basc or Southern variations. You may enjoy everything from the more traditional dishes (olives, cheese platter, ham), to more modern creations, mixing flavors and spices from different cultures and kitchens.

Palma’s yearly tapas festival will soon take place, and if you fancy a tapas route before that, please see below a list of our team’s favourite tapas places on the island:

Jan Hedengård – Bar Andaluz in Arenal and Boveda la Taberna in la Lonja, Palma

Josephine Cederquist – Xelini in Deià

Massar Mahdi – Mercat 1930 in Paseo Maritimo, Palma

Maria Larsson – Gaudeix and La Tortillería in Palma’s Old City

Ana Fiol – Cas Cotxer in Sa Pobla and La Vieja in Plaça Flassaders, Palma

The yearly Tapas festival in Palma will take place 28 November – 2 December. This is a great opportunity to explore the gastronomic Palma and let your palate try out different specialities from several star chefs around the city. On November 26th a jury will name the winners in the three categories TaPalma 2018, Thematic Tapas, and Cocktail. The jury consists of renown chefs and critics, and the competition takes place in the Palacio de Congresos, close to Portixol. There are usually around 30 participants, and during the festival, the restaurants create different routes that you can follow in different areas of Palma. These will soon be published on Last year, 2017, Rodrigo Vallejo from the restaurant Shamrock took 2 gold prices, while Alberto Garcia from Little Italy and Lorenzo Bagur from Meson Can Pedro brought home silver and bronze.


Massar Midgley Mahdi, Team Assistant @ Mallorcaresidencia