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Brits abroad: reputation improving, survey finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 21st, 2014

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The short of it is... Brits are among the most well-received holidaymakers

Better behaved, unfailingly polite and pretty generous tippers – Brits abroad have smartened up their act, according to a recent poll of 500 hotel workers worldwide by travel website Sunshine.co.uk…

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Looking for affordable winter sun? Head to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 20th, 2014

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Costa del Sol resorts such as Torremolinos offer winter sun and low prices.

Spain’s Costa del Sol is the best value winter sun destination, according to the Post Office’s latest Winter Sunshine Report.

The southern Spanish region offers guaranteed warm weather and sunshine heading into winter, and with the pound sterling at a six-year high against the euro, the Costa del Sol will tan your face without denting your wallet…

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Number of veggie outlets in Spain doubles in three years

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 17th, 2014

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Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Spain now number more than 800 - a 94% increase since 2011

Spain looks set to shake off its tag as the meat-loving capital of Europe following a recent revelation that the number of vegetarian or vegan restaurants in the country has increased by 94 per cent since 2011.

Vegetarian website the Happy Cow has revealed that there are now 686 vegetarian or vegan restaurants in Spain, up from just 353 as recently as 2011…

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Madrid 5th most desirable city to work in, poll finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 16th, 2014

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The Spanish capital is viewed as the fifth-best place in the world to move to for work

Beaten out, predictably, by London, New York and Paris, Spanish capital Madrid still managed an impressive 5th place in a recent poll to find the world’s top destinations for expat workers

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What now for Catalonia?

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 15th, 2014

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The Catalan government has decided to scrap next month's planned referendum on independence

Spain’s want-away autonomous region of Catalonia has cancelled its planned independence referendum in November after the Spanish high court in Madrid stood firm in its refusal to recognise the process…

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Spanish property price rises among most stable in EU

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 14th, 2014

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Property prices in Spain have risen by 0.8 per cent in the past 12 months

Data published at the weekend by the European Union’s statistical office Eurostat has revealed that Spain’s housing market is one of the steadiest on the Continent…

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Spain property sales up 12% in last quarter

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 13th, 2014

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Money, movement and confidence have returned to Spain's property market, both domestically and among foreigners

The resurgent Spanish property market kicked into an even higher gear in the last quarter, rising by 12 per cent compared to last year.

According to data released last week by the Ministry of Public Works, the April to June period of this year saw 91,338 properties sold – the best second quarter since 2010 and a notable increase on the same period in 2013…

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VIVA at A Place in the Sun… show biz!

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  October 10th, 2014

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The VIVA stand at A Place in the Sun Live, Birmingham NEC

The number of visitors to the Show exceeded all expectations

Following the enormous success and stunning response we received at the ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ property exhibition at London Olympia back in March, for the second time in 7 months members of the VIVA team flew into the UK again last weekend, this time to take part in the Birmingham NEC edition of the Show. And thanks to the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand what an amazing time we all had…

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The things Brit expats miss… and the things they don’t

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 9th, 2014

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Life away from the UK has near-endless perks, but some of us will still miss the old country

Life as an expat can be occasionally strange. One minute you will be embracing your new life to the full – language courses, new cuisines, a growing social group drawn from many different countries, an evolving sense of belonging – and before you know it you’re trawling Google Street View of old haunts, sighing wistfully at the battered fish & chip shops, grey skies and slight air of menace and mild decay blinking back at you from your computer screen…

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7th, 11th, or top spot? Where does Spain rank in expat life quality?

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 8th, 2014

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What makes Spain a top choice for expat living? The answer is all down to you

Summertime can be a drag for journalists. On the hunt for news stories, the best one can sometimes do is proclaim that ‘The UK will be hotter than parts of Greece this week’ (yes, the mountainous, snow-capped bits); or run semi-fearful stories of Great White Sharks being spotted 50 miles – yes!, 50 miles – off the Cornish coast…

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