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Ukraine skirmish keeping Russians away from Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 22nd, 2014

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In 2012, Russia's middle class kept Spain's tourism industry afloat; today, their numbers are dwindling

Having swelled Spain’s beach resorts, hotels and restaurant numbers in recent years, newly wealthy Russian tourists have stayed away from the country in their droves this summer as Russia teeters on the brink of full-out conflict with its neighbour Ukraine…

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Have you checked out Zahara de los Atunes yet?

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 21st, 2014

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Nowhere encapsulates the beauty of southern Spain better than Zahara de los Atunes

The southern reaches of Spain are dotted with more hidden gems than a stowed-away pirate ship, and one of the best among them must certainly be Zahara de los Atunes.

This laid-back beach town is blessed (or cursed, depending on your perception) by the fact that its larger neighbour Tarifa acts as a kind of tourist buffer. If you’re heading south from the Costa del Sol for a weekend of Atlantic swimming, dune trekking, chiringuito-frequenting fun then Tarifa ticks all your boxes. And it’s closer, too…

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King and Queen of Spain to visit the Costa del Sol in September

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  August 20th, 2014

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day, 19 June 2014

Less than three months into their reign, Spain’s new monarchs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will be visiting the Costa del Sol from 5 – 7 September to attend the XIX edition of the Spain–United States Forum taking place at Marbella’s internationally renowned Hotel Don Carlos

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Older generation more reluctant to retire abroad, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 19th, 2014

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Retiring abroad should not be daunting, but many Brits are put off the idea as they grow old

Most Britons who while young dream of retiring abroad are less likely to do so as they age, a recent study has found.

Retirement income specialist MGM conducted a poll of British workers and found that those approaching retirement age were increasingly less likely to want to move overseas, citing a greater awareness of the potential pitfalls that could await them…

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Brits no longer drawn to ‘emerging markets’ when buying property abroad

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 18th, 2014

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While the emerging markets of 2005-6 failed to emerge, Spain has cemented its position at the top

Cast your mind back seven or eight years and the buzz words on everybody’s lips were “emerging” and “markets”. In the overseas property sector, these two words were shorthand for Dubai, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania, Brazil, Egypt and Panama – locations that were set to become serious rivals to Spain’s crown as the destination of choice for Brits looking to buy abroad…

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Summer brings more jobs to Spain’s recovering economy

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 15th, 2014

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Fully booked hotels throughout the country certainly help boost Spain's job figures

It happens every year but every year it is worth reporting – the month of June saw Spain add 100,000 new jobs, lowering unemployment for the 11th consecutive month.

If onlookers were in need of reassurances that Spain’s economic recovery has now eased into the fast lane, then this is surely it. Official figures released this week by Spain’s Labour Ministry show that the number of people registered as unemployed in June fell by 122,684 – bringing the national unemployed figure down to 4.45 million…

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Just one night in Marbella for Paris Hilton

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 14th, 2014

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Paris Hilton in DJ guise spinning the decks in LA

Model, actress, singer, TV personality, reality TV star, heiress to a multi-billion dollar hotel fortune and, soon and for one night only, DJ at one of Marbella’s hottest nightspots – yep, Paris Hilton sure knows how to keep adding strings to her bow.

The American, 33, will play a set at the exclusive Olivia Valère nightclub on August 18 before jetting off on her private plane to do likewise in Ibiza and Barcelona later this month… Continue Reading

Can the SiestApp revive Spain’s disappearing siesta?

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 13th, 2014

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Time for a siesta? There's an app for that...

While the stereotype of lazy Spaniards catching forty winks every afternoon under the cooling shade of tree-lined boulevard may be as strong as ever, the actual siesta custom is in danger of dying out in Spain, with new research showing that only 10% of Spaniards find the time for a siesta on a regular basis.

However, all that could be set to change with the launch of a new smartphone app… Continue Reading

Emigrating is child’s play for kids, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 12th, 2014

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Expat kids are happy to dive right into a life in Spain

Although moving abroad to another country can be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, the process can often take its toll on some people, not least the younger members of the family forced to uproot from their childhood home and leave behind friends and schooling.

However, a recent study by Spain’s Obra Social La Caixa has revealed that it is in fact the younger generation who settle into their new life abroad better than adults… Continue Reading

Spanish house sales rise 8.8% in a year

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 11th, 2014

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Sales in Spanish property are up for the fourth month running

Figures published this week by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) show that sales in Spanish property have risen by 8.8 per cent in the space of 21 months.

In June this year there were 26,076 property transactions for the month, nearly all of which were in the resale market. This is a significant increase on the same period last year, and represents the fourth consecutive monthly increase in property sales… Continue Reading