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BBC reports on Brits’ Spanish love affair

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 24th, 2014

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6.5 million Brits visited Spain in the first six months of the year

Your trusty reporters here at VIVA have been saying it day in, day out for years, but now finally the guys over at the BBC have caught on and reported that British tourists are resuming their love affair with SpainContinue Reading

Superstar dance legend Joaquín Cortés centre stage in Marbella 25 & 26 July 2014

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  July 23rd, 2014

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Joaquín Cortés in 'Gitano', Marbella, July 2014

Joaquín Cortés' 'Gitano' spectacular takes place at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club on 25 & 26 July 2014

Córdoba-born Joaquín Cortés – hailed as one of the ten best dancers of all time – brings ‘Gitano’, his latest Show, to Marbella this Friday and Saturday night. Fusing the most orthodox flamenco with both classical ballet and contemporary dance, ‘Gitano’ – Gypsy – has been acclaimed as Cortés’ most spectacular Show to date, which the world-famous dancer and choreographer describes as “a journey through dance and music… an explosion of dance in which I want to take the audience on a journey, the journey of my life”…

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VIVA Guadalmina office opens!

Author: Martina Heynemann  |  July 22nd, 2014

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Our brand new office in the exclusive area of Guadalmina.

There’s just no stopping us as our expansion across the Coast continues –  I am delighted to announce the opening of our brand new office in Guadalmina!

It is proving to be a fantastic 2014 for VIVA, now with no fewer than 13 regional offices at strategic locations along the Costa del Sol and Inland too! Continue Reading

Driving in Europe smartphone app launched

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 21st, 2014

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The GoingAbroad app makes driving across Europe safer and easier.

There are many slightly different rules and regulations to the roads of Europe, but probably only one universal, overriding law – do not use your mobile phone while driving.

So the very notion that a new app designed specifically for smartphones and intended to make the roads of Europe safer seems, at first glance, rather contradictory

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Top five adjustments Brits in Spain must make

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 18th, 2014

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Strangely, Brits don't have to worry too much about food when adjusting to life in Spain

Any Brit considering moving to Spain should – one would hope – have already done their homework: dine out later than usual, try to pick up the language as best as possible, and don’t expect every single day to be hot and sunny. Got it.

But these rather obvious lifestyle adjustments merely scratch the surface of how your life is going to change. The reality on the ground, however, is much more nuanced, often quite gradual, and occasionally mildly disconcerting.

So don’t move to Spain unprepared – make sure you’re aware that these top five lifestyle adjustments may have to be adopted sooner than you might think… Continue Reading

Can Game of Thrones boost Andalucia's job ratings?

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 17th, 2014

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Seville's city council waived the filming fee for Game of Thrones, allowing HBO to shoot in the city for free

Ever since the producers of hit TV fantasy show Game of Thrones announced that they will be filming parts of the fifth series in the Andalusian locations of Seville and Osuna, fans have been speculating which backdrops will be selected to recreate the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

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Costa del Sol welcomes its first Poundland

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 16th, 2014

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The Dealz store has opened in a prominent location in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol.

You can’t open a shop where ‘everything is £1’ in a country that has the euro. No problem: Poundland’s owners – multi-millionaires Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith – simply changed the store’s famous name to Dealz when recently opening the first Poundland in Spain, in the heart of Torremolinos

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Spain PM ignoring calls to raise taxes, for now

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 15th, 2014

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Rajoy has a plan, and he's sticking to it

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set to ignore a suggestion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise taxes as he eyes re-election in 2015.

Analysts from the European Commission and the IMF have both urged Rajoy to increase indirect taxes and close fiscal loopholes in the economy, which is still tottering slowly to its feet after a double dose of recession

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Marbella International University Centre and Town Hall launch scholarship programme

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  July 15th, 2014

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MIUC Dean and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor

MIUC Dean, Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz at the presentation of the scholarship programme.

On Friday, 11 July, the Dean of Marbella International University Centre (MIUC), Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella’s Culture and Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz presented the scholarship programme that the Town Hall is offering to five young people from the town…

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VIVA’S expansion continues with a new branch office in Torremolinos

Author: Martina Heynemann  |  July 14th, 2014

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VIVA's new Torremolinos office

A seasoned real estate professional, Michael Niven has lived in Torremolinos for 14 years and knows the area like the back of his hand.

I’m delighted to share with you the fantastic news that VIVA’s expansion continues with the recent opening of our new branch office in Torremolinos, with VIVA partner Michael Niven at the helm. A seasoned real estate professional, Michael – who has lived in Torremolinos for 14 years – has put together a great team of property consultants – MariCarmen Manrique, Nina Bernach and Spencer Creson – all of whom have the knowledge and experience to advise and serve the wide range of people of different nationalities purchasing properties in Torremolinos…

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