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The Costas have it all… even snow!

Author:   |  January 19th, 2017

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The beach at Murcia received a light dusting of snow this week. Picture: The Local

The beach at Murcia, on the Costa Cálida, received a light dusting of snow this week. Picture: The Local

Those 320 days of sunshine per year are locked into the legend of the Costa del Sol: almost a whole year of wall-to-wall sunny days when the beauty of the region is augmented by the dazzling shine afforded by that burning ball of energy in the sky…

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Tourism in Spain set to grow 3.2% this year

Author:   |  January 18th, 2017

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Spain will attract 3.2% more tourists in 2017 than 2016's record-breaking year.

Spain will attract 3.2% more tourists in 2017 than 2016’s record-breaking year.

Having posted growth of 4.9% in 2016, tourism in Spain is on course to increase by a further 3.2% this year, according to new data from tourism promotion group Exceltur…

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Spain’s blue ‘wine’ falls foul of wine lobby, name to be changed

Author:   |  January 17th, 2017

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Red, white and... not blue: there is no room for blue at wine's top table, according to officials.

Red, white and… not blue: there is no room for blue at wine’s top table, according to officials.

Wine is red, white or – at a push – a frosty pink colour, right? Wrong, actually.

Well, kind of wrong. Last year five young Spaniards launched Gik – a blue-coloured wine made using a selection of Spanish grapes and infused with anthyocyacin, a natural pigment extracted from grape skin that – with a little help of natural dye derived from the woad plant – turned the drink a dazzling shade of electric blue

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All 17 Spanish regions recorded property sales increase in November

Author:   |  January 16th, 2017

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Wherever you look, Spain's property market is enjoying rude health.

Wherever you look, Spain’s property market is enjoying rude health.

Each of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities registered an increase in property sales transactions in November 2016 compared to the same month in 2015, new data from the country’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) reveals…

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Half of retired British expats in Europe registered in Spain, data shows

Author:   |  January 13th, 2017

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Spain looks after the healthcare needs of more than 70,000 retired Brits - half the total EEA figure.

Spain looks after the healthcare needs of more than 70,000 retired Brits – half the total EEA figure.

A freedom of information request by the BBC has found exactly how many British retirees who currently reside in the European Economic Area (EEA) – which comprises all EU states, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein – are registered for reciprocal healthcare, with the data starkly highlighting Spain’s popularity

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Want to be smart? Eat like a Spaniard

Author:   |  January 12th, 2017

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Colour your life healthy and smart with a Mediterranean diet.

Colour your life healthy and smart with a Mediterranean diet.

For all the claims of how beneficial the Mediterranean diet is to the human body, the claim that it can actually make you smarter seems pretty, well, out there.

However, a new study has suggested that eating lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil could actually prevent the brain from shrinking as you age, thereby warding off cognitive decline that can strike many people as they enter old age…

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It’s confirmed: Spain more popular than ever as 2016 smashes tourism records

Author:   |  January 11th, 2017

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Spain's numerous attractions turned the heads of 75 million people last year.

Spain’s numerous attractions turned the heads of 75 million people last year.

Spain’s amazingly consistent appeal to holidaymakers from the world over cranked into overdrive in 2016, with the country welcoming 75 million tourists last year

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Swedish demand for Spanish property increases by more than 20%

Author:   |  January 10th, 2017

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Swedish homehunters in Spain look for properties near the beach, airport and local amenities.

Swedish homehunters in Spain look for properties near the beach, airport and local amenities.

New data from the Property Registrars – Registradores – and Spanish second home analysts Shario has highlighted the changing dynamics of foreign demand for Spanish property, revealing that Swedish buyers are the fastest-growing group…

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Spain reduces its unsold homes by 300,000

Author:   |  January 9th, 2017

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While some parts of Spain struggle to attract buyers, many corners of the country are enduringly popular.

While some parts of Spain struggle to attract buyers, many corners of the country – including the Costa del Sol – are enduringly popular.

Almost half of the unsold properties built in Spain during the pre-2008 crash have now been sold, according to data from Caixa Bank Group.

The analysis, which looked at Spain’s bulk of homes long considered unsaleable due to either a poor location, absent infrastructure or simply weak demand, revealed that since the 2009 peak of 650,000 such properties, Spain ended 2016 with 388,000 of these properties up for sale

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Tourist spending by Brits in Spain grows 17%

Author:   |  January 6th, 2017

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Overall, Spain’s economy was boosted to the tune of €4.91 billion in tourist spending in November 2016, which is an increase of 8.3% on 2015.

Despite the impact of Brexit on the pound’s value against the euro, Brits spent 17% more per head on holiday in Spain in November last year as compared to the same month in 2015.

The data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) shows that Brits spent €776 million in Spain last November, which is not only an impressive increase on last year, but also accounted for 18.5% of all foreign tourist expenditure that month…

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