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Strong pound sends Spain mortgage enquiries soaring

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 30th, 2014

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Spanish mortgage enquiries from Brits have almost doubled in the past year

Demand from Brits for Spanish mortgages has increased 95 per cent over this year’s January-September period compared to the same period in 2013, finds UK-based mortgage specialists Conti…

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The Irish love affair with Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 29th, 2014

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More than a million Irish people have visited Spain this year

One only has to walk Marbella’s Old Town, Fuengirola’s promenade or Puerto Banús’ second-line-gauntlet to quickly establish that the Irish love Spain.

That unmistakeable lilt can be heard from Torremolinos to Tarifa, and the prevalence of Irish bars – although popular with most nationalities – suggests that the Costa del Sol has long been a happy holiday spot for our Irish cousins.

But new data released last week by the Spanish Statistical Institute and the Spanish Tourism Office reveals just how much the Irish love Spain. And the answer? A helluva lot

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Expat Explorer survey lifts lid on why people move

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 28th, 2014

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Why do we move? A recent expat survey revealed some interesting answers to that question

For Brits who move to Spain, the answer to the question “Why did you move?” often appears simple: for the weather, beaches, food and lifestyle.

But in most instances, people who consider themselves expats left their country of birth for a multitude of reasons, and a recent survey by HSBC Bank has revealed some interesting statistics into what lights a fire under the world’s expats…

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Spaniards worked fewer hours than Brits last year… but more than the Germans

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 24th, 2014

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Putting in a shift: Spaniards worked more hours than many other Europeans in 2013

Toss aside any notion that the Spanish are lazy – Spaniards worked far more hours than the Germans, Dutch, Swiss and Swedes in 2013, according to recent data published by the Organization for Economic Development (OECD)…

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Foreign buyers eating into Spain’s glut of unsold homes

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 23rd, 2014

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In some parts of Spain, foreign buyers comprise the majority of property transactions

The number of unsold properties on the Spanish market has fallen by 40% since 2010 as foreign buyers have kept the country’s real estate market ticking over.

According to Spanish real estate valuation company TINSA, foreign investors have targeted coastal properties and city centre properties in 2014, helping to boost these markets by as much as 31% in the space of a year

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30 Gib apes shipped off to Scotland for too much monkey business

Author: Ian Clover  |  October 22nd, 2014

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Sour gr-apes: 30 Barbary macaques have been shipped off to Scotland for bad behaviour

A threat greater than being forced to pose for ill-advised photos with sunburnt tourists awaits the famous Barbary apes of Gibraltar – they could be shipped off to Scotland if they continue to monkey around.

Already, 30 of the Rock’s worst offenders – the pick-pocketers, the bin rummagers, the tourist botherers – have been sent to the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, and more could follow if they don’t clean up their act, warn Gibraltar authorities…

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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…

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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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