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Spain to introduce universal carrier bag charge in 2018

Author:   |  February 21st, 2017

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It will be compulsory to pay for carrier bags in Spain from January 1, 2018.

It will be compulsory to pay for carrier bags in Spain from January 1, 2018.

For all of Spain’s progressive values – consistently voting in left-leaning Prime Ministers (well, quite consistently), being one of the first countries to legalise gay marriage, and being open to expats and immigrants from all over the world – the country has tended to drag its heels on environmental matters…

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US construction firm vows to build thousands of homes in Spain

Author:   |  February 20th, 2017

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Lone Star will look to build 3,250 new homes in Spain this year.

Lone Star will look to build 3,250 new homes in Spain this year.

Those big, hulking Wall Street investment firms do not make hefty investment decisions lightly.

So it should be taken as excellent news indeed that Lone Star Funds – which first invested in the Spanish construction sector in 2015 – has pledged to ramp up the scale of house building in Spain over the course of the next few years…

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Three signs that winter is over on the Costa del Sol

Author:   |  February 17th, 2017

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Spain never sleeps, but the Costa del Sol really starts to come alive at this time of year.

Spain never sleeps, but the Costa del Sol really starts to come alive at this time of year.

Hands up anybody who was unaware that Spain has a great climate? Nobody? Sure, it’s hardly a secret that the weather in Spain is about as delightful as it gets, but for many millions of holidaymakers, Spanish summertime is all they know – the heat, the dazzling blue skies, the packed beaches, the constant sun lotion application.

Less known, however, is the widely held opinion among many Spaniards and expats that Springtime and Autumn are the best times to visit Spain. If you think about it, the reasons are obvious, for it is during these “shoulder” seasons when the country manages to offer up everything good about it, but without the crowds, heat and added expense that comes as standard with the Summer months.

With this in mind, there can be few more exciting or uplifting periods in the Spanish calendar than when winter ticks over into Spring. And after the unusually sodden and wet winter the Costa del Sol has just experienced, that time is now – and it’s time to celebrate with these three signs that winter is long gone from southern Spain…

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Notary data puts Spanish property price increase at 5.67% in 2016

Author:   |  February 16th, 2017

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Home values in Spain have been rising steadily since 2014, and last year increased by around 5.6%.

Home values in Spain have been rising steadily since 2014, and last year increased by around 5.6%.

Scour the internet for long enough and you are sure to come across a headline, opinion or statistic that chimes with any preconceived notion or worldview that you may hold.

The same can ring true for the Spanish property market…

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Re-elected Rajoy unlikely to introduce term limits for Spanish PMs, despite promises

Author:   |  February 15th, 2017

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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is feeling emboldened right now, with the PP performing strongly in the polls.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is feeling emboldened right now, with the PP performing strongly in the polls.

Even avowedly non-political people know that politics is a dirty business, where handshakes and gentlemen’s agreements are chucked around like confetti but often end up being next-to-useless…

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2016 saw sharp rise in British holidaymakers to Spain, with more to come this year

Author:   |  February 14th, 2017

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Early Spanish summer holiday bookings by Brits show a 16% increase on last year, data shows.

Early Spanish summer holiday bookings by Brits show a 16% increase on last year, data shows.

The enduring love affair between British holidaymakers and Spain seems able to survive anything thrown its way: economic crashes, Brexit, the tumbling pound, the TV series Benidorm.

The strength of this bond was evident in 2016, as official data compiled by travel market analysts GfK proves – last year, 17.8 million Brits visited Spain on holiday. This is a record figure, but it’s a record figure that is likely to be smashed this year: GfK have also reported that early bookings for summer holidays in Spain by Brits are already 16% up on last year

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Confirmed: Spain’s property market grew a massive 13.6% in 2016

Author:   |  February 13th, 2017

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Spain's property market is in rude health, growing on 2015, strong in all regions, and likely to push up construction activity.

Spain’s property market is in rude health, growing on 2015, strong in all regions, and likely to push up construction activity.

The drip-drip of monthly data on Spain’s property market over the course of 2016 painted a picture that was rosier than an English summer garden in full bloom. With each passing month, the news was getting better and better, so it is no great surprise that the end-of-year data published late last week by the government’s central statistics unit shows that the market grew a massive 13.6% in 2016…

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Spain unveils ‘footbridge to the future’

Author:   |  February 10th, 2017

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Located in Alcobendas (Madrid), the structure is claimed to be the world’s very first 3D printed bridge to be made entirely of reinforced concrete.

OK, so maybe it’s not the world’s tallest, highest, widest, longest or most spectacularly located of pedestrian bridges. But it is the first of its kind anywhere on Earth and was hailed as ‘a milestone’ by the local authorities in the Spanish town of Alcobendas – a few kilometres north of Madrid – where it was recently inaugurated.

Intrigued to find out just what’s so special about it, then? Yep, so were we…

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Costa del Sol has ‘special place in heart of Brits’ says UK ambassador to Spain

Author:   |  February 9th, 2017

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From beaches to homes for sale, Brits have always loved the Costa del Sol.

From beaches to homes for sale, Brits have always loved the Costa del Sol.

Simon Manley, the British ambassador to Spain, remarked at a forum in Marbella last week that the Costa del Sol retains a “special place in the hearts of Brits”, and moved to reassure those in attendance that the relationship would not be damaged by Brexit…

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Spanish home values have risen 10% in past three years

Author:   |  February 8th, 2017

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Across Spain, the price of a home has risen by an average of 10.8% since 2014.

Across Spain, the price of a home has risen by an average of 10.8% since 2014.

Recent analysis of data of the Spanish real estate market from the National Statistics Institute (INE) shows that the average home value in the country has risen 10.8% over the past three years.

In 2016 alone, the nation’s housing price index showed that by the end of the third quarter last year, house prices were an average of 4% higher than during the same period in 2015. This reveals that for each year since 2014 – when prices generally bottomed out – home values have steadily increased by between 3 to 4% per annum…

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