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Marbella’s new golf craze proves a hit

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 21st, 2014

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Marbella is fast becoming the spiritual home of footgolf

Minority sports are usually the domain of the picked-last-in-gym-class types who take an interest safe in the knowledge that their prowess is rarely, if ever, likely to be called into question.

But a new sporting craze that combines two of the world’s most popular pursuits – golf and football – is decidedly minority, but boasts plentiful mainstream potential…

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Spanish healthcare best for chronic health problems

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 20th, 2014

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Sufferers of long-term ailments are well taken care of in Spain, the study found

A recent medical conference that gathered doctors, nurses and health professionals from across Europe concluded that Spain’s healthcare system ranks as one of the best on the continent when it comes to treating chronic illnesses…

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International pop star goes Gaga for Marbella

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 19th, 2014

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P-p-p-poker face: Lady Gaga, left, enjoying a low-key cycle ride in Marbella

One of the world’s biggest, brashest and most recognisable pop stars enjoyed a cycle ride along the Marbella paseo last week – and turned barely a single head.

Lady Gaga, renowned for her outlandish dress sense and fierce onstage persona, was a demure sight as she donned an all-black outfit to pedal along Marbella’s famously sedate beachside promenade…

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Spanish property sales soar in September

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  November 18th, 2014

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Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, MálagaAccording to the National Statistics Institute, year-to-date property sales (that’s until the end of September) are up by a huge 15 per cent in Málaga province – which, of course includes the Costa del Sol – putting it ahead of all other regions of Spain…

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Spaniards speaking better English than ever

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 17th, 2014

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Spaniards' grasp of good English is improving, study finds

A new study by Education First has revealed that more and more Spaniards are speaking English to a higher proficiency level than ever before.

The latest English Language Proficiency Index has ranked Spain 20th among 60 countries featured in the study – its highest position yet and a reflection of the growing importance for Spaniards to grasp at least a conversational level of English…

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Puerto Banús start for next year’s Tour of Spain

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  November 14th, 2014

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Puerto Banús start for next year's Tour of Spain

Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz with Elias Bendodo, Javier Guillén & Luis Ángel Maté at the 'Vuelta Ciclista a España' presentation

It’s usually muscle cars, superyachts, A-Listers and soap stars that get all the attention in Southern Spain’s glitziest and most glamorous of hot spots. But on 22 August 2015, the Lamborghinis and Sunseekers will be taking a back seat as the 80th edition of the 3-week Vuelta Ciclista a España grand tour clicks into gear in Puerto Banús…

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Brits abroad could be more sociable, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 13th, 2014

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Despite living in many countries around the world, Brits abroad can often be insular

According to a recent survey by international relocation company, Robinsons, around one-in-three British people who live abroad have made little or no attempt to integrate into the local culture.

The study questioned 1,000 UK expats about life abroad, revealing a few startling results…

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Information day for Brit expats to be held in Estepona

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 12th, 2014

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The event promises to be an informative gathering for British expats

If you are a British expat living on the Costa del Sol and wish to find out exactly what types of services are available to you, then it would be advisable to attend an information day to be held this week in Estepona

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Marbella leads property revival with luxury new build homes

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  November 11th, 2014

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Marbella property prices were up nearly 24 per cent in 2013

With new build developments virtually at a standstill in Marbella for the last 7 or 8 years, there are clear signs that the property market is beginning to recover, and it goes without saying that what’s good for Marbella is also great news for the entire Costa del Sol…

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Can they? Podemos political party tops Spain opinion polls

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 10th, 2014

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Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos and firebrand of Spain's political landscape

A far-left populist political party has seemingly come from nowhere to top the opinion polls in Spain – just a few months before the country once again votes on a general election…

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