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Marbella council announces two new dog-friendly beaches

Author:   |  June 23rd, 2017

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Golden retrievers on golden sands could soon become a familiar sight at two beaches on the Costa del Sol.

Golden retrievers on golden sands are becoming a familiar sight at dog-friendly beaches on the Costa del Sol.

The unwritten, and sometimes written, rules of the beach are universal throughout Spain: don’t place your towel too close to others, don’t be loud and obnoxious, don’t stare, and don’t let your dogs run loose, or even bring them at all…

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Spain reclaims top spot as world’s most sought-after property destination

Author:   |  June 22nd, 2017

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According to TheMoveChannel.com's latest ranking, Spain is once again the world's most in-demand property location.

According to TheMoveChannel.com’s latest ranking, Spain is once again the world’s most in-demand property location.

There are many different polls and surveys that claim to accurately rank which property market is the most buoyant globally. But the task of comparing foreign demand for property in a certain country has often been little more than an educated guessing game…

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Is culture really Andalucía’s main draw? Why yes

Author:   |  June 21st, 2017

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More and more British, French, German, Irish and American tourists are discovering the charms of inland Andalucía.

The new Cultural Heritage and Museums Chief for Spain, José Ramón Benítez, recently said that the main reason for people visiting Andalucía is no longer the weather, but the cultural and heritage sites.

According to official data, cultural tourism represented 28.8% of all visits to the southern Spanish region in 2016, which is the first year that “good weather” was shunted from the top spot…

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Spain still main draw for Brits seeking property abroad, finds survey

Author:   |  June 20th, 2017

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Spain is still the main attraction for Brits wishing to buy a property overseas.

Spain is still the main attraction for Brits wishing to buy a property overseas.

Ever since last June’s EU Referendum result, doom-mongers have been predicting that the British pound would sink without a trace, and would-be UK buyers would be scared away from investing in overseas property…

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Málaga airport: a record-breaking May

Author:   |  June 19th, 2017

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May’s impressive figures bring to a total of 6,487,745 the number of passengers passing through Málaga airport in the first five months of 2017.

For the first time in its history, no fewer than 1.8 million passengers passed through Málaga airport in the shoulder month of May 2017, an increase of 11.2% on figures for the same period in 2016. To put that into perspective, that’s 200,000 more than in June last year – when 1.6 million passengers transited through the terminal – and 100,000 more than the total for September 2016 as well…

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The forecast is in: Spanish property prices to rise 6% this year

Author:   |  June 16th, 2017

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Spanish property prices have been rising steadily for nearly two years, and 2017 looks set to accelerate that trend.

Spanish property prices have been rising steadily for nearly two years, and 2017 looks set to accelerate that trend.

The largest real estate services firm in the world, CBRE, has this week published a bold and rather encouraging prediction that Spanish property prices could rise by as much as 6% on average over the course of 2017.

Building on positive data from May – where the average property price increase was 5.3% higher than for the same month in 2016, the CBRE analysts expect that this positivity is set to continue; if not all year and for all parts of the country, then certainly in the places that generally see the highest demand for property…

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Costa del Sol still among cheapest European holiday destinations, survey shows

Author:   |  June 15th, 2017

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The Costa del Sol is 3% cheaper this year compared to last, and 14% cheaper than in 2012, the survey found.

The Costa del Sol is 3% cheaper this year compared to last, and 14% cheaper than in 2012, the survey found.

The annual Post Office Travel Money survey is a handy tool for holidaymakers and would-be homebuyers looking to see where their money stretches the furthest…

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Feeling hot, hot, hot as June temperatures soar in Spain

Author:   |  June 14th, 2017

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The Spanish heatwave will surely beckon millions to the beach, so be sure to stay hydrated (and pack sun lotion!)

The Spanish heatwave will surely beckon millions to the beach, so be sure to stay hydrated (and pack sun lotion!)

It shouldn’t really be news that June is hot in Spain, but it is newsworthy to report that the country’s AEMET weather agency is this week issuing a rare weather warning as temperatures are set to soar to close to 40 degrees Celsius in 27 of the country’s 50 provinces…

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May data shows 5.3% property price increase across Spain

Author:   |  June 13th, 2017

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Compared to last May, home values in Spain are now an average of 5.3% higher.

Compared to last May, home values in Spain are now an average of 5.3% higher.

Figures from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), published last week, have revealed that the average property price in Spain in May was 5.3% higher than during the same month in 2016…

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Catalonia sets date for new independence “referendum”

Author:   |  June 12th, 2017

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Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain's economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain’s economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalonia’s regional government has long agitated for independence from Spain, and is set to play the role of thorn in the side of Madrid once more in calling for a referendum later this year.

Led by spokesman Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan government will oversee an In or Out vote that, while likely to garner huge interest and a big turnout, will not have any legal standing within Spain

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