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Have you checked out Zahara de los Atunes yet?

Nowhere encapsulates the beauty of southern Spain better than Zahara de los Atunes

The southern reaches of Spain are dotted with more hidden gems than a stowed-away pirate ship, and one of the best among them must certainly be Zahara de los Atunes.

This laid-back beach town is blessed (or cursed, depending on your perception) by the fact that its larger neighbour Tarifa acts as a kind of tourist buffer. If you’re heading south from the Costa del Sol for a weekend of Atlantic swimming, dune trekking, chiringuito-frequenting fun then Tarifa ticks all your boxes. And it’s closer, too…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Just one night in Marbella for Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton in DJ guise spinning the decks in LA

Model, actress, singer, TV personality, reality TV star, heiress to a multi-billion dollar hotel fortune and, soon and for one night only, DJ at one of Marbella’s hottest nightspots – yep, Paris Hilton sure knows how to keep adding strings to her bow.

The American, 33, will play a set at the exclusive Olivia Valère nightclub on August 18 before jetting off on her private plane to do likewise in Ibiza and Barcelona later this month… Continue Reading

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Can the SiestApp revive Spain’s disappearing siesta?

Time for a siesta? There's an app for that...

While the stereotype of lazy Spaniards catching forty winks every afternoon under the cooling shade of tree-lined boulevard may be as strong as ever, the actual siesta custom is in danger of dying out in Spain, with new research showing that only 10% of Spaniards find the time for a siesta on a regular basis.

However, all that could be set to change with the launch of a new smartphone app… Continue Reading

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Emigrating is child’s play for kids, study finds

Expat kids are happy to dive right into a life in Spain

Although moving abroad to another country can be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, the process can often take its toll on some people, not least the younger members of the family forced to uproot from their childhood home and leave behind friends and schooling.

However, a recent study by Spain’s Obra Social La Caixa has revealed that it is in fact the younger generation who settle into their new life abroad better than adults… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 12/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain tops list of dream retirement destinations

A retirement in Spain is the dream for many Brits... a dream that is easy to make reality

A recent survey asking Brits aged over 18 but not yet retired has found that one in six hopes to spend their twilight years abroad – with Spain far and away the most preferred destination.

Retirement income specialists MGM Advantage asked a varied selection of Brits how they hope to spend their retirement years. According to the survey, more than six million of us wish to retire abroad, with over half of that figure keen to stay in Europe

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Michelin Guide presentation to bring €10m to Marbella

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs: Dani García, Diego del Río, Marcos Granda & José Carlos García

An ambitious initiative four years in the making has finally paid off with the recent news that the presentation of the ‘Spain & Portugal Michelin Guide 2015’ will be taking place at Marbella’s landmark Hotel Los Monteros this autumn. It’s the first time that the prestigious event has ever been held in Andalucía, and as the most important gastronomic ceremony in the Iberian Peninsula, in terms of media coverage alone it’s estimated to be worth a cool €10m to Marbella in particular, and to the Costa del Sol in general…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 01/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Majority of Brits would leave UK if money no object, study finds

Spain once again proves its appeal to sun-starved Brits

A revealing poll by YouGov has discovered that more than half of Brits would happily move to another country in the EU if they could be sure that their standard of living would not fall.

With money worries, career prospects and housing concerns stripped away, the majority of Brits polled for YouGov’s Prospect magazine confirmed that they would up sticks to another European country – with Spain far and away the top choice

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Superstar dance legend Joaquín Cortés centre stage in Marbella 25 & 26 July 2014

Joaquín Cortés in 'Gitano', Marbella, July 2014

Joaquín Cortés' 'Gitano' spectacular takes place at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club on 25 & 26 July 2014

Córdoba-born Joaquín Cortés – hailed as one of the ten best dancers of all time – brings ‘Gitano’, his latest Show, to Marbella this Friday and Saturday night. Fusing the most orthodox flamenco with both classical ballet and contemporary dance, ‘Gitano’ – Gypsy – has been acclaimed as Cortés’ most spectacular Show to date, which the world-famous dancer and choreographer describes as “a journey through dance and music… an explosion of dance in which I want to take the audience on a journey, the journey of my life”…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 23/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Driving in Europe smartphone app launched

The GoingAbroad app makes driving across Europe safer and easier.

There are many slightly different rules and regulations to the roads of Europe, but probably only one universal, overriding law – do not use your mobile phone while driving.

So the very notion that a new app designed specifically for smartphones and intended to make the roads of Europe safer seems, at first glance, rather contradictory

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Top five adjustments Brits in Spain must make

Strangely, Brits don't have to worry too much about food when adjusting to life in Spain

Any Brit considering moving to Spain should – one would hope – have already done their homework: dine out later than usual, try to pick up the language as best as possible, and don’t expect every single day to be hot and sunny. Got it.

But these rather obvious lifestyle adjustments merely scratch the surface of how your life is going to change. The reality on the ground, however, is much more nuanced, often quite gradual, and occasionally mildly disconcerting.

So don’t move to Spain unprepared – make sure you’re aware that these top five lifestyle adjustments may have to be adopted sooner than you might think… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 18/07/2014 [2] Comments 
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