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Andalucia attracts record tourists in October

The variety of attractions in Andalucia make it a perennial favourite for holidaymakers all year-round

This year continues its onward march to become the best year yet for Spanish tourism as recent figures released by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism reveal that more tourists visited Andalucia last month than ever before… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 25/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella’s new golf craze proves a hit

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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Author:Ian Clover 21/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA's travelling bags

Our recent trip to the ‘A Place in the Sun’ property exhibition in Birmingham at the beginning of October 2014 proved to be an enormous success.

The VIVA bags were a particularly big hit and with the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand, we completely ran out…

…but now it appears they’re travelling…

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Author:Holly Purnell 06/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Bonfire Night and two other customs you’ll have to import to Spain

Bonfire Night may be a centuries-old UK tradition, but it is not marked in Spain

Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Today’s festivities have been part of the British calendar since 1605 when Guy Fawkes failed in his attempt to blow up Parliament during the infamous Gunpowder Plot…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Slimming yourself: sunshine aids weight loss, study finds

Spending time in the sunshine can have a slimming effect, scientists claim

Anecdotal evidence suggests it is so; as does one’s own trusty eyes, but now scientists at a British university have claimed that moderate exposure to UV rays can help keep humans slim.

Life in sun-drenched Spain is healthy enough. The warmth beckons you outside, keeping you active and rarely bestowing upon you those days where all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa with a bar of chocolate and something weepy on the TV… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 04/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Hen-picked: Marbella top destination for hen parties

'Marbs' is the most popular hen party destination for British brides-to-be

Brides-to-be have a reputation – and an excuse – for acting selfishly. As the biggest day of their lives looms into view, finer details become crises; minor hiccups seismic events that could threaten to derail all of humanity, and mere flower arrangement decisions adopt the importance of a national referendum… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 03/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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The Irish love affair with Spain

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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Author:Ian Clover 29/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Expat Explorer survey lifts lid on why people move

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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Author:Ian Clover 28/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Number of veggie outlets in Spain doubles in three years

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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Author:Ian Clover 17/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Madrid 5th most desirable city to work in, poll finds

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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Author:Ian Clover 16/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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