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Lemons, wine and golf: a very Spanish cocktail

Golf, wine and a splash of lemons: Spain has it all to offer this summer.

Spain’s famously sunny climate may draw millions of tourists in their droves each year, but the UV rays that beam down on the country all-year round actually help boost three of the country’s strongest industries: lemons, wine and golf…

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Time to invest? Five reasons to choose Spain

Spain's appeal is multi-faceted, with bargains, beauty and charm at every turn.

The UK has enjoyed one of Europe’s most impressive financial recoveries since the crash of 2008, leaving more and more Brits better off today than they have been for at least a decade.

The current strength of the pound is another boon for Brits, particularly those jetting off to the sunny climes of Spain this summer for a well-earned holiday. If you’re one of them, then prepare to fall in love all over again with Spain, only, this time, why not make good on that long-held dream to snap up a property in the sun.

Why? Because there is no better time than right now. And where? Well, that’s easy… Spain, of course…

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Spain recognised as world’s most tourism-friendly country

Spain's brilliance as a place to visit has been recognised by the World Economic Fourm.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Spain as the most tourism-friendly destination in the world in its latest tourism ranking survey.

Held every two years, the ranking assesses which countries are the most welcoming, rewarding, safe and affordable for all types of tourist and traveller…

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Five reasons to give living abroad a shot

Where in the world? Give it a go... you might surprise yourself.

If you’re the type of person weighed down by the nagging notion that you are enduring a life unlived, then a move overseas could be just the ticket. Only those rare few that are completely content with their lot will have never been tempted, however fleetingly, by life overseas, yet those who actually make the move remain firmly in the minority. The majority dream, sigh, and move on with their current – unfulfilling – life.

However, most people should try living in another country at least once in their life for the following five reasons…

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Spain one of world’s best places to be a mother

Keep mum: mothers in Spain live in a safe, supportive and fair society.

It’s not Spain’s proclivity for stretchy trousers that makes the country a great place in which to be a mother (although that curious fashion trend probably helps a little), but rather its excellent maternal healthcare, formal education and equal society that comes up trumps

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There's Marbella... and then there's 'Marbs'

Reality television stars like to visit 'Marbs', not Marbella.

With temperatures gradually on the rise and summer now tantalisingly close, the Costa del Sol is gearing up for another enjoyable season of relaxing days at the beach, balmy nights spent on the terraces of bars and restaurants, leisurely strolls along boardwalks and cooling dips in swimming pools or the sea. People’s moods have become generally more upbeat and the feeling is one of relaxed anticipation as another glorious summer awaits, the air heavy with the prospect of fun times ahead…

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Author:Iain Dempsey 08/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Language tourism on the rise in Spain

Almost 1 million tourists visited Spain in 2014 to improve their Spanish.

There are numerous reasons to visit Spain – the golden sandy beaches, the superb weather, the delicious cuisine, the excellent bars, the stunning scenery – but it appears that a growing number of tourists are heading to the country to enjoy one of its finest creations: its language

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Our man in Nerja does it again!

VIVA Partner José Cánovas accepts his latest award.

It was only a little under a year ago when we here at VIVA were congratulating our all-conquering master sportsman José Cánovas on his success at the 2014 Eurochallenge Surfski & Kayak challenge in Alicante…

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Brits have one of the most powerful passports in the world, study finds

British passport holders have fewer impediments to travelling than almost all other nationalities.

The passport control queue at airports is simultaneously one of the most boring and interesting parts of any flight. The interminable wait to be ushered into the UK or Spain by some surly looking border guards is alleviated somewhat by playing ‘Spot the Brit’ or ‘Spot the German’.

As you wind your way around the snake-like queue barriers, a quick glance at a fellow passenger’s passport will either confirm your suspicions or leave you scratching your head. The passport is a curious thing, and can alter how you view people and how they view you back

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Three boasts Brits living in Spain can make

Live here? It's OK to boast about that... a little.

Nobody likes a bragger, it’s nice to be nice, and there is nothing worse as a Brit expat than getting caught between the two stools of denigrating the old country and dissing the new one…

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