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Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare turns up the heat on Brits in Spain

The first episode of Ramsay's Costa del Nightmare aired on Tuesday night

Gordon Ramsay is tired. Tired of the effing, the blinding, the shouting and the scolding. He’s so tired, in fact, that the latest iteration of his Kitchen Nightmares series – Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare – is rumoured to be his last. And if Tuesday night’s pilot episode is anything to go by, he is going out with a bang…

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Spain’s Med diet comes up trumps yet again

The blue corner of Iberia stands apart from the rest of Europe

Spain is one of only a handful of nations around the world where heart disease is NOT the biggest killer… and it is all thanks to the country’s proclivity for the famously healthy – not to mention delicious – Mediterranean diet.

The fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, lean meats and lashings of olive oil that form the bedrock of Spanish cuisine sets the country apart from Europe when it comes to life expectancy, and is also to thank for the fact that heart disease is not the biggest killer…

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Barcelona costliest Spanish city for tourists

Barcelona's beauty, vibe and unique architecture comes at a price

The most expensive place for tourists to visit in Spain is Barcelona, according to a recent study by travel website TripAdvisor.

The online poll assessed 52 Spanish locations, ranking each destination on costs likely to be incurred by the average tourist, such as a night at a four-star hotel, cocktails for two, a two-course dinner with wine, taxi fares and general entertainment…

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World’s biggest liner makes her European debut in Málaga


Weighing in at a massive 225,000 tonnes, measuring 361 metres from stem to stern and carrying 6,360 passengers plus 2,394 crew, Málaga – where she stayed 12 hours – was the leviathan cruise ship’s first landfall after upping anchors in Miami six days earlier…

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From bull run to ball run for animal-friendly Spanish town

Having a ball: the runners of the Mataelpino festival

Central Spain’s Mataelpino has won the backing of animal rights campaigners after it voted to ditch its traditional running of the bulls festival for a more animal-friendly alternative – a ball run…

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New map shows where in the world the British curriculum is taught

The interactive map is a great way to find a school suitable for your family's needs

Would-be expat parents concerned about their children’s schooling will be pleased to discover that a new map showing all of the schools around the world that offer the British curriculum has just been published.

Created by expat advice service Expat & Offshore, the map has been designed to educate British families on where they can be assured that their child will be able to receive schooling that is not too far-removed from what they would at home…

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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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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.

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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

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