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Top 5 tips for enjoying Easter in Spain

For a slice of Spanish tradition this Easter, why not head to San Pedro de Alcantara?

Santa comes but once a year. Across the Anglo-speaking world he’s a jolly fat man in a red suit with a rather lax approach to breaking-and-entry laws, healthy eating, and the laws of physics.

But in Spain, Santa comes a little later in the year and sticks around for more than a week. Semana Santa means Holy Week in Spanish, and is a celebration of Easter that is one of the most spectacular and hotly anticipated dates on the Spanish calendar… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 14/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Rolling Stones’ Madrid gig crashes servers

The Rolling Stones – 14 ON FIRE tour sees Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood returning to Madrid for one night only when they play to an audience of 54,000 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 25 June, treating their generations of fans to a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll’, plus a couple of unexpected gems…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 11/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Toys go large at KAWS’ ‘Final Day’ exhibition in Málaga

Kaws' monumental 'Final Day' centrepiece

Kaws' monumental 'Final Days' centrepiece is 6 metres high and weighs a massive 10 tonnes

“It’s amusing to think that when I work on a large-format piece in bronze or wood it’s termed sculpture… but if I do the same piece in plastic on a small scale, it’s called a toy.“ So says US painter, sculptor and designer KAWS, whose first solo exhibition in Spain – entitled ‘Final Days’ – is currently running at the prestigious CAC Málaga Centre of Contemporary Art.

As a precursor of the Art & Toys movement, according to Fernando Francés, director of the CAC Málaga, “KAWS is capable of creating a particularly edgy mood, moving in areas of the subconscious like a fish in water.”

Falling within the iconography genre, the showcase features five large-scale sculptures carved from wood and which have never before been exhibited…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 09/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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The Only Way ISN’T Marbella for former TOWIE star

Michelle Keegan has forbade Mark Wright from planning his stag do in Marbella

It comes to something when you can hit the headlines for choosing NOT to go somewhere, but that is exactly what has happened in the UK with the recent news that former The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Mark Wright has been banned from visiting Marbella for his stag do by wife-to-be, Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.

The Corrie beauty is reportedly rather nervous about the prospect of Wright, 27, hitting up the beaches and clubs of the famously decadent resort and so has ordered the radio and TV presenter to celebrate his last few weeks of freedom elsewhere…

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Author:Ian Clover 07/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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The 15 best career paths in Spain

Looking for work in Spain? Read on to find your ideal career

Looking for a job in Spain has become more difficult in the past few years. Finding employment on the Costa del Sol pre-2008 was relatively straightforward provided you were prepared to work hard and chance your arm at a variety of careers.

Since the subsequent economic downturn, though, jobs have been increasingly scarce throughout the country, with unemployment reaching 26% and thousands of young, educated Spaniards heading overseas to work as waiting staff, cleaners and bar tenders in countries all over northern Europe.

But recent labour reforms in Spain have helped make the market more competitive again, and although unemployment is only falling very slowly, the red jagged line is going in the right direction once more. So if you are looking to move to Spain for work but fear that you may not be able to gain meaningful employment, all is not lost – human resource consulting company Adecco has recently put together its top 15 in-demand positions for Spain this year, based on current skills shortages and anticipated growth areas…

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Marbella gets happppy

Marbella is happy

The video for Marbella’s new promotional campaign #Marbellaishappy.

The video for Marbella’s new musical campaign #Marbellaishappy premiered last night with an open-air screening in Plaza Santo Cristo, organised by Marbella Town Hall.

The promotional video joins the ‘Happy’ musical movement that hundreds of other cities including Paris, Sydney and Seoul have already participated in, where the cast vivaciously dance around different areas of the town to the catchy monster hit, “Happy” by Pharrell WilliamsContinue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 28/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Winning: when it comes to food, Spain is top of the class

Good food is integral to who the Spanish are

There are plenty of reasons why people admire the Germans,  respect the French, like the British, love the Irish and get a little peeved sometimes at Americans.

But Spaniards? They’re pretty harmless on the global scale of things, but relatively nondescript in the “Oh, they’re Spanish, NOW it makes sense” kind of way…Maybe people might label them lazy, or passionate, or daintily good footballers, but none of these labels really hold true. Now, though, it seems that the Huffington Post newspaper has hit upon a notion of Spaniards that may just stick: as a nation of food loversContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 24/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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World’s first international Zip Line!

Límite Zero

Ever wanted to travel back in time? Well, now you can on the world's first 'cross-border' Zip Line, Límite Zero!

The new Zip Line ride over the Guadiana River connecting the Spanish village of Sanlúcar de Guadiana with Alcoutim, in Portugal is now officially open!

A privately funded project of Englishman David Jarman, the world’s first – and only – ‘cross-border’ zipline (tirolina in Spanish) crosses 720 metres over the Guadiana River, 50 feet above sea level, connecting the two countries… Continue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 20/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Poundland on its way to Spain

These British bargains will soon be available in Spain

British discount retailer Poundland – famed for its bargain deals of multipack crisps, drinks packs, plastic toys and low-priced cleaning goods all priced (yep, you guessed it) at a quid – has recently announced that it is set to open ten trial stores in Spain.

The arrival of a Poundland store on your local high street in the UK is often met with trepidation. Its presence – much like off-licences, bookmakers and pawn shops – is usually a fair indicator that an area is on a rather downward trajectory, economically speaking.

So does the news that the company behind the stores, Poundland Group Plc., fancies expanding to Spain spell that further gloom is on the horizon? Actually, the exact opposite could well be closer to the truth…

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Author:Ian Clover 19/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys and The Beach Boys top Starlite Festival bill

Tom Jones has been confirmed to perform at this year's Starlite Festival in Marbella

This summer’s Starlite Festival in Marbella will be headlined by internationally renowned superstars Tom Jones, the Pet Shop Boys and The Beach Boys.

Entering only its third year, Marbella’s Starlite Festival has quickly earned for itself a reputation as one of Spain’s most glamorous music gatherings, and will this year take place between July 23 and August 23 at the stunning Marbella Auditorium.

Last year’s event raised the bar when Spanish heartthrob Julio Iglesias headlined, joined by the ever effervescent Buenavista Social Club. But this year’s lineup promises to set the pulses racing even faster, with Welsh troubadour Tom Jones perhaps the pick of the bunchContinue Reading

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