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Spain one of EU’s cheapest countries for expat life

Not only is life in Spain culturally enriching, it can also save you a pretty penny, too.

Living costs for expats in Spain have fallen sharply in the past 18 months, making the country one of the cheapest in the European Union (EU).

The relative devaluation of the euro, particularly against the British pound, has made Spain a cheaper country in which to live, nowhere more so than in the country’s two biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona…

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Flash Ash: Ashley Cole spends £20k on Marbella champagne spray party

Ashley Cole and pals enjoying the vibe at Sintillate.

Former Chelsea player and ex-England international Ashley Cole has made a habit of making the headlines for his antics both on and off the pitch over the past decade, and the 34-year-old star did not disappoint during his recent holiday to Marbella.

The Roma star footed the bill for £20,000 worth of Veuve Clicquot champagne during one of the famous Champagne Spray Parties that are a feature of the Sintillate beach resort in Puerto Banús…

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Want a great work-life balance? Then head to Spain

If you want to be healthy, happy and professionally content, then head to Spain.

There are many Brits who live on the Costa del Sol who never intended for their extended holiday to turn into a decade-long spell in Spain. Those early, carefree days of life in Spain can stretch out across the long and languid summer like the calm seas of the glistening Mediterranean, but there is always that nagging voice inside saying “this will not – cannot – last!”

But while expats who treat life on the Costa del Sol as one long, sun-kissed holiday are in for a shock, those prepared to balance living life with knuckling down will find that Spain is actually one of the best places in the world to strike the right balance…

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Costa del Sol home to Spain’s top two golf courses

Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande was rated as the best course in Spain.

Golf lovers keen on buying a golfing property in Spain have even more reasons to choose the Costa del Sol after two of its courses were ranked first and second in a recent poll by golfing website Leading Courses…

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Netflix to launch in Spain in October

Could the arrival of Netflix help tackle Spain's high digital piracy levels?

US online streaming service Netflix has confirmed that it will launch in Spain this October after months of speculation.

The service has been delayed in Spain due to Netflix’s concerns over piracy and high royalty prices, making Spain a less attractive market than other European nations…

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A summer job in Spain... is it all it's cracked up to be?

A summer job can be a rewarding experience if you're sensible.

You’re young, perhaps single, just finished your exams, have no commitments and have three or four months ahead of you in which to enjoy the summer before starting college, returning to college or entering the dreaded grown-up world of full-time employment, paying taxes, renting your own place and basically forgoing all the pleasures of youth for a perceived humdrum existence of working for (to use seventies parlance) ‘the man’…

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Author:Iain Dempsey 09/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Barcelona so popular it wants to LIMIT tourism

The world and his wife wants a piece of Barcelona, but the incoming mayor has other ideas.

Cities and resorts the world over spend a pretty penny trying to convince tourists and travellers to visit them, spending their cash, snapping their sights and sampling their local delicacies and produce.

But the incoming mayor of one Spanish city has decided that enough is enough, and has mooted plans to introduce a cap on tourist visitors

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Elton John to return to Costa del Sol after decade-long hiatus

Sir Elton John, 68, will be appearing in Málaga on July 15.

British pop superstar Sir Elton John is set to perform in Andalucía for the first time in ten years this summer.

The crooner, 68, will appear on July 15 at Málaga’s Palacio de los Deportes Martín Carpena arena in what will be his first show in the region since appearing at the Mijas Hipódromo in 2005.

Best known for his inimitable piano-driven anthems and lovelorn ballads, Sir Elton has enjoyed an enviable five-decade career at the apex of the pop industry, and his reappearance in Andalucía is sure to be highly anticipated

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Chelsea captain John Terry celebrates title win in Puerto Banús

Chelsea captain John Terry in Puerto Banús last week.

Captain, leader, legend: so runs the banner at Stamford Bridge, home of English Premier League champions Chelsea, declaring the fans’ undying love for John Terry.

One could add to that list any number of indiscretions that the former England international has been connected with in recent years, but his taste in holiday destinations, at least, cannot be called into question after he was spotted last week living it up at La Sala, an exclusive nightspot of Puerto Banús

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Spanish beaches lead the world for cleanliness, report finds

Tarifa is a beautiful example of the type of beaches Spain boasts.

Spain’s stunning collection of beaches have been recognised as the world’s cleanest, with a recent ranking awarding 577 coveted blue flags – more than any other country in the world.

The study by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) last week published its rankings, revealing that Spain had added four new blue flags to its record-breaking haul of 2014, which suggests that the country is set to extend its lead as the destination of choice for beach lovers everywhere…

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