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Driving in Europe smartphone app launched

The GoingAbroad app makes driving across Europe safer and easier.

There are many slightly different rules and regulations to the roads of Europe, but probably only one universal, overriding law – do not use your mobile phone while driving.

So the very notion that a new app designed specifically for smartphones and intended to make the roads of Europe safer seems, at first glance, rather contradictory

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Top five adjustments Brits in Spain must make

Strangely, Brits don't have to worry too much about food when adjusting to life in Spain

Any Brit considering moving to Spain should – one would hope – have already done their homework: dine out later than usual, try to pick up the language as best as possible, and don’t expect every single day to be hot and sunny. Got it.

But these rather obvious lifestyle adjustments merely scratch the surface of how your life is going to change. The reality on the ground, however, is much more nuanced, often quite gradual, and occasionally mildly disconcerting.

So don’t move to Spain unprepared – make sure you’re aware that these top five lifestyle adjustments may have to be adopted sooner than you might think… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 18/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Free money!

That got your attention didn’t it?

And rightly so, because this is exactly what it says on the tin. *Free cash* And all you have to do… is find it. Not a bad deal, eh?

Where and when, I hear you cry!

Well let’s start with a little bit of background shall we, before we get down to the nitty gritty…

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Author:Holly Purnell 10/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella enjoys 72% surge in holiday enquiries thanks to TOWIE

TOWIE babes Lydia Bright, Lauren Pope and Chloe Sims strut their stuff as they head to Ocean Club in Puerto Banús

Thousands of ‘Well Jel’ and sun-starved Brits swamped online hotel booking portals after the first of the two-part TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex, to the uninitiated) Marbella special aired.

Searches for Marbella increased by a whopping 72 per cent, according to holiday booking website hotels.com (who unfortunately did not reveal the number of people who searched for ‘Marbs’ instead) as the Costa del Sol resort played host to the popular reality show’s summer special…

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See Antequera in a different light… moonlight!

Antequera Luz de Luna

For the 5th year running, Antequera's 'Luz de Luna' programme of events takes place on Thursday and Friday nights until September

Less than an hour’s drive inland from Málaga – and only 25 minutes if you hop aboard the AVE high-speed train – for the fifth year running, the historic city of Antequera  is currently holding its innovative ‘Luz de Luna’ programme of visits which takes place on Thursdays and Fridays until September, and with something on offer for pretty much everyone…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 04/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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'Marbs effect' comes full circle as La Sala plans restaurant in Essex

The flagship La Sala restaurant in Puerto Banús has proved popular with British holidaymakers, especially those from Essex

After years of making Marbella feel like a little corner of Essex, the famous Costa del Sol resort is hoping to lend a little Spanish flavour to residents of the Essex town of Chigwell following the news that La Sala is set to open a restaurant there…

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David Albarrán transforms everyday objects into stunning portraits at La Caja Blanca, Málaga

This portrait named 'Luis' is composed of entirely coffee and sugar.

The Area Youth council of Málaga continues to support young talent in the city, encouraging artists to show their work in public spaces to promote their creations.

This time, La Caja Blanca will host the exhibition ‘I’M’ by up and coming artist David Albarrán.

The exhibition, which will run from 25 June to 30 July, is composed of seven pieces – large format portraits and self-portraits created from everyday objects including cigarette butts, nails, staples, safety pins and even coffee… Continue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 26/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Mijas – Ain't Nothin’ But… Blues Festival 4 – 6 July

Singing the blues at the Mijas Blues Festival

The Festival is a joint collaboration between London's Ain't Nothin' But... Blues Bar and the Mijas Town Hall's Foreigners Department.

Think of Andalucía’s picture postcard white villages and the one that’s probably the most likely to spring to mind first is Mijas. Winding cobbled streets, historic churches, pots of geraniums clinging to wrought iron balconies… Mijas epitomises Andalusian traditions to perfection. Famed for its donkey taxis and oval-shaped bull ring – the streets were too narrow for a circular one – this endearingly sleepy and laid-back corner of the Costa del Sol also plays host on 4 – 6 July this year to the 8th annual Ain’t Nothin’ But… Blues Festival with a fabulous line-up of musicians from Spain, Europe and the US…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 23/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Top five tipples for a top Spanish summer

With summer here, Spain is best served chilled with a glass or two of beer, wine, spirits, cocktails...

Few things lend themselves to evocative daydreaming quite like a beverage. Snatched whiffs of aromas can whisk you back to a specific place and time quicker than Marty McFly, while certain foods, songs and pictures can also have the effect of instantly transporting you to a specific place in time.

But as summer gets into gear, this most evocative of seasons is best served with a chilled tipple if you really want to eke out as many memories from it as possible. And with Spain boasting a long, langourous summer, there is no better place in which to bring together two brilliant pastimes: drinking and relaxing.

Drilaxing? Hmmm, no, that doesn’t work… but these five Spanish drinks certainly do… Continue Reading

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Pooch-only waterpark opens in Spain

The Canino Can Jane Resort is the world's first dog-only water park

Not only has Spain long been adept at ticking all the required boxes needed for a memorable family holiday, but now the country has gone one further by opening a water park designed specifically – and exclusively – for canines.

The Resort Canino Can Jane, located close to Barcelona in the town of Roca del Valles, has been leaving pooches panting for more since it opened last month. Boasting gentle, dog-friendly gradients and slopes into the pools, extra tough inflatables and even a couple of water slides, the entire resort is suitable for dogs of all age and sizes… Continue Reading

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