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Born to run – VIVA’s Victoria takes part in the Málaga Marathon!

Victoria crossing the Málaga Marathon finishing line

Victoria crosses the Málaga Marathon finishing line with daughter Amelia proudly looking on

Yep, VIVA Wonder Woman has done it again! Not content with taking part in the Marbella Half Marathon back in September 2013, our Victoria has been spurred on to greater things and earlier this month participated in the 5th edition of the Málaga Cabberty Marathon, again running for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mother who sadly lost her battle against cancer 20 years ago…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 18/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Three signs you’re ready for a Spanish Christmas

Christmas in Spain is a wonderfully low-key affair

Christmas comes but once a year, but the pace at which it seeps into your consciousness as soon as September hits suggests that it is a solid four-month affair…

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Author:Ian Clover 17/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Expats increasingly reliant on online shopping at Christmas time

The Internet has revolutionised how expats and families with relatives overseas shop

For years now, relatives who reside overseas have been unable to use the “lost in the post” excuse for missing birthdays or scrimping on Christmas spending.

Ever since Amazon swept into our collective consciousness, browsing and buying from the comfort of one’s home has revolutionised the way we shop, particularly those who either live overseas or who have relatives who live away from the UK. It has also meant that there is now no excuse not to send a little gift to a loved one far away…

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Author:Ian Clover 12/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Meet David Gibson: “The future looks very bright”

Partners David Gibson and Steve Dixon with pet labrador Ebony

David Gibson (seated) with partner Steve Dixon and Ebony, their black lab

When David Gibson and Steve Dixon bought an investment property on the Costa del Sol 12 years ago, little did they know it was a decision that was about to give their lives a whole new direction. They both had fulfilling careers in London – with David running a medium-sized manufacturing business there, and Steve working as a retail manager.

They’d purchased their apartment in Estepona as a holiday home and at the time the prospect of relocating here permanently hadn’t even crossed their minds. But it was when they came to furnish it that they had their eureka moment – and Mad About Furniture was the result…

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Author:John Hollway 05/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain Europe’s best retirement destination, report finds

The report praised the Costa del Sol for offering a laid-back lifestyle and easy integration

A report by retirement experts International Living has ranked Spain as the top destination in Europe in which to retire.

The Annual Global Retirement Index ranks nations every year on their suitability for retirees, compiling ratings on the cost of living, infrastructure, healthcare, ease of integration, real estate, climate and other special benefits…

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Author:Ian Clover 04/12/2014 [2] Comments 
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Black Friday makes its Spanish bow

Shoppers in Spain have been treated to the spectacle of Black Friday this year

Spain’s admirable ability to hold on to its own traditions and customs in the face of growing internationalisation and commercialisation took a sharp-elbowed battering this week as Spanish stores embraced the shopping phenomenon of Black Friday

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Author:Ian Clover 01/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Andalucia attracts record tourists in October

The variety of attractions in Andalucia make it a perennial favourite for holidaymakers all year-round

This year continues its onward march to become the best year yet for Spanish tourism as recent figures released by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism reveal that more tourists visited Andalucia last month than ever before… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 25/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella’s new golf craze proves a hit

Marbella is fast becoming the spiritual home of footgolf

Minority sports are usually the domain of the picked-last-in-gym-class types who take an interest safe in the knowledge that their prowess is rarely, if ever, likely to be called into question.

But a new sporting craze that combines two of the world’s most popular pursuits – golf and football – is decidedly minority, but boasts plentiful mainstream potential…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA's travelling bags

Our recent trip to the ‘A Place in the Sun’ property exhibition in Birmingham at the beginning of October 2014 proved to be an enormous success.

The VIVA bags were a particularly big hit and with the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand, we completely ran out…

…but now it appears they’re travelling…

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Author:Holly Purnell 06/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Bonfire Night and two other customs you’ll have to import to Spain

Bonfire Night may be a centuries-old UK tradition, but it is not marked in Spain

Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Today’s festivities have been part of the British calendar since 1605 when Guy Fawkes failed in his attempt to blow up Parliament during the infamous Gunpowder Plot…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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