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Number of veggie outlets in Spain doubles in three years

Vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Spain now number more than 800 - a 94% increase since 2011

Spain looks set to shake off its tag as the meat-loving capital of Europe following a recent revelation that the number of vegetarian or vegan restaurants in the country has increased by 94 per cent since 2011.

Vegetarian website the Happy Cow has revealed that there are now 686 vegetarian or vegan restaurants in Spain, up from just 353 as recently as 2011…

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Madrid 5th most desirable city to work in, poll finds

The Spanish capital is viewed as the fifth-best place in the world to move to for work

Beaten out, predictably, by London, New York and Paris, Spanish capital Madrid still managed an impressive 5th place in a recent poll to find the world’s top destinations for expat workers

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The things Brit expats miss… and the things they don’t

Life away from the UK has near-endless perks, but some of us will still miss the old country

Life as an expat can be occasionally strange. One minute you will be embracing your new life to the full – language courses, new cuisines, a growing social group drawn from many different countries, an evolving sense of belonging – and before you know it you’re trawling Google Street View of old haunts, sighing wistfully at the battered fish & chip shops, grey skies and slight air of menace and mild decay blinking back at you from your computer screen…

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Three ways Spain’s recovering economy benefits you

As Spain's economy picks up, so do opportunities in work, property and socialising

The Spanish economy has begun to heal itself in recent months after spending a couple of years in the doldrums. Although unemployment rates remain above 24% (and are among the highest in Europe), job creation has increased faster than in most other eurozone nations…

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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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