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Jorge's images: El Caminito del Rey... a walk on the wild side

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Having been closed in 2000 due to its perilous condition, after 3 years of planning, 12 months of renovation and reconstruction, plus a €2.7 million investment, Málaga’s famous Caminito del Rey, or King’s Walkway – once known as ‘the world’s most dangerous footpath’ – has now been tamed… and it reopened to the public on 28 March 2015. Pinned to the near vertical cliffs of the breathtaking Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a dizzying 100 metres above the swirling waters of the Guadalhorce River, the construction of the original Caminito del Rey took place from 1901 to 1905, when it was built to give access to those working on the Guadalhorce hydroelectric plant. VIVA’s own intrepid in-house photographer traversed the once death-defying path several times before it was closed, and returned only days after its reopening to take these stunning images just for you! His verdict, “Well, while it’s no longer the world’s scariest path, the views are as unforgettable as ever and are guaranteed to take your breath away.” If you’d like to follow in his footsteps, visit www.caminitodelrey.info to reserve a booking – free of charge until September 2015.
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Catalonia hopes to bring working hours in line with rest of Europe

Spain's long working hours often suit the country's laid-back style, but is that part of the problem?

The Catalan government has vowed this week to bring an end to the long working hours that many Catalans currently endure, seeking to bring the region more in line with the rest of Europe.

Spain’s famously long working day – which for many begins a little after 8am, is interrupted by a long lunch break at around 2pm and then continues between 4pm and 8pm – has often been touted as one of the reasons why the economy has struggled in recent years

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Author:Ian Clover 16/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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TOWIE cast warms up for Marbella summer fun

Chloe Sims and Elliott Wright have long been big fans of Marbella.

The stars of hit reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) have begun their pre-Marbella summer preparations, looking to get beach ready with their famous ‘No Carbs before Marbs’ diet.

Every year the gang jets off to film a series of Marbella specials in time for summer, and this year is no different, with show regulars Billie Faiers, Ferne McCann and Bobby Cole Norris all reported to be getting into shape before the paparazzi descend on the beaches of Puerto Banús and begin snapping away.

The cast will also be hoping to check out co-star Elliott Wright’s new restaurant, which is set to open in Marbella before the summer season hits. Wright, father-of-two, already owns a restaurant in Alicante, and his children currently live in Spain…

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Spanish tourism begins 2015 with a Brit-backed bang

Brits are once again at the forefront of Spain's strong start to the year for tourism.

Data published last week by Spain’s Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism has revealed that, in the first two months of the year, the country has smashed its previous tourism records – with Brits leading the charge.

Over the course of January and February, some 6.45 million foreign visitors arrived in Spain, an increase of 4.5 per cent on the same period last year, which itself was a record-breaker…

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Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing: Blinkered BBC hatchet job should not dull your dreams of Spain

Bar girl Bronte followed the well-worn path of 'English girl going home for the winter' - hardly headline news.

“Nobody makes documentaries about successfully integrated immigrants in Spain” – reading the many post-show comments regarding last night’s BBC documentary, Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing (aired Tuesday, March 31 at 22:45 GMT), this one stood out for a number of reasons…

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30 degree weather for Easter? Welcome to Spain

This Easter promises to be a scorcher in Spain.

Death, taxes, saturated media coverage of pre-election posturing – these are life’s certainties, with death probably the least painful of the three.

Just missing the cut on the certainty stakes is Spain’s weather. Nearly uniformly excellent and uplifting, it can – occasionally – surprise you…

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Easter hols to Costa del Sol 15% cheaper than last year

Rising temperatures and falling prices: a perfect Costa del Sol combo for Easter.

If you’re thinking about heading to the Costa del Sol this Easter to enjoy some early summer sunshine then you are in luck – a report by the Post Office has found that a typical holiday in the region is 15 per cent cheaper this year compared to 2014…

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Author:Ian Clover 27/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Exit strategy: will you ever leave Spain once you’ve lived there?

Life's a beach, and then you fly... how long will you live in Spain for?

It’s a question that – while rarely pressing – tends to linger at the back of most expats’ minds during their time living overseas: when is all of this going to come to an end?

The uncertainty can be creeping, persistent, or it can catch you briefly and unawares while you’re out enjoying yourself, tumbling back down into the ether as quickly as it arose.

But it will happen…

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2 major new cultural attractions open this week in Málaga city...

The new Málaga branch of the Parisian Centre Pompidou

The 6,000m2 Centre Pompidou Málaga - close to the Muelle Uno shopping and leisure mall on the waterfront - expects to receive 250,000 visitors during its first year.

World-renowned for its Picasso Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC), both of which opened their doors in 2003; followed in 2011 by the Carmen Thyssen Museum – focusing on 19th-century Spanish painting, with works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection – and the La Térmica in 2013, Málaga will be packing even more of a cultural punch with the eagerly awaited launch of not one, but two major new art attractions this week…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Five ways to a sun-kissed retirement in Spain

Life's a beach for retirees who plan their move to Spain carefully.

The dream of retiring to Spain is made a reality by thousands of Brits every year. Often, the hardest part of making the move is convincing yourself that you can, that you deserve to, and that you won’t regret your decision.

But even when you have decided that a Spanish retirement ticks all the right boxes for you, there are still a few things that you have to do to ensure that your twilight years are as enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing as possible…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/03/2015 [2] Comments 
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