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BBC reports on Brits’ Spanish love affair

6.5 million Brits visited Spain in the first six months of the year

Your trusty reporters here at VIVA have been saying it day in, day out for years, but now finally the guys over at the BBC have caught on and reported that British tourists are resuming their love affair with SpainContinue Reading

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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

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Can Game of Thrones boost Andalucia's job ratings?

Seville's city council waived the filming fee for Game of Thrones, allowing HBO to shoot in the city for free

Ever since the producers of hit TV fantasy show Game of Thrones announced that they will be filming parts of the fifth series in the Andalusian locations of Seville and Osuna, fans have been speculating which backdrops will be selected to recreate the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

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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…

So I hope you’re sitting comfortably because you’re about to feel all warm and fuzzy insideContinue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 10/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Sunday openings approved for Marbella

Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week in the UK

One of the great divisive issues for British expats on the Costa del Sol will soon be no more as the Spanish parliament has agreed to grant Marbella the right to allow its businesses to open on Sundays and certain public holidays.

Currently, Spain’s national laws prohibit many businesses in Marbella from opening on Sundays. Restaurants, bars, cafes, petrol stations and OpenCor stores are allowed to open their doors, but supermarkets, retail stores and high street shops must remain closed during the official day of rest…

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Author:Ian Clover 09/07/2014 [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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Author:Ian Clover 07/07/2014 [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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Spain’s 5-1 WC defeat earns one Spaniard €100,000

Not every Spaniard was left feeling glum at the weekend

It was a shocker, a horror show, a nightmare. Spain’s opening game at the World Cup on Friday will go down in history as one of the worst opening defences by a world champion ever. To lose to the Netherlands was one thing. To lose 5-1 was unthinkable.

Almost literally, it was unthinkable. Except for one masochistic Spaniard who predicted such an outrageous scoreline beforehand and woke up on Saturday €100,000 better off

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