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The Irish love affair with Spain

More than a million Irish people have visited Spain this year

One only has to walk Marbella’s Old Town, Fuengirola’s promenade or Puerto Banús’ second-line-gauntlet to quickly establish that the Irish love Spain.

That unmistakeable lilt can be heard from Torremolinos to Tarifa, and the prevalence of Irish bars – although popular with most nationalities – suggests that the Costa del Sol has long been a happy holiday spot for our Irish cousins.

But new data released last week by the Spanish Statistical Institute and the Spanish Tourism Office reveals just how much the Irish love Spain. And the answer? A helluva lot

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Author:Ian Clover 29/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Expat Explorer survey lifts lid on why people move

Why do we move? A recent expat survey revealed some interesting answers to that question

For Brits who move to Spain, the answer to the question “Why did you move?” often appears simple: for the weather, beaches, food and lifestyle.

But in most instances, people who consider themselves expats left their country of birth for a multitude of reasons, and a recent survey by HSBC Bank has revealed some interesting statistics into what lights a fire under the world’s expats…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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30 Gib apes shipped off to Scotland for too much monkey business

Sour gr-apes: 30 Barbary macaques have been shipped off to Scotland for bad behaviour

A threat greater than being forced to pose for ill-advised photos with sunburnt tourists awaits the famous Barbary apes of Gibraltar – they could be shipped off to Scotland if they continue to monkey around.

Already, 30 of the Rock’s worst offenders – the pick-pocketers, the bin rummagers, the tourist botherers – have been sent to the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, and more could follow if they don’t clean up their act, warn Gibraltar authorities…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Looking for affordable winter sun? Head to Spain

Costa del Sol resorts such as Torremolinos offer winter sun and low prices.

Spain’s Costa del Sol is the best value winter sun destination, according to the Post Office’s latest Winter Sunshine Report.

The southern Spanish region offers guaranteed warm weather and sunshine heading into winter, and with the pound sterling at a six-year high against the euro, the Costa del Sol will tan your face without denting your wallet…

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Author:Ian Clover 20/10/2014 [2] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 17/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 16/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 09/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Five reminders why Spain is the best choice for overseas property

Considering buying overseas? Then Spain ticks all your boxes, and more

On the eve of the A Place in the Sun exhibition, held between Friday October 3 and Sunday October 5 at the NEC in Birmingham (VIVA will be there of course, so come and say Hi!), we thought it wise to remind you all why Spain remains the number one choice for overseas property.

After many months of good news stories relating to Spain’s tourism sector, its wider economy, and positive developments in its property market, it is perhaps easy to forget what a corner the country has turned in just a short space of time. So here are five reminders why Spain is THE place for overseas property…

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Author:Ian Clover 02/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 01/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 25/09/2014 [3] Comments 
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