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Five questions to ask yourself if you’re dreaming of moving to Spain

Spain's attractions are obvious, but have you asked yourself whether you're ready to live there?

Upping sticks and jetting off to start a new life in Spain is no longer as easy as it once was. The recent economic crash has put paid – possibly for good – to the idea that a life in the Costa del Sol sun could be anyone’s, provided they had a one-way ticket, a suitcase of summer clothing and a head full of dreams.

That such opportunities were once possible seems astounding now. The Costa del Sol is a very different place to what it was even a decade ago, while the ‘heady days’ of the ‘80s and ‘90s are long gone.

But maybe that is a good thing…

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Author:Ian Clover 23/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Brit expats are Spain’s third-largest immigrant bloc

On the march: Brits are Spain's third-largest immigrant group, and their numbers are increasing.

That Brits love Spain has never been in question, but the extent to which Brits have made Spain a home from home has been laid bare in recent statistics published by the Permanent Observatory on Immigration (OPI) body. Well, kind of…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Life on Marbs? Marbella-based TOWIE spin-off rumoured

TOWIE loves Marbella, but can Marbella match TOWIE by going it alone?

The Sun newspaper has reported that the producers of smash scripted reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) are planning a Marbella-based spin-off of the franchise

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‘Hip’ Malaga touted as the new Barcelona by British newspaper

The new Centre Pompidou in Málaga boasts a wonderful location right in the heart of the action.

If you are one of the record 2.2 million people who flew into Málaga airport between January and March this year, then you can safely tick off Málaga on your ‘been there’ mental map… or can you? Despite being home to the third-busiest airport in the Spain, Málaga’s charms are often overlooked by the hordes of Brits who visit the Costa del Sol every year…

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Author:Ian Clover 17/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Last Brit Standing backlash bashes BBC for misrepresentation

Taking it lying down: the BBC's documentary has attracted criticism from outraged British expats.

The BBC’s one-eyed take on life on the Costa del Sol (Costa del Sol: Last Brit Standing) has been battered with a predictable backlash of indignation from the thousands of Brits living there happily, reports UK newspaper the Guardian

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Spain unemployment rate drops to lowest for three years

More and more jobs are being created across Spain as the economy recovers.

The unemployment rate in Spain has fallen by 0.2 per cent over the past two months, bringing the current number of jobless down to its lowest level since 2012.

Data from official EU figures shows that Spain has begun to eat into its high levels of unemployment, particularly over the past nine months, during which time hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have found work…

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Author:Ian Clover 08/04/2015 [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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