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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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Author:Ian Clover 01/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Ukraine skirmish keeping Russians away from Spain

In 2012, Russia's middle class kept Spain's tourism industry afloat; today, their numbers are dwindling

Having swelled Spain’s beach resorts, hotels and restaurant numbers in recent years, newly wealthy Russian tourists have stayed away from the country in their droves this summer as Russia teeters on the brink of full-out conflict with its neighbour Ukraine…

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Have you checked out Zahara de los Atunes yet?

Nowhere encapsulates the beauty of southern Spain better than Zahara de los Atunes

The southern reaches of Spain are dotted with more hidden gems than a stowed-away pirate ship, and one of the best among them must certainly be Zahara de los Atunes.

This laid-back beach town is blessed (or cursed, depending on your perception) by the fact that its larger neighbour Tarifa acts as a kind of tourist buffer. If you’re heading south from the Costa del Sol for a weekend of Atlantic swimming, dune trekking, chiringuito-frequenting fun then Tarifa ticks all your boxes. And it’s closer, too…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Summer brings more jobs to Spain’s recovering economy

Fully booked hotels throughout the country certainly help boost Spain's job figures

It happens every year but every year it is worth reporting – the month of June saw Spain add 100,000 new jobs, lowering unemployment for the 11th consecutive month.

If onlookers were in need of reassurances that Spain’s economic recovery has now eased into the fast lane, then this is surely it. Official figures released this week by Spain’s Labour Ministry show that the number of people registered as unemployed in June fell by 122,684 – bringing the national unemployed figure down to 4.45 million…

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Author:Ian Clover 15/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Just one night in Marbella for Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton in DJ guise spinning the decks in LA

Model, actress, singer, TV personality, reality TV star, heiress to a multi-billion dollar hotel fortune and, soon and for one night only, DJ at one of Marbella’s hottest nightspots – yep, Paris Hilton sure knows how to keep adding strings to her bow.

The American, 33, will play a set at the exclusive Olivia Valère nightclub on August 18 before jetting off on her private plane to do likewise in Ibiza and Barcelona later this month… Continue Reading

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Can the SiestApp revive Spain’s disappearing siesta?

Time for a siesta? There's an app for that...

While the stereotype of lazy Spaniards catching forty winks every afternoon under the cooling shade of tree-lined boulevard may be as strong as ever, the actual siesta custom is in danger of dying out in Spain, with new research showing that only 10% of Spaniards find the time for a siesta on a regular basis.

However, all that could be set to change with the launch of a new smartphone app… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 13/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Emigrating is child’s play for kids, study finds

Expat kids are happy to dive right into a life in Spain

Although moving abroad to another country can be an extremely rewarding and enriching experience, the process can often take its toll on some people, not least the younger members of the family forced to uproot from their childhood home and leave behind friends and schooling.

However, a recent study by Spain’s Obra Social La Caixa has revealed that it is in fact the younger generation who settle into their new life abroad better than adults… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 12/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain tops list of dream retirement destinations

A retirement in Spain is the dream for many Brits... a dream that is easy to make reality

A recent survey asking Brits aged over 18 but not yet retired has found that one in six hopes to spend their twilight years abroad – with Spain far and away the most preferred destination.

Retirement income specialists MGM Advantage asked a varied selection of Brits how they hope to spend their retirement years. According to the survey, more than six million of us wish to retire abroad, with over half of that figure keen to stay in Europe

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Michelin Guide presentation to bring €10m to Marbella

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs: Dani García, Diego del Río, Marcos Granda & José Carlos García

An ambitious initiative four years in the making has finally paid off with the recent news that the presentation of the ‘Spain & Portugal Michelin Guide 2015’ will be taking place at Marbella’s landmark Hotel Los Monteros this autumn. It’s the first time that the prestigious event has ever been held in Andalucía, and as the most important gastronomic ceremony in the Iberian Peninsula, in terms of media coverage alone it’s estimated to be worth a cool €10m to Marbella in particular, and to the Costa del Sol in general…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 01/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Majority of Brits would leave UK if money no object, study finds

Spain once again proves its appeal to sun-starved Brits

A revealing poll by YouGov has discovered that more than half of Brits would happily move to another country in the EU if they could be sure that their standard of living would not fall.

With money worries, career prospects and housing concerns stripped away, the majority of Brits polled for YouGov’s Prospect magazine confirmed that they would up sticks to another European country – with Spain far and away the top choice

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Author:Ian Clover 31/07/2014 [1] Comment 
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