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Chelsea captain John Terry celebrates title win in Puerto Banús

Chelsea captain John Terry in Puerto Banús last week.

Captain, leader, legend: so runs the banner at Stamford Bridge, home of English Premier League champions Chelsea, declaring the fans’ undying love for John Terry.

One could add to that list any number of indiscretions that the former England international has been connected with in recent years, but his taste in holiday destinations, at least, cannot be called into question after he was spotted last week living it up at La Sala, an exclusive nightspot of Puerto Banús

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Author:Ian Clover 29/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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How Spain’s growing love of English can help homebuyers

Tourism, property and language have brought the Brits and Spanish closer together than ever before.

Ever since the credit crunch bit down hard on Spain’s economy in 2008, most industries in the country had to shrink in order to survive. However, one sector actually flourished during those mean, lean years, and it is a sector that could actually help Brits realise their dream of buying a property in Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 27/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish beaches lead the world for cleanliness, report finds

Tarifa is a beautiful example of the type of beaches Spain boasts.

Spain’s stunning collection of beaches have been recognised as the world’s cleanest, with a recent ranking awarding 577 coveted blue flags – more than any other country in the world.

The study by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) last week published its rankings, revealing that Spain had added four new blue flags to its record-breaking haul of 2014, which suggests that the country is set to extend its lead as the destination of choice for beach lovers everywhere…

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Lemons, wine and golf: a very Spanish cocktail

Golf, wine and a splash of lemons: Spain has it all to offer this summer.

Spain’s famously sunny climate may draw millions of tourists in their droves each year, but the UV rays that beam down on the country all-year round actually help boost three of the country’s strongest industries: lemons, wine and golf…

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Time to invest? Five reasons to choose Spain

Spain's appeal is multi-faceted, with bargains, beauty and charm at every turn.

The UK has enjoyed one of Europe’s most impressive financial recoveries since the crash of 2008, leaving more and more Brits better off today than they have been for at least a decade.

The current strength of the pound is another boon for Brits, particularly those jetting off to the sunny climes of Spain this summer for a well-earned holiday. If you’re one of them, then prepare to fall in love all over again with Spain, only, this time, why not make good on that long-held dream to snap up a property in the sun.

Why? Because there is no better time than right now. And where? Well, that’s easy… Spain, of course…

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Spain recognised as world’s most tourism-friendly country

Spain's brilliance as a place to visit has been recognised by the World Economic Fourm.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Spain as the most tourism-friendly destination in the world in its latest tourism ranking survey.

Held every two years, the ranking assesses which countries are the most welcoming, rewarding, safe and affordable for all types of tourist and traveller…

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What a Tory government means for British expats

On the up? A Tory government is probably the best outcome for expats...

Last week’s General Election victory for the Conservative Party is likely to prove – on balance – positive for most British expats who currently live away from the UK.

In the Tories’ pre-election manifesto, one of the party’s lesser-heralded pledges was the promise to bring to an end the 15-year rule for expats, whereby Brits who have lived overseas for 15 years lose their right to vote in UK general elections…

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Five reasons to give living abroad a shot

Where in the world? Give it a go... you might surprise yourself.

If you’re the type of person weighed down by the nagging notion that you are enduring a life unlived, then a move overseas could be just the ticket. Only those rare few that are completely content with their lot will have never been tempted, however fleetingly, by life overseas, yet those who actually make the move remain firmly in the minority. The majority dream, sigh, and move on with their current – unfulfilling – life.

However, most people should try living in another country at least once in their life for the following five reasons…

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Spain one of world’s best places to be a mother

Keep mum: mothers in Spain live in a safe, supportive and fair society.

It’s not Spain’s proclivity for stretchy trousers that makes the country a great place in which to be a mother (although that curious fashion trend probably helps a little), but rather its excellent maternal healthcare, formal education and equal society that comes up trumps

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There's Marbella... and then there's 'Marbs'

Reality television stars like to visit 'Marbs', not Marbella.

With temperatures gradually on the rise and summer now tantalisingly close, the Costa del Sol is gearing up for another enjoyable season of relaxing days at the beach, balmy nights spent on the terraces of bars and restaurants, leisurely strolls along boardwalks and cooling dips in swimming pools or the sea. People’s moods have become generally more upbeat and the feeling is one of relaxed anticipation as another glorious summer awaits, the air heavy with the prospect of fun times ahead…

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Author:Iain Dempsey 08/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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