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Costa del Sol tourism on course for another record-breaker

Tourists to the Costa del Sol are expected to bring in more than €9 billion this year

Having smashed records in 2014, the tourism industry of the Costa del Sol is already showing signs that 2015 could be its best year yet.

Data unveiled by Spain’s national statistics institute (INE) for January shows that the number of hotel visitors in Málaga province – which covers the chief resorts of the Costa del Sol – hit 199,246 visits, which is a ten per cent increase on the same month last year…

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Don’t mind me: The politeness of Brits abroad

Despite the bad press, it seems that most Brits abroad go out of their way to be polite

British tourists have run up a fair old rapsheet for bad behaviour in the past. From the drunken exploits of marauding football fans to the accusations of passive-aggressive aloofness and condescension, the reputation runs that as soon as a Brit leaves Blighty, all pretences of decorum and politeness go out the window.

But a new study by online travel agent Loveholidays.com has found that Brits abroad actually go out of their way not to offend, and perhaps even ramp up their levels of politeness when travelling, ensuring the image of the self-deprecating, friendly Brit persists worldwide.

Here are the ten things that Brits do to be extra polite when travelling overseas…

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Chinese tourists and investors eye Spanish holidays and property

The typical Chinese tourist spent €2,040 on average in Spain last year

As China’s economic might continues its slow trickle down to the millions of newly-created Chinese middle class, an increasing number of Chinese citizens are flocking to Spain to snap up Spanish property and enjoy holidays by the Med

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How to enjoy home comforts when moving to Spain

You don't have to give up the things you love about Britain when you move to Spain

A great deal of the queries we at VIVA receive from people looking to buy a property in Spain concern the availability of the types of home comforts one is used to in the UK.

From food to healthcare, it is understandable that Brits considering a move overseas ask such questions, which is why VIVA’s pages are packed full of accurate and up-to-date information explaining the hows, whys and wherefores of what you will need to do when you move…

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What TripAdvisor’s beach ranking says about Brits and Spain

From the Med to the Atlantic coastline, Spain is lined by beautiful beaches that suit a wide array of tastes

In a ritual reminiscent of the annual ‘World’s Top University Lists’, TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice awards have once again thrown up a rather Anglo-centric view of the world… but this time the results are rather well founded.

While the notion that Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge really are the best universities in the world (and not just the best that English-speaking people have studied at) is debatable, TripAdvisor’s revelation that Spain has five of Europe’s top 25 beaches is less controversial…

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How badboy footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones can help you enjoy Spain

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For a true measure of Spain’s economy, look to its nightlife

Spanish nights out are legendary affairs, whether you're a local or a holidaymaker

In the Big Book of Spanish Clichés, the debauchery of a typical night out in Spain comes shortly after the popup image of a sultry señorita dressed in full Flamenco get-up.

Clubbing in Spain is something of a religion for many…

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Hello, is it Marbella you’re looking for?

Hello! Lionel Richie is coming to Marbella this summer for the Starlite Festival

US soul sensation and bonafide smooth operator Lionel Richie has been added to the star-studded lineup for this summer’s Starlite Festival in Marbella.

The 65-year-old singer and songwriter is set to headline the festival, which runs from July 22 to August 23, and will be joined by fellow US rocker Lenny Kravitz, Italian tenor and singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli and Roger Hodgson of English rock band, Supertramp…

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Three unexpected joys of living in Spain

You know about the sun, sea and sangria, but what else does Spain offer?

You don’t need an article to tell you that life in Spain is blessed with brilliant warmth, near year-round sunshine and many hours spent on beaches, in swimming pools and frequenting local bodegas and tapas bars with reassuring regularity.

But there are certain joys to Spanish living that may not appear immediately apparent, but are nonetheless brilliant reasons to finally make that move…

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‘Appy new download to hit Marbella streets soon

The Marbella Street app could open up a whole new side of the resort to tourists

Marbella Town Hall has announced it is to launch a free mobile tour guide app in the next few days designed to help tourists to the splendid resort to get more out of their visit.

Called Marbella Street, the free app will use iBeacon sensors placed at 100 areas of interest in and about the town to deliver quick and interesting information to its users in either English, Spanish, German or Russian

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