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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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Spain’s Med diet comes up trumps yet again

The blue corner of Iberia stands apart from the rest of Europe

Spain is one of only a handful of nations around the world where heart disease is NOT the biggest killer… and it is all thanks to the country’s proclivity for the famously healthy – not to mention delicious – Mediterranean diet.

The fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, lean meats and lashings of olive oil that form the bedrock of Spanish cuisine sets the country apart from Europe when it comes to life expectancy, and is also to thank for the fact that heart disease is not the biggest killer…

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Author:Ian Clover 24/09/2014 [1] Comment 
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Barcelona costliest Spanish city for tourists

Barcelona's beauty, vibe and unique architecture comes at a price

The most expensive place for tourists to visit in Spain is Barcelona, according to a recent study by travel website TripAdvisor.

The online poll assessed 52 Spanish locations, ranking each destination on costs likely to be incurred by the average tourist, such as a night at a four-star hotel, cocktails for two, a two-course dinner with wine, taxi fares and general entertainment…

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World’s biggest liner makes her European debut in Málaga


Weighing in at a massive 225,000 tonnes, measuring 361 metres from stem to stern and carrying 6,360 passengers plus 2,394 crew, Málaga – where she stayed 12 hours – was the leviathan cruise ship’s first landfall after upping anchors in Miami six days earlier…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Tories promise to give expats back the vote at next general election

Brits who have lived overseas for more than 15 years may be able to vote again in UK elections should the Tories secure a second term

The UK’s Conservative Party has announced that it plans to draw up a manifesto to abolish current laws that state expats lose the right to vote in Britain if they have lived overseas for 15 years or more.

The announcement comes as the Tories begin their pre-election campaign, and the pledge will be introduced after next May should they secure a second term in office…

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From bull run to ball run for animal-friendly Spanish town

Having a ball: the runners of the Mataelpino festival

Central Spain’s Mataelpino has won the backing of animal rights campaigners after it voted to ditch its traditional running of the bulls festival for a more animal-friendly alternative – a ball run…

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Author:Ian Clover 08/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Málaga: Spain’s most liveable city, according to poll

The capital of the Costa del Sol offers excellent life satisfaction for Spaniards and foreigners alike

Life satisfaction in the largest city on the Costa del Sol is the highest among all Spanish cities, according to data published in a recent poll.

A research group from the European Commission called Urban Audit found that Málaga offers the best quality of life among Spanish cities – and one of the highest in Europe…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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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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