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Born to run – VIVA’s Victoria takes part in the Málaga Marathon!

Victoria crossing the Málaga Marathon finishing line

Victoria crosses the Málaga Marathon finishing line with daughter Amelia proudly looking on

Yep, VIVA Wonder Woman has done it again! Not content with taking part in the Marbella Half Marathon back in September 2013, our Victoria has been spurred on to greater things and earlier this month participated in the 5th edition of the Málaga Cabberty Marathon, again running for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mother who sadly lost her battle against cancer 20 years ago…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 18/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Three signs you’re ready for a Spanish Christmas

Christmas in Spain is a wonderfully low-key affair

Christmas comes but once a year, but the pace at which it seeps into your consciousness as soon as September hits suggests that it is a solid four-month affair…

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Author:Ian Clover 17/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Expats increasingly reliant on online shopping at Christmas time

The Internet has revolutionised how expats and families with relatives overseas shop

For years now, relatives who reside overseas have been unable to use the “lost in the post” excuse for missing birthdays or scrimping on Christmas spending.

Ever since Amazon swept into our collective consciousness, browsing and buying from the comfort of one’s home has revolutionised the way we shop, particularly those who either live overseas or who have relatives who live away from the UK. It has also meant that there is now no excuse not to send a little gift to a loved one far away…

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Author:Ian Clover 12/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish judge shuts down Uber taxi service across country

The Uber 'taxi' app has faced stern opposition from taxi drivers in Spain

A judge in Spain has ruled that online car sharing app Uber is to immediately cease its operations across the country following a string of protests from taxi associations…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish property: the story of 2014

The story of 2014 has been supremely encouraging for Spain's property market

As the last few weeks of 2014 draw upon us, it is pretty clear that this year has proven quite a pivotal one for the Spanish property market.

Whereas 2013 was characterised by the promise of economic recovery, 2014 has been decidedly bold in comparison. Property prices have stabilised and even begun to rise in some regions, while the number of buyers – both foreign and domestic – has grown steadily every month…

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Author:Ian Clover 09/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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The world’s getting younger… but Spain bucks the trend

Despite being a great place in which to raise a family, Spain has the lowest percentage of youngsters in the world

There is now a higher proportion of young people aged between 10 and 24 on the planet than ever before, but the population of Spain is one of the oldest in the world.

A recent State of the World Population 2014 study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed that there are 1.8 billion ‘young people’ – which is one quarter of the entire global population

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Author:Ian Clover 08/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain Europe’s best retirement destination, report finds

The report praised the Costa del Sol for offering a laid-back lifestyle and easy integration

A report by retirement experts International Living has ranked Spain as the top destination in Europe in which to retire.

The Annual Global Retirement Index ranks nations every year on their suitability for retirees, compiling ratings on the cost of living, infrastructure, healthcare, ease of integration, real estate, climate and other special benefits…

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Author:Ian Clover 04/12/2014 [2] Comments 
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Black Friday makes its Spanish bow

Shoppers in Spain have been treated to the spectacle of Black Friday this year

Spain’s admirable ability to hold on to its own traditions and customs in the face of growing internationalisation and commercialisation took a sharp-elbowed battering this week as Spanish stores embraced the shopping phenomenon of Black Friday

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Author:Ian Clover 01/12/2014 [0] Comments 
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Six out of ten young Spaniards would consider overseas job

Many younger Spaniards are favourable to the idea of working abroad, study finds

The majority of Spaniards aged 18 to 30 have revealed that they would seriously consider moving overseas for work, according to a new study by the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Andalucia attracts record tourists in October

The variety of attractions in Andalucia make it a perennial favourite for holidaymakers all year-round

This year continues its onward march to become the best year yet for Spanish tourism as recent figures released by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism reveal that more tourists visited Andalucia last month than ever before… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 25/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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