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Easter hols to Costa del Sol 15% cheaper than last year

Rising temperatures and falling prices: a perfect Costa del Sol combo for Easter.

If you’re thinking about heading to the Costa del Sol this Easter to enjoy some early summer sunshine then you are in luck – a report by the Post Office has found that a typical holiday in the region is 15 per cent cheaper this year compared to 2014…

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Author:Ian Clover 27/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Exit strategy: will you ever leave Spain once you’ve lived there?

Life's a beach, and then you fly... how long will you live in Spain for?

It’s a question that – while rarely pressing – tends to linger at the back of most expats’ minds during their time living overseas: when is all of this going to come to an end?

The uncertainty can be creeping, persistent, or it can catch you briefly and unawares while you’re out enjoying yourself, tumbling back down into the ether as quickly as it arose.

But it will happen…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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2 major new cultural attractions open this week in Málaga city...

The new Málaga branch of the Parisian Centre Pompidou

The 6,000m2 Centre Pompidou Málaga - close to the Muelle Uno shopping and leisure mall on the waterfront - expects to receive 250,000 visitors during its first year.

World-renowned for its Picasso Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC), both of which opened their doors in 2003; followed in 2011 by the Carmen Thyssen Museum – focusing on 19th-century Spanish painting, with works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection – and the La Térmica in 2013, Málaga will be packing even more of a cultural punch with the eagerly awaited launch of not one, but two major new art attractions this week…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Five ways to a sun-kissed retirement in Spain

Life's a beach for retirees who plan their move to Spain carefully.

The dream of retiring to Spain is made a reality by thousands of Brits every year. Often, the hardest part of making the move is convincing yourself that you can, that you deserve to, and that you won’t regret your decision.

But even when you have decided that a Spanish retirement ticks all the right boxes for you, there are still a few things that you have to do to ensure that your twilight years are as enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing as possible…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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The most missed foodstuffs of Brit expats

Aisle never change: Most Spanish supermarkets cater for British tastes... at a premium.

Even the most committed, dyed-in-the-wool, never-going-back expat will admit to themselves, deep down in their heart of hearts, that there are at least some things that they miss about the old country

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Author:Ian Clover 12/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Netflix to enter Spanish market later this year

A Netflix launch in Spain would spell great news for Spanish TV and film fanatics.

Video-on-demand website Netflix is preparing to enter the Spanish market in the summer, according to sources in the USA.

The popular platform – which allows its subscribers to watch as many films and TV shows as they like for a monthly fee – has targeted a greater presence in Europe in 2015, having been first launched in the UK in 2012 and since been rolled out in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Scandinavian countries.

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Author:Ian Clover 10/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Retired Brit expats 10% better off than year ago

Retirees in Spain have enjoyed a 10% 'pay rise' in the past 12 months

The current strength of the pound means that British pensioners who have retired overseas have had a ten per cent ‘pay rise’ in the space of a year, with Brits retired in the Eurozone among the best off…

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Author:Ian Clover 09/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish voted world's happiest language

The uplifting climate and landscape of Spain is inextricably linked to its positive-language... and its pop music

Spain has long cornered the market for the type of sunny, summery europop song that sticks in your head for days and the charts for interminably longer.

Ostensibly ‘happy’ music, these colourful tunes capture that summer feeling with their incessantly upbeat, catchy and repetitive rhythms.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Spaniards trying to do gloomy, angsty rock, for example, usually doesn’t work. Despite recent economic difficulties, Spain just isn’t depressing enough to inspire its youths to pick up a guitar and rail against their surroundings. We have Birmingham for that.

Nope, when it comes to pop music, Spaniards should make like their own climate and stick to bright, uplifting numbers, best avoided during the hours of 12-2pm.

But a recent study has also deduced that Spanish is actually the world’s happiest-sounding language, too…

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Author:Ian Clover 06/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 04/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 03/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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