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Spain shatters tourism records once again

Spain is on course for another record year in tourism, with international visitors arriving in their droves.

The Spanish summer is already proving a scorcher, and recent data from the country’s Tourism Ministry has revealed that there is no hotter destination in the world right now than Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 03/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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John, Dave, Sue and Margaret – British expat names most popular in Spain

If you live in Spain, chances are you know a John, Dave, Sue or Margaret.

There are some obscure studies out there in the world of ‘Market Research’, but a recent one looking into the most popular names among Spain’s expat population must surely rank up there as one of the oddest…

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Spain swelters as heatwave rolls in

As Madrid saw the mercury rise to 49ºC today, many other parts of Spain are bracing themselves for a scorching week.

Even by Spain’s lofty standards, this week’s heatwave is set to be a scorcher, with the country’s weather agency AEMET placing 43 of Spain’s 50 provinces on alert for soaring temperatures

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Expats in Spain sent $10bn back home last year

Money makes the world go round... and expats are sending a lot of it back home.

Spain’s economy has long been powered in part by the millions of non-Spaniards who work in the country to enjoy its varied industry, EU protections and excellent lifestyle.

But data recently published by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has revealed that some of the country’s internal wealth is finding its way to foreign countries by migrant workers sending money home to family.

In 2014, the IFAD calculates that $9.6 billion (€8.6 billion) was sent by migrant workers overseas, putting the country near to the top of the charts when it comes to redistributing cash and capital around the world…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain one of EU’s cheapest countries for expat life

Not only is life in Spain culturally enriching, it can also save you a pretty penny, too.

Living costs for expats in Spain have fallen sharply in the past 18 months, making the country one of the cheapest in the European Union (EU).

The relative devaluation of the euro, particularly against the British pound, has made Spain a cheaper country in which to live, nowhere more so than in the country’s two biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Tennis star cools off in Marbella before Wimbledon showdown

Djokovic, the world's number 1 tennis player, enjoying the sun and sea in Marbella at the weekend.

The world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was spotted shirtless and tanned in Marbella over the weekend – just a few days before the start of Wimbledon next week.

While many other leading tennis players were already in the UK playing at the traditional pre-tournament meet at Queens, the 28-year-old Serbian – who recently won the Australian Open – was looking relaxed ahead of his title defence, having secured his second Wimbledon crown in 2014…

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Spain’s hotels swotting-up in preparation for Chinese influx

Chinese tourists bring bags of cash, but also demand certain standards, services and behaviours from their hosts.

No physical contact upon greeting, menus in Mandarin, and no rooms on the fourth floor or with a number four in them: these are just a selection of the holes many Spanish hotels are willing to jump through this year in order to win the approval of Chinese tourists…

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Author:Ian Clover 18/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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How to turn your Spanish summer holiday into a home from home

The Costa del Sol is one of the best places in the world for holidays and holiday homes.

Cases packed, passports at the ready, sun lotion safely stowed and cat-sitter suitably remunerated – your holiday to the sun is about to begin.

The buzz of excitement that settles in your stomach as you close your front door on the way to the airport is unique. Holidays to evocative, warm and far-flung destinations are what lasting memories are made of, and the highs of those heady pre-holiday days feel a lifetime away from the return-to-work blues that can take weeks to shake.

But it is possible to dodge, delay and do away with that UK comedown, if you play your cards right. Buying a property in Spain is not something that only the rich and famous do. It is something that people like you do. People who fell in love with the country during their holiday and took the required steps to make the dream a reality.

So how do you do it? All it takes is a little bit of forethought, inspiration and perspiration, and it is totally worth it…

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Author:Ian Clover 17/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Flash Ash: Ashley Cole spends £20k on Marbella champagne spray party

Ashley Cole and pals enjoying the vibe at Sintillate.

Former Chelsea player and ex-England international Ashley Cole has made a habit of making the headlines for his antics both on and off the pitch over the past decade, and the 34-year-old star did not disappoint during his recent holiday to Marbella.

The Roma star footed the bill for £20,000 worth of Veuve Clicquot champagne during one of the famous Champagne Spray Parties that are a feature of the Sintillate beach resort in Puerto Banús…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Want a great work-life balance? Then head to Spain

If you want to be healthy, happy and professionally content, then head to Spain.

There are many Brits who live on the Costa del Sol who never intended for their extended holiday to turn into a decade-long spell in Spain. Those early, carefree days of life in Spain can stretch out across the long and languid summer like the calm seas of the glistening Mediterranean, but there is always that nagging voice inside saying “this will not – cannot – last!”

But while expats who treat life on the Costa del Sol as one long, sun-kissed holiday are in for a shock, those prepared to balance living life with knuckling down will find that Spain is actually one of the best places in the world to strike the right balance…

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