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Marbella’s new golf craze proves a hit

Marbella is fast becoming the spiritual home of footgolf

Minority sports are usually the domain of the picked-last-in-gym-class types who take an interest safe in the knowledge that their prowess is rarely, if ever, likely to be called into question.

But a new sporting craze that combines two of the world’s most popular pursuits – golf and football – is decidedly minority, but boasts plentiful mainstream potential…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish healthcare best for chronic health problems

Sufferers of long-term ailments are well taken care of in Spain, the study found

A recent medical conference that gathered doctors, nurses and health professionals from across Europe concluded that Spain’s healthcare system ranks as one of the best on the continent when it comes to treating chronic illnesses…

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Author:Ian Clover 20/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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International pop star goes Gaga for Marbella

P-p-p-poker face: Lady Gaga, left, enjoying a low-key cycle ride in Marbella

One of the world’s biggest, brashest and most recognisable pop stars enjoyed a cycle ride along the Marbella paseo last week – and turned barely a single head.

Lady Gaga, renowned for her outlandish dress sense and fierce onstage persona, was a demure sight as she donned an all-black outfit to pedal along Marbella’s famously sedate beachside promenade…

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Puerto Banús start for next year’s Tour of Spain

Puerto Banús start for next year's Tour of Spain

Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz with Elias Bendodo, Javier Guillén & Luis Ángel Maté at the 'Vuelta Ciclista a España' presentation

It’s usually muscle cars, superyachts, A-Listers and soap stars that get all the attention in Southern Spain’s glitziest and most glamorous of hot spots. But on 22 August 2015, the Lamborghinis and Sunseekers will be taking a back seat as the 80th edition of the 3-week Vuelta Ciclista a España grand tour clicks into gear in Puerto Banús…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 14/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Brits abroad could be more sociable, study finds

Despite living in many countries around the world, Brits abroad can often be insular

According to a recent survey by international relocation company, Robinsons, around one-in-three British people who live abroad have made little or no attempt to integrate into the local culture.

The study questioned 1,000 UK expats about life abroad, revealing a few startling results…

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Expats more tech-savvy than other British over-50s

Living abroad prompts the older generation to embrace the possibilities of technology

A study by NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) has found that three out of four British expats aged 50 and over are regular ‘online junkies’ confident when paying bills, conducting Skype phone calls and generally surfing the web…

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Author:Ian Clover 07/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA's travelling bags

Our recent trip to the ‘A Place in the Sun’ property exhibition in Birmingham at the beginning of October 2014 proved to be an enormous success.

The VIVA bags were a particularly big hit and with the huge number of visitors who stopped by at our stand, we completely ran out…

…but now it appears they’re travelling…

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Author:Holly Purnell 06/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Bonfire Night and two other customs you’ll have to import to Spain

Bonfire Night may be a centuries-old UK tradition, but it is not marked in Spain

Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Today’s festivities have been part of the British calendar since 1605 when Guy Fawkes failed in his attempt to blow up Parliament during the infamous Gunpowder Plot…

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Slimming yourself: sunshine aids weight loss, study finds

Spending time in the sunshine can have a slimming effect, scientists claim

Anecdotal evidence suggests it is so; as does one’s own trusty eyes, but now scientists at a British university have claimed that moderate exposure to UV rays can help keep humans slim.

Life in sun-drenched Spain is healthy enough. The warmth beckons you outside, keeping you active and rarely bestowing upon you those days where all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa with a bar of chocolate and something weepy on the TV… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 04/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Hen-picked: Marbella top destination for hen parties

'Marbs' is the most popular hen party destination for British brides-to-be

Brides-to-be have a reputation – and an excuse – for acting selfishly. As the biggest day of their lives looms into view, finer details become crises; minor hiccups seismic events that could threaten to derail all of humanity, and mere flower arrangement decisions adopt the importance of a national referendum… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 03/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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