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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

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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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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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Spaniards speaking better English than ever

Spaniards' grasp of good English is improving, study finds

A new study by Education First has revealed that more and more Spaniards are speaking English to a higher proficiency level than ever before.

The latest English Language Proficiency Index has ranked Spain 20th among 60 countries featured in the study – its highest position yet and a reflection of the growing importance for Spaniards to grasp at least a conversational level of English…

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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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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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Information day for Brit expats to be held in Estepona

The event promises to be an informative gathering for British expats

If you are a British expat living on the Costa del Sol and wish to find out exactly what types of services are available to you, then it would be advisable to attend an information day to be held this week in Estepona

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Can they? Podemos political party tops Spain opinion polls

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos and firebrand of Spain's political landscape

A far-left populist political party has seemingly come from nowhere to top the opinion polls in Spain – just a few months before the country once again votes on a general election…

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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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Should rest of Europe adopt Spain’s economic reforms?

Spain's economy is returning to health thanks to recent reforms

A report this week by the Bank of Spain has revealed that the country’s economy grew 0.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, setting Spain on track to exceed its projected 1.3 per cent growth for 2014 and prompting economists to ponder – should other European countries follow the Spanish example?

For the past six or seven painful years, Spain’s economy was harshly viewed as the template of ‘what not to do’: unemployment was high, job creation was low, labour laws were inflexible and the stench of immovable nepotism hung in the air…

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