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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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Spanish second homes prove alluring to business travellers

A flash pad in Spain is a fine choice for businesspeople who travel often

As the number of business travellers jetting into and out of Spain increases, a growing number of these corporate commuters have begun investigating the option of snapping up a second home in Spain rather than having to rely on hotels for their home-from-home comforts

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For a true measure of Spain’s economy, look to its nightlife

Spanish nights out are legendary affairs, whether you're a local or a holidaymaker

In the Big Book of Spanish Clichés, the debauchery of a typical night out in Spain comes shortly after the popup image of a sultry señorita dressed in full Flamenco get-up.

Clubbing in Spain is something of a religion for many…

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Ford completes biggest-ever investment in Spain’s car industry

Ford has added more than 3,000 jobs at its Valencia plant since 2013

US car manufacturing giant Ford has invested a further €1.1 billion into its car plant in Valencia in what has become the single largest investment ever in Spain’s car industry.

The injection of cash takes Ford’s total investment into its Spanish plant to €2.3 billion, after initially expanding the operation in 2013. Ford has had a presence in Valencia since 1973 when the company first purchased 270 acres of land for its first Spanish factory…

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Spain economy grows at fastest rate for seven years

Spain is performing better than it has done since 2007, and is one of the eurozone's fastest-growing economies

The Spanish economy has recently made headlines across Europe and the USA, and for once, it was for all the right reasons.

Media outlets from the Financial Times to the Daily Telegraph and Reuters all reported that Spain’s economy has just posted its best figures for seven years, with various reports suggesting that Spain is now performing better than at any point since 2007

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Costa del Sol rail plans to be finalised in April

Details for the long-overdue Costa del Sol railway will be released in April

As far as elephants in the room go, it’s a pretty big one: the curious lack of any discernible type of rail travel servicing the length of the Costa del Sol.

Málaga’s existing suburban link to Fuengirola aside (which boasts an exceptionally good reputation for punctuality, service, cleanliness and modernity), the Costa del Sol’s rail blind spot has been quietly ignored for decades, with EU money instead ploughed into fancy toll roads, bridges and tunnels designed to keep motorists happy.

But all this could be set to change in the next few months as the Minister for Public Works, Ana Pastor, has confirmed that details of the Costa del Sol’s long-overdue rail extension are set to be unveiled in April…

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Today is Overseas Voter Day, so are you registered?

The UK general election is to be held on May 7.

The UK government has stepped up its efforts to secure greater numbers of expat voters ahead of May’s general election, and has earmarked today – Thursday February 5 – as Overseas Voter Day

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Council of Europe urges minimum wage increase in Spain

The minimum wage in Spain is one of the lowest in Western Europe

The Council of Europe has called on Spain to increase its official minimum wage, calling the current level ‘insufficient’ to maintain a decent standard of living in the country…

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Spain expects to add 1 million jobs in two years

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a battle to win another term at the forthcoming election

As the election bandwagon begins to roll, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has fired the first shot across the bows by bullishly stating that he expects Spain’s economy to add one million new jobs in the two years between 2014 and the end of 2015…

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Licence and speed limit changes could affect expats in Spain

Lower speed limits on many Spanish roads will come into effect in Spring

Two changes to the Spanish highways system enacted at the beginning of the year could potentially affect British expats who drive regularly in Spain.

Last week, Spain’s politicians voted to lower the speed limits across the country on most road types. The changes will come into effect in the Spring and will see urban roads that currently have a speed limit of 100 kph lowered to 90 kph, while roads with a current speed limit of 90 kph will see their speed limit lowered to 70 kph or 50 kph depending on how urban the landscape in which they pass through…

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