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Ryanair to serve Spain’s ghost airport of Castellón

Spain's Castellón airport gained notoriety as a symbol of the country's credit-fuelled construction boom and bust.

Budget Irish carrier Ryanair has revealed this week that it is to begin operating a regular service between the UK and Castellón’s ‘Ghost airport’, which – since being completed in 2011 at a cost of €145 million – has yet to handle a single commercial flight.

Kenny Rogers, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, has said that the strong demand among Spanish emigrants who now work and reside in the UK – as well as the many thousands who hope to do so in the near future – prompted the airline to open up two routes: twice-weekly between Bristol, and three times a week from London Stansted

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‘British Warren Buffett’ says now is the time to invest in Spanish property

The strong pound should tempt British buyers, but the 110% mortgages should be avoided.

Multimillionaire investor and entrepreneur Jim Mellon – who made a series of profitable investments in the 1990′s and has recently championed the cause of the growing biotech industry – has urged Britons that now is the time to buy a property in Spain. Mellon told the Daily Telegraph that the current imbalance between the euro and sterling is unlikely to continue for much longer, meaning that now is the time to act for Brits armed with pounds

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Hilton taking another tilt at Costa del Sol hotel market

Benalmadena's stylish Reserva del Higueron hotel will soon become part of the Hilton brand.

The Costa del Sol is set to welcome back the prestigious Hilton hotel brand after a near 40-year absence.

Hilton Worldwide struck a deal this March at the Spanish Embassy in Berlin to bring the brand to the Reserva de Higueron hotel near the resort of Benalmadena, bringing the iconic Hilton sign back to the coast for the first time since Marbella’s famous Don Carlos hotel was a Hilton-branded establishment in the ‘70s…

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Forensic scientists find tomb of Don Quixote writer, Miguel de Cervantes

Scientists will use DNA to determine which of the bones belong to Cervantes, and which do not.

The last burial place of Miguel de Cervantes – author of arguably Spain’s most famous novel, Don Quixote – has been discovered in Madrid, nearly 400 years after the writer’s death.

The scientists working on the excavation believe that the tomb buried beneath the city’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians contains the remains of Cervantes, his wife, and other, as-yet-unknown individuals…

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Spain approves compensation law for homeowners faced with property demolition

While the sorry sight of demolished homes will continue, at least homeowners will now be properly compensated.

Thousands of homeowners who bought a property in Spain that has since been declared illegal breathed a huge sigh of relief this week as the laws relating to compensation were amended in their favour.

A change to Spain’s penal code was passed by the ruling Mariano Rajoy-led government that dictates judges must ensure that property owners who purchased an illegally built house in good faith are compensated before any demolition order is passed.

This long overdue legal change could positively impact thousands of homeowners – which includes many Brits – who had previously faced the prospect of losing their home and their investment under the old law…

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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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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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