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Benidorm eyes UNESCO World Heritage status

Can Benidorm's combo of beaches, bars and boozers earn it Unesco recognition?

The Taj Mahal, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Ayers Rock… and Benidorm?

The list of Unesco World Heritage sites comprises some of the world’s most breathtaking man-made creations and natural wonders, but city officials at the famous Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm have revealed they are set to apply for Unesco world heritage status, confident that Benidorm’s, erm, cocktail of sun, sea, sand, sangria and shenanigans can earn it a place alongside these cultural icons…

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Brit expats are Spain’s third-largest immigrant bloc

On the march: Brits are Spain's third-largest immigrant group, and their numbers are increasing.

That Brits love Spain has never been in question, but the extent to which Brits have made Spain a home from home has been laid bare in recent statistics published by the Permanent Observatory on Immigration (OPI) body. Well, kind of…

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Life on Marbs? Marbella-based TOWIE spin-off rumoured

TOWIE loves Marbella, but can Marbella match TOWIE by going it alone?

The Sun newspaper has reported that the producers of smash scripted reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) are planning a Marbella-based spin-off of the franchise

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‘Hip’ Malaga touted as the new Barcelona by British newspaper

The new Centre Pompidou in Málaga boasts a wonderful location right in the heart of the action.

If you are one of the record 2.2 million people who flew into Málaga airport between January and March this year, then you can safely tick off Málaga on your ‘been there’ mental map… or can you? Despite being home to the third-busiest airport in the Spain, Málaga’s charms are often overlooked by the hordes of Brits who visit the Costa del Sol every year…

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Expats expected to hold sway in UK election

Should the Tories win, David Cameron has promised a referendum on the European Union in 2017.

The millions of Brits living away from the UK but still able to vote could prove pivotal in swinging how the election goes in May – with Spain’s sizeable expat British population intent on having their say

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Last Brit Standing backlash bashes BBC for misrepresentation

Taking it lying down: the BBC's documentary has attracted criticism from outraged British expats.

The BBC’s one-eyed take on life on the Costa del Sol (Costa del Sol: Last Brit Standing) has been battered with a predictable backlash of indignation from the thousands of Brits living there happily, reports UK newspaper the Guardian

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Spain unemployment rate drops to lowest for three years

More and more jobs are being created across Spain as the economy recovers.

The unemployment rate in Spain has fallen by 0.2 per cent over the past two months, bringing the current number of jobless down to its lowest level since 2012.

Data from official EU figures shows that Spain has begun to eat into its high levels of unemployment, particularly over the past nine months, during which time hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have found work…

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Leading UK newspaper declares Spain’s crisis is over

The steady recovery of Spain's economy is beginning to resonate among the British media.

Following last week’s reports that the Bank of Spain expects Spain’s economy to grow by 2.8 per cent this year, British newspaper The Guardian has waxed lyrical about the country’s recovery, even going so far as to suggest that the crisis is well and truly over

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Sunday Times ranks Ojén as one of world’s best places to live

The charming town of Ojén, near Marbella, gives a true taste of Andalucía living, with a sprinkling of Costa del Sol thrown in.

A tiny town in the Costa del Sol has been chosen by the Sunday Times newspaper as one of the world’s finest places to live.

Ojén, which sits in the hills behind Marbella, ranked 35th in the Sunday Times’ list of Best Places to Live Overseas, and was joined in the top 50 by the seaside village of Zahara de Los Atunes, which is located a few miles from Tarifa at the southern tip of Andalucía…

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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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