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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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Author:Ian Clover 04/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Don’t mind me: The politeness of Brits abroad

Despite the bad press, it seems that most Brits abroad go out of their way to be polite

British tourists have run up a fair old rapsheet for bad behaviour in the past. From the drunken exploits of marauding football fans to the accusations of passive-aggressive aloofness and condescension, the reputation runs that as soon as a Brit leaves Blighty, all pretences of decorum and politeness go out the window.

But a new study by online travel agent Loveholidays.com has found that Brits abroad actually go out of their way not to offend, and perhaps even ramp up their levels of politeness when travelling, ensuring the image of the self-deprecating, friendly Brit persists worldwide.

Here are the ten things that Brits do to be extra polite when travelling overseas…

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Spanish house prices post first nationwide rise since 2008

Although slight, the nationwide recovery in Spanish property prices is an encouraging sign for the market

House prices in Spain recorded their first nationwide average increase since 2008 last month, as the recovering property market spreads across the entire country.

Data from the Public Works Ministry showed that the trend began in the last quarter of 2014, with prices for existing homes across Spain rising in value by 0.5 per cent at the end of the year…

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Costa del Sold! Spain gains again as property market picks up

Spain's property outlook for 2015 looks more assured than it has done for years.

The winters of discontent that have damaged southern Spain’s tourism, hospitality and real estate industries in recent years have skidded to an abrupt halt in 2015.

Despite the Costa del Sol shivering through one of its coldest winters in around a decade so far in 2015, data from its property industry is sure to warm the heart…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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What TripAdvisor’s beach ranking says about Brits and Spain

From the Med to the Atlantic coastline, Spain is lined by beautiful beaches that suit a wide array of tastes

In a ritual reminiscent of the annual ‘World’s Top University Lists’, TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice awards have once again thrown up a rather Anglo-centric view of the world… but this time the results are rather well founded.

While the notion that Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge really are the best universities in the world (and not just the best that English-speaking people have studied at) is debatable, TripAdvisor’s revelation that Spain has five of Europe’s top 25 beaches is less controversial…

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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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Hello, is it Marbella you’re looking for?

Hello! Lionel Richie is coming to Marbella this summer for the Starlite Festival

US soul sensation and bonafide smooth operator Lionel Richie has been added to the star-studded lineup for this summer’s Starlite Festival in Marbella.

The 65-year-old singer and songwriter is set to headline the festival, which runs from July 22 to August 23, and will be joined by fellow US rocker Lenny Kravitz, Italian tenor and singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli and Roger Hodgson of English rock band, Supertramp…

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‘Appy new download to hit Marbella streets soon

The Marbella Street app could open up a whole new side of the resort to tourists

Marbella Town Hall has announced it is to launch a free mobile tour guide app in the next few days designed to help tourists to the splendid resort to get more out of their visit.

Called Marbella Street, the free app will use iBeacon sensors placed at 100 areas of interest in and about the town to deliver quick and interesting information to its users in either English, Spanish, German or Russian

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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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