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One upshot of Spain’s recent economic woe has been a dramatic cut in the time the average motorist wastes waiting in traffic jams, according to data revealed this week by Catalonia’s Royal Automobile Club (RACC).
Since 2010, the time that drivers in Spain spend waiting in traffic jams has fallen by 63% on average across the country, with Barcelona’s motorists enjoying a fall of 76%, which equates to just 15 hours per year waiting in traffic…
While David Cameron was getting away from it all in the Canary Islands – and famously getting stung by a jellyfish in the process – former British PM Tony Blair and his family chose to spend their Easter break on the Costa del Sol this year, where they are said to have been staying with friends who have a mansion in exclusive La Zagaleta…
If you’ve ever wanted to test out the theory that human urine eases the pain of a jellyfish sting then form an orderly queue – British Prime Minister David Cameron could do with your help.
The beleaguered premier was stung by a jellyfish last week after popping into the sea off the Arrieta beach on Lanzarote. Onlookers have reported that Cameron came running out of the water screaming “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!” while rubbing his arm… Continue Reading
This is the first time that Marbella has made it into the top 10, with the resort’s Mayor, Maria Angeles Munoz, in attendance at the awards ceremony in Madrid to celebrate the landmark achievement.
Marbella’s inclusion in the top 10 means that Andalucia boasts half of Spain’s leading resort destinations – at least according to users of the travel site, who were polled over the past 12 months on their favoured holiday destinations… Continue Reading
Fantastic news for the Coast as Marbella has been nominated for the award for ‘Europe’s leading Beach destination’ in the 2014 edition of the World Travel Awards… and even better news – you can help it win with your vote!
Nominated alongside Cannes, France; Costa Smeralda, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Formentera Island, Ibiza, Spain; Oludeniz, Turkey and The Algarve, Portugal, Marbella has some serious competition for the hugely coveted award... Continue Reading
For many, 2005 may not seem like all that long ago. But if you were to somehow transport yourself back to those pre-recession days there are a few things that are sure to stick out like a sore thumb: phones with buttons (indeed, phones as phones, rather than portable computers), no Facebook, a YouTube with approximately five videos on it, and a Liverpool FC mere weeks away from an unexpected triumph. How things have, erm, changed.
But nine years later things most certainly look different. Spain’s previously impervious property market has since been shaken down for its last penny and left to splutter in the dust, only recently rising gingerly to its feet. And the benevolent good Samaritan lending a helping, steadying hand? Why, the Brits… Continue Reading
According to figures just released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy & Tourism in their latest monthly report, in February of this year no other Spanish region’s foreign tourism income came anywhere near that of Andalucía which registered a whopping rise of nearly 19 per cent – or to be exact, 18.6 per cent.
So, while overall figures for Spain in January and February showed a year on year increase of 9.1 per cent – hitting a 10-year high, Andalucía was simply streets ahead of the rest of the country!… Continue Reading
A spell in the Spanish sunshine can lift the weightiest of spirits, but more often than not one would imagine that a summer dose of the Costa del Sol leaves holidaymakers a little heavier than when they arrived.
After a week or two indulging in excellent Spanish cuisine, incredible local wine, gallons of crisp beer and hours of lounging by pools, on beaches and in shaded squares, tourists could be forgiven for punching an extra hole in their belts as they pack to leave… Continue Reading
Foreign tourists to Spain in January and February spent more than €6bn while visiting the country – a 9.1 per cent increase on last year and the highest amount recorded for more than ten years, according to data recently released by Spain’s Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry.
In total, almost 6.2 million overseas visitors descended on Spain during the first two months of the year, which represented an 11.2 per cent increase on 2013. Per head, however, the average tourist actually spent 2.2 per cent less this year, shelling out an average of just €108 per day, and €985 for the duration of their entire visit…
Raise a glass – early estimates from Spain’s agriculture ministry have revealed that Spain produced more wine than any other country in the world last year, including traditional market leaders Italy and France.
However, while this is great news for Spain’s winemakers, local bars and bodegas may not quite be feeling the benefit: the Spanish Wine Federation has also revealed the rather shocking fact that Spaniards drink less wine per capita than all other nations in Europe bar Norway… Continue Reading