Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information

Sort by...

Category: News (208 articles)

Costa del Sol welcomes its first Poundland

The Dealz store has opened in a prominent location in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol.

You can’t open a shop where ‘everything is £1’ in a country that has the euro. No problem: Poundland’s owners – multi-millionaires Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith – simply changed the store’s famous name to Dealz when recently opening the first Poundland in Spain, in the heart of Torremolinos

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 16/07/2014 [2] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Marbella International University Centre and Town Hall launch scholarship programme

MIUC Dean and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor

MIUC Dean, Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz at the presentation of the scholarship programme.

On Friday, 11 July, the Dean of Marbella International University Centre (MIUC), Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella’s Culture and Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz presented the scholarship programme that the Town Hall is offering to five young people from the town…

Continue Reading

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/07/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)

Free money!

That got your attention didn’t it?

And rightly so, because this is exactly what it says on the tin. *Free cash* And all you have to do… is find it. Not a bad deal, eh?

Where and when, I hear you cry!

Well let’s start with a little bit of background shall we, before we get down to the nitty gritty…

So I hope you’re sitting comfortably because you’re about to feel all warm and fuzzy insideContinue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 10/07/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Sunday openings approved for Marbella

Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week in the UK

One of the great divisive issues for British expats on the Costa del Sol will soon be no more as the Spanish parliament has agreed to grant Marbella the right to allow its businesses to open on Sundays and certain public holidays.

Currently, Spain’s national laws prohibit many businesses in Marbella from opening on Sundays. Restaurants, bars, cafes, petrol stations and OpenCor stores are allowed to open their doors, but supermarkets, retail stores and high street shops must remain closed during the official day of rest…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 09/07/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.7/5 (3 votes cast)

EU slashes mobile roaming charges

Mobile roaming charges in the EU are now 55% cheaper, and could disappear altogether by 2015

One of Europe’s most antiquated, yet meekly accepted, idiosyncrasies was drastically scaled back on July 1, when mobile roaming charges in the European Union (EU) were cut by 55 per cent, and may be reduced to zero before the end of the year…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 08/07/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 4.7/5 (3 votes cast)

VIVA attends the Association of International Property Professionals AGM in London

AIPP chairman Peter Robinson at the AGM in London

AIPP chairman, Peter Robinson, speaking at the Association's recent AGM in London

Annual general meetings are usually not that interesting, unless you are a major shareholder and are being asked to vote on the board’s remuneration. So, as we at VIVA are neither a major shareholder or voting on anyone’s remuneration, it was with some trepidation that I recently attended the Association of International Property Professionals AGM on behalf of VIVA, which was held at  the Charing Cross Hotel in London…

Continue Reading

Author:John Hollway 03/07/2014 [1] Comment 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Spain breaks yet more tourism records

Spain continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions, and is more popular than ever

Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism released official figures last week that showed Spain’s enduring appeal among holidaymakers shows no signs of slowing.

According to the survey conducted by Frontur and commissioned by the Ministry, Spain welcomed 6.8 million tourists in May, which is an all-time record for the month. That figure was boosted by a 6.9 per cent increase in British visitors, an 8.1 per cent increase in German tourists, and a massive 11.1 per cent rise in the number of French visiting… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 27/06/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

VIVA’s HOT Properties Magazine No. 99 – now online

HOT Properties Magazine: issue 99 front cover

The digital version of our latest edition of HOT Properties – The VIVA Magazine – is now available for you to read or download here, while you can also pick up a copy of the print edition from any of our 13 regional offices throughout the Costa del Sol and inland too, or from one of 200+ selected distribution points on the Coast.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside…

Continue Reading

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/06/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (4 votes cast)

New study shows UK has smallest properties in Europe

So what's it to be? Cramped, overpriced UK homes, or...

Still undecided whether to chase your dream and buy that property in Spain? Well, perhaps this will help: a recent study by Cambridge University has found that the UK has the smallest living spaces in all of Europe… and homes are getting smaller…

Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 24/06/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

400,000 new jobs on the horizon for Spain

A leading Spanish economist expects big things from the economy over the next 12 months

Spain’s BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) – a multinational banking group based in the country’s Basque region – is confident that 400,000 Spanish jobs will be created between 2014 and 2015.

BBVA’s President, Francisco Gonzalez remarked this week that Spain’s growing GDP is likely to rise to at least two per cent in 2015, easing job creation and leading to a renewed rush of confidence in the Spanish economyContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 20/06/2014 [0] Comments 
VN:F [1.9.7_1111]
Rate this article:
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)