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Málaga: Spain’s most liveable city, according to poll

The capital of the Costa del Sol offers excellent life satisfaction for Spaniards and foreigners alike

Life satisfaction in the largest city on the Costa del Sol is the highest among all Spanish cities, according to data published in a recent poll.

A research group from the European Commission called Urban Audit found that Málaga offers the best quality of life among Spanish cities – and one of the highest in Europe…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA bring showstopping properties to Brum!

VIVA will once again be taking part at Channel 4’s overseas property exhibition A Place in the Sun Live, this time at Birmingham NEC on 03 – 05 October 2014 and what’s more… you can get your tickets from us for FREE worth £10 each!… Continue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 03/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s oldest village offers cut-price plot sale

Bienvenido: Residents of Olmeda de la Cuesta (average age 75) are keen on attracting young blood to the village

In a village with just 35 residents and an average of a sprightly 75, Olmeda de la Cuesta could be forgiven for counting its blessings, turning inwards and enjoying the peace and quiet that the hills 160 kilometres east of Madrid provide.

But that is not Olmeda’s style. Instead of shuffling quietly into anonymity, the village has launched an audacious plan to attract fresh young blood by offering up for sale eight bargain plots of land…

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Author:Ian Clover 27/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish learning on the rise in UK schools

Spanish is on its way to becoming the most popular foreign language in UK schools

In what has been dubbed ‘the Messi effect’, UK school examiners have noted the rise in popularity of Spanish at the expense of French and German, with many experts expecting it to soon become the most popular foreign language in schools across Britain…

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King and Queen of Spain to visit the Costa del Sol in September

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day, 19 June 2014

Less than three months into their reign, Spain’s new monarchs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will be visiting the Costa del Sol from 5 – 7 September to attend the XIX edition of the Spain–United States Forum taking place at Marbella’s internationally renowned Hotel Don Carlos

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Summer brings more jobs to Spain’s recovering economy

Fully booked hotels throughout the country certainly help boost Spain's job figures

It happens every year but every year it is worth reporting – the month of June saw Spain add 100,000 new jobs, lowering unemployment for the 11th consecutive month.

If onlookers were in need of reassurances that Spain’s economic recovery has now eased into the fast lane, then this is surely it. Official figures released this week by Spain’s Labour Ministry show that the number of people registered as unemployed in June fell by 122,684 – bringing the national unemployed figure down to 4.45 million…

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Famous faces bring extra heat to Marbella for premiere of The Expendables 3

The Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz and producer Avi Lerner have been in Marbella for the Spanish premiere of their new movie The Expendables 3 (‘Los Mercenarios 3′ in Spanish)… Continue Reading

Author:Holly Purnell 07/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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Majority of Brits would leave UK if money no object, study finds

Spain once again proves its appeal to sun-starved Brits

A revealing poll by YouGov has discovered that more than half of Brits would happily move to another country in the EU if they could be sure that their standard of living would not fall.

With money worries, career prospects and housing concerns stripped away, the majority of Brits polled for YouGov’s Prospect magazine confirmed that they would up sticks to another European country – with Spain far and away the top choice

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Brit spending power surges as pound strengthens

The euro is 25% down against the pound when compared to its highest level in 2008

UK sterling has strengthened against 18 of the 20 most popular foreign currencies in the past three months, making holidays overseas even cheaper in most of the leading destinations around the world.

The pound has strengthened 3.9 per cent against the euro, making destinations such as Spain even cheaper than normal. In fact, the pound is closing in on an 18-month high against the euro, which perhaps explains why British holidaymakers have flooded to the Costas in their droves so far this summer…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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BBC reports on Brits’ Spanish love affair

6.5 million Brits visited Spain in the first six months of the year

Your trusty reporters here at VIVA have been saying it day in, day out for years, but now finally the guys over at the BBC have caught on and reported that British tourists are resuming their love affair with SpainContinue Reading

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