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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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Author:Ian Clover 09/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 06/02/2015 [14] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 05/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Strong pound, weak euro: the perfect storm for a holiday, and home, in Spain

Take note: the strong pound makes Spanish property quite affordable for Brits

It has been nearly ten years since the pound sterling was as strong against the euro as it is currently, and with £1 buying you €1.34 at today’s rate, perhaps now is the time to finally buy that property in Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 02/02/2015 [0] Comments 
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Price report confirms stability of Costa del Sol property

Prices, property and volatility all vary across Spain, but the Costa del Sol has more to offer on all fronts

A recent report by Spanish appraisal company Tinsa in which it analysed Spain’s property valuations was notable for revealing just how localised the recent recovery has been.

Indeed, so split along regional and provincial lines is Spain’s property market that it almost makes little sense to discuss the sector as a whole, particularly when just one region, one market, is of interest…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Safe, unequal, great healthcare, liberal – Spain in 2015

Healthcare in Spain is supremely efficient, thorough and available to all

The European Commission’s Eurostat office recently published updated statistics for all of the nations in the EU, revealing some interesting contrasts between the countries of Europe.

For Spain, the data threw up few surprises, merely confirming to many the image that Spain often portrays – as a country that is safe to live in, has a liberal outlook and excellent universal healthcare, but suffers from inequality and higher-than-average unemployment.

Below, VIVA has pulled out the most interesting statistics that reveal the most about life in Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 22/01/2015 [2] Comments 
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Spaniards and Brits both enjoy benefits of EU living, study finds

The study finds 30,000 Brits claim unemployment benefits in the EU, with 65,000 EU citizens doing likewise in Britain

Despite the oft-repeated narrative that immigrants are swamping the UK in order to bleed the country’s benefits system dry, recent data analysis has revealed that at least 30,000 British nationals currently receive unemployment benefit elsewhere in the EU.

The data, compiled by the Guardian, suggests that although there are more EU nationals claiming unemployment benefit in Britain compared to Brits claiming on the continent, the divide is not as stark as often claimed…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Plug that Gap: US clothing store opens first Spanish branch at Málaga airport

Common on the British high street, Gap had been absent from Spain until the Málaga store's opening

It’s as ubiquitous a sight on British high streets as Zara and H&M, but US clothing chain Gap is conspicuous by its absence in most countries in mainland Europe.

Present in France and Italy, the famous chain has no branches in Germany, Scandinavia nor eastern Europe, but has this week opened its very first store in Spain – at Málaga Airport’s T3 terminal, to be exact…

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Author:Ian Clover 16/01/2015 [0] Comments 
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Expat homeowners should not fear retrospective Spanish stamp duty

Some recent homeowners in Spain have been asked to pay retrospective Stamp Duty tax top-ups, but the scale of the problem is not so large

Reports last week in the Daily Mail have suggested that thousands of Brits who own property in Spain may be faced with a shock tax bill as the Spanish government seeks to claw-back ‘underpaid’ stamp duty.

However, the true risk of being handed a surprise retrospective tax bill is quite small, and those British homeowners who do receive a demand for extra payment are entitled to appeal…

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Author:Ian Clover 15/01/2015 [2] Comments 
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Spain’s Queen Letizia brings splash of glamour to Three Kings parade

Spain's Queen Letizia is fast becoming a style icon

The traditional Epiphany parade in Madrid – held every January 6th to mark El Dia de los Reyes (the day of the kings) – was attended for the first time by Queen Letizia, who brought an understated flash of glamour and elegance to the occasion…

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