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The Blairs spend Easter on the Costa del Sol, and get star treatment…

The Blairs and Antonio Banderas in Málaga

Bernardino León, Antonio Banderas, Cherie Blair, Tony Blair & Mayor of Málaga Francisco de la Torre

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…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 21/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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David Cameron stung by jellyfish in Spain

David Cameron... sensibly staying out of the water this time

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

Author:Ian Clover 18/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Five of Spain’s top 10 resorts in Andalucía

Marbella

More and more tourists have cottoned-on to the enduring delights of Marbella

Marbella has joined Málaga, Seville, Córdoba and Granada in Spain’s top 10 resorts in the latest TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014.

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

Author:Ian Clover 17/04/2014 [2] Comments 
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Marbella nominated for Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2014

Marbella nominated for Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2014

With miles of beautiful golden sandy beaches it's hardly surprising that Marbella has been nominated for 'Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2014'

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

Author:Holly Purnell 16/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Brits help Spain home sales and flight bookings reach nine-year high

The Brits are coming this Easter, and many will stick around to snap up a property, too

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 BritsContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 15/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Foreign tourism spend up nearly 19 per cent in Andalucía

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Andalucía's foreign tourist income streets ahead of the rest of Spain

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

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 10/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Health tourism a booster for the Costa del Sol

The warm Costa del Sol sunshine and Mediterranean diet make it a healthy destination for tourists

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

Author:Ian Clover 08/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish tourism spending hits 10-year high

Tourism spending in Spain has already reached a ten-year high so far this year

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…

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Author:Ian Clover 03/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain becomes world’s biggest wine producer

Spanish vineyards outperformed all others in the world last year

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

Author:Ian Clover 31/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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Cheaper passports on the way for British expats

Recent 'efficiency savings' mean UK passports are soon to become 35 per cent cheaper

From April, Brits living in Spain will be able to enjoy a 35 per cent saving when they renew their UK passports.

Three years of ‘efficiency savings’ – largely as a result of the controversial decision to close many of the UK’s overseas passport processing centres, including the one at the British Embassy in Madrid – means that the cost savings can now be passed on to Brits living overseas, according to the British Foreign Office… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 27/03/2014 [0] Comments 
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