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Spain retains top spot for Blue Flag beaches

Great climate, clientele and cleanliness - Spain's beaches are among the best in the world

The prestigious Blue Flag accolade – which denotes that a beach has been recognised for its cleanliness and safety – has been awarded to a record 681 Spanish beaches, which is far more than any other country – not just in Europe, but the entire world…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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The Guardian’s Spain Special shows that the country still packs a punch

The beauty and diversity of Spain has the capacity to constantly surprise you

Despite its undoubted good intentions and excellent journalism over the past decade, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper receives a fair amount of stick for being a little too, well, full of itself.

Smugly ploughing its own righteous furrow, The Guardian’s editorials, writers, agendas and commentators often descend into unintentional parody of what many people assume ‘left-leaning’ individuals to be: quinoa-eating, sandal-wearing, hemp-clothed do-gooders who holiday in undiscovered Montenegran villages and name their children Mungo and Moppy.

So it was with surprise this weekend when I flicked on my laptop and automatically clicked on to The Guardian’s website (they have great sports coverage, you see) to be met with a Spain Special splashed across its travel pages. Now, Spain being a country in Europe and The Guardian being a national newspaper in the UK, this shouldn’t have been so surprising

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Author:Ian Clover 28/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain no longer in EU’s pocket

Spain has paid down its debt to the EU by a third in the past year

What a difference a year makes: figures released this week by the Spanish Central Bank show that Spain has reduced its debt owed to the EU by almost a third in the past 12 months – with the debt owed shrinking even further in the first quarter of this year… Continue Reading

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EU elections of little concern for Brits in Spain, FT finds

The hot sands of Torremolinos beach may not be a hot bed of political debate, but that's fine

Vox pop-style polls are a handy journalistic trick employed by time-pressed reporters seeking instant opinion on any topic they are trying to cover. Responses from the ‘man on the street’ can often range from the insightful and the humorous to the slightly unhinged and hilariously non-committal (“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” being the one phrase you don’t want to hear)… Continue Reading

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The definitive word on expat healthcare in Spain

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VIVA Partner José Cánovas makes waves at the European Championships

José Cánovas - Eurochallenge 2014 Surfski & KayakWhat with the Costa del Sol’s fabulous year-round climate, it comes as no surprise that – as well as working hard of course – in their spare time the VIVA team are also into sports and leisure activities in a very big way. We have swimmers, golfers, hikers, bikers, kayak fishermen, mountaineers, skydivers, marathon runners… colleagues who play tennis, padel and squash… skiers and snowboarders, kitesurfers, surfboarders, horse riders… you name it!

And now, we have a sea kayaking champion, too…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/05/2014 [2] Comments 
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Proposed Tarifa resort draws criticism from environmentalists

The stunning Valdevaqueros Beach in Tarifa is the site of an ongoing dispute between developers and environmentalists

It’s the beach that people mean when they tell you they’ve just been to Tarifa. It’s the beach where the crystal clear surf is punctured throughout the day with windsurfers and kite surfers. It’s the beach with a tumble-down surf shack to its rear serving beers, snacks and ice creams to parched sun worshippers, and it’s the beach neighboured by a massive sand dune, the result of centuries of that famous wind shuffling the white sand westward – through the faces and flimsy defences of the hardy beachgoers scattered along its curved shoreline…

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Author:Ian Clover 14/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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We have an iPad mini winner!

The winner of our draw for an iPad mini

Our lucky winner - Aura from Dagenham!

If you’re a regular reader of the VIVA Blog – and of course particularly if you were one of the hundreds of visitors who stopped by our stand at the London Olympia ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ exhibition this Spring – then you’ll probably be wondering who won our draw for a fabulous iPad mini.

Well, we’re delighted to announce that we now have a winner… so the suspense is over! The prize goes to Aura, a lovely lady who lives in Dagenham, Essex, and who most definitely got a lot more than she bargained for when she entered our draw.

So congratulations to you, Aura, from the VIVA team… Enjoy!

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 12/05/2014 [2] Comments 
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More positive signs for Spain as unemployment falls by 110,000

The forecast for Spain's economy suggests clear blue skies and plain sailing ahead

Spain’s recovery took another step away from the red this week with the announcement from the country’s Employment and Social Security Ministry that 110,000 people found jobs in April this year.

The encouraging data represented the sharpest drop in unemployment in April since 1996, and represents a year-on-year fall of 305,000. In the space of 12 months, more than a quarter of a million Spaniards have found work… Continue Reading

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Tourist spending in Spain smashes further records

Spain continues to attract tourists in record numbers, with 2014 off to an encouraging start

Foreign tourists visiting Spain spent a record €10.06 billion in the first three months of the year, smashing previous records and registering an 8.1 per cent increase on expenditure figures for the same period last year, according to data released by Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

In March alone, almost €4 billion was spent by overseas visitors to Spain – a 6.6 per cent increase in the space of a year, and the sharpest rise in total volumes spent ever recorded, highlighting the renewed levels of confidence and interest currently coursing through Spain’s tourism veins… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 06/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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