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Sun-seeking Brits lured by Spain’s affordable properties

Spanish property sales have risen by more than 50% in the past three years

Bereft of sunshine but rich in sterling, British homebuyers have this year returned in their droves to their spiritual second-home-home of Spain, according to a recent report by foreign exchange company Currencies Direct.

Sales of Spanish property have climbed 56 per cent this year compared to 2011, and have increased by 25 per cent since last year. Much of this growth has been fuelled by British buyers boosted by the strong pound, lower Spanish prices and a more stable, transparent market… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 24/11/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella’s new golf craze proves a hit

Marbella is fast becoming the spiritual home of footgolf

Minority sports are usually the domain of the picked-last-in-gym-class types who take an interest safe in the knowledge that their prowess is rarely, if ever, likely to be called into question.

But a new sporting craze that combines two of the world’s most popular pursuits – golf and football – is decidedly minority, but boasts plentiful mainstream potential…

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Spanish healthcare best for chronic health problems

Sufferers of long-term ailments are well taken care of in Spain, the study found

A recent medical conference that gathered doctors, nurses and health professionals from across Europe concluded that Spain’s healthcare system ranks as one of the best on the continent when it comes to treating chronic illnesses…

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International pop star goes Gaga for Marbella

P-p-p-poker face: Lady Gaga, left, enjoying a low-key cycle ride in Marbella

One of the world’s biggest, brashest and most recognisable pop stars enjoyed a cycle ride along the Marbella paseo last week – and turned barely a single head.

Lady Gaga, renowned for her outlandish dress sense and fierce onstage persona, was a demure sight as she donned an all-black outfit to pedal along Marbella’s famously sedate beachside promenade…

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Puerto Banús start for next year’s Tour of Spain

Puerto Banús start for next year's Tour of Spain

Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz with Elias Bendodo, Javier Guillén & Luis Ángel Maté at the 'Vuelta Ciclista a España' presentation

It’s usually muscle cars, superyachts, A-Listers and soap stars that get all the attention in Southern Spain’s glitziest and most glamorous of hot spots. But on 22 August 2015, the Lamborghinis and Sunseekers will be taking a back seat as the 80th edition of the 3-week Vuelta Ciclista a España grand tour clicks into gear in Puerto Banús…

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Information day for Brit expats to be held in Estepona

The event promises to be an informative gathering for British expats

If you are a British expat living on the Costa del Sol and wish to find out exactly what types of services are available to you, then it would be advisable to attend an information day to be held this week in Estepona

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30 Gib apes shipped off to Scotland for too much monkey business

Sour gr-apes: 30 Barbary macaques have been shipped off to Scotland for bad behaviour

A threat greater than being forced to pose for ill-advised photos with sunburnt tourists awaits the famous Barbary apes of Gibraltar – they could be shipped off to Scotland if they continue to monkey around.

Already, 30 of the Rock’s worst offenders – the pick-pocketers, the bin rummagers, the tourist botherers – have been sent to the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, and more could follow if they don’t clean up their act, warn Gibraltar authorities…

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Brits abroad: reputation improving, survey finds

The short of it is... Brits are among the most well-received holidaymakers

Better behaved, unfailingly polite and pretty generous tippers – Brits abroad have smartened up their act, according to a recent poll of 500 hotel workers worldwide by travel website Sunshine.co.uk…

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Looking for affordable winter sun? Head to Spain

Costa del Sol resorts such as Torremolinos offer winter sun and low prices.

Spain’s Costa del Sol is the best value winter sun destination, according to the Post Office’s latest Winter Sunshine Report.

The southern Spanish region offers guaranteed warm weather and sunshine heading into winter, and with the pound sterling at a six-year high against the euro, the Costa del Sol will tan your face without denting your wallet…

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7th, 11th, or top spot? Where does Spain rank in expat life quality?

What makes Spain a top choice for expat living? The answer is all down to you

Summertime can be a drag for journalists. On the hunt for news stories, the best one can sometimes do is proclaim that ‘The UK will be hotter than parts of Greece this week’ (yes, the mountainous, snow-capped bits); or run semi-fearful stories of Great White Sharks being spotted 50 miles – yes!, 50 miles – off the Cornish coast…

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