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Majority of Brits would leave UK if money no object, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 31st, 2014

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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

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 30th, 2014

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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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More good news for Spain economy, but when will wages rise?

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 29th, 2014

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Falling wages simply mean the money in Spain's economy is currently being directed elsewhere, and that has to stop

Spain’s miraculous economic turnaround in the past 12 months has largely been a result of direct government action designed to shake up the labour market.

In aiding the car manufacturing industry with its scrappage scheme, the sector rebounded to become one of the country’s key economic successes. In overhauling antiquated labour laws, companies had more freedom to fire workers, cut wages and hire fresh faces – the result being an upturn in job creation and a boost for the national GDP…

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Is this the bright new dawn for Spanish property?

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 28th, 2014

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The diversity and attraction of the Spanish property market, coupled with lower prices, has brought confidence flooding back

From boom to bust and back again? Not quite – the current upturn in Spain’s property sector looks like it has legs and, rather than inspiring a tidal wave of ‘me too’ markets like last time (Bulgaria, Dubai – we’re looking at you), currently stands alone as the best value property market in Europe.

The halcyon days of the early millennium propelled Spanish real estate to heady heights, with the sector accounting for 18 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2007. Back then, the market generated €30 billion every year; today, the figure stands at barely a tenth of that…

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BBC reports on Brits’ Spanish love affair

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 24th, 2014

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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

Superstar dance legend Joaquín Cortés centre stage in Marbella 25 & 26 July 2014

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  July 23rd, 2014

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Joaquín Cortés in 'Gitano', Marbella, July 2014

Joaquín Cortés' 'Gitano' spectacular takes place at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club on 25 & 26 July 2014

Córdoba-born Joaquín Cortés – hailed as one of the ten best dancers of all time – brings ‘Gitano’, his latest Show, to Marbella this Friday and Saturday night. Fusing the most orthodox flamenco with both classical ballet and contemporary dance, ‘Gitano’ – Gypsy – has been acclaimed as Cortés’ most spectacular Show to date, which the world-famous dancer and choreographer describes as “a journey through dance and music… an explosion of dance in which I want to take the audience on a journey, the journey of my life”…

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VIVA Guadalmina office opens!

Author: Martina Heynemann  |  July 22nd, 2014

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Our brand new office in the exclusive area of Guadalmina.

There’s just no stopping us as our expansion across the Coast continues –  I am delighted to announce the opening of our brand new office in Guadalmina!

It is proving to be a fantastic 2014 for VIVA, now with no fewer than 13 regional offices at strategic locations along the Costa del Sol and Inland too! Continue Reading

Driving in Europe smartphone app launched

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 21st, 2014

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The GoingAbroad app makes driving across Europe safer and easier.

There are many slightly different rules and regulations to the roads of Europe, but probably only one universal, overriding law – do not use your mobile phone while driving.

So the very notion that a new app designed specifically for smartphones and intended to make the roads of Europe safer seems, at first glance, rather contradictory

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Top five adjustments Brits in Spain must make

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 18th, 2014

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Strangely, Brits don't have to worry too much about food when adjusting to life in Spain

Any Brit considering moving to Spain should – one would hope – have already done their homework: dine out later than usual, try to pick up the language as best as possible, and don’t expect every single day to be hot and sunny. Got it.

But these rather obvious lifestyle adjustments merely scratch the surface of how your life is going to change. The reality on the ground, however, is much more nuanced, often quite gradual, and occasionally mildly disconcerting.

So don’t move to Spain unprepared – make sure you’re aware that these top five lifestyle adjustments may have to be adopted sooner than you might think… Continue Reading

Can Game of Thrones boost Andalucia's job ratings?

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 17th, 2014

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Seville's city council waived the filming fee for Game of Thrones, allowing HBO to shoot in the city for free

Ever since the producers of hit TV fantasy show Game of Thrones announced that they will be filming parts of the fifth series in the Andalusian locations of Seville and Osuna, fans have been speculating which backdrops will be selected to recreate the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

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