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Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare turns up the heat on Brits in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 25th, 2014

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The first episode of Ramsay's Costa del Nightmare aired on Tuesday night

Gordon Ramsay is tired. Tired of the effing, the blinding, the shouting and the scolding. He’s so tired, in fact, that the latest iteration of his Kitchen Nightmares series – Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare – is rumoured to be his last. And if Tuesday night’s pilot episode is anything to go by, he is going out with a bang…

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Spain’s Med diet comes up trumps yet again

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 24th, 2014

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The blue corner of Iberia stands apart from the rest of Europe

Spain is one of only a handful of nations around the world where heart disease is NOT the biggest killer… and it is all thanks to the country’s proclivity for the famously healthy – not to mention delicious – Mediterranean diet.

The fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, lean meats and lashings of olive oil that form the bedrock of Spanish cuisine sets the country apart from Europe when it comes to life expectancy, and is also to thank for the fact that heart disease is not the biggest killer…

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Spain forced to backpedal on unfair expat inheritance tax laws

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 23rd, 2014

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The change in Spain's tax ruling could benefit thousands of Brits, even those who have already inherited

The European Court of Justice today ruled that Spain’s inheritance tax laws – which are currently higher for expats than they are for Spaniards – are discriminatory.

In a landmark ruling, the Court decided that Spanish authorities are not legally allowed to charge different rates of inheritance tax. The move could benefit thousands of British expat families that, previously, were subjected to higher tax rates on certain assets, such as inheritance or gifts of property…

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Scotland chose correctly, says Spanish PM

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 22nd, 2014

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Although Catalans were hoping that Scotland would vote yes, the fact they voted at all is encouraging

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has expressed his delight that the Scottish Independence Referendum fell on the side of the ‘No’ vote, citing the “serious consequences” that could have occurred had Scotland voted for independence…

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Scotland’s ‘No’ vote pushes sterling to a 2-year high

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 19th, 2014

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Sterling banknotes and coinsAs 55 per cent of Scotland’s voters rejected independence on Thursday, in their Daily Market Brief, exchange experts Moneycorp report that overnight sterling advanced across the board, peaking at 02.24am on Friday morning when it was nearly 1 per cent higher on average than it had been 24 hours earlier; and 2.5 per cent above its level ahead of the Sunday Times publishing the first ‘too-close-to-call’ opinion poll on 7 September.

Despite having fallen back a little this morning, sterling remained close to a 2-year high against the euro, while against the dollar it was at its healthiest for more than 2 weeks.

Barcelona costliest Spanish city for tourists

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 19th, 2014

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Barcelona's beauty, vibe and unique architecture comes at a price

The most expensive place for tourists to visit in Spain is Barcelona, according to a recent study by travel website TripAdvisor.

The online poll assessed 52 Spanish locations, ranking each destination on costs likely to be incurred by the average tourist, such as a night at a four-star hotel, cocktails for two, a two-course dinner with wine, taxi fares and general entertainment…

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Madrid’s Maggie homage divides opinion

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 18th, 2014

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Madrid's Plaza Margaret Thatcher is located in the upscale heart of the city

From Iron Lady to a Madrid square, the legacy of the late Baroness Thatcher – UK Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990 – continues to divide opinion across Britain and Europe following this week’s unveiling of Plaza Margaret Thatcher in the Spanish capital…

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Spanish property prices post first sustained rise for six years

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 17th, 2014

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Last quarter, Spanish property was 0.6% more expensive than the same time last year

Property prices in Spain during the second quarter of the year rose year-on-year for the first time since 2008 as the country’s real estate market steadied further.

With property transactions having increased encouragingly over the past few months (rising by 24 per cent in July in Málaga province alone), it appears that the property market in Spain has turned a corner…

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World’s biggest liner makes her European debut in Málaga

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 15th, 2014

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Weighing in at a massive 225,000 tonnes, measuring 361 metres from stem to stern and carrying 6,360 passengers plus 2,394 crew, Málaga – where she stayed 12 hours – was the leviathan cruise ship’s first landfall after upping anchors in Miami six days earlier…

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July property sales up 24 per cent in Málaga province

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 12th, 2014

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Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, Málaga

Property transactions in Málaga in July were the highest since 2008.

The positive reports about the Spanish housing market just keep on coming. The latest one – published just yesterday by the INE (Spain’s National Statistics Institute) – shows that property sales in the province of Málaga, which includes the Costa del Sol, were up by a whopping 24 per cent in July when compared to figures for the same month last year, and streets ahead of the 10.7 per cent increase recorded nationally…

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