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'Marbs effect' comes full circle as La Sala plans restaurant in Essex

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 2nd, 2014

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The flagship La Sala restaurant in Puerto Banús has proved popular with British holidaymakers, especially those from Essex

After years of making Marbella feel like a little corner of Essex, the famous Costa del Sol resort is hoping to lend a little Spanish flavour to residents of the Essex town of Chigwell following the news that La Sala is set to open a restaurant there…

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Spain’s new Royal Family visit Pope Francis

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 1st, 2014

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Spain's new King and Queen have this week enjoyed a private audience with Pope Francis

In their first official overseas visit as King and Queen, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have travelled to the Vatican City for a private audience with Pope Francis.

Having been proclaimed as Spain’s new ruling monarch in late June following the abdication of his father, King Felipe, 46, has been steadily adapting to his new role as head of the Spanish Monarchy. The King arrived in Rome on Monday and was greeted by a throng of photographers eager to capture this historic occasion…

Foreigners bought 27% of Spanish property in first quarter of 2014

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 30th, 2014

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British buyers accounted for almost 14% of all foreign national property transactions in the first quarter of the year

The Spanish General Council of Notaries has published figures that show foreign nationals were responsible for 27.2 per cent of all residential property transactions in the first three months of the year.

Of that figure, 13.8 per cent were British buyers, who traditionally come out on top in these polls given the long love affair many Brits have enjoyed with Spain over the years. In second place were French buyers at 10.5 per cent – also a traditional heavyweight nation when purchasing Spanish property – while the Russian market made good on its persistent promise to enter the Spanish property market by coming in third, with Russians representing 8.4 per cent of all foreign buyers…

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Spain breaks yet more tourism records

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 27th, 2014

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Spain continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions, and is more popular than ever

Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism released official figures last week that showed Spain’s enduring appeal among holidaymakers shows no signs of slowing.

According to the survey conducted by Frontur and commissioned by the Ministry, Spain welcomed 6.8 million tourists in May, which is an all-time record for the month. That figure was boosted by a 6.9 per cent increase in British visitors, an 8.1 per cent increase in German tourists, and a massive 11.1 per cent rise in the number of French visiting… Continue Reading

David Albarrán transforms everyday objects into stunning portraits at La Caja Blanca, Málaga

Author: Holly Purnell  |  June 26th, 2014

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This portrait named 'Luis' is composed of entirely coffee and sugar.

The Area Youth council of Málaga continues to support young talent in the city, encouraging artists to show their work in public spaces to promote their creations.

This time, La Caja Blanca will host the exhibition ‘I’M’ by up and coming artist David Albarrán.

The exhibition, which will run from 25 June to 30 July, is composed of seven pieces – large format portraits and self-portraits created from everyday objects including cigarette butts, nails, staples, safety pins and even coffee… Continue Reading

VIVA’s HOT Properties Magazine No. 99 – now online

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  June 25th, 2014

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HOT Properties Magazine: issue 99 front cover

The digital version of our latest edition of HOT Properties – The VIVA Magazine – is now available for you to read or download here, while you can also pick up a copy of the print edition from any of our 13 regional offices throughout the Costa del Sol and inland too, or from one of 200+ selected distribution points on the Coast.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside…

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New study shows UK has smallest properties in Europe

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 24th, 2014

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So what's it to be? Cramped, overpriced UK homes, or...

Still undecided whether to chase your dream and buy that property in Spain? Well, perhaps this will help: a recent study by Cambridge University has found that the UK has the smallest living spaces in all of Europe… and homes are getting smaller…

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Mijas – Ain't Nothin’ But… Blues Festival 4 – 6 July

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  June 23rd, 2014

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Singing the blues at the Mijas Blues Festival

The Festival is a joint collaboration between London's Ain't Nothin' But... Blues Bar and the Mijas Town Hall's Foreigners Department.

Think of Andalucía’s picture postcard white villages and the one that’s probably the most likely to spring to mind first is Mijas. Winding cobbled streets, historic churches, pots of geraniums clinging to wrought iron balconies… Mijas epitomises Andalusian traditions to perfection. Famed for its donkey taxis and oval-shaped bull ring – the streets were too narrow for a circular one – this endearingly sleepy and laid-back corner of the Costa del Sol also plays host on 4 – 6 July this year to the 8th annual Ain’t Nothin’ But… Blues Festival with a fabulous line-up of musicians from Spain, Europe and the US…

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400,000 new jobs on the horizon for Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 20th, 2014

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A leading Spanish economist expects big things from the economy over the next 12 months

Spain’s BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) – a multinational banking group based in the country’s Basque region – is confident that 400,000 Spanish jobs will be created between 2014 and 2015.

BBVA’s President, Francisco Gonzalez remarked this week that Spain’s growing GDP is likely to rise to at least two per cent in 2015, easing job creation and leading to a renewed rush of confidence in the Spanish economyContinue Reading

Kids come first for many expats, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 19th, 2014

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The chance to create a fun, fulfilling lifestyle for their children is one of the strongest draws for expat life

A new study by YouGov and Lloyds Bank Private Banking has found that one-in-four British people would seriously consider moving abroad if it meant that they could be closer to their children.

The results of the survey, which is likely to send shivers down the spines of 20-something flyer girls and barmen everywhere from Marbella to Ayia Napa, were recently published by the bank, and reveal that 67 per cent of Brits with children believe that a move abroad would help their family improve their quality of life…

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