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30 degree weather for Easter? Welcome to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 31st, 2015

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This Easter promises to be a scorcher in Spain.

Death, taxes, saturated media coverage of pre-election posturing – these are life’s certainties, with death probably the least painful of the three.

Just missing the cut on the certainty stakes is Spain’s weather. Nearly uniformly excellent and uplifting, it can – occasionally – surprise you…

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Sunday Times ranks Ojén as one of world’s best places to live

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 30th, 2015

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The charming town of Ojén, near Marbella, gives a true taste of Andalucía living, with a sprinkling of Costa del Sol thrown in.

A tiny town in the Costa del Sol has been chosen by the Sunday Times newspaper as one of the world’s finest places to live.

Ojén, which sits in the hills behind Marbella, ranked 35th in the Sunday Times’ list of Best Places to Live Overseas, and was joined in the top 50 by the seaside village of Zahara de Los Atunes, which is located a few miles from Tarifa at the southern tip of Andalucía…

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Easter hols to Costa del Sol 15% cheaper than last year

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 27th, 2015

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Rising temperatures and falling prices: a perfect Costa del Sol combo for Easter.

If you’re thinking about heading to the Costa del Sol this Easter to enjoy some early summer sunshine then you are in luck – a report by the Post Office has found that a typical holiday in the region is 15 per cent cheaper this year compared to 2014…

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Exit strategy: will you ever leave Spain once you’ve lived there?

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 26th, 2015

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Life's a beach, and then you fly... how long will you live in Spain for?

It’s a question that – while rarely pressing – tends to linger at the back of most expats’ minds during their time living overseas: when is all of this going to come to an end?

The uncertainty can be creeping, persistent, or it can catch you briefly and unawares while you’re out enjoying yourself, tumbling back down into the ether as quickly as it arose.

But it will happen…

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2 major new cultural attractions open this week in Málaga city...

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  March 25th, 2015

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The new Málaga branch of the Parisian Centre Pompidou

The 6,000m2 Centre Pompidou Málaga - close to the Muelle Uno shopping and leisure mall on the waterfront - expects to receive 250,000 visitors during its first year.

World-renowned for its Picasso Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC), both of which opened their doors in 2003; followed in 2011 by the Carmen Thyssen Museum – focusing on 19th-century Spanish painting, with works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection – and the La Térmica in 2013, Málaga will be packing even more of a cultural punch with the eagerly awaited launch of not one, but two major new art attractions this week…

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Ryanair to serve Spain’s ghost airport of Castellón

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 24th, 2015

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Spain's Castellón airport gained notoriety as a symbol of the country's credit-fuelled construction boom and bust.

Budget Irish carrier Ryanair has revealed this week that it is to begin operating a regular service between the UK and Castellón’s ‘Ghost airport’, which – since being completed in 2011 at a cost of €145 million – has yet to handle a single commercial flight.

Kenny Rogers, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, has said that the strong demand among Spanish emigrants who now work and reside in the UK – as well as the many thousands who hope to do so in the near future – prompted the airline to open up two routes: twice-weekly between Bristol, and three times a week from London Stansted

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‘British Warren Buffett’ says now is the time to invest in Spanish property

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 23rd, 2015

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The strong pound should tempt British buyers, but the 110% mortgages should be avoided.

Multimillionaire investor and entrepreneur Jim Mellon – who made a series of profitable investments in the 1990′s and has recently championed the cause of the growing biotech industry – has urged Britons that now is the time to buy a property in Spain. Mellon told the Daily Telegraph that the current imbalance between the euro and sterling is unlikely to continue for much longer, meaning that now is the time to act for Brits armed with pounds

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VIVA View: Spain’s compensation ruling is a sign of a maturing property market

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 20th, 2015

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Spain's property market is far more mature and transparent these days.

It always felt doubly cruel. Not only were homeowners who had unwittingly purchased illegally built property told that their homes would be demolished, but they also learned that they would, in the process, lose everything.

No compensation. No money. No ‘our hands are tied’ apology. Nothing. Appeals could be lodged, court hearings could be made, but the bottom line remained unwavering: homes built illegally would have to be demolished. No exceptions.

Not only did this scandalous behaviour turn the dreams of thousands into an unending nightmare, but it also served to damage Spain’s property market – and the country’s wider reputation – in the eyes of foreigners…

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Hilton taking another tilt at Costa del Sol hotel market

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 19th, 2015

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Benalmadena's stylish Reserva del Higueron hotel will soon become part of the Hilton brand.

The Costa del Sol is set to welcome back the prestigious Hilton hotel brand after a near 40-year absence.

Hilton Worldwide struck a deal this March at the Spanish Embassy in Berlin to bring the brand to the Reserva de Higueron hotel near the resort of Benalmadena, bringing the iconic Hilton sign back to the coast for the first time since Marbella’s famous Don Carlos hotel was a Hilton-branded establishment in the ‘70s…

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Forensic scientists find tomb of Don Quixote writer, Miguel de Cervantes

Author: Ian Clover  |  March 18th, 2015

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Scientists will use DNA to determine which of the bones belong to Cervantes, and which do not.

The last burial place of Miguel de Cervantes – author of arguably Spain’s most famous novel, Don Quixote – has been discovered in Madrid, nearly 400 years after the writer’s death.

The scientists working on the excavation believe that the tomb buried beneath the city’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians contains the remains of Cervantes, his wife, and other, as-yet-unknown individuals…

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