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Law of averages puts Spain top of the holiday pile

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 2nd, 2015

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The golden stretches of the Costa del Sol are perennial favourites for British holidaymakers

Relying on the ‘law of averages’ has always been tricky. After all, it was the law of averages that gave us ‘2.4 children’ and it usually denotes a not-so-happy medium: the mean, the middle, the unexciting.

But when it comes to something that is inherently exciting and individual, such as holidays, then the law of averages is actually pretty useful, not least because a recent survey by the Travel Supermarket has applied this logic to the tourism industry and discovered that the typical Brits’ holiday for 2015 will be a ten-day trip to Spain

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As 2014 smashes Spain tourism record, what does 2015 hold in store?

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 31st, 2014

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The gain in Spain: more money, more jobs, more tourists, more choice - 2014 has been a good year

The remaining few days of 2014 have sprinkled yet another sugary dose of good news across Spain, prompting the question – just what lies in store next year?

While hundreds of lucky lottery punters rattled off champagne corks after winning their share of the famous €2.2 billion El Gordo lottery – the world’s most generous lottery prize pool and a Spanish Christmas tradition – one lucky Brit was being welcomed at Málaga airport with a warm handshake and a free hotel stay after becoming the city’s 10 millionth tourist…

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Botched Jesus painting boosts Spanish town’s tourism

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 30th, 2014

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Spot the difference: the 'Beast Jesus' on the right has become a world-famous piece of 'art'

The famous ‘Beast Jesus’ painting that was not-so-carefully restored by part-time curator Cecilia Giménez in 2012 made headlines around the world at the time, but the curiously smudged artwork has now become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Art lovers, critics and people on the look out for a good laugh have descended on the village of Borja in their thousands to gawp at the restored 120-year-old painting…

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UK emigration rising, and Spain remains top choice

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 29th, 2014

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Brits are beginning to expand their horizons again, with Spain a perennial emigration favourite

The number of Brits emigrating each year from the UK has fallen from the record highs of 2006, but when Brits do move abroad, Spain remains the most popular destination – in Europe at least…

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Moneycorp celebrate their 11th year on the Costa del Sol

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  December 26th, 2014

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The Costa del Sol Moneycorp team

Moneycorp regional manager Steve Tiley (right), with the Moneycorp Costa del Sol team

Always a highlight on the team VIVA calendar and guaranteed to get everyone in the festive mood during the countdown to Christmas, Moneycorp recently celebrated their 11th successful year on the Costa del Sol, and as soon as we got our invitations, we all knew we’d be in for a treat…

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Costa del Sol property sales to foreigners up 45 per cent say General Council of Notaries

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  December 24th, 2014

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José Prado and Elías Bendodo

José Prado and Elías Bendodo at the Málaga presentation

Earlier this month, the president of the Provincial Association of Constructors and Developers of Málaga, José Prado, and the president of the Diputación de Málaga, Elías Bendodo, presented the latest data regarding the number of properties on the Costa del Sol purchased by foreigners, which continues to show substantial growth this year…

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Domino Effect with Nicoloj Coster-Waldau

Author: Holly Purnell  |  December 23rd, 2014

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Danish actor and producer, Nicoloj Coster-Waldau – most famously known for his character, Jamie Lannister, in the hugely popular HBO series, Game of Thrones - is to star in upcoming terrorism thriller ‘Domino’ which will be shot in Málaga in the New Year… Continue Reading

End of market ‘adjustment’ in sight, says Bank of Spain

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  December 22nd, 2014

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The Bank of Spain in Madrid

The landmark Bank of Spain building in Madrid

During a recent conference organised by Spain’s Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección – Association for Management Progress – the Director of the Bank of Spain’s Research Services, José Luis Malo de Molina, told the assembled financial directors that: “The adjustment in the property market has been long and intense, but the good news is that it is now coming to an end and the property market is now in a period of stabilisation…”

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Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director, Marc Pritchard, talks about the Spanish property market

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  December 19th, 2014

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Marc Pritchard, sales director of Taylor Wimpey España

Marc Pritchard, Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director

Browsing the Spanish Property Insight website the other day, we came across their recent interview with Taylor Wimpey España Sales Director, Marc Pritchard.

We’ve sold a number of their new build homes on the Costa del Sol to VIVA clients over the years, so we know Taylor Wimpey España quite well. It’s rare to see such clear, accurate and straightforward comments and answers, so we thought we’d share with you Marc Pritchard’s thoughts about the business, and his views on the market.

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Born to run – VIVA’s Victoria takes part in the Málaga Marathon!

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  December 18th, 2014

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Victoria crossing the Málaga Marathon finishing line

Victoria crosses the Málaga Marathon finishing line with daughter Amelia proudly looking on

Yep, VIVA Wonder Woman has done it again! Not content with taking part in the Marbella Half Marathon back in September 2013, our Victoria has been spurred on to greater things and earlier this month participated in the 5th edition of the Málaga Cabberty Marathon, again running for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mother who sadly lost her battle against cancer 20 years ago…

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