Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information
Author: John Hollway | March 12th, 2014
Andrea Böck has had a passion for beautiful properties, beautiful architecture and beautiful furniture for as long as she can remember. Originally from Düsseldorf, she spent a holiday with a friend living on the Costa del Sol who offered her a place to stay if ever she wanted to relocate here.
Back home in Germany, and gazing out of her studio window at the seemingly interminable cloudy grey skies, 13 years ago she decided to take her up on her offer, leaving her native Germany to move to the Coast. Founding Ambience Home Design in San Pedro de Alcántara in 2002, Andrea has never looked back…
Author: Holly Purnell | March 11th, 2014
With a refreshed and updated corporate image, on 20 February 2014, law firm Lexland Abogados invited the entire VIVA team to celebrate their move to their brand spanking new offices on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella. Bright, spacious and stylish, the new offices provide the highest quality facilities to offer all clients and collaborators a premium service.
Not only a chance to see the new offices, the event was also the perfect opportunity for all staff from both companies to meet and to build a close professional relationship, and for our VIVA team to gain a wider understanding about the foundations and philosophy of Lexland Abogados… Continue Reading
Author: Holly Purnell | March 10th, 2014
Not only that, but it was the most read article on Saturday and qualified for a placard which only the very hottest articles get…! Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | March 6th, 2014
The Costa del Sol has long known how to attract golf enthusiasts. The plethora of world-class courses in the region, set amid a kaleidoscope of backdrops that range from rugged mountain to sparkling sea, is, however, just one small part of the overall package.
Golfers want good weather – the Costa del Sol has that in spades. They also want easy accessibility, all year-round – Malaga airport caters admirably for their needs. And then there’s the après golf activities such as the 19th hole bar, fine dining, golf attire and golf property – nowhere else in the world can quite match the Costa del Sol on this front, either.
And now the region is adding another golfing string to its golfing bow – the forthcoming opening of the Villa Padierna Michael Campbell Golf Academy… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | March 5th, 2014
Foul-mouthed TV chef Gordon Ramsay is set to head to the Costa del Sol in May and June to film a new TV series about struggling expat restaurant owners.
The chef, 47, will be bringing his unique brand of motivational encouragement to a selection of handpicked, Brit-owned restaurants along the Coast as restaurateurs compete to earn the recognition as most improved establishment… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | March 4th, 2014
Official data from Spain’s Labour Ministry has revealed that the country’s jobless total fell by 1,949 in February – the first time since 2007 that the shortest month of the year has seen a fall in unemployment.
This latest round of job creation means that there are now 4.81 million unemployed people in Spain – a figure that still accounts for 25 per cent of the working age population and remains one of the highest in the EU… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | March 3rd, 2014
A recent survey by international networking forum InterNations has found that 17 per cent of the 11,500 expats polled said they moved countries because they enjoy living abroad.
While this percentage was lower than the 34 per cent who emigrated for work, the gap has narrowed – particularly when compared to more established expats. A similar poll by insurer Axa PPP of 1,000 people who have lived abroad for more than two years found that more than half moved because of their career.
The results suggest that work opportunities, while still the most decisive factor when relocating, are no longer the overriding reason why people seek a new life overseas.
Author: Ian Clover | February 28th, 2014
In a rather bullish state of the nation address this week, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke of how Spain is no longer a drag on Europe, and is now seen as a key driver in the continent’s economic future.
That message of positivity was delivered on the back of an encouraging set of figures released by the government that showed a better-than-expected one per cent rise in GDP forecast for 2014. Such an increase, although modest, would allow for sustained job creation in Spain for the first time in six years… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | February 27th, 2014
There are few things that have me in stitches. In a literal sense, I went over the handlebars of my BMX when I was a nine-year-old, cutting a hole in my chin that required a daunting trip to the emergency room and an even more daunting telling-off from my mom. In a metaphorical sense, the occasional funny cat meme might do it, but more often than not my default chuckle setting is mild mirth.
Author: Ian Clover | February 26th, 2014
International rating agency Moody’s has upgraded Spain’s economy by one notch, a move that reflects the country’s careful rebalancing of its economy and the introduction of more flexible labour laws – the effects of which have created a more sustainable growth model.
While this is good news indeed for Spain’s economy, the fact that the country has been upgraded from Baa3 to Baa2 shows that there is still plenty of work yet to be done before ministers can claim that Spain is truly out of the woods… Continue Reading