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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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Spain on cusp of largest-ever real estate investment

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 18th, 2014

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Talk of a sustained recovery to Spain's property industry has received a massive boost with this latest announcement

Merlin Properties, a newly created Spanish real estate investment trust, has set its sights on becoming the largest property investment company in Europe after launching a €1.5 billion initial public offering (IPO) flotation on the stock market.

The size of the IPO is the largest share offering in Europe since a €3.1 billion IPO launched by Bankia in 2011. Then, the Spanish required funds to bail out other Spanish lending institutions in the country…

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Spain prime minister promises cash boost for businesses

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 17th, 2014

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Mariano Rajoy has earmarked more than €6bn for Spanish businesses

Throwing money at a problem, we are told, is no guaranteed way to solve it. But the well-heeled are not down-at-heel for a very good reason, and money often has a lot to do with it.

Spain’s economy has been down at heel so often in recent years that it had begun to resemble a piece of discarded gum: flat, useless, rather unsightly and generally in a sticky situation. But in recent months it has scraped itself off the pavement and is now readying itself for fresh bouts of mastication…

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Spain’s 5-1 WC defeat earns one Spaniard €100,000

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 16th, 2014

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Not every Spaniard was left feeling glum at the weekend

It was a shocker, a horror show, a nightmare. Spain’s opening game at the World Cup on Friday will go down in history as one of the worst opening defences by a world champion ever. To lose to the Netherlands was one thing. To lose 5-1 was unthinkable.

Almost literally, it was unthinkable. Except for one masochistic Spaniard who predicted such an outrageous scoreline beforehand and woke up on Saturday €100,000 better off

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Top five tipples for a top Spanish summer

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 13th, 2014

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With summer here, Spain is best served chilled with a glass or two of beer, wine, spirits, cocktails...

Few things lend themselves to evocative daydreaming quite like a beverage. Snatched whiffs of aromas can whisk you back to a specific place and time quicker than Marty McFly, while certain foods, songs and pictures can also have the effect of instantly transporting you to a specific place in time.

But as summer gets into gear, this most evocative of seasons is best served with a chilled tipple if you really want to eke out as many memories from it as possible. And with Spain boasting a long, langourous summer, there is no better place in which to bring together two brilliant pastimes: drinking and relaxing.

Drilaxing? Hmmm, no, that doesn’t work… but these five Spanish drinks certainly do… Continue Reading

Pooch-only waterpark opens in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 12th, 2014

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The Canino Can Jane Resort is the world's first dog-only water park

Not only has Spain long been adept at ticking all the required boxes needed for a memorable family holiday, but now the country has gone one further by opening a water park designed specifically – and exclusively – for canines.

The Resort Canino Can Jane, located close to Barcelona in the town of Roca del Valles, has been leaving pooches panting for more since it opened last month. Boasting gentle, dog-friendly gradients and slopes into the pools, extra tough inflatables and even a couple of water slides, the entire resort is suitable for dogs of all age and sizes… Continue Reading

Marbella-bound easyJet flight delayed due to TOWIE cast’s excesses

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 11th, 2014

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The TOWIE cast members enjoy some hard-earned champers after their easyJet delay (Credit: Photo by Beretta/Sims/REX)

Considering how little cast members of hit reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) are likely to wear as they strut their manicured stuff around Marbella this week, the news that their easyJet plane had to be delayed due to excess baggage comes as quite a surprise.

The Daily Mail has reported that Saturday’s Southend-to-Malaga easyJet flight was some 200kg overweight once all passengers had boarded, prompting four volunteers to pipe up to be moved to an alternative flight leaving a little later from Luton airport… Continue Reading

Learning Spanish delays dementia, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 10th, 2014

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Your struggles with Spanish could be doing your brain a lot of good

“Hablas vous Englisch?” No matter how garbled your attempts at mastering a foreign language, the mere act of trying to learn a new tongue can help keep the symptoms of dementia at bay, a new study by Edinburgh University has found.

Researchers found that, no matter your age, the benefits of learning a new language are the same. In studying cognitive functions of the brain, the team set out to find out whether people who already possessed a strong capacity for learning and memory were more likely to be able to learn a foreign language, or whether multilingual skills were the cause, rather than the effect, of increased brainpower… Continue Reading

Spain cheapest option for expat living, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  June 9th, 2014

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The overall cost of living in Spain is lower than any other expat destination

Despite the cost of living in many countries around the world edging closer to that of the UK’s in recent years, Spain remains the most affordable destination for Brits hoping to retire, move or buy property overseas, a new study has found.

Predicated on the perception that the pound is weaker than ever (it is in fact at an 18-month high against the euro right now) and living costs in places such as Italy, France, Canada and the USA are now almost on a par with the UK, the report from the Overseas Living Price Index has branded the dream of moving abroad to retire a ‘luxury’ for most Brits… Continue Reading