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Barcelona costliest Spanish city for tourists

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 19th, 2014

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Barcelona's beauty, vibe and unique architecture comes at a price

The most expensive place for tourists to visit in Spain is Barcelona, according to a recent study by travel website TripAdvisor.

The online poll assessed 52 Spanish locations, ranking each destination on costs likely to be incurred by the average tourist, such as a night at a four-star hotel, cocktails for two, a two-course dinner with wine, taxi fares and general entertainment…

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Madrid’s Maggie homage divides opinion

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 18th, 2014

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Madrid's Plaza Margaret Thatcher is located in the upscale heart of the city

From Iron Lady to a Madrid square, the legacy of the late Baroness Thatcher – UK Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990 – continues to divide opinion across Britain and Europe following this week’s unveiling of Plaza Margaret Thatcher in the Spanish capital…

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Spanish property prices post first sustained rise for six years

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 17th, 2014

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Last quarter, Spanish property was 0.6% more expensive than the same time last year

Property prices in Spain during the second quarter of the year rose year-on-year for the first time since 2008 as the country’s real estate market steadied further.

With property transactions having increased encouragingly over the past few months (rising by 24 per cent in July in Málaga province alone), it appears that the property market in Spain has turned a corner…

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World’s biggest liner makes her European debut in Málaga

Uploaded by: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 15th, 2014

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July property sales up 24 per cent in Málaga province

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  September 12th, 2014

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Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, Málaga

Property transactions in Málaga in July were the highest since 2008.

The positive reports about the Spanish housing market just keep on coming. The latest one – published just yesterday by the INE (Spain’s National Statistics Institute) – shows that property sales in the province of Málaga, which includes the Costa del Sol, were up by a whopping 24 per cent in July when compared to figures for the same month last year, and streets ahead of the 10.7 per cent increase recorded nationally…

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Tories promise to give expats back the vote at next general election

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 11th, 2014

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Brits who have lived overseas for more than 15 years may be able to vote again in UK elections should the Tories secure a second term

The UK’s Conservative Party has announced that it plans to draw up a manifesto to abolish current laws that state expats lose the right to vote in Britain if they have lived overseas for 15 years or more.

The announcement comes as the Tories begin their pre-election campaign, and the pledge will be introduced after next May should they secure a second term in office…

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Spain would block Scottish EU entry, says policy expert

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 10th, 2014

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While Spain and the EU have no say in Scottish independence claims, they could influence an Independent Scotland's future

The ongoing secessionist movements in Spain mean that it is ‘highly probable’ that the country would vote to block Scotland’s entry to the EU should the Scots vote in favour of independence at this month’s referendum.

Fears that an independent Scotland gaining access to the European Union would inspire Catalan and Basque claims for independence from Spain mean that the Spanish government will be watching the results of the September 18 vote closely…

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Spain brain drain impacting UK and Germany

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 9th, 2014

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Most major UK cities now boast a sizeable Spanish contingent, most of whom are hard-working and entrepreneurial

Thousands of educated young professionals that have fled Spain over the past few years have pitched up mostly in the UK and Germany – helping to boost two economies that were already doing better than Spain’s own…

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From bull run to ball run for animal-friendly Spanish town

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 8th, 2014

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Having a ball: the runners of the Mataelpino festival

Central Spain’s Mataelpino has won the backing of animal rights campaigners after it voted to ditch its traditional running of the bulls festival for a more animal-friendly alternative – a ball run…

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Málaga: Spain’s most liveable city, according to poll

Author: Ian Clover  |  September 5th, 2014

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The capital of the Costa del Sol offers excellent life satisfaction for Spaniards and foreigners alike

Life satisfaction in the largest city on the Costa del Sol is the highest among all Spanish cities, according to data published in a recent poll.

A research group from the European Commission called Urban Audit found that Málaga offers the best quality of life among Spanish cities – and one of the highest in Europe…

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