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Top five adjustments Brits in Spain must make

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 18th, 2014

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Strangely, Brits don't have to worry too much about food when adjusting to life in Spain

Any Brit considering moving to Spain should – one would hope – have already done their homework: dine out later than usual, try to pick up the language as best as possible, and don’t expect every single day to be hot and sunny. Got it.

But these rather obvious lifestyle adjustments merely scratch the surface of how your life is going to change. The reality on the ground, however, is much more nuanced, often quite gradual, and occasionally mildly disconcerting.

So don’t move to Spain unprepared – make sure you’re aware that these top five lifestyle adjustments may have to be adopted sooner than you might think… Continue Reading

Can Game of Thrones boost Andalucia's job ratings?

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 17th, 2014

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Seville's city council waived the filming fee for Game of Thrones, allowing HBO to shoot in the city for free

Ever since the producers of hit TV fantasy show Game of Thrones announced that they will be filming parts of the fifth series in the Andalusian locations of Seville and Osuna, fans have been speculating which backdrops will be selected to recreate the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

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Costa del Sol welcomes its first Poundland

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 16th, 2014

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The Dealz store has opened in a prominent location in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol.

You can’t open a shop where ‘everything is £1’ in a country that has the euro. No problem: Poundland’s owners – multi-millionaires Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith – simply changed the store’s famous name to Dealz when recently opening the first Poundland in Spain, in the heart of Torremolinos

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Spain PM ignoring calls to raise taxes, for now

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 15th, 2014

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Rajoy has a plan, and he's sticking to it

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set to ignore a suggestion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise taxes as he eyes re-election in 2015.

Analysts from the European Commission and the IMF have both urged Rajoy to increase indirect taxes and close fiscal loopholes in the economy, which is still tottering slowly to its feet after a double dose of recession

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Marbella International University Centre and Town Hall launch scholarship programme

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  July 15th, 2014

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MIUC Dean and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor

MIUC Dean, Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz at the presentation of the scholarship programme.

On Friday, 11 July, the Dean of Marbella International University Centre (MIUC), Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella’s Culture and Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz presented the scholarship programme that the Town Hall is offering to five young people from the town…

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VIVA’S expansion continues with a new branch office in Torremolinos

Author: Martina Heynemann  |  July 14th, 2014

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VIVA's new Torremolinos office

A seasoned real estate professional, Michael Niven has lived in Torremolinos for 14 years and knows the area like the back of his hand.

I’m delighted to share with you the fantastic news that VIVA’s expansion continues with the recent opening of our new branch office in Torremolinos, with VIVA partner Michael Niven at the helm. A seasoned real estate professional, Michael – who has lived in Torremolinos for 14 years – has put together a great team of property consultants – MariCarmen Manrique, Nina Bernach and Spencer Creson – all of whom have the knowledge and experience to advise and serve the wide range of people of different nationalities purchasing properties in Torremolinos…

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Spanish property market: the Costa del Sol leads the way says Tinsa

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  July 11th, 2014

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Marbella, Costa del Sol

Property prices in Marbella rose 4.8 per cent between the first quarters of 2013 and 2014

New build properties selling off-plan… prices that have reached rock bottom and which in certain areas such as Marbella and Manilva are now on the rise again… plus increasing demand from foreign buyers are reason enough for Tinsa – which provides an index to house prices as well as other real estate information in Spain – to put the Costa del Sol at the forefront of the resurgence of Spain’s property market…

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Free money!

Author: Holly Purnell  |  July 10th, 2014

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That got your attention didn’t it?

And rightly so, because this is exactly what it says on the tin. *Free cash* And all you have to do… is find it. Not a bad deal, eh?

Where and when, I hear you cry!

Well let’s start with a little bit of background shall we, before we get down to the nitty gritty…

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Sunday openings approved for Marbella

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 9th, 2014

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Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week in the UK

One of the great divisive issues for British expats on the Costa del Sol will soon be no more as the Spanish parliament has agreed to grant Marbella the right to allow its businesses to open on Sundays and certain public holidays.

Currently, Spain’s national laws prohibit many businesses in Marbella from opening on Sundays. Restaurants, bars, cafes, petrol stations and OpenCor stores are allowed to open their doors, but supermarkets, retail stores and high street shops must remain closed during the official day of rest…

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EU slashes mobile roaming charges

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 8th, 2014

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Mobile roaming charges in the EU are now 55% cheaper, and could disappear altogether by 2015

One of Europe’s most antiquated, yet meekly accepted, idiosyncrasies was drastically scaled back on July 1, when mobile roaming charges in the European Union (EU) were cut by 55 per cent, and may be reduced to zero before the end of the year…

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