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The tale of the generous boss, and why Marbella remains the “treat” destination of choice

Author:   |  July 20th, 2017

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Marbella is often short-hand for Puerto Banus, and is world-famous as a glitzy, sunny destination.

Marbella is often short-hand for Puerto Banús, and is world-famous as a glitzy, sunny destination.

Tap ‘Marbella’ into a Google search engine this week and your screen will throng with pictures of beaming employees of travel and party firm Red7, who were treated to an all-expenses paid staff holiday to Marbella last week as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work…

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Spanish home sales hit 9-year-high in May

Author:   |  July 19th, 2017

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Buyers in Spain are borrowing around €110,000 when taking out a mortgage.

According to the official figures, the 44,782 home sales registered in May this year is also a massive 22.9% increase on May last year.

Up, up, up they go – the Spanish property market’s remarkable recovery has continued into the summer, with the latest official data from national statistics institute (INE) showing that home sales in May reached a nine-year-high…

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Spain most active country in the EU, study finds

Author:   |  July 18th, 2017

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Spain's landscape and climate makes staying active incredibly easy, whether a local or an expat.

Spain’s landscape and climate makes staying active incredibly easy, whether a local or an expat.

While the sweltering temperatures currently cooking Spain may not be the most conducive to active living, the fact that the nation enjoys near year-round warmth undoubtedly plays a major part in making it the most active country in the European Union (EU)…

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Three things the Running of the Bulls festival says about Spain

Author:   |  July 14th, 2017

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This year's bull run in Pamplona has garnered as much global media attention as it always does.

This year’s bull run in Pamplona has garnered as much global media attention as it always does.

It is that time of year again. Shaky videos of panicked men – it’s usually men – running inelegantly down tight narrow streets being not so much chased but bemusedly pursued by large bulls flood the internet…

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The complete package: Brits snapping up Spanish package holidays in record number

Author:   |  July 13th, 2017

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From beaches to bars, hotels to restaurants, roads to airports, Spain has everything you need for a fun and hassle-free holiday.

From beaches to bars, hotels to restaurants, roads to airports, Spain has everything you need for a fun and hassle-free holiday.

The great package holiday is a summer staple for millions of Brits: a well-priced, hassle-free week or two in the sun for the family, with all travel, dining and leisure logistics taken care of well in advance.

Spain has been the preferred destination of choice for holidaying Brits for the past few decades. However, there was a time either side of the millennium when the country perhaps looked in danger of losing its package holiday crown

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Spain’s king to speak at UK parliament this week

Author:   |  July 11th, 2017

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Spain's King Felipe will address British politicians at the House of Commons this week.

Spain’s King Felipe will address British politicians at the House of Commons this week.

The King and Queen of Spain jet into the UK this week for a three day-long Royal excursion that will see the couple take in a visit to Buckingham Palace, a dinner at Clarence House, a business workshop in the City of London, and a trip to the House of Commons, where King Felipe is expected to address Parliament…

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Spanish government to create 20,000 public sector jobs over next two years

Author:   |  July 10th, 2017

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Thousands of new seats will be filled across Spain's public sector over the next couple of years.

Thousands of new seats will be filled across Spain’s public sector over the next couple of years.

The government of Spain has pledged to create an additional 20,000 jobs in the public sector between now and 2019 in an effort to offer greater support for much of the country’s official authorities and services.

According to the El Mundo newspaper, 7,000 posts will be created for general state administration, with a further 3,360 positions added to the judiciary…

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Spain opens first nap bar in Madrid

Author:   |  July 7th, 2017

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By being well rested during the day, employees are more creative, more energetic, and less likely to make mistakes.

By being well rested during the day, employees are more creative, more energetic, and less likely to make mistakes.

While Spain may have given the world the siesta, the world repaid the favour with the office-bound 9-to-5, forcing workers to near-on burn themselves out from dawn until dusk in strip-lit open-plan offices where even resting one’s eyes is immediately frowned upon…

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Could Catalonia’s independence bid be derailed by in-fighting?

Author:   |  July 6th, 2017

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The push for independence in Catalonia is still strong, but there have been some recent wobbles.

The push for independence in Catalonia is still strong, but there have been some recent wobbles.

Catalonia’s desire to secede from the rest of Spain is well known. What is less well known, however, is the uncomfortable fact that not every Catalan is on board with the urge to breakaway, and the numbers of anti-independence individuals in Catalonia have increased as Spain’s wider economy has improved…

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Spain’s population rises for first time in five years

Author:   |  July 5th, 2017

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In 2016 Spain recorded an increase in immigration for the first time since 2011.

In 2016 Spain recorded an increase in immigration for the first time since 2011.

The stunning upturn in Spain’s economic fortunes has begun to make itself felt in the country’s immigration statistics, with 2016 being the first year since 2009 that the population actually grew.

In the post-millennium years up until 2009, the population of Spain increased steadily each year via a mixture of a positive birth rate and inward immigration…

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