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VIVA opens a brand new office in Fuengirola

Author:   |  July 3rd, 2017

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VIVA Fuengirola 1It gives me great pleasure to announce the recent opening of our new VIVA office in Fuengirola, and what finer location than right on the fabulous seafront promenade bordering the resort’s 8km of stunning sandy beaches…

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Spain sees record sea temperatures in June as mercury continues to rise

Author:   |  June 30th, 2017

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Spain's stunning coastline is brimming with warm waters right now: great news for those of a more chilly disposition!

Spain’s stunning coastline is brimming with warm waters right now: great news for those of a more chilly disposition!

A ‘refreshing’ dip in the Mediterranean Sea might be off the cards for beachgoers in Almería after water temperatures just off shore reached 24.3ºC over the past few days.

While this temperature is still around 10 degrees lower than the current air temperature, it is still warmer than most of the rest of Europe right now, and marks the highest recorded sea temperatures in Spain for more than a decade…

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Spaniards much more confident in economy, survey finds

Author:   |  June 29th, 2017

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Worries over employment and job security have eased among Spaniards, particularly in the past 12 months.

Worries over employment and job security have eased among Spaniards, particularly in the past 12 months.

Over half of Spaniards believe that the country’s economy is finally performing well, nearly a decade after the worst recession in recent memory hit.

A survey by international consulting firm GAD3 found that 52.5% of Spaniards are confident that Spain will boast one of Europe’s best-performing economies this year, echoing forecasts from leading economists that suggest the nation is at the forefront of growth…

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Brit flies to London via Spain to avoid extortionate UK train fare

Author:   |  June 28th, 2017

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Joe Furness enjoying his time at a Balearic beach... far nicer than a 2nd class train carriage from Newcastle to London.

Joe Furness enjoying his time at a Balearic beach… far nicer than a 2nd class train carriage from Newcastle to London.

Environmentalists might not like it, but savvy travellers are finding increasingly ingenious ways to avoid eye-watering UK rail fares – and more often than not the cheaper travel option involves a brief flight to Spain…

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Going for gold in Málaga!

Author:   |  June 27th, 2017

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untitledThis week, Málaga is well and truly in the spotlight as the city plays host to the 21st edition of the World Transplant Games, with 2,300 athletes from more than 50 different countries competing in a total of 17 sports disciplines being held at no fewer than 11 venues in and around the capital of the Costa del Sol…

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This is how it’s done: North Korean officials visit Spain for beach resort inspiration

Author:   |  June 26th, 2017

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North Korean leader Kim-Jong un wants to develop beach tourism in the secretive socialist state. Image credit: AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants to develop beach tourism in the secretive socialist state.
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The “Hermit Kingdom’ of North Korea likes to at least try to do things its own way, shunning much of the rest of the world for most of the time, and only inviting foreign attention when it has a propaganda push…

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Marbella council announces two new dog-friendly beaches

Author:   |  June 23rd, 2017

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Golden retrievers on golden sands could soon become a familiar sight at two beaches on the Costa del Sol.

Golden retrievers on golden sands are becoming a familiar sight at dog-friendly beaches on the Costa del Sol.

The unwritten, and sometimes written, rules of the beach are universal throughout Spain: don’t place your towel too close to others, don’t be loud and obnoxious, don’t stare, and don’t let your dogs run loose, or even bring them at all…

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Spain reclaims top spot as world’s most sought-after property destination

Author:   |  June 22nd, 2017

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According to TheMoveChannel.com's latest ranking, Spain is once again the world's most in-demand property location.

According to TheMoveChannel.com’s latest ranking, Spain is once again the world’s most in-demand property location.

There are many different polls and surveys that claim to accurately rank which property market is the most buoyant globally. But the task of comparing foreign demand for property in a certain country has often been little more than an educated guessing game…

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Is culture really Andalucía’s main draw? Why yes

Author:   |  June 21st, 2017

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More and more British, French, German, Irish and American tourists are discovering the charms of inland Andalucía.

The new Cultural Heritage and Museums Chief for Spain, José Ramón Benítez, recently said that the main reason for people visiting Andalucía is no longer the weather, but the cultural and heritage sites.

According to official data, cultural tourism represented 28.8% of all visits to the southern Spanish region in 2016, which is the first year that “good weather” was shunted from the top spot…

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Spain still main draw for Brits seeking property abroad, finds survey

Author:   |  June 20th, 2017

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Spain is still the main attraction for Brits wishing to buy a property overseas.

Spain is still the main attraction for Brits wishing to buy a property overseas.

Ever since last June’s EU Referendum result, doom-mongers have been predicting that the British pound would sink without a trace, and would-be UK buyers would be scared away from investing in overseas property…

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