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Málaga airport: a record-breaking May

Author:   |  June 19th, 2017

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May’s impressive figures bring to a total of 6,487,745 the number of passengers passing through Málaga airport in the first five months of 2017.

For the first time in its history, no fewer than 1.8 million passengers passed through Málaga airport in the shoulder month of May 2017, an increase of 11.2% on figures for the same period in 2016. To put that into perspective, that’s 200,000 more than in June last year – when 1.6 million passengers transited through the terminal – and 100,000 more than the total for September 2016 as well…

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The forecast is in: Spanish property prices to rise 6% this year

Author:   |  June 16th, 2017

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Spanish property prices have been rising steadily for nearly two years, and 2017 looks set to accelerate that trend.

Spanish property prices have been rising steadily for nearly two years, and 2017 looks set to accelerate that trend.

The largest real estate services firm in the world, CBRE, has this week published a bold and rather encouraging prediction that Spanish property prices could rise by as much as 6% on average over the course of 2017.

Building on positive data from May – where the average property price increase was 5.3% higher than for the same month in 2016, the CBRE analysts expect that this positivity is set to continue; if not all year and for all parts of the country, then certainly in the places that generally see the highest demand for property…

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Costa del Sol still among cheapest European holiday destinations, survey shows

Author:   |  June 15th, 2017

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The Costa del Sol is 3% cheaper this year compared to last, and 14% cheaper than in 2012, the survey found.

The Costa del Sol is 3% cheaper this year compared to last, and 14% cheaper than in 2012, the survey found.

The annual Post Office Travel Money survey is a handy tool for holidaymakers and would-be homebuyers looking to see where their money stretches the furthest…

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Feeling hot, hot, hot as June temperatures soar in Spain

Author:   |  June 14th, 2017

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The Spanish heatwave will surely beckon millions to the beach, so be sure to stay hydrated (and pack sun lotion!)

The Spanish heatwave will surely beckon millions to the beach, so be sure to stay hydrated (and pack sun lotion!)

It shouldn’t really be news that June is hot in Spain, but it is newsworthy to report that the country’s AEMET weather agency is this week issuing a rare weather warning as temperatures are set to soar to close to 40 degrees Celsius in 27 of the country’s 50 provinces…

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May data shows 5.3% property price increase across Spain

Author:   |  June 13th, 2017

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Compared to last May, home values in Spain are now an average of 5.3% higher.

Compared to last May, home values in Spain are now an average of 5.3% higher.

Figures from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), published last week, have revealed that the average property price in Spain in May was 5.3% higher than during the same month in 2016…

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Catalonia sets date for new independence “referendum”

Author:   |  June 12th, 2017

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Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain's economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain’s economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalonia’s regional government has long agitated for independence from Spain, and is set to play the role of thorn in the side of Madrid once more in calling for a referendum later this year.

Led by spokesman Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan government will oversee an In or Out vote that, while likely to garner huge interest and a big turnout, will not have any legal standing within Spain

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People in Spain not drinking enough water, study finds

Author:   |  June 9th, 2017

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Let's put it this way: the more water you drink, the more beer and wine your body will be able to process. Convinced now?

Let’s put it this way: the more water you drink, the more beer and wine your body will be able to process. Convinced now?

As the mercury rises in Spain during summer, the temptation to chuck oneself into the nearest swimming pool or stretch of sea is strong. So too is the desire to find a shady spot and crack open a chilled bottle of wine, or have the waiter scuttle over with a fruity jarra of sangría

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Sotogrande to get €50 million infrastructure and leisure boost

Author:   |  June 8th, 2017

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Sotogrande's charm lies in its discreet beauty, its wealth and its accessibility.

Sotogrande’s charm lies in its discreet beauty, its wealth and its accessibility.

The luxurious resort of Sotogrande is set to receive €50 million in investment as the estate’s owners, private equity funds Cerberus and Orion, seek to build upon its reputation as a high-class, laid-back place to live, work and play.

According to the Financial Times (FT), Cerberus and Orion will develop new properties, offices and sports facilities in and around the marina as interest in Sotogrande begins to build…

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Barcelona district to trial €13 million universal income scheme

Author:   |  June 7th, 2017

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The basic income scheme is an innovative trial from the EU that could help improve the lives of thousands of Spaniards.

The basic income scheme is an innovative trial from the EU that could help improve the lives of thousands of Spaniards.

The notion of countries offering a universal basic income is a divisive one, with many arguing that it is impractical in reality. Switzerland held a referendum on introducing such a basic income – where every adult in the country receives a flat amount of money per month from the government – but rejected the plan…

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Spain manufacturing sector grows at strongest rate for 19 years

Author:   |  June 5th, 2017

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Spain's car making industry has been one of the nation's recent success stories.

Spain’s car making industry has been one of the nation’s recent success stories.

Job creation in Spain’s manufacturing sector has been the strongest this year since 1998, with economist data showing that the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose faster than expected, reaching 55.4 in May…

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