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Lady Gaga on hunt for beachside Marbella mansion

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 26th, 2014

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Lady Gaga was captivated by Marbella's Golden Mile during a recent visit

She came, she saw, she cycled… and fell in love. International megastar Lady Gaga was so enraptured by Marbella’s charms during a recent visit as part of her European tour that she has reportedly instructed her people to hunt down a luxury Marbella mansion with sea views…

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Andalucia attracts record tourists in October

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 25th, 2014

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The variety of attractions in Andalucia make it a perennial favourite for holidaymakers all year-round

This year continues its onward march to become the best year yet for Spanish tourism as recent figures released by the country’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism reveal that more tourists visited Andalucia last month than ever before… Continue Reading

Sun-seeking Brits lured by Spain’s affordable properties

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 24th, 2014

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Spanish property sales have risen by more than 50% in the past three years

Bereft of sunshine but rich in sterling, British homebuyers have this year returned in their droves to their spiritual second-home-home of Spain, according to a recent report by foreign exchange company Currencies Direct.

Sales of Spanish property have climbed 56 per cent this year compared to 2011, and have increased by 25 per cent since last year. Much of this growth has been fuelled by British buyers boosted by the strong pound, lower Spanish prices and a more stable, transparent market… Continue Reading

Marbella’s new golf craze proves a hit

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 21st, 2014

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Marbella is fast becoming the spiritual home of footgolf

Minority sports are usually the domain of the picked-last-in-gym-class types who take an interest safe in the knowledge that their prowess is rarely, if ever, likely to be called into question.

But a new sporting craze that combines two of the world’s most popular pursuits – golf and football – is decidedly minority, but boasts plentiful mainstream potential…

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Spanish healthcare best for chronic health problems

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 20th, 2014

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Sufferers of long-term ailments are well taken care of in Spain, the study found

A recent medical conference that gathered doctors, nurses and health professionals from across Europe concluded that Spain’s healthcare system ranks as one of the best on the continent when it comes to treating chronic illnesses…

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International pop star goes Gaga for Marbella

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 19th, 2014

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P-p-p-poker face: Lady Gaga, left, enjoying a low-key cycle ride in Marbella

One of the world’s biggest, brashest and most recognisable pop stars enjoyed a cycle ride along the Marbella paseo last week – and turned barely a single head.

Lady Gaga, renowned for her outlandish dress sense and fierce onstage persona, was a demure sight as she donned an all-black outfit to pedal along Marbella’s famously sedate beachside promenade…

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Spanish property sales soar in September

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  November 18th, 2014

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Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, MálagaAccording to the National Statistics Institute, year-to-date property sales (that’s until the end of September) are up by a huge 15 per cent in Málaga province – which, of course includes the Costa del Sol – putting it ahead of all other regions of Spain…

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Spaniards speaking better English than ever

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 17th, 2014

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Spaniards' grasp of good English is improving, study finds

A new study by Education First has revealed that more and more Spaniards are speaking English to a higher proficiency level than ever before.

The latest English Language Proficiency Index has ranked Spain 20th among 60 countries featured in the study – its highest position yet and a reflection of the growing importance for Spaniards to grasp at least a conversational level of English…

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Puerto Banús start for next year’s Tour of Spain

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  November 14th, 2014

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Puerto Banús start for next year's Tour of Spain

Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz with Elias Bendodo, Javier Guillén & Luis Ángel Maté at the 'Vuelta Ciclista a España' presentation

It’s usually muscle cars, superyachts, A-Listers and soap stars that get all the attention in Southern Spain’s glitziest and most glamorous of hot spots. But on 22 August 2015, the Lamborghinis and Sunseekers will be taking a back seat as the 80th edition of the 3-week Vuelta Ciclista a España grand tour clicks into gear in Puerto Banús…

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Brits abroad could be more sociable, study finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  November 13th, 2014

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Despite living in many countries around the world, Brits abroad can often be insular

According to a recent survey by international relocation company, Robinsons, around one-in-three British people who live abroad have made little or no attempt to integrate into the local culture.

The study questioned 1,000 UK expats about life abroad, revealing a few startling results…

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