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New Year’s Resolutions? Let Spain be your guide

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 12th, 2015

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Whatever your New Year's resolution, Spain can help you achieve it

It’s that time of year again when the post-Xmas binge guilt begins to subside, threatening your good intentions and meaning it is only a matter of time until your New Year’s Resolutions lie crumpled in the detritus of failure for another year.

So if you find that you are struggling, here is one simple tip to help keep you on the straight and narrow – move to Spain.

That’s right. According to Statistic Brain, the six most common resolutions made at new year are 1) Lose weight; 2) Get organised; 3) Spend less, save more; 4) Enjoy life to the fullest; 5) Stay fit and healthy, and 6) Learn something exciting – and life in Spain can help you achieve all of these, and then some…

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Three myths that no longer apply to Spain in 2015

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 9th, 2015

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Spain is set fair for a solid 2015, washing away many of the myths associated to it

If your New Year’s resolution is to no longer believe everything you read on the Internet, then you’re in luck (yes, I spot the irony here too, but bear with me) because 2015 is the year in which these tired old myths about Spain can finally be laid to rest…

Spain’s Queen Letizia brings splash of glamour to Three Kings parade

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 8th, 2015

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Spain's Queen Letizia is fast becoming a style icon

The traditional Epiphany parade in Madrid – held every January 6th to mark El Dia de los Reyes (the day of the kings) – was attended for the first time by Queen Letizia, who brought an understated flash of glamour and elegance to the occasion…

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How pivotal could the expat vote be in 2015?

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 7th, 2015

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Registering online to vote is quick, easy, and important

The sunny skies and blossoming trees of May might seem like a long way away right now as 2015 limps blearily into view (unless, of course, you already live in Spain – if so, enjoy the January warmth), but the fifth month of the year will be on us before we know it, bringing with it the UK’s general election

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Spain house building levels rise for first time in seven years

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 6th, 2015

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Industry analysts say activity in the sector is picking up

Spain’s construction sector has begun building new housing and commercial properties at a rate of pace not seen since 2007 as the economy and real estate market continues its encouraging recovery.

During the height of the economic boom the construction industry accounted for more than 10 per cent of Spain’s GDP, and although that figure has fallen to around just five per cent today, industry analysts have remarked that activity in the sector is picking up…

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Málaga named as second top city to visit in 2015

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 5th, 2015

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Málaga's charm lies in its beauty, its location and its vibrant atmosphere

Renowned travel publication Rough Guides has ranked Málaga in second place in its top ten cities to visit in 2015.

Although South Africa’s Johannesburg took the top spot, Andalucía’s stunning port city scored highly, with the guidebook praising its beautiful architecture, excellent beaches and weather and wealth of cultural attractions…

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Law of averages puts Spain top of the holiday pile

Author: Ian Clover  |  January 2nd, 2015

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The golden stretches of the Costa del Sol are perennial favourites for British holidaymakers

Relying on the ‘law of averages’ has always been tricky. After all, it was the law of averages that gave us ‘2.4 children’ and it usually denotes a not-so-happy medium: the mean, the middle, the unexciting.

But when it comes to something that is inherently exciting and individual, such as holidays, then the law of averages is actually pretty useful, not least because a recent survey by the Travel Supermarket has applied this logic to the tourism industry and discovered that the typical Brits’ holiday for 2015 will be a ten-day trip to Spain

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As 2014 smashes Spain tourism record, what does 2015 hold in store?

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 31st, 2014

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The gain in Spain: more money, more jobs, more tourists, more choice - 2014 has been a good year

The remaining few days of 2014 have sprinkled yet another sugary dose of good news across Spain, prompting the question – just what lies in store next year?

While hundreds of lucky lottery punters rattled off champagne corks after winning their share of the famous €2.2 billion El Gordo lottery – the world’s most generous lottery prize pool and a Spanish Christmas tradition – one lucky Brit was being welcomed at Málaga airport with a warm handshake and a free hotel stay after becoming the city’s 10 millionth tourist…

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Botched Jesus painting boosts Spanish town’s tourism

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 30th, 2014

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Spot the difference: the 'Beast Jesus' on the right has become a world-famous piece of 'art'

The famous ‘Beast Jesus’ painting that was not-so-carefully restored by part-time curator Cecilia Giménez in 2012 made headlines around the world at the time, but the curiously smudged artwork has now become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Art lovers, critics and people on the look out for a good laugh have descended on the village of Borja in their thousands to gawp at the restored 120-year-old painting…

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UK emigration rising, and Spain remains top choice

Author: Ian Clover  |  December 29th, 2014

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Brits are beginning to expand their horizons again, with Spain a perennial emigration favourite

The number of Brits emigrating each year from the UK has fallen from the record highs of 2006, but when Brits do move abroad, Spain remains the most popular destination – in Europe at least…

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