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VIVA Partner José Cánovas makes waves at the European Championships

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  May 15th, 2014

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José Cánovas - Eurochallenge 2014 Surfski & KayakWhat with the Costa del Sol’s fabulous year-round climate, it comes as no surprise that – as well as working hard of course – in their spare time the VIVA team are also into sports and leisure activities in a very big way. We have swimmers, golfers, hikers, bikers, kayak fishermen, mountaineers, skydivers, marathon runners… colleagues who play tennis, padel and squash… skiers and snowboarders, kitesurfers, surfboarders, horse riders… you name it!

And now, we have a sea kayaking champion, too…

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Proposed Tarifa resort draws criticism from environmentalists

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 14th, 2014

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The stunning Valdevaqueros Beach in Tarifa is the site of an ongoing dispute between developers and environmentalists

It’s the beach that people mean when they tell you they’ve just been to Tarifa. It’s the beach where the crystal clear surf is punctured throughout the day with windsurfers and kite surfers. It’s the beach with a tumble-down surf shack to its rear serving beers, snacks and ice creams to parched sun worshippers, and it’s the beach neighboured by a massive sand dune, the result of centuries of that famous wind shuffling the white sand westward – through the faces and flimsy defences of the hardy beachgoers scattered along its curved shoreline…

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Spanish city to tell tourists: “Keep your shirt on!”

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 13th, 2014

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Palma's officials are imploring the city's male tourists to keep their shirts on

Officials in the capital city of Majorca have drawn up proposals to introduce a new law banning shirtless men from wandering Palma’s ancient streets.

The new civic law plans are part of a wider campaign to clean up the city’s image. Palma plays host to hordes of holidaying Brits, Irish, Germans and Scandinavians every summer, and has developed a reputation as something of a hedonistic no-go area for tourists not keen on encountering squawking hen parties or raucous stag dos…

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We have an iPad mini winner!

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  May 12th, 2014

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The winner of our draw for an iPad mini

Our lucky winner - Aura from Dagenham!

If you’re a regular reader of the VIVA Blog – and of course particularly if you were one of the hundreds of visitors who stopped by our stand at the London Olympia ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ exhibition this Spring – then you’ll probably be wondering who won our draw for a fabulous iPad mini.

Well, we’re delighted to announce that we now have a winner… so the suspense is over! The prize goes to Aura, a lovely lady who lives in Dagenham, Essex, and who most definitely got a lot more than she bargained for when she entered our draw.

So congratulations to you, Aura, from the VIVA team… Enjoy!

More positive signs for Spain as unemployment falls by 110,000

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 9th, 2014

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The forecast for Spain's economy suggests clear blue skies and plain sailing ahead

Spain’s recovery took another step away from the red this week with the announcement from the country’s Employment and Social Security Ministry that 110,000 people found jobs in April this year.

The encouraging data represented the sharpest drop in unemployment in April since 1996, and represents a year-on-year fall of 305,000. In the space of 12 months, more than a quarter of a million Spaniards have found work… Continue Reading

Spanish Government promises 600,000 jobs in two years

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 8th, 2014

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With high youth unemployment, Spain's leaders are turning their attention to boosting the job market

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has upgraded Spain’s economic outlook, bullishly adding that it will create 600,000 new jobs over the next two years.

Spain’s slow and steady recovery from a double dip recession has instilled a drip-drip of confidence in the country in 2014, with the official growth target of 0.7 per cent revised upwards to 1.2 per cent. For 2015, the government expects GDP to grow by 1.8 per cent, up from the previous forecast of 1.2 per cent…

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Five business ideas for Brits in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 7th, 2014

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Setting up a business in Spain is the easy part - the right idea is what will determine its success or failure

Although Spain’s economy is enjoying an about-turn that would put Nick Clegg to shame, getting a job in Spain is still proving troubling for millions. As a British expat, it might appear that the situation is even worse, particularly those lacking the language skills and cultural ties of the locals.

But Brits in Spain have one big advantage over Spaniards – their Britishness. And while parading one’s sunburnt shoulders around town is never going to be a money maker, there are a few British idiosyncracies that, with a bit of work, could potentially become good expat businesses. After all, where better to go it alone than in a foreign land where the niche in the market is, well, you

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Tourist spending in Spain smashes further records

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 6th, 2014

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Spain continues to attract tourists in record numbers, with 2014 off to an encouraging start

Foreign tourists visiting Spain spent a record €10.06 billion in the first three months of the year, smashing previous records and registering an 8.1 per cent increase on expenditure figures for the same period last year, according to data released by Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

In March alone, almost €4 billion was spent by overseas visitors to Spain – a 6.6 per cent increase in the space of a year, and the sharpest rise in total volumes spent ever recorded, highlighting the renewed levels of confidence and interest currently coursing through Spain’s tourism veins… Continue Reading

BBC1 documentary seeks British expats!

Author: Holly Purnell  |  May 5th, 2014

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British expats in Fuengirola

The BBC are recruiting British expats for a new documentary about life on the Costa del Sol

Calling all Fuengi ex-pats!

Mentorn Media, the producer of Question Time and many award-winning documentaries, is making a new programme for BBC1 looking at the British expat community in Fuengirola.

They want to hear firsthand what it’s like for us Brits living here on the Costa del Sol. So if, like many of us, you too have taken the plunge into a new life in the beautiful Spanish Mediterranean sun, whether you are a British expat enjoying your dream retirement or perhaps a young professional working here on the Coast, this is your chance to have your say whilst taking part in an exciting new documentary… Continue Reading

Spain’s roads most improved in EU

Author: Ian Clover  |  May 2nd, 2014

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Across the EU, Spanish roads have enjoyed the greatest safety improvement over the past decade

Road deaths in Spain have fallen by a greater number than any other country in the European Union over the past decade, according to figures released this week by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

Across the EU, 12,345 road deaths were recorded in 2012 – the most recent set of data available. That figure contrasts sharply with figures from 2001, when 27,700 road deaths were recorded – a 55 per cent fall in just ten years. Factor in the growth of the European Union during that time – both in terms of population and new member states – and the trend towards improved road safety is encouraging…

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