Articles tagged as "Spanish lifestyle"

Articles tagged as "Spanish lifestyle" : 43 articles

Yes-tember! The ninth, and some say finest, month arrives in Spain

September is a good month in which to explore parts of the Costa del Sol you may have missed.

September is a good month in which to explore parts of the Costa del Sol you may have missed.

#AutumnIsComing – a trending hashtag on Twitter at this time of year, tapped with trepidation on to the screens of social media users right across Europe, aghast that their long, lazy summer of beach cocktails, rooftop parties and summer dresses is to come to an end at the stroke of midnight on August 31…

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Author: 04/09/2017 [0] Comments 

Three ways to guard against reverse culture shock as an expat

Your old home might not look like this, which goes some way to explaining the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

Your old home might not look like this, which goes some way to explaining the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

We all know that the post-holiday blues crash-landing is often softened by the return to home comforts. Be it a good cup of tea, your local pub, or even just the smells and sounds of the nearby park, coming home after an extended time away can feel like a steady return to “normality”.

The danger for expats who live in another country is that their “normality” shape-shifts, meaning a return “home” can be just as much of a culture shock as the initial move overseas was.

Brits who have lived in Spain for many years can attest to this phenomenon. For many, a move overseas is the first time that they have been outside of the UK for longer than three weeks at a time – and this can be disconcerting for some.

So if you’re worried about reverse culture shock, take these three easy steps to guard against it and ensure that you feel at home in two places, rather than none…

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Author: 23/08/2017 [0] Comments 

Spain most active country in the EU, study finds

Spain's landscape and climate makes staying active incredibly easy, whether a local or an expat.

Spain’s landscape and climate makes staying active incredibly easy, whether a local or an expat.

While the sweltering temperatures currently cooking Spain may not be the most conducive to active living, the fact that the nation enjoys near year-round warmth undoubtedly plays a major part in making it the most active country in the European Union (EU)…

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Author: 18/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Three things the Running of the Bulls festival says about Spain

This year's bull run in Pamplona has garnered as much global media attention as it always does.

This year’s bull run in Pamplona has garnered as much global media attention as it always does.

It is that time of year again. Shaky videos of panicked men – it’s usually men – running inelegantly down tight narrow streets being not so much chased but bemusedly pursued by large bulls flood the internet…

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Author: 14/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Marbella council announces two new dog-friendly beaches

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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Author: 23/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Jorge’s images: Light therapy… Christmas 2016 in Málaga

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Yep, it’s that time of year again… and to celebrate the imminent arrival of the festive season, Málaga – the enchanting capital of the Costa del Sol – turned on its world-famous Christmas lights in Calle Larios on 24 November, and VIVA photographer Jorge Morales was there on the dot to capture the stunning switching-on ceremony and share it with you! The illuminations are on from 6.30pm until 2am every night until 6 January 2017, and there’s a brief but totally mesmerising sound and light show daily at 6.30pm and 9.30pm which you absolutely won’t want to miss…

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Hey big Spanish Christmas spender!

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Christmas shoppers on Málaga city’s landmark Calle Larios in 2015.

According to a new survey just published by Deloitte, Spaniards will be forking out an average of €682 on Christmas this year, which is a whopping 30% more than the EU average, and also puts them in 2nd place in Europe after the Danes who are forecast to shell out around €689 per head this festive season…

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Author: 25/11/2016 [0] Comments 

Med diet better for the heart than statins, study reveals

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A diet rich in oily fish, fruit and vegetables, and lashings of olive oil has been proven time and again to be good for the heart.

People who follow the eating habits of Mediterranean countries stand a greater chance of protecting the health of their heart than those prescribed blood pressure and other heart-protecting drugs such as statins, a major new study has found…

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Author: 31/08/2016 [0] Comments 

End of August marks annual 'Operación Retorno'

There'll be less traffic on Costa del Sol roads during September.

There’ll be less traffic on Costa del Sol roads during September.

This weekend will mark the beginning of the yearly migration undertaken by thousands upon thousands of suntanned, jaded mammals on their way back to their more familiar habitats. Having swarmed en masse to southern Spain just a month or two beforehand, the time has come for them to return to their homes, routines and regular lives following their yearly sojourn in the sun. Commonly known as ‘Operación Retorno’, this is the time of year when Spaniards from the more northerly parts of the country wearily wind their way back home after living it up in the Andalusian sunshine…

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Author: 26/08/2016 [0] Comments 

Sky to take on Netflix with launch of its NOW TV online service in Spain

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NOW TV is coming to Spain for €10 per month, and will certainly challenge Netflix’s dominance of the market.

Sky’s NOW TV has been a slow-burn success in the UK, creeping up on Netflix’s on-demand, streaming dominance to claim a large portion of the market.

By offering a good balance of original, high quality content and a broad selection of classic and new movies, NOW TV has taken on Netflix at its own game and, alongside Amazon’s Instant Video service, brought some much-needed competition to the world of in-home entertainment…

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Author: 15/08/2016 [0] Comments 
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