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Santa Barbara Heights news update

Author:   |  December 8th, 2017

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SBHWith completion scheduled for October 2019, it’s great news that the Santa Barbara Heights building licence is now in place… not to mention the fact that blocks 1 & 3 are already sold out… and that block 2 has just been released!…

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World’s best foodie city has been named – and it’s in Spain

Author:   |  December 7th, 2017

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For a varied, delicious slice of what Spanish cuisine is all about, San Sebastian is THE place to head to.

For a varied, delicious slice of what Spanish cuisine is all about, San Sebastián is THE place to head to.

Forget Paris, Tokyo, London, New York or Rome – apparently the city that offers the best food in the world is tiny San Sebastián in the north of Spain.

According to research by foodie blog and service provider CaterWings that collated opinions and reviews of more than 20,000 food critics around the world, the Spanish city came out on top for the quality offered in its abundance of restaurants…

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Brits accounted for 20% of tourist spending in Spain in October

Author:   |  December 6th, 2017

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October was very warm in Spain this year, which will have had an effect on tourists' spending habits, particularly the sun-starved Brits.

October was very warm in Spain this year, which will have had an effect on tourists’ spending habits, particularly the sun-starved Brits.

New data from Spain’s Tourism Ministry has revealed that British visitors to the country spent a total of €1.5 billion in October – 20% of all tourist spending recorded for the month.

Brits accounted for 23% of all overseas visitors in Spain in October, cementing their position as Spain’s leading source of tourist income…

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Four ways to enjoy winter in Spain

Author:   |  December 5th, 2017

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Spain's mountainous peaks see snow every winter, meaning you can enjoy a very different slice of Spain.

Spain’s mountainous peaks see snow every winter, meaning you can enjoy a very different slice of Spain.

It took a while to get here – especially during a sweltering October and an unseasonably mild and dry November – but, with the onset of December, winter has truly arrived in Spain.

Unlike most of its European neighbours, Spaniards do not have to suffer through endless grey skies, sub-zero temperatures and a depressing lack of daylight. Instead, the winter season in Spain is a curious time of year, where many of the nation’s more peculiar idiosyncrasies come to the fore.

So if you want to enjoy Spain’s brief but unique winter, here are four easy steps to take to blend in…

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Volume of Spanish speakers around the world grows to 572 million

Author:   |  December 4th, 2017

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Spanish is relatively easy to learn and a fast-growing second language for millions around the world.

Spanish is relatively easy to learn and a fast-growing second language for millions around the world.

The great thing about the English language is that it allows you to travel pretty much anywhere in the world and be understood. Whether a Swede in Singapore, A Dane in Doha or a Japanese in China, English forms the go-to bridge between two different languages

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Foreign demand boosting luxury Spanish property sales, while general mortgage activity rises

Author:   |  December 1st, 2017

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The luxury home market of Spain is being driven by foreign interest and cash, statistics show.

The luxury home market of Spain is being driven by foreign interest and cash, statistics show.

New data released this week by luxury property real estate firm Lucas Fox has revealed that foreign buyers accounted for 65% of their sales in Spain over the first three quarters of the year, with British and French buyers leading the way…

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Jamón get it: Chinese appetite for jamón ibérico causing shortage in Spain

Author:   |  November 30th, 2017

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China now has a ham-slicing school and is driving surging demand for Spanish jamon.

China now has a ham-slicing school and is driving surging demand for Spanish jamón.

China’s growing love affair with all things Spain-related is something that is to be welcomed, on the whole.

A growing interest among Chinese tourists in Spanish cities such as Seville, Málaga and Madrid means a certain spending boom, while a developing taste for Spanish wine and olives is helping to boost these industries’ global profits…

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Spanish notary data records property price and transaction increases for September

Author:   |  November 29th, 2017

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In September this year Spain recorded yet another steady rise in home sales and home values, according to notary data.

In September this year, Spain recorded yet another steady rise in home sales and home values, according to notary data.

Spain’s notaries publish monthly data on the state of the country’s property industry, providing a valuable and regular health check.

The news from September is, quite simply, more of the same: steady growth, increasing prices and the continued recovery of the new build sector…

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Spaniards are Europe’s leading bar and restaurant-goers, study shows

Author:   |  November 27th, 2017

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Salud! Spaniards' love of socialising places them top in the EU for household expenditure in bars, cafes and restaurants.

Salud! Spaniards’ love of socialising places them top in the EU for household expenditure in bars, cafés and restaurants.

Bars and Spain have a long and (not always so) healthy history. It is well-known that Spaniards love to socialise, but few non-Spaniards may realise just how prevalent bar culture is in the country…

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Marbella’s railway extension to be made top priority, says government

Author:   |  November 24th, 2017

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Marbella has been promised a railway station since the 1990s, but so far there has been no movement. Madrid now has the budget to build, experts say.

Marbella has been promised a railway station since the 1990s, but so far there has been no movement. Madrid now has the budget to build, experts say.

Marbella holds many noteworthy distinctions: exclusive resort getaway destination for the rich and famous; a place where carbs are allowed but frowned upon before arrival, and de facto ‘capital’ of the Costa del Sol

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