Author: Ian Clover

Author: Ian Clover - total articles: 10

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

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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Spanish hotel giants Barceló and NH Hotel Group could merge, reports say

Both NH Hotels and Barcelo enjoy a strong brand image in Spain, which is their domestic market.

Both NH Hotels and Barceló enjoy a strong brand image in Spain, which is their domestic market.

Two leading Spanish hotel chains are mulling a merger arrangement that would create the largest hotel group in the country.

Barceló has proposed a deal to purchase its rival, NH Hotel Group, in what would be a multi-billion euro merger. According to a statement published by Barceló, the family-owned group said it has expressed a firm interest in snapping up all of NH Hotels shares for €7.08 a share…

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Spain’s traffic authorities introduce seatbelt camera technology to curb under-use

Zero drivers are unaware that seatbelts save lives, but not everybody wears them.

Zero drivers are unaware that seatbelts save lives, but not everybody wears them.

Last weekend, Spain’s General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) officially rolled out cameras across the country that are designed to spot drivers and passengers who are not wearing seatbelts

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Laid bare: the pleasing imagery of Spain’s encouraging economic recovery

From banks to shopping, property and tourism, many sectors are playing their part in Spain's recovery.

From banks to shopping, property and tourism, many sectors are playing their part in Spain’s recovery.

The Financial Times has published a growing health check report on Spain’s exceptional economic recovery, using a series of charts and graphs to clearly illustrate just how well the country’s fortunes have turned around…

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Spanish property market records 11% sales increase in September

September's stats brought yet more proof that the country's property market is in rude health.

September’s stats brought yet more proof that the country’s property market is in rude health.

The monthly data published by Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has, for the past few years, been hotly anticipated by the Spanish property market largely because it has served as a monthly reminder of the positivity and growth inherent in the sector…

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Investment in Spanish property exceeding previous forecasts, says BBVA

The total amount invested in Spanish property in 2017 will likely be more than 8% higher than last year, and continue rising into 2018.

The total amount invested in Spanish property in 2017 will likely be more than 8% higher than last year, and continue rising into 2018.

Leading Spanish investment bank BBVA has increased its forecast for the country’s real estate market growth in 2017 after a better-than-expected summer in which property sales surpassed all expectations.

In the latest BBVA Research report, the bank has increased its investment forecast for Spanish property by 1.7%, with the experts confident that total investment in the sector in 2017 will be 8.2% higher than last year…

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Marbella’s Costa del Sol hospital named Spain’s best

Marbella's Costa del Sol Hospital has been rated as the best in the country.

Marbella’s Costa del Sol Hospital has been rated as the best in the country.

Healthcare standards in Spain are among the best in Europe. Insurance coverage is affordable and generous, doctors are thorough and plentiful, and hospitals are almost unfailingly clean, modern and accessible…

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Spain has just enjoyed its second-hottest October for 50 years

Most parts of the Costa del Sol enjoyed a very hot October, and the month was also much drier than normal.

Most parts of the Costa del Sol enjoyed a very hot October, and the month was also much drier than normal.

Statistics from Spanish meteorological agency AEMET have revealed that October this year was the second-hottest seen in Spain since 1965.

The average temperature for the month was a sweltering 18.5ºC, which is 2.6ºC higher than the average recorded between 1981 and 2010. The only October since 1965 that was hotter than this year’s was in 2014, when the average temperature was 18.7ºC…

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New market value data points to 4.3% price rise for Spanish property in October

Spanish home values are approximately 4% higher at the moment compared to the same period last year.

Spanish home values are approximately 4% higher at the moment compared to the same period last year.

New data by Spanish property valuation firm Tinsa has revealed that the average price of a property in Spain was 4.3% higher in October this year compared to the same month in 2016.

These stats are for the entire country, and as ever there are regional variations that are noteworthy, not least the 6.4% increase seen in provincial capitals and large cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga…

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Lonely Planet ranks Seville as best city to visit in 2018

Evocative, historic, unique and fragrant, few cities pull at the heart strings quite like Seville.

Evocative, historic, unique and fragrant, few cities pull at the heart strings quite like Seville.

The jewel in Andalucía’s crown, Seville has been turning heads and leaving jaws agape for decades. Ever since Spain opened up to mass tourism in the immediate post-Franco era, the amazing Moorish architecture, rich Spanish traditions and excellent climate inherent to Seville have given the city a certain kudos among the more intrepid traveller…

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