Author: Ian Clover

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Ryanair to fly 29 new routes to Spain this winter

In adding 29 new routes, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will soon boast more than 500 routes to and from Spain.

In adding 29 new routes, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair will soon boast more than 500 routes to and from Spain.

Spain’s enduring popularity as a location for sun-drenched summer holidays looks set to strengthen in 2018 following the news that budget airline Ryanair is to introduce a massive 29 new routes to the country this year.

The additions will boost Ryanair’s Spanish routemap to an impressive 500, and come at a time when Spain’s tourism industry is already flying high…

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Nine-year high in Spanish property sales reached in 2017

2017's sales figures show that Spain registered a nine-year high in property transactions, and could get close to half a million this year.

2017’s sales figures show that Spain registered a nine-year high in property transactions, and could get close to half a million this year.

Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) has published provisional residential property sales figures for 2017 that reveal a nine-year high in the number of transactions made last year.

This makes 2017 the most positive year for Spain’s property market since 2008, which was the year in which the post-boom crash arrived, sending the real estate industry into a tailspin that has taken years to rectify…

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Author: 19/02/2018 [0] Comments 

UK government vows once more to lift expat voting restrictions, but will words ring hollow?

Officials at Whitehall have now stated that they will end the 15-year rule for British expats... but the question is: when?

Officials at Whitehall have now stated that they will end the 15-year rule for British expats… but the question is: when?

As thorny issues go, few are thornier than the topic of voting rights for long-term British expats.

The current law states that British citizens who have lived away from the UK for 15 years or more do not have a vote in general elections or national referendums. This peculiar failing of democracy has been a political hot potato for many years…

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Author: 16/02/2018 [0] Comments 

Notary data shows 4.5% sales increase in December for Spanish property

December is a slow month traditionally for property sales, but there was still a 4.5% increase in transactions in Spain in December 2017.

December is traditionally a slow month for property sales, but there was still a 4.5% increase in transactions in Spain in December 2017.

Data from Spain’s notaries shows that home sales in the country rose in December 2017 for the eighth consecutive month, reaching 48,956 confirmed transactions.

That figure is a 4.5% increase on December 2016, which – while a lower year-on-year increase compared to previous months – is still an encouraging sign, particularly at a time of year when sales activity traditionally slumps…

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Author: 14/02/2018 [0] Comments 

January home values up 3.6% in Spain, according to data

A sign of things to come? January's home value increase is expected to continue throughout the year.

A sign of things to come? January’s home value increase is expected to continue throughout the year.

Statistics published this week by Spanish property valuation firm Tinsa show that the average home in Spain was worth 3.6% more at the end of January than it was at the same point in 2017…

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Author: 12/02/2018 [0] Comments 

Second course: Brit chef Rick Stein brings Spanish food to Spain – and the locals love it

Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes show is the most popular BBC export to Spain.

Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes show is the most popular BBC export to Spain.

A few years ago, erstwhile British TV chef Jamie Oliver caused a bit of a stir in Spain with his controversial take on that classic Spanish dish, paella.

Oliver’s crime? Suggesting adding chorizo to the pot to spice things up a bit. The Essex boy quickly learned that, while Spaniards are incredibly easy-going, they are fiercely protective of their cuisine

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Author: 09/02/2018 [0] Comments 

Spain trims number of jobless by 7.5% in January

The jobless rate in Spain is below 17% and expected to improve throughout 2018.

The jobless rate in Spain is currently below 17% and expected to improve throughout 2018.

Every February, Spain’s Ministry of Employment publishes the jobless figures for January, and every year they show a slight rise in unemployment when compared to December…

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Author: 08/02/2018 [0] Comments 

Is Spain’s “lost decade” officially over?

The years between 2008 and 2018 have seen more downs than ups for Spain, but the future really does appear bright.

The years between 2008 and 2018 have seen more downs than ups for Spain, but the future really does appear bright.

Cast your mind back to 2008. The sun was certainly shining on Spain that year, with the nation’s football team a few months away from winning Euro 2008 and embarking on a glorious four-year period of sweeping all before them. In tennis, Rafa Nadal was at the top of his game, in July overcoming Roger Federer in the Wimbledon Men’s Final that is widely regarded as the greatest game of tennis ever played

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Author: 06/02/2018 [0] Comments 

Marbella: Robert De Niro’s calling with a new hotel

Nobu Marbella will open in March at the Puente Roman Hotel and Spa.

Nobu Marbella will open in March at the Puente Romano Hotel and Spa.

The British tabloids have gone a little bit overboard with this one, but here are the details for those still in the dark: legendary Hollywood star Robert De Niro is to expand his successful Nobu Hotel chain into Marbella, planning to open next month a new glamorous resort that is just for adults…

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Author: 05/02/2018 [0] Comments 

Deep pockets: British holidaymakers spent €48 million per day in Spain last year

Awash with Brits: Spain's beaches, resorts, hotels and cities continue to attract UK holidaymakers - who are more than happy to spend.

Awash with Britons: Spain’s beaches, resorts, hotels and cities continue to attract UK holidaymakers – who are more than happy to spend.

Every man and his dog knows that, when it comes to holidaying in the sun, Britons prefer to flock to Spain over any other destination on the planet.

But not content with being the biggest property investors and tourist group in Spain in 2017, the British were also the biggest spenders. Sort of…

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Author: 02/02/2018 [0] Comments 
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