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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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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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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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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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Madrid security rating soars as Spain boasts two of Europe’s safest cities

Madrid and Barcelona offer excellent levels of personal, infrastructural and digital safety, the study found.

Madrid and Barcelona offer excellent levels of personal, infrastructural and digital safety, the study found.

Despite the recent terrorist attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, Spain’s two largest cities have ranked among some of the safest in Europe in the latest Safe Cities Index 2017, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit…

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Sky-high London property prices shock Chelsea’s Spanish footballer, Álvaro Morata

Spain and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is reported to be unhappy in London. But it's not the weather or food that's getting him down, but the property prices.

Spain and Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata is reported to be unhappy in London. But it’s not the weather or food that’s getting him down, it’s the property prices.

He may have moved from Real Madrid to Chelsea over the summer for a cool £65 million, signing a £160,000-a-week contract in the process, but Spanish footballer Álvaro Morata has already expressed his disbelief at London’s extortionate property prices.

It usually takes many months for newly arrived Londoners to realise that the homes they’re living in really aren’t value for money. But canny Morata has seen the woods for the trees quite early on – possibly because, being Spanish, he is used to a better cost-quality ratio

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Spanish expats in UK contribute £802 million to British economy

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

The enduring love affair between Spain and the UK – the occasional Gibraltar-themed spats aside – should serve as a reminder to those who wish to paint a picture of a divided Europe that even countries as ‘different’ as Britain and Spain share a great deal of love, respect and admiration for one another…

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Brilliant news for Spain economy as number of jobless falls 180,000

The jobless queues are much shorter now in Spain as the economy enjoys some of the best growth in the EU.

The jobless queues are much shorter now in Spain as the economy enjoys some of the best growth in the EU.

A total of 182,600 new jobs were made in Spain in the third quarter of the year between July 1 and September 30, reducing the percentage of people out of work by 4.66%, and bringing the country’s total jobless figure down to 3.73 million – the lowest it has been since 2008…

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Stealing the Show!

Mini-GalleryWith numerous stands featuring a wide range of Costa del Sol companies, from architecture, construction, home improvements and furniture… to interior and exterior design, real estate, lawyers, insurance, finance and more, over 1,300 people attended the fourth edition of the Home Fair Costa del Sol expo last weekend which, for the first time in its history was held in Marbella. And, if we do say so ourselves, it was VIVA’s adjacent exhibition stands – one showcasing Santa Barbara Heights in Mijas Costa and the other featuring Quabit Casares Golf between Estepona and Sotogrande that stole the show…

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