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Three reminders of why the Costa del Sol is so special

Author:   |  October 24th, 2017

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Variety, international excellence, affordability, exclusivity and more - the Costa del Sol is a fantastic place in which to buy a property.

Variety, international excellence, affordability, exclusivity and more – the Costa del Sol is a fantastic place in which to buy a property.

As recent news events have shown, Spain’s 17 autonomous regions are rightly proud of their identity, which is wrapped up in everything from cuisine and language to culture and history.

But one of the most famous corners of Spain isn’t an autonomous region whatsoever. The Costa del Sol is a relatively loosely defined slice of southern Spain’s eastern coastline. Much of the area falls under the jurisdiction of Málaga province, but speak to somebody in, say, Manilva whether they feel like they are part of Málaga and they will most likely say no.

All of the Costa del Sol, however, is within the autonomous region of Andalucía – a fact that does give the region a distinctive uniformity in terms of climate, terrain, cuisine.

But drill down to an even more regional level, and the Costa del Sol’s unique strengths become apparent.

Here are three reminders why the Costa del Sol is so special…

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Has the Costa del Sol just had its best summer ever?

Author:   |  October 23rd, 2017

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Even with winter on its way, the Costa del Sol is still poised to attract holidaymakers, such is its popularity.

Even with winter on its way, the Costa del Sol is still poised to attract holidaymakers, such is its popularity.

What makes a good summer? Is it the weather? The amount of times one makes it to the beach? A successful football tournament? Exciting travel? A fleeting romance?

Summer can mean many different things to many different people, but to a region like the Costa del Sol, summer tends to mean vibrant beaches, blue skies, busy restaurants and boosted coffers for hotels, bars, cafes and clubs…

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Tour operator Thomas Cook to set up new Spanish airline

Author:   |  October 20th, 2017

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Thomas Cook has applied for a Spanish aviation operating license.

Thomas Cook has applied for a Spanish aviation operating licence.

UK-headquartered travel company Thomas Cook – creator of millions of package holiday memories for Brits of all ages – has announced this week that it is to set up a new Spanish airline to cope with an expected increase in demand for flights to and from Spain in 2018

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Increases in Spanish property prices are higher than EU average, report shows

Author:   |  October 19th, 2017

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There are regional variations across Spain, but nationally the country's property price increase outstrips the EU average.

There are regional variations across Spain, but nationally the country’s property price increase outstrips the EU average.

Across the European Union (EU), the average price of a property has risen by 4.4% in the 12 months up to and including the end of the second quarter of this year.

In other words, by June 30 a typical property across the EU was 4.4% more expensive than it was at the same point last year…

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Mid-October and southern Spain is still enjoying 33ºC temperatures

Author:   |  October 17th, 2017

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Temperatures in the mid-30s in mid-October have beckoned people bacl to the beaches in Southern Spain.

Temperatures in the mid-30s in mid-October have beckoned people back to the beaches in Southern Spain.

Hot weather is not the norm for Andalucía in the middle of October. Pleasantly warm temperatures – those around the mid-20ºC mark – are more commonplace, meaning that sun-starved northern Europeans still find that now is a good time to holiday in southern Spain…

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British visitors to Spain up 7.8% so far in 2017

Author:   |  October 16th, 2017

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It is easy to see why Spain is the perfect holiday destination.

It is easy to see why Spain is the perfect holiday destination.

Spain’s enduring appeal endures because it manages to do the simple things better than pretty much anywhere else on the planet.

Beaches are clean, accessible, varied and well-served by a plethora of restaurants, bars, playgrounds and hotels; the climate is pleasant for pretty much the entire year; accommodation ranges from the supremely affordable to the reassuringly expensive; flights are cheap and regular; its cities are beautiful, historic and modern all at once, and its people are unfailingly friendly and welcoming

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Santa Barbara Heights… a star is born!

Author:   |  October 13th, 2017

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Santa Barbara Heights – a new breed of luxury living on the Costa del Sol.

Thursday, 9 October, was a very special day for the Costa del Sol. It was the day on which CLC World’s exciting new luxury development Santa Barbara Heights – where over 40% of the stunning exclusive homes have been sold in little more than two months – was presented to the more than 100 real estate agents and other guests attending the magnificent launch party at California Beach Resort in Mijas Costa

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Onwards and upwards: Málaga airport passenger figures have lift off

Author:   |  October 12th, 2017

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A soaring year for Malaga airport in 2016 is set to be bettered in 2017.

A soaring year for Málaga airport in 2016 is set to be bettered in 2017.

If various facets of Spanish life were to be distilled into a graph, pretty much all of the lines would be shooting satisfyingly upwards.

From the economy to life expectancy to jobs to house prices – things are going incredibly well for Spain and Spaniards right now. You can add tourism to that cocktail, too: this year is set to be the best yet for visitor numbers to Spain, with spending up, overnight stays up, and the number of flights in and out of the country also – obviously – up…

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August sees 16% increase in Spanish property sales

Author:   |  October 11th, 2017

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August this year saw yet another annual increase in home sales in Spain - and right across the country, too.

August this year saw yet another annual increase in home sales in Spain – and right across the country, too.

With 41,282 home sales in the month of August, the Spanish property industry was once again reaping the benefits of an improved economic outlook across Europe this summer.

August’s sales figures from official INE data represent a 16% increase on the same month in 2016, and marks the seventh year-on-year increase in monthly home sales so far in 2017…

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Brits spent €3.25m an hour in Spain in August

Author:   |  October 9th, 2017

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All over Spain, be it the Balearics, Canaries or Costa del Sol, Brits are spending more than ever.

All over Spain, be it the Balearics, Canaries or Costa del Sol, Brits are spending more than ever.

The value of British tourism to Spain has been laid bare in the latest official data that showed UK holidaymakers spent a massive €3.25 million every hour during the month of August.

Tourism, which is 11% of Spain’s GDP, is on course for a record year in 2017, with August’s visitor figures showing that 10.43 million people visited the country that month – the highest monthly figure ever recorded…

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