Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information

From Beach Paradise to Golfing Haven

Author:   |  September 7th, 2018

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The 2018 Spanish Women’s Open will be held at La Quinta Golf & Country Club.

This summer the Costa del Sol has once again consolidated its status as one of the world’s most popular holiday beach resorts. For many other tourists, however, the “high season” is only now beginning… Continue Reading

1 in 5 Spanish homes were bought in Andalucía in Q2 2018

Author:   |  September 5th, 2018

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Almost 20% of Spanish homes were bought in Andalucía, home of the Costa del Sol, last quarter.

Data from the Spanish Registrars Association was announced earlier this week regarding property transactions between April and June and, as in the first quarter of 2018, Andalucía is the heaviest contributor of any region in the entire peninsula…

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Mortgage approvals up 2.6% in Andalucía in June

Author:   |  September 3rd, 2018

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Mortgage approvals rose once again in Andalucía in June, confirming the equally good news about residential property sales increases.

Figures for mortgage approvals for residential properties in Spain during the month of June were published last Friday by the National Institute of Statistics, with the number of mortgages granted in Andalucía predictably increasing (by 2.6% compared to June 2017)…

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Why September is the time to buy a (nearly) new car

Author:   |  August 31st, 2018

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Great deals on new cars can be found at many dealerships all over Spain next month.

If you’re reading this and wondering what’s so special about car sales this month, the answer lies in changes to EU lab-testing procedures for new vehicles fresh off the production line, known as the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)…

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Marbella homebuyers younger than ever

Author:   |  August 29th, 2018

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A greater propensity for remote working and foreign entrepreneurs moving to Marbella are cited as reasons for the younger average age of property purchasers.

Data published in the local Costa del Sol press this week suggests that the average age of property buyers in the Marbella area is now as young as 42. This is as low a median age as has ever been recorded, with indicators pointing towards entrepreneurial foreign buyers as the key exponent of this change…

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5 things you must do once you’ve bought a home in Spain

Author:   |  August 27th, 2018

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What do you need to do once you’ve bought your dream home? Our brief guide explains 5 key things you must get sorted.

When it comes to buying a home here on the sought-after expat destination of the Costa del Sol – or indeed anywhere in Spain – your first reaction will undoubtedly be elation. After all, you’ve acquired a property that, apart from the bricks and mortar, represents the culmination of several months, or even years, of research and perseverance

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Why you won't be throwing "bull's eggs" in London this weekend…

Author:   |  August 24th, 2018

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The popular La Tomatina festival takes place in Buñol, Valencia, next Wednesday 29th August, with an imitation festival also being held in central London this Saturday.

Intrigued? Well, while this unconventional title does require a little bit of explanation, it is in fact completely true. The answer lies in Spanish culture, its agriculture and specifically its festivals; one of which is set to be celebrated – albeit on a much smaller scale – in London this Saturday

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Málaga to host the first three stages of La Vuelta 2018

Author:   |  August 22nd, 2018

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Scenes from the finish line of the seventh stage of last year’s La Vuelta a España, which was eventually won by Britain’s Chris Froome.

In case you didn’t know, cycling is extremely popular in Spain… which is why the news that La Vuelta a España – the professional cycling event that winds its way across the length and breadth of the country once a year – sets off from Málaga this Saturday has created much excitement…

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Spanish property prices up again in July... this time by 4.3%

Author:   |  August 20th, 2018

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House prices in Spain in July increased significantly compared to the same month last year.

Figures for Spanish residential property prices for the month of July have been published by valuation experts Tinsa and price increases are once again the order of the day across the country…

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Andalucía: king of Spanish property transactions in June

Author:   |  August 17th, 2018

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Andalucía – led by the Costa del Sol – remains number one for people seeking their dream home in Spain.

As in April, the number of residential property transactions in Andalucía was higher in June than in any other region in Spain…

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