Articles tagged as "Living in Spain"

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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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Author: 13/11/2017 [0] Comments 

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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Author: 06/11/2017 [0] Comments 

Three ways to guard against reverse culture shock as an expat

Your old home might not look like this, which goes some way to explaining the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

Your old home might not look like this, which goes some way to explaining the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

We all know that the post-holiday blues crash-landing is often softened by the return to home comforts. Be it a good cup of tea, your local pub, or even just the smells and sounds of the nearby park, coming home after an extended time away can feel like a steady return to “normality”.

The danger for expats who live in another country is that their “normality” shape-shifts, meaning a return “home” can be just as much of a culture shock as the initial move overseas was.

Brits who have lived in Spain for many years can attest to this phenomenon. For many, a move overseas is the first time that they have been outside of the UK for longer than three weeks at a time – and this can be disconcerting for some.

So if you’re worried about reverse culture shock, take these three easy steps to guard against it and ensure that you feel at home in two places, rather than none…

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Author: 23/08/2017 [0] Comments 

Property sales up 11% in Málaga province

All signs were positive in February, with mortgages, sales and prices strengthening.

In terms of property sales, nationally Málaga province was in fourth place, behind Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante.

According to the latest data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), and published last week, no fewer than 15,185 property transactions were recorded in the province of Málaga in the first six months of this year…

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Author: 14/08/2017 [0] Comments 

‘Despacito’ song could boost Spanish language uptake, say music experts

Are you one of the few people on the planet not to have yet heard Despacito?

Are you one of the few people on the planet not to have yet heard Despacito?

The written word is obviously not the best medium through which to portray just how addictive the song ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is. The global smash of an earworm is the first song ever to surpass three billion YouTube views, and once heard is hard to forget…

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Author: 09/08/2017 [0] Comments 

Spanish home sales hit 9-year-high in May

Buyers in Spain are borrowing around €110,000 when taking out a mortgage.

According to the official figures, the 44,782 home sales registered in May this year is also a massive 22.9% increase on May last year.

Up, up, up they go – the Spanish property market’s remarkable recovery has continued into the summer, with the latest official data from national statistics institute (INE) showing that home sales in May reached a nine-year-high…

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Author: 19/07/2017 [0] Comments 

People in Spain not drinking enough water, study finds

Let's put it this way: the more water you drink, the more beer and wine your body will be able to process. Convinced now?

Let’s put it this way: the more water you drink, the more beer and wine your body will be able to process. Convinced now?

As the mercury rises in Spain during summer, the temptation to chuck oneself into the nearest swimming pool or stretch of sea is strong. So too is the desire to find a shady spot and crack open a chilled bottle of wine, or have the waiter scuttle over with a fruity jarra of sangría

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Author: 09/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Spain manufacturing sector grows at strongest rate for 19 years

Spain's car making industry has been one of the nation's recent success stories.

Spain’s car making industry has been one of the nation’s recent success stories.

Job creation in Spain’s manufacturing sector has been the strongest this year since 1998, with economist data showing that the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose faster than expected, reaching 55.4 in May…

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Author: 05/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Car sales up, illegal downloads down: sign of the times for Spain’s strengthening economy

Car sales in Spain increased significantly in the first quarter of this year.

Car sales in Spain increased significantly in the first quarter of this year.

For a short while during the credit crunch years of 2008-2012, Spain was Europe’s hotbed for illegal downloads. From music to film and even unlicensed software, many cash-strapped Spaniards turned to dodgy online services to get hold of content they perhaps couldn’t afford, or did not want to pay for…

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Author: 19/05/2017 [0] Comments 

Keep Calm and Carry On buying Spanish property, say Brits

The allure of Spain remains for Brits, no matter the political or economic climate at home.

The allure of Spain remains for Brits, no matter the political or economic climate at home.

Despite the uncertainty that surrounds much of British politics right now – Brexit, the forthcoming general election, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership skills, Theresa May’s chip-eating skills – it has been heartening to learn that one constant has remained: Brits’ love affair with Spain

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Author: 04/05/2017 [0] Comments 
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