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Spain tourism figures shatter another new record

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 28th, 2015

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The beaches of Banús, the restaurants of Marbella, the attractions of Benalmádena - Spain has a lot to offer tourists of all types.

The first seven months of 2015 have attracted more than 38 million tourists to Spain – a figure that smashes all previous records.

State tourism figures released at the end of last week show that tourism has increased 4.7 per cent on last year, shattering the record number of tourists that arrived in Spain in 2014…

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Meet Kristel Schoeman-Daneel: Claiming her place in the market with reclaimed wood

Author: John Hollway  |  August 27th, 2015

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Kristel Schoeman-Daneel of Woodfactory

Pay a visit to some of the Costa del Sol’s hippest and most popular beach bars, restaurants, shops and cafés, and you’ll notice a growing affinity for eye-catching, sturdy, bespoke wooden furniture that is not only comfortable and durable, but environmentally-friendly, too. Dutchwoman Kristel Schoeman-Daneel – the creative mind behind Marbella’s Woodfactory – noticed a gap in the southern Spanish furniture market; namely, a lack of availability of weathered, rustic looking furniture made from reclaimed wood. Three years later and Woodfactory is decorating many of the Coast’s coolest establishments…

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Three signs that now’s the right time to move to Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 26th, 2015

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If you're ready to box clever, then now might be the time to move to Spain.

Making huge, life-changing decisions is never easy. But – in the same way it’s often easier to tell a stranger your woes rather than a trusted friend – upping sticks and moving abroad can be as simple as deciding that it’s now or never.

Those in the ‘never’ camp will ultimately miss out on the incredible ways that life in Spain rewards you. Those in the ‘now’ camp rarely look back – a move to Spain is almost always an experience to be cherished.

But getting to that ‘now or never’ stage requires some prompting, and not a little common sense. Moving to Spain to seek a job or an affordable property in, say, 2010 – when the global economic slowdown was hurting most parts of Europe – would not have been a sensible idea.

Each year since then has seen a steady, if erratic improvement, but since the early stages of 2014 the signs have been almost universally positive. So much so that today, as the busiest part of Spain’s summer season dies down, the evidence all points to one indisputable fact: there really has never been a better time to move to Spain.

Need convincing? Here are three recent signs that make moving to Spain right now a great idea…

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Spanish economy to end the year strongly, says minister

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 25th, 2015

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The third and fourth quarters are set to replicate the growth already experienced in Spain so far this year.

From sick bed to poster child – Spain’s recovering economy is set to grow by a further one per cent in the third quarter of the year, ensuring a strong end to 2015 following a similarly strong beginning.

A busy summer tourism season and increased domestic consumer spending has helped spur the economy over the past couple of months, and the pace of growth is expected to continue through to December, confirmed Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos…

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Is social media to blame for this summer’s bull-run deaths?

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 24th, 2015

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The Pamplona bull run, pictured here, is perhaps the most famous of all of Spain's bull run festivals.

It’s been an abnormally bloody summer for Spain’s various bull-run festivals. Each year, like clockwork, reports of the first casualty – usually an inebriated American tourist – roll in, followed by perhaps one or two more.

Cue the usual hang-wringing about the danger and cruelty of it all, only for the same events to play out like clockwork the next year. But this year has been different. Very different…

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Vuelta a España clicks into gear in Puerto Banús

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  August 21st, 2015

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La Vuelta '15 logoThe 70th edition of the Vuelta a España cycle race gets underway in Puerto Banús tomorrow, 22 August, at 6.40pm, with no fewer than four of the Tour’s 21 different stages taking place right here on the Costa del Sol… before crossing the finishing line in Madrid three weeks – and 3,357.1km – later, on 13 September…

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David Beckham makes £1 million profit on sale of Spanish mansion

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 20th, 2015

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David Beckham enjoyed four successful years living in Spain, on the outskirts of Madrid.

Observing the property transactions of the rich and famous is not usually the most accurate way to measure the strength of a nation’s property market, but one headline-grabbing sale this week has proved rather indicative of the recovering strength of the Spanish property market

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Men spend £400 in preparation for Marbella holiday, survey finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 19th, 2015

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Pampered and champered: British men heading to Marbella are happy to splash the cash in order to make the right impression.

Long gone are the days when men collectively believed that ‘knotted hankie on head’ was the only holiday attire necessary, and a new survey has revealed just quite the extraordinary lengths many men now go to when preparing for a holiday in Marbella

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Brits shun foreign languages because of nerves, not ignorance, poll finds

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 18th, 2015

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Hablas vous Englisch? Brits are shy when attempting a foreign language, poll reveals.

Say it quietly, then a little louder, then more slowly, then just point – the trials and tribulations of Brits abroad are as old as the package holiday itself, and have earned British travellers the unfair reputation for being ignorant of other cultures and languages.

But a recent study by the British Council has found that many Brits are simply too embarrassed to try speaking another language so they prefer to either keep schtum or converse only in English…

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Málaga airport makes history

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  August 17th, 2015

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Plane landing at Málaga airporyt

The number of passengers passing through Málaga airport in July 2015 reached an all-time high of 1,705,187.

According to data published by Spain’s Airports and Air Navigation Authority (AENA) last week, the number of passengers passing through Málaga airport in July of this year reached an all-time high of 1,705,187 – the first occasion ever that figures for a single month have exceeded 1.7 million. This emphatically breaks the previous record when 1.68 million travellers used the Málaga-Costa del Sol airport in August 2014…

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