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Live in Spain, commute to London… it’s cheaper that way

Author: Ian Clover  |  August 3rd, 2015

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Spain's affordability and accessibility make it a viable continental commuting location for Brits who work in the UK.

The practicalities might not be exactly perfect, but there is no faulting the calculations – research from none other than Labour Mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell has found that it would be cheaper for a Brit to live in Madrid and commute to London than actually living full time in the UK capital…

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Spain’s king and queen to visit White House in September

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 31st, 2015

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The popular King and Queen of Spain will meet President Obama in September.

Spain’s increasingly popular Royal couple – King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia – are due to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 15 as part of their official royal visit stateside

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Scorching Spanish summer sends gazpacho sales soaring

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 30th, 2015

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Served in a dish or tall glass, the chilled soup that is gazpacho is enjoying rising sales during Spain's sweltering summer.

Wander the high street of nearly every British town these days and the chances are that you will soon stumble upon a Spanish tapas bar of some description.

Since the recent economic crisis, when thousands of Spaniards moved to the UK in search of employment, there has been a mini explosion in the number of Spanish-themed restaurants, with many offering a passable imitation of the real thing found in Spain…

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British demand for foreign mortgages up 8% in a year

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 29th, 2015

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Interest is growing once more among Brits seeking that classic Spanish home in the sun.

The number of Britons seeking advice on a foreign mortgage has increased by eight per cent on last year, according to recent figures published by overseas mortgage specialist Conti…

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Five times Spain bested the competition

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 28th, 2015

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Spain is the country that really does have something for everybody.

Spain’s ability to attract all types of holidaymakers, tourists and homebuyers is well known. The country’s variety of attractions ranges from the historic to the contemporary, the man-made to the naturally beautiful, and the populist to the off-the-beaten track gems that only a few people know about.

This summer has served as a perfect reminder just why Spain turns so many heads, and here are five ways that the country has pounded the competition so far in 2015…

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Spain job market best it’s been for four years

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 27th, 2015

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More and more Spaniards are finding meaningful work in the country as the economic recovery continues.

Spain’s unemployment level is at its lowest rate in four years, with expectation growing that the country’s recovering economy is leading to faster job creation than first projected…

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Google Streetview brings Spain’s El Caminito del Rey to your living room

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 24th, 2015

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The El Caminito del Rey footpath at El Chorro Gorge is free to walk along until the end of this summer... but you can now do it from the comfort of your sofa.

It has been dubbed ‘the most dangerous walkway in the world’, and had been closed for 15 years following the deaths of five intrepid walkers before it was repaired and reopened in March this year – and now El Caminito del Rey has been traversed by none other than Google Streetview…

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Third summer heatwave bakes Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 23rd, 2015

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Spain's third weather warning in the space of a month means temperatures are once again set to soar.

We said at the beginning of the month that the news that Spain is set for a rather hot summer should not really be news at all.

But this time it is. Seriously. Having braced itself for temperatures to soar into the mid-40s at the start of July, and again a week ago, Spain is once more on high alert for scorching temperatures, with most parts of the country set to swelter in 40ºC+ conditions this week

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Spanish airport sold for €10,000

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 22nd, 2015

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Ciudad Real airport opened in 2008 but has not handled a single commercial flight.

Spain’s infamous Ciudad Real airport – which became a symbol of the country’s recent boom-bust construction industry – has been sold to a group of international investors for just €10,000 – 100,000 times less than it cost to build.

Located south of Madrid, Ciudad Real airport has stood as a white elephant for the past few years. Having opened in 2008 just as the global financial crisis struck, the €1 billion airport never went into full commercial operation, and has stood largely empty ever since…

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More foreign investment as Spanish chain store sells 10% stake to Qatari investor

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 21st, 2015

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The new investment could see El Corte Inglés embark on an expansion strategy overseas.

Popular Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés has sold a 10% stake in the company to former Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani for a sum estimated to be around €1 billion

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