Author: Carolyn Mowlem

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More people live in apartments in Spain than in any other EU country, study finds

Apartment buildings in Spain

A recent Eurostat survey finds that 66.5% of the Spanish population live in apartments, way above the EU average.

A recent survey carried out by Eurostat – a Luxembourg-based Directorate-General of the European Commission – has found that Spain is overwhelmingly in pole position among European Union nations when it comes to the percentage of its population that lives in apartments rather than in houses, with some 66.5% occupying flats versus 33.1% residing in houses…

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Author: 14/03/2016 [0] Comments 

Largest number of Málaga business startups since 2007

Largest number of Malaga business startups since 2007

The province of Málaga recorded the creation of no fewer than 5,177 new companies in 2015.

With property sales, mortgage approvals and holiday bookings all increasing by leaps and bounds, the latest affirmation that Spain’s economic recovery is well and truly taking hold, this time comes in the shape of business startups – and the news that the province of Málaga (home to the Costa del Sol), recorded the creation of no fewer than 5,177 new companies in 2015, the highest number since the days before the crash in 2008…

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Author: 10/03/2016 [0] Comments 

Approval of Spanish mortgages up 7.3% year-on-year


These days, Spanish banks and finance houses are undoubtedly much more willing to approve mortgages than they used to be.

For those thinking of buying a home in Spain, 2016 certainly looks like being a good year, and to that end national daily El País was prompted to run an article on the subject of mortgages – and how to choose the best deals – earlier this month…

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Author: 01/02/2016 [0] Comments 

IMF ups growth outlook for Spain


The IMF expect Spanish growth to outstrip that of the US, Japan and Canada this year.

Following on the heels of the Bank of Spain – which raised its 2016 growth forecast to 2.8% just two days after the country’s inconclusive general election on 20 December – the International Monetary Fund predicts that the Spanish economy will grow by 2.7% in 2016 and by 2.3% in 2017

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Author: 25/01/2016 [0] Comments 

From traditional Andalusian… to contemporary industrial chic


“We’re absolutely delighted with the result, it’s all worked out brilliantly!”

When Renate and Daan Kranenburg bought their 6-bedroom villa at Mijas Golf in 2014, “It was like an adventure. It was the first time we had bought a property overseas, so we didn’t quite know what to expect or how things would turn out. But we’ve lived in various different European countries, so the prospect of buying a house in Spain – and extensively remodelling it both inside and out – didn’t really faze us. It was exciting…

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Author: 15/01/2016 [1] Comment 

Marbella luxury goods market second-largest in Spain


Marbella – whose luxury hubs include Puerto Banús and the Golden Mile – accounted for €1.56 billion of the luxury goods spend.

According to a study carried out by the Luxury Spain Association, Marbella is in second place when it comes to revenue generated by the luxury goods market, having been outranked only by Barcelona, and finishing way ahead of Spanish capital Madrid, which came third…

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Author: 14/01/2016 [0] Comments 

New luxury beachfront resort for Marbella

Marbella - La Concha

Marbella has been identified by a major Hong Kong-based investment fund as a key area for investment

With initial plans for its development expected to be drawn up in January, the Platinum Estates Group – a Hong Kong-based investment fund – has recently acquired 170,000 square metres of prime coastal land at Las Chapas on the eastern outskirts of Marbella, where a 5-star hotel and 120 luxury villas are to be built…

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Author: 28/12/2015 [0] Comments 

Vuelta a España clicks into gear in Puerto Banús

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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Author: 21/08/2015 [0] Comments 

Málaga airport makes history

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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Author: 17/08/2015 [0] Comments 

Harvard study predicts growth in Spain will be the biggest in Eurozone

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Average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum predicted for Spain.

New growth projections presented earlier this month by Harvard University forecast that with an average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum up until 2023, Spain will top the league table in the Eurozone, ahead of Italy with an average increase in GDP of 2.3 per cent…

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Author: 20/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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