Author: Carolyn Mowlem

Author: Carolyn Mowlem - total articles: 10

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Author: 17/08/2015 [0] Comments 

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

Spanish flag

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…

Continue Reading

Author: 20/05/2015 [0] Comments 

'Bargain properties as Spanish housing crisis comes to an end'

Marbella, Costa del Sol

With Sterling at a 7-year high against the Euro, for Brits there's never been a better time to buy.

With house prices on Spain’s Mediterranean coast timidly edging up in March – the first increase since January 2008 – last weekend the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper published an interesting article entitled: Thinking of buying a home in the sun? Look to Spain for bargain properties as housing crisis comes to an end. The latest of several recent reports from media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic, it delves into the various factors indicating that the Spanish property market is at long last bouncing back, and we thought it well worth sharing with our readers…

Continue Reading

Author: 14/05/2015 [0] Comments 

Jorge's images: El Caminito del Rey... a walk on the wild side


Having been closed in 2000 due to its perilous condition, after 3 years of planning, 12 months of renovation and reconstruction, plus a €2.7 million investment, Málaga’s famous Caminito del Rey, or King’s Walkway – once known as ‘the world’s most dangerous footpath’ – has now been tamed… and it reopened to the public on 28 March 2015. Pinned to the near vertical cliffs of the breathtaking Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a dizzying 100 metres above the swirling waters of the Guadalhorce River, the construction of the original Caminito del Rey took place from 1901 to 1905, when it was built to give access to those working on the Guadalhorce hydroelectric plant.
VIVA’s own intrepid in-house photographer traversed the once death-defying path several times before it was closed, and returned only days after its reopening to take these stunning images just for you! His verdict, “Well, while it’s no longer the world’s scariest path, the views are as unforgettable as ever and are guaranteed to take your breath away.” If you’d like to follow in his footsteps, visit to reserve a booking – free of charge until September 2015.

See image gallery
Photographer:Carolyn Mowlem 21/04/2015 [0] Comments 

Marbella, Spain's Southern California says The Wall Street Journal

Author: 15/04/2015 [0] Comments 

2 major new cultural attractions open this week in Málaga city...

The new Málaga branch of the Parisian Centre Pompidou

The 6,000m2 Centre Pompidou Málaga - close to the Muelle Uno shopping and leisure mall on the waterfront - expects to receive 250,000 visitors during its first year.

World-renowned for its Picasso Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC), both of which opened their doors in 2003; followed in 2011 by the Carmen Thyssen Museum – focusing on 19th-century Spanish painting, with works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection – and the La Térmica in 2013, Málaga will be packing even more of a cultural punch with the eagerly awaited launch of not one, but two major new art attractions this week…

Continue Reading

Author: 25/03/2015 [0] Comments 

Renting out your Costa del Sol property

Family disembarking from plane

Last year more than a million tourists stayed in holiday rental accommodation on the Costa del Sol - up 17 per cent on 2013

Whether your Costa del Sol property is standing empty – other than when you and your family or friends are visiting – or you’re thinking of buying a property to rent out, according to recent data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), self-catering holidays on our Sunshine Coast have never been more popular…

Continue Reading

Author: 20/02/2015 [0] Comments 

Open house at VIVA’s brand new office in Málaga city

The new VIVA Málaga office in the heart of the city

VIVA Málaga Partner, Agustín González, ensuring no one went hungry at the inaugural cocktail party!

Getting 2015 off to a fine start, VIVA clients, associates, partners, guests and friends recently attended the inauguration of the latest addition to our expanding network of regional offices which, located right in the very heart of the capital of the Costa del Sol, opened its doors on 15 December.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, Esperanza Cruz (right) with Susana, one of the many guests attending the event

The perfect hosts, VIVA Málaga Partners – Agustín González, Esperanza Cruz and José Cuadra – made everyone very welcome, and with time-honoured Malagueña hospitality it was a highly enjoyable and memorable evening for all, with good company, luscious sushi, mouthwatering tapas and no glass left unfilled!

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

VIVA Málaga Partner, José Cuadra (right), with Juan Carlos Silva, a member of the VIVA Vendor Services team

Opening an office in Málaga – the sixth largest city in Spain – is an enormously significant and exciting step for VIVA. And the timing couldn’t be better, because having substantially reinvented itself over the last few years, the provincial capital is regularly making the headlines, as the international media effusively extoll its numerous virtues.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Mouthwatering tapas went down a treat!

With its magnificent historic monuments, mile-upon-mile of inviting urban beaches, fabulous shopping, burgeoning art scene and renowned as the gastronomic hub of southern Spain, it’s no surprise that Málaga is already well-established as a favourite city break destination for Northern Europeans. In fact, last year it beat all records hands down when according to Spanish provincial daily Diario Sur, over a million tourists holidayed in the city in 2014.

Inaugurational party at the new VIVA Málaga office

Antonio Berlanga, Vendor Services VIVA Málaga and VIVA Málaga Coordinator, Isabel Sánchez

But just last September, it also emerged that according to a poll carried out by Urban Audit – a European Commission research group – Málaga was named ‘Spain’s most liveable city’, offering its citizens the best quality of life of all Spanish cities, and one of the highest in Europe.

So next time you’re out and about in the Costa del Sol’s very own captivating cultural hotspot, why not pop into the VIVA Málaga office and say hello… a warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed!

You’ll find the VIVA Málaga office at Calle Antonio Baena Gómez 1. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 7.30pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.

Tel: +34 951 080 305.

Author: 29/01/2015 [0] Comments 

IMF signals bottoming out of Spanish property prices

The IMF says Spanish property prices have come to, or may be near their lowest point

Published just over a week ago the International Monetary Fund’s January Multi-Country Report concludes that property prices in Spain, Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands “have come to, or may be near their lowest point”…

Continue Reading

Author: 13/01/2015 [1] Comment