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International students vote Spain best place to study abroad


Madrid ranked as the best place in Europe for overseas study, with Seville and Barcelona also scoring highly.

A new poll by Uniplaces has found that Spain is considered the best place to study abroad by Erasmus students.

The survey results placed Madrid in first place, while two other Spanish cities – Seville and Barcelona – featured in the top ten at places fifth and seventh respectively

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Author: 28/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain calls on Unesco to recognise tapas on cultural heritage list


The varied, mouthwatering delights of Spanish tapas – from the ingredients, to the very way of dining – are angling for Unesco recognition.

Spain has given the world many things: Flamenco, Sherry, Bullfighting, Julio Iglesias and millions of hours of unfortunate sunburn, but perhaps the country is best known – and best loved – for its contribution to gastronomy

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Author: 19/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Waiter of the Year competition shines spotlight on Spain’s excellent service


Spanish waiting staff pride themselves on their professionalism, and the results are there for all to see.

Frequent a British pub, café or restaurant with a non-Brit and two things are bound to happen. First, your foreign guest will likely gush at the surprisingly good quality of food and choice of drink on offer (it seems the old stereotype of the UK being a land of warm bitter and bland food stubbornly persists, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary), but secondly, they are likely to be left aghast at the lack of professionalism shown by your server…

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British consular calls reveal typical anxieties of Brits abroad

Mixed race woman with shattered cell phone

Brits abroad, whether on holiday or as expats, often call the local consulate with some weird and wacky questions.

While there may be a ‘stock’ image of the quintessential Brit abroad that most people have in their minds, anybody who has ever set foot in Spain, either as a holidaymaker or an expat, will know full well that Brits in Spain come in all types

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Spanish workers among keenest in Europe to stay in home country when seeking next job


While Spain’s economy is not the strongest in Europe, it is improving rapidly, and the majority of Spaniards now want to stay home when looking for work.

Despite Brits’ evident love affair with all things Spanish – the climate, the property, the food, the beaches – one aspect of life in Spain that is arguably weaker than that found in the UK is employment…

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Expats find that assimilation requires work, but rewards are worth it, says study

More than a third of British expats lead a 'British lifestyle' in their adopted country

To enjoy life overseas, assimilation of the new culture is of high importance for most expats.

It is a message often repeated by VIVA, and generally heeded by Brits hoping to move to Spain: being a successful expat requires a fair bit of work, but the rewards are worth it…

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Author: 06/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Enjoy a drink? Then head to Spain – the most libertarian place in Europe


Lovers of a tipple or two should be saying ‘cheers’ to Spain’s relaxed attitude towards alcohol…

The dreaded phrase ‘Nanny State’ is often used to deride certain rules, laws and policies designed to mollycoddle the populace and strip citizens of their agency for free thought and actions…

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Author: 04/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Seville’s splendour gets the big screen treatment on Channel 4


Rob Delany (left) and Richard Ayoade spent 48 hours in Seville, and loved every minute of it…

Good Friday and time to settle down in front of the gogglebox. Easter TV in the UK is usually a mixed bag of new Springtime specials, made-for-TV biblical epics and, of course, the Great Escape

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Author: 28/03/2016 [1] Comment 

Three ways to make the most of Easter in Spain


Seville’s Semana Santa procession is an iconic way to experience Easter in Spain, but is it the most enjoyable?

Easter in Spain is nothing like the Easter you may be used to back home. Here, it is swallowed whole by Semana Santa – or Holy Week – which, as the name suggests, is a week-long celebration of all things holy.

But this being Spain, religion is intertwined neatly into all manner of fun and frivolity, making this holiday arguably the most cherished among Spain’s many national celebrations. The fact that weather pretty much turns absolutely glorious right on cue also helps, so if you’re new to Spain this Easter period, here are three ways to maximise your fun in the springtime sun…

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Author: 25/03/2016 [0] Comments 

Spanish wages on the rise as economic recovery blooms


With the sharpest increase in real wages for more than 15 years, Spaniards now have more cash in their pockets than this time last year.

New data from Spain’s Institute of National Statistics (INE) has revealed that the average Spanish worker enjoyed nearly a 2% pay increase in 2015 – the first such nationwide rise for more than a decade.

The INE stats showed that, in the fourth quarter of last year, the average gross salary in Spain stood at €2,026.14 per month, which represented a 1.7% increase on the same period in 2014…

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