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Five times Spain bested the competition

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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Author:Ian Clover 28/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Third summer heatwave bakes Spain

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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Author:Ian Clover 23/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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A compulsory siesta law? Only in Spain

Ador, near Valencia, is making it compulsory for the town's inhabitants to take a break between 2pm and 5pm.

Only in Spain do you have to tell the barman to leave just a little room for the mixer when you order a rum and coke. Only in Spain do you need an extra table brought to your table when you order a paella. And only in Spain do you have to dodge little ones running between your feet across the local village square at midnight as you try to weave your way to your favourite table…

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Author:Ian Clover 20/07/2015 [2] Comments 
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Málaga: Here for the (cheap) beer

Drinking beer in Málaga is both a fun and affordable pastime.

A return flight costs less than 200 quid; the flight time is under three hours, and summer temperatures barely drop below 30ºC for weeks on end.

Yep, there are many reasons to choose Málaga for a week or even weekend away in the sun, but the news that the city serves the fourth-cheapest beer in the world may well swing it for thousands of thirsty travellers…

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Choose Spain for your summer hols, UK media says

From Majorca to Marbella, Benidorm to Barcelona, Spain really does have it all.

According to various sections of the mainstream UK press, Brits are “flocking back” to “old favourite” Spain in their droves following a summer of turmoil in rival Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Tunisia and Egypt…

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Expat gripes are minor when compared to the benefits

Jetting off and never looking back? You will, but you'll still be glad you made the move.

You can be a Brad Pitt lookalike lottery winner with a PhD in rocket science and a villa in the Andalusian hills and you will still be permitted the odd gripe here and there…

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Eva Longoria unwinds on Marbella yacht

Eva Longoria and friends enjoying their time on board a luxury yacht off the shore of Puerto Banús. Photo copyright: Splash

American actress Eva Longoria, 40, was spotted soaking up the sun in Marbella this week following a busy few days working on the Costa del Sol.

The former Desperate Housewives star, who hails from Texas but is the daughter of Mexican American parents, was in the area to host the Global Gift Foundation, a charity fundraiser for underprivileged children and women worldwide…

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EU to abolish data roaming charges within two years

If people needed yet another excuse to stare into their phones all day, this is it.

It’s one of those small annoyances that makes travelling abroad slightly more troublesome than necessary – the mobile phone roaming charge.

Ever since mobiles became part of our every day lives almost two decades ago, the idea of visiting a foreign country and making a call has been enough to send even the deepest of suntans a shade of fearful pale…

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Author:Ian Clover 07/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain shatters tourism records once again

Spain is on course for another record year in tourism, with international visitors arriving in their droves.

The Spanish summer is already proving a scorcher, and recent data from the country’s Tourism Ministry has revealed that there is no hotter destination in the world right now than Spain

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Author:Ian Clover 03/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain one of EU’s cheapest countries for expat life

Not only is life in Spain culturally enriching, it can also save you a pretty penny, too.

Living costs for expats in Spain have fallen sharply in the past 18 months, making the country one of the cheapest in the European Union (EU).

The relative devaluation of the euro, particularly against the British pound, has made Spain a cheaper country in which to live, nowhere more so than in the country’s two biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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