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Brits in Spain urged to speak up or miss out on EU referendum vote


The silent majority may indeed hope that the UK remains inside the EU, but it’s precisely their silence that is worrying many British expats.

The numbers remain shocking whenever and wherever they are published, but let’s look at them again. There are only 283,000 Brits officially registered on the padrón as a resident of Spain. And of that minuscule figure (minuscule because it represents perhaps one quarter of the actual number of Brits who currently live in Spain), only 11,000 are registered to vote in the UK.

It is statistics like this that has every politically engaged Brit abroad – be they in Spain, France, Germany or elsewhere in the European Union – rather worried

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Author: 05/02/2016 [2] Comments 

Expat problems are universal… except in Spain


Expats who move to Spain will find that their list of grievances is encouragingly small.

The thrill of living life to the full in a fresh and exciting country is real. From the moment your plane touches down, life becomes a near-endless assault of new experiences, new people, new sounds, new smells and new sights…

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Author: 03/02/2016 [1] Comment 

Spanish second-most popular language on Facebook and Twitter


On social media, Spanish is second to English as the world’s most widely used language.

English is (perhaps ironically) known as the lingua franca of the world, with more people speaking it as a second language than any other. Whether at a bar in Germany, a restaurant in Thailand or hiking through the hills of Peru, chances are that a smattering of English gets most people a long way.

French, Chinese and Spanish have each long jostled for second-place in this unofficial chart, and new data released this week appears to show that Spanish has won the battle royale

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Author: 02/02/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain ranked best place in the world for solo travel


Travellers hoping to see the world on their own can find no better place for solo travel than Spain.

Getting away from it all to find one’s inner self is becoming ever more popular as people have greater disposable incomes, travel becomes cheaper and the world opens up.

But solo travellers thinking of heading to the traditional “inner journey” locations of Thailand, Cambodia or South America need not look so far from home because a new report has found that Spain is actually the best country in the world in which to travel alone…

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Author: 28/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Three ways to gain in Spain 2016


2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Spain, economically, socially, and in terms of its global image… why not be a part of it?

All of the evidence – be it from economists, real estate experts or tourism websites – appears to suggest that 2016 could well be Spain’s year.

But while GDP increases, record overnight stays and various percentage-point increases in property transactions are all well and good, what does it all mean to the average sun-seeking, home-hunting Brit hoping to enjoy their own small slice of Spain’s good fortune?

Well, whether you are interested in a sunshine summer getaway, a savvy investment or a change of lifestyle, here are three ways to take advantage of Spain’s expected upturn in 2016…

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Author: 26/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Brits and Irish turn to safe Spain in their droves in 2016

Stunning beaches, great weather - with Spain, it's guaranteed.

Mainland Spain is proving a particularly attractive destination for Brits and Irish seeking safe summer sun this year.

Sun-seeking holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland are set to make this year another bumper year for Spanish tourism as fears of terrorist attacks elsewhere drive people to the Iberian peninsula…

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Author: 22/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Will expats’ “vote for life” arrive in time for EU referendum?


The law is set to change to allow long-term expats to vote in the UK, but will it change in time for the EU referendum?

The vast majority of Brits who live abroad in Europe are likely to vote in favour of the UK staying in the EU when the referendum is held at some point before the end of 2017.

It is only sensible to assume so. After all, while nobody can know for sure what a “Brexit” will entail, one thing is certain: life will become that much harder for Brits abroad scattered throughout the EU…

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Author: 20/01/2016 [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 

Winter on the Costa del Sol... Bienvenidos!

Winter in Puerto Banús – cooler, quieter and more relaxing.

Famed more for its glorious sunshine, high temperatures, packed beaches, cooling sea and upmarket beach clubs, the Costa del Sol is also a charming and attractive place during the winter months for year-round foreign residents, locals, and visitors who prefer to avoid the throngs of holidaymakers and soaring summer temperatures. Though the buzz and excitement of the summer – when bars, restaurants and beaches are a hive of activity – will always have its own special allure, there comes a time in the life of an expat when you actually look forward to having to put on a coat, swap your flip-flops for a pair of shoes and occasionally fish out the umbrella…

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Author: 11/01/2016 [0] Comments 
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