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Authoritative survey ranks Spain world’s sixth-best for quality of life

People who have moved to Spain are treated to a high quality of life, the poll found.

A survey of expats in 64 countries by expat website InterNations has revealed that Spain ranks sixth overall in expats’ quality of life perception.

The 2015 Expat Insider survey harvested the opinions of 14,000 expats in what was one of the biggest polls ever on the subject of life lived in another country…

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Spain tourism figures shatter another new record

The beaches of Banús, the restaurants of Marbella, the attractions of Benalmádena - Spain has a lot to offer tourists of all types.

The first seven months of 2015 have attracted more than 38 million tourists to Spain – a figure that smashes all previous records.

State tourism figures released at the end of last week show that tourism has increased 4.7 per cent on last year, shattering the record number of tourists that arrived in Spain in 2014…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Is social media to blame for this summer’s bull-run deaths?

The Pamplona bull run, pictured here, is perhaps the most famous of all of Spain's bull run festivals.

It’s been an abnormally bloody summer for Spain’s various bull-run festivals. Each year, like clockwork, reports of the first casualty – usually an inebriated American tourist – roll in, followed by perhaps one or two more.

Cue the usual hang-wringing about the danger and cruelty of it all, only for the same events to play out like clockwork the next year. But this year has been different. Very different…

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Author:Ian Clover 24/08/2015 [1] Comment 
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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:Carolyn Mowlem 21/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Men spend £400 in preparation for Marbella holiday, survey finds

Pampered and champered: British men heading to Marbella are happy to splash the cash in order to make the right impression.

Long gone are the days when men collectively believed that ‘knotted hankie on head’ was the only holiday attire necessary, and a new survey has revealed just quite the extraordinary lengths many men now go to when preparing for a holiday in Marbella

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Brits shun foreign languages because of nerves, not ignorance, poll finds

Hablas vous Englisch? Brits are shy when attempting a foreign language, poll reveals.

Say it quietly, then a little louder, then more slowly, then just point – the trials and tribulations of Brits abroad are as old as the package holiday itself, and have earned British travellers the unfair reputation for being ignorant of other cultures and languages.

But a recent study by the British Council has found that many Brits are simply too embarrassed to try speaking another language so they prefer to either keep schtum or converse only in English…

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British bobbies brought in to patrol popular Balearic nightspots

The trial is being funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the aim to give guidance and reassurance to holidaymakers.

A new trial involving UK police has been rolled out in some of the Balearic Islands’ most popular nightspots in an attempt to remind British revellers to respect local laws.

The infamously hedonistic resorts of Magaluf, on Majorca, and many parts of Ibiza are a magnet for hedonism-seeking young Brits every summer, and while the majority are simply seeking a bit of fun in the sun, the bad behaviour of a sizeable minority has prompted Spanish police to call on the help of the British bobby…

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How to make the strong pound work for you in Spain

The pound is stretching further in Spain than it has done for a long while... can you take advantage?

The pound sterling is at a seven-and-a-half year high against the euro, with £1 currently worth €1.42. For Brits travelling to any country in the Eurozone, it means they are a little flusher with cash than they would have been this time last year.

But savvy Brits looking to make their pound stretch further should look to Spain – a country where prices for property, flights, food and holidays were already competitive before the pound’s gain against the euro. Here are five ways to make the strong pound work for you when in Spain…

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July was Spain’s hottest month ever, weather agency confirms

Average temperatures across the whole of Spain were 26.5 Celsius for the month of July - a record.

With the summer heat showing very little appetite for retreating as August begins in earnest, Spain’s national weather agency has confirmed that July was the hottest month ever recorded in the country.

The three separate heatwaves that were spread evenly across the month may have caught the headlines, but even in the ‘cooler’ periods in between, temperatures in most parts of the country were often way above average

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Live in Spain, commute to London… it’s cheaper that way

Spain's affordability and accessibility make it a viable continental commuting location for Brits who work in the UK.

The practicalities might not be exactly perfect, but there is no faulting the calculations – research from none other than Labour Mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell has found that it would be cheaper for a Brit to live in Madrid and commute to London than actually living full time in the UK capital…

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