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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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Spanish economy to end the year strongly, says minister

The third and fourth quarters are set to replicate the growth already experienced in Spain so far this year.

From sick bed to poster child – Spain’s recovering economy is set to grow by a further one per cent in the third quarter of the year, ensuring a strong end to 2015 following a similarly strong beginning.

A busy summer tourism season and increased domestic consumer spending has helped spur the economy over the past couple of months, and the pace of growth is expected to continue through to December, confirmed Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos…

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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…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 17/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Spain’s economic growth surpasses UK

Spain's economic recovery is set to continue, with the country on course for an impressive 3.2% growth in GDP this year.

The Spanish economy grew by 0.9 per cent in the second quarter of the year, outstripping Britain’s own recovering fortunes in the process.

The UK – which is enjoying the benefits of a strong pound and falling jobless rates – grew by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of the year, but was surpassed by the Spanish juggernaut that is on course to grow by around 3.2 per cent this year…

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Cilla Black: The Costa del Sol loses a legend

Cilla Black, 72, who died at the weekend on the Costa del Sol.

Her voice may have been unmistakeably Liverpudlian, but the Costa del Sol had come to treat her as one of their own after spending many years enjoying life at her luxury villa near Estepona – Cilla Black, who died at the weekend aged 72, was a bonafide legend who will be sorely missed by her legion of fans…

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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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Spain’s king and queen to visit White House in September

The popular King and Queen of Spain will meet President Obama in September.

Spain’s increasingly popular Royal couple – King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia – are due to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 15 as part of their official royal visit stateside

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Spain job market best it’s been for four years

More and more Spaniards are finding meaningful work in the country as the economic recovery continues.

Spain’s unemployment level is at its lowest rate in four years, with expectation growing that the country’s recovering economy is leading to faster job creation than first projected…

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Google Streetview brings Spain’s El Caminito del Rey to your living room

The El Caminito del Rey footpath at El Chorro Gorge is free to walk along until the end of this summer... but you can now do it from the comfort of your sofa.

It has been dubbed ‘the most dangerous walkway in the world’, and had been closed for 15 years following the deaths of five intrepid walkers before it was repaired and reopened in March this year – and now El Caminito del Rey has been traversed by none other than Google Streetview…

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