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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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Author:Ian Clover 03/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 31/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 27/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 24/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish airport sold for €10,000

Ciudad Real airport opened in 2008 but has not handled a single commercial flight.

Spain’s infamous Ciudad Real airport – which became a symbol of the country’s recent boom-bust construction industry – has been sold to a group of international investors for just €10,000 – 100,000 times less than it cost to build.

Located south of Madrid, Ciudad Real airport has stood as a white elephant for the past few years. Having opened in 2008 just as the global financial crisis struck, the €1 billion airport never went into full commercial operation, and has stood largely empty ever since…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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More foreign investment as Spanish chain store sells 10% stake to Qatari investor

The new investment could see El Corte Inglés embark on an expansion strategy overseas.

Popular Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés has sold a 10% stake in the company to former Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani for a sum estimated to be around €1 billion

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Author:Ian Clover 21/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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80 per cent of Spaniards happy with their lives, finds poll

Cheer, here: Spaniards are, on the whole, happy with their lives in Spain.

Despite enduring a recent double-dip recession and high unemployment, the majority of Spaniards are “very happy” with their lives, according to a recent poll.

A survey in June by the Center for Sociology Studies (CIS) confirmed what many millions who visit the country every year already knew – life in Spain, despite certain setbacks, cannot fail to make you smile

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Tour operators note rise in Spain bookings following Tunisia attack

The devastating gun attack is set to decimate Tunisia's tourism industry.

Thousands of sun-seeking Brits that cancelled their holidays to Tunisia after the beach attack in late June have switched in their droves to Spain, tour operators have reported…

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Author:Ian Clover 09/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Brit expats have little to fear if UK exits EU, report states

Millions of Brits living across the EU would be permitted to stay put should the UK leave the union.

An investigative report by the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper has found that millions of British expats who live across Europe have little to fear if the UK does vote to leave the European Union (EU)…

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Author:Ian Clover 06/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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John, Dave, Sue and Margaret – British expat names most popular in Spain

If you live in Spain, chances are you know a John, Dave, Sue or Margaret.

There are some obscure studies out there in the world of ‘Market Research’, but a recent one looking into the most popular names among Spain’s expat population must surely rank up there as one of the oddest…

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