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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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Author:Ian Clover 06/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 05/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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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 [1] Comment 
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Scorching Spanish summer sends gazpacho sales soaring

Served in a dish or tall glass, the chilled soup that is gazpacho is enjoying rising sales during Spain's sweltering summer.

Wander the high street of nearly every British town these days and the chances are that you will soon stumble upon a Spanish tapas bar of some description.

Since the recent economic crisis, when thousands of Spaniards moved to the UK in search of employment, there has been a mini explosion in the number of Spanish-themed restaurants, with many offering a passable imitation of the real thing found in Spain…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/07/2015 [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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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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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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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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Author:Ian Clover 17/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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