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Spain shatters tourism records once again

Spain is on course for another record year in tourism, with international visitors arriving in their droves.

The Spanish summer is already proving a scorcher, and recent data from the country’s Tourism Ministry has revealed that there is no hotter destination in the world right now than Spain

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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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Spain swelters as heatwave rolls in

As Madrid saw the mercury rise to 49ºC today, many other parts of Spain are bracing themselves for a scorching week.

Even by Spain’s lofty standards, this week’s heatwave is set to be a scorcher, with the country’s weather agency AEMET placing 43 of Spain’s 50 provinces on alert for soaring temperatures

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Foreign money boosting Spain’s property market, reports the FT

The recent recovery of Spain's luxury home market has been boosted by foreign capital.

The Financial Times (FT) – one of the most respected newspapers in the world – turned its attentions to Spain’s property market last week, reporting that foreign buyers are driving a sustained recovery in the Spanish property market, as reported previously by VIVA

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Spain one of EU’s cheapest countries for expat life

Not only is life in Spain culturally enriching, it can also save you a pretty penny, too.

Living costs for expats in Spain have fallen sharply in the past 18 months, making the country one of the cheapest in the European Union (EU).

The relative devaluation of the euro, particularly against the British pound, has made Spain a cheaper country in which to live, nowhere more so than in the country’s two biggest cities of Madrid and Barcelona…

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US firm to invest heavily in Spanish property

Stronger regions of Spain - including the Costa del Sol - are seeing rising demand for extra housing.

A private-equity investment firm from the US has announced plans to invest more than €500 million into the Spanish housing market to plug a gap created by soaring demand.

Despite there remaining an oversupply of unsold homes in some parts of Spain, billionaire-backed Lone Star Funds has identified regions where there is “solvent demand” for property driven by Spaniards and foreign buyers with the capacity and desire to buy…

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Tennis star cools off in Marbella before Wimbledon showdown

Djokovic, the world's number 1 tennis player, enjoying the sun and sea in Marbella at the weekend.

The world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic was spotted shirtless and tanned in Marbella over the weekend – just a few days before the start of Wimbledon next week.

While many other leading tennis players were already in the UK playing at the traditional pre-tournament meet at Queens, the 28-year-old Serbian – who recently won the Australian Open – was looking relaxed ahead of his title defence, having secured his second Wimbledon crown in 2014…

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Spain’s hotels swotting-up in preparation for Chinese influx

Chinese tourists bring bags of cash, but also demand certain standards, services and behaviours from their hosts.

No physical contact upon greeting, menus in Mandarin, and no rooms on the fourth floor or with a number four in them: these are just a selection of the holes many Spanish hotels are willing to jump through this year in order to win the approval of Chinese tourists…

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Flash Ash: Ashley Cole spends £20k on Marbella champagne spray party

Ashley Cole and pals enjoying the vibe at Sintillate.

Former Chelsea player and ex-England international Ashley Cole has made a habit of making the headlines for his antics both on and off the pitch over the past decade, and the 34-year-old star did not disappoint during his recent holiday to Marbella.

The Roma star footed the bill for £20,000 worth of Veuve Clicquot champagne during one of the famous Champagne Spray Parties that are a feature of the Sintillate beach resort in Puerto Banús…

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Netflix to launch in Spain in October

Could the arrival of Netflix help tackle Spain's high digital piracy levels?

US online streaming service Netflix has confirmed that it will launch in Spain this October after months of speculation.

The service has been delayed in Spain due to Netflix’s concerns over piracy and high royalty prices, making Spain a less attractive market than other European nations…

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