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Spain ranked best place in the world for solo travel


Travellers hoping to see the world on their own can find no better place for solo travel than Spain.

Getting away from it all to find one’s inner self is becoming ever more popular as people have greater disposable incomes, travel becomes cheaper and the world opens up.

But solo travellers thinking of heading to the traditional “inner journey” locations of Thailand, Cambodia or South America need not look so far from home because a new report has found that Spain is actually the best country in the world in which to travel alone…

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Author: 28/01/2016 [1] Comment 

Spanish property transactions increase for 18th month in a row

The Spanish property market has enjoyed 18 months of sustained growth as prices, mortgages and number of buyers all increase

For the 18th month in a row, the number of homes sold in Spain has grown, according to new data published this week by the country’s General Council of Notaries.

This sustained recovery of the housing market is great news for would-be investors and current homeowners, bringing with it steady price increases, growing market confidence and greater interest from many different buying groups…

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Author: 27/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Brits and Irish turn to safe Spain in their droves in 2016

Stunning beaches, great weather - with Spain, it's guaranteed.

Mainland Spain is proving a particularly attractive destination for Brits and Irish seeking safe summer sun this year.

Sun-seeking holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland are set to make this year another bumper year for Spanish tourism as fears of terrorist attacks elsewhere drive people to the Iberian peninsula…

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Author: 22/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain set to receive Netflix rival in form of HBO streaming service


HBO is preparing to go head-to-head with Netflix in Spain.

Lured by Spain’s high rate of broadband-ready consumers and web subscribers who opt out of pay TV, American TV network HBO is preparing to launch a standalone web service in Spain, putting it in direct competition with Netflix, which launched in the country last October…

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Author: 21/01/2016 [7] Comments 

Brits lead the way as foreigners spend €63bn in Spain in 2015

Brits spent €40 million per day in Spain during the first 11 months of last year.

Not only do Brits comprise the largest group of foreign investors in Spanish property, but they are also far-and-away the biggest spenders in the country… and the gap on the rest appears to be growing.

Data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed that for the first 11 months of last year, British tourists spent €13.4 billion in Spain, more than 20% of the total €63 billion brought into the country by foreign tourists during that period…

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Author: 18/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Cameron’s tax credit ban could affect British expats


To ward off criticism of the Tories’ plan to ban EU nationals from receiving in-work benefits, the PM may also extend this to returning Brits.

In seeking a compromise with the EU on ways to make the UK stay as part of the European Union, David Cameron has instructed his ministers to look into whether to extend a tax credit ban on foreign workers to Brits who have lived abroad for four years or more…

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Author: 12/01/2016 [0] Comments 

2015 sees record decline in number of Spanish jobless

The queues are shorter, the jobs more secure: Spain’s employment market has begun to slowly improve.

Spain’s economy and job market isn’t quite out of the woods just yet, but official data from the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed that the number of jobless fell by 354,203 last year – the largest-ever annual decline in unemployment…

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Author: 08/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Terror threats elsewhere could see Spain enjoy bumper year for tourism


Having seen record numbers of tourists visit in 2015, Spain is on course for an even stronger year this year.

It is a well-known fact that January is the peak booking time for package holidays in the sun. As the festive distractions of Christmas fade from memory, leaving the cold and dark months of January and February stretched out gloomily ahead, thoughts invariably turn to summer sun and fun…

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Author: 06/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain publishes official list of 2016 public holidays


Spain enjoys more public holidays than many other European nations, and they certainly make the most of them.

The Spanish government may currently be embroiled in tense discussions about how best to proceed following the most fragmented election in the country’s post-Franco history, but that hasn’t stopped officials from publishing the list of 2016’s official holidays.

Nationwide there will be eight public holidays, while each region will enjoy four additional holidays and two local ones. People living in Andalucía, therefore, can look forward to up to 13 days off this year, and maybe a few extra in the form of the famous “puentes”…

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Author: 04/01/2016 [2] Comments 

Five things Spain taught the world in 2015

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Spain has had a very encouraging 2015, and the world could learn a lot from its experiences.

Around the world, 2015 has been an eventful and tumultuous year. But in Spain things have been relatively quiet, stable and encouraging – which is something the rest of the world should bear in mind for 2016.

Here are five things that Spain taught the world in 2015…

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Author: 29/12/2015 [0] Comments 
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