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Confidence in Spanish property market soars

On the up: confidence is soaring as Spanish property prices begin to rise.

A survey of leading Spanish- and English-speaking real estate agents in Spain has found that professional confidence in the industry has soared in the past year.

The Spanish Property Market Confidence Index from Kyero has found that 71% of real estate agents working within the Spanish property sector feel more confident at this point in the year than they did last year…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish beaches lead the world for cleanliness, report finds

Tarifa is a beautiful example of the type of beaches Spain boasts.

Spain’s stunning collection of beaches have been recognised as the world’s cleanest, with a recent ranking awarding 577 coveted blue flags – more than any other country in the world.

The study by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) last week published its rankings, revealing that Spain had added four new blue flags to its record-breaking haul of 2014, which suggests that the country is set to extend its lead as the destination of choice for beach lovers everywhere…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Lemons, wine and golf: a very Spanish cocktail

Golf, wine and a splash of lemons: Spain has it all to offer this summer.

Spain’s famously sunny climate may draw millions of tourists in their droves each year, but the UV rays that beam down on the country all-year round actually help boost three of the country’s strongest industries: lemons, wine and golf…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain recognised as world’s most tourism-friendly country

Spain's brilliance as a place to visit has been recognised by the World Economic Fourm.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Spain as the most tourism-friendly destination in the world in its latest tourism ranking survey.

Held every two years, the ranking assesses which countries are the most welcoming, rewarding, safe and affordable for all types of tourist and traveller…

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Author:Ian Clover 18/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain one of world’s best places to be a mother

Keep mum: mothers in Spain live in a safe, supportive and fair society.

It’s not Spain’s proclivity for stretchy trousers that makes the country a great place in which to be a mother (although that curious fashion trend probably helps a little), but rather its excellent maternal healthcare, formal education and equal society that comes up trumps

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Author:Ian Clover 12/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Pension pot buy-to-lets in UK losing their appeal

Record house prices in the UK are beginning to deter would-be landlords armed with pension lump sums.

The recent change in the British pension system introduced at the beginning of April enabling over-55s to cash in their pension plans for investment may not trigger a “silver wave” of new buy-to-let landlords, say experts, because the market is losing its appeal in the UK…

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Author:Ian Clover 05/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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The stats speak for themselves

Prices in Spain have dropped by nearly one third since the peak of the property boom.

Property statistics – they are the bane of a writer’s life and enough to have the reader immediately clicking the back button or quickly turning to the sports pages. There is nothing more mind-numbingly dull than having to carefully type such attention grabbing snippets as: ‘Prices up 2.1 per cent in Q3’ or ‘sales down 14.3 per cent year-on-year’ or ‘Euribor rate drops by 0.03 per cent’. It’s even harder to read it than it is to write it…

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Author:Iain Dempsey 04/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish economy grows at fastest pace for seven years

The Spanish economy has grown three times faster than the UK's so far in 2015.

Fresh data has revealed that the Spanish economy roared out of the blocks in the first quarter of this year, posting the best set of data since 2007 and putting the country firmly on course to achieve annual growth of 2.9 per cent.

According to data revealed by the National Statistics Institute (INE), Spain’s output rose by 0.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year, which was way ahead of expectations and the best performance since the pre-crash days…

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Author:Ian Clover 01/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Brits have one of the most powerful passports in the world, study finds

British passport holders have fewer impediments to travelling than almost all other nationalities.

The passport control queue at airports is simultaneously one of the most boring and interesting parts of any flight. The interminable wait to be ushered into the UK or Spain by some surly looking border guards is alleviated somewhat by playing ‘Spot the Brit’ or ‘Spot the German’.

As you wind your way around the snake-like queue barriers, a quick glance at a fellow passenger’s passport will either confirm your suspicions or leave you scratching your head. The passport is a curious thing, and can alter how you view people and how they view you back

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Author:Ian Clover 30/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Continued slide of euro fuels Brit bonanza on Spain’s beaches

Flush with cash, Brits are ramping up their love affair with Spain's resorts.

As the euro hit a seven-year low against the pound, Brits have stepped up their love affair with Spain, fueling a tourism bonanza so far this year, and on course to break all visitor and spending records…

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