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‘Hip’ Malaga touted as the new Barcelona by British newspaper

The new Centre Pompidou in Málaga boasts a wonderful location right in the heart of the action.

If you are one of the record 2.2 million people who flew into Málaga airport between January and March this year, then you can safely tick off Málaga on your ‘been there’ mental map… or can you? Despite being home to the third-busiest airport in the Spain, Málaga’s charms are often overlooked by the hordes of Brits who visit the Costa del Sol every year…

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Author:Ian Clover 17/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Catalonia hopes to bring working hours in line with rest of Europe

Spain's long working hours often suit the country's laid-back style, but is that part of the problem?

The Catalan government has vowed this week to bring an end to the long working hours that many Catalans currently endure, seeking to bring the region more in line with the rest of Europe.

Spain’s famously long working day – which for many begins a little after 8am, is interrupted by a long lunch break at around 2pm and then continues between 4pm and 8pm – has often been touted as one of the reasons why the economy has struggled in recent years

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Two-thirds of foreign buyers don’t need a mortgage, reports Spanish daily

As property in Spain has become more affordable, more and more foreign buyers are snapping up homes with cash.

A recent report by Spanish national newspaper El Mundo has found that as many as two-thirds of non-Spaniards who bought property in Spain over the past six months did so without requiring a mortgage.

El Mundo reports that cash-rich buyers from the UK and Scandinavia have been taking advantage of the favourable exchange rates and snapping up affordable property in Spain with cash…

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Last Brit Standing backlash bashes BBC for misrepresentation

Taking it lying down: the BBC's documentary has attracted criticism from outraged British expats.

The BBC’s one-eyed take on life on the Costa del Sol (Costa del Sol: Last Brit Standing) has been battered with a predictable backlash of indignation from the thousands of Brits living there happily, reports UK newspaper the Guardian

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Spain and France attract 70% of all Brits hoping to buy abroad

Through good times and bad, Spain's appeal to Brits has been unwavering.

A new poll by foreign exchange specialists HiFX has found that 70 per cent of Brits considering buying property overseas focus their attention solely on Spain and France.

According to the survey, both Spain and France attracted 35 per cent of interest each, with the USA and Switzerland the highest risers. However, Spain’s perennial battle for top-spot with France looks set to continue for some time – the two nations have claimed the top two spots every year since 2007

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Spain unemployment rate drops to lowest for three years

More and more jobs are being created across Spain as the economy recovers.

The unemployment rate in Spain has fallen by 0.2 per cent over the past two months, bringing the current number of jobless down to its lowest level since 2012.

Data from official EU figures shows that Spain has begun to eat into its high levels of unemployment, particularly over the past nine months, during which time hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have found work…

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Marbella in driving seat of Spain's property market recovery

Marbella's property market has picked up faster than any other Spanish region.

Data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed that the number of property transactions in Marbella increased by 28 per cent in 2014 – a higher rise than any other area of the country.

According to the Ministry of Development, the rate of transactions in Marbella last year was also 12 per cent higher than 2007, and growth in the market has been more rapid than even Madrid, Barcelona or any of the Balearic islands

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Spanish tourism begins 2015 with a Brit-backed bang

Brits are once again at the forefront of Spain's strong start to the year for tourism.

Data published last week by Spain’s Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism has revealed that, in the first two months of the year, the country has smashed its previous tourism records – with Brits leading the charge.

Over the course of January and February, some 6.45 million foreign visitors arrived in Spain, an increase of 4.5 per cent on the same period last year, which itself was a record-breaker…

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Leading UK newspaper declares Spain’s crisis is over

The steady recovery of Spain's economy is beginning to resonate among the British media.

Following last week’s reports that the Bank of Spain expects Spain’s economy to grow by 2.8 per cent this year, British newspaper The Guardian has waxed lyrical about the country’s recovery, even going so far as to suggest that the crisis is well and truly over

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Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing: Blinkered BBC hatchet job should not dull your dreams of Spain

Bar girl Bronte followed the well-worn path of 'English girl going home for the winter' - hardly headline news.

“Nobody makes documentaries about successfully integrated immigrants in Spain” – reading the many post-show comments regarding last night’s BBC documentary, Costa del Sol: Last Brits Standing (aired Tuesday, March 31 at 22:45 GMT), this one stood out for a number of reasons…

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