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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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Author:Ian Clover 29/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish job market begins year strongly

There are half a million more Spaniards with jobs now than at this point last year.

A stark reminder of the precarious nature of Spain’s economic recovery was issued this week when data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) confirmed that the number of Spaniards out of work increased in the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2014…

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Benidorm eyes UNESCO World Heritage status

Can Benidorm's combo of beaches, bars and boozers earn it Unesco recognition?

The Taj Mahal, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Ayers Rock… and Benidorm?

The list of Unesco World Heritage sites comprises some of the world’s most breathtaking man-made creations and natural wonders, but city officials at the famous Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm have revealed they are set to apply for Unesco world heritage status, confident that Benidorm’s, erm, cocktail of sun, sea, sand, sangria and shenanigans can earn it a place alongside these cultural icons…

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Life on Marbs? Marbella-based TOWIE spin-off rumoured

TOWIE loves Marbella, but can Marbella match TOWIE by going it alone?

The Sun newspaper has reported that the producers of smash scripted reality TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) are planning a Marbella-based spin-off of the franchise

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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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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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