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22% of tourists to Spain in February were British, data shows

Author:   |  April 1st, 2016

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Spain has enjoyed another strong start to the year in terms of its excellent tourism industry.

British holidaymakers flocked to Spain in their droves in February, comprising 22 per cent – more than one in five – of all foreign visitors to the country for the month, data from the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) has revealed.

In total, February saw 3.7 million tourists visit Spain, of which 807,000 came from the UK. Overall, this figure amounted to a 13.7 per cent increase on the same month in 2015, highlighting Spain’s enduring and growing popularity as Europe’s leading holiday destination. For British visitors, the increase was even sharper at 17.1 per cent…

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No evidence for Brexit-driven expat exodus from Spain, says report

Author:   |  March 31st, 2016

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Far from being a fearful issue on the lips of Brits in Spain, a potential ‘Brexit’ is more worrying because of apathy rather than angst among expats.

Brits living in Spain have grown used to the scaremongering of the British media when it comes to all things Spain-related.

From the headlines predicting economic Armageddon a few years ago to the more recent ‘fleeing in their droves’ pieces, the news outlets of the UK have nearly always been wide of the mark when it comes to gauging the mood among Brits on the Costas…

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CBRE forecasts 5% price increase for Spanish property this year

Author:   |  March 30th, 2016

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Home values are expected to rise by 5.9% this year, with sales up 20%, according to CBRE.

Real estate experts CBRE expect house prices in Spain to rise by an average of five per cent in 2016 as increases in sales and new build construction drive values upwards.

The CBRE’s recent Real Estate Market Outlook has outlined a series of positive indicators for Spain’s residential housing market, finding that more homes will be sold, more new houses will be built and the volume of unsold properties will reduce significantly over the course of the year…

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Spanish property enquiries soar in 2016

Author:   |  March 29th, 2016

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Spain has enjoyed a memorable summer, and it's not over yet...

2016 has been a great year so far for Spanish property.

Property hunters around the world are searching for homes in Spain in ever-greater numbers, according to new data from’s latest Hotspots Index.

The index has revealed that the number of searches related to Spanish real estate has almost doubled so far this year compared to 2015, with the country dominating the Top 50 rankings list…

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Seville’s splendour gets the big screen treatment on Channel 4

Author:   |  March 28th, 2016

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Rob Delany (left) and Richard Ayoade spent 48 hours in Seville, and loved every minute of it…

Good Friday and time to settle down in front of the gogglebox. Easter TV in the UK is usually a mixed bag of new Springtime specials, made-for-TV biblical epics and, of course, the Great Escape

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Three ways to make the most of Easter in Spain

Author:   |  March 25th, 2016

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Seville’s Semana Santa procession is an iconic way to experience Easter in Spain, but is it the most enjoyable?

Easter in Spain is nothing like the Easter you may be used to back home. Here, it is swallowed whole by Semana Santa – or Holy Week – which, as the name suggests, is a week-long celebration of all things holy.

But this being Spain, religion is intertwined neatly into all manner of fun and frivolity, making this holiday arguably the most cherished among Spain’s many national celebrations. The fact that weather pretty much turns absolutely glorious right on cue also helps, so if you’re new to Spain this Easter period, here are three ways to maximise your fun in the springtime sun…

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One in three expat retirees plan to return to UK at some point, poll finds

Author:   |  March 24th, 2016

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Most Brits who have retired abroad intend to stay in their adopted home, but one-third believe they will move back to the UK at some point.

A recent poll by NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) has found that one third of Brits who have retired abroad intend to return to the UK at some point…

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Over three-quarters of Spanish property sold to Brits last year was resale homes

Author:   |  March 23rd, 2016

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Second-hand homes represented 76% of all properties bought by Brits in Spain last year.

Although 2016 is only in its fledgling months, three distinct trends – hinted at towards the end of 2015 – have already begun to emerge.

The first and most encouraging is the undeniable recovery of the Spanish property market, with both prices and the number of confirmed transactions on a steady trajectory upwards…

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Spanish wages on the rise as economic recovery blooms

Author:   |  March 22nd, 2016

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With the sharpest increase in real wages for more than 15 years, Spaniards now have more cash in their pockets than this time last year.

New data from Spain’s Institute of National Statistics (INE) has revealed that the average Spanish worker enjoyed nearly a 2% pay increase in 2015 – the first such nationwide rise for more than a decade.

The INE stats showed that, in the fourth quarter of last year, the average gross salary in Spain stood at €2,026.14 per month, which represented a 1.7% increase on the same period in 2014…

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Fear not: Spanish holidays will not “sell out”, despite media claims

Author:   |  March 21st, 2016

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From beaches to flights to hotels to a seat at your favourite restaurant, Spain will not sell out this spring or summer, no matter what the media says.

The infamous scaremongering of the British press is pretty common knowledge these days, but occasionally even world-weary folk can find their ability to ignore the more salacious headlines paralysed by a mixture of incredulity and astonishment…

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