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Málaga: Here for the (cheap) beer

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 17th, 2015

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Drinking beer in Málaga is both a fun and affordable pastime.

A return flight costs less than 200 quid; the flight time is under three hours, and summer temperatures barely drop below 30ºC for weeks on end.

Yep, there are many reasons to choose Málaga for a week or even weekend away in the sun, but the news that the city serves the fourth-cheapest beer in the world may well swing it for thousands of thirsty travellers…

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Choose Spain for your summer hols, UK media says

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 16th, 2015

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From Majorca to Marbella, Benidorm to Barcelona, Spain really does have it all.

According to various sections of the mainstream UK press, Brits are “flocking back” to “old favourite” Spain in their droves following a summer of turmoil in rival Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Tunisia and Egypt…

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80 per cent of Spaniards happy with their lives, finds poll

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 15th, 2015

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Cheer, here: Spaniards are, on the whole, happy with their lives in Spain.

Despite enduring a recent double-dip recession and high unemployment, the majority of Spaniards are “very happy” with their lives, according to a recent poll.

A survey in June by the Center for Sociology Studies (CIS) confirmed what many millions who visit the country every year already knew – life in Spain, despite certain setbacks, cannot fail to make you smile

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Expat gripes are minor when compared to the benefits

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 14th, 2015

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Jetting off and never looking back? You will, but you'll still be glad you made the move.

You can be a Brad Pitt lookalike lottery winner with a PhD in rocket science and a villa in the Andalusian hills and you will still be permitted the odd gripe here and there…

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Spanish resale property market boomed in May

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 13th, 2015

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From transactions to demand to pricing, Spain's property market is showing signs of rude health.

Figures from Spain’s property registry offices for May have revealed an encouraging increase in sales activity, with almost 30,000 transactions made nationwide that month.

Based on last year’s data for the same month, this represents a healthy six per cent increase, with resale properties dominating the figures – second-hand homes accounted for 78 per cent of all properties bought and sold in Spain in May…

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Eva Longoria unwinds on Marbella yacht

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 10th, 2015

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Eva Longoria and friends enjoying their time on board a luxury yacht off the shore of Puerto Banús. Photo copyright: Splash

American actress Eva Longoria, 40, was spotted soaking up the sun in Marbella this week following a busy few days working on the Costa del Sol.

The former Desperate Housewives star, who hails from Texas but is the daughter of Mexican American parents, was in the area to host the Global Gift Foundation, a charity fundraiser for underprivileged children and women worldwide…

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Tour operators note rise in Spain bookings following Tunisia attack

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 9th, 2015

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The devastating gun attack is set to decimate Tunisia's tourism industry.

Thousands of sun-seeking Brits that cancelled their holidays to Tunisia after the beach attack in late June have switched in their droves to Spain, tour operators have reported…

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Mortgage relief on the way for 40,000 Spanish homeowners

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 8th, 2015

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40,000 homeowners with Blackstone as their mortgage provider will have more flexibility under the new plans.

The world’s largest private equity firm Blackstone Group – which holds the mortgages of around 40,000 homeowners in Spain – has announced plans to offer debt relief to any of its customers struggling with repayments…

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EU to abolish data roaming charges within two years

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 7th, 2015

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If people needed yet another excuse to stare into their phones all day, this is it.

It’s one of those small annoyances that makes travelling abroad slightly more troublesome than necessary – the mobile phone roaming charge.

Ever since mobiles became part of our every day lives almost two decades ago, the idea of visiting a foreign country and making a call has been enough to send even the deepest of suntans a shade of fearful pale…

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Brit expats have little to fear if UK exits EU, report states

Author: Ian Clover  |  July 6th, 2015

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Millions of Brits living across the EU would be permitted to stay put should the UK leave the union.

An investigative report by the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper has found that millions of British expats who live across Europe have little to fear if the UK does vote to leave the European Union (EU)…

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