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Moneycorp exchanges currency for ‘hockey on horseback’

Rough-and-tumble: Polo at Santa Maria Polo Club

Steamy Jilly Cooper novels, the movie Pretty Woman, the fact that Stewart Copeland from music group The Police is an avid player and a vague awareness that Argentinians are quite good at it – that was the embarrassingly basic knowledge I had of the game of polo before I was kindly invited to the famous Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande by the good folks at currency exchange company Moneycorp for the 44th Torneo Internacional de Polo…

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Author:John Hollway 31/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Meet Kristel Schoeman-Daneel: Claiming her place in the market with reclaimed wood

Kristel Schoeman-Daneel of Woodfactory

Pay a visit to some of the Costa del Sol’s hippest and most popular beach bars, restaurants, shops and cafés, and you’ll notice a growing affinity for eye-catching, sturdy, bespoke wooden furniture that is not only comfortable and durable, but environmentally-friendly, too. Dutchwoman Kristel Schoeman-Daneel – the creative mind behind Marbella’s Woodfactory – noticed a gap in the southern Spanish furniture market; namely, a lack of availability of weathered, rustic looking furniture made from reclaimed wood. Three years later and Woodfactory is decorating many of the Coast’s coolest establishments…

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Author:John Hollway 27/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Three signs that now’s the right time to move to Spain

If you're ready to box clever, then now might be the time to move to Spain.

Making huge, life-changing decisions is never easy. But – in the same way it’s often easier to tell a stranger your woes rather than a trusted friend – upping sticks and moving abroad can be as simple as deciding that it’s now or never.

Those in the ‘never’ camp will ultimately miss out on the incredible ways that life in Spain rewards you. Those in the ‘now’ camp rarely look back – a move to Spain is almost always an experience to be cherished.

But getting to that ‘now or never’ stage requires some prompting, and not a little common sense. Moving to Spain to seek a job or an affordable property in, say, 2010 – when the global economic slowdown was hurting most parts of Europe – would not have been a sensible idea.

Each year since then has seen a steady, if erratic improvement, but since the early stages of 2014 the signs have been almost universally positive. So much so that today, as the busiest part of Spain’s summer season dies down, the evidence all points to one indisputable fact: there really has never been a better time to move to Spain.

Need convincing? Here are three recent signs that make moving to Spain right now a great idea…

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Author:Ian Clover 26/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Málaga airport makes history

Plane landing at Málaga airporyt

The number of passengers passing through Málaga airport in July 2015 reached an all-time high of 1,705,187.

According to data published by Spain’s Airports and Air Navigation Authority (AENA) last week, the number of passengers passing through Málaga airport in July of this year reached an all-time high of 1,705,187 – the first occasion ever that figures for a single month have exceeded 1.7 million. This emphatically breaks the previous record when 1.68 million travellers used the Málaga-Costa del Sol airport in August 2014…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 17/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Foreigners set to boost Costa del Sol property market by 10%

Property on the Costa del Sol is proving increasingly attractive once more to foreign buyers.

The most popular region for overseas property anywhere in Europe is set to be boosted further as demand grows among foreign buyers for homes on the Costa del Sol.

A market forecast by the Instituto de Practica Empresarial (IPE) business school has forecast that foreign interest in Costa del Sol property is set to grow by a further 10 per cent in 2016, having already surged by that amount so far in 2015…

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Author:Ian Clover 14/08/2015 [2] Comments 
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British bobbies brought in to patrol popular Balearic nightspots

The trial is being funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the aim to give guidance and reassurance to holidaymakers.

A new trial involving UK police has been rolled out in some of the Balearic Islands’ most popular nightspots in an attempt to remind British revellers to respect local laws.

The infamously hedonistic resorts of Magaluf, on Majorca, and many parts of Ibiza are a magnet for hedonism-seeking young Brits every summer, and while the majority are simply seeking a bit of fun in the sun, the bad behaviour of a sizeable minority has prompted Spanish police to call on the help of the British bobby…

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Author:Ian Clover 13/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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How to make the strong pound work for you in Spain

The pound is stretching further in Spain than it has done for a long while... can you take advantage?

The pound sterling is at a seven-and-a-half year high against the euro, with £1 currently worth €1.42. For Brits travelling to any country in the Eurozone, it means they are a little flusher with cash than they would have been this time last year.

But savvy Brits looking to make their pound stretch further should look to Spain – a country where prices for property, flights, food and holidays were already competitive before the pound’s gain against the euro. Here are five ways to make the strong pound work for you when in Spain…

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Author:Ian Clover 10/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Live in Spain, commute to London… it’s cheaper that way

Spain's affordability and accessibility make it a viable continental commuting location for Brits who work in the UK.

The practicalities might not be exactly perfect, but there is no faulting the calculations – research from none other than Labour Mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell has found that it would be cheaper for a Brit to live in Madrid and commute to London than actually living full time in the UK capital…

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Author:Ian Clover 03/08/2015 [1] Comment 
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Scorching Spanish summer sends gazpacho sales soaring

Served in a dish or tall glass, the chilled soup that is gazpacho is enjoying rising sales during Spain's sweltering summer.

Wander the high street of nearly every British town these days and the chances are that you will soon stumble upon a Spanish tapas bar of some description.

Since the recent economic crisis, when thousands of Spaniards moved to the UK in search of employment, there has been a mini explosion in the number of Spanish-themed restaurants, with many offering a passable imitation of the real thing found in Spain…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Five times Spain bested the competition

Spain is the country that really does have something for everybody.

Spain’s ability to attract all types of holidaymakers, tourists and homebuyers is well known. The country’s variety of attractions ranges from the historic to the contemporary, the man-made to the naturally beautiful, and the populist to the off-the-beaten track gems that only a few people know about.

This summer has served as a perfect reminder just why Spain turns so many heads, and here are five ways that the country has pounded the competition so far in 2015…

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Author:Ian Clover 28/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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