Articles tagged as "Costa del Sol"

Articles tagged as "Costa del Sol" : 173 articles

Spain provides second-highest life expectancy in the world

If you want to be healthy, happy and professionally content, then head to Spain.

Spaniards have low rates of heart disease and suicide thanks to their healthy diet and strong social and familial ties.

In the latest life expectancy report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Spain was ranked second among all advanced economies, behind Japan…

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Author: 12/11/2015 [0] Comments 

Think you’re integrated in Spain? Take the test


There are many faces of an integrated Brit in Spain – how and where do you fit in?

Just because you wake up late, go to bed late and like to take long lunches doesn’t necessarily mean that you are fully integrated into the Spanish way of life (and it may mean you simply enjoy the good things in life a little too much).

Nor does speaking Spanish, eating nothing but jamon and olives, and insisting on using that thumb-and-pinky extended hand signal when enquiring whether anybody wants a drink make you a full-blown Spaniard – although it sure will make you appear like one to many…

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Author: 30/10/2015 [0] Comments 

Costa del Sol remains best-value holiday destination

Heading to Spain will increase your chances of enjoying a summer fling, the survey found.

Holiday essentials are more affordable on the Costa del Sol than other leading resort destinations.

Families seeking an affordable holiday should head to the Costa del Sol after resorts in the region were once again named as the most affordable among the world’s more popular destinations.

A study by Post Office Travel Money revealed that the region works out cheaper than 11 other popular resorts for tourist essentials…

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Author: 27/10/2015 [0] Comments 

Brits driving abroad may lack confidence, but not courtesy

Brits who drive regularly in Spain soon get the hang of it, but for those unused to the roads and culture, it can be challenging at first.

A survey by holiday booking company Holiday Extras has revealed the many foibles and concerns that Brits have when driving abroad, concluding that the majority have very little confidence in themselves when they get behind the wheel in a foreign country.

However, what the survey fails to address is just how much patience, courtesy and constraint the average British driver has when confronted with the every-man-for-themselves culture often found on the roads of Mediterranean Europe

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Author: 12/10/2015 [0] Comments 

British expats getting younger, study finds

The number of British 25-35 year olds moving abroad has increased dramatically since 2011.

There was a time, probably from the mid-‘80s onwards, when the image of a typical British expat was easy to define.

Brits who lived abroad were of a certain vintage – at least 50-years-old – and loved nothing more than a good, old-fashioned British-red tan, life existing within a small triangle of beach, bar and greasy spoon cafe, and any attempts to learn the local language stretched barely any further than a few mumbled words of thanks

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Author: 30/09/2015 [0] Comments 

Number of multimillionaires in Spain hits record level

Spain has 471 people who boast assets of more than €30 million - a record.

Despite – although many may argue because of – the recent economic downturn, the number of individuals registered as multimillionaires in Spain has reached record levels, recent data has revealed.

Although employment in Spain remains at around 22% (down from a high of more than 27% during the peak of the crisis), the country now has 471 people who have declared assets of more than €30 million – and that figure is set to rise before the end of 2015

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Author: 14/09/2015 [0] Comments 

Spain ‘best example that Europe is doing things right’ says German finance minister

Wolfgang Schaeuble believes Spain is setting an example for others to follow.

The Finance Minister of Europe’s strongest economy has publicly and vocally praised Spain as an example that others should follow as the continent continues to pull itself out of the economic mire.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s Finance Minister, speaking at a business conference in Berlin, said: “Spain is the best example that we’ve done a lot of things quite right in Europe…”

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Author: 04/09/2015 [0] Comments 

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: 31/08/2015 [0] Comments 

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: 27/08/2015 [0] Comments 

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: 26/08/2015 [0] Comments