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High Court hears Brit Expat case on EU Referendum vote

Long-term expats feel both European and British… and should be able to have their say on events connected to both. Copyright: Jonathan McHugh

The British High Court in London yesterday heard the legal challenge put forward by two committed British expats to have the so-called ‘15-year rule’ – which denies Brits who have lived away from the UK for 15 years or more the right to vote in general elections and the forthcoming EU Referendum – abolished

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Author: 21/04/2016 [1] Comment 

Spain calls on Unesco to recognise tapas on cultural heritage list


The varied, mouthwatering delights of Spanish tapas – from the ingredients, to the very way of dining – are angling for Unesco recognition.

Spain has given the world many things: Flamenco, Sherry, Bullfighting, Julio Iglesias and millions of hours of unfortunate sunburn, but perhaps the country is best known – and best loved – for its contribution to gastronomy

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Author: 19/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Spanish airports enjoy bumper March as passenger numbers up 14%


Málaga airport has so far this year welcomed 14.4% more passengers than at the same point in 2015.

With Easter falling a few weeks earlier than normal this year, some tourism experts had worried about the impact that could have had on travel spending. After all, a sunny, dry Easter is far more enjoyable than a wet and windy one. And an Easter in mid-April is far more likely to deliver those conditions than one at the end of March…

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Author: 15/04/2016 [2] Comments 

Waiter of the Year competition shines spotlight on Spain’s excellent service


Spanish waiting staff pride themselves on their professionalism, and the results are there for all to see.

Frequent a British pub, café or restaurant with a non-Brit and two things are bound to happen. First, your foreign guest will likely gush at the surprisingly good quality of food and choice of drink on offer (it seems the old stereotype of the UK being a land of warm bitter and bland food stubbornly persists, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary), but secondly, they are likely to be left aghast at the lack of professionalism shown by your server…

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Author: 13/04/2016 [0] Comments 

British consular calls reveal typical anxieties of Brits abroad

Mixed race woman with shattered cell phone

Brits abroad, whether on holiday or as expats, often call the local consulate with some weird and wacky questions.

While there may be a ‘stock’ image of the quintessential Brit abroad that most people have in their minds, anybody who has ever set foot in Spain, either as a holidaymaker or an expat, will know full well that Brits in Spain come in all types

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Author: 12/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Expats find that assimilation requires work, but rewards are worth it, says study

More than a third of British expats lead a 'British lifestyle' in their adopted country

To enjoy life overseas, assimilation of the new culture is of high importance for most expats.

It is a message often repeated by VIVA, and generally heeded by Brits hoping to move to Spain: being a successful expat requires a fair bit of work, but the rewards are worth it…

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Author: 06/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain would adopt GMT if Rajoy re-elected


Spain’s timezone anomaly has been a curious thing for 70 years, but acting PM Mariano Rajoy has pledged to adopt GMT if he wins re-election.

In recent months Spain has given serious consideration to shifting its clocks back one hour in order to adhere to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and bring the country in line with its geographical position at the western edge of Europe.

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy has revisited the issue, stating this week that should he win re-election then he would push through the change – a change that he believes will offer Spaniards a better quality of life…

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Author: 05/04/2016 [0] Comments 

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


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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Author: 01/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Spanish property enquiries soar in 2016

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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Author: 29/03/2016 [0] Comments 

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


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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Author: 28/03/2016 [1] Comment 
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