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  • Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso ‘woke up in 1995′ thinking he was just 13 after Barcelona crash

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    Imogen Calderwood (News Editor)
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    The McLaren driver told doctors he 'drives go-karts and wants to be a Formula One driver'
  • UPDATE: No serious injuries in Marbella A-7 crash

    Spain's Latest News
    Tom Powell (Chief Reporter)
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    The refuse lorry crash caused 12km tailbacks yesterday morning
  • Building Permits for New Homes Rise for First Time in Seven Years

    Spanish Property News
    Alan Cowley
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The number of permits authorised for the construction of new buildings for residential use in Spain totalled 34,873 units in 2014, representing an increase of 1.7% in comparison with the previous year (34,288 units). According to the latest data from the Ministry of Development, of the total number of permits issued in the year, 23,301 […]
  • Popping out to Alicante's wine region of Jalon

    Holiday related articles about Spain
    Sarah Farrell
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Award-winning wines, sweet oranges and lemons, and mountains with sea views are some of the surprises in store for visitors to the Jalon Valley.
  • No madam, we can’t find a chef to make you haggis
    Peter Jay
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I set my antennae to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquires the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has received from around the world. Last year the FCO’s Contact Centres received more than 365,000 calls from British nationals. The vast majority of these were genuine calls from people who needed our help, but we still receive thousands of enquiries every year relating to issues we are unable to assist with. These enquiries can…
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  • No madam, we can’t find a chef to make you haggis

    Peter Jay
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I set my antennae to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquires the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has received from around the world. Last year the FCO’s Contact Centres received more than 365,000 calls from British nationals. The vast majority of these were genuine calls from people who needed our help, but we still receive thousands of enquiries every year relating to issues we are unable to assist with. These enquiries can…
  • German Man Drowned At Playa de la Arena

    Peter Jay
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    A German man in his seventies drowned at Playa de la Arena, Santiago del Teide this morning. Emergency services were called in by beach lifeguards who had pulled the man out of the water realising that he had suffered a cardiac arrest. Lifeguards attempted basic resuscitation and then more advanced techniques were used when the medical helicopter arrived on the scene at about 11.30 am, but to no avail. Officials warn that Cardiac arrest is a recognized symptom of cold-water shock, and the waters in Tenerife are considered to be technically cold especially in February. Furthurmore there is…
  • Local Police Injured In Gas Bottle Explosion In Puerto Santiago

    Peter Jay
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Two local policemen from the Santiago del Teide force, were injured yesterday evening when a gas cylinder exploded inside a house Calle Bermeano Puerto de Santiago The two officers were helping the Santiago del Teide Volunteer Firefighters to extinguish a fire in a private house located near the Pancras Socas Sports Complex when the accident occurred at around 5pm. Apparently an electrical short circuit caused a fire that in turn caused the butane gas cylinder to explode. The injured were treated by emergency services on site and then transferred to hospital where they have been under…
  • Home Grown Tourism Needed To Drive Growth In Canaries

    Peter Jay
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    The Canarian economy is expected to grow by 2.1% in 2015. According to a report from CEOE Tenerife (Confederation Businesses in Santa Cruz de Tenerife) the predicted growth factor , six tenths less than the national average, will result in 23,000 jobs being created. In tourism, the report states that the Canary Islands will loose 300,000 tourists, down 2.3%, due to a drop in foreign visitors and only a moderate rise in home grown tourism. According to the Confederation, domestic consumption will need to be the “engine of growth as the foreign sector is likely to register a slight…
  • British Consulate Free Healthcare Information Events

    Peter Jay
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    Some 45,000 British nationals are believed to live in the Canary Islands but only 32,000* are registered with their local authorities. That means one in three Brits risk missing out on basic social services when in future they need it most. So the British Consulates in Las Palmas and Tenerife, and the Healthcare Team in Spain that represents the UK’s Department of Health, are joining forces with local town halls to tell residents about the importance and benefits of registering for healthcare and other public services. Discover why you should register on the ‘padrón’ Between 24th and…
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  • Tegueste finca has yet another attraction for visitors

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you would like to visit somewhere a little bit different, head for Tegueste and the Finca Los Zamorano. This popular venue turns the spotlight on organic farming and has a museum about agricultural life in yesteryear, as well as a running circuit for everyone to use. Now, it also has a health circuit designed for older people who would like some physical exercise and muscle [...]
  • Bathers save man

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A 20-year-old Italian man was taken to hospital in a critical condition after nearly drowning in Gran Canaria. The man was pulled from the ocean off the beach of Anfi del Mar in Puerto Rico, Mogán by other bathers. Before the arrival of the emergency services, they tried to revive him but to no avail. Medics found he was in cardiac arrest so took over resuscitation and [...]
  • Fresh appeal as Güímar suffers more cable thefts

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Güímar has once again appealed for the public’s help after suffering yet another bout of copper cable theft. On this occasion, 800 metres of cable from the public lighting system was stolen from Avenida Venezuela. The haul was worth more than 4,500 euros. Like many other places, the municipality has suffered a spate of thefts, with the copper cabling being sold on to scrapyards and dealers.
  • Canaries to hold first-ever gofio competition

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Canary Government is organising the first-ever “gofio” competition which will be hosted by Puerto de la Cruz. Gofio is the archipelago’s name for flour made from roasted grains (typically wheat or certain varieties of maize) or other starchy plants (beans, for instance, and fern root). It has a history stretching back to the times of the Guanches and is thought to have been their staple [...]
  • Young gymnasts become stars in Italy

    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Young athletes from the Club Batistana in Santa Cruz have been praised for their outstanding success in rhythmic gymnastics at Spanish level. The club is the only one in the Canaries to reach the highest category in gym-nastics, both individually and as a group. City councillor for sport, Zósimo Darias recently met with representatives of the club which trains at the Ana Bautista pavilion. Members were [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Spain becomes world's biggest wine exporter in 2014

    Stephen Burgen Barcelona
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Last year country exported 22.8m hectolitres, much of which was bulk sales that offer tiny margins and perpetuate image of Spanish wine just being cheap plonkSpain has outstripped France and Italy to become the world’s biggest wine exporter, exporting 22.8m hectolitres in 2014, a 22% rise on the previous year.However, because much of it was bulk sales with small margins, the Spanish wine industry’s profits were down2.2%. Continue reading...
  • Spain asks US to press Cuba for return of Eta fugitives in talks on terror blacklist

    Associated Press in Madrid
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    Cuba hosts Basque separatists José Ángel Urtiaga and José Ignacio Etxarte Former Spain prime minister wants Cuba off terror list without conditionsSpain has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of countries sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group Eta from the communist country.The foreign minister, José Manuel García Margallo, said on Monday that the government has been in talks with the US in the hope of getting Cuba to extradite José Ángel Urtiaga and José Ignacio…
  • Alexis Tsipras comes under fire from Spanish prime minister

    Helena Smith in Athens
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    Mariano Rajoy hits back over accusation that Spain and Portugal deliberately tried to bring Greece’s Syriza administration into ‘unconditional surrender’Greece’s anti-austerity government has denied that it sees Europe through the prism of “hostile and friendly countries” as the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy hit back at accusations that Spain and Portugal had deliberately tried to topple the new leftist-led administration.The war of words erupted when Greek premier Alexis Tsipras attacked the sabotage tactics that had, he said, been employed by Lisbon and Madrid in an…
  • Mobile communications industry gathers in Barcelona for MWC 2015

    Juliette Garside
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Mobile World Congress will as usual not feature Apple – and nor will users be represented – but it remains the industry’s biggest show in town The world’s largest mobile technology event kicks off on Sunday with more than 86,000 salespeople, software engineers, chip designers, device makers and television crews arriving in Barcelona for the five-day event.With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg headlining, alongside Google rising star Sundar Pichai and the omnipresent, who has moved from recording music into designing electronic wristbands, the Mobile World Congress will fill the…
  • The 20 photographs of the week

    Jim Powell
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:59 am
    The ceasefire in Ukraine, the suspension of professional football in Greece, Madonna’s fall at the Brit awards – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Continue reading...
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Quiet week, but heading into a busy weekend celebrating my fathers 80th birthday. Hope the weather improves as a bit dull and cloudy now. 09:08:18, 2015-03-05
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Avante next to Puzzi ready to open soon. Fish and fresh fish to take home and ….. Churras!!!! 12:20:40, 2015-02-26 Another beautiful day! 09:30:00, 2015-02-26 Has been a while but what a beautiful day! 11:19:56, 2015-02-24 Much better weather this morning. Popped out to two regular places last night. Both busy but everywhere else seemed quiet. 08:57:40, 2015-02-23 Asador has reopened with larger terrace. Have been eating their chicken for 15 years now! 21:30:55, 2015-02-21 Not great weather yet. Still chilly, cloudy and a tad windy and forecast is for some rain this afternoon. 09:53:27,…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Much better weather today but still windy, cloudy and a tad chilly. 20:52:11, 2015-02-19 I predict a riot!!! Jungle drums beating "time to change" drums. 10:57:03, 2015-02-19 Another windy night. Blowing hard. Has been from Levante last couple days which is a change! 03:55:27, 2015-02-19 Windy but dry ….. and cold! 09:26:21, 2015-02-18 Rain Rain Go Away ….. 09:43:29, 2015-02-17 Yeah no wind or rain. But cloudy and chilly but who cares. 09:17:48, 2015-02-16 Strong winds overnight and still blowing hard this morning. 07:27:05, 2015-02-15 Not the best weekend weather wise!!
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Reminder this morning as to why it really isn't a good idea to order a Full English anywhere other than known cafes in the UK 17:59:13, 2015-02-12 Still wet and miserable. Forecast is firth next two days although it is raining less now and brighter to the East. 10:39:05, 2015-02-12 Raining. 08:20:38, 2015-02-12 The old s Paraiso, between Pizza Guzzi and Leo's, is opening Friday, 13 February 2015, as a Marisqueria & Manola taking over/back Zazuela. 22:17:46, 2015-02-11 El Ejido bike scheme: 22:16:20, 2015-02-11 Not exactly warm! 11:34:28, 2015-02-11 Still…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Same old. Same old. 27 Airports due to strike this summer. 23:33:32, 2015-02-05 Stumble Inn "owner" taking over old Le Mulero and running as a Spanish Bar. Or go to a genuine Spanish Bar run by Spanish people? 22:30:32, 2015-02-04 Resurfacing road up to DBar 20:25:03, 2015-02-04 Heh Ho wind picking up again 12:56:17, 2015-02-04 DBar shut 5pm to 7.30pm Tue, Wed and Thu 12:16:50, 2015-02-04 Wind finally dropped, let's hope it stays that way!!! 10:29:21, 2015-02-04 Has been blowing hard all night and still going strong. 07:52:28, 2015-02-04 Still blowing hard, am expecting more…
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • Pessimism ahead of key eurozone meeting on Greece

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Greece has outlined reforms and suggested another aid plan ahead of a meeting of eurozone ministers on Monday. But negotiations are set to be difficult. News from EUobserver
  • MEPs set up anti-tobacco group

    5 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    A cross-party handful of MEPs have set up a group to tackle tobacco lobbying and its influence on policy-making. News from EUobserver
  • A semi-guided missile

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    NEVER imagine that the euro zone is the only club in which Greece is a maverick player. The Hellenic relationship with NATO, and bilateral defence ties with the United States, have long been important (although many would say diminishing) and contested. Whatever the strains, America has often put discreet pressure on its European allies to […]
  • Doing the splits

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Fears of a sell-off, or a sell-out ALEXIS TSIPRAS, Greece’s new left-wing prime minister, was always going to face a near-impossible task as he tried to balance the demands of the country’s creditors with those of his bitterly aggrieved and hugely expectant voters. A month after his heady election triumph on January 25th, his political […]
  • Ghosts at the feast

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Rajoy, haunted by spectres GREAT political debates in Spain can generate a powerful sense of occasion as legislators flock to a parliament building which is guarded by two large bronze lions as well as lots of police. But when deputies gathered for a solemn state-of-the-nation deliberation on February 24th, two of the four most important […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • Chinese New Year in Lloret

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:01 am
     Yesterdays Chinese New Year celebrations were a massive success for Lloret as thousands of people came into town and lined the streets to watch the passing parade. The giants of Lloret also made an appearance dancing they're way along the road with the colourful Chinese dragons. Just like the previous weekend for the carnival we once again had a beautiful sunny day for the event!
  • Chinese New Year in Lloret

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    This weekend we can see another new event taking place in the town...celebrations for the Chinese New Year, the year of the goat!On Saturday & Sunday there will be a market in front of the Town Hall of Chinese crafts and food, then Sunday at 11.30am a parade of mythological animals and participants wearing traditional Chinese costumes.
  • Lloret de Mar Carnival 2015

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Those taking part in Sundays Carnival parade had great weather I'm glad to say,2 nice warm days in a row for them..we dont usually get that! Altogether we took more than 400 photos over both days, its so difficult deciding which are the best for publishing...but here are just a few more which I thought the best of the bunch!Well done to the team from Tossa de Mar (see the photos below) as they were this years winners!
  • Lloret de Mar Carnival 2015

    14 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
     What a beautiful day it turned out to be for todays Carnival parade in Lloret de Mar, the has sun shone for most of the day! Well done to all those who took part as I know that they have been working very hard for many weeks practicing their routines. They put on a fantastic afternoons entertainment enjoyed by hundreds of spectators...and it looked as though they enjoyed every minute them selves today! It all take place again tomorrow at midday so hopefully the weather will be just like it was today.
  • Lloret de Mar Carnival

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    This coming weekend is Carnival time in Lloret one of the best events of the year! as usual there will be 2 parades - the first is on Saturday at 4pm and the next is mid day on Sunday. The full programme of events for Lloret, Blanes and Tossa can be seen here >
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    The Very Best Blog Ever!

  • It's spring!

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Meteorologically speaking spring starts on the 1st of March, summer on the 1st of June, autumn on September 1st and winter on December 1st.The spring equinox however is not until 20th March.However, today the meteorologists have got it correct!Spring has sprung!The almond trees are in full blossom......and the bees are delighted to be back to work!Now winter is hopefully behind us......let's look forward to the rest of the year!
  • First almond blossom!

    15 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    One month ago we saw an almond tree in full blossom. However, it wasn't where we live, it was when we were on holiday in Gran Canaria.Today, in our garden, we saw the first flowers open on one of our almond trees. The remainder will not be far behind!
  • Santa Agueda

    7 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This year as usual breakfast for the ladies of the village was held in the bar at 10 a.m. It consisted of a cup of the special thick hot chocolate and churros to dip in.To see all the photos of the breakfast, click HERE.In the afternoon, at 16.30, there was the mass in the church and the statue of Santa Agueda was carried around the village.The special cakes were blessed......and then taken to the hall next to the bar where they were eaten by the ladies with a glass of cava.To see all the photos of the afternoon activities, click HERE.Despite it being a very cold day the celebrations…
  • Gran Canaria!

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    We spent the evening before our flight to Gran Canaria in the city of Barcelona with our very good friends Maria and Juan.They gave us a quick tour of the centre of the city which was all lit up and looked amazing.We visited the former cathedral......and had a splendid meal in a lovely restaurant with them......before making our way back to the hotel. A wonderful start to the holiday!The sunrises were quite stunning and each morning I took a few shots. Every sunrise, and sunset, is different!Lunch each day was a fairly simple affair but we always had a good view to go with it!It would be…
  • Morning mist!

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    As dawn breaks after the shortest day we have a glorious sight of the village opposite, La Fresneda, appearing from the mists in the valley of the Matarraña river. It's quite ethereal.As the sun gradually warms up the area so the mist disappears... ... but it was good while it lasted.
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    Spanish Teaching

  • Explaining Ser and Estar

    Salomé Torres
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Last week I was talking about how helpful a cognitive grammar approach can be for explaining ser and estar, which later initiated a discussion with my colleagues who put forth examples that seemed to refute the effectiveness of the approach. To my surprise however, it is effective in all cases.Let’s break this down into parts:SERESTARExpresses that which is inseparable from the subjectExpresses that which is circumstantialDoes not imply the concept of timeSuggests the notion of changeIncludes the subject within a categoryThe characteristic is external in relation to the subjectThe first…
  • An Engaging Way to Teach Spanish Grammar

    Salomé Torres
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It’s been two years since I first read Qué gramática enseñar, qué gramática aprender by Reyes Llopis, José Plácido, and Juan Manuel Real.I’ve reread it three times because I think that the changes it inspires are important, the ones that effect your mental structures, the ones that change your way of seeing things, the ones that actually affect your attitude and behavior, the changes that take time to sink in because they stir up everything you thought before, everything you’ve studied, what you’ve been teaching for years and years in hundreds of courses, in other words the…
  • Thoughts on this Year's Goya Awards

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A new mode of writing known as noir fiction emerged in the US during the great depression. Perhaps as a child of the movement, film noir elevated Bogart and his Maltese Falcon to the height of the film genre.The Spanish film La isla mínima (English title: Marshland) won just about every award possible at the Goya Awards ceremony held a few weeks ago, earning enough statuettes of the old Spanish painter to fill a showcase.Film fanatics like me who are not fortunate enough to reside in Madrid or Barcelona have a tough time staying on top of the Spanish film industry. Many of the movies…
  • Can Uppercase Letters be Marked with an Accent?

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    One of the questions that Spanish teachers get asked in class is if the accent mark known in Spanish as the tilde is really necessary (the tilde shouldn’t be confused with the virgulilla [] which is placed over the [n] to turn it into an eñe [ñ].The importance of the tilde has already been justified and we all know that its use is fundamental in helping readers correctly read texts out loud without having to understand its content. We often find however in advertisements, names of establishments, reader boards, etc, an absence of the tilde over uppercase letters. If we were to write a…
  • The Subjunctive for the Imperative - Part III

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We now have a handle on the imperative in both its affirmative and negative forms. We’ve also taken a look with our students at why these forms came to be the way they are. Once we’ve worked a little with exercises and we’ve seen, for example, the importance of placing the pronoun after the command when it’s a positive command (maintaining the notion which from the beginning lead us to the most compact form possible) and before when it’s negative, then we can dive right into the topic we’ve been concerned with all along: the present subjunctive.So let’s get straight to it! All…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

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    OLIVER SAKS HAS TERMINAL CANCER, and over at the New York Times he tells us how he's facing death. A must-read.
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  • Panasonic estrena su propia red virtual móvil para conectar productos a la nube

    Mihaela Marín
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Si algo ha destacado en esta edición de Mobile World Congress eso ha sido el Internet de las cosas y el tema de los dispositivos conectados. Para gigantes como Panasonic la gran feria de movilidad de Barcelona ha sido una buena ocasión para señalar que se suman a la corriente principal a través de un servicio que le permite entrar en un mercado distinto. La multinacional nipona ha dado a conocer el Operador de Red Virtual Móvil, un servicio para conectar sus productos profesionales a una nueva red M2M (máquina a máquina). Según han explicado los representantes de la compañía, el…
  • #GirlsHackFIC, un ‘hackatón’ solo para chicas

    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Falling in code, iniciativa nacida con el objetivo de “inspirar a las jóvenes en las nuevas tecnologías”, organiza con motivo del Día de la Mujer, que tiene lugar este domingo 8 de marzo, #GirlsHackFIC, un hackatón solo para chicas. La competición, que tendrá lugar en Barcelona, reunirá a más de 40 chicas de entre 8 y 15 años que aprenderán a programar con Scratch, a diseñar e imprimir sus creaciones en 3D o a construir sus instrumentos de música con Makey Makey, un dispositivo que conectado a un ordenador, permite hacer de casi cualquier objeto un teclado musical. La idea del…
  • Google Compare, el comparador de seguros de coche, llega a California

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ya es oficial: Google acaba de inaugurar Google Compare, su primer comparador de seguros de automóvil en California, y lo hará pronto en más estados norteamericanos. Es, como dicen en el Wall Street Journal, un paso más en su estrategia de profundizar en la información y los servicios que ofrece a los usuarios a través de sus enlaces. El portal dará a los conductores, de momento solo a los del estado de California, la posibilidad de comparar y escoger entre los productos de varias aseguradoras, unas 14, según el rotativo estadounidense. “Ya sea para contratar el mejor seguro de…
  • Así está matando la incompetencia política al ‘ebook’ en la Unión Europea

    Elías Notario
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nuevo palo en la Unión Europea a los libros electrónicos, y es que el Tribunal de Justicia de la UE acaba de sentenciar que no se puede aplicar IVA reducido a los ebooks en los países de la zona euro, y obliga a Francia y Luxemburgo, los dos primeros que lo hicieron y a los que se sumó Italia este año, a que aumenten el tipo impositivo en los mismos del 5,5% al 20% y del 3% al 17% respectivamente. “¿Pero qué mosca les ha picado a los del TSJ?”, os estaréis preguntando. Pues ninguna, porque al tribunal no le quedaba otra que emitir ese dictamen, básicamente porque una directiva de…
  • Ya disponible la aplicación de AdWords para Android

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Desde esta semana, los usuarios de AdWords, la herramienta publicitaria de palabras clave de Google, que cuenten con un smartphone que funcione con Android podrán gestionar sus campañas desde el teléfono móvil. Google ha anunciado que la app de este servicio para su sistema operativo móvil ya está disponible de forma global. Antes, como recuerdan en The Next Web, solo funcionaba en Canadá. En una entrada en el blog oficial de AdWords, Geoff Meneway, responsable de producto, ha señalado que muchos negocios, tanto grandes como pequeños, están otorgando un protagonismo cada vez mayor a…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Household Debt Falls to 2006 Levels in January

    Leigh Dalston
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The level of Spanish households’ debt fell in January by 2,943 million euros, compared with the month of December, to 745,414 million euros, according to the latest data from the Bank of Spain, which represents a month-on-month decline of 0.39% and a 4.2% decline, year-on-year. With the January decline, Spanish household debt returned to the […]
  • Resale Housing Prices Rise by 0.2% in February

    Diane Harris
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The price of second hand housing in Spain increased by 0.2% during the month of February, compared to the previous month, to stand at 1,595 euros/m2, according to the latest real estate price index from However, compared with February 2014, when the price of resale housing stood at 1,667 euros/m2, the year-on-year decline is […]
  • Spain Drives Reduction in Eurozone Unemployment Rate Last Year

    Diane Harris
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The unemployment rate in the eurozone stood at 11.2% in January, which is one tenth below the previous month and six tenths less than the rate registered in January 2014, according to data provided by the European Commission statistical agency, Eurostat, and represents the best rate for this indicator since April 2012. Eurostat’s latest unemployment […]
  • Building Permits for New Homes Rise for First Time in Seven Years

    Alan Cowley
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The number of permits authorised for the construction of new buildings for residential use in Spain totalled 34,873 units in 2014, representing an increase of 1.7% in comparison with the previous year (34,288 units). According to the latest data from the Ministry of Development, of the total number of permits issued in the year, 23,301 […]
  • Only 0.2% of Spain’s Workers on Minimum Wage

    Diane Harris
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Spain is the European Union country where a smaller proportion of the population earns less than 105% of the minimum wage (SMI), according to the latest report on wages released by Eurostat. Only 0.2% of workers in Spain are paid less than 794.85 euros gross per month (which is 105% of the minimum wage). These […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • Free Internet in Barcelona -WiFi Points

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Barcelona offers free Internet connection all over town. Just look for the blue ‘W’. Here’s a little video about the service and a link to get you connected. You have to sign up, but then your free to surf. More: (
  • Fiestas Of Tenerife: Are You Ready To Party?

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Fiesta boats at Los Abrigos on Tenerife, Spain By Linda Wainwright Spain is famous the world over for its (often) crazy festivals, and nowhere takes them more seriously than this island over a thousand miles from its capital! Some of them were brought from the mainland by the Conquistadors; others hark back to pre-Christian traditions; and some are modern celebrations. Scarcely have the fireworks from New Year’s Eve faded than the first parades of the year wind their ways through the island’s narrow streets to greet the arrival of Los Reyes Magos (known in English as The Three…
  • Should You Visit Barcelona’s Rambla?

    6 Feb 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Artists on La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain By Nancy Todd Filled with shady plane trees, La Rambla is a broad pedestrian boulevard. It is the center of a mile long street that is a straight shot from Pl. Catalunya down to a statue of Columbus on the Mediterranean Sea. There are few streets with the name rambla.  La Rambla means seasonal river and at one time these streets were torrents of water.  Today, when you think the wet Rambla has had a rush of a river, it is the highly necessary street cleaners hosing down the dirt. Bordering this beautiful boulevard is exquisite architecture like…
  • Visit: Gaudí’s Casa Batlló

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
      Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudí. Coming to Barcelona? Pick up a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona for $4.99 and eat like a local! By Nancy Todd It swoops and darts. Shimmering broken ceramic tiles glisten in the sunlight. It is wild and cavorting. And, of course, another exceptional design by Barcelona‘s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí.  Rumors abound. Some say the building is based on a marine theme. Others, that it is a symbol of the legendary St. George and the Dragon myth popular in Catalonia. Locals call it the “House of Bones.” Roof on Casa Batlló The roof…
  • Whoa, 2014 Was Intense! A Look Back At Where We’ve Been

    3 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    2014 took us to some beautiful places, like Seville By the Scoopettes- It’s good to look back on a year passed, reflect on what we’ve learned and where we’ve been, and feel gratitude. Honestly, 2014 was not a walk in the park. It was an intense year of hard work and changes. Was it just that way for us? How was your 2014? Despite a lot of work, and not a whole lot of play, there were plenty of wonderful adventures and experiences that we partook in last year. Here are a few of the highlights. January: Tasting raspberry croissants for Eat Guides Much of our time early this year was spent…
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  • Women´s Day Activities in Madrid

    6 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Women´s Day Activities in Madrid As a blog, made up of mostly women, we especially celebrate the International Working Women’s Day. This Sunday, the 8th of March,Madrid and the world in general, will commemorate the  day recognised internationally for bringing awareness and reclaim women´s rights globally. In Madrid,the agenda for this day will be celebrated,with interesting activities from […]
  • Getaway to Portugal’s River of Gold

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:07 am
    Getaway to Portugal’s River of Gold We all want to experience the world and the vacation of our dreams. For the vast majority of us to achieve this, we not only want to vist some of the world’s most amazing destinations, but also do it in an affordable way. One popular tour that we are […]
  • 5 of the Safest Cities You Must Visit With Your Family

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:06 am
    5 of the Safest Cities You Must Visit With Your Family When you’re planning a trip with your family, especially if you have young children, you’ll have plenty to consider. It goes beyond how many of your children’s toys you can get away with leaving behind, or whether factor 50 sun cream will be high […]
  • Weekend Guide: February 20th-22nd

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Weekend Guide: February 20th-22nd Free concerts, free walking tours, free museum entries, free language exchanges, cheap fitness classes, agricultural markets…enjoy all these cheap & free events & activities this weekend with friends! Friday, February 20th 11:00 am – Free Walking Tour with Sandeman * 2:00 pm – Free Walking Tour with Sandeman * 4:00 pm – International Day […]
  • 6 Cities on the Water That Offer Visitors More Than Just the Beach

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    6 Cities on the Water That Offer Visitors More Than Just the Beach There are cities on every coastline that have beautiful beaches. However, many visitors want to see attractions besides just the ocean, so when you plan your next vacation, consider heading to one of these beautiful waterfront cities that have so much more […]
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  • It’s That Time Of Year Again, Fallas in Valencia

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:29 am
    We don't put many blog posts on this page any more because of an ongoing problem with the site. Most of the blogs go onto the Spanish Property Network blog you can see here. Today though and because Valencia is coming up to its annual fiestas I thought a quick video blog about the Mascleta was in order. So yesterday, on the 5th of March, I was lucky enough to be invited onto one of the balconies surrounding the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to watch the spectacle. Take a look.
  • How 15 Years of Experience Helps You

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    It was in the last century that I decided to set up as an agent for buying property in Valencia. The experience of buying my own property and using agents had been so teeth grindingly awful that just one thought was going through my head of course, I can do this so much better. So I did. Setting up as an estate agent in Valencia was easy, websites were few and far between, I had a good network of connections through my friends and colleagues in the international schools and most importantly of all I spoke Spanish and I spoke it well.
  • Update on Valencia’s Property Taxes

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    In April I wrote this article about Valencia's Property Taxes. I thought you might like an update to the story as over the last few days I have been corresponding with three different potential Valencia Property buyers who are worried about their potential tax liability (they haven't come through my company but they found the article and contacted for clarifications) We are now five months further down the line from the original post and the situation is a little clearer (Translation: It is still a mess).
  • Some Amazing Properties In Valencia This Week

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    September has arrived and with it the usual deluge of excellent properties being sold in Valencia, people tend to put good properties up for sale after the summer for some reason. So I thought I would highlight some of them on this post and send you back to Valencia Property or to our Facebook page in order to take a look at more photos.
  • Why Are Spanish Beaches Still So Attractive?

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Surprisingly Spain for a large country mostly surrounded by sea comes only 34th on the list of countries with the longest coastline. Measuring in at 7268km of coastline according to the World Resources Institute on Wikipedia, Spain's coastline includes the Canary Islands and the Balearics of course but in terms of perception Spain is either number one in World coastal resorts or very close. In July 2014 alone a new record of more than 8.3 million tourists visited Spain and the vast majority of those headed to the coastal regions.
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  • Sammy’s Perfect Day in Poblenou

    Samantha Hansen
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:50 am
    Read 'Sammy’s Perfect Day in Poblenou' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Poblenou After having studied abroad in both Bilbao and Barcelona, Spain during university, I fell in love with the Iberian Peninsula. Hence, I graduated from the University of Nebraska in May 2013 and have been living here in Barcelona since June 2013. There are a lot of aspects of Spanish / Catalan / European culture that I adore – outdoor terraces, being out and about in the streets, and fresh seafood – just to name a few examples. I have developed a love-hate relationship with the Spanish…
  • Dawn’s Perfect Sunday in Barcelona

    Dawn Kelly
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Read 'Dawn’s Perfect Sunday in Barcelona' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Brunch & Cake My perfect day in Barcelona was always a Sunday. Sundays are fantastic wherever you live; a day that belongs to you and only you, a day consisting of a morning, an afternoon and an evening, with which you can do whatever you bloody well want to do. Sundays in Barcelona were extra special. Sunday mornings were iced with slightly hazy memories of dancing til 5am in La Fira or Museum with my housemates. And the kitchen was lavished with the gossip from the night before. But Sundays…
  • La Finestra Associació Cultural

    Rob (H2BCN)
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    Read 'La Finestra Associació Cultural' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website La Finestra (source: Danny Fernandez) In a city with a history as culturally rich as Barcelona the importance of small grass-roots cultural associations should never be underestimated, now more than ever in the face of what can on occasion appear to be the conversion of the city into nothing more than a giant theme park its sole raison d’etre being the attraction of ever-increasing numbers of tourists. A vibrant art scene is one of the principal reasons that made Barcelona such an interesting and vibrant…
  • Las Estaciones Fantasma en Barcelona

    Rob (H2BCN)
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Read 'Las Estaciones Fantasma en Barcelona' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website This fascinating article, Las Estaciones Fantasma (The Ghost Stations), tells the story of the abandoned metro stations in Barcelona. Courtesy of Ling Magazine. Las Estaciones Fantasma: Correos Stations in the Shadows Fifty metres underground is Barcelona’s shadow side, hidden infrastructure that thousands of people pass each day without noticing. Phantom metro stations, once planned for the city and now forgotten only live on as names: Gaudí station, Banco, Correos… and another nine that…
  • The Catalan Question: Europe and the Right to Choose

    Rob (H2BCN)
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    Read 'The Catalan Question: Europe and the Right to Choose' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website // I came across this video from the Euranet Plus news agency. Presented by Brian Maguire it discusses Europe’s failure to address the right to self-determination of separatist regions. The European Union’s failure to consider the smooth integration of breakaway regions is tarnishing its democratic credentials. The EU seems to prefer the inclusion of new, poorly prepared members, than the assimilation of established, firmly pro-European…
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    Your Guide to Moving to & Living in Spain & Family Holidays

  • Winter Fuel Payments 2015: No More Help For Expats in Spain! But You May Be Entitled To Cheaper Electricity …

    Lisa Sadleir
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    A couple of years ago, thanks to Hilary Tompkins,  we published an article informing you how to apply for winter fuel payment, as an expat in Spain. We would like to give you an update from Hilary, confirming that, from this year 2015, expats in Spain are no longer entitled to the Winter Fuel Payments. Read More... The post Winter Fuel Payments 2015: No More Help For Expats in Spain! But You May Be Entitled To Cheaper Electricity … appeared first on Your Guide to Moving to & Living in Spain & Family Holidays .
  • Quiz About Spain: Test Your General Knowledge.

    Lisa Sadleir
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    Due to popular demand, we are starting to our @FamilyinSpain ‘s Quiz About Spain series. We are going to help you learn more about this wonderful country where we have chosen to make our family home. In future @FamilyinSpain ‘s Quiz About Spain series quizzes, we’ll cover topics such as: Spanish Festivals Spanish Geography Spanish Read More... The post Quiz About Spain: Test Your General Knowledge. appeared first on Your Guide to Moving to & Living in Spain & Family Holidays .
  • Pets in Spain: Processionary Caterpillars and Poison Toads

    Lisa Sadleir
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    Hazards For Pets in Spain   To be able to take good care of your pets in Spain, you need to be aware of potential dangers and hazards. We are currently fighting a plague of processionary caterpillars that are invading our urbanisation and who seem to have taken a liking to our garden. Needless to Read More... The post Pets in Spain: Processionary Caterpillars and Poison Toads appeared first on Your Guide to Moving to & Living in Spain & Family Holidays .
  • Costa del Sol Family Days Out That Don’t Cost The Earth

    Lisa Sadleir
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    A Great List of Costa del Sol Family Days Out from Marianne. As parents, our children are the centre of our world. We love them unconditionally and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them. Living in Spain is one of the choices that most of us have made in order to give our children a happy, Read More... The post Costa del Sol Family Days Out That Don’t Cost The Earth appeared first on Your Guide to Moving to & Living in Spain & Family Holidays .
  • Why Spain Is Great For Kids to Live and Grow Up

    Lisa Sadleir
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:53 am
    As a regular reader of our blog, you will know that we are always sharing our stories and reasons why Spain is great for kids to live and to grow up. If you read any of the interviews we have given (links on our About Us page) you will see many of the reasons why. In this Read More... The post Why Spain Is Great For Kids to Live and Grow Up appeared first on Your Guide to Moving to & Living in Spain & Family Holidays .
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  • Spanish Property News

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:01 am
    Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol leading market recovery Data for 2014 showed that it was the year that the Spanish property sector stabilised after the turbulent years of crisis which it had endured since 2008. When looking at this data it becomes evident that two of the provinces benefiting most from the upturn are Malaga (Costa del Sol) and Alicante (Costa Blanca). In 2014 only the provinces where Spain’s two major cities are located (Madrid and Barcelona) saw more property sales than Alicante and Malaga. The provinces fared even better when looking just at new-build sales with…
  • Property News

    5 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    Profitability of Buy to Let increasing in Spain Purchasing a property as a buy-to-let investment is growing in popularity in Spain and data released by the property portal Idealista reveals that it is also becoming more profitable. The study, based on Q4 2014 sales and rentals price data, shows that residential property now offers on average a 5.3% annual yield up from 4.7% in Q4 2013. In 2014 we published an article on the conditions in the Spanish property sector which seemed to make it a prime target for buy-to-let investors. This new data backs up this theory and makes purchasing a…
  • Spain Property News 2014-2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:48 am
    Foreign investment in Spanish property rises 28.4% The Ministry of Public Works in Spain has released data which shows that from January to September 2014 foreign investment in Spanish property increased by 28.4% year-on-year. The total worth of this investment was €6.077 billion and the region which benefited most was the Valencia region. The majority of the investment was made in resale property with foreigners spending €5.404 billion on re-sales, 33.4% more than during the same period of 2013. Investment in new-build property was down in year-on-year times albeit only very slightly,…
  • Spanish Property Report December 2014

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
    BBVA report predicts positive 2015 The Spanish bank BBVA has released a report on the Spanish property sector in which it forecasts that there will be a moderate recovery in 2015. The bank believes that demand for Spanish property is now at the point of inflection and prices are rapidly stabilising in what is a real turning point for the Spanish market. The report called Spain’s Real Estate Flash (Flash inmobiliario de España) was released by BBVA Research and BBVA Real Estate. The bank will begin releasing monthly updates on the Spanish property sector which will analyse the most…
  • October Property News in Spain

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    4 signs that the Spanish property market is bottoming out Most observers of the Spanish property market will have noticed that over the last few months the amount of positive news surrounding Spain’s property sector has increased markedly. This is not to say that the problems have disappeared but there are now clear signs that the market is finally bottoming out. The Danish financial organization Saxo Bank believes that there are now four main signals of the crisis in the Spanish property sector coming to an end. In a recent report the bank cites changes in prices, mortgage concessions,…
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  • Drink Driving Laws on Holiday

    Jess Whittle
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Most people like to relax and enjoy a few drinks while they are on holiday. A few beers on the beach, or a gin and tonic by the pool is all part of unwinding when you are away from home and the humdrum of daily routine. However, just because you are on holiday it does not mean that drink driving laws do not apply. In fact, drink driving laws abroad can be even stricter than in the UK. We give you a guide to what you can and can’t do when it comes to having a drink and getting behind the wheel on holiday. In the UK the current drink driving limit is 0.8mg per 100 millilitres of blood. This…
  • Agadir Marina Revisited

    Jess Whittle
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    One of our roving reporters has just returned from Agadir in Morocco so we thought it would be a good time to reappraise the merits of one of our favourite and increasingly popular all year round destinations. Every year for the past few years the Panoramic Villas Spain-based staff (at the kind invite of one of our property owners in Agadir) receive an invite to soak up the sun for a few days in an apartment in Agadir Marina. It is most certainly the highlight of winter. Here is a fist-hand view of what Agadir Marina has to offer, directly from a member of our team… Today, 25 February at…
  • Adding Value to Our Holiday Villas

    Jess Whittle
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Let’s be honest, these days there is no shortage of holiday villas to rent. There are thousands of properties to choose from literally hundreds of websites. This means that the expectations of holidaymakers, and what they are looking for in their perfect holiday home, has also increased tenfold. Only a few years ago many property owners considered that it was perfectly fine to just have a tiny old TV in the villa, even if they themselves had a lovely big flat screen in situ at home. After all it was only for the holiday home, any old TV would do… Not anymore it won’t! Villa SP005 with a…
  • Top 5 Travel Gadgets for 2015

    Jess Whittle
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:31 am
    Technology has never been more exciting and travel technology is big business. We have picked our top 5 Travel Gadgets for 2015 that will make travelling even more exciting and enjoyable for you. Sigmo Translator Remove the language barriers while on holiday with the Sigmo Translator and communicate with foreigners If you are travelling to a country where you don’t speak the lingo the Sigmo translator could be just what you need to communicate with the locals. Sigmo can translate 25 languages at the push of a button so that you can hold a conversation without having to put everything…
  • The Phantom Drone is on the Costa

    Jess Whittle
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    Those of you who are quite tech savvy will know what I mean when I say that drones are all the rage. Amazon are threatening to use them for delivery in the USA, restaurants in South Korea are now sending food out to tables using them, one even bypassed the Whitehouse security landed on Barak Obama’s doorstep last week, they really are the boy’s toy to be seen with at the moment and they are also great fun! Things have moved on considerably from the radio controlled helicopters of yesteryear that no one could really control and used to crash and burn into the sofa after a few days. Phantom…
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