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  • Spain is world number one in organ transplants - Spanish News in English
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    SPAIN continues to be the world leader in organ transplants - for the 23rd year running. Ahead of the USA and the whole of the European Union, the country has 35.3 donors ...
  • More than 40,000 euros in speeding fines driving deceased brother's car - Spanish News in English
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:28 pm
    A MAN who has racked up over 40,000 euros in motoring fines whilst driving his dead brother's car has finally been caught in Alcover (Tarragona province). The accused, ...
  • Get Ready For Some Juicy Scoop! Our Mini Guide Is Coming Soon!

    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The Barcelona Scoop is by Nancy and Regina, the original Scoopettes By The Scoopettes We promised you a couple months ago that we’d be offering a new mini guide to Barcelona, Spain, our adopted city. Well it’s coming your way! We’ve finished The Barcelona Scoop : 7 Amazing Days – A Mini Guide To Barcelona, and will be launching it soon! Watch this space.   Our mini guide takes you to the ‘musts’ and local spots off the tourist radar. A few facts about The Barcelona Scoop : 7 Amazing Days The guide will be offered as a PDF, meaning anyone with a computer or tablet will…
  • The Cost Of Freak Waves
    Peter Jay
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    As sea conditions start to return to normal today, Friday, local authorities are beginning to count the cost of  the freak waves on tourist beaches. There was damage to the beaches in Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora, and coastal walks blocked with stones and debris, with many holidaymakers and surfers ignoring the red flags that flew on all beaches and repeated requests from lifeguards. Only one serious incident has been reported in Tenerife; a 34-year-old British man who fell into the sea from some rocks at playa de Los Morteros in La Caleta. Fellow swimmers attempted to rescue him…
  • Las Fiestas 2014

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    23 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Tuesday, 19th AugustThe fiesta traditionally starts with the Chorizada where everyone meets with their friends to eat longanizas and chorizos which have been barbecued on small bonfires.This is not Gaza. This is the BBQ of the sausages in the Co-operativa.The fiesta committee share out the sausages.The cooked sausages are eaten in a hunk of bread.After the meal a band leads everyone around the village to the different peñas where you are invited to down a vodka and tonic in one. The only problem is that between the peñas the people in the houses throw buckets of water on the…
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  • Police Working In Same Office All Become Cancer Sufferers

    Peter Jay
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    Six National Police Officers have become cancer sufferers after working together in adjacent offices in the station at the corner of Perez de Ayala in Santa Cruz. Three officers have already succumbed to the disease and now the  Spanish Confederation of Police (CEP) has made a written complaint requesting an investigation into the high incidence of cancer among these officers, after 3 more have contracted cancer this year. Three of those affected  were  serving  together in a room on the first floor of the police station, where the Statistical Service of the provincial Immigration and…
  • High-End Properties Prop Up Average Property Price Increase

    Peter Jay
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    source: The Spanish property market has seen its first average price increase for the last six years. According to the Association of Registrars of  Commercial and Real Estate Property in Spain, the Repeated Housing Sales Price Index  rose by 0.97% over the previous year in the second quarter of 2014. However the number of house sales recorded in the second quarter was 78,464, a decrease over the previous quarter of 5.49%, but above the all-time record low for the fourth quarter of 2013 (72,560 purchases). Throughout Spain new housing purchases  made up…
  • Body Of Missing Man Located

    Peter Jay
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    The body of the British tourist who fell into the sea at La Caleta on Thursday has been located about half a nautical mile ( approximately 900 metres) down the coast towards Callao Salvaje. The man has been identified as 34-year-old Ars Salam of  Derby UK He was with his girlfriend taking photos of the huge waves from a rocky outcrop at Playa de Los Morteros  when he was washed into the sea. Air-sea rescue helicopters and coastguard vessels searched the area for three days before the deceased’s body was sighted around 9am yesterday morning.  
  • The Cost Of Freak Waves

    Peter Jay
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    As sea conditions start to return to normal today, Friday, local authorities are beginning to count the cost of  the freak waves on tourist beaches. There was damage to the beaches in Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora, and coastal walks blocked with stones and debris, with many holidaymakers and surfers ignoring the red flags that flew on all beaches and repeated requests from lifeguards. Only one serious incident has been reported in Tenerife; a 34-year-old British man who fell into the sea from some rocks at playa de Los Morteros in La Caleta. Fellow swimmers attempted to rescue him…
  • Call To Speed Up Opening Of Next Section Of Ring Road

    Peter Jay
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Since the opening of the northern section of the island ring road between Icod and El Tanque  in July,  the Tenerife Cabildo has repeatedly highlighted the need to complete the section between Adeje and Santiago del Teide as soon as possible, before terminating other parts of the project . Although this request has been forwarded to the regional Canarian Government there has still not been a firm answer. The Cabildo now says they intend to find some of the money and the President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, together with Cabildo Councillor for Roads, José Luis Delgado,…
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Another major accolade for Loro Parque

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Loro Parque has special reason to celebrate after being voted the best zoo in Europe and the third worldwide by TripAdvisor. The Travellers´Choice Attractions honor the most important touristic attractions worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers on Trip Advisor. The winners were determined using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of the comments for zoos and aquariums [...]
  • Turtles survive as marine life face ocean threats

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A big crowd watched on as two “bobas” were released back into the wild from the beach of Playa San Juan. The charming event was organised by Tenerife Cabildo, the local council and the Neotropica Foundation which saves and treats injured sea turtles in association with Tenerife’s Wildlife Recovery Centre at La Laguna. These releases are held on a regular basis throughout the year and [...]
  • Russian course in Santa Úrsula

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Santa Úrsula is putting on an extra Russian course because of the high demand. The women’s department of the local council says it is responding to requests and is happy to take new registrations. The first course began in July but is being extended for an extra month. It is aimed at those who work in customer service mainly, especially students who can improve their [...]
  • Hotel workers “are not exploited” rebuke

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A row has broken out over claims that staff in Tenerife’s hotels are being exploited. The hotel employers’ association Ashotel has strongly denied the allegation made by Aepaca, the business group for Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. Aepaca has made the comments in its August newsletter where it also raised issues about self-inclusive holidays on the island, saying the concept was killing trade [...]
  • Police raid animal charity after court order

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Police on Fuerteventura are checking records to see if any dogs found in a poor condition in an animal charity were stolen or lost. If they are micro-chipped or there is any formal report after they went missing, officers say they will reunite them with their original owners. The pledge follows a raid on an animal shelter in Puerto del Rosario where 85 dogs were [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Ashya King's parents released from prison as arrest warrant is terminated

    Caroline Davies, Josh Halliday, Peter Walker, Patrick Wintour, Matthew Weaver
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Brett and Naghmeh King are released from prison and head for Málaga, where their son is being treatedThe parents of Ashya King have been released from prison and heading to be reunited with their desperately ill son after the Crown Prosecution Service bowed to mounting political pressure and withdrew its arrest warrant.Brett and Naghmeh King were released from separate wings of a Spanish jail hours after prosecutors in London made a U-turn and said the couple would face no charges. Continue reading...
  • Ashya King petition delivered to Downing Street video

    S G Subbuswamy
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Ethan Dallas and Sanjay Ganatra, family friends of Ashya King, deliver a petition to Downing Street calling on prime minister David Cameron to intervene to allow the five-year-old to be reunited with his parents. Brett and Naghmeh King are being held in Spanish prisons after removing their son from a Southampton hospital without doctors' consent to seek treatment abroad for his brain tumour Continue reading...
  • UK government intervenes in Ashya King case as CPS reassesses extradition

    Patrick Wintour, Peter Walker and Matthew Weaver
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Cameron and Clegg join calls to have boy reunited with parents as government contacts police and health officials over caseProsecution authorities are reviewing their move to extradite the parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old cancer patient in hospital in Spain after he was taken from hospital in Southampton. Meanwhile, the government has contacted police and health officials to see whether Ashya can be reunited with his mother and father. Continue reading...
  • Ashya King: legal experts question 'heavy-handed' approach

    Haroon Siddique
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    Legal steps to protect five-year-old boy with brain cancer have ended up separating him from his familyLawyers have criticised British legal authorities for launching a criminal investigation into the parents of Ashya King for their decision to remove their son from a Southampton hospital while he was undergoing cancer treatment.Brett King and his wife Naghmeh are being held in a prison in Spain, pending a British extradition request while their five-year-old son is being treated at a children's hospital in Málaga. Continue reading...
  • Nick Clegg: let Ashya King be reunited with family video

    Guardian Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Nick Clegg says Ashya King's family should not feel the full force of the law for their decision to take the five-year-old out of hospital care in the UK. The deputy prime minister says Ashya's parents are trying to do what is best for their child. Brett and Naghmeh King were arrested in Spain after removing their son from hospital without doctors' agreement Continue reading...
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Humidity is unbelievable tonight. 22:19:43, 2014-08-28 Cooler this morning. Slight breeze. 09:24:51, 2014-08-28 Found this Galgo on the streets this morning. Chipped. Very friendly. 09:24:28, 2014-08-28 Hot and Humid. 10:46:35, 2014-08-27 Clamp down on illegal bars etc after summer? Logical as if they don't have cash to pay post summer never will have. 07:15:03, 2014-08-27 30 Migrants apparently hiding down the road in Balerma which explains the large police presence earlier when on my bike. 16:38:48, 2014-08-26 Cooler this morning. Less humid and some cloud.
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Another day another scam: Microsoft phone scam this time. To be fair this scam is on going all the time and not targeted at Almerimar. 19:27:12, 2014-08-21 Normal service resumed ie hot and humid by 9am 09:55:36, 2014-08-21 Couple people commenting that the fraudulent gas inspectors are back in town. 23:23:22, 2014-08-20 New water reservoir tank in Almerimar. 23:22:17, 2014-08-20 Wind has dropped. Little cloudy. Going to be hot 07:23:57, 2014-08-20 Still Windy. Certainly cooler but feels like going to blow all night. Not good for terrace eating I suspect. 20:43:22,…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mercasol (clothes market etc) starts tonight for three nights behind Porto Fino. 20:36:00, 2014-08-14 Public Holiday Tomorrow. Moneyadona will be closed. No doubt counting all the tourists cash. 18:05:16, 2014-08-14 Indian Restaurant telling customers it will close after summer? Way to ensure people don't bother getting used to you! 17:28:42, 2014-08-14 Very hot. Very humid. Going to be a sweaty one. 09:43:08, 2014-08-14 Cynic Alert!! Wonder how many who attended Defontina & Uva opening on Monday will use it regularly? 14:00:38, 2014-08-13 12th annual beach rugby tournament on 16th…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Misty start to the day for those up early. Will have burnt off by time most wake up though. 07:21:00, 2014-08-07 Stumble Inn: "heaving every day". Assume they don't mean the customers. Kudos though as appears the busiest tourist spot in town. 11:33:32, 2014-08-06 What a smelly morning. Humid as well. 08:37:10, 2014-08-06 Visor de playas de Andaluciìa is a site that shows the forecast for the beaches of Andalucia 08:31:13, 2014-08-05 Early indications from bars is that once again is Mercadona Tourism: lot of people but sat at tables for hours not…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Well you were warned a month ago. They are more stringent with parking fines on yellow lines and disabled bays this year. #needcash 17:13:51, 2014-07-30 "Body found in water deposit in El Ejido" 21:05:26, 2014-07-27 August 2014 Events in Almerimar 17:11:25, 2014-07-27 Cloudy and humid. 100% humidty forecast? 09:49:50, 2014-07-26 Has been busier lately but pleasantly so. Should be last relatively quiet weekend before the madness of August. 09:01:38, 2014-07-25
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • France’s government: Adieu, Cuba à la française

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    THE return to work after the summer break, known in France as la rentrée, is always a time of uncertainty and change. But nobody expected such a political upheaval. On August 25th the entire government was forced to resign after simmering disagreements over economic policy under President François Hollande erupted into the open. This prompted […]
  • Germany’s economy: Watching the wages

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    BLAMING Germany—or at least the austerity prescribed for the euro zone by Chancellor Angela Merkel—for Europe’s ills may be popular in France. But Germans are inclined, not without some pride, to see their economy as the strongest horse to pull the euro zone out of its misery. Hence the fear caused by a surprising update […]
  • Ukraine and Russia: War, not peace

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    THE war in Ukraine is intensifying, as Russia’s incursions into the east of the country become ever more brazen. On August 27th a column of Russian troops and equipment crossed the Russia-Ukraine border in the far south, at Novoazovsk, in an apparent attempt to open a new front outside the rebel-held areas and closer to […]
  • Turkey’s new government: Davutoglu’s moment

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Economist: Europe
  • Berlin’s mayor: Wowi bows out

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    HIS 13-year reign as mayor of Berlin, Germany’s capital as well as one of its 16 federal states, coincided with the city’s rise as a metropolis of cool. Indeed, Klaus Wowereit personified much of what modern Berlin stands for. “I am gay and that is just fine,” he proclaimed in 2001, becoming the first candidate […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • Fenals Fiesta 2014

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
     Its been fantastic weather for this weekends Fenals/Santa Clotilde fiesta, here are just a few of the many photos we took of the different events.Stalls along Fenals seafront selling locally made craftsPortions of  Butifarra, bread and wine were served  in Fenals park to anyone who joined the queue which seemed to weave all around the park!The chefs who were brave enough to do the cooking in this hot weather! The Lloret giants making their way through Fenals streets.
  • Aguaviva Urbanisation Lake

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
     This morning we had a trip to the lake at Aguaviva to try get a few shots of the wildlife up there, at first we couldn't see anything but then all the bids starting wading and waddling over to see if we had any food for them...which we had! Its always a good idea to have something for them so as to get the best close-up shots.
  • Fenals & Santa Clotilde Festival

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    As the main August holiday period is coming to a close we have two events taking place over this weekend. Firstly is the Fenals and Santa Clotilde 2 day fiesta with childrens activities starting during the afternoon of Friday 29th starting with games, shows and the foam party for the children which was enjoyed by the adults just as much as the kids last year! Also the Giants of Lloret will be making an appearance for the 1st time at this event, Friday evening there will be music and dancing which everyone can join in with!On Saturday you can take your place in the 'endless' queue for the free…
  • Lloret de Mar Weather

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Todays photos from Lloret beach show that the hot August weather has returned and once again the holiday makers are able to enjoy the sun, the temperature at present is 27º with a very slight breeze. This weather is forecast to be with us for the rest of the week at least, and even the night time temps are forecast to be 20-21ºc...which may make it a bit too uncomfortable to sleep!
  • Lloret de Mar - August weather.

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
     Just a few random shots taken today around Lloret....The antiques fair in front of the town hall didn't have many stalls set out today, probably the terrible storm we had yesterday may have put a few people off- but elsewhere around town there were a few people about making the most of the dry weather. With the dark cloudy sky though it looked as though rain could have started again any minute....very strange weather for August we're having just now!
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  • The mass and the meal.

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The final day of the fiesta is the last day of August which this year happened to be a Sunday when La Misa en Honor a San Ramón and the Comida de hermanidad en La Plaza Mayor are celebrated.For the midday mass a number of people wore traditional dress.San Ramón was given his second outing of the the congregation processed around the village......on a glorious day, although maybe too warm for those wearing heavy clothes......then after the service there was the photo opportunity.For the first time, the meal was not cooked on an open fire but gas burners were used. That's…
  • Las Fiestas 2014

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Tuesday, 19th AugustThe fiesta traditionally starts with the Chorizada where everyone meets with their friends to eat longanizas and chorizos which have been barbecued on small bonfires.This is not Gaza. This is the BBQ of the sausages in the Co-operativa.The fiesta committee share out the sausages.The cooked sausages are eaten in a hunk of bread.After the meal a band leads everyone around the village to the different peñas where you are invited to down a vodka and tonic in one. The only problem is that between the peñas the people in the houses throw buckets of water on the…
  • It's a super SUPERMOON!

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    As you know, the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical, not circular, path which means that the distance between the moon and the earth varies constantly. Today it was the closest it has been this year and it was a full moon. With camera and tripod in hand I was on the terrace to capture the event.Photographing the moon is a tricky business if the aim is to see the detail of the surface rather than just a shiny sphere in the sky so here are 2 of my attempts and you can take your pick of which one you prefer.Both are super supermoons!
  • My birthday party.

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Planning the party was a bit tricky this year as the village Amas de Casa, the housewives group, were having their annual meal on the same day in the afternoon. Therefore, we decided to start the party at 19:30 when the afternoon activity should have reached a conclusion and people would be able to be present.There were 22 of us and we enjoyed a large salmon pie and a large chicken pie that Margaret had made that day as well as a couple of pizzas and salads.As Margaret was attending the Amas de Casa meal our friends Joy and John turned up early to help with the…
  • 43rd wedding anniversary

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To celebrate our wedding anniversary this year we went for a rather special meal to the restaurant in La Hospedería Virgen de la Fuente situated 2 km outside the village of Peñarroya de Tastavins which is 34 km away from us in Torre del Compte.The restaurant is inside a 14 century Gothic sanctuario and features a baroque chapel which is currently displaying works by local artists.The meal started with 3 hors d'oeuvres, a gazpacho soup drink, a chorizo sausage......and a piece of toast with spread, sufficient to whet anyone's appetite.This was followed by what could only be described as ham,…
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    Spanish Teaching

  • The Spanish Pronoun SE - Part Two

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last week we started to get our hands dirty with the (in)famous pronoun SE. Now that I've opened this can of worms, it's only natural that we continue to tackle the intricacies of this important pronoun.SE Used as a CliticWe had talked about some of the functions (we can also call them "uses") of this pronoun. Something we didn't talk about last week is how the pronoun SE can be used as a clitic. In Spanish this is called enclítica and the definition according to the dictionary of the Real Academia is this: "Said of a particle o a part of an oration that is joined with the preceding word,…
  • The Spanish Pronoun SE - Part One

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After giving some thought to some common issues and questions that often arise among the collective of ELE teachers, it occurred to me, after speaking long and profoundly with one of my colleagues (It is well known that as people dedicated to language, we talk long and profoundly about little things—even the placement of a comma) about one thing in particular that raises a lot of problems for students. This thing is something that perplexes and often causes panic among our students. I'm talking about the different uses of the pronoun SE.Being as strict as possible, we often start by…
  • The DELE Renews Itself

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sometimes insomnia isn't so bad. I say that because unfortunately, more often than naught, some quality cultural programs are aired during the ungodly hours of the early morning. Even on the public television stations where this type of programming should be a priority (I'll stress should be) it is often relegated to a time when viewership is lowest.Last Sunday night, my eyes were open like saucers in the early hours of the morning while at the same time I was constantly rolling around trying to find the perfect position for falling asleep. Then, as if the gods had given me the gift of…
  • Games with Spanish Proverbs

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We left off last week playing around a bit with idioms. I also mentioned that this week I’d propose activities that you could use to get started teaching proverbs and the challenging lexicon these include.One thing I will never tire of repeating, even at the risk of being annoying, is that these types of activities should only be used with intermediate level students. I don’t even want to think about the level of panic that an A2 or beginning B1 student would experience lost out in this downpour of archaic language and meanings that don’t make sense at first glance.One of the first…
  • Language Learning with Spanish Proverbs

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When Spanish learners reach the intermediate level, let’s say B1 or B2, their progress often begins to slow and it may even come to a gradual halt. This phenomenon has a relatively straight forward explanation: when students begin their study of the language, they learn something “new” every day, particularly in terms of grammar and morphology, which makes them feel like they’re learning a ton of stuff. Once these students finish B1, their morphological-grammatical tool bags are pretty full, and they can begin to understand and make themselves understood with relative ease. They start…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

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    José M. Guardia
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    MUST-READ: A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters.
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    SEE? WE DIDN'T DO IT: Seals, not Spaniards, first brought TB to Americas.
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    22 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    SPEAKING OF ISIS, this is the full text of the last email they sent to James Foley's family.
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  • Kwanon, la primera cámara de Canon, cumple 80 años

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    La primera cámara que fabricó la compañía japonesa Canon, en un intento de igualar a las empresas de fotografía líderes en aquel entonces, todas europeas, fue el modelo Kwanon, producido en 1934, y que acaba de cumplir su 80 aniversario. Éste, que no se comercializó pues se trataba de un prototipo, fue, de hecho, la primera cámara japonesa de 35 mm con obturador de plano focal. Su nombre se lo debe a Kwanon, diosa budista de la misericordia, y fue bautizada así por los ingenieros de la compañía con la esperanza de que ésta compartiría su benevolencia con ellos en su sueño por…
  • Una nueva aplicación de las Google Glass detecta las emociones en tiempo real

    Mihaela Marín
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    El equipo de Google Glass no para de experimentar con las capacidades de sus gafas inteligentes demostrando una vez más que los usuarios de este producto tecnológico pueden expandir sus usos hasta convertirlo en una herramienta adaptada a los retos del futuro. En un artículo pasado hicimos conocido MindRDR, un proyecto que combina las funciones de una aplicación y un dispositivo hardware para convertir las Google Glass en una interfaz cerebro-ordenador (el sistema mide las ondas cerebrales y las transforma en acciones concretas). Avanzando en la misma línea de aplicaciones…
  • La NASA está desarrollando un sistema para controlar el tráfico aéreo de drones

    Elías Notario
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Drones, drones y más drones. De un tiempo a esta parte no se deja de hablar de ellos, entre otras cosas debido al auge de los programas de investigación centrados en los mismos, y cada vez parece más claro que en el futuro los veremos haciendo toda clase de cosas, desde entregar paquetería hasta ayudar en la vigilancia de instalaciones. O sea, que si todo va por donde se espera, en no mucho tendremos cientos o miles de vehículos aéreos no tripulados comerciales surcando nuestros cielos, ante lo que cabe preguntarse cómo los organizaremos ahí arriba cuando eso llegue, una cuestión…
  • El FBI decide investigar la filtración de imágenes íntimas de actrices

    Manuela Astasio
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    La polvareda que ha levantado la filtración a la red de imágenes íntimas de diferentes actrices de Hollywood ha sido tal que el FBI ha decidido ponerse manos a la obra y abrir una investigación sobre la autoría de este ataque. Así lo publican diferentes medios, como BBC News, que cita unas declaraciones de una portavoz de la agencia de investigación norteamericana, en la que ésta explica que se está estudiando el caso. Hace apenas dos días un usuario anónimo subió a uno de los foros de la comunidad una serie de imágenes y vídeos íntimos de estrellas como la ganadora…
  • La UE quiere saber más sobre la compra de Facebook a WhatsApp

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ya han pasado varios meses desde que se supiera que la red social Facebook compraba la aplicación móvil de mensajería instantánea WhatsApp por 19.000 millones de dólares. Sin embargo, la Unión Europea todavía tiene dudas respecto a las consecuencias de la operación. Y quiere resolverlas. ¿Son realmente diferentes los servicios que ofertan Facebook y WhatsApp? ¿Qué supone en términos de privacidad para los usuarios de una compañía del sector que ésta sea adquirida por otra? Éstas son algunas de sus preguntas. Según informa el Wall Street Journal, expertos antimonopolio de la…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Young Drivers Pay High Premiums for Car Insurance

    Leigh Dalston
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Young drivers between 18 and 25 years of age pay an average of 1,298 euros for their car insurance, which is 101.5% more than drivers between 26 and 35 years old, who pay on average 634 euros, and 145% more than an insured between 36 and 50 years of age, who would pay an average […]
  • Eight Regions Registered Property Price Rises in August

    Pieter Steen
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Although the price of resale housing in Spain fell by 0.4% in August, compared with the previous month, to stand at 1,669 euros/m2, eight regions noted an appreciation in their house prices, led by La Rioja (+1%) and Catalonia (+0.8%), according to figures from the latest real estate price index prepared by property portal, […]
  • International Tourists Spent Record 34,497 Million Euros to July

    Diane Harris
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Spending by international tourists in Spain registered a new record through to the end of July, reaching 34,497 million euros, which represents an increase of 7% over the same period in 2013, according to figures from the latest Egatur tourism expenditure survey prepared for the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. In the first seven […]
  • Spanish Government to Provide Grants for Housing Reforms

    Alan Cowley
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In mid-July the Spanish Government approved a housing plan, with an allocated budget of 2,311 million euros up to 2016, which is focused entirely on the promotion of rental housing, restoration and energy efficiency. The construction sector’s participation in the field of restoration in Spain only reaches 28% of the total sector, which contrasts with […]
  • Benidorm is Favourite Destination in August for UK tourists

    Leigh Dalston
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Benidorm City Council said in a statement earlier this week that, according to a study recently published by the British newspaper the Daily Mail, Benidorm is the fastest growing holiday destination in August among UK tourists, ahead of other destinations such as Marbella, Tenerife or Magaluf. The report was prepared by Travelsupermarket, the travel […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • Tradition? Or Animal Abuse? Spain’s Violent Festivals

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Spain’s violent undertones are exemplified with its passion for bullfighting.  The Goose Festival  in Lekeitio is another ritual involving the celebration of animals’ deaths.  The Scoopettes do not agree with this violence, however we choose to describe the diverse aspects of Spain.  In contrast, The Blessing of the Animals is another popular festival.  Liz Pitt, our local expert from Northern Spain, gives us her take on this bizarre festival which takes place about 50 miles from San Sebastian. By Liz Pitt Everyone knows Spain is famous for its crazy festivals:  a huge…
  • A Sunset As Pink As A Neon Thong: Playa D’En Bossa, Ibiza

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Looking out over Playa d’en Bossa By Regina Winkle-Bryan I was on the Spanish island of Ibiza for work, staying at a fancy and fashionable hotel on the shores of Playa d’en Bossa. I took the elevator down to the lobby from my room on the ninth floor, and as I checked my teeth and hair in the elevator mirror the light hit my roots in just the wrong way. Is that a gray hair !? It looked like it might be. For years I’ve thought that I’d never go gray, because my father is past 65 and does not have one gray hair on his head. He’s as brunette now as he was when he was 20. It is only…
  • Get Your Copy Of The Barcelona Scoop – 7 Amazing Days

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Get The Barcelona Scoop guidebook! By the Scoopettes It’s here! Get your copy of The Barcelona Scoop, our new mini guide to seven amazing days in the city. Why you need The Barcelona Scoop: Barcelona’s population hovers around two million people with around eight million tourists visiting each year. Gaudí’s psychedelic buildings beckon, as do Mediterranean beaches, and excellent food and wine. Shopping, art museums, and a buzzing nightlife scene are here, waiting to be enjoyed. The metropolis can be overwhelming and challenging to organize into manageable days, especially for…
  • Get Ready For Some Juicy Scoop! Our Mini Guide Is Coming Soon!

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The Barcelona Scoop is by Nancy and Regina, the original Scoopettes By The Scoopettes We promised you a couple months ago that we’d be offering a new mini guide to Barcelona, Spain, our adopted city. Well it’s coming your way! We’ve finished The Barcelona Scoop : 7 Amazing Days – A Mini Guide To Barcelona, and will be launching it soon! Watch this space.   Our mini guide takes you to the ‘musts’ and local spots off the tourist radar. A few facts about The Barcelona Scoop : 7 Amazing Days The guide will be offered as a PDF, meaning anyone with a computer or tablet will…
  • Whistle While You Walk: Hiking On La Gomera Island, Spain

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    Farms and terraces around Alojera By Linda Wainwright I arrived in La Gomera in October, eager to walk but unfit, and looking at the guides I’d bought, my heart sank, and I understood why I saw so many folk sitting, weary, by the roadside. There were scarcely any “easy” routes. The island is a tangle of walking routes first trodden by the island’s original inhabitants, the Guanche. After the Guanche, the routes were extended by the early settlers of the 15th century, when communications between the steep hillsides and valleys was challenging. So difficult was travel and communication…
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    Ronda, the City of Dreams in Andalusia, Southern Spain

  • Welcome

    Ronda Today
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hi, Clive here from Ronda Today. Over that last few weeks we have been reviewing and updating the articles on this website in order to keep them as current as possible.  Feedback is very important to us and we love to get your comments and thoughts about your visit so that we can continue to […]
  • Weather in Ronda

    Ronda Today
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    Ronda isn't like the Costa del Sol or inland cities such as Sevilla or Cordoba. The micro-climate that exists here means summers are cooler, winters milder, and rainfall can be quite different as well.
  • Buy The Ronda Today Printable Guide (just 5€)

    Ronda Today
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    We have received many emails from people asking for a printed version of Ronda Today so we have created a 21 page A4 essential guide to Ronda and the Sierras from some of the articles on this website. At just 5 Euros (Paypal) It is well worth the small investment if you are planning to […]
  • Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

    Ronda Today
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the largest and oldest bullrings in the world, the Ronda bullring is famous for the Romero and Ordoñez dynasties and the museum to bullfighting.
  • Ronda Train Timetables

    Ronda Today
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Train timetable from Ronda to major centres in Andalucia. The line runs from Algeciras to Granada with all other services requiring a change at Bobadilla.
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    Spanish News

  • 22,000 People Attend The Tomatoe Festival In Buñol, Valencia This Summer

    Debbie Parker
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    This year Buñol, a small town in Valencia held the 69th edition of its world famous Tomatina festival. The event kicked off at 11:00 with the traditional battle of tomatoes. By 17:00 the small town’s streets were covered in a total of 130,000 kilos of over-ripe tomatoes. This year’s edition was the second time that […]
  • Spanish Priest Becomes First To Die Of Ebola In Europe

    Ana Pozuelo
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
      The Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, has died in hospital in Madrid, according to a spokesperson for the health authorities in Madrid. Pajares, 75 contracted the disease during a humanitarian trip to Liberia in August. A nun who was working with the priest, has tested negative for the virus. The Spanish priest was repatriated last […]
  • Cerberus Said To Be Closing In On €220M Acquisition of Sotogrande, The ‘Resort’ of The Rich in Spain

    Maria Sullivan
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    A series of recent reports on the sale of Sotogrande by NH Hotels has shares trading at a €4,10. According to Spain’s El Confidencial newspaper, the investment fund has offered 220 million Euros for the acquisition of Sotogrande. The article also states that the upscale development in southern Spain was valued at 177.5 million Euros […]
  • Small Tornado On The Beach In Huelva Causes Panic [VIDEO]

    Maria Sullivan
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    At around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon a small tornado surprised people on La Bota beach in Huelva. The wind lifted everything in its way into the air, including chairs and umbrellas. The phenomenon is known as a ‘dust devil’, and is a spiral airflow caused by rising warm air masses from the surface. According […]
  • Barcelona To Tackle Dog Walkers: Get a License Or Receive a Fine

    Maria Sullivan
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Catalan capital is set to unleash a new law that will force dog owners to get a license or face fines up to €600. From October, dog owners will be required to obtain a “civic license” before letting their pets walk around without a leash within one of Barcelona’s 103 designated dog parks. An […]
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    The Cheap In Madrid BlogThe Cheap In Madrid Blog

  • Museum with Guided Visits

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Museum with Guided Visits Casa América: El Palacio de Linares Built in the 19th century the Palacio de Linares, with its Neo-Baroque design, faces the Plaza de Cibeles.  José de Murga, the Marquis of Linares, built the palace to live in.  The Palacio de Linares showcases four-stories of beautiful decorated rooms, an intricate marble staircase, […]
  • Grand Mediterrenean Cruise from Spain

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Grand Mediterrenean Cruise from Spain Whilst Spain is an immensely popular destination for travellers from all over the world, with tourists often jetting in by plane all too frequently its most appealing aspects are completely overlooked. However, by swapping a hotel stay for a luxury holiday in a floating city, you can enjoy a brand […]
  • Majorca: More than just a seaside destination

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Majorca: More than just a seaside destination Spain has many beautiful islands for tourists to visit and probably the most famous of these is Majorca – and why wouldn’t it be? Lying as it does off the south east coast of Spain; it gets more than its fair share of the beautiful Spanish weather which […]
  • Public Swimming Pools in Madrid

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Public Swimming Pools in Madrid No doubt Madrid is packed with dazzling events, pristine green spaces and world-renowned food but, like the refrain of Los Refrescos’ famous anthem reminds the millions of sweating Madrileños and red-faced visitors, ‘Aqui no hay playa‘. There is no beach here in Madrid, of course! There are, however, a number […]
  • 10 best calamares bars in Madrid

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    10 best calamares bars in Madrid If you visit Madrid, there is no excuse for not trying one of those classic bocatas de calamares. Let´s say that it´s like going to New York and not trying the bagel. There is a whole world behind this simple sandwich, which can be eaten at breakfast at dinner […]
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    Houses for Sale in Spain

  • 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.
  • We Are Back, We Are Busy and Valencia Is Awesome

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    It's been a month almost since the last post because three days after it I went on holiday. Barcelona, Nimes, Avignon, Paris, Shrewsbury and Asturias were seen and pictured and now I am back and ... boy did I have to hit the ground running. Lots of clients heaps of enquiries, amazing social media connections, huge new business opportunities coming up and the dire need to get even more properties onto the books to satisfy demand.
  • 10 Reasons We Moved To Valencia. The Story of A Polish Client

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This post originally appeared on the Spanish Property Network because we have had a major problem with this blog for about two weeks not being able to post anything. Well finally the blog is working again so here it is. A couple of our clients decided to write down their reasons why they wanted to move to Valencia and they passed it onto me to put into the blog. I think it gives a very good overview of the thought process and reasons why a young couple, in this case from Eastern Europe, may want to come to live in a vibrant city like Valencia. Take a look. Take it away Piotr.
  • Valencia’s Beach Continues To Attract Interest. So What Is There?

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    Valencia's beach to the North of the Port is divided into three areas; the Cabanyal, the Malvarrosa and the Patacona (For purposes of this article we divide it into four). However it really is just one long and very sandy beach with an excellent promenade that you will find people skating, cycling and jogging up and down every day all year round. The beach area is not overdeveloped as great measures have been taken to make sure that there was no massive property development that could spoil the feel of the area. However this has meant that for many years it was ignored. Now things are…
  • 10 Mad Reasons For Not Buying A Property In Spain

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Over the years we have had a load of excuses for not buying a Spanish Property. Some of them are fair enough, some of them are rather strange and some of them are on the cusp of a deranged mind working overtime. I really don't mind if somebody doesn't want to buy a property, as long as they are honest. After all I try to be honest in the descriptions, my opinions and the properties we offer. But please don't BS me. So here in no particular order are the top ten mad reasons for not going through with a purchase of a Spanish Property. Over the years we have heard all of them and no doubt we…
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    Homage to BCN

  • The 5 Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Barcelona

    Marina Saurí
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:44 am
    Read 'The 5 Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Barcelona' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Marina from Allergychef shares her top 5 gluten-free restaurants in Barcelona. Whether you’re among the increasing number of people with celiac disease or food allergies or simply prefer to avoid gluten or other allergens for health reasons, finding good restaurants in Barcelona is quite challenging. There are a bunch of restaurants in Barcelona that offer gluten-free options but you have to be careful about choosing the right one. Some places are fully aware of cross-contamination, some…
  • Renée’s Perfect Day in El Born

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Read 'Renée’s Perfect Day in El Born' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website The terrace at Cafè del Born Nou, Plaça Comercial, 10 Choosing a neighborhood in Barcelona wasn’t easy at first. I was moving on after years of living in Madrid, what many call the most genuine Spanish city out there, and I had been warned that my experience in Barcelona might not be the same in that aspect. People told me that its authenticity wouldn’t be as palpable, and that I might have a hard time truly immersing myself into the culture. And this was something important for me. After much…
  • Spain: A Parent’s Paradise?

    Brett Hetherington
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Read 'Spain: A Parent’s Paradise?' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Australian-born, Barcelona resident, Brett Hetherington has kindly shared a chapter from his new book, “The ReMade Parent: Why We Are Losing Our Children & How We Can Get Them Back”. Chapter 5 asks the question, ‘Is Spain a parent’s paradise?’. If after reading this chapter you’d like to read the whole book you can purchase the Kindle or Paperback version for the current low price of £2.80 and £5.27 respectively. Spain: A Parent’s Paradise? Sometimes I’m…
  • What to Visit in Barcelona (or not)

    Rob (H2BCN)
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Read 'What to Visit in Barcelona (or not)' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website So, the guys at OK Apartment have spent what looks like a great deal of time and effort in surveying 1,454 people from 15 different nations to find out what attracts people to Barcelona. Is it the sun, the sand, the señoritas? Or, as you might expect, a bit of Gaudí. All is revealed in the infographic below. So whether this inspires you to visit a place you’ve been meaning to for ages, or acts as a little reminder to give certain areas a wide berth, I hope you find it interesting. Click on the…
  • A Miniature Look at the Catalan Province of Girona

    Rob (H2BCN)
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Read 'A Miniature Look at the Catalan Province of Girona' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website There are some fantastic young film-makers out there. But Pau García Laita is one of my favourites. I can watch his tilt-shift short films again and again and see something new every time. This time the subject is the province of Girona. Go full screen, watch and enjoy. The background behind the film and a list of locations in the video are below. On May 2014 the Catalan Tourist Board organized a social media action in which 5 different artists were invited to spend a week through a…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • Property Sales increase in Spain

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:58 am
    The Spanish property market because of the rise in sales of residential properties grew by eight per cent in June 2014 compared to last year. Sales statistics just released from the National Statistics Institute, shows that Spain has seen a year on year increase in property sales for four consecutive months, ending a ten month duration of year on year declines. Valencia boasts the largest increase of house sales per 100 thousand people, followed closely by the Canary and Balearic Islands. In relation to this, Madrid performs the highest, with a 30.4 per cent increase. Extremadura, with 25.7…
  • More positive indicators for the Costa del Sol

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Marbella is not the only large town to be influenced by the huge influx of tourists in 2014. With an estimated 10 billion euros being created in 2014 across Andalucia other councils are also making improvements which is great news for the construction industry. The influx of tourism to Marbella this year has been so impressive that the town has been added to the small list of areas that is permitted to now start opening shops on Sundays, which is not only great news for the local residents but also for tourists. In light of the pending local elections which are less than a year away now, one…
  • Costa del Sol leading the way for Property Recovery

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    A recent study has provided evidence that there has been an increase in house prices in Marbella and Manilva. Off-plan new developments seem to have reached their minimum prices and indications are now showing a rise due to foreigners. Two areas in Spain are showing definite signs of property recovery, Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. The study that was undertaken gathered information from 60 coastal regions of Southern Spain and demonstrated due to financial establishments lowering prices that property was now selling faster. Its still early days in respect of the Spanish construction…
  • Taylor Wimpey´s New Apartments Horizon Beach La Galera

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    AWARD WINNING UK property developer Taylor Wimpey is launching a fresh £10 million project on the Costa del Sol this month. The La Galera development, in Estepona, is going to consist of thirty six luxury homes and is due to be formally launched with an opening on April 30th. Taylor Wimpey has constructed over two, 500 homes in España over the last fifteen years, as well as Los Arqueros Golf, in near  Benahavis. “Estepona is a perfect location for further investment,” stated Ignacio Oslé, regional director in Andalucia. “We want to thank Estepona town hall for their support in…
  • Property sales increased more in Marbella last year than anywhere else in Spain

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The property market in Marbella is recovering and the town is now showing signs of being a leader in this sector. This emblematic town on the Costa del Sol ended last year with a total of 3,115 property sales , a figure which is similar to that of 2007, before the bubble burst. In terms of total figures, Marbella is now in a similar position to Malaga city, where the recovery in the property market has failed to take off and the number of sales has fallen for three consecutive years. The results for property transactions last year, which have just been released by the Ministry of Development,…
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    Welcome to our Family Life in Spain

  • Are you thinking of Moving to Lanzarote?

    Lisa Sadleir
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    The Canary Islands are a popular destination for people looking for a warmer climate. Each year, many couples, families and retirees consider the possibility of moving to Lanzarote. You may remember that we lived in the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura for seven years, before heading back to the mainland. Moving to Lanzarote has just become... Read more → The post Are you thinking of Moving to Lanzarote? appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Have you ever thought of spending a year in Spain?

    Lisa Sadleir
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    I have just met up with a beautiful American family who are at the start of an exciting family adventure. They are spending a year in Spain. The children are going to attend a Spanish state school and they are going to visit and learn as much as they can about this wonderful country, it’s... Read more → The post Have you ever thought of spending a year in Spain? appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Are your child’s eyes prepared to go back to school?

    Lisa Sadleir
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    The summer holidays are flying by, at an incredible pace. It only seems like yesterday that we were talking about the dreaded 12 week summer holidays … where did the time go? In just over two weeks time, our children will be going back to school. Are you ready? Have you bought all the materials?... Read more → The post Are your child’s eyes prepared to go back to school? appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • A Visit to the Lakes in Malaga

    Lisa Sadleir
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The lakes in Malaga are divided into three different areas referred to as: Embalse de Gaitanej; Embalse del Conde de Guadalhorce and the biggest of them all Embalse del Gualdalteba-Guadalhorce. If you head inland, away from Malaga Capital, towards the town of Ardales, you can access the lakes by following the signs to El Chorro... Read more → The post A Visit to the Lakes in Malaga appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Why Working From Home In Spain Rocks

    Lisa Sadleir
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    I’ve been working from home in Spain for just over two years now. And, you know what, I absolutely love it! I’ll show you why later. Admittedly, working from home is not for everyone. However, for many people currently moving to Spain, it is a very popular option. As demographics are changing, families and couples... Read more → The post Why Working From Home In Spain Rocks appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
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  • Moraira Property Update Aug 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Over the past twelve months we have had various reports that housing prices in Spain have almost bottomed out and even more so along the Costa’s and that in 2015 prices will start to rise by 2% for that year, as an average. Obviously these statements deal with the overall data which are also broken down into the most successful regions and leading the way is the Valencia region with 13,436 properties sold to foreigners during the last quarter of 2013. That equates to a third of all property sales in Spain! On a year to year comparison there were 16,619 properties sold to foreigners…
  • Well done to the Teulada Moraira Council

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    In 2009, there was a Council budget deficit of 1,123,000 euros. .A surplus has been reported for 2013 – a massive one of some 1.8 million euros. Well done to all within the Teulada-Moraira Council. The town council debt at 2010 stood at 11 million euros, but this will be reduced to the planned level of 5 million euros, by the end of 2014. The debt is now at 38%, well below the legally permitted 75%. This is due in no small part to the 2013 performance. The mayor, Senor Antoni Joan Bertomeu, has stated that these results were possible because of strict adherence to budgets by all…
  • Oil exploration in spain

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    Sadly, Spain is one of Europe’s least energy sufficient nations, having to import some 99% of its gas and oil needs. It’s no wonder then that central government has just given permission for the commencement of oil exploration in the waters between Valencia and the Balearic Islands. This is despite considerable opposition – from regional and provincial government representatives, from local town halls, from environmental groups, from residents associations and from tourism trade associations. These opponents argue that there will be damage to the environment, harm to sea life…
  • Keep your passport safe!

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:17 am
    That’s an obvious thing to do, so why mention it? The matter’s raised since statistics have just revealed that in Spain last year, over 6000 passports were either lost or stolen. Bag theft was the largest cause at 39%. Theft from cars accounted for 20% and pick-pockets helped themselves to 15%. Break-ins of apartments or villas was the lowest cause of passport loss at 14%, but still involved a large number of passports. Then, this statistic is truly amazing. Interpol has a list of 40 million lost or stolen passports on its database Losing a passport abroad, whatever the reason, means a…
  • Why would you want to visit or live in Spain

    25 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    There’s sea and sun to entice you……..and all that wonderful wine too. In fact, 15% of the world’s vineyards are in Spain – spread across all of Spain’s autonomous regions. Though the biggest surface area of vineyards is in Castilla-La Mancha, La Rioja boasts the greatest density of planting. At February 2014, Spain was the world’s third largest exporter of wine, behind France and Italy, and the UK and Germany were the top customers. (Spain thanks all you lady and gentlemen inebriates in the UK). Since Spain produces a lot of sherry and brandy, some 61% of its vineyards grow…
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    Andalucia Blog 2014

  • My Reviews

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    My Reviews section is all about my book reviews, accommodation reviews and Andalucian activity holiday and attraction reviews.
  • Spanish Cooking Experience in Malaga

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Spanish Cooking Experience in Malaga,day or evening cooking experiences in rural Malaga in a family farmhouse, learn about Spanish cuisine, wander the olive and almond groves before cooking up a feast
  • A Cooking Experience in the Malaga Hills

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Read about my cooking experience in a lovely old cortijo in rural Malaga. A Cooking Evening in Rural Malaga
  • Cookery Courses

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Cookery Courses in Andalucia and the rest of Spain from one-day courses to a week long cook-in Spain has great gastronomy, come and check out where you can learn to cook Spanish food.
  • Estepona - A Charming Town on the Costa del Sol

    10 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Living in the lesser known province of Jaen in the north of Andalucia I’ve visited many of the coastal towns from Almeria to Huelva. The coastal strip
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    Panoramic Villas

  • Top 5 Places You Should Visit Near Bodrum

    Jess Whittle
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    If you are travelling to the Bodrum Peninsula on holiday you are probably dreaming of days spent lazing on the beach, sipping cocktails in bars along the seafront and generally chilling out. That is all great but Turkey has so much to offer it is a shame not to go out and explore some of the fantastic sights and attractions in southern Turkey. Here are our pick of the Top 5 places you have to visit. Pamukkale Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: bathe in the natural hot springs Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ and when you arrive at these amazing calcium water pools its easy to see…
  • Touring the Wildlife on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain

    Robert Skupski
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    There is an amazing array of things to see and do on the Costa del Sol, running along the Mediterranean coast of southern Spain. In this article are just some examples of the attractions available between the city of Málaga and the seaside town of Estepona. In each case, a little wildlife is involved, and this doesn’t mean the nightlife. The N340 coastal highway makes it easy to visit all the seaside towns along the way, meaning that wherever you stay along the route, whether in a hotel or a holiday villa, you can access all these attractions with ease and convenience. Torremolinos and the…
  • Nerja: Spanish Charm Perched on a Balcony Overlooking the Sea

    Robert Skupski
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    When holidaying on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, it is well worth visiting the lovely town of Nerja. Located approximately a 40 minute drive east from Málaga city, this coastal gem has loads of charm, beautiful scenic views and rock-enclosed beaches. Within easy reach on the excellent coastal highway, Nerja is a great holiday destination in itself, or even an interesting day trip from your holiday villa anywhere on the Costa del Sol. Dubbed “The Jewel of the Costa del Sol,” Nerja is a typical Andalucian white village, with its narrow winding streets and traditional white…
  • Top 5 Must-Have Smartphone Camera Accessories

    Jess Whittle
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Gone are the days of people buying digital cameras to capture their holiday pics. If you travel to any tourist spot in the world the chances are you will find hundreds of people taking pictures with their smartphones. But what if you want to get even better pictures from your phone? We take a look at the must-have camera accessories for smartphones. Olloclip 4 in 1 Lens – £51.95 This handy pocket-sized gadget is great for those that want to be able to capture great images on their iPhone. The Olloclip lens just clips on top of your iPhone and voila! You are good to go. It has a choice…
  • A Trip to Dubrovnik

    Jess Whittle
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Croatia has steadily been climbing back up the holiday charts as one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers looking for fantastic beaches, historical cities and beautiful scenery. As part of what was Former Yugoslavia, Croatia was always a hugely popular choice of holiday destination but the war in the 90s meant that tourism in the country dive-bombed until holidaymakers slowly started to return in the early noughties. Eager to find out what all this renewed interest was about I ventured over to Dubrovnik for a 5 night trip and I was not disappointed with what I found… Location…
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