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  • Housing Market Recovery Will Have to Wait, Say Notaries

    Spanish Property News
    Diane Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Data from the General Council of Notaries, which is for many the most reliable and closest to reality reference when it comes to the housing market in Spain, have again published negative figures for the month of July, both in the number of sales (-9.8%) as well as the prices (-10%). Their latest data contradicts […]
  • Update on Valencia’s Property Taxes

    Houses for Sale in Spain
    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).
  • New Priority On TF1 At TF2 Access Link Road
    Peter Jay
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    The deceleration/exit lane leaving the TF-1 near Santa Cruz, for access to the TF-2, Añaza and Santa María del Mar, has been doubled in size in order to help avoid the infamous traffic tailbacks in the area. The work done overnight on Monday/Tuesday means there are new signage and lane restrictions,  creating two lanes with vehicles accessing the link to Las Chumberas in the left-hand-lane while those going in the Añaza and Santa Maria del Mar directions are on the right – so don’t get caught in the wrong lane if you are going to the Carrefour out of town Shopping…
  • Second Spanish priest to contract Ebola flown to Madrid hospital

    Olive Press Newspaper Spain
    Tom Powell (Reporter)
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    The 69-year-old had been working in a hospital in Sierra Leone
  • Puerto looks to Carnival and Christmas

    Tenerife News - Official Website
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas or Carnival, as Puerto de la Cruz has already shown. Representatives of various groups, political groups, associations and residents’ groups got together to discuss details of the 2015 carnival and festive celebrations. During September, the official poster will be chosen for Christmas and this will be followed in October with the selection of the poster for [...]
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  • New Priority On TF1 At TF2 Access Link Road

    Peter Jay
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    The deceleration/exit lane leaving the TF-1 near Santa Cruz, for access to the TF-2, Añaza and Santa María del Mar, has been doubled in size in order to help avoid the infamous traffic tailbacks in the area. The work done overnight on Monday/Tuesday means there are new signage and lane restrictions,  creating two lanes with vehicles accessing the link to Las Chumberas in the left-hand-lane while those going in the Añaza and Santa Maria del Mar directions are on the right – so don’t get caught in the wrong lane if you are going to the Carrefour out of town Shopping…
  • Stephen Hawking Arrives In Tenerife

    Peter Jay
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    Stephen Hawking arrived in Tenerife on Saturday aboard the luxury cruise liner  Oceana and will stay on the island for nearly a month as a guest of honour at the Starmus Festival. Mr Hawking  will deliver the opening speech of the conference during this second edition of the Starmus Festival, which has the theme “Beginnings: The Making of the Modern Cosmos”. The event will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife from the 22 to 27 September 2014 . Hawking will be accompanied by a variety of internationally renowned speakers, including astronauts, cosmonauts, astronomers,…
  • Play Paraiso Supermarket Robber Detained

    Peter Jay
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Guardia Civil  officers working out of Adeje have detained a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old young woman in connection with an aggravated robbery, which took place around 7pm on Thursday evening at a small supermarket in Playa Paraiso. The older of the pair entered the supermarket, located in Residencial Gran Azul, and threatened the shop assistant with a small knife, making off on a motorbike with 400 euros from the till. According to local residents the young man was known to the shop assistant who had gone to school with him. Once the accused had been identified officers caught up…
  • Legal Net Immigration Figures Down

    Peter Jay
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    With over 266,000 unemployed in the Canary Islands right now, losing your job in the Canary Islands has become an all too common story, but the disaster is even greater in the case of working age immigrants, who depend on an employment contract to be considered legal in Spain. Last year 25,996 non-EU foreigners lost their registration certificate or residence card in the Islands, most of them Latin Americans and Africans. According to statistics just published which cover up to December 31st 2013, of the 100,707 non-EU residence permits in force in 2012, 74,711 have been revoked, more than a…
  • Santiago Del Teide Unemployment Figures Rise

    Peter Jay
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    According to a study by Observatorio Canario de Empleo, Santiago del Teide is the only municipality in Tenerife with more unemployed this summer than there were last year. The data shows that between the months of April and August unemployment rose by 42 people more than the figure recorded in the previous year. In the remaining 30 municipalities on the island unemployment figures are lower than last year. Coalición Canaria local party leader Jonathan Martin Fumero believes the statistics are significant in that they are a true reflection of the situation afflicting the area because of…
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Puerto looks to Carnival and Christmas

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas or Carnival, as Puerto de la Cruz has already shown. Representatives of various groups, political groups, associations and residents’ groups got together to discuss details of the 2015 carnival and festive celebrations. During September, the official poster will be chosen for Christmas and this will be followed in October with the selection of the poster for [...]
  • Doctor arrested for part in false medical papers’ scam

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Eleven people have been arrested in Alicante and Alcoy for being involved in a network which falsified medical reports so people could claim higher benefits. Among those arrested as a social graduate and a doctor who in some case did not even see the patient and was in no way connected with the speciality which that person really needed. Police said all eleven arrested are [...]
  • Tribute as sports centre takes swimmer’s name

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new sports centre in Santa Cruz is to be named after a world and Paralympic swimmer who has been flying the flag for the city and Tenerife. The Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez broke the news to Michelle Alonso when she was guest of honour at a special reception. The municipal pool Las Retamas-Ofra will take her name in recognition of her sporting achievements. Michelle [...]
  • Economical & delicious four course meal

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Everyone deserves a treat and Hossain, owner of Restaurate Biblioteca is offering customers exactly that with a four-course super welcome menu which gives you four courses but you only pay for the main one, All you have to do is to phone up, book and take along this article to claim your discount. To welcome back many loyal customers who come to enjoy the winter [...]
  • Adeje launches art contest and invites entries

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Adeje is “opening its doors” to artistic talent with a competition and an exhibition. The cultural centre in the old town is hosting the sixth painting contest entitled “21st century Tenerife” or “Tenerife Siglo XXI”. Anyone with artistic skills can enter but they must deliver their work on September 15th or 16th between 11am and 1pm at the cultural centre itself. The initiative is organised [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Catalonia's parliament paves the way for November vote on independence

    Ashifa Kassam in Barcelona
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Catalan leader denies Scotland's referendum result is a setback as Spain's PM says vote planned for November will be illegalThe Catalan parliament passed a law paving the way for a non-binding vote on secession on Friday, hours after finding out it would not have a Scottish precedent to follow in the region's quest for independence.While noting he would have preferred a yes vote in the Scottish referendum, the Catalan President, Artur Mas, said the task of independence would now be left to Catalonia: "Maybe the first case will be the Catalan one." Continue reading...
  • Photo highlights of the day

    Guardian Staff
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including cliff diving in Bilbao, floods in Philippines and the Scottish referendum Continue reading...
  • Scotland chose best option, says Spain's PM as Catalan campaign continues

    Ashifa Kassam in Barcelona
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    Mariano Rajoy says Scotland avoided 'serious consequences' of separation, but Catalans say they want chance to voteScotland has avoided the "serious consequences" of separation, the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has said, hours before Catalan MPs are to vote on an independence referendum stridently opposed by Madrid.In a video statement that avoided any mention of Catalonia, Rajoy expressed his content with the outcome in Scotland and took aim at the Scottish independence movement. "With their decision, Scots have avoided the large economic, social, institutional and…
  • JD Sports plans overseas expansion after doubling profits for second year

    Sarah Butler
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Pre-tax profits rise to £20m as sales up 27% to start of August as firm plans to open 10 foreign stores by end of JanuaryJD Sports Fashion is stepping up overseas expansion plans after doubling profits for the second year in a row, thanks to high demand for in-house brands such as Duffer of St George and exclusive versions of branded trainers.Pre-tax profits rose to nearly £20m as sales shot up 27% to £721m in the six months to the beginning of August. Within the group, JD Sports was top performer, with sales up 28%, while sales also rose at outdoors chains Blacks and Millets.
  • Madrids Plaza Margaret Thatcher is a curious landmark for curious times | Miguel-Anxo Murado

    Miguel-Anxo Murado
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Despite the fanfare that accompanied the squares opening, Thatchers brand of conservatism was never popular in Spain, a country now split by austerityMargaret Thatcher now ranks between Columbus and Goya. Not between the men and their achievements, but in between their namesakes in the Madrid street map. There, near Columbus Square, with its gigantic, Brobdingnagian Spanish flag and Goya Street, with its row of expensive fashion stores, now lies Plaza Margaret Thatcher, the only such tribute to the Iron Lady outside the UK.And its not just any place, but one of the beating pulses of the…
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    Spain Financial News

  • Dublin’s ranking as a financial centre continues to plummet

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    … Europe’s top hub for investment funds. In 2009 Dublin ranked … to the 16th bi-annual Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) prepared by … places fourth last, ahead of Madrid, Helsinki, Lisbon and Reykjavik.The …
  • Ryan Giggs and Co's takeover of Salford City boosted by billionaire Peter Lim

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    … to his track record of investing into sport and community projects … to sealing a takeover of Spanish top-flight side Valencia, although the … tension between Lim and the Spanish finance company Bankia.   MOST WATCHED SPORT VIDEOS
  • Abengoa Announces Its First Asset Sale to Abengoa Yield

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    … assets with a combined capacity of 131 MW located in Spain … those regarding our future financial position and results of … and fuel prices, counterparty credit risk, failure of … E-mail: Investor relations: Barbara Zubiria Furest. …
  • Citigroup sees Australian solar market at 2.2GW in 2020

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Global investment bank Citigroup predicts that the annual … Finance has predicted. Certainly, many companies such as US-based Recurrent Energy, Spain … grid-connection and operations and encouraging banks to lend at favourable rates …
  • DataRoom AM: Treasury taste test

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    … bid, according to The Australian Financial Review. The talks are believed … investment bankers in a frenzy, according to the AFR, with four different banks … Group has teamed up with Spain’s Ferrovial on the $1 …
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Water Ski Pulley now functioning over by the Lakes. 13:36:54, 2014-09-18 Quiz Nights starting L'Espignon Wednesday 1st October 8.30pm every week. 13:32:32, 2014-09-18 No water due to burst water pipe by DBar 12:47:34, 2014-09-17 Cloudy and Windy. Makes a change. Even had few drops of rain. 07:46:39, 2014-09-17 Few drops of rain! 11:09:15, 2014-09-16 Bins are off the beach so that is summer well and truly over. Now if someone can just tell the sun that as weather is lovely! 09:16:52, 2014-09-16 Olive Oil price to increase as hot summer damaged a lot of crops. On the other hand cucumbers…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Excellent News 30,000 more tourists this year. Now show me a rich business owner!!!! 23:06:07, 2014-09-11 Back to a cooler and breezier Almerimar this evening. 23:03:43, 2014-09-11 Delivered ( ) couple of dogs this week to Middlesborough new striker Kike. Lovely dogs, very pleasant couple. 14:25:22, 2014-09-10 Restaurants taking Xmas lunch bookings already. 07:54:05, 2014-09-07 Errrr humid! 16:57:34, 2014-09-06 FUBAR Paper Review: 6th September 2014: I will be reviewing the papers this morning with Jon Gaunt on F……
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Internet is back. No quicker though 18:47:16, 2014-09-03 No internet. Saw guys still working on it on way home just now. 16:53:23, 2014-09-03 Still no internet. Current forecast is 3pm for it to be back. 12:53:56, 2014-09-03 Bucannera open 24 hours 11:30:14, 2014-09-03 Phone back but no internet. Humidity back. Still some cloud but the sun is getting stronger. 09:25:02, 2014-09-03 No phones or internet but we do have clouds and a slight breeze! 07:40:18, 2014-09-03 Busy but not profitable seems to be the majority view on the summer. Am sure will be provided with impressive stats in due…
  • 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,…
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • German politics: There is an Alternative

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    CALM down. So suggested Angela Merkel, the chancellor and also leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), following the state elections in Thuringia and Brandenburg on September 14th. After all, the CDU gained votes in both states, taking 33.5% in Thuringia, where it came first (as it has done ever since unification in 1990), […]
  • Charlemagne: Europe’s ring of fire

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    IT SEEMS safe to assume that Johnny Cash, born in Arkansas in 1932, gave little thought to European foreign policy. Yet one of the Man in Black’s better-known numbers sums up the European Union’s troubles with its neighbours. “Love is a burning thing,” he sang in “Ring of Fire”, a hit in 1963, “and it […]
  • Anti-Semitism in Germany: Who is the Other now?

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    FROM President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel to Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders, Germany’s political and religious elite gathered at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on September 14th to protest against anti-Semitism. And no wonder, when recent demonstrations against Israeli military action in Gaza have chanted: “Hamas, Hamas, Juden ab ins Gas” (Hamas, Hamas, Jews […]
  • Scotland chooses to stay in UK

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Voters in Scotland have said No to independence from the UK, but the intense campaigning and record-high turnout are models for separatist movements elsewhere in Europe. News from EUobserver
  • Turkey’s president: Secularists at bay

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Erdogan tries to escape Ataturk’s shadow “A NEW Turkey” was the promise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who became its first elected president on August 10th. No sooner was he sworn in than Mr Erdogan said he would move out of Ataturk’s palace, in Ankara’s secular Cankaya district, into a new state-of-the-art complex on the edge […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • Today in Lloret de Mar

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Towards the end of September we would now be expecting the temperatures to be on the cooler side especially during the evening and night time but no it's still very hot and humid. These photos are from Lloret seafront today where there is now lots of space on the beach compared to what we have seen during August and the first half of September. This car park near the beach now has lots of empty from the 16th September you can park for free for the first hour.
  • September weather in Lloret

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Last night we had one of the worst storms for quite some time with loud cracks of thunder lightening which lit up the sky so much it looked like daylight and to top it all hailstones!Judging by who was online during the early hours of the morning it kept a lot of people from sleeping - me included. This morning however we have a much fresher start to what looks like is going to turn out to be a lovely September day with the current temperature a nice cool 17c and expected to rise to 27c.This photo is a screen shot from the live webcam showing Lloret de Mar beach taken at 8.30 this morning.
  • Be on your Guard!

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Here is some very good advice to keep you safe from being the victim of the pickpockets who are after your cash and valuables wherever you travel!
  • Late Shopping in Lloret

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Another lively late night shopping event is taking place this Friday evening 12th September. Stores will remain open until 12.30am, during the evening there will also be all kinds of other entertaining activities taking place in the streets such as live music shows, cat walks showing some of the latest fashions and accessories on sale in the local stores.
  • Correbous Vidreres

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
     This is the first time I've come across this annual event which takes place in the nearby little town of Vidreres...thanks to Val who brought it to my attention! The event got off to a start at 7am this morning with the main feature the 'Bull Run' - we didn't actually get there while much later by that time the it was the horses which were putting on a fantastic show in the temporary 'bull ring'For those who would like to visit the event next year here is a link to their website with more info...Carrebous Vidreres
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    The Very Best Blog Ever!

  • My avatar and Hona

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    This is the third page of "My Avatar".The first 600 "pictures" can be seen by clicking HERE. The second 600 "pictures" can be seen by clicking HERE. Click on the image for a full size view.Remember to come back soon to check the updates.
  • 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…
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    Spanish Teaching

  • Spanish Movies in the Classroom

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We’ve already discussed here on several occasions the value of using film in the classroom. A movie screen is like an open window that invites viewers to dive into new worlds, places where students can observe and appreciate cultures of their target language.The Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences has come up with a selection of films to send to the 2015 Oscars as possible candidates for the “best foreign language film”. The choices of these institutions often don’t completely coincide with popular opinion. Every once in a while however, they hit the nail right on the…
  • Don’t Tell My Mother...

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ... that I’m a Spanish TeacherWhen you finish high school and you must cross that Rubicon that used to be known as the selectividad, the university access exam that defines your future and which is now known simply as PAU (Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad) I guess just because acronyms always sound so cool, you’re faced with one of the toughest questions in your student life: “what do I want for my future?” Your parents, in all their parental affection, advise you to make a “wise decision”… They’re quite aware that the average age in which young Spaniards leave the nest…
  • The Spanish Pronoun SE - Part Three

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Now that we've jumped head first into this topic, let's see if we can finish it off. Now, that we've gone over with the different circumstances in which this controversial pronoun appears our students we, as teachers, must now review for understanding. This is also a moment that can create a lot of unnecessary stress on the part of our students.We must remember (this is an idea of mine that constantly runs through my mind) that our students (not including those teachers taking a refresher course or university students, both of whom are interested in the purely grammatical aspect and need to…
  • 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…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

  • 11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am

    José M. Guardia
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    STEVE JOBS WAS A LOW-TECH PARENT, or why it's important to limit kids' gadget time.
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    José M. Guardia
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    NEVER FORGET(This picture is by my friend José Carlos Rodríguez who back then was living in New York.)
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    José M. Guardia
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    WEALTHY FRENCH JEWS are fleeing anti-Semitism and bringing their money to NY.
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    José M. Guardia
    6 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    THIS CAN CHANGE not only the country's economy; it can also put limit China's power derived from the quasi-monopoly on rare earths: $1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan.
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    José M. Guardia
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    MUST-READ: A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters.
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  • Oculus presenta Crescent Bay, su nuevo prototipo de gafas de realidad virtual

    Elías Notario
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Bueno bueno, pues sin que nadie lo esperara Oculus, la compañía puntera en el neonato sector de la realidad virtual, acaba de dar una grata sorpresa en el marco de la primera conferencia para desarrolladores de la empresa que comenzó ayer en Hollywood (California, EE UU): la presentación de Crescent Bay, un nuevo prototipo de gafas de realidad virtual desarrolladas por ellos que incorpora varias y suculentas mejoras respecto a los anteriores (Oculus Rift DK1 y DK2, que probamos recientemente). Como se puede apreciar en las imágenes, a nivel diseño exterior el dispositivo es muy parecido…
  • ¿Qué sabemos de la futura Nexus 9 de HTC y Google?

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    La noticia acaba de saltar a los titulares: será el fabricante chino HTC, que no colaboraba con el gigante de Internet desde 2010, quien fabrique el próximo dispositivo Nexus 9 de Google, cuya presentación se anuncia entre los entendidos como inminente. Pero ¿qué más sabemos hasta la fecha de este próximo lanzamiento? Es una tableta (con lo que eso conlleva para HTC) Desde el verano se sabe que el nuevo Nexus será una tableta y no un smartphone, y es aquí donde muchos se han sorprendido con la filtración de que será HTC quien la fabrique, puesto que la compañía asiática dijo,…
  • Yaap Money, la nueva forma de enviar y recibir dinero entre amigos de forma segura

    Alberto Iglesias Fraga
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    En el mercado existen numerosas apps para enviar y recibir dinero (PayPal, sin ir más lejos, se reduce a eso en el fondo) pero ninguna había sido diseñada específicamente para hacerlo entre nuestros amigos, en apenas un par de pasos y de manera completamente segura. Imagínense el momento en que un amigo ha comprado entradas para todo el grupo y ha adelantado el dinero de todas ellas pero no se van a ver hasta el día del evento, ¿cómo pueden enviarle el dinero antes si lo necesita? ¿Cómo hacer pequeños envíos de dinero a nuestra familia que vive lejos? ¿Y para evitar líos al…
  • Los riesgos de seguridad de los ‘wearables’

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Los wearables o dispositivos ponibles como las gafas y relojes inteligentes que empiezan a poblar el mercado de los gadgets permiten a sus usuarios acceder a Internet y a distintas aplicaciones de forma más cómoda respecto a los teléfonos y las tabletas. Pero, como estos últimos, estos gadgets también traen consigo nuevos riesgos de seguridad a los que tendrán que hacer frente los usuarios. Así lo indican los expertos de la empresa de seguridad Kaspersky Lab, cuyos analistas Roberto Martínez y Juan Andrés Guerrero han analizado Google Glass y Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 con el fin de…
  • Lo mejor de la semana en TICbeat (15-21 septiembre 2014)

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Compras, nuevas aplicaciones, dimisiones de presidentes históricos de gigantes del software y salidas a Bolsa que quitan el hipo. He aquí los temas más destacados y leídos por nuestra audiencia en la semana del 15 y el 21 de septiembre. Microsoft compra la empresa creadora de Minecraft por 2.500 millones de dólares El popular juego de construcción Minecraft, creado en 2009 por la empresa sueca Mojang y que ha sido descargado solo en PC unas 100 veces desde que nació, ya forma parte de Microsoft. Así lo confirmó esta semana el gigante del software que, tal y como se rumoreaba en los…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Budget Airlines Carried 10.3% More Passengers to End of August

    Leigh Dalston
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to data released last week by Spain’s Institute of Tourism, under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, low cost airlines carried 22.4 million passengers in the first eight months of the year, representing an increase of 10.3% over the same period last year. Traditional airline companies, meanwhile, handled over 24.4 million passengers to […]
  • Improvement in the Economy Will Not Raise House Prices, Says Moody’s

    Alan Cowley
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In a report released last week, the credit rating agency, Moody’s, said that in their opinion, the recent signs of improvement being seen in the Spanish economy will not immediately translate into a sustainable increase in housing prices, but rather in a slowdown in their rapid decline. High unemployment, excess housing stock and the falling […]
  • Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Most Expensive Cities for Students

    Diane Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to the results of a study carried out by real estate search engine portal,, which analysed everyday expenses in the major university cities in Spain, such as housing, public transport or menu of the day, it was revealed that Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia are the Spanish cities with the most expensive cost of […]
  • Housing Market Recovery Will Have to Wait, Say Notaries

    Diane Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Data from the General Council of Notaries, which is for many the most reliable and closest to reality reference when it comes to the housing market in Spain, have again published negative figures for the month of July, both in the number of sales (-9.8%) as well as the prices (-10%). Their latest data contradicts […]
  • Spanish Employment Grew Three Times the Eurozone’s in Second Quarter

    Leigh Dalston
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The number of persons employed in the eurozone grew by 0.2% during the second quarter of the year over the previous three months, while employment in Spain increased by 0.7%, quarter-on-quarter, according to data published last week by the European Commission statistics office, Eurostat. Meanwhile, in the whole of the European Union (EU), the employment […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • Eat Seasonal Spanish Food This Fall — Forest Fungi

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Sant Sadurni de l’Heura Will you be coming to Catalonia soon? Love good food? Get our guidebook to eating and drinking like a local in Barcelona. Eat Guides Barcelona $4.99 By Regina Winkle-Bryan Who knew people could get so excited about fungus? Adri and I were roaming around Girona, a couple hours north of Barcelona, and on one of those winding country roads pulled past a Mushroom Festival in Sant Sadurní de l´Heura. Of course we had to stop and check out the fungi. There was fungus for sale, baskets for collecting it (mushroom caches are highly coveted, and placed in wicker baskets…
  • Get Good Vibes On Spain’s Most Beautiful Island

    5 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Stunning beaches in Formentera. Look at that water! By Regina Winkle-Bryan The first thing that hits you when you step foot on Formentera is the light. It’s clear, and fierce, and white. It’s blinding. The next thing that hits you is the peacefulness. Stress washes away and it’s hard to pick up an Internet signal. I don’t want to get too ‘vibey’, but Formentera has got them, good vibrations. It’s probably some sort of vortex or something. Boat ramp on Formentera.   The fact that there’s no airport (or five-star hotels, or traffic lights) means all who arrive come by boat,…
  • 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…
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    Ronda, the City of Dreams in Andalusia, Southern Spain

  • The Ronda Printable Guide and City Map (just 5€)

    Ronda Today
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    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 (including city map) of Ronda and the Sierras from some of the most popular articles on this website. At just 5 Euros (Paypal) It is well worth the small investment […]
  • Welcome

    Ronda Today
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hi, Clive here from Ronda Today.  Feedback is very important to us and we love to get your comments and thoughts about your visit to Ronda “The City of Dreams” so that we can continue to create the best resource of English language Tourist information about the town of Ronda in Andalucia, Spain Right now […]
  • Hotel Reina Victoria, Ronda ****

    Ronda Today
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Four star English style hotel located close Ronda's main attractions, yet away from the city centre for peace and quiet with plenty of parking and views of the mountains surrounding Ronda. From €55 per room, per night
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Spanish News

  • US Investment Firm To Spend 200 Million On Real Estate Projects

    Maria Sullivan
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    RCS (Real Capital Solutions), with over three decades in the industry and based in Colorado, USA, has identified a clear opportunity on the Costa del Sol and plans to invest around 200 million euros over the next four years. RCS Spain, a new division of RCS, recently acquired Cosmo Beach and Valley Heights at a […]
  • Spain To Host World’s First International Halal Tourism Conference

    Ana Pozuelo
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Spain will host the world’s first international Halal Tourism Conference this Monday September 22. The two-day event aims to bring together the tourism industry to discuss the opportunities and challenges that halal tourism presents. Halal tourism is said to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry with recent research and reports finding […]
  • Graduates From Spanish Universities Have Low Basic Skills, Says OECD Report

    Ana Pozuelo
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), graduates from Spanish universities have particularly low basic skills. The report also highlighted graduates from Italy with similarly low skills. The annual report on education, for the first time measured basic skills such as literacy against education attainment. While on average, 24% […]
  • 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 […]
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    The Cheap In Madrid Blog » The Cheap In Madrid Blog

  • 5 Places to Buy Jamón Ibérico In Madrid

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
            After a visit to Madrid and after  sampling this world-famous ham, you find yourself continually asking how can something so simple, be so good? How can a piece of bread, a little cheese, or a slice of ham all be this good? The mantra in Spain, above all else, seemingly tells us […]
  • Getaway: Segovia, Spain

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Getaway: Segovia, Spain Castles and Cathedrals. Roast pig and flowing wine. Yes, Segovia has got plenty to keep you entertained for the day.  If you’re looking for an escape or day trip from Madrid you’ve got to check out Segovia, the city famous for inspiring the emblematic image of Walt Disney’s castle. Set an hour to […]
  • 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 […]
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    Houses for Sale in Spain

  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Homage to BCN

  • A Few Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Barcelona

    Carmen Carrasco
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Read 'A Few Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Barcelona' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website In this article Barcelona native, Carmen Carrasco, shares some things to consider if you’re thinking about moving to Barcelona. If you are considering relocating to Barcelona there are some things you need to consider first. Sometimes the motivation to start a new life and the attractiveness of the place where we want to move, makes us launch into the adventure without the right information about aspects which can give us problems. Here we offer some tips that we hope you…
  • “Catalonia Is Not Spain” Crowdfunding Project

    Rob (H2BCN)
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Read '“Catalonia Is Not Spain” Crowdfunding Project' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Crowdfunding is where a project raises money from a number of contributors via an enabling platform such as Kickstarter. It has been a source of capital for many products and ventures where other funding opportunities weren’t available, or as straightforward. The contributor is supporting someone’s idea before it has actually come to market. In return they may get the product at a discount, or some other reward. Incredibly this industry has grown to be worth over $5…
  • #Barcelona on Instagram

    Rob (H2BCN)
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    Read '#Barcelona on Instagram' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website I’ve been testing integrating Instagram into a website for a client so thought I might as well utilise my new-found knowledge here too! So below are the latest Instagram photos that have been uploaded with a #Barcelona hastag. Click on the images to be taken to their respective Instagram page. Instagram only allows me to display 30 at a time. They update pretty quickly for this hasthtag so you can just refresh the page to see the most recent ones. I find it pretty addictive. Upload yours to see it appear on…
  • 5 Years On – My Homage to Catalonia

    Claire Gledhill
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:14 am
    Read '5 Years On – My Homage to Catalonia' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Claire is back with another excellent article, this time reflecting on her last 5 years in Barcelona. Within the next couple of weeks it will be 5 years to the day since I was hit by a wall of heat as I stepped off a sleeper train in Estació de França, with probably more luggage than is really permitted in their carriages. It’s difficult now to remember exactly how I felt at the time, what I was expecting, how long it would take, if ever, to feel like home. Moving away from a comfortable,…
  • 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…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • Why Chinese property investors choose to buy property in the UK?

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:57 am
    UK and China has an improved trade relations. A rising number of Chinese children are now being admitted in top schools along, which is among the key factors that drive Chinese investment in properties at prime central London. W.A. Ellis, an agency in prime central London, made a research that stated the liberalization of China’s currency, the Renminbi (RMB), has created a rising price of newly constructed residential properties in China’s first tier regions and an increasing number of Chinese high net worth personas seek offshore investments. This adds attraction to London’s real…
  • 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…
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    Welcome to our Family Life in Spain

  • Currency update news: September 2014

    Lisa Sadleir
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:40 am
    Whether you are living in Spain or moving to Spain, having a reliable currency transfer advisor can save you a lot of money. The following article is the first of monthly updates from Foreign Currency Direct that we will be sharing with you. Here’s the latest currency update news for september 2014: Following an extremely volatile... Read more → The post Currency update news: September 2014 appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Legoland Windsor: Don’t leave it too late!

    Lisa Sadleir
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:15 am
    In the last week of our 12 week long summer holidays we enjoyed a quick trip back to the UK. The trip was to finally visit Legoland Windsor, something we have been planning to do for years. We chose to travel the first week in September as that meant most of the UK schools had... Read more → The post Legoland Windsor: Don’t leave it too late! appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • School Summer Holidays in Spain: To Enjoy Or To Endure?

    Lisa Sadleir
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    12 Weeks Of School Summer Holidays in Spain… As I write this post, I still cannot believe it is the last day of of the long, school summer holidays in Spain. Every summer, our children break up for 12 weeks of school summer holidays. Yes, you read that correctly: three months; 12 weeks; eighty days... Read more → The post School Summer Holidays in Spain: To Enjoy Or To Endure? appeared first on 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.
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    Andalucia Blog 2014

  • Cookery Courses

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:55 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.
  • My Reviews

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:51 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
  • 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

  • The famous ‘burro-taxis’ – Donkey-powered transport in Mijas Pueblo, Spain

    Robert Skupski
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    A popular, if somewhat controversial, way of seeing the sights in charming Mijas Pueblo is the well-known burro-taxis or donkey-drawn carts and donkey-back rides. When visiting the area and staying close by in a holiday villa, these colourful and quaint creatures make for many a photographic moment. A little background to, and history of, these enigmatic donkeys is included below. The donkeys themselves are the Asno Andaluz or Andalusian donkey, a domestic breed of donkey native to the province of Córdoba in Andalusia, Spain. These donkeys are considered to be the oldest of the European…
  • Roman Invades Yalikavak!

    Jess Whittle
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    With the opening of the impressive Palmarina Bodrum, Yalikavak well and truly placed itself on the map in terms of being one of the most upmarket resorts in Turkey, if not the whole World. Never was this more evident than just a few days ago when the Eclipse, the World’s second largest privately owned super yacht sailed into the Marina with its owner, the Russian oligarch and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, on board. The Eclipse is the world’s second largest privately owned super yacht The Eclipse is worth a staggering £290 million and the 536 foot long vessel features…
  • Fraudulent Villa Owners on the Prowl Again!!…But Never on Our Watch!

    Jess Whittle
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    This weekend yet another article appeared in the national press about a British family being scammed after booking their holiday home through property rental giant Owners Direct. Yet again this unsuspecting family found the villa of their dreams, contacted the ‘property owner’ and sent their hard earned cash by bank transfer only to discover the villa doesn’t exist and their money is long gone. This family are not alone, it has been reported that fraudulent owners have stolen more than £25 million off holidaymakers in the last five years. Is this making you nervous?? Well, it…
  • 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…
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