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  • Armed robbers steal unmarked police car in Mar Menor - Spanish News in English
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    THREE armed highway were not put off when the vehicle they held up turned out to be an unmarked police car - they still went ahead and stole it whilst threatening the officers at gunpoint.
  • Tourists miss plane due to arrest over 'borrowed' bike - Spanish News in English
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    AN ITALIAN couple on holiday in Valencia missed their flight home when they were arrested for 'stealing' one of the public on-street bicycles - but insisted they only 'borrowed' it.
  • More Speed Controls This Week
    Peter Jay
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will intensify speed controls this week. The current campaign, which ends on Sunday 24 August, will concentrate on back roads where 75 per cent of driver fatalities occur. As well as manned checkpoints there are 500 fixed and 250 mobile speed cameras available throughout Spain.. According to the DGT, complying with legal speed limits could prevent a quarter of accidental deaths on the roads; last year 366 people died and 1,518 were seriously injured in accidents where speed was one of the contributing factors. Surveys show 25% of drivers…
  • Tarragona men have Spain’s ‘worst semen’

    Olive Press Newspaper Spain
    Jared Garland
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    The city is investigating what's causing the low sperm mobility
  • Day care centre is still a priority

    Tenerife News - Official Website
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A day care centre to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s is still the aim of Granadilla, the council has reiterated. A donation of 60,000 euros has just been made to the organisation ACUFADE which is an association which looks after sufferers and their carers. The Mayor, Jaime González Cejas said it was a significant and substantial amount give the state of public finances in Tenerife [...]
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  • More Speed Controls This Week

    Peter Jay
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will intensify speed controls this week. The current campaign, which ends on Sunday 24 August, will concentrate on back roads where 75 per cent of driver fatalities occur. As well as manned checkpoints there are 500 fixed and 250 mobile speed cameras available throughout Spain.. According to the DGT, complying with legal speed limits could prevent a quarter of accidental deaths on the roads; last year 366 people died and 1,518 were seriously injured in accidents where speed was one of the contributing factors. Surveys show 25% of drivers…
  • Say Yes On Teide

    Peter Jay
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    A young Russian on holidays in the South of Tenerife, is the first person to propose to his fiancé on top of  the Teide volcano. The young lady said yes during the Teide Cable car sunset star watch tour -’Volcano Life Experience’. Russians remain the biggest consumer of this trip, originally available only one day a week but now the company has had to expand due to increased demand. The excursion pampers couples on the most important romantic event of their lives, says the project director Joan Rodríguez de la Sierra. We leave them alone to enjoy privacy with a waiter…
  • Patera Arrivals To The Canaries On The Increase

    Peter Jay
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Photo – Diario de Avisos Over the last two years there has been a resurgence  in the arrival of  illegal immigrants to the Archipelago, mainly African migrants trying to seek a better future in Europe and although, so far, not in the numbers the Canary Islands witnessed five years ago, the fact is the arrival of “Patera” boat-people is on the increase . Just in 2014 to-date nine vessels with a total of 178 immigrants on board have been intercepted. This figure is higher than in the whole of 2012, when 173 illegals were detained and fast approaching last…
  • Gis’ A Job

    Peter Jay
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    More than 2,300 people have signed up for the Government’s “Work Cheque” scheme so far – a role reversal in job seeking - where the unemployed choose which company they want to work for, and if in agreement this company will receive a maximum subsidy of 4,500 euros. The Minister of Employment, Industry and Commerce for the Canarian Government, Francisca Luengo, explained at a press conference today that this measure is one of many which is part of the active employment policy developed by his department. However this controversial project has attracted a great deal…
  • Strike Action At Los Rodeos On Wednesday

    Peter Jay
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Members of the council of Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA) are staging a lock-in at the Tenerife Los Rodeos airport on Wednesday to protest against airport privatization after the government announced the sale of 49 per cent stake of the public body to private investors. The committee has also summoned airport workers to a general meeting to be held at the end of the protest to ratify the decision to exercise their right to strike in late August. The committee calls for a public AENA model where all of the benefits are ploughed back into the improvement and sustainability of…
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    Olive Press Newspaper Spain

  • Tarragona men have Spain’s ‘worst semen’

    Jared Garland
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    The city is investigating what's causing the low sperm mobility
  • Ronda’s Los Merinos golf developers probed

    Tom Powell (Reporter)
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Son of disgraced Catalan leader Jordi Pujol ‘made millions’ from controversial Ronda golf project
  • Matters of the harp

    Tom Powell (Reporter)
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    The Prince of Wales' official harpist has cut strings with her husband to holiday in Spain with Britain's biggest opera star
  • Left in the ashes

    Tom Powell (Reporter)
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    For many of the victims of the 2012 Mijas fires, life hasn’t got much better since thanks to continued homelessness and refused compensation
  • Brits should shop in Spain

    Jared Garland
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    Sterling is bouncing back meaning serious savings for British shoppers in Spain
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Day care centre is still a priority

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A day care centre to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s is still the aim of Granadilla, the council has reiterated. A donation of 60,000 euros has just been made to the organisation ACUFADE which is an association which looks after sufferers and their carers. The Mayor, Jaime González Cejas said it was a significant and substantial amount give the state of public finances in Tenerife [...]
  • Join in solidarity race and march for Santa Rita

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Put a note of September 7th in your diary if you like the idea of combining health and sport and helping a very good cause at the same time. Los Realejos and Puerto de la Cruz councils have announced details of a race and solidarity march to benefit the Santa Rita home for the elderly and the Foundation which runs it. The initiative “Santa Rita [...]
  • What’s happening in “sunny” Puerto this summer?

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    August is upon us, the vacation month, the month when the whole Spanish system effectively shuts down and Puerto is no different (not that anyone gets over-excited here during the rest of the year!) So again I am faced with the same dilemma, finger poised over the keyboard, thinking what on earth there is to write about. What has the council had to say for [...]
  • Pylons “should be removed” from historic area

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new consortium in La Orotava is calling for the instant removal of high tension electricity pylons in an historic part of the town. An executive committee is trying to improve the area known as El Rincón and is holding regular meetings to discuss various projects. The latest was chaired by the Mayor, Francisco Linares and included representatives of the Canary Government. It was agreed [...]
  • Festive flight boost for La Palma

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    La Palma is “slowly getting there” in its bid to improve connectivity. This was the view expressed by the Cabildo’s tourism councillor, Raúl Camacho after news that Vueling is to operate a direct flight between Bilbao and the island this December. There will also be flights on December 22nd and 29th, as well as on January 5th. The company has indicated it will look at [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • 'Oldest' village in Spain sells cut-price plots of land to attract new residents

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Sale is second attempt to save Olmeda de la Cuesta, which has 35 residents with average age of 75, from disappearingWith 35 residents and the distinction of being the village with the oldest population in Spain, Olmeda de la Cuesta, 100 miles (160km) east of Madrid, is determined to stave off its slow death.On Thursday the village began its latest attempt to attract new residents with a bargain sale of eight plots of land. Lots start at 200 (£160) for 60 sq metres (645 sq ft)2 while 300 will buy you 87sq m (936 sq ft). The most expensive plot of land costs 1,300 for 205 sq metres. The…
  • Fighting bull beef: 'The most ecological meat in the world'

    Venetia Thompson
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    In Spain, meat from fighting bulls is experiencing a resurgence and its adherents argue that it comes from happier, healthier cattle than commercial beef. Would you eat the byproduct of a bullfight?La Pepona is one of Seville's most exciting new tapas bars. It is light, airy and trendy, offering natural Andalusian wines and local olive oil. It is, perhaps, not the sort of place you would expect to find such traditional dishes as ragout de toro de lidia slow-cooked fighting bull meat. But there it is, atop a bed of lightly truffled parmentier. Restaurateur Juanlu Fernández in no way…
  • How Spains guerrilla architect is building new hope out of financial crisis

    Ana Naomi de Sousa
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    As the state has withdrawn, Santiago Cirugeda has stepped in to turn abandoned sites in Seville and other Spanish cities into dramatic art spaces that are inspiring a new breed of architectIn June 2014, Santiago Cirugeda and Jorge Bifu Barroso announced the closure of La Carpa (the big top) in downtown Seville. It had been four years since the radical architect and theatre director had teamed up to assemble the citys first self-built independent arts space by occupying a disused piece of public land. And so the structures that made up La Carpa by now, a popular fixture in the city, with its…
  • Woman with cocaine hidden in breast implants arrested at Madrid airport

    Agence France-Presse in Madrid
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Police say the implants, which were removed in hospital after the woman confessed, contained 1.7kg of the drugA Venezuelan woman with 1.7kg of cocaine hidden in her breast implants has been arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia."During a check of passengers from a plane from Bogotá, the gestures and behaviour of a supposed tourist raised the suspicions of narcotics agents," police said on Friday. Continue reading...
  • ElBulli foundation plans anger environmentalists

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Elbulli 1846 visitor centre and museum set to open next year but will eat up space on one of Spain's protected beachesWhen Ferran Adrià shut the doors of his elBulli restaurant in 2011, he quickly reassured gastronomes that it was not closing for good, just for a revamp. ElBulli would become a cultural foundation , complete with museum and visitor centre called elBulli 1846, all to reopen on an expanded plot in 2015.Foodies may have been reassured, but not so environmentalists, who are furious that the expanded elBulli will eat up more space on the Cala Montjoi, one of Spain's few…
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • 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
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Little cloudy first thing and very slight breeze. No doubt will be hot again. 08:59:48, 2014-07-24 Cafe Minimal terrace has nice new awning. Tropical Beach is open but nobody at all using sunbeds 13:02:03, 2014-07-23 Smelly morning again in Almerimar. 07:05:24, 2014-07-23 Useful that the Nissan garage has opened again in El Ejido, Almeria, and Huerca Olvera. 21:56:48, 2014-07-22 Slight breeze which is nice and cool but Sun is out and starting to warm up. 08:32:12, 2014-07-22 Lovely day. Bit of a breeze. Sunny. Hot. 15:00:41, 2014-07-21 Still a slight breeze, but the sun is strong and has…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Police on roundabout by vets 11:51:33, 2014-07-17 Humidity is back these last few days. Going to be a hot summer folks. 08:37:54, 2014-07-17 This year's concerts in the Castle. 08:36:40, 2014-07-17 Fireworks make more sense at night but really are they worth it? 22:22:00, 2014-07-16 Lot of banging the old virgin tonight. What is point of fireworks when bright sunshine? 20:49:40, 2014-07-16 New bollards in road as you enter the Square. Nobody going to drive into those then! 16:40:06, 2014-07-16…
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • War crimes in Kosovo: A country awaits

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    THIS is Kosovo’s holiday-and-wedding season, but some in the small Balkan state don’t feel much like celebrating this year. On July 29th Clint Williamson, an American prosecutor leading a special European Union task-force investigating war crimes, came out with a damning report. His team was created to look into claims in a report for the […]
  • Turkey’s presidential elections: The next sultan?

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Erdogan blessing the crowds TURKEY’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became the country’s first popularly elected president on August 10th, marking his ninth consecutive electoral victory during 12 years in power. He received 52% of the vote, averting the need for a run-off. The result has bolstered Mr Erdogan’s increasingly tight grip on power and […]
  • [Analysis] What the leaked EU-Canada trade paper means for TTIP

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    EU negotiators, who like to give as little away as possible, will have been deeply dismayed by the leak of 520-pages of their latest baby: Ceta. News from EUobserver
  • Russia’s aid convoy: Putin’s PR coup

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    HELP is on the way. Or so Russian state television declared on August 12th, as nearly 300 lorries with food, medicine and generators set off from a base outside Moscow for the besieged city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.Confusion reigns over what the lorries are carrying, and over how they will cross into Ukraine. As […]
  • Russia and the West: Flexing its mussels

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    A NEW dish may soon appear in Moscow restaurants: “Belarusian” mussels. So goes a rather Soviet-style joke making the rounds since August 5th, when Russia blocked food imports from countries that have imposed sanctions on it. Seafood from America and Europe is now banned, but can still get into landlocked Belarus, which enjoys a customs-free […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • Antiques Fair in Lloret

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
     This weekend in Lloret there will be another Antiques Fair & Collectors market taking place along Passeig Jacint Verdauger (in front of the Town Hall) dates are Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th August 10am - 10pm. Also on Sunday 24th there will be a nice exhibition of lace making in the church grounds from 5pm - 8.30pmPhotos from one of the previous antiques fairs and lace making exhibition in Lloret de Mar.
  • Clon Festival - The Moonwalkers

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Michael Jackson Tribute BandThis years Clon Festival came to a sudden close last night as the excellent Michael Jackson tribute act were playing to what must have been the biggest audience of the event....rain stopped the show at 11.50pm. The 'Moonwalkers' started off the night with the later Michael Jackson hits and then went onto his older stuff, a great evening but such a shame we didn't see their full show...maybe they will be back another year!More photos here....The Moonwalkers
  • Lloret de Mar - Things to do

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Are you looking for something slightly different to do while on holiday in Lloret? then this may be of interest to the car enthusiasts. As you are coming into Lloret from Girona airport then you might have noticed a large grey stone restaurant/hotel on the right hand side of  the N11 coming into town the - Hostal del Rolls. Right next door is a very interesting automobile museum with more than 300 vehicles in the collection. Opening times are 10am -5pm Thursday to Saturday, Sunday 10am - 2pm. at present the normal entrance fee is €5. Above is the cadillac 'El Dorado' of General…
  • Shopping in Lloret de Mar

    12 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    Just now in Lloret the summer sales are on with some fantastic bargains to be found in the clothing and accessory shops, reductions are ranging from 30% to as much as 70% in some shops. At the end of this month (August) the shops will once again bring the remainder of their sales good out onto the streets for the popular 'Botiga al Carrer' - Then is the best time to get your goods at the lowest price possible as the shops will all be stocking up on new winter items. The planned date for the sale is 31st August from 10am until 9pm. Look at the following link for a more detailed look at…
  • Clon Festival - The Moonwalkers

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Just a reminder about the Clon Festival taking place this Friday 15th August, so far this year we have seen tributes to  Bruce Springsteen and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The final act for this year is a tribute to Michael Jackson - The Moonwalkers who will be on stage at 10.30pm by the 'Blue Bar' and 'Zoo Beach Bar'
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    The Very Best Blog Ever!

  • 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,…
  • ¡San Juan!

    21 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It's the midday mass in the ermita de San Juan to celebrate his day and the choir and musicians are in fine form.San Juan seems to be enjoying it!This is followed by a BBQ with 15 of our friends at the peña......and this is a proper BBQ on the embers of a small bonfire on the ground, not charcoal in a specially constructed fireplace.Everyone tucked into the steak and lamb chops......accompanied by salads and various wines......followed by melon!And because it was Rosa Marie's birthday, a piece of a rather large cake!A great time was had by all!In the evening it was time for dancing in the…
  • 2,882 kilometres

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:54 am
    We have just returned from a 23 day holiday in which we visited the Algarve, (Portugal), and Andalucia, (southern Spain).During this time we stayed in 8 hotels, 2 of them for 1 week each and the others for either 1 or 2 nights.After setting off, our first 1 night stop was Santa Elena, still in Spain but half-way to the Algarve.On the Algarve we stayed for 1 week at Carvoeiro, a delightful fishing village which had embraced tourism.The coastline is really interesting with small coves dotted along the coast. That's the Atlantic ocean out there.And the town has it's own beach. Wonderful!The…
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    Spanish Teaching

  • 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…
  • Observations on the DELE Oral Exam

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As Spanish language teachers, we are inevitably faced with certain situations when helping our students prepare for a successful DELE exam that make us step back and rethink what we are doing. Often, to help our students succeed, we will often find that in addition to helping them progress in the areas of verbal, written and reading comprehension; we will find ourselves taking on the role of a therapist. This means that we must also assist them with overcoming fears and anxieties that we know so well whenever an important exam is waiting for us around the corner.Of all the parts of the DELE…
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  • The Spanish Siesta: Fact, Fiction – or Envy?

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Go ahead. Admit it. You wish you could take a long, refreshing nap in the middle of your workday, right? Sure you would. Who wouldn’t? The fact is, most Spaniards would LOVE to have a long nap after lunch, too. But wait a minute. Didn’t Spain invent the siesta? Don’t all Spaniards take midday naps? Is that maybe why their country is on the verge of a total economic collapse? There are lots of myths floating around about the infamous Spanish Siesta. Instead of the word “myth”, maybe a better word would be “misconception”. Dictionary definition for the…
  • 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Religious or just “cultural“, anxious spectators prepare for the 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions – and everyone hopes the weather cooperates. The majority of onlookers of the seemingly countless Holy Week Processions in Madrid are people of faith, but many attend for the spectacle of slow-moving, flower-and-candle-covered, band-following floats of religious symbols like the Virgin Mary (of which there are countless) and Jesus Christ (sometimes on the Cross and other times laying down). Still others go just because everyone else is going. And finally, others…
  • Assimilate or Perish as an Expatriate in Spain

    22 Jan 2014 | 2:34 am
    If you’re in an environment created by you, like your own house where you control everything, be happy as a hermit crab. But if you live outside in the real world, be prepared for things that rock your psychological boat, things that make you nauseous. Moving to another country can often make foreigners somewhat nauseous, perplexed, and oftentimes downright angry. Said another way, it’s one thing to “go with the flow” and another thing to “make waves because you don’t like the water“. (huh?!?!) If you don’t like the water, stay on the beach and…
  • Madrid Tours with MadridMan

    13 Jan 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Tour Madrid with MadridMan! MadridMan®, an American expatriate and Spanish resident, offers 2 to 2.5-hour walking tours of Old Madrid via Discover the hidden corners of Madrid and learn of Spain’s capital city’s colorful and often bloody past. We’ll visit Madrid’s principal plazas and walk through its narrow, Old Town pedestrian streets. You’ll learn of its Roman, Arab, & Christian roots as well as Madrid’s current-day customs and lifestyle. I assure you, it’s not all wine and siestas! But this isn’t your ordinary…
  • 2013 Spain’s Christmas Lottery El Gordo

    20 Dec 2013 | 9:12 am
    They say Spain’s annual Christmas Lottery is the richest in the world, distributing more than 2 Billion Euros, or 3 Billion U.S. Dollars, all taking place this coming Sunday, 22nd of December. TVE1 coverage starts at 8am and the whole lottery drawing process can last until 11:30am. While 2 Billion Euros are handed out, it’s a very broad dispersment. The BIG prize, “El Gordo“, will carry a grand prize of 4 Billion Euros – if you hold all 10-tickets in the series. Tickets are sold in “décimos“, or “one-tenths“, so if you bought just one of…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

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  • ‘Cloud Robotics’, una tecnología para maximizar la inteligencia de los robots

    Mihaela Marín
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    En el laboratorio de robótica de la Universidad Cornell un androide equipado con un sensor del sistema de videojuegos Microsoft Kinect está haciendo esfuerzos cada día para aprender nuevas cosas. El prototipo aspira al título del mejor asistente personal aunque, hasta que sea capaz de cumplir con éxito las tareas que le han sido encargadas, tendrá que asimilar una cantidad muy grande de datos sobre la predicción del comportamiento humano. Pero llegar a conocer como piensa y actúa una persona supone un proceso más complejo que el de programar y ejecutar de forma remota. Los humanos…
  • Swing Copters es lo nuevo del creador de Flappy Bird

    Elías Notario
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Seguro que la mayoría de vosotros recordáis Flappy Bird, ese videojuego para móviles de tipo casual que en muy poco tiempo se convirtió en todo un fenómeno de masas y el mismo que a pesar de ello su propio creador, Dong Nguyen, terminó retirando (según sus propias palabras, por ser demasiado adictivo). Pues bien, tras eso, ahora Nguyen ha vuelto a las andadas, en esta ocasión lanzado otro nuevo título, el bautizado con el nombre de Swing Copters. De él ya se empezó a hablar a comienzos de esta semana, pero no ha sido hasta hace unas horas que ha sido puesto a disposición de todos…
  • Heartbleed fue usado para atacar CHS, el grupo de hospitales estadounidense

    Esther Macías
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Esta semana unos de los grandes grupos hospitalarios estadounidenses, Community Health Systems, que gestiona 206 centros en 29 estados, reconocía haber sufrido el robo de más de 4,5 millones de datos de pacientes entre abril y junio. Un experto de seguridad, David Kennedy, responsable de la empresa TrustedSec, ha indicado a Bloomberg que personas relacionadas con la investigación de este ataque le han revelado que los hackers utilizaron el fallo de seguridad Heartbleed, que conmocionó a Internet el pasado mes de abril, para robar los datos (nombres, números de teléfono, direcciones y…
  • XRay intenta descifrar el modelo que hay detrás del ‘targeting’ de anuncios

    Mihaela Marín
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Una recomendación online de un producto o servicio justo en el momento en el que el usuario lo necesita es más que una pura coincidencia. Cualquier información que queda registrada en algún formulario, correo electrónico o compra en Internet se añade a la gran base de datos que representa la identidad digital de cualquier usuario que luego servirá para que las empresas enfoquen mejor sus estrategias de marketing. Se trata de una práctica que caracteriza la actividad comercial de muchas de las compañías que promocionan sus servicios en Internet, entre las más importantes Facebook,…
  • Restaurantes interactivos para una cena romántica

    Rafael Claudín
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Si tus vacaciones de verano te llevan a Chipre o a la Dubai, quizá puedas ver de primera mano los dos únicos restaurantes que, por el momento, ofrecen su servicio de restauración a través del sistema de Interactive Restaurant Technology, que parece recién salido de una de esas películas de futuro inminente basadas en tecnologías ya existentes. Con la popularización de las superficies táctiles, era de esperar que proliferaran este tipo de restaurantes, aunque están llegando con cuentagotas. Interactive Restaurant Technology es un sistema diseñado por Kodisoft, una firma ucraniana…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Hotel Prices Up 8.3% in July

    Leigh Dalston
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The price of hotels and other accommodation increased by 8.3% in July, compared to the 8.9% increase registered in the same month last year, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The statistics, published by the National Statistics Institute, showed that in annual terms the price of hotels and other accommodation rose by 0.4% in […]
  • The Sareb Sold 8,104 Properties to June

    Alan Cowley
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Sareb (Company for the Management of Assets proceeding from Restructuring of the Banking System) closed the first half of 2014 with revenues of 1,696 million euros. Of this, 74% comes from the management and sale of financial assets and the remaining 26% from real estate assets, according to information provided by the so-called ‘bad […]
  • Low Cost Airlines Transported 18.3 Million Passengers to July

    Diane Harris
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to data released on Monday from the tourism studies section of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, in the first seven months of the year the low cost airlines carried 18.3 million passengers, which represents an increase of 10% over the same period last year. In contrast, the traditional airline companies transported more […]
  • Rents Fell Another 0.8% in July

    Pieter Steen
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Housing rental prices fell by 0.8% in July 2014, the same decline they experienced a month earlier, and half a point higher than the overall rate, which stood at -0.3%, according to the latest data published by the National Statistics Institute. By region, the most significant decreases were registered in: Navarra (-2.3%); Madrid (-1.8%); Murcia […]
  • Malaga Ports Note Rise in Nautical Tourism

    Leigh Dalston
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nautical tourism is regaining its popularity in the ports on the Malaga coast. The average annual occupancy rate in the 11 ports that dot the coast is far from the 100% these facilities experienced seven years ago, but the sector’s data indicates a rebound in activity, to the extent that the region’s association of marinas, […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • 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…
  • Now On KOBO! The Guidebook For Your Next Trip To Barcelona, Spain

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Now out on KOBO! Eat Guides: Barcelona As many of you know, we launched Eat Guides: Barcelona in May 2014. The guidebook was just out on Amazon (Kindle) and (paper and PDF)…until now. We’ve just added one more eReader option: Kobo! If you have a Kobo, or a Kobo app on your phone or tablet, make sure to take a gander at Eat Guides here: The guidebook is the same price on all eReaders: $4.99 (though this will vary if your currency is not USD). We’ve been getting some great feedback on Eat Guides, and would…
  • Donkeys, Sheep, And A Falcon – Arcos de la Frontera

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:51 pm
      The biggies in Spain get most of the action: Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, etc.  For sweet sensations of tastes, time, and tamed donkeys, poke around the white villages located in Southern Spain. Our guest expert, Chelsea Alventosa, walks us through Arcos de la Frontera. By Chelsea Alventos Dabbled through the mountainous countryside of southern Spain, are towns with stark, white rectangular buildings.  Perched on cliffs along the winding roads of Andalucía, they are called  pueblos blancos (white villages). Visitors typically frequent the larger, better known towns such as…
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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

  • 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 […]
  • Mallorca Mansion Where Lady Diana Summered, Up For Sale At €38 Million

    Maria Sullivan
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    The ‘Castillo Mallorca’ is up for sale at a cool €38 million Euros, making it the most expensive private property on the island of Mallorca. The mansion was where Lady Diana stayed when she visited Mallorca before marrying Prince Charles. Located on its own private peninsula, the property comes with its own cave and a […]
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  • 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 […]
  • Frozen Finds: Smooy Authentic Frozen Yogurt

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is no denying the frozen yogurt fad is making its way to Madrid. This past spring, Spanish fro-yo chain Smooy entered the scene and, as we found, it is a much welcomed addition.So far they have three shops scattered around the city with plans to open more soon. We visited the one located at […]
  • Weekend Getaways near Madrid

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weekend Getaways near Madrid If you’re in Madrid and looking for a place to take your weekend guest or just looking to get out of the city for a couple of hours, the town of El Escorial presents a great opportunity for escape. The historical Royal Palace and Monastery here are located only about 45 […]
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    Houses for Sale in Spain

  • 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…
  • When a Tweet Just About Sums It Up. Bargain Beach Property in Valencia

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    22 May 2014 | 8:43 am
    How good value are the properties down by the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia? Sometimes there is huge value in certain properties that while not being visually stunning will provide one of two things for you: 1) An excellent rental return 2) A great lock up and leave bolthole for your property abroad in a vibrant city.
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    Homage to BCN

  • 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…
  • Michelle’s Perfect Day in Barcelona (with oil)

    Michelle Fàbregas
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:16 am
    Read 'Michelle’s Perfect Day in Barcelona (with oil)' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website When I first read this I thought, ‘way too promotional, this is going back’. But once I’d read it a couple of times I liked the ideas Michelle was giving for her oils, and oil pulling I had never heard of! And they are based in Barcelona after all. So I thought it ok to let this one slide. I hope you agree. “As my dogs, Hipopótamo and Pingüina, scratch and nuzzle to awaken me from my deep slumber, I start to feel the warm, Spanish sun on my face. ‘I should…
  • BCN Type

    Rob (H2BCN)
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Read 'BCN Type' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website BCN Type in progress I know, you’re wondering whether this has turned into a site about type after last weeks Barcelona font post. But this one I couldn’t resist. From the hand of German born, but Spanish influenced, Simón Prades, comes BCN Type. Grungy, futuristic lettering inspired by Barcelona’s famous grid system. Simon says about the project: I wanted to combine 3 things I really love in this project: architectural drawing, typography and the city of Barcelona (which is the hometown of my ancestors). The…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • 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,…
  • New expat residents association launches in Estepona

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    AN EXPAT residents association has been launched in Estepona, which will fight the corner of the town’s large number of foreign residents. The Associacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona (AREME) will speak on behalf of its members with public institutions, with the aim of improving services and provisions in Estepona. It already boasts one coup, successfully reinstating the local bus service. AREME has been given official approval by the Junta de Andalucia as a non-political and non-profit enterprise. The group has arranged a quarterly meeting with the councillor for…
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    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.
  • Sure Signs That You’re Adapting to Life As A Mum in Spain

    Lisa Sadleir
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    We love our family life in Spain.  We believe we have chosen a great place for our children to grow up. Right now, we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. By adapting to the Spanish way of living, you are able to integrate easier and reap the rewards of their relaxed and sociable way of life.... Read more → The post Sure Signs That You’re Adapting to Life As A Mum in Spain appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Our Family in Spain Best Summer Songs of All Time

    Lisa Sadleir
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Do you have a list of your Best Summer Songs of All Time? You know, the songs that remind you of summer holidays, having fun in the sun. The songs that when you hear them,you just need to crank the volume up every time. The songs that make you tap your feet or even shake your... Read more → The post Our Family in Spain Best Summer Songs of All Time appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Spanish Fast Food: An Oxymoron?

    Lisa Sadleir
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    One of the many things we love about living in Spain, is the food  and the importance of family time around the table. If you read our post, Spanish Food For Children, you will see that our children enjoy a wide and varied diet. However, there are times when a bit of Spanish fast food is what... Read more → The post Spanish Fast Food: An Oxymoron? appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
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    Andalucia Blog 2014

  • 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
  • Cordoba-Patios

    9 May 2014 | 1:11 am
  • My Reviews

    8 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    My Reviews section is all about my book reviews, accommodation reviews and Andalucian activity holiday and attraction reviews.
  • Cortijo Valverde

    8 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Cortijo Valverde a lovely small rural hotel/B&B in the heart of inland Malaga province, near the town of Alora and the wild landscape of El Torcal. .
  • Spanish Mosaic Tables

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Spanish Mosaic Tables, but from Spain handmade patio tables in Spanish tile mosaic, upcycled tiles go into making our unique exterior mosaic tables.
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    Panoramic Villas

  • 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…
  • We’re Raising Standards on the Costa del Sol

    Jess Whittle
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    At Panoramic Villas we know that there are tens of thousands of holiday villas for you to choose from on the Costa del Sol. That’s why we are constantly trying to persuade our owners to invest and add value and unique rental points to their homes. Yes, of course you want a villa in Spain primarily for the sunshine, the pool and the vino, but we also realise that these days you want more! Villa SP263 with a large wall mounted flat screen TV with satellite channels When you have a really nice large flat screen TV at home you don’t want to watch one half the size in your luxury holiday…
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