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  • Phone rescued from ocean floor

    Spanish news, all the latest and breaking news in Spain
    28 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    Watch this amazing footage captured on an iPhone that is rescued from the ocean floor after being accidentally dropped in the water
  • Spain hots up today - Spanish News in English
    28 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    A FEW hours' relaxing on the beach or by the pool may be on the cards today with temperatures in 12 provinces set to exceed 30ºC by lunchtime. The hottest parts of Spain will be the provinces of Córdoba and ...
  • Druni buys out Gilgo and expands across the country - Spanish News in English
    28 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    COSMETICS and perfume chain Druni is planning world domination - starting with Spain, anyway - thanks to a buy-out of a similar firm and all of its 43 stores nationwide.
  • Qatari Sheikh buyer of record-breaking €160 million Picasso painting revealed

    Spain's Latest News
    Iona Napier (Reporter)
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The former prime minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani paid €160 million for the painting
  • Why parents should ban mobiles from their child’s bedroom!

    Tenerife News - Official Website
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Studies suggest that teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep. Being glued to their mobiles, tablets and other screens may be one reason why. Just over half of 11 to 17 year olds say they are getting eight or more hours’ sleep a night. Sleep experts say young people in this age group tend to need at least eight hours’ sleep to concentrate at school and to maintain [...]
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Why parents should ban mobiles from their child’s bedroom!

    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Studies suggest that teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep. Being glued to their mobiles, tablets and other screens may be one reason why. Just over half of 11 to 17 year olds say they are getting eight or more hours’ sleep a night. Sleep experts say young people in this age group tend to need at least eight hours’ sleep to concentrate at school and to maintain [...]
  • Festival to combine fun with serious messages about the sea

    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Son Atlántico will be relaying its “look after our oceans” message loud and clear in Los Cristia-nos this summer. The Marc Anthony concert on July 10th is seen as a major publicity boost for the campaign which wants to educate people about the jewels of the sea and particularly the whales and dolphins which live off the south coast. “La Fiesta de los Océanos” will encompass [...]
  • Hiker dies in Roque del Conde

    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The emergency helicopter was called in after a hiker fell and died in the Roque del Conde area of Arona/Adeje. The woman was in her 60s and of foreign origin, the 1-1-2 control centre reported. The emergency rescue group, firemen, police, Civil Guard and rural guards with Tenerife Cabildo were called out in the early evening.  They were told that a woman needed urgent help after [...]
  • Spain and Senegal winning fight against illegal immigration

    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Spain and Senegal have reinforced their commitment to fighting a joint campaign against illegal immigration, as well as drug trafficking and money laundering. Spanish Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz said collaboration between the two countries had already proved a great success and the way it worked was admired by many others. The minister was welcoming his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo on an official visit to [...]
  • All Saints church news

    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    All Saints Church will be holding its last Car Boot of the season before the summer break on Saturday June 6th opening at 11.30 am. A great day out for all the family so come along and enjoy yourselves everybody welcome.Our first Car Boot of the new season will be on October 3rd. As All Saints Church is currently in an Interregnum our Locum Priest until June [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Christine Lagarde's strong stance reveals weakness of Greek position

    Phillip Inman
    28 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    IMF chief’s comments that a Greek exit from the eurozone is a possibility show that the country’s creditors have tired of SyrizaFor anyone who believes Greece should stick with the euro, her comments were ominous. Christine Lagarde, the boss of the International Monetary Fund, said Greece’s exit from the eurozone is a possibility – but it would not signify an end to the single currency.Together, these statements show that while a Greek exit is not the preferred option, it is a realistic proposition for which plans have been made. Continue reading...
  • The Guardian view on Spain: out with the old, divisions among the new | Editorial

    28 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    A relatively young democracy’s voters have tired of austerity, but disagree on what comes next. They will soon have to learn how to haggleIt is a telling symbol of the change under way in Spain that a leftwing anti-austerity activist from the indignados movement, who had led protests against the eviction of debt-ridden families from their homes, is set to become the next mayor of Barcelona, the country’s second city. Ada Colau has described her victory as of one of “David over Goliath”, and there is much truth to that.Spain’s regional and municipal elections saw the mainstream…
  • Prehistoric skull with puncture wounds could be world's first murder mystery

    Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
    27 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Pieced together from 52 fragments found in cave in northern Spain, 430,000-year-old skull seems to show victim was bludgeoned to deathScientists have pieced together the world’s earliest murder mystery, showing that an ancient human appears to have met their end after being bludgeoned to death and thrown down a cave shaft.The skull, which has two holes above the left eye, belonged to an early human closely related to Neanderthals who lived around 430,000 years ago. The discovery suggests that violence and murder long predate the emergence of modern humans, around 200,000 years ago. Continue…
  • Warning to Camino de Santiago pilgrims after female walker disappears

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    27 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    People advised not to travel alone following attempted abduction weeks after American vanished while following pilgrimage trail in Spain Pilgrims are being warned to avoid walking alone along a 15-mile stretch of Spain’s Camino de Santiago after police launched an investigation into an attempted abduction in the same area where an American pilgrim went missing in early April.Denise Thiem, from Arizona, was last seen in the town of Astorga, in the north-western province of León on 5 April. The 41-year-old was walking along the Camino Francés, one of the most popular of the…
  • The British left must learn to speak a new language – Spanish | Owen Jones

    Owen Jones
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The victories for Podemos in Spain came after it abandoned rhetoric and reconnected with voters. Labour should listen‘Politics has nothing to do with being right,” says the pony-tailed Spanish political phenomenon Pablo Iglesias. “Politics is about succeeding.” And succeed is what the Spanish left does.The fortresses of Madrid and Barcelona fell in regional elections this weekend, now set to be ruled by two feminist radicals who are implacably opposed to austerity and the free market order. Movements linked to Podemos – the party led by Iglesias which was formed only last year –…
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • EU inks bank secrecy deal with Swiss

    27 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    The EU and Switzerland inked a landmark deal on Wednesday aimed at clamping down on banking secrecy and preventing EU citizens from hiding undeclared cash in Swiss bank accounts. News from EUobserver
  • Polish politics shaken after newcomer wins presidential elections

    25 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda has won the presidential elections in Poland stunning the political establishment and setting the scene for cliff-hanger general elections later this year. News from EUobserver
  • And then there were four

    24 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    SIXTEENTH-CENTURY castles and contemporary Socialists make an odd mix. But Elvira García, mayor of Alaquàs, is bursting with pride as she walks around the structure that dominates the heart of this quiet Spanish town near Valencia. In the castle’s heyday, she marvels, the noblemen who inhabited its upper levels built a passage to the adjoining […]
  • [Focus] Ireland votes Yes on same-sex marriage

    23 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Ireland has voted Yes to same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to enshrine marriage equality in its constitution by popular mandate. News from EUobserver
  • Ellipsoid beats sphere

    22 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Wilkinson’s Anglo-French magic WHEN pursuing excellence, the French rarely search beyond their borders. Among the country’s top firms, listed in the CAC 40, only three have foreign bosses, and one of them—Carlos Ghosn at Renault—has taken French nationality. France would not think of looking overseas for a candidate to run its monetary policy, as Britain […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • A visit to Peralada

    28 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    One of the most interesting days out in the Catalan region has got to be a visit to Peralada...not only to look around the old medieval village but a visit to the Castle/Church is a must! The library here is an amazing room which houses approximately 100,000 books where people can still go to study this massive collection.The Glass collection of more than 2,500 pieces is the most important private collection in Spain and considered to be one of the most renowned in the world. In the same room is a ceramics collection of 1,000 plus pieces and also an ancient coin collection.Visiting the Castle…
  • Spanish air traffic strike threat

    27 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    The Spanish air traffic controllers are threatening strike action during the month of June, proposed dates are 8th, 10th, 12th & 14th. This will  severely disrupt people's summer holiday travel plans unless things are sorted out before. To read the full details just click on this link....Spanish air traffic strike
  • Wine & Cheese Market

    26 May 2015 | 11:26 pm
    You have a chance to taste some of the best wines and cheese from around the region this coming Saturday along the paseo in from of the Town Hall. The day long event will begin at 10am.
  • Out & About in Lloret

    25 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Photos taken today while out and about in Lloret.
  • A special day for Craig

    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Yesterday 19th May was the 3rd anniversary of the sad and unnecessary death of Craig Mallon. A bench and flowers were placed at the scene where Craig lost his life. Family, a few local people and officials were there to give support to Craig's family on this sad day. The search still continues for anyone who can help with this investigation...if you were in Lloret de Mar at that time then it is possible you have just the smallest piece of information that could bring this to a close for Craig's family...if so please visit the Craig Mallon Appeal Facebook page.
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    Spanish Teaching

  • Grappling with Language During the Campaign Season

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language we love “authentic materials” and we are always on the lookout for a television or radio advert which fits in perfectly with the topic of a class or we make use of the daily newspaper to learn about current affairs and to become civilized while we are at it. I think that we have mentioned the following website, which we treasure as teachers, in a previous blog post: It includes links to many international newspapers including, of course, some Spanish and Latin American ones.Right now in Spain we are in the middle of the…
  • The Princess of Asturias Awards 2015

    13 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sometimes our resistance to change, force of habit and what some people call our “autopilot” mode can play a dirty trick on us. That is what happened to me with the Prince of Asturias Award, which I forgot are, as of last year, now known as thePrincess of Asturias Awards due to the changes in the leadership of the Spanish state with the succession to the throne of King Philip VI after the abdication of Juan Carlos I. That is to say that they are named after thePrincess of Asturiaswhich is the way it should be considering that she is next in line to the throne.Now this year, scarcely a…
  • Funny Matters which Cause Us to Stop and Think

    6 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It is always helpful and advantageous to add a dash of humor to our classes (personally, I like to use examples which “shock” my students because this will make sure that they really remember what I have taught them since we usually remember surprising events, examples and ideas better than more everyday, “normal” facts).The other day I got my hands on a collection of complaints that the travel agent Thomas Cook had received from its clients and I have to admit that after reading some of them I got the idea to write  this post about interculturality (another one) and about how…
  • World Book Day in Spain

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    April 23rd is World Book Day. This is a fitting annual commemoration as it is celebrated on the same day that Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespearedied way back in 1616.It is also somewhat of a coincidence that both figures, who we all know are unknown figures, passed away on the same day. Ok, this is not 100% true because there is a small issue that the calendars do not match. Evidence suggests that, in 1616, the Julian calendar was still in force in Great Britain whereas Spain had adopted the Gregorian one. Although both writers died on April 23rd according to their respective…
  • A Fun Activity to Practice POR and PARA

    Salomé Torres
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    One thing that all investigations into foreign language teaching and learning agree on is that it is profitable to teach grammar in the classroom. Gone are the days when purists used to deny the effectiveness of grammar teaching, claiming that if we wanted to improve our students' communicative skills, we needed to set them speaking activities and that grammar teaching had no impact on our students´ ability. They argued that this would only be developed if we gave them opportunities to speak and even then these activities should, as far as possible, reflect real-world communicative…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

  • 28 May 2015 | 5:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    WHAT A SURPRISE: Gaza: Hamas killed and tortured, says Amnesty.
  • 18 May 2015 | 7:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    LOTTERIES: America's $70 Billion Shame: People spent more money playing the lottery last year than on books, video games, and tickets for movies and sporting events combined.It's a tax on stupidity, really
  • 18 May 2015 | 6:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    THANKS, OBAMA, for unleashing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East:Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.The Saudis — who financed much of Pakistan’s nuke program — are fearful of international efforts to keep its enemy Iran from acquiring a bomb, the Sunday Times of London reports. The Saudis think the deal, backed by President Obama, will actually accelerate Iran’s nuke push.
  • 3 May 2015 | 6:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    3 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    IF LETHAL INJECTIONS ARE CRUEL, I don't know what to call this: Does North Korea execute people with anti-aircraft guns? New satellite images suggest the rumors may be true.
  • 30 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am

    José M. Guardia
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    OUCH:George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed him to defer taxes on fees paid by clients and reinvest them in his fund, where they continued to grow tax-free. At the end of 2013, Soros—through Soros Fund Management—had amassed $13.3 billion through the use of deferrals, according to Irish regulatory filings by Soros.Congress closed the loophole in 2008 and ordered hedge fund…
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  • Microsoft quiere “convertir a los emprendedores en empresarios”

    Esther Macías
    28 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Microsoft inició hace siete años en España un programa de apoyo y soporte a emprendedores que permite a las empresas de nueva creación acceder de manera gratuita a productos, servicios y recursos ofrecidos por la compañía tecnológica y sus socios en la iniciativa. Hasta la fecha ésta ha beneficiado a más de 1.700 startups españolas, según destacaba hoy en Madrid la actual presidenta de la compañía, María Garaña, con motivo del Día del Emprendedor, una jornada que la tecnológica ha celebrado junto a algunos socios en esta materia como la entidad pública empresarial,…
  • El tráfico de Internet se multiplicará por dos en España para 2019

    Alberto Iglesias Fraga
    28 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    307 millones de dispositivos estarán conectados a Internet en 2019, lo que equivale a seis conexiones por cada habitante en España. Además, ese mismo año, se moverán nada menos que 17 Exabytes a través de Internet (o, lo que es lo mismo: que todas las películas producidas en el mundo en toda la historia crucen las redes IP españolas cada cuatro horas), frente a los 8 Exabytes que se intercambian actualmente en nuestro país. Nuestro país solo es la punta del icerberg de una auténtica explosión del tráfico IP a escala internacional, que aumentará aún más que en el caso español,…
  • Houzz ya está en España: entre el Pinterest y la Wikipedia de las reformas del hogar

    Manuela Astasio
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    El equipo de Houzz siempre cuenta que esta start-up, que presume de haber revolucionado el mercado de las reformas en Estados Unidos y cuenta con inversores tan conocidos como el actor Ashton Kutcher, nació del calvario que atravesó un matrimonio que quería reformar su casa. La aplicación, a medio camino entre un Pinterest y una Wikipedia de las ideas de redecoración y renovación del hogar, aterrizó la semana pasada en España (iOS, Android y web), y ha sido presentada hoy de forma oficial. Houzz llega a nuestro país con el aval de 30 millones de usuarios de todo el mundo, de los…
  • La polémica entre Google y el derecho al olvido llega a México

    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Cuando el Tribunal de Luxemburgo se pronunció sobre el derecho de los ciudadanos a que, en determinadas circunstancias, Google “olvidara” ciertos aspectos de su vida, no solo sentó un importante precedente en Europa, sino también en el resto del mundo. La polémica ya ha llegado, por ejemplo, a México. El Wall Street Journal se hace eco de un caso que enfrenta en los tribunales a la filial mexicana de Google y a varios activistas locales a favor de la libertad de expresión con el Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información (IFAI). Todo en relación al empresario Carlos Sánchez de…
  • Pinterest es más individualista que una red social, dice su CEO

    28 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    La plataforma Pinterest se ha hecho célebre por la naturalidad con la que sus usuarios comparten en ella sus intereses y aspiraciones de compra, algo inaudito hasta hace muy poco en el sector de las redes sociales. No obstante, parece que ha llegado el momento de hacerse una pregunta: ¿es Pinterest una red social? Parece que su CEO, Ben Silbermann, no la ve así. O, al menos, no del todo. Durante su intervención en la Code Conference que cada año organiza la web especializada en tecnología Recode, el cofundador y director ejecutivo de la compañía, que ya ha cumplido cinco años, ha…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Foreigners Registered in Spanish Social Security System up 2.85% in April

    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The number of foreign citizens registered with the Spanish Social Security system stood at 1,607,883 in April, representing an increase of 2.85%, or 44,540 National Insurance contributors, compared with the previous month. According to the Spanish Government website, La Moncloa, this increase in contributors was the largest registered for the month of April in the […]
  • SIMA Survey Reveals Home Buyers’ Intentions

    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    During the SIMA International Real Estate Exhibition held in Madrid earlier this month, the event organisers, Planner Exhibitions, in collaboration with the Sociedad de Tasación, carried out a survey, questioning 510 people after concluding their visit to the fair, to gain an insight into the typical profile of a potential home buyer, and their intentions […]
  • Spain Receives Record 16 Million Tourists to April

    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Spain continues to break records for foreign tourist arrivals, and received 16 million visitors in the first four months of the year, representing an increase of 4.4% over the same period of 2014. Moreover, in April alone, Spain registered a record 5.4 million visitors, an increase of 2.8%, largely due to the number of tourists […]
  • Construction Slows Again in Spain

    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    According to the European Commission statistical office, Eurostat, Spanish construction activity has slowed, with the production in the building sector in Spain falling by 8% in March over the same month of 2014, and by 1.4% compared to February. Both negative percentages represent the highest declines in Europe. These latest figures break with the upward […]
  • Spanish Government Approves New PIVE Plan

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Spanish Government’s Council of Ministers last week approved a Royal Decree renewing the Efficient Vehicle Incentive Programme, PIVE 8 Plan, following the success of the previous versions of the plan, and the resulting positive effect on the Spanish economy and the environment. The new plan, which is the last of the series, has a […]
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  • Digital Influencers: el fraude de la influencia en internet

    Gaby Castellanos
    28 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    Llevo semanas monitorizando algunos “Influencers” de habla hispana/en español (y lo pongo entre comillas porque no lo son y mucho menos gurus de nada) porque ya el descaro me parece exagerado. Parte de estos “Influencers” me los he cruzado en Instagram no porque personas relacionadas conmigo hablen/se relacionen con ellos, sino que aparecen como las fotos […]
  • La NUEVA y FALSA estrategia publicitaria del Gobierno/Regimen de Venezuela

    Gaby Castellanos
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    (Continuacion de mi columna en el diario El Nacional “La nueva estrategia publicitaria del gobierno de Venezuela ” (Clik para leerla) publicada el 22 de Marzo del 2015) ¡Cómo se han revolucionado comunicacionalmente los departamentos del régimen venezolanos estos días con el tema del decreto de Obama! Tanto así, que han tenido que sacar un presupuesto nuevo […]
  • En socialphilia buscamos: “La ultima coca cola del desierto”* en photoshop e illustrator (diseñador) para Venezuela

    Gaby Castellanos
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Esta semana seguimos reclutando gente, como cuando estaban de moda los  “lipdub” . Así o peor. Como ya sabéis socialphilia goes global, estamos en España, Argentina, Venezuela y seguimos abriendo en Latinoamérica, por eso te buscamos a ti, para unirte a nuestro equipo. En este caso en Venezuela, en Caracas. La bien llamada “Ciudad de la Furia”. Creemos en el […]
  • En socialphilia buscamos: “El Papa de los Helados”* en PHP (programador php) para Venezuela

    Gaby Castellanos
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Esta semana estamos más emocionados que cuando se juntó “Menudo” y tuvieron que hacer la gira sin Ricky Martin, así que ¡aprovechad!  Como ya sabéis socialphilia goes global, estamos en España, Argentina, Venezuela y seguimos abriendo en Latinoamérica, por eso te buscamos a ti, para unirte a nuestro equipo. En este caso en Venezuela, en Caracas. La bien […]
  • Guia para no cometer errores en Social Media o como evitar que Google le cuente a tu cliente que lo haces mal

    Gaby Castellanos
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Os voy a decir una verdad como un templo. ¿Preparados? La unica manera de evitar cometer errores es no cometiendolos. Punto. No hay otra solucion. Y el peligro que tiene Digital y el mundillo de Social Media es que todos salen a la luz, por mucho que los escondais. Se ven. Y mas para quien […]
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  • 6 Reasons To Eat At A Chiringuito

    The Spain Scoop
    8 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Beach bar on the sand in Barcelona, Spain Coming to Barcelona soon? Get our guidebook, Eat Guides: Barcelona, and dine like a local in the city. $4.99 By Nancy Todd You are at the beach with friends and kids and have worked up an appetite slathering on the sun lotion, swimming, and a playing a tough game of volleyball.  Hungry?  Head to a chiringuito, a casual bar/restaurant serving you on the beach. The chiringuito can also be a kids club where they can hang out, eat, play in the sand, and parents can keep a watchful eye while downing sangria. Hot dogs and pizza are available for kids.
  • Photo Scoop: Get A Bloom Buzz In Girona

    The Spain Scoop
    1 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    The steps in front of Girona’s cathedral covered with flowers for Temps de Flors Passing through Barcelona soon? Get our guidebook to food in the city – Eat Guides: Barcelona. $4.99 By Regina Winkle-Bryan A creative celebration of spring, color, and petals, Temps de Flors, or the Flower Festival, is held mid-May each year in Girona. Locals cover the city streets with carpets and sculptures made of fresh flowers. The festival is free to visit, but it’s best to go early in the week when the flowers are at their freshest. The best time to see the floral displays throughout the…
  • No Car Needed: Flower Festival In Romantic Sitges

    The Spain Scoop
    1 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Sunny, Romantic Sitges Spending time in Spain? Pick up our guidebooks on Spain here. The Barcelona Scoop $3.50 –  Eat Guides Barcelona $4.99   By Nancy Todd Chalk drawings on the streets start the fun travel party weekend celebrating the Corpus Christi Festival in romantic, gay friendly Sitges.  Just 40 minutes by train down the coast from Barcelona, June 21-29 2015 are the days of flower fun.  Everyone is welcome. The festival and Sitges get a Scoopometer 10.  Sitges is walkable from one end of it’s 15 beaches to the…
  • Sunny Sitges Is Waiting – Day-Trips from Barcelona

    The Spain Scoop
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Sitges for a day-trip from Barcelona. We love it! By Nancy Todd Want sun? Sitges, with 300 sunny days a year, is your hot spot. Located a shell’s-throw from Barcelona on the Mediterranean Sea, this old fishing village retains its small town ambiance. Sometimes, Regina and I just want to get the hell out of noisy Barcelona and be where it is quiet and calm. We also love to take guests to Sitges. In addition to new construction, gay-friendly Sitges has retained its allure of cobbled lanes and white stucco buildings with cobalt blue doors.  Magenta flowers tumble off balconies.  Colorful…
  • Barcelona’s Day Of Love and Roses – Sant Jordi’s Day

    The Spain Scoop
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    Need to get your sweetie a book for St Jordi’s Day? Get him Eat Guides: Barcelona for a tasty read. $4.99 By Regina Winkle-Bryan On The Scoop we just love Sant Jordi’s Day, the Catalan equivalent to Valentine’s Day. Celebrated every April 23rd, it is a day for lovers, books, and red roses. Sant Jordi is Saint George in English. You may remember him from Saint George and the Dragon. If you pay attention when walking around Barcelona you’ll spot many sculptures featuring Saint George slaying a dragon, or just dragons. He is the patron Saint of…
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    Spanish News

  • New OECD Report Warns Income Inequality In Spain Getting Bigger

    Ana Pozuelo
    22 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    A new report entitled In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released this week confirms that there is a growing gap between the rich and poor in Spain since the start of the economic crisis. According to the report Spain has the fifth highest rate […]
  • Starbucks Coffee Opening In Marbella

    Maria Sullivan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    One of the most famous coffe chains in the world is preparing to open their first shop in Marbella. The new branch will be located in El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus. The launch date is scheduled for Wednesday 17th December. Starbucks currently have 73 shops throughout Spain with top locations in Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, […]
  • Private Equity Funds Buy Sotogrande SA From NH Hotels Group For 225 Million Euros

    Maria Sullivan
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    NH Hotel Group has announced the sale of 96.997 per cent of Sotogrande SA for 225 million euros. The sale of the development and its Spanish assets goes to the private equity funds Cerberus and Orion. “This transaction gives the Group’s business plan a strong boost as this cash inflow was not contemplated when the […]
  • 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 […]
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    The Cheap In Madrid Blog » The Cheap In Madrid Blog

  • En Parapark nada es lo que parece

    28 May 2015 | 3:19 am
    En Parapark nada es lo que parece La semana pasada tuvimos el placer de ir al Parapark, muchos de vosotros os estaréis preguntando qué es eso del Parapark, y en cambio, otros ya habréis podido disfrutar de esta magnífica experiencia en Madrid. ¿Qué es el Parapark? Parapark Madrid es un juego de “escapismo”, donde mediante […]
  • Sorteo con Mingles

    27 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Mingles es una forma innovadora de aprender inglés. ¡Sal del aula y práctica con un nativo en pequeños grupos en los bares más cool de Madrid! Para celebrar nuestros 3,000+ “Me Gusta” en Facebook, sorteamos un abono de GRUPO MINGLES (valido 40 euros): Disfruta de cinco sesiones Mingles de 1 hora en un grupo de […]
  • Blue Fin Tuna Route

    26 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    The II Edition of the Bluefin Route in Madrid is celebrated among four 4 star restaurants that prepare special dishes with this exquisite fish to a maximum price of 15 €. These are the participating restaurants: El Cielo de Arrechu C/ Barlovento, 1  (Somosaguas) El Caldero Calle de las Huertas 15 La Sopa Boba Travesía […]
  • 74th Madrid Book Fair

    26 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Madrid Book Fair is an activity carried out annually in the city of Madrid in order to promote books, reading and activity of businesses, organizations and institutions engaged in the publishing, distribution or retail of books. The first Madrid Book Fair was organized in 1933 as part of the events of Cervantes Week from […]
  • Top Cheap Cinemas in Madrid

    25 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Top Cheap Cinemas in Madrid Going to the movies doesn’t have to be expensive. Madrid hosts some of the most treasured and some underrated big screens that are economically priced (or free!). These cinemas hold daily screenings of original-version films that are not typically found on the commercial circuit. Their retrospective and thematic film cycles are a must […]
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    Homage to BCN

  • Interview for Barcelona Metropolitan

    Rob (H2BCN)
    27 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Read 'Interview for Barcelona Metropolitan' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website I was recently interviewed by Barcelona Metropolitan (the May issue) about this blog and Barcelona blogging in general. I was one of a number of Barcelona bloggers so they only used a small, edited piece. As my answers were so brilliant and enlightening I thought I’d publish the whole thing here for you to read. I hope it piques your interest about blogging. They say writing is good for the soul. The interview Please could you tell us a little about yourself: e.g. where you are originally from…
  • Cataluña, A Region Apart (A 1979 BBC Documentary)

    Rob (H2BCN)
    23 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Read 'Cataluña, A Region Apart (A 1979 BBC Documentary)' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website This forgotten BBC documentary from 1979 was the final part of a 5-part series entitled ‘Realidades de España’ – Spanish Realities. It was uncovered by writer and chemical engineer Josep Grau-Bové who obtained it on VHS video from a friend in Glasgow. He digitised and uploaded it to YouTube in the hope that more people would see it. In the last two years 41,548 people have (at the time of writing). I find it fascinating that this documentary from 35 years ago, made…
  • Roisin’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    Roisin McGrath
    21 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Read 'Roisin’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website My perfect day in Barcelona is perfectly simple. It consists solely of wandering around, stopping only to eat and drink. I’ve lived in Barcelona for 8 months now after moving here in September 2014 and my favourite thing to do at the weekend is to wander around my local neighbourhood (barrio) whilst stopping off at bars, cafes and restaurants along the way. The majority of my ‘perfect day’ would be spent locally in the areas of Born, Barceloneta and the Gothic quarter. I love exploring…
  • Barcelona – 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In

    Rob (H2BCN)
    19 May 2015 | 3:37 am
    Read 'Barcelona – 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Last summer I was asked to contribute to a guide called ‘Barcelona – 10 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In’. Well I did. And Gigi Griffis who produced the guide sent me a copy, and then I promptly forgot about it. I came across it on my iPad recently. So I read it. And it’s actually pretty good. Gigi interviewed 10 people who live in Barcelona and asked them where their favourite places are in Barcelona, their…
  • Into the Night: A Timelapse Video of Barcelona at Night

    Rob (H2BCN)
    16 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    Read 'Into the Night: A Timelapse Video of Barcelona at Night' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Jordi de Temple at work There’s something very evocative about watching the city at night from up high. Wondering what all the people below are up to. And I’m a big fan of the timelapse technique when used well. So Jordi de Temple’s video, Into the Night, is right up my street. I’ll let Jordi explain it: “Into the Night” is an exercise of light and colour of 4 minutes that tries to show Barcelona, its surroundings and some specific areas of Catalonia, from…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • Lord Alan Sugar is selling his Marbella Villa for €11 million

    7 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    LORD Alan Sugar is currently in the process to downsizing to a penthouse apartment once spinning a tasty profit on his luxury Marbella villa. The World Health Organization Apprentice star is currently valued at over £1 billion, claims the Sunday Times rich list – and is due to double his wealth, sixteen years since purchasing the one,604m2 beachside plot for around €5 million. The €11 million offer has been accepted on the stunning six-bedroom home, it has been disclosed, with the deal ‘being completed within the next few weeks’. This means that the East-End Apprentice star is due…
  • The Property Market in Marbella

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    Over the past 10 years the property market in Marbella has seen a massive change due to the obvious recession which affected most of the world. The knock on affect from the UK hit the construction and building markets leaving many of the projects along the Costa del Sol incomplete. There has been much speculation as to the actual recovery of the property market in Marbella however recently released figures from the Ministry of Building are very promising. The high property prices from 2004 to 2010 are finally levelling out and stabilising and there are also signs of a gradual increase which…
  • Housing in 2014 continued rising

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    HOUSING sales in Spain have again for the third consecutive quarter risen, as 13.5% more houses were sold in the third quarter of the same period last year. Sources in the Ministry of Development stated that the amount of sales completed before a notary between the months of July and September was 80,136. January to March also saw a rise of 48.5% in sales, with an additional 12% increase in the second quarter. These are indeed encouraging statistics, especially when viewed with latest figures from the Institute of National Statistics (INE) which showed a 16% increase in October compared with…
  • Foreigner Property Sales Exceed All Expectations

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    Residential tourist industry on the Costa del Sol is recouperating from the crisis that hit when the property estate bubble burst in 2008. The rise in sales of properties to foreign consumers is now a reality. Figures for 1st six months of this year show that the amount of transactions administrated by non residents has exceeded those in 2007, the year prior to the property market went into depression. The president of the Costa del Sol Tourism Board, Elías Bendodo, and José Prado of the Association of Constructors and Developers of Malaga, report that between the start of the year and June…
  • Marbella Ranks in Top Ten most Expensive Places for Property

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:29 am
    A recent property review highlights the location of some of the most expensive and the cheapest property in Spain. The most sought after property on the list is the elegant street in Madrid known as Calle Serrano, the very hub of all the top designer shops and luxury goods stores. A residence or commercial premises along this street will put you back 10,900 € per m2. which equates to, approx. 1,000,000 €, for a small 96.8 m2 house. Next on this list is Barcelona, the bustling street of Paseo de Gracia, designed by the famous  Antoni Gaudí will cost 8,450 € per m2. Bizarrely, at number…
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    Andalucia Blog 2015

  • Advertising Your Andalucia Business

    25 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Advertising for and on Andalucia for holidays. Are you looking to promote your holiday business in Andalucia, Southern Spain, promote your business here by press trip or advertising
  • Cooking Classes in Andalucia

    23 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Visit my new site Cooking Classes in Europe or the Cooking Classes in Spain page.
  • Cookery Holidays

    23 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Cookery Holidays come in many different places and offering various cooking styles, search for an Andalucian cookery course holiday
  • Cookery Courses

    23 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    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.
  • 2CV Driving Rally in Spain

    4 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Like the idea of a driving holiday in Spain? Why not join the 2CV Silver Route Rally driving in convoy down the Via de la Plata from Gijon to Seville? Read my Driving Holiday in Spain post.
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    Tenerife Forum

  • Underwater Cathedral of Tenerife

    25 May 2015 | 10:25 am
      Cathedral of lava in the waters of Tenerife. In offshore waters of the Island of Tenerife, nature formed a unique monument. It took between 500,000 and a million years for the creation of this basalt formation to occur that impresses everyone.     You must be wondering where this cathedral is. Well, it’s located about 50 meters deep in the area called the Costa de Acentejo; the coastline that runs from El Sauzal to Orotava. This “castle or cathedral” is about 30 meters high. Such structures are formed when a casting basaltic lava comes in contact with water,…
  • Aerial Photography in Tenerife

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
      Since the advent of drone photography, we can now have a bird’s eye view of just about anywhere. Tenerife is already an excellent place for photography and now, coupled with this relatively new field of photography, things have just got better. The video is by BJ Productions and is a perfect example of the endless possibilities available on the island. Can you spot any of the locations from the air? Make sure you tell us by commenting on the Facebook community page.   The post Aerial Photography in Tenerife appeared first on Tenerife Forum.
  • 50 Things To Do In Tenerife

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
      I just recently completed a video listing a nice selection of things to do when in Tenerife. Many people ask about what sort of activities are available on the island so I finally got around to making this compilation which I hope will be useful to you. Enjoy!   The post 50 Things To Do In Tenerife appeared first on Tenerife Forum.
  • – Anatomy of a Scam in the Making

    27 May 2014 | 6:27 am
    UPDATE………… This domain has now been abandoned by the owners and allowed to expire which signals that our efforts were worthwhile.     In the Canaries, we tend to get more than our fair share of scams and fraudulent individuals possibly due to it being a popular tourist destination coupled with unwitting tourists who simply visit to have some relaxation and a ‘jolly good time’. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals view it as an incredible opportunity to profit without having any sense of decency and in many cases, will even boast to others…
  • 5 Great Tenerife Holiday Ideas

    12 May 2014 | 5:59 am
      Because Tenerife caters for all types of people, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to ideas to make your visit an enjoyable one. With great weather almost all year round, there is so much you can do to make it memorable. To kick start the process of planning the type of holiday you’re looking for, we’re giving you our 5 best ideas to help you decide,  along with additional tips on each.   Relaxing Spa Break in Tenerife Tenerife has a large number of top quality hotels, many of them 5 star that incorporate spas and are located throughout the island. The spas are fully…
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    Panoramic Villas

  • Panoramic Villas: Always Quality First

    Jess Whittle
    13 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    It’s no secret that there are much larger, direct from the owner, villa websites out there. However, the simple fact is that these websites are purely volume driven; the more holiday homes they list, the more money they will make; regardless on the quality of that holiday home. Quite naturally they will list as many properties as they can. So, whilst it may seem that there are thousands of properties on offer, the question is what condition are they in? These larger rental websites don’t bother to meet the owners, they don’t bother to fly out to view the property to ensure that the…
  • There’s nothing like making a saving on a great holiday

    Robert Skupski
    6 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    As the weather warms up and we head through spring and towards summer, plans are being made for a great family trip. While for some, things can be a little tight financially, there is no reason not to have the best holiday this year. When booking your trip online, whether as a romantic weekend away, full family holiday or group break there are definitely savings to be had, whether in special offers, currency conversions or some great news about changes to Air Passenger Duty for the kids. One immediate way to save some money is to view the specials on holiday villas and apartments along the…
  • This Year Take a 7 Kilometre Stroll at the Beach in Fuengirola

    Robert Skupski
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    If you are feeling energetic on your Costa del Sol holiday, Fuengirola has seven whole kilometres of beach, just waiting for you. The gorgeous clean and sandy stretch runs all the way from Sohail Castle, past the centre of the town, Fuengirola Port, through Los Boliches all the way to Carvajal. The following gives a brief idea of what is available and also what to bear in mind as you enjoy the area. Imagine having the quintessential Spanish experience, staying in a gorgeous villa in the quaint Mijas Pueblo and then heading out for a bit of sun, sea and sand. Catch the regular bus down the…
  • The Wonderful White Villages of Andalusia

    Robert Skupski
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:22 am
    When holidaying on the Costa del Sol on a regular basis with all those gorgeous beaches available, you tend to get used to the sun, sea and sand experience. However, sometimes it’s nice to escape the crowds and do something a little different. You’ve rented a lovely holiday villa in Mijas from Panoramic Villas and now you are settled in, you might feel the draw of adventure out in the Spanish countryside. Known as the “pueblos blancos” or white villages, there are many worth visiting, including the justifiably famous Mijas Pueblo, but we are going to head to just a couple of the more…
  • Looking for a Bargain? Browse the Weekly Markets along the Costa del Sol

    Robert Skupski
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    All the way up and down the Costa del Sol, each seaside resort offers its own type of weekly market. Bargains are to be had, whether in the form of fresh fruit and vegetables or fish, clothing and knickknacks, as well as the fun of browsing the second-hand flea markets. You’ll find that the various towns have coordinated reasonably well, meaning that every day of the week there is fun, shopping or just browsing to be had. Probably one of the most central places to experience the Costa del Sol is Mijas, whether in the Pueblo, Las Lagunas or on Mijas Costa. For those wishing to be…
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    Malaga Travel Guide

  • San Pedro Boulevard – Is it all it’s cracked up to be?

    Anna Collins
    21 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    Impressive new boulevard bridge Since it’s opening in December 2014 I had been promising to visit the new Boulevard in San Pedro which I’d heard so many great things about. I finally made the arrangements to meet a good friend Wendy and her son Oliver there along with my daughter Rosie. I made the 30 minute drive from La Cala de Mijas on a warm and sunny Friday afternoon to meet them.  As I wasn’t sure how to get to it I met her a little way before and followed her to the boulevard, I needn’t have bothered as it’s so easy to get to. What’s Great It’s…
  • Learn More About the Benefits of Having Cosmetic Surgery on the Costa del Sol

    Anna Collins
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Medical tourism is now worth an estimated 75 billion Euros across the globe. We live in a society where looks are everything and men and women of all ages are opting to enhance their looks using surgical procedures.   7th Finest in the World   As it becomes more socially acceptable and affordable to go under the knife it is no wonder that we are beginning to consider going abroad for treatment and Spain is fast gaining a reputation as a leading medical tourist and healthcare destination.   Medical Tourism Growth in Southern Spain Combined with the fact that it’s easy to get…
  • Chocolate on Tap at Mayan Monkey Mijas

    Anna Collins
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:51 am
    Do you dream of chocolate literally on tap? Then take time out to visit the lovely people at Mayan Monkey Mijas in the heart of beautiful Mijas Pueblo and take part in your very own chocolate making workshop. Floor to ceiling chocolate heaven My husband, daughter and I did just that and from the moment we walked in, we were greeted with smiles and offers to taste little samples of yummy chocolate from the friendly staff.  Knowing what we had in store, we declined the chocolate tasting and after a brief introduction and chat with Hannah we headed into the back of the shop to the little…
  • Inside the Minds of 7 Expert Travel Bloggers

    Anna Collins
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    What is the single most essential item you can’t be without on your travels? This was just one of three questions I put to seven influential and inspiring travel bloggers. “A good camera”, “An open mind” and “Smiling eyes” were just a few of the well thought answers that came back. Here are the three questions I asked the experts: 1. What is the single most essential item you can’t be without on your travels? (Besides the obvious passport, money, phone etc)   2. An amazing place that most travelers don’t know about? 3. What’s been the…
  • Chirimoya Restaurant Owners Reveal How to Get the Best Organic Fresh & Nutritious Food on the Costa del Sol.

    Anna Collins
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I can’t tell you how excited I was to learn that an Organic health food restaurant had opened in Fuengirola using only the freshest vegan and vegetarian organic ingredients. The owners, 2 friendly chaps from Hungary have a policy of no microwave, no meat and no alcohol so we knew were in for something fresh, tasty and a little different to the norm. In addition to the wide selection on the menu, the owners at Chirimoya also run daily specials allowing customers to ‘create their own’ choosing their own ingredients in pizza, sandwiches and salads; a nice touch. We tried the ‘Chunky…
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