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  • Top 5 Must-Have Smartphone Camera Accessories

    Panoramic Villas
    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…
  • Dutch pensioners killed in Mallorca yacht fire - Spanish News in English
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    A DUTCH couple have lost their lives after their yacht caught fire off the Portocolom coast in Felanitx (Mallorca). The craft was said to have been moored at the time some 100 metres out from the pier, and the victims may have ...
  • Flamenco-dancing priest brings congregation flocking back to church in Spain

    Spanish news, all the latest and breaking news in Spain
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    A Roman Catholic priest who dances traditional flamenco from the pulpit in southern Spain has become an internet hit
  • Man Detained Re Puerto Santiago Break-In
    Peter Jay
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guardia Civil officers working out of Guia de Isora have arrested a 44-year-old  resident of Valle San Lorenzo in connection with a break-in  in a residential complex in Puerto Santiago. The accused, together with an accomplice who has not yet been identified, gained access to the apartment through an open window Various items were taken including a computer,  camera, a lens and an ipad.
  • Parents storm Catalan language barrier

    Olive Press Newspaper Spain
    Carey Camel
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The Catalan school system has raised some 10 million Catalan speakers
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  • Man Detained Re Puerto Santiago Break-In

    Peter Jay
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guardia Civil officers working out of Guia de Isora have arrested a 44-year-old  resident of Valle San Lorenzo in connection with a break-in  in a residential complex in Puerto Santiago. The accused, together with an accomplice who has not yet been identified, gained access to the apartment through an open window Various items were taken including a computer,  camera, a lens and an ipad.
  • Icod – El Tanque Section Of Ring Road Now Open

    Peter Jay
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    The new road connection between the municipalities of Icod de los Vinos and El Tanque, Tenerife, is now a reality after this section of the island ring road was officially opened on Wednesday. This part of the ring road has fourteen tunnels of between 40 and 200 meters, with the longest located at La Vega, measuring 1.2 kilometres,  and was considered the most complicated part of the ring road project due to it’s proximity to the National park. Both the Ministry of Public Works, and the Canarian Government, were keen to emphasise the care taken to protect the landscape…
  • Fog Causes Problems At Los Rodeos

    Peter Jay
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Poor visibility in the North of the island caused flights to be cancelled and various flights being re-routed to Tenerife south south airport today. Intense fog affecting the Los Rodeos Tenerife airport forced the cancellation of several flights including two to Gran Canaria and one to Oviedo in Asturias. Many passengers had to change their connections at the last moment                  
  • Tourist Figures – They’re Back!

    Peter Jay
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    The Canary Islands welcomed 5,624,062 foreign tourists from January to June this year , 12.4 per cent more than the same period  in 2013. This figure is a new high for the first half of the year, the best since records began according to data released on Tuesday by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. In June alone 769,586 tourists from  countries other than Spain chose the Canaries for their holiday, a 8.1 per cent increase over the same month of 2013, which at that time was the best June in the archipelago since statistics began to be published by Frontur in 2000. The…
  • Rivero Meets With Repsol Chairman

    Peter Jay
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The President of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero, has formally asked Repsol Petroleum Company Chairman Antonio Brufau, to suspend the firm’s activities in the islands. Speaking to reporters after a meeting held in Madrid on Monday, to discuss future oil exploration in waters near the islands, Rivero  warned that this issue is creating a strong feeling of discontent between the Canary Islands and  Mariano Rajoy’s central Spanish government. Antonio Brufau, meanwhile, has assured Rivero that his company will use all means possible to ensure that the project is absolutely…
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Fitting honour as sports centre renamed

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Justice was done when a sports centre in El Rosario was named in memory of a successful Canary wrestler and athlete. So said the Mayor, Macario Benítez Gil when the Llano del Moro facilities were officially renamed “Emeterio Gil Cruz”. Relatives were present at the ceremony to honour the athlete who excelled in various disciplines, including football, bowls and petang but particularly in Canary wrestling [...]
  • Ocean rescue at Playa Paraiso

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sun-bathers looked on in concern as a dramatic sea rescue was carried out off the beach of Playa Paraiso on July 18th. The alert was raised at around 10.30am when the 1-1-2 service was told two swimmers were in difficulties in the water. It later transpired they were two Russian tourists, one aged 48, the other 25. Both needed hospital treatment but were reported to [...]
  • Accolade for an historic theatre

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Many people will have heard of the Pérez Galdós Theatre in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria as a new award demonstrates. But for others, it is still a destination to be discovered and offers a unique cultural, historical and architectural insight and a great day/evening out. The Theatre is delighted to have received a Trip Advisor award in the form of a 2014 Certificate of [...]
  • Tenerife sets the scene for inspirational “Ma Ma”

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    When Spanish actress Penelope Cruz turned out for a photo-call in Tenerife for her new film “Ma Ma”, she wore an “anti-oil in the Canaries” campaign tee-shirt. So did her co-stars but there was absolutely no chance of any rap over the knuckles from the producers as Penelope is one of them. Hence, she has plenty of freedom of choice and to demonstrate her objection [...]
  • Update from Accion del Sol

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Five benefits of adopting a dog from us 1. You will be giving a dog a new chance of life and greatly increasing its quality of life. Many dogs spend a lot of time in the refuge waiting for a new home; many of the older and bigger dogs get passed by but they make equally good loving pets. 2. Every dog taken from Accion Del [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Seville's silent summer: Spanish city bans outdoor noise

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Activities ranging from domino games to singing in the street banned as locals win fight for peace and quietAs the heat of the day gives way to the evening breeze, Seville comes to life. Distant wails of flamenco singers mix with hearty cheers of seniors engrossed in a game of dominoes. Bar patrons spill onto the sidewalk as they noisily recount the day's events over a round of cañas.Now the push is on in this fun-loving city for a little peace and quiet. On Friday, councillors passed a raft of regulations looking to silence the noisy city banning activities ranging from domino games…
  • Helvecia Hidalgo obituary

    Susana Hidalgo Hogg
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    My mother, Helvecia Hidalgo, who has died aged 91, was one of 3,800 children evacuated to the UK from northern Spain after the bombing of Guernica by fascists during the Spanish civil war in April 1937.At the age of 14 she boarded the liner Habana with her 10-year-old brother Elvio and eight-year-old sister Delia. After the ship docked in Southampton the children were initially looked after by the Salvation Army at a camp in Eastleigh, where they slept 10 to a tent. The British government would not help the evacuees on the basis that such a move might compromise its policy of non-intervention…
  • Conservationists call for Canary Islands whale sanctuary instead of oil scheme

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    World Wide Fund for Nature launches campaign as Repsol announces that exploratory drilling could start in OctoberMonths before oil exploration is slated to begin in the Canary Islands, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling on the Spanish government to abandon the search for oil and instead create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins in the region.The waters off the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are home to nearly a third of the world's cetacean species. "We're talking about an area that's Europe's richest when it comes to whales and one of the top in the world,"…
  • Glasgow's coffees have more kick than those in Italy and Spain

    Haroon Siddique
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Researchers found one Glasgow cafe serving drink with 212mg of caffeine above the advised daily limit for pregnant womenCoffees served in Glasgow have more caffeine than brews tested in Italy and Spain, according to a small study of drinks on sale in cafes.In one Glasgow cafe, there was 212mg of caffeine in an espresso above the recommended daily limit for pregnant women, which is 200mg in the UK. The study's authors say the variation in caffeine levels means information should be made readily available to consumers on bean variety and caffeine content and that there should be guidelines for…
  • Colombian drug lord El Ratón arrested in Spain

    Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    Hernán Alonso Villa, aka The Mouse, is linked to 400 murders and faces smuggling, extortion and people trafficking chargesSpanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most wanted drug cartel enforcers who is linked to 400 murders.Hernán Alonso Villa, better known as El Ratón (The Mouse), was stopped en route to one of his safe houses in the south-eastern province of Alicante carrying 40,000 (£31,660) in cash which, according to police, came from drug running and assassinations. He was later transferred to Madrid pending extradition to Colombia. Continue reading...
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    Spain Financial News

  • Bankia net almost doubles as loan losses fall

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    … real-estate assets and some restructured loans. Nonperforming assets at most major Spanish banks are … analysts and investors, a major question circling Bankia is when Spain will sell … into Bankia to shore up the lender's finances. The bank was …
  • Markets Live: Soft start to profits season

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    … after Japan’s second-biggest bank by assets was penalized … Nikko Securities. “Financial institutions are having to invest in securities … vice president of a Spanish retailer which owns the … Chotani, a credit strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia said. …
  • International Education: Learning Personal Finance as a Life Skill

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    … Zealand; Poland; Russia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; and the United States, representing … commission has been overseeing an investment of half a million New … program called Money Wise, coordinated by the Ministry of Finance with support …
  • Distressed-Loan Investors Find Love Italian Style: Euro Credit

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    … firms including Anacap Financial Partners LLP and Fortress Investment Group LLC have … up troubled assets from the U.K., Ireland and Spain, where banks have … were collateralized against consumer assets such as credit cards, according to PriceWaterHouseCoopers …
  • Trust Goldman Sachs to make a record fine look like a good result

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    … rivals; as an investment bank it deals less with regular investors – the market … , and that Aena Aeropuertos, the Spanish state-backed operator of airports including … , this will give them the financial wherewithal to take on their …
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • 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…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    La Costa to take over the catering franchise at Playa Serena golf in Roquetas de Mar? 18:44:54, 2014-07-10 Down load almerifun app for more upto date info on what's happening in almerimar 18:19:15, 2014-07-10 "Airport security: budget airlines 'not imposing new checks'" 07:12:58, 2014-07-10 Wind has dropped and it has become summer for sure. Still not as humid as previous years. 07:06:11, 2014-07-10 12th July is get on your bike day here in Almerimar 19:32:27, 2014-07-09 Beach between Guardia Viejas and Balerma very busy. 19:58:21, 2014-07-08…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Malaga to Almeria New sections opening schedule 21:05:03, 2014-07-03 August 2014 Events 21:03:54, 2014-07-03 Wind dropping after couple windy days. 21:01:30, 2014-07-03 Scamming gas inspectors back? 21:00:52, 2014-07-03 "Europe's next roaming charge cut comes into force on July 1st" 05:44:37, 2014-07-01 48 Hour Sport Event 4th to 6th July 05:43:18, 2014-07-01 14th July 10pm Red Cross Event in The Square 05:38:14, 2014-07-01 New motorway sections save 10 mins on Malaga drive. No services. 12:23:44, 2014-06-28…
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    More life guards, more facilities, but no sign of the promised dog beach! 21:55:05, 2014-06-26 220 activities planned for the summer and they say will advertise them better 21:51:08, 2014-06-26 Pleasant enough morning 07:58:30, 2014-06-26 And here comes the wind again. Blowing hard again 16:21:18, 2014-06-25 Wind has dropped but still blowing fairly hard and not exactly warm out first thing. 08:20:27, 2014-06-25 Wind has picked up again, but the storm they having up north hasnt arrived but dont forget …. significant improved quality from…
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • Ailing Croatia: A mighty mess

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:21 am
    There is a cloud over Dubrovnik THIS month Dubrovnik, Croatia’s picturesque Adriatic port city, has been a favourite destination not only of the habitual cruise-ship tourists but also of foreign dignitaries. Within a few days, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, senior officials from Russia, China, America and New Zealand and almost every single regional foreign minister […]
  • [Analysis] EU sanctions on Russia hurt more than it seems

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    Threats, leaks, innuendoes – the creation of “market uncertainty” on Russia is “a new tool of European and US foreign policy”. News from EUobserver
  • Italian politics: The ex-Cavaliere is back on his horse

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    FEW events in Italy’s recent history have had a more crushing effect on morale than the wrecking of the Costa Concordia, an Italian-owned and skippered liner that capsized off the island of Giglio in January 2012. The giant vessel foundered with the loss of 32 lives as Italy, battered by years of economic stagnation even […]
  • Slovenia’s election: A new man for the job

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    Cerar, from novice to winner IN HIS victory speech Miro Cerar, who is almost certain to be Slovenia’s next prime minister, said his country needed a change of political culture and more “respect for fellow men”. Many Slovenes agree, which is why more than a third voted for Mr Cerar, who formed a party (named […]
  • Hungary’s foreign policy: Between Brussels and Russia

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    VIKTOR ORBAN is not used to losing. His right-wing Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority in April’s election, repeating its 2010 triumph. Yet alone (except for Britain’s David Cameron), he refused to back Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission. Hungary voted against Mr Juncker to send a “powerful signal” against “surreptitious” changes […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • Santa Cristina festival

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Everyone's favourite event of the annual Santa Cristina festival is the fireworks display held on Llorets main beach. Last night there were thousands of spectators watching the display from all the best view points around town. Our photo below was taken from the hillside between Lloret and Fenals.
  • Lloret de Mar Nightlife

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Lloret de Mar is well known as the nightlife capital of the Costa Brava...appealing mainly to young clubbers, just now with the months of July and August we are right at the hight of the season. Unfortunately though as you can see from these photos taken just last night (Friday) on what should be one of the busiest nights of the year the streets are still relatively quiet. Compared to what we normally see at this time of year the clubs don't have the long winding queues of people waiting for them to open and instead of having to fight your way through the crowds some of the streets in the…
  • Our local parrot!

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Regular viewers of this site may remember that early last year I mentioned about a lonely male Ring Necked parakeet who had made Fenals his home particularly around the area we live, see the post here > Parrots in Lloret.We never saw him with a mate and hoped that one day he would find one as he used squawk and squawk in the trees just of our balcony as though he was trying to attract a mate. Well, just recently it seems that he has finally attracted a mate and they've now produced a young baby all that squawking has paid off and he's now not such a lonely sorry sight in…
  • A day at Estartit

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you have the benefit of a hire car for your holiday in Lloret de Mar and you want to explore more of the fantastic Costa Brava coastline then Estartit should be added to your 'to do list!'From Lloret it's a pleasant 1hr drive up the coast to reach the resort which is located at the southern end of the Bay of Roses. These photos from our visit show the Medas Islands just offshore which are very popular with divers and snorkelers owing to the varied marine life living out there around the rocks.Sports lovers are well catered for at Estartit with boating, fishing, cycling, water skiing, para…
  • Free Entrance to Lloret Attractions

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    As part of the current Santa Cristina celebrations some of the most popular attractions will have an free open day this coming Thursday 24th July. Santa Clotilde Gardens, Sant Joan Tower, Can Saragossa and the Museum del Mar on the seafront are the places you can visit for free.Sant Joan Tower is open 10am - 1pm and 5pm - 7pm.Santa Clotilde Gardens  10am -7pmCan Saragossa 10am - 1.30pmMuseum del Mar 10am - 1pm & 4pm - 7pmSant Joan TowerSanta Clotilde Gardens
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    Spanish Teaching

  • 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…
  • On The Hunt For Typos

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I love to laugh especially if it’s a pierna suelta. If that's the case then trying to define the happiness I express through laughter is very difficult but the joy is clearly visible. I like bad jokes (and good ones too, of course), absurd and surreal comedies. In fact, one of my favorite movies is Amanece, Que no es Poco (To See the Dawn is Enough). This is probably the best movie of absurd humor—but intelligently made—that has ever been produced in Spain.You may have seen the Goya painting of La Letra Con Sangre Entra which shows a teacher administering corporal punishment to a poor…
  • The Spanish Wishing Tree

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Once students move on from level B1 to B2, the task of working with them on the present subjunctive, the imperative (both positive and negative) and the different pragmatic options that are available to the speaker begins to occur. This grammatical content usually includes suggestions, wishes and advice. To convert all of these notions into language abilities we need an activity that can be fun and engaging for the student.Thanks to my colleague Sandra, the activity that I will present to you was inspired by her. I must say, in honor of Sandra, that not only does she have an amazing command…
  • Spanish Level Evaluation

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Evaluating the Language Competency LevelOne of the most arduous tasks that the ELE Spanish teacher takes on is that of correctly evaluating the language competency level of those new students that enter the classroom. Of course, in the majority of ELE language schools a level test is given when these new students arrive. But these tests are normally geared towards determining ones knowledge and understanding of grammar while questions based on vocabulary (which are always subjective and vary depending on the location of the learning center as well as the origin of the student) are normally…
  • Descriptions in Spanish

    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Great Inventions of TBOI have always been fascinated by Rube Goldberg’s machines, those complicated and imaginative gadgets that, when interconnected, produce a succession of actions that are fun, extraordinary and, at times, very complicated, culminating in a final effect that is more often than not surprising and entertaining. The attraction that I feel towards this type of useless machine -  those that are attractive to the kinesthetic and creative mind - probably stems back to my childhood, where I read the illustrated magazine, TBO, which is now used to refer to comics in…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

  • 24 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am

    José M. Guardia
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    BEHIND THE SCENES IN PUTIN'S COURT: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator.
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    José M. Guardia
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    BRENDAN O'NEILL: Your pity for Palestinians is making things worse in Gaza: Western thirst for images of the dead could be contributing to the bloodshed.
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    José M. Guardia
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    TODAY, the English edition of Barcepundit turns 10. They grow up so fast, don't they?
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    José M. Guardia
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    UGLY INDEED: The 7 Ugliest Government Buildings In Washington, D.C..
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    José M. Guardia
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    NOT BAD: 5 NYC Apartments That Rent For More Than $100,000. A month.
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  • Enrique Ávila (ING Direct): “La clave de nuestra estrategia es la movilidad”

    Esther Macías
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    ING Direct aterrizó en España hace poco más de 15 años. Fue, de hecho, el segundo país donde la matriz ING, de origen holandés, decidió arrancar su proyecto de banca directa, después de Canadá. Desde entonces la entidad ha ido ganando clientes (cerró el ejercicio 2013 con 2,9 millones) y diversificando sus productos financieros, además de reforzar su presencia en más canales: al telefónico y a Internet ING Direct sumó hace unos años algunas oficinas físicas en nuestro país. Detrás de estos hitos se encuentra una sólida estrategia tecnológica liderada por Enrique Ávila,…
  • Lo mejor de la semana en TICbeat

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Te resumimos en diez pinceladas lo que esta semana nos dejó en la actualidad tecnológica. Xiaomi Mi4, el smartphone premium y barato redondo Se acabó la espera. Después de semanas de filtraciones constantes sobre el Xiaomi Mi4, el nuevo smartphone buque insignia del mentado fabricante chino que llega para relevar al Mi3, fue presentado oficialmente ayer al más puro estilo de las grandes marcas del sector. Leer más.     Luis Uguina (BBVA): “No veo a Apple o a Google haciendo un banco” Acerca de la renovada estrategia de Banca Digital de BBVA y los pilares tecnológicos…
  • El auge de las ‘apps monedero’

    Marcos Merino
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    El debate sobre la posibilidad de hacer pagos vía móvil viene sonando desde hace tiempo (más insistentemente según se iban popularizando los smartphones y caía la desconfianza de los consumidores ante el comercio electrónico), pero sólo desde fechas recientes podemos hablar de una verdadera difusión de las soluciones de pago móvil. Por un lado, y según datos de VISA, el 40% del parque de TPV´s de España ya disponía a principios de año de soporte para la tecnología NFC (cubriendo así una cifra total de 300.000 establecimientos), aunque -lógicamente- se encuentran aún…
  • Tipos de alojamiento web: compartido, dedicado, VPS, cloud…

    Marcos Merino
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Si tienes en mente iniciar un proyecto web y has estado evaluando distintas opciones para alojarlo, habrás comprobado que existe una gran variedad de tipos de hosting (alojamiento). Te explicamos brevemente en qué consiste cada uno: Alojamiento compartido Es aquél que ofrece cierta cantidad de espacio en una máquina física (esto es, el servidor) donde hay hospedados proyectos de otros clientes. Es el tipo de alojamiento más frecuente y sencillo de usar, adecuado para páginas poco complejas. En este tipo de alojamiento el cliente tiene la opción de usar paneles de administración (como…
  • eBiblio da sus primeros pasos en Castilla y León

    Marcos Merino
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A principios de 2011, la Biblioteca de Castilla y León (con sede en Valladolid, y cabecera del sistema de bibliotecas autonómico) anunciaba sus primeros pasos en la adopción del libro electrónico, en el marco de un programa piloto del Ministerio de Cultura, junto a otras 14 bibliotecas de toda España, por el cual éstas seguirían prestando un objeto físico: 37 e-readers cargado con 600 obras cada uno. Primeros pasos de eBiblio Ahora, 3 años después, el Sistema de Bibliotecas de Castilla y León da un nuevo paso en favor del libro electrónico presentando una nueva plataforma de…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Renfe Reports AVE Passenger Numbers Up 20.3% to June

    Diane Harris
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The number of passengers who travelled on Renfe’s AVE Long Distance rail service in the first half of the year rose by 20.3%, compared with the same period last year, reaching a total of 8.58 million passengers. In the case of the Long Distance trains, passenger numbers increased by 5.4% in the first six months […]
  • Two Regions Register House Price Increases First Time Since 2008

    Diane Harris
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tinsa’s IMIE Local Markets index for the second quarter of 2014 confirms that the stabilisation of property prices which began in 2013 is continuing. The report shows an average decline in prices of 3.9% for the country as a whole, compared to same period in 2013, which is more moderate than the 6.7% year-on-year decline […]
  • Only 36% of Spanish Families Went on Holiday in 2013

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Only 36% of Spanish families went on holiday in 2013, which is 4% less than in 2012, while the average expenditure per family was around 1,000 euros, according to the results of a study carried out by AIS Consulting Group. The number of Spanish families who earmark part of their budget for an intended holiday […]
  • Commercial Real Estate Investment in Spain Reaches Post-Crisis Highs

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The interest of international and institutional investors in the Spanish commercial real estate market has hit a new post-crisis record. With nearly 2,500 million euros in the first half of 2014, investment grew by 110%, according to data from consultancy firm BNP Paribas Real Estate. The interest of these foreign operators, together with the activity […]
  • Services Sector Turnover Rose 2.1% in May Accelerating Job Creation

    Diane Harris
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The services sector in Spain recorded an increase in turnover of 2.1% in May, compared to the same month of 2013, thus accumulating nine consecutive months of year-on-year increases, according to provisional data published last week by the National Statistics Institute. The year-on-year increase registered in May is two tenths higher than the April increase, […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • 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…
  • Eating Up to Cool Down: Three Summer Recipes for Spanish Dishes

    14 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    Eating ice cream in Seville Want to cook like a local from Southern Spain? Cat Gaa, our wrtier based in Seville, has some tasty recipies for cooling off this summer. By Cat Gaa When the temperatures begin to rise in Spain, citizens in its major cities run for the hills or the beaches or their air-conditioned flats, leaving metropolitan hubs looking like a post-apocalyptic scene. With summer temperatures reaching 100° or more in the south and landlocked interior, Spanish cuisine becomes lighter and fresher to help combat heatstroke. Gazpacho This cold, tomato-based soup is ubiquitous with…
  • Get Your Copy! Eat Guides: Barcelona Is Here – Woot!

    25 May 2014 | 11:11 am
    Get Eat Guides: Barcelona on your e-reader By Regina Winkle-Bryan Wow, publishing a book takes a really long time. We’ve learned a lot creating Eat Guides: Barcelona, our first of the Eat Guides series in Spain. Blood (paper cuts), sweat, and tears….and many good meals later, Eat Guides is ready to zip into your Kindles courtesy of Amazon! Buy the guidebook here: Amazon   Don’t have a Kindle? Like to feel paper between your fingers? Me too sometimes. Try the PDF version of Eat Guides: Barcelona, which you can buy here on and then print. You can print it all, or print…
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    Ronda, the City of Dreams in Andalusia, Southern Spain

  • Restaurant – El Meson Simancon – Grazalema

    Ronda Today
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    So you are in Ronda for a few days (or just passing through) and want to get away to the mountains for a while? Just 40 minutes away by car is the stunning Sierra de Grazalema. Why not take a drive, enjoy the scenery and a wonderful afternoon or evening meal. The Simancon restaurant is […]
  • Costa del Sol Day Trips to Ronda

    Ronda Today
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Staying in the Costa del Sol? Why not plan a short trip to Ronda, the soul of Andalucía, and as little as 45 minutes away. See the bullring, Puente Nuevo, Mondragon Palace and the Arab Baths.
  • Getting to Ronda using tour guide companies

    Ronda Today
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Many people arrive in Ronda by train or bus but there is another option. You can also use one of the many tour guide companies across Spain but because finding the right one can sometimes be difficult we have found the best place to find trips to Ronda is at In fact, with this […]
  • Puente Nuevo Interpretation Museum

    Ronda Today
    11 Jun 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Puente Nuevo (new bridge) museum and lookout, one of the highlights of visiting Ronda, and one of Spain's most photographed manmade landmarks.
  • Ronda Train Timetables

    Ronda Today
    30 May 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

  • 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 […]
  • Barcelona Slaps Fine On Airbnb And Considers Taking Action To Ban Access To The Site

    Maria Sullivan
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Barcelona’s Generalitat has fined the holiday rental site Airbnb €30,000€ after detecting that the site displayed advertising for more than 11,000 ‘irregular’ properties that are not registered with the government as official tourist accommodation. Launched in 2008, the site Airbnb is one of the most popular travel sites for holiday accommodation and short stays with […]
  • Near Miss Plane Collision At Barcelona Airport Caught On Tape

    Ana Pozuelo
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    A flight enthusiast was witness to a near miss plane collision at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Sunday evening. The footage shows a Boeing 767-300 from UTair making its approach and preparing to land. Just before touching down an Airbus A340-300 from Aeorolineas Argentinas taxis across the landing path. The Russian pilot was able to […]
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    The Cheap In Madrid BlogThe Cheap In Madrid Blog

  • Expat Interview: Paul Read

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Expat Interview: Paul Read Paul Read, a.k.a. the Gazpacho Monk, is a British expat who has been living in Spain for nearly 20 years. He has just launched a podcast series about Spain which you can download from his website. He also recently published a book about Spain called “Inside the Tortilla” which he says […]
  • Expat Interview: Ali Meehan

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Expat Interview: Ali Meehan This month, Cheap in Madrid is talking to British Expat Ali Meehan, founder of Costa Women, a social and business networking community for women living in Spain. This community, which brings together expats and locals for social and professional activities, recently won Telegraph’s Best of British Social Club award. CiM: Where are […]
  • Expat Interview: Cecilia Avanceña

    15 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Expat Interview: Cecilia Avanceña Expat Cecilia Avanceña came to Spain in 1987 on a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This native of the Philippines translates Spanish, French, German, English and Tagalog. She is also an artist, with a PhD in Sculpture. You can learn more about her work here. CiM:  Why and […]
  • Expat Interview: Mary Margaret O´Hara

    13 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Expat Interview: Mary Margaret O´Hara This month, the Cheap in Madrid Blog (CiM) is talking to American expat Mary Margaret O’Hara. This native of New York recently formed a translation team called Lively Words Translations, where she works alongside three other translators. CiM: Why and when did you move to Spain? MM: I first moved […]
  • 8 Essential & Free Smartphone Apps for Madrid

    17 Jun 2014 | 11:08 pm
    8 Essential & Free Smartphone Apps for Madrid Surely more than once you’ve been desperate to find a taxi and  without the number to request one. There have also been occasions when you’ve also felt cheated by the cost of a taxi trip,right? This same problem was resolved by three young Spanish entrepreneurs in the […]
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    Houses for Sale in Spain

  • 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.
  • 10 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day In Spain

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    13 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    On my personal site we recently posted a blog about ten things you should be doing every day in Spain. You can see it at the link. However we have also recorded it using Auphonic, loaded it onto our Soundcloud page and placed it into Youtube too. You can also listen to it below. So if you prefer listening to reading then take a listen below and take to heart the ten things you should be doing every day in Spain.
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    Homage to BCN

  • 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…
  • A Barcelona Font

    Rob (H2BCN)
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    Read 'A Barcelona Font' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website This is a bit of a geeky post but what the hell. I love Barcelona. And I love typography. So what better than a Barcelona font! It’s not really a font as such but one that’s certainly in the same vein as the classic dingbat font, Microsoft’s Wingdings. A collection of little images related to Barcelona that you can download for free and use in any project you wish. There’s even a little caga tió! I hope you find a use for them. Barcelona city icons compiled and vectorized by WOODCUTTER Liked this…
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]

    Rob (H2BCN)
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Read '10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website I came across this great infographic the other day from the guys at Apartment Barcelona. Unlike most of these kind of things there was actually some stuff I didn’t know! So I thought I’d share it. Did you know about all these things? 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]Source: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona. Liked this post? I would very much appreciate you sharing it with your friends via the website :) Share: 10 Things You Didn’t…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • 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…
  • Mini housing boom in Malaga’s ‘Golden Triangle’

    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    LUXURY housing in Malaga’s so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ is leading the way in the resurrection of the construction industry. The ‘Golden Triangle’, made up of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis, is seeing an increase in both the sales of homes and in the construction of luxury housing. During January and February of this year, Marbella Town Hall has seen an increase of 20% in the licences for luxury homes. So far the town hall has authorised licences for 18 new housing projects with a combined worth of over €9million. If construction carries on at this pace, the number of projects…
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    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.
  • Our Top 5 Holiday Activities for Kids in Mijas

    Lisa Sadleir
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    As you may know, we currently live in the beautiful Andalucian, whitewashed village of Mijas. It is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. We decided it was about time to share our Top 5 Holiday Activities for Kids in Mijas. Please keep number 5 quiet though, or we will be in... Read more → The post Our Top 5 Holiday Activities for Kids in Mijas appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Our Book about Moving to Spain with Children

    Lisa Sadleir
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    We are very excited to announce that our book about Moving to Spain with Children is due to be published in September 2014. As well as being available in kindle format, a print edition of Moving to Spain with Children will be published, thanks to UP Publications Ltd. This means that not only will you... Read more → The post Our Book about Moving to Spain with Children appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Our Top 10 Best Family Travel Games

    Lisa Sadleir
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    As our children get older, we are travelling more frequently and more further afield. As I’m sure any parent will agree, keeping the children entertained whilst travelling makes it a much smoother ride. For this reason, we have decided to share out Top 10 Best Family Travel Games with you. Whether it is a flight... Read more → The post Our Top 10 Best Family Travel Games appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • All About Our Family Holidays in Alicante

    Lisa Sadleir
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    We have just returned from our family holidays in Alicante and we wanted to share what we discovered with you. This was an extra bonus week, thanks to Ed’s mum, so it was a bit last minute and not a lot of research was carried out before we went. I (mum) had just returned from... Read more → The post All About Our Family Holidays in Alicante appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
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  • Well done to the Teulada Moraira Council

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    Sadly, Spain is one of Europe’s least energy sufficient nations, having to import some 99% of its gas and oil needs. It’s no wonder then that central government has just given permission for the commencement of oil exploration in the waters between Valencia and the Balearic Islands. This is despite considerable opposition – from regional and provincial government representatives, from local town halls, from environmental groups, from residents associations and from tourism trade associations. These opponents argue that there will be damage to the environment, harm to sea life…
  • Keep your passport safe!

    2 Jun 2014 | 1:17 am
    That’s an obvious thing to do, so why mention it? The matter’s raised since statistics have just revealed that in Spain last year, over 6000 passports were either lost or stolen. Bag theft was the largest cause at 39%. Theft from cars accounted for 20% and pick-pockets helped themselves to 15%. Break-ins of apartments or villas was the lowest cause of passport loss at 14%, but still involved a large number of passports. Then, this statistic is truly amazing. Interpol has a list of 40 million lost or stolen passports on its database Losing a passport abroad, whatever the reason, means a…
  • Why would you want to visit or live in Spain

    25 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    There’s sea and sun to entice you……..and all that wonderful wine too. In fact, 15% of the world’s vineyards are in Spain – spread across all of Spain’s autonomous regions. Though the biggest surface area of vineyards is in Castilla-La Mancha, La Rioja boasts the greatest density of planting. At February 2014, Spain was the world’s third largest exporter of wine, behind France and Italy, and the UK and Germany were the top customers. (Spain thanks all you lady and gentlemen inebriates in the UK). Since Spain produces a lot of sherry and brandy, some 61% of its vineyards grow…
  • Spain’s New Traffic Regulations 2014

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    This coming July will be the 9th anniversary of the introduction of a points based driving licence here in Spain. Since then, road accidents have dropped by 65%, so no one can be critical of that particular legislation. Now more changes are planned. Recently, the Director General of Traffic (DGT) stated that the purpose of the new proposed changes was to further reduce the number of deaths and accidents on the road. As a consequence, several changes concern vehicle speeds. On some segments, motorway speeds will increase from 120 to 130kph. By contrast, urban speed limits will reduce from 50…
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    Panoramic Villas

  • 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…
  • Take a Tour of Mijas Pueblo on the Costa del Sol in Spain

    Robert Skupski
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    The town of Mijas is a typical “pueblo blanco”, or white village, one of many in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain, but maybe a little more unique than all the others. The Attraction and Location of Mijas Located just above the coastal resort of Fuengirola and the coastal part of the town, Mijas Costa, it feels like another world. Just a few minutes on the bus from the commercialized coast takes you to traditional Spain with all its beauty, at about 450 metres or 1,476 feet above sea level. Here are just some of the attractions of this lovely place, to give you a feel for what…
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