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  • Mijas homeowner and showbiz legend Val Doonican has died

    Spain's Latest News
    Iona Napier (Reporter)
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    Val Doonican, 88, has passed away
  • Diving for your dinner!

    Spain's Latest News
    Steven Saunders (Columnist)
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Chef Steven Saunders, star of Ready Steady Cook and proprietor of The Little Geranium Restaurant in La Cala, on how to exact revenge on scallops
  • Rivero presses EU for reserve fund for Canaries

    Tenerife News - Official Website
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The president of the Canary Government, Paulino Rivero has called on the European Commission to create a reserve fund of 6.3 million euros for the archipelago. He says the islands should not be discriminated against because of their location and it would be impossible for them to compete against other countries in terms of individual bids. Sr. Rivero has asked the EC president, Jean-Claude Juncker to [...]
  • Rajoy cuts income tax retentions - Spanish News in English
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:28 pm
    SPANISH president Mariano Rajoy has brought forward the income tax reduction he had kept up his sleeve for 2016, having announced it would be applied retroactively from Wednesday just ...
  • Welcome to Jun, the town that ditched bureaucracy to run on Twitter

    Spain | The Guardian
    Jemima Kiss
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Residents of the Spanish town use Twitter for everything from reporting crimes to booking doctor’s appointments. Is this the future of local government?“The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails,” once wrote Federico García Lorca. “And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.” The residents of Lorca’s hometown of Granada may now dare to add Twitter to that list. The California-based social network has become something of a specialism for the Spanish city, which now proudly promotes Jun, a local town…
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Rivero presses EU for reserve fund for Canaries

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The president of the Canary Government, Paulino Rivero has called on the European Commission to create a reserve fund of 6.3 million euros for the archipelago. He says the islands should not be discriminated against because of their location and it would be impossible for them to compete against other countries in terms of individual bids. Sr. Rivero has asked the EC president, Jean-Claude Juncker to [...]
  • Barcelona star gives youngsters the chance to live the dream

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Youngsters are being given the chance of a lifetime to enjoy the thrills of soccer success, thanks to FC Barcelona star Pedro Rodríguez Ledesma. There are 150 places on offer in his summer campus to be held on the campus of La Palmera in San Isidro. The event takes place from July 6th to 11th and is aimed at children aged between seven and 14. Over [...]
  • Tourism chiefs aim to “know” two million visitors

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Tourism chiefs in the Canary Islands want to get to know the personal preferences of individual holiday-makers as part of a new campaign. The “CRM” system was introduced by the Government in 2013 but is now being stepped up to increase its feedback. Deputy Tourism Minister, Fernández de la Puente Armas said they already details of more than 300,000 customers on their data base but this [...]
  • MiradasDoc Market invites entries for promising documentaries

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Budding film producers are being urged to turn their attention to the international festival MiradasDoc which takes place in Guia de Isora in November. The MiradasDoc Market is an important part of this event and could lead to creators of documentaries taking a very major step in their future careers. A distinguished panel will be looking for the best submissions, with the winning entrants standing to [...]
  • Leave our rocks alone, appeals Lanzarote!

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    It may seem rather unbelievable but this amazing fact is very true and also potentially, very harmful to the environment. On average, each week, visitors to Lanzarote are plundering 500 kilograms of volcanic rock to take home as a souvenir. And this is just the amount found by the police in cars rented by tourists! Now, Lanzarote Cabildo has teamed up with the island’s airport to [...]
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Welcome to Jun, the town that ditched bureaucracy to run on Twitter

    Jemima Kiss
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Residents of the Spanish town use Twitter for everything from reporting crimes to booking doctor’s appointments. Is this the future of local government?“The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails,” once wrote Federico García Lorca. “And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.” The residents of Lorca’s hometown of Granada may now dare to add Twitter to that list. The California-based social network has become something of a specialism for the Spanish city, which now proudly promotes Jun, a local town…
  • Blistering heat sends mercury above 40C

    Nicholas Lee (MetDesk)
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Continental Europe has had blistering heat over the past week, with Spain and Portugal becoming particularly hot. Of Spain’s 50 provinces 43 were put on alert for exceptionally high temperatures, with the mercury widely topping 40C (104F), and some places experiencing temperatures as high as 44C.The intense heat has also increased the potential for forest fires; woodlands, within a large area, are considered at extreme risk of catching alight. The heat-wave is expected to spread and persist for much of Europe over the coming days. Continue reading...
  • Sean Scully's art helps complete 10-year restoration of Spanish monastery

    Hannah Ellis-Petersen
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Santa Cecilia de Montserrat, a thousand-year-old monastery on the hills above Barcelona, hosts 22 works by Turner prize-nominated Irish artistIn the thousand years that the Santa Cecilia de Montserrat monastery has stood on the hills overlooking Barcelona, set against jagged towering rocks that rise like giant’s fingers pointing to the sky, history has continually come knocking at its door. It was a sanctuary for early pilgrims, a symbol of resistance in the Napoleonic invasion, and a protector of Catalan culture and language during the regime of Franco.Now this tiny chapel, still home to…
  • Barcelona's iconic furniture store, Vinçon, closes after 74 years of trading

    Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    The Spanish shop selling contemporary designs and household goods suffered from cheaper online competition and a downturn in the Spanish economyVinçon, Barcelona’s emblematic furniture and household goods store and, for 74 years, a byword for good design, has closed its doors, a victim of cheaper competition, internet shopping and Spain’s economic crisis.Sales have been falling for the past eight years. Because of its situation on the popular Passeig de Gràcia, the shop was often full but mainly with tourists who looked but did not buy. “It’s been like a long, slow…
  • Bernhard Lang's best photograph: the 'Sea of Plastic' greenhouses from the air

    Intervew by Sian Cain
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    ‘I think about this photo every time I go to the supermarket. It changed my shopping habits for good’I realised I wanted to be an aerial photographer when I looked out of a window while flying over Russia one day. I saw huge rivers, never-ending forests and geological formations – and I knew instantly that I had to capture that view of the Earth.I took this last year on the coast of Andalusia, southern Spain, over the Mar del Plastico, which means “sea of plastic”. It’s 350 square kilometres completely covered in greenhouses that grow millions of tons of fruit and vegetables to be…
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    Spain Financial News

  • The ‘Beer Theory of Credit Quality’

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:43 pm
    … away. According to financial services company Credit Suisse, Greece has … The beer theory of credit quality Bond investors believed the euro … Europe — Spain, Italy, and Greece — are bad credit risks. On … Italians and Spanish owe. And if the credit stops, who …
  • Greek banks down to last €500m in cash

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    … said Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister. Video The daily … and small businesses stop accepting credit cards. Constantine Michalos, head … simply running out of money. "We are reliably … landing. One is full of Spanish almonds, the others full …
  • Greece ‘No’ vote could cause financial instability

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    … Greece’s stand-off with its creditors as “very dangerous” and said … responsibility within the Bank of England for ensuring financial stability, said it … on the peripheral economies – Portugal, Spain, Ireland – in the way that …
  • Investors take shelter as the Greek referendum nears

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    … to comply with their creditors’ present conditions or to … in one financial crisis or another, according to Bank of … markets, prompting investors to seek safety in core investment assets, including … , the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Fund portfolios are …
  • Financial Transaction Tax Could Boost New Development Goals

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    … & SDGs, Trade & Investment UNITED NATIONS, Jul 2 … on Sept 17, 2013. Credit: Samuel Oakford/IPS … , Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain, continuing negotiations on … countries with important financial sectors and asset-management industries like the …
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • Coalition dreaming

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:53 am
    THE inauguration of Turkey’s new parliament on June 23rd was a heady day for this wobbly democracy. Pious Muslim women were able to take the oath with their heads covered for the first time without being harassed by secular dinosaurs. Three Armenians, two Yazidis, a Syriac, a Roma and numerous Kurds and Alevis (and a […]
  • Hungary shuts the door

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    THIS week Hungary suspended its adherence to the Dublin regulation, which says that asylum-seekers’ claims must be processed in the first country they reach. The move came days after the Hungarians said they were building a four-metre-high fence on the border with Serbia. In the first three months of 2015, Hungary received 32,810 new asylum […]
  • Hungary shuts the door

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:22 am
    THIS week Hungary suspended its adherence to the Dublin regulation, which says that asylum-seekers’ claims must be processed in the first country they reach. The move came days after the Hungarians said they were building a four-metre-high fence on the border with Serbia. In the first three months of 2015, Hungary received 32,810 new asylum […]
  • Circular economy could deliver €1.8tn for Europe

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:51 am
    The circular economy is Europe’s next big thing, according to a new study, and EU policy-makers are keen to get in on the act. News from EUobserver
  • Women at war

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    Beata will be hard to beat WHEN Ewa Kopacz succeeded Donald Tusk as Poland’s prime minister last autumn, she became only the second woman in the job, after Hanna Suchocka in 1992-93. After the general election in October, the next government will again be led by a woman—but it may not be Ms Kopacz. Her […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • A Visit to Playa de Aro

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
     A treat for the boating fans taking their holidays in Lloret de Mar would be a trip up the coast to the town of Playa de Aro. To the south of the resort is a beautiful marina where you can take a stroll to view all the boats which range from the smallest sail boat to the larger and much more expensive yachts. At Playa de Aro there is also a fantastic shopping area so maybe this could be a good opportunity for the ladies to go shopping while the men do a bit of wishful thinking while taking a look around the marina at the boats!What a strange place to plant such a large tree - on the…
  • Lloret de Mar weather in June

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
    A heatwave is on the way to Lloret for the coming week, temperatures will reach mid to high 30s so get the sun cream ready and drink plenty of water if your out and about this week!
  • UK allowance for tobacco & cigarettes etc

    21 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    There is often confusion about the allowance of tobacco, cigarettes and spirits which can be imported back into the UK as you return from your holiday in the EU. This handy guide might help you getting all your goods confiscated on your return.
  • A stroll along the seafront!

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
     Here are a few recent pics taken along the seafront in Lloret...In the first picture you can see the yellow L2 bus, a very handy service if you need to travel between Lloret de Mar and Fenals and you dont fancy the walk! At present the fare is €1.35.In the second picture are the kiosks where to book your boat trips to other beaches and resorts such as Tossa de Mar, Blanes, and Calella. Here we have part of the nightlife area which comes to life late at night and closes as the day breaks! To get away from the heat of the sun you can take a stroll through the older streets…
  • Fira dels Americano's

    15 Jun 2015 | 1:20 am
     Lloret stepped back in time over the weekend to the days of the Americano's with exhibitions, craft stalls, music, guided tours, and also a look at how they dressed in those early years.
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  • Fórnoles

    21 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    Fórnoles, around 25 km from Torre del Compte, is playing host this weekend to the "Health to Life" fair, Feria, Salud a la Vida.It is a small village, even smaller than Torre del Compte, with just over 100 inhabitants......and is just over 200 metres higher at 706 metres above sea level.However, this feria brought it to life at least for this weekend.The main street was decorated with mobiles made from egg boxes - no expense has been spared!One of the main claims to fame for this village is that it lies on the Greenwich Meridian and the coordinates are 40°54'N 0°0'E.Wandering…
  • Joy's birthday celebration

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Tomorrow is the birthday of our dear friend Joy.But, as most proper restaurants around here are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays,... ...we decided to treat her to a meal today, Sunday, the day before her birthday.The Virgen de la Fuente at Peñarroya de Testavins is one of our favourite places to eat.This looks similar to a Maple tree but it has different fruit/nut as opposed to a seed pod in the photo above. It's very attractive though.Another tree producing it's seed - we think this could be a walnut.As usual, the food is excellent, it may look like 'ham and eggs' but it is Huevos rotos…
  • Valencia

    5 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    So this was the last afternoon of our holiday and we were making good time.We were just north of Valencia on the A7 motorway and contemplating getting to our house at Vinaròs for a late lunch when......we got a puncture, pulled over and phoned the breakdown service. Even though our car is a 4x4 in an effort to save weight it doesn't carry a spare tyre, only an aerosol puncture repair kit which isn't going to work when the tyre has been shredded in the deceleration from 120 kph.The car was taken to a garage to be looked at tomorrow morning, this was Sunday, and we were taken to a hotel then…
  • Manzanares

    4 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Saturday morning we set off towards Manzanares where we are booked in for an overnight stay. It is possible to do the journey back from the Costa del Sol in one day but this is a holiday......and we have to stop for morning coffee......and later, lunch in a very upmarket area with a splendid hotel, Ciudad de Jaèn, which does excellent bocadillos.Above is a photo of a large picture in the hotel which sums up this region of Andalusia. The hills are covered with olive trees as far as the eye can see.They have some good examples of topiary too......and even had the red carpet out as they must…
  • Marbella

    3 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    To a lot of people Marbella means the beach. However, we discovered another side to the town.Only a few minutes from the beach and the hordes of tourists lies the old quarter......with very traditional small streets......with small shops and quiet tapas bars.There are even pomegranate trees!The most recent buildings merge with......the original city walls.There are various Christian churches and ermitas dotted around......and the religious tradition is are the decorative pavements.Ancient and modern live side by side......and there are just so many delightful small…
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    Spanish Teaching

  • El Español en el Mundo

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    "El Español - Una Lengua Viva"El Instituto Cervantes publica, anualmente, un estudio que lleva por título “El español: una lengua viva” y que recoge datos de gran interés para los profesores de ELE y también, claro, para los estudiantes de nuestra lengua.Ya se sabe que existen tres tipos de mentiras: las grandes, las pequeñas y las estadísticas… aunque hay que reconocer que a veces, estas últimas nos pueden venir al pelo para atraer la atención de nuestros alumnos y aumentar, si ello fuera necesario, la motivación para continuar con su estudio.Veamos algunos datos actualizados…
  • El día E se dedica a la paremiología

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Este año, el 20 de junio se ha vuelto a celebrar, como viene haciéndose desde hace seis años, el Día de la Lengua Española, más conocido como el “Día E”. Esta iniciativa, que partió del Instituto Cervantes, se ha asentado ya como una celebración del español y de los hablantes de nuestra lengua a lo largo y ancho de todo el mundo.Este año, las celebraciones institucionales se han realizado con el tema de la paremiología en el Quijote. Esta palabra (este palabro) hace referencia al estudio y comprensión de dichos, sentencias, proverbios y refranes, que el DRAE recoge bajo el…
  • Leonardo Padura

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Un Merecido Galardón a un Novelista Cubano-EspañolLos premios literarios, con frecuencia, recaen sobre escritores de un gran valor literario pero a veces poco conectados con el mundo cotidiano del lector. A veces el Nobel de Literatura le es otorgado a alguien con unos valores indiscutibles pero desconocido por el gran público.En lengua española, el Premio Cervantes viene, desde 1976, reconociendo el valor literario de escritoras y escritores que lo hacen en la lengua del Quijote, y ha adquirido un importante prestigio internacional, poniendo en valor la labor literaria de grandes autores…
  • El Aprendizaje Cooperativo-colaborativo en el Aula de ELE

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Cuando nos plantamos delante de nuestros estudiantes, en el aula de ELE, nos encontramos con varios desafíos. El primero de ellos es que nuestros alumnos, al igual que los pacientes de un médico especialista ("no hay enfermedades, hay enfermos") presentan, cada uno, características y necesidades diferentes que nosotros, los enseñantes, nos vemos en la obligación de unificar y armonizar.He de reconocer que yo tengo una suerte enorme ya que trabajamos con grupos de un máximo de ocho estudiantes, lo que permite una fluidez muy grande en las intervenciones y en la participación en el aula,…
  • El Español - Múltiples Facetas de una Lengua Común

    8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Hace un par de semanas, el suplemento dominical del periódico El País publicó un extenso artículo, de la pluma de Álex Grijelmo, un experto en la Lengua Española, autor de algunos títulos fundamentales para todos los que amamos la lengua de Cervantes como El estilo del periodista (Taurus, 1997), y los ensayos Defensa apasionada del idioma español (Taurus, 1998), La seducción de las palabras (Taurus, 2000), La punta de la lengua (Aguilar, 2004), El genio del idioma (Taurus, 2004), La gramática descomplicada (Taurus, 2006), Palabras moribundas, coautor con Pilar García Mouton…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

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    José M. Guardia
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    WHY CHINA'S crazy stock market is getting scary:Fill in the blank: In recent weeks, China's stock markets have __________________. A) Wiped out as much as $2 trillion of investors' wealth. B) Swung by as much as 10% in a matter of hours. C) Scared the living daylights out of millions of shareholders. D) All of the above.Yes, correct! The answer is "all of the above."Keep reading.
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    José M. Guardia
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    FINANCIAL TIMES: Two-party system latest victim of Spain’s financial crisis.
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    José M. Guardia
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    VOTERS REMORSE DIDN'T TAKE LONG THIS TIME: More than half of voters unhappy with results of the local and regional election.
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    José M. Guardia
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    WHAT A SURPRISE: Gaza: Hamas killed and tortured, says Amnesty.
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    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
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  • José María Álvarez-Pallete (Telefónica): “Nos interesa que el talento se quede donde nace”

    Esther Macías
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    El auge de ‘lo digital’ está transformando el mundo que conocemos hasta llegar a límites insospechados, hasta el punto, en palabras de José María Álvarez-Pallete, consejero delegado de Telefónica, de que la mayor empresa de acomodación del mundo, como es Airbnb, no dispone de ni un solo hotel en propiedad, que Uber, la mayor compañía de flotas de coche del mundo por valoración no tiene vehículos, o que la mayor plataforma de comunicaciones del globo, como es Whatsapp, no ha desplegado ni tiene ni una sola red. “Ninguna empresa tiene ya el futuro garantizado. Cualquier…
  • La venta de soluciones de almacenamiento crece un 41% en el primer trimestre del año

    Alberto Iglesias Fraga
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Las ventas de hardware de almacenamiento de datos crecieron un 41,4% en el primer trimestre de 2015 respecto al mismo período del año anterior. Se trata de un incremento muy notorio que viene a demostrar el buen ritmo al que se están recuperando los distintos segmentos de actividad dentro del sector TIC. Un total de 28,3 exabytes (equivalente a 28 millones de gigabytes) fueron enviados en todo el mundo en forma de distintos equipos y soportes de memoria durante estos tres primeros meses del año. Son datos de la consultora IDC, la cual pone de manifiesto el crecimiento de la demanda en…
  • PayPal adquiere la startup Xoom, especializada en transferencias

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    La compañía de pagos electrónicos PayPal acaba de cerrar la adquisición de la startup Xoom, radicada en San Francisco y especializada en transferencias y envíos online de dinero. Lo ha hecho, según informa la web especializada en tecnología TechCrunch, por 890 millones de dólares. Desde PayPal han destacado en un comunicado que la operación les permitirá ampliar el abanico de servicios que ya ofrecen a sus usuarios, así como mejorar su posición en algunos mercados de especial interés en los que Xoom, con 14 años de trayectoria, está implantado, como México, India, Filipinas,…
  • Cientos de sitios podrían estar comprometidos por el regreso de GhostShell

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    Dijeron que se retiraban pero parece que han vuelto, y con fuerza. La organización de hackers GhostShell, que no mostraba indicios de actividad desde el año 2013, ha hecho público que ha accedido a la información personal de usuarios almacenada en cientos de webs. A través de su perfil en la red social Twitter, los miembros de GhostShell han estado publicando en las últimas horas extractos de los datos personales que han conseguido interceptar. Estos incluyen direcciones de email, nombres de usuarios, contraseñas cifradas, direcciones postales, números de teléfono, ID de Skype,…
  • Detectada una falsa web de PayPal que podría robar contraseñas

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Una web maliciosa que finge pertenecer al servicio de pagos electrónicos PayPal podría robar la contraseña y nombre de usuario de quienes cayeran en ella. La Oficina de Seguridad del Internauta, perteneciente al Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad, alerta a los usuarios de la existencia de un sitio con la URL, que aparenta pertenecer a la compañía y puede generar confusión a los internautas. En un aviso publicado en su sitio web, la OSI aclara que “todavía no ha sido detectada ninguna campaña de emails fraudulentos dirigida a usuarios desde el sitio web…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Spanish Campsites Estimated to Reach 70% Occupation Rate in July and August

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to data prepared by the Spanish Camping Federation (FEEC), the average occupancy rate nationwide in Spain‘s campsites during the months of July and August will be around 70%. This predicted level of occupancy represents an increase of 20% over that registered in 2012, for example, and places this sector as the second holiday accommodation […]
  • The Young and Retired Opt to Rent

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Data from a recent study carried out by the real estate rental management franchise, Arrentum, on the ‘Desire of the Residential Consumer in Spain’, reveals that the choice of renting a home is increasing among mainly young people and retirees. According to the study, 41.7% of those surveyed aged between 18 and 30 years of […]
  • Kyero Q2 2015 House Price Index – Issue 69

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    The 69th issue of the Kyero Spanish house price index has just been released to reflect the most recent asking prices of every property advertised on Download it by clicking the image (150kB pdf) Download the full price index spreadsheet Overall, average asking prices stayed roughly level since Q1 2015 at €234,000 for the whole […]
  • Kyero Enquiry Report Issue 24

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Issue 24 of the quarterly Kyero Enquiry Report (1Mb pdf) is now available.  It summarises the properties that attracted the most visitor enquiries on from April to June 2015. You can use this report when buying or selling a property in Spain to gauge market interest and the resale potential of a particular type of property in different areas of […]
  • Spain’s Population Falls for Third Consecutive Year

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    As at 1st January 2015, the number of inhabitants in Spain stood at 46,439,864 persons, which is 0.14% less than the figure registered a year earlier (72,335 persons less). In 2013, the reduction registered was significantly higher, at 0.46% (-220,130). During 2014 a total of 78,785 Spaniards left the country, which is almost double the […]
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  • Beautiful Beaches Near Barcelona: Sitges

    The Spain Scoop
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Will you be spending time in Barcelona? Get a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona and dine like a local in the city! $4.99 By Nancy Todd By the time it takes you to glob on suntan lotion and put on your shades, you can get from Barcelona to Sitges. Why Sitges for beaches? They are less crowded than Barcelona beaches and there are not as many vendors squawking “Beer?” “Massage?” The wide beaches are natural sand that has not been delivered in a truck.  Water is cleaner and warmer, and I am sure given the Grand Color Test, the water is bluer. We give Sitges a…
  • Sexy Sandals Made In Spain

    The Spain Scoop
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Sandal shopping in Spain Get a pair of sexy sandals and a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona to be ready for your trip to Spain. $4.99 By Nancy Todd As summer temperatures rise, so does body odor and the number of sandals. Sandals are worn by the mail carriers, bike riders, bus drivers, bankers, and bar guys.  Fruit sellers, ham sellers, and motor cycle crazies. Business people in Spain wear sandals with costly, rumpled linen suits. Old people, babies, and teens stride about with these strappy, snappy shoes. With temperatures clinging in the nineties all summer, sandals reign. Regina and I,…
  • Wine Tasting Tours By Bicycle Outside Barcelona – Penedès

    The Spain Scoop
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Wine tasting tours just 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain Learn more about Spanish wine and food with our guidebook- Eat Guides: Barcelona. $4.99 By Nancy Todd                   Comments by The Blog Dog In less time than it takes to drink a bottle of Spanish wine, we traveled to Penedès, the nearest wine region to Barcelona, one hour by train.  Planning on cycling to different wineries, we Scoopettes knew there was a tough day of work ahead. We met with Paddy Mannion, owner of El Moli Tours, a transplant from Ireland, and multi-talented man whose heart and soul is in his…
  • What To Do If You’re Robbed In Barcelona, Spain

    The Spain Scoop
    29 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Thousands of robberies happen every year on the Metro. Spending time in Barcelona? Pick up a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona, our guidebook to where to dine like a local. $4.99 By Nancy Todd Barcelona has over 400 reported robberies a day. Everyone I know has been robbed. I have been robbed three times, and stopped four attempted robberies, two in the metro, and one at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon in front of government offices. You start to pay for your dinner. Mmmmmmmmmmm.  The purse you put next to your chair, touching your chair is gone. Your camera, passport, credit cards, cell phone,…
  • 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.
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  • Hispania Buys Two Hotels For €105 Million on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

    Maria Sullivan
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The investment fund Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios, S.A., has acquired two hotels on the Canary Islands. The two hotels are the Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort and the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real, both located on the Canary Islands. The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is a 5-star deluxe hotel with 242 rooms and the Suite […]
  • Hottest May in 68 Years and Summer 2015 Weather to Beat All Records

    Ana Pozuelo
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    The weather during the month of May this year has gone down in history as the driest in 68 years with only 1.7 cm of rain, whereas usual measures averaged 6.1 cm. Meteorological experts also registered the hottest day for the time of the year since 1869 with inland towns in Valencia region regisering 44.4ºC […]
  • 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 […]
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  • 10 Best Calamares Bars in Madrid

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    10 Best Calamares Bars in Madrid If you visit Madrid, there is no excuse for not trying one of those classic bocatas de calamares. Let’s say that it’s like going to New York and not trying the bagel. There is a whole world behind this simple sandwich, which can be eaten at breakfast at dinner […]
  • Top 10 Day Trips from Madrid

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Top 10 Day Trips from Madrid If you have visitors who have already been here to Madrid a few times or will be staying for a week or more, you’ll probably want to start taking them on some day trips. Here are a few of the best places to visit right outside Madrid: 1. San […]
  • Summer Sales in Madrid

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Summer Sales in Madrid The period of the summer sales normally occurs when the summer break begins throughout Spain. This is commonly at the beginnng of July, however the stores start hanging their ¨Rebajas¨ in June already.  This is because the concept of ¨rebajas¨or sales, with a period of winter and one for summer, has changed […]
  • Top 10 Free Outdoor Activities for Kids

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:49 am
    This is a guide of top 10 free kids outdoors activities in Madrid. You will find places where kids can have fun,find playmates and even learn while interacting with the surroundings and nature. All the locations are also easily accessible by public transport. In Parque Juan Carlos I: 1) Train ride: Parque Juan Carlos I, […]
  • Weekend Guide: June 26th-28th

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Weekend Guide: June 26th-28th Enjoy all of the suggested cheap & free things to do this weekend, especially watching a film under the stars! View our awesome list of Open Air Summer Cinemas! Friday, June 26th 11:00 am – Free Walking Tour with Sandeman * 11:00 am – Ciento y Pico Market (until 8:30pm) 2:00 pm […]
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  • José’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    José Gamboa
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Read 'José’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Barcelona is a city of perfect days. Among all the cities I’ve visited, I consider it to be among the most liveable and lovable metropolises on Earth. Blessed with warm weather more than six months a year, flanked by the ocean and mountains, great nightlife and culture, dozens of parks, loads of good museums, bike lanes, citywide free wi-fi, and a broad variety of people from all over the world, each day in Barcelona is better than the last. Which makes it hard to pick a ‘Perfect Day in…
  • Ben’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    Ben Nathan-Serio
    13 Jun 2015 | 4:24 am
    Read 'Ben’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website “Fantasy comes from ghosts. Fantasy is the people of the North.  We are concrete. The ideal is from the Mediterranean.  Orestes knows where he is going, while Hamlet wanders lost in doubt.” “La fantasia ve dels fantasmes. La fantasia és de la gent del Nord.  Nosaltres som concrets. La imatge és de la Mediterrània.  Orestes sap on va, mentre que Hamlet divaga perdut entre dubtes.”  – Antonio Gaudí I’m not an urban planner or an architect or even a philosopher. I can’t claim to…
  • Barcelona Tourists: Don’t go away, just behave better

    Timmer Brown
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:57 am
    Read 'Barcelona Tourists: Don’t go away, just behave better' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website I’m not usually particularly topical on this blog but Timmer from Catalunya Wine has forced my hand with his response to the latest outcry about Barcelona tourism. Please let me (and him) know what you think in the comments. If you read the latest news written in Bloomberg and picked up by many publications in the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia, you would think the new mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, is against foreigners. She’s ready to build a moat and castle…
  • Eliana Guerrero: The Pickpocket Huntress of Barcelona’s Subways

    Rob (H2BCN)
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    Read 'Eliana Guerrero: The Pickpocket Huntress of Barcelona’s Subways' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Eliana Guerrero – The Pickpocket Huntress of Barcelona’s Subways Thankfully I’ve never been pick-pocketed in Barcelona. Though who knows what’s going to happen now I’ve said that. But I know it’s a real problem and one that has tarnished many a friend’s trip to this fine city. Local police say that there are about 150 pickpockets on the metro system each day with an average of 250 robberies reported each week. At least, that was…
  • Mark’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    Mark Meesen
    30 May 2015 | 1:52 am
    Read 'Mark’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Carretera de les Aigües My perfect day would be a sunny Saturday in early May, when the weather is fine and you notice for the first time the smell of summer in the air. I get up early and drive my motorbike to the Carretera de les Aigües for a morning jog. This is a beautiful path in the Parc de Collserola where you have an amazing view over the city and at the same time can enjoy the greenery and fresh air. Jogging while watching the sun rise and with the awakening city at your feet is priceless.
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    Spanish Fiestas

  • Spanish Tapas Recipes on Kindle

    Gerry Kerkhof
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Having spent a good part of the last 20 years in the tapas bars of Spain I thought it was about time I put together a recipe book that features what I reckon are the most authentic tapas dishes you’ll find as you travel around the country. This Spanish tapas recipes Ebook is only available […]
  • Thomas Cook Holiday Complaints

    Gerry Kerkhof
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    We’ve all had our problems which we complain about when we go on holiday such as slow transfers after a long flight, a noisy building site next to the hotel, poor quality food, no sunbeds, etc. But sometimes the complaints we hear are beyond belief. Listed below are genuine complaints which were compiled by customer […]
  • El Caminito del Rey Reopens

    Gerry Kerkhof
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    For most visitors to the holiday hotspots of Spain’s Costa del Sol the most popular day trips are to the white village of Mijas and Ronda or along the coast for a visit to Gibraltar. Whilst these are well worthwhile excursions, especially for first time tourists, there’s another that I’d highly recommend which you’re unlikely […]
  • What Everybody Should Know Before Touring Spain

    Gerry Kerkhof
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    When I first started driving people around Spain I was often asked questions by first time visitors regarding quite general matters related to Spanish geography, the economy, where people live, what they do, etc. In this article I’ve put together some general information about Spain that’s well worth checking out before you visit. One question […]
  • Spanish Football Debt | Racing Santander We Salute You

    Gerry Kerkhof
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those of you following La Liga from outside Spain you can be forgiven for believing that everything’s rosy on the pitches and terraces at the Bernabeu, Nou Camp, Mestalla and Vicente Calderon to name but a few. As the Spanish national team finally realised their destiny by winning the World Cup and two European […]
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    Tenerife Forum

  • A Selection of Quality Tenerife Blogs

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
      Before we get down to listing our favourite Tenerife blogs, it’s important to understand what a blog actually is. Have a look at this video which explains everything there is to know.     Without further delay, here’s our list of blogs which we feel are of a high standard and capture the essence of the island’s people and culture.   Red Queen Musings Follow Meryl on her escapades around the island, giving us news, reviews and interesting stories along the way.   Queenie’s Daily Snippets A unique Tenerife weather blog from…
  • Top Tenerife Webcams

    9 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
      Over the years, live webcams have grown in popularity, providing a gateway for those wanting to get a glimpse of what places look like in real time. They provide answers to questions about the weather, what the place is like in reality, and something more than a static image. Tenerife is not immune to this trend. With the help of high quality webcams provided by Skyline Webcams , you’re never far away from many popular locations around the island. A live Tenerife webcam is the next best thing to being there so we’ve compiled a list of the top Tenerife webcams that we hope…
  • Top 5 Tenerife Videos

    5 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
      We’ve put together a nice little list of videos of Tenerife that I’m sure will brighten your day and remind you of how beautiful this island really is. It was a difficult task trying to narrow our selection down to just a handful so without any further delay, here’s our top 5 videos of Tenerife.   1. Tenerife Sun by Pablo       2. Tenerife by Darius       3. Turismo Puerto de la Cruz       4. Canarian Sky by Daniel Lopez       5. Impressions by IE·DNlab     Do you know of a video that you…
  • Islands of Dreams

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
      A spectacular video by Jose Hervas of the Spanish islands. Sometimes a video comes along with the perfect combination of images and music that leaves you wanting it to last longer. You won’t be disappointed because this video does exactly that. Enjoy!     The post Islands of Dreams appeared first on 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,…
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  • An Exciting Summer Ahead on Mijas Costa

    Jess Whittle
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Mijas Costa always has lots on offer as a holiday resort; miles of sandy beaches, world class golf courses, hundreds of restaurants, shopping malls…the list goes on.  But summer 2015 is set to be particularly exciting with great events and new facilities popping up on the coast. Mijas Floating Waterparks Mijas floating waterparks, a superb obstacle course for kids – photo courtesy Mijas Costa already has its own aquapark but now you will be able to hit the waterslides when you go to the beach as well!  This summer there will be three floating waterparks…
  • Don’t be a Victim of Theft on Your Holiday

    Jess Whittle
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:13 am
    This is not a subject anyone wants to think about or envisage, however, in short, it can go a very long way to spoiling your holiday. Unfortunately theft on holiday does happen, we witness it all too often, especially as the summer winds up the heat rises, the vino flows and the guard drops.  Whilst we want you to be able to relax on your holiday we also urge you to take great care. Do not imagine for a moment that theft is something that happens to others; it can never happen to you…It can! Holidaymakers are usually quick to blame the villa owner, bar owner or anyone but themselves.
  • Top 5 Holiday Fashion Essentials for 2015

    Jess Whittle
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Summer is upon us and it’s time to update your holiday wardrobe for your getaway in 2015.  Here are our Top 5 picks of fashion essentials you need to pack in your suitcase this year… The Kaftan Fringed Kaftan, ASOS – £28 This season is all about the 70s and the kaftan is the embodiment of the 70s festival hippy look. Kaftans are also very handy for covering up with when you’re on the beach and you can accessorise with chunky gold jewellery and some gladiator sandals for drinks in the evening. This ASOS kaftan with tassel detailing is a bargain at just £28. The Chunky Sandal…
  • 5 Perfect Places in Portugal for a Family Holiday

    Robert Skupski
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Portugal is a great destination for a family holiday with many attractions in all regions. Whether looking for beach relaxation, historic cities or beautiful rural scenes, visitors to this warm and sunny country are spoiled for choice. The excitement of the big cities like Lisbon, heading up north to greener Portugal or south to the attraction of sandy beaches in the Algarve. There also the possibility of an island holiday in Madeira or the Azores. To help choose the ideal location for a family friendly holiday, a brief introduction into just some of the highlights of this fascinating country…
  • Changes to Driving Laws Abroad

    Jess Whittle
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    From today (8 June 2015) the DVLA are getting rid of the counterpart paper part of your driving licence, meaning that paper counterparts will no longer be valid. This is particularly important if you are travelling abroad and planning on hiring a car while you are on holiday. How to hire a car So, what do these changes mean for holidaymakers? Well, if you are from the UK and you intend to hire a car at home or abroad you will now need to obtain an access code from the DVLA website before you travel. You will need to show this code to the car hire company when you collect your car.  To get…
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