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Barcelona and Valencia on ice
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:17:27 +0200

TWO major Spanish cities are taking a leaf out of the Big Apple's book this winter, with Central Park-style open-air skating rinks due to be unveiled in the next few days. The 'Bargelona' ice rink - a play on ...
'Black Friday' fever hits Spain and Amazon starts five days early
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:14:22 +0200

'BLACK Friday' will see shops all over Spain offering huge discounts of up to 70% for one day only on November 27 - although some larger chain stores have agreed to keep their prices axed until close of play on ...
Rampant Barca hit Roma for six
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:05:07 +0200

Both Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez both bagged braces in Barcelona's 6-1 Champions League thrashing of Roma on Tuesday night. Barça went ahead in the 15th minute after Neymar and Dani Alvés combined ...
A brief history of telephones covers 150 years of talk time in Zaragoza
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:50:37 +0200

A FASCINATING exhibition in Zaragoza shows the evolution of the telephone from the very first models through to today's SmartPhones which are used for everything bar making ...
'Fridges of solidarity' to cut food waste and feed the poor
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:49:14 +0200

A FOOD drive to help the poor and reduce waste which started in the Basque Country is now spreading rapidly across Spain.
Real Madrid's Florentino Perez: "I have complete confidence in Benitez as coach"
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:46:11 +0200

REAL Madrid FC's chairman Florentino Pérez has expressed his 'full support' for trainer Rafa Benítez following the club's humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of ...
DAESH recruiter arrested in jail
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:44:15 +0200

A MAN serving a prison sentence in centre-northern Spain has been arrested whilst behind bars for attempting to recruit other inmates as DAESH, or so-called 'Islamic ...
Spanish expats describe 'Brussels Lockdown' during top-secret terror raids
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:01:44 +0200

SPANIARDS living in the Belgian capital have broken their night-long silence imposed by the 'Brussels Lockdown' and told reporters what it felt like living ...
Most expensive shopping streets in Spain revealed
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:25:38 +0200

SPAIN'S most expensive street to rent a commercial premises is El Portal del Ángel in Barcelona, which is also the 14
Postman caught burning 3,600 letters he could not be bothered to deliver
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:23:22 +0200

A POSTMAN is facing over four years in jail for attempting to burn thousands of letters to avoid having to deliver them.

New-style €20 note hits the streets in Spain this week
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:21:09 +0200

THE new-style €20 note will be in circulation in Spain from Wednesday this week, and will reflect the design of the recently-introduced €5 and €10 ...
Valencia region ups security in French institutions
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 05:19:25 +0200

THE REGIONAL Parliament in Valencia has announced plans to tighten up security measures to the maximum in and around French institutions throughout the region ...
Forged Picassos seized in Benidorm and Granada
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:20:11 +0200

FAKE Picasso paintings to the value of €160 million have been seized in two police raids in Benidorm and Granada.

Cigarette end leads to burglar's arrest after two-and-a-half years
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:17:46 +0200

AN ARMED robber has been arrested over two-and-a-half years later thanks to DNA found on a cigarette end.

Coldplay tickets for May concert in Barcelona on sale this week
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:11:03 +0200

BRITISH indie band Coldplay has confirmed the date of its next live performance in Spain as May 26, 2016 in the Barcelona Olympic Stadium.

Alicante-based terrorist 'took orders from Paris attack leader'
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:08:25 +0200

A TERROR suspect who was caught returning from Syria had been sent to Spain by the ringleader of the Paris attacks, police reveal.

EasyJet launches Amsterdam-Tenerife flights as island seeks to capture more Dutch tourists
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:10:52 +0200

LOW-COST airline routes between Spain and northern Europe are on the increase as tourism figures pick up, and the latest new flight opened links Tenerife ...
Home-bred Benidorm Indian rhino goes to Ireland to breed
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:08:48 +0200

SPAIN'S first-ever Indian rhinoceros born in captivity will soon be leaving Benidorm's Terra Natura theme park for a new life in southern Ireland. ...
Spain remembers Franco's victims on 40th anniversary of his death
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:02:23 +0200

NUMEROUS demonstrations filled the streets yesterday (Friday) as Spain 'celebrated' the 40th
Driving instructors protest over lack of examiners
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:07:13 +0200

DRIVING school staff staged a sit-in outside Valencia traffic authorities yesterday (Friday) protesting over a shortage of examiners and restrictions on in-house ...
Spain warned escaped terror suspect has changed his name and appearance
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:05:34 +0200

SPAIN has been alerted that the terrorist who escaped after the Paris bombings and shootings has changed his name and is in disguise.

Athlete Marta Dominguez sanctioned in anti-doping case
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:52:19 +0200

ONE of Spain's top athletes and - until recently - candidate for the Madrid Assembly for the PP has been hit with a three-year ban for breaking ...
Mass manure-spreading causes a stink in Barcelona
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:51:04 +0200

A MYSTERY pong hanging over Barcelona has had authorities scratching their heads and caused over 40 residents to ring the 112 emergency hotline.

High school kids arrested for spreading hoax Jihad terror alert
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:55:57 +0200

FOUR teenagers have been arrested on the Costa del Sol for distributing a false Jihad attack warning via the ...
Security for Saturday's Real Madrid-Barca derby 'the strictest in history'
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:55:42 +0200

REAL Madrid FC's stadium will feature the tightest levels of security ever in its history when the Barça FC match kicks off this ...
Shakira and Pique suffering 'possible blackmail' by ex-employee
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:19:17 +0200

POP-ROCKER Shakira and her partner, Barça forward Gerard Piqué may have fallen victim to blackmail by a former employee, according to a Basque ...
African migrant perishes and others may be missing at sea as craft capsizes
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:13:30 +0200

A SUB-SAHARAN African has drowned and up to 24 could be missing after a jerry-built and overcrowded toy-boat capsized en route to the Canary Islands last night (Wednesday). Coastguard workers from Spain rescued 22 survivors ...
MotoGP's Marc Marquez and badminton champion Carolina Marin win National Sports Awards
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:06:58 +0200

KING Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain presented the National Sports Awards at a ceremony in Madrid, with the male category won by Marc Márquez and the female by Carolina Marín. Márquez, who started out in ...
Banks still on the hook for billions of dodgy real estate bets
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:50:28 +0000

Despite recent signs of improvement from the property market, the Spanish banking sector still has hundreds of billions of Euro worth of dubious real estate on its books.
FOREIGN RESIDENTS: Latest numbers compared with housing demand
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:50:32 +0000

The latest figures for the number of foreign residents in Spain shed light on foreign demand for homes in Spain. This article looks at the key numbers for both. CLOSE TO FIVE MILLION FOREIGN RESIDENTS IN SPAIN There were 4,933,231 foreign residents officially registered in Spain at the end of June (chart above), according to data from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security. 57% of them were EU nationals, the remainder came from outside the Union. EU nationals resident in Spain increased by 2% over 6 months to the end of June, whilst non-EU national decreased by 2%. Overall, the number of foreign residents in Spain increased by 0.17% in six months. FOREIGN RESIDENTS BY NATIONALITY The table above breaks down foreign residents by nationality. The biggest group are Romanians (967,334) followed by Moroccans (763,775), and the British (280,346). Romanians and Moroccans are predominantly economic migrants, whilst the British are predominantly lifestyle migrants seeking refuge from the British weather. Of the British residents in Spain, 49.9% of them are female, the average age is 51.8 years, and their numbers have increased by 1.64% in six months, and 3.93% in a year. BY NATIONALITY AND PROVINCE The next table orders foreign nationalities by number and province. Madrid has the largest number of foreign residents (794,747) followed by Barcelona and Alicante. The largest community of Romanians is in Madrid (201,456), followed by Valencia and Zaragoza. The British are most numerous in Alicante, home to the Costa Blanca (69,398), followed by Malaga, home to the Costa del Sol, and the Balearic Islands. The Chinese (economic migrants and ‘Golden Visa’ demand) are concentrated in Madrid (48,796), followed by Barcelona and Valencia. The map above tells the story of foreign residents in Spain very clearly. The more numerous economic migrants are concentrated in the big cities of Barcelona and Madrid, whilst lifestyle migrants prefer the coast and islands. COMPARED TO HOUSING DEMAND The table left shows foreign demand for housing in Spain year to date (nine months) organised by market size, including demand for second homes. Compare housing demand with foreign residents. You can see that economic migrants do not at present contribute much to housing demand, whilst lifestyle migrants are far more likely to buy a home in Spain. That makes sense, as lifestyle migrants are richer and have better access to mortgage financing than economic migrants. Romanians and Moroccans make up 35% of foreign residents in Spain, but only 6% of foreign demand for housing. The British, on the other hand, make up 6% of foreign residents, and 20% of housing demand (including holiday homes bought by non-residents). The residency numbers also give a good idea of where the different nationalities buy property. For example, the most popular provinces with British buyers are Alicante (Costa Blanca), Malaga (Costa del Sol) and the Balearics, in that order – exactly as you would expect looking at the residency numbers. The increasing number of British, German, and French nationals choosing to live in Spain could be a good sign for housing demand in their prefered areas. Northern European baby-boomers will start retiring now in increasing numbers.
BARCELONA: Property taxes going up on more expensive homes
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:07:21 +0000

Barcelona’s leftwing Mayor Ada Colau has pushed through plans to raise local property rates on homes with a cadastral value of more than €100,000.
FOREIGN DEMAND: Up 20% in third quarter, British demand up 53%
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:14:07 +0000

Foreign demand for property in Spain is close to record highs as a percentage of the Spanish housing market, and continues to grow, led by the British.
Home building in Spain: Ten reasons to be bullish
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:27:05 +0000

Ignacio de la Torre, a partner at financial advisors Arcano, who correctly called the bottom of the market for Spanish financial assets in 2012, gives ten reasons to be bullish about the new development business in Spain. For the sake of argument, I try to challenge each reason.
NOTARIES: House prices and sales rise in September
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:27:13 +0000

According to the latest housing market data from the General Council of Notaries, house prices have finally reached positive territory whilst home sales continue growing
Formentera Coastal-Law boundary changes struck down by court
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:45:31 +0000

In a big blow to many property owners on the Balearic Island of Formentera, Spain’s Constitutional Court has struck down parts of the 2013 Coastal Law reform that would have redrawn the public-private boundary on the island.
HOUSE PRICES: Up 6.6pc in a year say Registrars
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:04:19 +0000

Spanish house prices are now rising at a rate that would suggest the crisis is history, if the latest data from the Property Register is to be believed.
Barcelona Meeting Point organisers say “crisis is over”
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:39:51 +0000

The recent property fair ‘Barcelona Meeting Point’ (BMP) was the best in years, say the organisers, leading them to claim the “crisis is over.”
More than one million homes for sale in Spain
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:40:00 +0000

There are around 1.2 million homes on the market today in Spain, against a backdrop of a shrinking population, according to a recent article in the Spanish daily El Pais.

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