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British police in Magaluf 'got sozzled', posed for photos, and finished their shifts before parties started
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:52:43 +0200

BRITISH police deployed in Magaluf (Mallorca) to keep drunken revellers in order have spent their time having 'selfies' taken with them, relaxing ...
Gibraltarian fishing boat 'shot at' by Spanish customs officers, says Rock's chief minister
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:21:51 +0200

TENSIONS are hotting up again between Gibraltar and Spain after a customs officer from the latter allegedly fired gunshots at a fishing boat off the rock ...
Tomatina celebrates 70 years of street salad-fights
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:54:11 +0200

VALENCIA'S messiest festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world yesterday (Wednesday) for the largest-known food-fight in ...
Domestic abuse victim rescued from his violent girlfriend
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:53:42 +0200

A SECOND domestic violence case in Ibiza in less than a month led to a late-night rescue at the weekend - although this time, the victim was a man ...
Vuelta a Espana leaves Costa del Sol and crosses Andalucia and Murcia ahead of Sunday's Costa Blanca route
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:29:25 +0200

SOME of mainland Spain's most popular tourist and expat belts form part of the route for this year's Vuelta a España, the country's ...
Two African migrants' bodies found out to sea
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:28:50 +0200

COASTGUARD workers have recovered the bodies of two Africans who failed to survive the hazardous crossing to Spain in a bid for a better life.

British holiday rep Jacqueline Tennant's body found in Mallorca mountains
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:01:10 +0200

A DECOMPOSED body found in a Mallorca mountain range is confirmed as being the missing British walker Jacqueline Tennant, who vanished on October 9, ...
Tourist 'stole ancient treasures' from Costa Brava archaeological dig
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:04:46 +0200

TWO French nationals who stole valuable artefacts from an historical dig in Catalunya have been charged.

David Guetta's Ibiza fans annoyed as show stops without explanation
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:25:12 +0200

FURIOUS fans were left hanging around watching an empty stage after technical problems interrupted French DJ David Guetta's concert at Ushuaïa ...

Castellon focuses on British tourists: perfect beaches, direct flights, spas, skiing and homes at rock-bottom prices
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:50:18 +0200

BRITISH holidaymakers will be targeted by the provincial council of Castellón in a bid to boost foreign tourism in this hitherto undiscovered stretch of the Comunidad Valenciana's ...
Sevilla Blues Festival brings in top US artists
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:11:44 +0200

SEVILLA is preparing for its annual open-air Blues Festival in the Los Príncipes Park, a massive musical event which is fast becoming a date not to be missed for residents and visitors ...
Spain's Armed Forces to withdraw from Afghanistan
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:10:11 +0200

SPANISH troops will pull out of Afghanistan at the end of October after a constant 13-year presence in the conflict-ridden Asian country.

Rail board slammed for not advertising ticket admin fees
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:51:18 +0200

SPAIN'S State rail board RENFE has been told to inform passengers of the difference in admin charges between buying long-distance train tickets from a manned booth and purchasing them from an ...
Cleanest hotels in Spain are in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cordoba and Vigo
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:48:58 +0200

SPAIN'S cleanest hotels are found in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona province), according to a recent online survey where guests were asked to rate their accommodation.

Education bosses impose maximum class sizes and raise student grants
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:39:51 +0200

EDUCATION authorities want to cut classroom sizes by imposing a maximum number of pupils per teacher from the start of the new term in September.

George Clooney hosts Tequila launch party at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:23:46 +0200

ACTOR George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin hosted an exclusive celebrity party in Ibiza last night (Sunday) to launch his ...

Small plane crash leaves woman injured after pilot dies in mid-air
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:17:04 +0200

A PILOT who fainted at the controls of a light aircraft has died and his wife, who bravely tried to land the plane despite not ...
Facebook user fined €800 for uploading picture of illegally-parked police car
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:25:33 +0200

A WOMAN has been fined €800 under Spain's new 'Public Safety Law' for posting a photo of a police patrol car illegally parked on Facebook.

Red, white, Psychedelic wine is a hit in Cadiz
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:22:32 +0200

YOU'VE heard of Glühwein, but until now most of us had never heard of 'blue wine' - the latest invention ...
Bull-running death toll rises to 10, the worst record since the Millennium
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:44:02 +0200

ANOTHER spectator has been killed during a bull-running festival - the 10th fatal victim of the summer and making the total the worst in 15 years.

Dairy farmers plan demonstration calling for 'fair price' for milk
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:51:47 +0200

THE milk price crisis is going global with livestock farmers in the northern region of Cantabria planning a march to Madrid on September 4 in protest over poor ...
Madrid metro embraces 4G technology
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:49:44 +0200

MADRID'S metro system is moving onto 4G technology thanks to a €200 million investment over the next year. According to regional ...
Flash floods disrupt inter-city rail services from Madrid heading west
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:57:14 +0200

ALL trains from Madrid as far as the historic city of Ávila - about 100 kilometres north-west in the neighbouring region of Castilla y León - were cancelled yesterday ...
British and Spanish police 'exchange': UK officers to be stationed in Benidorm
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:55:20 +0200

BRITISH police on the beat in Spain's busiest resort towns is a scheme that is beginning to spread out across the country following its success in Magaluf (Mallorca) and Sant Antoni de ...
Ryanair to run flights from Castellon airport
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:21:41 +0200

REPORTS claim low-cost carrier Ryanair plans to launch flights between the UK and the hitherto dormant Castellón airport in September. The ...
Regional Parliament president's daughter arrested at music festival in possession of ecstasy
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:50:14 +0200

PRESIDENT of Valencia's regional Parliament Enric Morera's daughter has been arrested for possession of MDMA (amphetamines) at the Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Benicàssim ...
Holidaymakers save four women from current off Almeria beach
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:41:15 +0200

TWO young men on holiday on the coast of Almería saved four women from drowning when they were swept away by the current, emergency services have just revealed. Air Force soldier Leopoldo García, 27, stationed at ...
Terrorist who opened fire on Paris-Amsterdam train 'resident in Spain'
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:36:30 +0200

THE perpetrator of a shoot-out on a train bound for Amsterdam from Paris is a Moroccan man who lives in Spain, authorities reveal. Three ...
Extremadura refuses to apply fire-damaged land development law
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:07:53 +0200

REGIONAL authorities in Extremadura say they do not intend to apply the so-called 'Mountains Law' which allows fire-damaged land to be reclassified for building on immediately, lifting the ...
Record tourism figures again in July
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:11:49 +0200

Spain has seen unprecedented tourism figures again in July, consolidating a record year for the industry. 37.9 million foreign tourists had come to Spanish shores by the end of last month, a 4.7% increase on the same period ...
Pedro makes 30 million euro move to Chelsea
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 01:37:03 +0200

Barcelona FC has confirmed the transfer of Pedro Rodríguez to Chelsea for 30 million euros. In a statement released to the press on Thursday the club expressed its thanks to Pedro for "his professionalism and ...
Treasure hunters dig up Spanish gold off Florida coast
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 01:12:35 +0200

Treasure hunters off the coast of Florida have found a trove of Spanish gold coins dating back to the 18th century and worth some 4.5 million dollars (over 4 million euros). "More than 350 gold coins, including nine ...
Rural ambitions of spanish house-hunters
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:37:10 +0000

40% of spanish house-hunters are thinking of moving to the countryside, finds a new study by the property portal
New home inventory increasing in some areas
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:31:10 +0000

The overall number of new homes for sale might be decreasing at a national level, but the excess inventory is still getting bigger in some areas
Just four per cent of Spaniards plan to invest in property next year
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:35:52 +0000

Demand for property in Spain is still depressed by normal standards, whilst the overall housing stock continues to grow.. The overall number of homes in Spain grew last year by a fraction (0.2%) to 25.5 million, according to official stats from the Government, whilst the glut of new homes on the market fell by just 5% last year. The overall number of homes for sale including new and resales now stands at 1.72 million, according to reports in the Spanish press. Who is going to buy all these homes? The improving economy and employment figures have raised expectations of growing demand from Spanish families with more money in their pockets, but the latest figures from the CIS – Spain’s official survey body – appears to pour cold water on that idea: 95.8% of Spanish adults have no intention of buying a property in 2016, reveals the latest survey by the CIS. Is that a lot or a little? Under normal circumstances the vast majority of adults in developed economies are not planning to buy a home in the coming year, as they either already have a home, rent, or can’t afford to buy. So it depends how this figure compares to other countries in a more normal stage of the property cycle. A quick internet search did not unearth any comparable figures, and as I am on holiday in Tarifa (Cadiz province, Andalusia), and the beach beckons, I don’t have time to dig any deeper. A question, then, for another day.
Spanish ‘Golden Visa’ scheme tweaked for better results
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:11:52 +0000

The ‘Golden Visa’ scheme introduced by the Spanish Government to lure non-EU investors to Spain with the promise of a limited residency permit and long-term path to citizenship has been a flop so far because it is too bureaucratic and unattractive compared to schemes in other countries.
Planning approvals for new homes jump by more than a quarter
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:45:59 +0000

After collapsing to almost nothing, the number of new homes being started in Spain is once again on the increase, albeit from a very low base.
Banks sell 10pc more repossessed homes in first half of year
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:32:33 +0000

Spanish banks increased the amount of repossessed homes they sold in the first quarter of the year, in yet another sign that demand for housing in Spain is starting to recover.
Taylor Wimpey sales by nationality shine light on foreign demand
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:15:19 +0000

The breakdown by nationality of sales by Spanish developer Taylor Wimpey de España gives a good idea of demand for holiday homes in Spain. Taylor Wimpey de España, a division of Taylor Wimpey UK, is one of, if not the leading developer of holiday homes in Spain. The breakdown by nationality of demand for Taylor Wimpey homes offers one of the best snapshots available of foreign demand for holiday homes in Spain (see pie chart above). British demand is still the biggest market segment, with 20% of sales, followed by Germans (15%), and Scandinavians (14%). Those three segments make up 50% of the market for Taylor Wimpey homes. However, it is interesting to note how diversified demand for holiday homes in Spain has become. With 50% of Taylor Wimpey buyers coming from a variety of different countries, demand is now much more diversified than it used to be. Taylor Wimpey sales figures by nationality are similar to the figures published by official bodies like the General Council of Notaries, and the Property Registry. The latest figures available come from the notaries, for the second quarter of this year (see pie chart below). There are some obvious similarities, like the British up front in both cases, but some important differences too, like the French in second place with 11% market share according to the notaries, whilst french demand is relatively unimportant to Taylor Wimpey, with just 2% of sales. Overall, Taylor Wimpey sales were up 28% in the first six month of this year compared to the same period last year, revealing a big growth in sales. + Find out more about Taylor Wimpey homes for sale.
Barcelona pilot project to turn tourist rentals into social housing
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:21:51 +0000

Barcelona's left wing city Government has announced plans to launch a pilot project to encourage owners of illegal holiday rentals to offer their properties for rent as social housing.
Foreign Demand Stimulates New Development In The Best Areas
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:25:46 +0000

Always a land of contrasts, Spain now has two housing markets to add to its "sol y sombra" national identity. One market is recovering, with homes being built again, whilst the other market has no recovery in sight.
TINSA HOUSE PRICE INDEX: Prices rise on the coast but fall on the islands
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 08:57:59 +0000

The latest house price index from the Tinsa appraisal company reveals that, whilst the spanish national average house price fell by two per cent in July, house prices rose on the coast, where foreigners tend to buy.

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