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German expat held hostage and tortured for two weeks in his Torrevieja home
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:35:20 +0200

A CRIMINAL gang in Torrevieja (Alicante province) kidnapped a German and kept him hostage in his own home for two weeks, beating and torturing him, and only giving him bread and water to eat and drink. When he was released on ...
King Felipe's cousin fined for fly-tipping
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:18:55 +0200

KING Felipe VI's cousin has been sanctioned by Palma de Mallorca city council for fly-tipping near the wheelie-bins on her street. According to councillor Neus Truyol, the monarch's cousin Simoneta Gómez Acebo ...
Spaniards in Munich describe terror of shopping centre shoot-out
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:43:51 +0200

A GROUP of Spaniards on holiday in Munich, Germany, have described how they hid in the cashpoint lobby of a bank when they heard the shots ring out, instantly fearing a terrorist attack on the scale of the Paris massacre in ...
Freak storm grounds flights from Barcelona airport
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 03:09:30 +0200

AT LEAST three flights were cancelled yesterday (Saturday) at Barcelona airport due to a freak storm which forced a runway to close. High winds smashed up one of the lights in the take-off zone, and planes heading for ...
Intellectuals and artists sign open letter calling for politicians to avoid a third election
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:12:59 +0200

WRITERS, artists, intellectuals, historians and other household names in Spain have signed an open letter urging political parties to put their personal ambitions aside and work together to avoid ...
Traffic authority boss Maria Segui resigns over 'nepotism' allegations
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:03:52 +0200

HEAD of Spain's traffic authorities María Seguí has resigned amid 'indications of corruption' recently unveiled in the national media.

Iberian lynxes set up home in Madrid safari park
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:19:28 +0200

TWO endangered Iberian lynxes - a male and a female - have been housed at Madrid's Zoo-Aquarium in surroundings specially adapted for them to live as they would in the wild.

Mass holiday exodus means gridlocks across Spain this weekend
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:16:06 +0200

AT LEAST 5.7 million cars are expected to be out on Spain's roads this weekend for the start of the summer holiday exodus, with gridlocks expected around major cities and in the direction of ...
Spanish media reports shrinking of British economy to 'levels of 2009'
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 04:09:10 +0200

SPANISH national newspapers have reported on Britain's post-Brexit vote economy having 'shrunk to levels of 2009', when the northern hemisphere was suffering from an international ...
King may give Rajoy just a week to form a government
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:53:12 +0200

KING Felipe VI has commenced the first round of talks with all members of Spain's political parties who gained at least one seat in the June 26 general election, and is expected to give acting ...
Pro-independence sentiments in Catalunya 'strongest ever'
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:27:56 +0200

FOR the first time in history, support for Catalunya's independence is higher than that for its unity with Spain - polls show that the pro-secession coalition Junts Pel Sí ('together for yes') would win if a regional ...
Spain needs three times the effort to meet EU's emissions targets
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:36:43 +0200

SPAIN will have to treble its efforts in reducing emissions to enable it to meet the European Union's carbon footprint targets, according to the acting environment ministry. Following measures announced by the European ...
Mercadona changes 'recipe' of body lotions after very low risk of chemical reaction highlighted
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:07:50 +0200

SUPERMARKET chain Mercadona has changed the ingredients of eight of its Deliplus lotions and three Solcare after-suns from sale because of warnings about 'conflicting' elements in the original recipe, but insists anyone who has used ...
Intercoms breakdown grounds Lines 9 and 10 on Barcelona metro
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:07:38 +0200

TWO lines are down on Barcelona's metro due to what appears to be a power cut and which has been ongoing since 05.00hrs this morning (Thursday).

British nuclear submarine crashes into merchant ship off Gibraltar's coast
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:49:57 +0200

A BRITISH nuclear submarine has crashed into a merchant ship off the coast of Gibraltar, according to the UK's ministry of defence. Members of the Royal Navy were carrying out a training exercise when the submarine and the ...

NBA Cafe Barcelona: A first for Europe and a basketball fan's paradise
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:28:37 +0200

THE first-ever NBA café in Europe is set to open on Barcelona's lively central boulevard, La Rambla, this autumn and will be replete with global basketball memorabilia, with souvenirs to buy and typically-American grill fare ...
Ex-mayoress of Valencia Rita Barbera sent bullet through the post
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:46:36 +0200

VALENCIA'S ex-mayoress Rita Barberá (PP) says someone has sent her a bullet through the post, anonymously. She was at the Parliamentary leader voting session in Madrid yesterday (Tuesday) and, not realising her ...
Ryanair passenger dies on plane at Valencia airport
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:15:11 +0200

A PASSENGER on a Ryanair flight from Valencia airport has died on board from a suspected heart attack, sources from the low-cost carrier reveal. The 77-year-old man was on a plane heading for Milan's Malpensa airport ...
British tourist, 22, drowns off Ibiza beach after late-night swim
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:09:42 +0200

A BRITISH youth has been found dead in the sea off an Ibiza beach after going for a late-night swim, emergency services have just reported. Identified as 22-year-old Tom ...
Ana Pastor (PP) head of Parliament, ending Patxi Lopez (PSOE)'s short reign
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:09:41 +0200

MINISTER of public works Ana Pastor has been elected as head of Parliament, replacing socialist Patxi López, following votes in favour by her own ...
Japanese tourists caught in 'Europe's most dangerous tunnel' say they were 'looking for Pokemon'
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:25:10 +0200

TWO Japanese tourists got into trouble with police in Barcelona for straying into a motorway tunnel 'searching for Pokémon' on Monday ...
Heatwave across Andalucia, Galicia and central Spain to continue until at least Wednesday
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:25:42 +0200

THE first full-on heatwave of 2016 is expected to begin to pass by Wednesday this week, although it is unlikely to be felt until at least the weekend, says ...
Typical DAESH member in Spain 'clueless about Islam', research finds
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:23:03 +0200

NINE in 10 of the Jihad terrorists arrested in Spain in the last three years have 'no relevant knowledge of Islam', according to ...
Woman, 45, gored to death at bull-running festival
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:32:01 +0200

ANOTHER spectator has died at a bull-running - this time, a 45-year-old woman in Moratalla (Murcia Region). She had been watching the young cows being released as a prelude to the bulls being let loose, when one of them ...
Vueling takes on extra staff and pledges 'business as usual' for August
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:34:30 +0200

LOW-COST airline Vueling has improved flight punctuality and says it does not envisage any cancellations in August, following a chaotic July with up to 40 flights a day grounded and passengers left stranded. No flights have ...
Butane gas bottles fall in price again
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:22:27 +0200

BOTTLED gas has gone down in price by another 4.9%, currently sitting at €11.27. This applies to orange bottles of butane only, not the lighter-weight silver ones for which retailers can set their own prices, and those ...
Ybarra factory fire forces evacuation of urbanisations in Sevilla area
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:44:36 +0200

A RAGING inferno which took hold of a processed food factory in Dos Hermanas (Sevilla province) is said to be under control, but residents on two nearby urbanisations are still waiting to find out when they can go home. The ...
Barcelona station evacuated over bomb scare
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:31:08 +0200

A BOMB scare led to Barcelona's Sants station being evacuated just before midnight last night (Sunday). Police say a suitcase on a train entering the station from Paris was thought to contain explosives, and was ...
Petition calls for UK to guarantee pensioners' healthcare in Spain and other EU countries post-Brexit
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:37:43 +0200

ANOTHER 'Brexit petition' has started on the UK government's website calling for British authorities to commit to healthcare arrangements for its retired citizens living in EU member States, including Spain. So ...
Nice attack: Five dead and 10 injured unidentified as 11 Spaniards 'not yet located'
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:12:17 +0200

SPAIN'S foreign office is concerned that 11 Spaniards known to be in Nice, southern France, have not yet been traced following the terrorist attack on July 14 during a 'Bastille Day' firework display. And among the ...
Spain suspends flights to Turkey and urges tourists to 'stay indoors'
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:35:14 +0200

FLIGHTS to Turkey from Spain have been suspended until further notice as a result of the attempted military coup in the eastern Mediterranean country, although holidaymakers due to return home to Spain are gradually being ...
Spain’s holiday rental regulation mess
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:41:20 +0000

A recent article in the Spanish daily El Pais described the mess of regional laws covering holiday rentals in Spain.
2016 Spain real estate market update from The Property Finders
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:27:35 +0000

Barbara Wood from The Property Finders in Southern Spain has several decades of experience in the real estate market in Andalusia, primarily as a buying agent helping clients acquire homes in the region. Here she shares her latest thoughts on the property market in Southern Spain, updating a previous report published here at the start of the year.
Engel & Völkers Mallorca reports booming half year results on the back of strong foreign demand
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:25:45 +0000

Upmarket estate agency Engel & Völkers has reported a 79% increase in sales turnover in Mallorca for the first 6 months of the year.
The average cost of maintaining a holiday home in Spain
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:16:47 +0000

Maintaining a holiday-home in Spain costs €1,791 per year on average, according to research by a Spanish consumer organisation.
Estate agency reports increase in UK enquiries looking to relocate to Spain post-Brexit
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:28:12 +0000

Lucas Fox International Properties has registered an uptick in enquiries from UK-based clients interested in potentially relocating to Spain following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, also known as ‘Brexit’, the company reports.
Holiday-home rental demand up 52pc in 2016
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:17:56 +0000

A study by the holiday-home rental platform HomeAway reveals that demand for holiday lets in Spain has exploded this year.
FOREX NEWS: Pound rallies as May takes over
Sat, 16 Jul 2016 08:47:53 +0000

Luke Trevail, a currency exchange specialist at forex brokers TorFX, looks at the factors driving the pound's exchange rate in the week gone by
HOUSE PRICES: Latest SPI Tracker
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:39:14 +0000

The SPI House Price Index Tracker plots the progress of the seven most-watched house price indices in Spain, and puts them all on one page.
NOTARIES: Market expansion continues in May
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:34:10 +0000

The latest property market figures from the General Council of Notaries show the recovery in sales and mortgage lending continues, but not enough to compensate for an oversupply depressing prices at a national level.
Knight Frank report on prime Spanish property in 2016
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:12:12 +0000

The latest Knight Frank report on the luxury end of the Spanish property market is generally positive, thought pointing out there (more…)

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