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World's Most Admired Wine Brand is Spanish – and three of the top 10 are, too
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 05:25:22

A VARIETY from Spain is officially the World's Most Admired Wine Brand, according to the annual survey of the same name carried out by and among the most prestigious professionals on earth.
Queen Sofía wears poppy in public in tribute to her second cousin Prince Philip
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 20:20:36

ROYALS across Europe – and the world – have been paying homage to the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, following his passing just two months before his 100th birthday; but in the case of Spain's 'Queen Mother', it was not just a mark of respect.
Foreigner numbers rise: Brits show second-biggest growth, despite Covid and Brexit
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:55:35

FOREIGN residents in Spain increased by 2% - a six-figure sum – last year, despite the pandemic and Brexit, and broke the 5.8-million barrier for the first time ever.
Spain's plans for spending EU Covid recovery funds 'will create 800,000 jobs'
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:15:03

SPAIN'S government has outlined where it is considering spending European Union funds to help the economy recover, and which it believes will create up to 800,000 jobs.
Alfredo Pérez-Rubalcaba awarded maximum police distinctions posthumously for his part in ETA's disarming
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 22:35:54

LATE deputy president of Spain Alfredo Pérez-Rubalcaba has been awarded the highest distinctions within the National Police and Guardia Civil – two forces he was leader of for five years.
Spanish researchers work on potential cure for Parkinson's using gene-repair therapy
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:45:43

A MEDICAL research foundation based in Galicia has set itself the ambitious goal of creating a cure for Parkinson's Disease at 10% of the cost of similar therapies under development in the USA and about a third of the sum involved in another in the UK.
The April allotment in Spain: What to plant and what to harvest this month
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 19:30:44

WHERE exactly in Spain you live makes a bigger difference to the weather than you might have thought if you come from a northern European country with a more consistent climate.
First-ever Climate Change Law in Spain's history explained
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 21:36:22

FOR the first time in history, Spain is about to bring a Climate Change Law into effect in a real and determined attempt to halt rising global temperatures, harmful emissions and the death of the world's oceans, among other crucial planetary emergencies – but are the new criteria enough?
Regions relax certain restrictions from April 10: Group numbers, opening times, meetings in private homes
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:50:10

VARIOUS restrictions in several regions in Spain will be lifted or eased from tomorrow (Saturday) where contagion has slowed down and in light of increased optimism over the vaccine roll-out being accelerated.
TV's Belén Esteban: “If it wasn't for Covid, I'd go to London for Prince Philip's funeral”
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:25:07

TELEVISION presenter Belén Esteban has turned out to be an unexpected admirer of the British Royal family, and says 'if it were not for the pandemic', she would be heading to London to join the crowds bidding farewell to Prince Philip at his funeral.
Carla Suárez back in training and looking to Wimbledon just weeks after finishing cancer treatment
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 21:15:09

ONE of Spain's top female tennis players is back in practice barely three months after finishing gruelling cancer treatment and already looking to be at Wimbledon this year.
No more 'dangerous breeds' list: Animal protection law overhaul will 'end canine racial discrimination' 
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:40:45

A LAW dating back 22 years requiring owners of certain dog breeds to register them with the council, pay a tax and keep them muzzled and on a lead could be about to change now that Spain's government is considering a review of the 'dangerous' label.
Ruth Beitia gets her London 2012 bronze and becomes most-decorated Spanish Olympian in women's high-jump
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 20:40:12

CANTABRIA-BORN high-jumper Ruth Beitia has been awarded the bronze medal from the London 2012 Olympics nine years after winning it.
What has Platja d'Aro done with its 'Stanley Kubrick' monolith?
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 19:30:26

ALL OVER the world – at least, on both sides of the Atlantic – monoliths almost identical to those left by aliens invading earth in the cult Stanley Kubrick film 2001: Space Odyssey have been appearing, and disappearing just as fast.
'State of Alarm' to end on May 9 and vaccine efforts to 'multiply' in next three months
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:40:10

PRESIDENT Pedro Sánchez has announced plans to end the 'State of Alarm' on May 9 this year and has given a deadline of the end of August for 70% of Spain's population to be vaccinated with both doses of the anti-Covid immunisation.
Brits married to EU citizens are not bound by 90/180 day rule and can live in Spain
Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:48:37 +0000

Diligent research by a reader establishes that Brits and other non-EU nations with EU spouses are not bound by the 90/180 day rule, and can live in Spain without having to get a visa – something that has not been widely reported in the British press. “I’ve been trying to find out from varied sources […] The post Brits married to EU citizens are not bound by 90/180 day rule and can live in Spain appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Squatters in Sitges leave after owner pays extortion money
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 09:49:11 +0000

The British owner of a property in Sitges pays extortion money to get squatters out, showing how effective the squatter extortion model is in Spain. Last week I reported the case of a gang of squatters in Sitges holding the property of a British owner to ransom. Since then the owner has yielded to the […] The post Squatters in Sitges leave after owner pays extortion money appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
GBP/EUR exchange rate slides despite UK lockdown easing
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 19:37:19 +0000

The GBP/EUR exchange rate slumped over the course of the week as markets engaged in a bout of profit taking. Pound Tumbles on Profit Taking and Vaccine Concerns Although investors remain optimistic ahead of the next step of the UK government’s planned route out of national lockdown, the Pound slumped this week. As GBP exchange […] The post GBP/EUR exchange rate slides despite UK lockdown easing appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
8 reasons to buy property on the Costa del Sol (Andalusia)
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:13:49 +0000

Lawyer Raymundo Larrain gives us a brief rundown on the advantages of living & buying property on the Costa del Sol (Malaga). Marbella-based Larraín Nesbitt Abogados (LNA) has over 18 years’ taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. We offer a wide range of 50 legal and corporate services. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers […] The post 8 reasons to buy property on the Costa del Sol (Andalusia) appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Introducing truly exceptional homes in Sotogrande
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 07:53:10 +0000

The Property Agent is proud to present the latest addition to its fine villas on the western Costa del Sol: The Exceptional Homes Collection. As their name suggests, these properties in Sotogrande take luxury living to a whole new level. Not only do they boast an incomparable location, they bring together world-class architecture, outstanding landscaping […] The post Introducing truly exceptional homes in Sotogrande appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Squatter horror stories: Extortion in Sitges
Sat, 03 Apr 2021 08:27:06 +0000

A squatter extortion-gang strikes a second-home in Sitges, and demands a €5,000 ransom from the British owner. Early last week I had to make an emergency trip to Sitges – a stylish resort town just south of Barcelona – to install a property-watch system in a friend’s flat after squatters made themselves at home in […] The post Squatter horror stories: Extortion in Sitges appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
GBP/EUR exchange rate strikes new one-year high amid Europe’s coronavirus woes
Fri, 02 Apr 2021 07:22:00 +0000

The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate struck its best levels in over a year this week, as Europe’s coronavirus situation continued to deteriorate. Euro stumbles as Europe coronavirus cases surge The Euro has spent much of the past week on the defensive, as concerns over the continued rise in coronavirus cases throughout Europe weighed heavily […] The post GBP/EUR exchange rate strikes new one-year high amid Europe’s coronavirus woes appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
HolaBank helps you get back to what matters
Fri, 02 Apr 2021 07:10:25 +0000

Financial services, and a helping hand from HolaBank, to help you focus on what matters, and turns your dreams into reality in Spain. Expats and second-home owners in Spain need more than just financial products and services to look after their affairs in Spain. They need a helping hand from experts who understand their financial […] The post HolaBank helps you get back to what matters appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Foreign demand for Spanish property in the last quarter of 2020
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 09:11:18 +0000

Foreign demand for property in Spain declined by 18.1% in Q4, compared to a decline of just 0.9% in local demand, according to the Association of Spanish Land Registrars. Foreign buyers purchased 12,211 homes in Spain in the last quarter of 2020, down from 14,908 a year before, as illustrated by the next chart, which […] The post Foreign demand for Spanish property in the last quarter of 2020 appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spain publishes new rules for entry from the UK, with no exemptions for property-related travel
Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:28:27 +0000

Property-related travel is now a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave the UK, but not yet to enter Spain. Since Monday, UK residents with property abroad, or looking to buy property abroad, have been given a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave the UK without breaking Covid-19 rules and incurring a fine of £5,000 if caught. Now Spain has […] The post Spain publishes new rules for entry from the UK, with no exemptions for property-related travel appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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