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Countries with the longest retirement revealed...and how Spain compares
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:34:40

RETIREMENT was once something that happened when we were too old to work, and the average pensioner did not live for very long after giving up the daily grind – that cut-off age of 60 or 65 was the end of one's active life and the beginning of 'elderly' status. But nowadays, retirement is often considered to be when our lives start, not finish – and it is quite feasible to be living on a pension for more years than you lived on a salary.
No more 'amber list' countries for UK and testing relaxed: Spain gets set for half-term holidaymakers
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:46:59

TRAVELLERS entering the UK from Spain will no longer need to quarantine as long as they are fully vaccinated and will not have to pay for PCR tests, the British Department for Transport (DfT) has announced – a change which airlines and tour operators have welcomed with open arms.
Andalucía Costa del Sol Open Golf to welcome Europe's top 64 women players
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 20:44:26

LOS NARANJOS Golf Club is getting ready for the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open scheduled for November, with changes to the layout having been announced and fewer competitors.
Spanish tennis - the future is bright
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:29:28

The sight of the great Rafael Nadal on crutches this week has yet again led sports journalists to wonder how much longer the Spanish superstar can carry on competing at the top of the game. Whilst nobody dares write him off just yet - he has bounced back in spectacular fashion too many times for anyone wortht their salt to venture down that road - even he admitted this week that having yet another operation on his troublesome foot and being on crutches now "was not in the script".
Valencia on the menu in Paris: is this France’s next gastronomic tourist destination?
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 13:43:07


Product recall – Listeria detected in Quesos Los Vázquez soft cheese
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 07:30:23

The Ministry of Health in Andalusia has issued an alert and initiated a product recall after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was detected in a batch of queso fresco produced by Seville-based company Quesos Los Vázquez.
Plasma from Covid survivors "could help save lives” says new Spanish study
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 20:48:35

A new Spanish study has shown that blood plasma from people who have recovered from Covid-19 can prevent patients who are in an early stage of the infection from becoming seriously ill with the disease.
Meteorite flashes across several Spanish provinces, landing in Badajoz
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:00:30

SMART project detectors from the Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics (IAA-CSIC) last night detected a huge meteorite as it crossed the skies in southern Spain, crashing in the province of Badajoz.
Spain's most beautiful bridges - the perfect autumn 'staycation' road trip
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:42:19

With summer drawing to a close, but plenty of warm weather still on the horizon, this is the perfect time for those without school-age kids to hit the road and explore some of Spain's most picturesque locations.
Valencia city council set to simplify solar panel installation process to help residents save up to 40% on electricity bills
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 21:17:57

The city of Valencia is soon going to be doing a lot more to promote the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of houses and commercial buildings with a dual aim: to help residents lower the cost of electricity bills at a time when the cost of energy continues to skyrocket (this Friday saw a new record: 152.32 euros per megawatt / hour) and, at the same time, contribute to the fight against climate change by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases thanks to the self-generation of solar energy.
Rosalía takes the MET Gala by storm in a giant ‘mantón de Manila’
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:32:37

Spanish singer Rosalía's interpretation of the 'American Independence' theme at last night's MET Gala raised a few eyebrows as she took to the famous red carpet in a giant Manila shawl in tribute to fellow Iberian songstress Lola Flores.
Sánchez promises to lower taxes to put the brakes on rising electricity prices
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 08:30:14

The Council of Ministers will approve new measures today to try to stop the rise in electricity bills due to the record prices that electricity has been reaching in the wholesale market for weeks now.
Video games, workshops & an escape room - Seville city council's plans to keep youngsters entertained
Mon, 13 Sep 2021 22:09:39

Autumn is going to bring about big changes for the youngsters of Seville this year, as the city council launches a new programme aimed at addressing the weekend "botellones" - kids gathering in the streets and parks of the city to drink and party until all hours.
New, low-cost 'made in Spain' Covid immunity test ready to be rolled out
Mon, 13 Sep 2021 16:28:34

With the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine approved for immunocompromised people, most of Spain's regional health authorities have already begun to administer the additional jab to some 100,000 affected people. The objective of the third dose is to reinforce protection for those with weakened immune systems who may not have responded sufficiently to the first two vaccines.
Residential home value hikes 'above average on coasts and islands'
Sun, 12 Sep 2021 23:33:56

HOME prices rose faster than the national average in several of Spain's key coastal hotspots in the second quarter of this year, with the Canary Islands leading the field.
6 irresistible and affordable properties on the Costa del Sol
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:43:25 +0000

If you’ve been following the Costa del Sol real estate market this year, you’ll be aware that both prices and sales are on the up. The second quarter posted particularly robust results (much as we predicted back in April) as pent-up demand began buying homes. But even in the scenario of rising prices, the market […] The post 6 irresistible and affordable properties on the Costa del Sol appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
GBP/EUR exchange rate fails to sustain gains despite upbeat UK data
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:00:54 +0000

The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate traded in a wide range this week, as Sterling’s attempts to advance on the back of some upbeat UK data proved to be short-lived. Pound unable to take advantage of robust data The Pound made multiple attempts to advance this week, in response to some upbeat UK data releases, […] The post GBP/EUR exchange rate fails to sustain gains despite upbeat UK data appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Balearics number one for high-end property searches from abroad, followed by Costa del Sol and Madrid
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 08:17:00 +0000

People based abroad with a budget of €1m or more searching online for property in Spain are most interested in the Balearics, followed by the Costa del Sol and Madrid, reveals a report from Idealista, one of Spain’s biggest property portal. Idealista analysed searches of its property sale database conducted by people living outside of […] The post Balearics number one for high-end property searches from abroad, followed by Costa del Sol and Madrid appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Foreign demand for Spanish property after Covid
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 08:03:41 +0000

Local demand has more than recovered all the ground it lost to Covid, whilst Foreign demand is still 16% lower than it was before the pandemic, one assumes partly due to continuing travel restrictions keeping some foreign buyers away. If and when the pandemic is finally behind us, what factors will influence the growth of […] The post Foreign demand for Spanish property after Covid appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Global index shows Spain missing out on Covid house price boom
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:21:50 +0000

A global house price index of 55 countries compiled by the property company Knight Frank shows Spain in bottom place and missing out on a real estate price boom in developed economies. Perhaps it’s just a late starter. Covid-19 has given global house prices a shot in the arm with significant increases in values in […] The post Global index shows Spain missing out on Covid house price boom appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
GBP/EUR exchange rate rallies to three-week high on dovish ECB
Sun, 12 Sep 2021 08:06:49 +0000

The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate made some convincing gains this week, following on from the European Central Bank’s (ECB) latest interest rate decision. Euro plummets as ECB remains reluctant to begin tapering The euro faced some notable headwinds this week as EUR investors were left disappointed by the ECB reluctance to start tightening its […] The post GBP/EUR exchange rate rallies to three-week high on dovish ECB appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
BBC investigation into squatter extortion threat in Spain
Sat, 11 Sep 2021 18:06:08 +0000

A BBC investigation into squatting in Spain shows how criminals take advantage of laws that protect squatters to extort ransom money out of second-home owners whilst the politicians in charge deny any link between the two. The investigation led to an article at the BBC website in the ‘stories’ section titled ‘The hard men removing […] The post BBC investigation into squatter extortion threat in Spain appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish house price data published in Q2 2021 suggests strong recovery
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 18:34:39 +0000

The SPI House Price Index Tracker plots the six most-watched Spanish house price indices on one chart (above). Despite their different methodologies they all show a similar pattern of house prices cooling in 2019 before turning sharply down in the first half of 2020 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, then recovering in the […] The post Spanish house price data published in Q2 2021 suggests strong recovery appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
UK economic uncertainty infuses volatility into the GBP/EUR exchange rate
Sat, 04 Sep 2021 15:32:20 +0000

The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate traded in a wide range this week, amidst rising concerns that some underlying weakness in the UK economy could stifle the country’s economic recovery. Pound fluctuates amidst rising UK economic uncertainty Trade in the Pound was mixed this week, amidst ongoing uncertainty over the resilience of the UK’s economic […] The post UK economic uncertainty infuses volatility into the GBP/EUR exchange rate appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Foreign demand in Q2 2021: Slow recovery in the face of Covid and Brexit
Sat, 04 Sep 2021 15:09:42 +0000

Foreign buyers were involved in 13,652 Spanish home sales in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest figures from the Association of Spanish Land Registrars. That represents a 67% increase on the same period last year, when the market was impaired by almost two months of lockdown. The chart above shows quarterly […] The post Foreign demand in Q2 2021: Slow recovery in the face of Covid and Brexit appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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