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Spain is world leader for blue-flagged beaches...again
Tue, 14 May 2024 21:07:12

ONCE again, Spain holds more blue flags for its beaches and marinas than any other country in the world – a record it has held without interruption for 30 years.
BBVA begins merger talks with Banco Sabadell 
Fri, 03 May 2024 13:23:23

TWO of Spain's largest high-street banks are reported to be in merger talks, potentially resulting in the joint entity being the second-biggest in the country in terms of share capital.
Over four in 10 new mortgages are fixed-rate deals
Tue, 23 Apr 2024 01:09:02

A SHARP rise in the number of fixed-rate mortgages in Spain has been reported in the past two years – and they now account for 43% of every new loan taken out.
Holiday plans for 2024: Up to €1,500, staycations or Europe, and DIY bookings most popular 
Sat, 06 Apr 2024 05:47:03

THE average Spanish resident will spend between €500 and €1,500 on their holidays this year, with three in 10 set to increase their budget from last year and 16% reducing it.
Express rail fares slashed by 40% through increase in competition
Thu, 04 Apr 2024 05:35:33

HIGH-SPEED rail services between Spain's largest two cities and France have been snapped up by half a million passengers in less than nine months, reveals the transport board.
Spain's post office launches nationwide luggage locker service
Tue, 02 Apr 2024 05:27:06

SPAIN'S State post office has launched a new solution for passing travellers who do not want to lug their suitcases around: Lockers for bags are now provided, with prices depending upon weight.
Orange-MásMóvil merger confirmed
Sun, 31 Mar 2024 23:21:54

A MERGER between two key telecommunications providers has now been finalised – Orange and MásMóvil will operate as a single company from April onwards.
New childcare support law for Spain: An overview
Mon, 18 Mar 2024 07:00:22

GREATER practical and financial help for parents is on the cards now that a new 'family law' has passed its second reading in the Council of Ministers, with extended maternity and paternity pay, protected time off for childcare, tax rebates, and a revised definition of households eligible for extra support.
How to get the best out of Valencia's Fallas festival, according to the experts
Sat, 16 Mar 2024 05:02:54

IF YOU'RE in the Comunidad Valenciana any time between now and the early hours of March 20, you may notice an awful lot of noise and colour on the streets. It's the season for the region's biggest festival, the Fallas – and it's anything but quiet.
Customer service law approved: Changes for the better explained
Sun, 10 Mar 2024 10:59:45

A GROUND-BREAKING new customer service law has finally been approved by Spain's Council of Ministers after being shelved for nearly two years.
Extra-terrestrial treasure: Prehistoric links to outer space found in Alicante province
Thu, 29 Feb 2024 13:13:40

OUTER space and the Bronze Age do not sit well in the same sentence – they may both have existed at the same time, but anyone based on Earth back then would not have known much, or anything, about what lies beyond.
What's new at Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2024?
Wed, 28 Feb 2024 08:25:14

A FIRM annual fixture for fans of the latest technology, the Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress (MWC) never fails to blow visitors' minds with creations they didn't know they needed. And these cutting-edge inventions are not just about ever-more sophisticated mobile phones and similar gadgetry – the futuristic concepts showcased cover all areas of life and work in a bid to make both as easy as possible. In 2019, the MWC even unveiled 'smart hives' for beekeepers.
'Style Queen': UK media pours praise on HRH Letizia's elegant attire
Tue, 27 Feb 2024 11:24:15

BRITISH media outlets have lauded Spain's Queen Letizia's effortlessly-elegant dress sense over the past few days as she accompanies her husband King Felipe VI to London.
Foreign incomers push population above 48 million for first time ever
Thu, 22 Feb 2024 21:14:24

SPAIN'S headcount has risen to its highest figure in history – for the first time ever, the population has broken the 48 million barrier.
One in three homes bought without a mortgage 
Tue, 13 Feb 2024 13:30:44

MORTGAGE-LENDING has reduced dramatically in Spain in the past year, but that has not stopped homes on sale being snapped up: Over a third were purchased in cash, according to the latest figures.
Pound euro exchange rate firms amid upbeat trade
Sat, 18 May 2024 05:22:45 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate firmed this week as positive market mood helped to offset rising Bank of England (BoE) interest rate cut bets. Pound underpinned by optimistic mood The pound euro exchange got off to a positive start this week. Sterling firmed as a report published by accounting and business advisory firm BDO, suggested […] The post Pound euro exchange rate firms amid upbeat trade appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate strikes two-week low following BoE rate decision
Sat, 11 May 2024 15:54:56 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate trended broadly lower this week after the Bank of England (BoE) hinted at upcoming interest rate cuts. Pound knocked by dovish BoE The pound euro exchange got off to a mixed start this week. An initial uptick in the pairing proving short lived as a deterioration in market risk appetite […] The post Pound euro exchange rate strikes two-week low following BoE rate decision appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate rattled by grim UK forecasts
Fri, 03 May 2024 18:05:11 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate traded in a wide range this week, with the pairing relinquishing its initial gains following some bleak forecasts for the UK economy. Pound falters on UK growth warning The pound euro exchange rate opened this week on firm footing. Sterling was supported by risk-on flows, while the single currency was […] The post Pound euro exchange rate rattled by grim UK forecasts appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Full year figures show UK still head and shoulders above other markets when it comes to buying property in Spain
Fri, 03 May 2024 18:05:00 +0000

The full year numbers confirm that Brits were once again the biggest group of foreign buyers by a wide margin, 30pc bigger than the Germans in second place. The Spanish notaries’ association has published its report on foreign demand for Spanish property in the second half of last year, which completes the picture for the […] The post Full year figures show UK still head and shoulders above other markets when it comes to buying property in Spain appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Moving to Spain? Spanish visa overview
Fri, 03 May 2024 11:03:41 +0000

Raymundo Larrain gives us a sweeping overview of the Spanish visa system. If you are a non-EU national, and plan to move to Spain, this article is for you. Moving to Spain? Spanish visa overview Spain is the second most visited country in the world, with over 84 million tourists every year. It’s a beautiful […] The post Moving to Spain? Spanish visa overview appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate rebounds from three-month low
Sun, 28 Apr 2024 09:58:03 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate rallied this week, supported by a moderation of Bank of England (BoE) interest rate cut expectations. Pound firms amid pullback in BoE rate cut bets The pound euro exchange rate got off to a poor start this week, with the pairing sliding to a new three-month low as GBP investors […] The post Pound euro exchange rate rebounds from three-month low appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Barcelona rental market shrivels 25pc in two days as Catalan authority clamps down on mid-term contracts
Sun, 28 Apr 2024 09:52:56 +0000

The number of homes for rent in Barcelona has tanked by one quarter in two days since the regional government of Catalonia redefined mid-term rentals as ‘permanent homes’ subject to rent controls, with massive fines for breaking the rules. However, it’s unlikely the new ‘temporary means permanent’ rule will be in force for more than […] The post Barcelona rental market shrivels 25pc in two days as Catalan authority clamps down on mid-term contracts appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate knocked by dovish BoE Bailey comments
Sun, 21 Apr 2024 08:00:00 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate faced a notable setback this week in response to dovish comments from Bank of England (BoE) Governor Andrew Bailey. Pound rocked by BoE rate cut uncertainty The pound euro exchange rate initially firmed this week. The single currency stumbling in response to dovish comments from several European Central Bank (ECB) […] The post Pound euro exchange rate knocked by dovish BoE Bailey comments appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Pound euro exchange rate hits one-month high as ECB signals coming rate cut
Sun, 14 Apr 2024 07:05:37 +0000

The pound euro exchange rate struck a one-month high this week after the European Central Bank (ECB) opened the door to a June interest rate cut at its latest policy decision. Euro slumps as ECB preparing to loosen monetary policy After touching a two-week low last week in the wake of a lower-than-forecast UK services […] The post Pound euro exchange rate hits one-month high as ECB signals coming rate cut appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .
Spanish government blames speculators for demise of Golden Visa
Sat, 13 Apr 2024 09:13:31 +0000

The Spanish government say speculation, gentrification and “excessive demand” justify terminating the Residency by Investment scheme for property investors, popularly known as the Spanish Golden Visa. The plug is finally being pulled on the real estate part of Spain’s Residency by Investment, or so-called Golden Visa scheme, whose days have been numbered ever since the […] The post Spanish government blames speculators for demise of Golden Visa appeared first on Spanish Property Insight .

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