Visiting Spain? You must read this

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British tourists travelling to Spain have been advised by the Foreign Office to carry their passports at all times or risk being detained by the Spanish police. Unlike in the UK, the police in Spain have the right to demand to see identification and if you fail to provide them with an acceptable document that can detain you until your …

Beware- Early arrival of pine processionary caterpillars Nerja

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Thanks in part to a warmer than usual autumn the arrival of the deadly pine processionary caterpillar will come earlier this year. Despite summer still being several months away the tell-tale processionary caterpillar nests can be seen in the pine trees along the Guadalhorce River. Professor of Biology at Malaga University Enrique Salvo says: “There is an unusually large incidence …

Nerja is the image of Spain

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Leading American tourist magazine Condé Nast Traveler, has chosen Calahonda beach in Nerja as the image of Spain in an article based around the healthiest places to visit. No doubt you probably have heard that Spain is poised to overtake Japan and Italy as the healthiest country in the world. Citing a report released by the Bloomberg Global Health Index …

High-speed rail across Spain to become more affordable

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Travelling on Spain’s excellent intercity trains are about to get much cheaper following the sale of parts of the AVE network to an Italian and French company. Starting in December 2020 Intermodalidad de Levante (made up of Spain’s Air Nostrum and Italy’s public operator Trenitalia) will control 20% of Spain’s high-speed network. A further 10% will belong to state-owned French …

Spanish court rules against Ryanair’s cabin baggage policy

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Irish budget airline Ryanair his been dealt another blow in Spain over the low-cost airlines onboard baggage policy. Calling it “abusive and invalid” the court ruled that Ryanair’s onboard baggage policy would no longer be valid in Spain. The ruling came last Wednesday after a passenger complained about having to pay an additional 20€ to take a piece of 10-kilogram …

SIERRA NEVADA: Spain’s premier ski resort gets a 9€ million upgrade

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As the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort gears up for another exciting winter season Spain’s premier skiing destination has invested 9€ million in upgrades. With better snow management, added snow cannons, restoration work and new runs the 2019/2020 season looks like being the best ever. Europe’s most southerly ski resort is located near to the city of Granada just two hours …

No more 30€ bank charges for going overdrawn

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Following a case brought before Spain’s top court, banks are no longer allowed to charge you a 30 euro penalty when your account goes overdrawn. With most peoples monthly bills being paid by direct debit and companies like Iberdrola never taking the money out of your account on the same day each month it’s easy to go a few euros …

Cheaper to buy a home in Spain than to rent?

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According to new calculations made regarding the cost of renting an apartment in 15 major Spanish cities, it is now cheaper to buy a property than it is to rent. In none of the cities looked at did the cost of a mortgage equal more than 31% of an average family’s earnings. report, published by global real estate agency Century …