Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Oh, Ambassador… you are spoiling us!

The Madrid event was certainly one to remember...

Why you’ll always need a mortgage broker in Spain’s booming property market

SPAIN’S property market is the healthiest it’s been for years. And the facts don’t lie, sales in the first quarter of this year were...

May is truly the best month of the year in Andalucia

THE month of May signals its arrival in Marbella each year with the blossoming of Jacaranda trees all over town and, as the pretty,...

Financial experts blast Spain’s tax office as a ‘bully’ which turns taxpayers into ‘tax servants’

Many see in the Spanish Tax Office a tyrannical entity intent on extorting wealth from law-abiding citizens

Giles Brown recalls his 1980s run-in with the Costa del Crime

AFTER the shocking San Pedro slaying of a suspected drug lord earlier this month, it seems Marbella could be heading back to the dark...

All you need to know about Spain’s ‘patrimonio’ wealth tax

Wealth tax is the one that takes many foreign residents by surprise

Kylie Minogue launches new range of eyewear with Specsavers

TO mark the launch of Kylie Minogue’s new range of glasses at Specsavers Opticas, we asked her some questions about her new range. Q. How’s...

The Garden of the Costa del Sol packs more flower power than San Francisco writes Belinda Beckett

I KNEW there was a floral thing going on in Estepona but nothing quite prepared me for the botanical binge laid on for visiting...

The costly experience of using a phony driver’s licence writes Antonio Flores

IT is a well-documented fact that the Spanish Costas’ rich variety of foreign residents increases the complexity of legal issues and driving licenses -...

I’m in Trouble… writes Eddie the Hotel dog

WHAT is the matter with my owners? Why don’t they understand all of the complicated thoughts that go on in a dog’s head? They’re...

The ‘Battle’ of Parsley Island is much more Comedy than tragedy, writes Jack Giaoni

WITH a good pair of binoculars on a clear day, from just about anywhere along the Costa del Sol, you can make out the...

Star of Channel 4’s New Life in the Sun pens first column for the Olive Press

GREETINGS readers! Lisa Burgess here, newly minted restaurateur and now Olive Press columnist. Just to recap, in case you missed me on TV this year,...

Fools in high places: The people running Mijas are well connected but not plugged in, writes Bill Anderson

I LEARNED about the Peter Principle a number of years ago and it has helped me to better understand the world I live in....

LEGAL EAGLES: Linea Directa’s Legal Assistance Service offers the best expert advice in English

CAR insurance policies from Línea Directa offer customers a diverse team of over 250 lawyers all with expert experience in their specialised field, that...

Not the BBC: A kiss and telly story with lights, camera (when available) and plenty of animal action writes...

IT’S 20 years this month since I landed my first job on the Costa del Sol as a presenter on … well, let’s just...

Beware the 100%: Are mortgages that pay for your property in full a good idea? writes Tancrede de Pola

THE news that BBVA is bringing back 100% mortgages for resident buyers in Spain should be a cause for concern for some. Before the...

Giles Brown rubs shoulders with the descendants of Malaga’s maestro Pablo Picasso

IN my so far rather colourful journalistic career, I've had the opportunity to interview the good – Rik Mayall was as brilliantly funny as...

WANTED: Real estate professionals in Spain – no knowledge or ethics necessary

REAL estate is arguably the most important economic activity on the Costa del Sol and employs a good deal of its working population. A...

It’s been an eventful week for the Molino del Santo’s resident dog

DO you want to know where I sleep?  My basket is moved each night into the marital bedroom and I pretend to be in...

THEY’RE COMING! As the weather heats up watch out for the scuttling cucarachas, writes Lesley Keith

WELL this is more like it, some sunshine and actual warmth. There’s mad panic all around as pools are cleaned, beaches prepared and restaurants...

The cheeky made-in-Manilva ales making an entree onto fine dining tables

The cheeky made-in-Manilva ales making an entree onto fine dining tables

We prayed for rain and boy did it come

We prayed for rain and boy did it come, writes Giles Brown

MARCH INTO SPRING: Wealthy buyers are still flocking to Mallorca, writes Amanda Butler

AS we head into March the weather here in Mallorca has been much chillier and wetter than the norm. As I write with the...

Winter in Spain has not treated me well this year, writes Giles Brown

I HAVE a confession to make. Again. I fell a little bit out of love with Spain in February. Maybe it is a growing...

Raining Renaults: Don’t be alarmed at the largest student rally in Morocco

We’re talking a pandemic of dinky French hatchbacks plastered with sponsorship stickers, travelling along the highways and byways of Spain in a contest to find the shortest route to Marrakesh.
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