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US fugitive wanted in fraud case arrested in Spain’s Malaga

US fugitive wanted in fraud case arrested in Spain’s Malaga
A US fugitive with an international arrest warrant (IAW) has been arrested by Policia Nacional. The National Police have arrested a 50-year-old woman in Monda (Malaga) with an IAW issued by the United States authorities in connection with fraud and forgery involving more than half a million dollars. The arrest took place at midday on Friday, June 17, on the A-355,...

Andalucia registers all-time record number of Spanish imperial eagle chicks

Spanish Imperial Eagle
AFTER years on the brink of extinction, this rare bird has reached a new all-time record for chicks hatched, with 166 specimens born in Andalucia last season. The 2021 census prepared by the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development identified 129 breeding pairs in the region last year, representing a growth of 4.8%. This figure represents the highest...

Malaga airport most affected in Spain by Ryanair strike

Ryanair summer holiday flights threat as unions in Spain and Europe plan strikes
THE Malaga-Costa del Sol airport has been the most affected this Sunday, June 26, in Spain by the Ryanair strike. As reported by the Spanish trade union Union Sindical Obrera (USO), the third day of the industrial action has led to the cancellation of 42 flights to or from Spain, 20 of which were from Malaga airport. In addition, 58 flights...

ANALYSIS: Why is Spain getting hotter every year?

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This year, summer has only just begun and 2022 has already experienced record-breaking temperatures with Spain’s warmest May in 58 years, writes Livia Cockerell

Euthanasia: What we know about assisted suicides within the first year since legalisation in Spain

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ON the first anniversary of the introduction of an assisted suicide law in Spain, we take a look at the facts and figures to see just how extensive a practice it has become. Spain became only the fourth country in the European Union to allow euthanasia when it passed a law on June 25, 2021 that allows people with ‘serious...

Spaniards’ support for NATO reinforced since Russian invasion of Ukraine

Pedro Sanchez
SUPPORT for NATO has grown among Spaniards since the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in February. A report from the Elcano Royal Institute revealed that 83% of Spaniards support remaining in NATO while an overwhelming majority see Russia as the biggest threat to peace. https://twitter.com/rielcano/status/1539905737811435520 This is an increase from the 80% support rating of NATO membership seen prior to Moscow sending...

How Madrid’s new park plans to keep the city cool

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AFTER a month that saw Spain in the grip of the earliest heatwave in more than four decades, Madrid city authorities have unveiled plans for a ‘wind garden’ capable of lowering temperatures.  The 14.5 hectare park is part of redesign for the Chamartin station area in the north of the city, with a wind garden that captures the breeze and...

2 bedroom Beach Apartment for sale in Carboneras – € 150,000

2 bedroom Beach Apartment for sale in Carboneras - € 150
Beach ApartmentCarboneras, Almería   2 beds   1 baths € 150,000 Great apartment for sale with two bedrooms, living-dining room, fully equipped kitchen with appliances, bathroom, interior patio, huge terrace, garage, storage room and A/C and ducted heating. It is completely new, located just 50m from the beach in one of the quietest and most beautiful areas of Carboneras......

Rural dreams: From luxury estates to tumbledown watermills, demand for country properties is booming in Spain

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Demand for rural properties continues to grow as people dream of swapping a home in the city for a fixer-upper with nice views and space to keep chickens in the Spanish countyside. “I WALK my dog through olive fields in the morning and pick my own fruit and vegetables to eat in the evenings. I can work less because I...

Experts warn of high numbers of jellyfish along Spain’s Costa del Sol due to levante winds

Experts warn of high numbers of jellyfish along Spain’s Costa del Sol due to levante winds
EXPERTS foresee a higher concentration of jellyfish on the Costa del Sol this summer due to the currents of the Alboran Sea and a series of other conditions, such as the sea temperature. That said, so far this bathing season only a handful of the gelatinous marine species have ended up dragged to the shoreline by the currents. The alarming numbers...

REVEALED: Why you’ll be paying more for watermelon in Spain this summer

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THE price of fresh fruit and vegetables is soaring in Spain thanks not only to nationwide inflation and a rise in transport costs with the war in Ukraine, but also as a result of a poor harvest. Last winter was noticeably wetter than usual, and with episodes of torrential rain that wiped out crops. Farmers report producing 40% fewer fruits than...

Orgiva: What makes this Spanish town in La Alpujarra ‘the world’s best place to live’?

Orgiva Mayor
RAUL Orellana, an ex-primary school teacher and PP politician, became mayor of Orgiva in 2019, taking the helm of ‘the world’s best’ town, set in the Alpujarra of Granada. A thriving market town nestled in the Guadalfeo valley between the Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Lujar mountain ranges, Orgiva is a cultural melting pot combining Spanish lifestyle and traditions with...

EXPLAINER: Why Ryanair cabin crews cannot strike on many flights in Spain

Ryanair cabin crews cannot strike if rostered on 'protected' flights in Spain
SPAIN'S government has issued a 'minimum' protected flight mandate during six days of Ryanair cabin crew strikes in the country. Cabin crew based in Spain will strike on June 24, 25, 26 and 30, as well as on July 1 and 2, according to the USO and SCITPLA unions over a dispute concerning working conditions. The Irish air carrier has previously...

Spain’s average salary rises but there’s still a whopping gender wage gap

Palma Waiter
THE average annual salary in Spain is now €25,165, but men are still paid 23% more than women, the latest data reveals. Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) revealed on Wednesday that the average salary  has risen by 3.2% on a year earlier across Spain but that those in the north tend to earn more than those in the south. https://twitter.com/es_INE/status/1539534796912840704 The...

EXPLAINER: What we know about Spain allowing British travellers to use eGates at selected airports in bid to reduce border queues

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SPAIN has announced that British citizens will be able to use the Automated Border Control eGates at certain airports, a measure introduced in a bid to avoid lengthy queues at the start of the busy summer season. After Easter saw lengthy queues built up at airports across Spain causing thousands to miss flights, Spain has taken measures to rectify the...

King of the castles: Five of the most beautiful castillos to visit in Spain during 2022

Alcazar De Los Reyes Cristianos
FROM austere hilltop fortresses to splendid royal palaces and stunning Moorish alcazars, Spain out-castles all of Europe with over 2,500 to explore. Andalucia, fought over by Moors and Christians for seven centuries, is better-endowed than most regions with medieval fortified hilltop citadels. In Cadiz, where they marked the boundary between the two warring kingdoms, many of the towns that grew...

Boom time: Spain’s property market on the up with help from foreign buyers

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Mark Stücklin of Spanish Property Insight explores how foreign buyers are fuelling a property boom in Spain.

World’s most pampered pooches gather in Madrid for World Dog Show

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MADRID has become the world’s capital of pedigree pooches this weekend, hosting a huge international dog show.  Think Crufts but on an even larger scale - 16,500 dogs and 12,000 professional breeders are travelling to Spain from 50 countries around the world just to take part in the event.  The calibre of the event was liften even higher when Queen Sofia...

4 bedroom Villa for sale in Calonge i Sant Antoni – € 550,000

4 bedroom Villa for sale in Calonge i Sant Antoni - € 550
VillaCalonge i Sant Antoni, Girona   4 beds   4 baths € 550,000 Villa Layla is an exclusive Mediterranean-style villa was built in 2005. The living and outdoor area is arranged over 2 floors. The villa consists of 324 square metres of living space on a plot of 1,107 square metres. The villa offers a spacious entrance where you...

On-trend in Orgiva: Meet the inspiring expat serving up Alpujarran style from a buzzing new fashion store

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On-trend in Orgiva: From natty dreads to funky fashionistas. A new expat-owned fashion store is serving Alpujarran style to them all, writes Jo Chipchase

Two restaurants from Malaga among best in Europe

Two restaurants from Malaga among best in Europe
TWO Malaga restaurants have positioned themselves in the European ranking for top eating establishments. Malaga has always been home to great cuisine and special produce, and this year, 2022, it can proudly boast to have two restaurants to be among the most outstanding in Europe. According to the Opinionated About Dining (OAD) ranking, which has just published a list of the...

Cerveza por favor? How to order a beer in different regions of Spain

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FOR many English speakers, the very first thing they learn how to do after landing in Spain is to order a beer. While ‘una cerveza, por favor’ is certainly a good start, anyone who spends time beyond a brief holiday on the costas will know the issue is a lot more complicated than it first seems. For those who have yet...

‘Historic day for aviation’: Fully electric plane flies in Spain for the first time

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SPAIN’s first electric plane has made its inaugural flight after taking off from Sabadell Airport, near Barcelona on the morning of Wednesday, June 22. The eco-friendly plane, weighing just 500kg has space for just the pilot and one passenger, is 100% electric and makes virtually no noise. Once fully charged the Velis Electro biplaza can fly for around one hour plus...

EXPLAINED: How easy is it for a Brit to take their Spanish driving test?

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BRITISH expat Mike Sedgwick shared his personal experience of taking the Spanish driving test after finding himself among the thousands of Brits left unable to drive legally in Spain due to delays in striking a post-Brexit bilateral deal on driving licence recognition. “I couldn’t wait for the bureaucracy to be agreed on driving licence exchange (as we still don’t know...

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