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Meet the last shepherds eeking out a living on Spain’s ancient pastoral routes

MEET Valentin, his dog Hooky, and Alberto. We occasionally see each other on my walks near Requena, a rural area in Valencia province. Full...

A BUTT TIME: Cigarettes don’t just poison smokers – they poison the environment too

I’VE never understood smoking. My father died when I was 14 of throat cancer caused by smoking. I could not see what was big,...

As seen on TV: Giles revels in his newfound celebrity status after stint on Marbella exposé

It has been noted more than once, but I have the face for radio. Except for May, when the unsuspecting viewing public of Marbella...

Calorie counting: The difference between the UK and Spain

As calorie counting gains momentum in the UK, Susannah Grant takes a look at how Spain is battling the bulge.

The sounds of summer: Noisy nature and cacophony of humans mark the season in rural southern Spain

MAY is one of my favourite months in Spain. After the recent rains, the campo around the Casita has erupted into riotous full bloom. Naturalists...

OPINION: Promises lie in tatters just six months on from the COP26 conference in Glasgow

‘THE bottom line is we’re in trouble’. This was the harrowing statement by US climate envoy John Kerry. Just six months on from COP26 in...

How scientists in Valencia are pinning hopes on protecting the oldest living species on earth

WITH three eyes, hundreds of legs, and elongated antennae, these critters are not going to win any beauty contests. Yet they are fascinating organisms....

Currencies Direct keeps you in the financial loop

Swings and roundabouts GBP/EUR exchange rates seesaws on Ukraine concerns and central bank rate speculation The Pound Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate continued to trade in a...

ANALYSIS: How inflation and raw material shortages are pushing up building costs on your property in Spain

The prices of basic raw materials are soaring across Spain which could have a big impact if you bought off plan, are building a house, or carrying out renovations.

Bucket brigade: Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the water

WITH the reservoir now almost full after the recent, much needed rains, and the Casita finally dried out after flooding caused by the aforementioned...

ANALYSIS: Why property in Spain is retaining its value

OVER 3,000 kilometres separate the ‘tranquillity’ of Spain's costas from the horrors of Ukraine. However, the effects of the war have become the ‘trigger’...

Wind of change: Two sides of the ecologist movement clash as Spain debates renewable energy

OUCH! Another electric bill arrived today as more evidence of the skyrocketing price of energy.  Electricity costs have quadrupled - yes quadrupled! - from February...

Words of advice: Top tips for house hunter looking to buy property in Spain

As Brits fly out to house hunt as the summer approaches, here are Tancrede de Pola’s hottest tips for avoiding the most common pitfalls

It never rains but it pours: Giles sees the Costa del Sol drought break first hand

BE careful what you wish for. At the beginning of March, I was seriously concerned about the lack of rainfall in Spain. Specifically the...

THE MADNESS OF WAR: Double tragedy drives home the insanity of conflict

IN my previous column, I wrote about the continuing conflict in Ukraine. Last week, the war became a much more personal thing for me....

World Water Day: What you should know about the rain in Spain

IT is painfully obvious that, in spite of some recent rainfall Spain is experiencing a prolonged drought. Average rainfall this winter is 33% of normal...

ANALYSIS: How the Ukraine war might affect international demand for property in Spain

Having barely recovered in 2021, international demand faces a challenging year in 2022, writes Mark Stücklin of Spanish Property Insight.

Slava Ukraini: Let’s stage a covert mission to take La Zagaletta back from the Russians

A Marbella journalist’s life is normally deciding which restaurant, club or new development lauch I should grace with my presence. The nearest I ever...

ANALYSIS: The reasons behind Spain’s property boom and what to expect next

Mark Stücklin of Spanish Property Insight looks at the reasons behind the property boom

A boom year for property sales on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Marbella

LAST year was an exceptional year for the Costa del Sol property market. Most of the agents along the coast, including us at Terra Meridiana,...

The Magnificent Sevens: When HSBC International Rugby Sevens Series was held in Spain for the first time ever,...

The HSBC International Rugby Sevens Series visited Spain for the first time in its history last month and, seeing as it was the weekend...

SPAIN’S EDUCATION SYSTEM: Not making the best of it

NOW that schools have returned to some sort of normality following the pandemic, the debate on school hours in Spain is set to reignite. Figures...

Given the bird: How falcons are used to protect Spain’s airports from the dangers of bird strikes

BIRD strikes, (airplane engines and/or landing gear colliding with birds), are a growing problem as they have become frequent, very expensive and sometimes fatal. In...

Olive Press columnist Giles Brown celebrates another year on the clock

THERE is nothing quite like celebrating a birthday in mid-January. As the rest of Spain pledges never to touch a drop, go vegan, enroll at...

The urology blokes: British consultants expand practice from Gibraltar to Costa del Sol

Urologist James Allan explains why it's important not to ignore early warning signs

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