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EXPLAINER: How to use the law in Spain against online trolls

IT is hard to accept that the internet, from which we derive so much benefit, should be so densely populated by individuals (‘trolls’) who...

As Spain’s COVID-19 crisis recedes the spectre of Brexit has returned for British property buyers

SPAIN has finally allowed tourism to return after several months of the world’s most draconian COVID-19 lockdown. Brits, Germans and other key tourist markets are...

Lisa Burgess goes under the knife for reconstructive breast surgery after battling cancer

I WAS apprehensive attending La Cala medical clinic for vital blood tests and arrived in full PPE, imagining I would be entering a scene...

Real estate agent Amanda Butler welcomes stream of property enquiries as Mallorca opens up once again

WITH the state of alarm now lifted, the Balearic Islands opened their borders to over 10,000 German tourists early last week as a test...

What can I expect when visiting the optician in Spain as COVID-19 lockdown eases?

AS things start going back to normal as lockdown eases, it’s not unusual to feel a bit nervous about visiting your opticians. To make...

As confinement comes to an end, I’ll miss the jokers in Spain’s COVID-19 comedy of errors, writes Giles Brown

BY the time you read this, Spain will have bravely stepped into the ‘New Normal’. To be honest, I have had enough trouble adjusting...

If you’re going on holiday to Spain this summer, the best advice is book ahead, make sure you can...

That means reading the small print in contractual terms and conditions before making payment and, where possible, preferring to use reputable and reliable providers and intermediaries

You won’t find Bambi in our neck of the woods despite Gucci’s daft fashion trailer, writes Belinda Beckett

I EMPATHISE with my home town of Brighton where the locals have been begging lockdown day trippers to ‘Please Stay Away’. There were more beach...

COVID-19 has restricted foreign buyers in Spain’s Mallorca, but lower-end and local property enquiries are surging

MALLORCA, Menorca and Ibiza have now joined Formentera into Phase 3 of the releasing of coronavirus restrictions.  The main difference being that residents of the...

George Floyd’s death should make us rethink how we treat each other, writes Giles Brown

I DIDN’T watch the video. I didn't need to. The image of George Floyd being 'restrained' was enough. Social media has fulfilled Marshal McLuhan's prophecy...

Costa del Sol’s Lisa Burgess offers her experience on weight-watching and how chemo can tip the scales

MY weight has always gone up and down - much like Elizabeth Taylor except she was much more beautiful and had more husbands than...

COVID-19: Real estate agent Amanda Butler is leading Mallorca’s Phase 2 celebrations and is looking ahead to a property...

WITH coronavirus figures plummeting around Spain and only two new cases reported with no deaths over the weekend in the Balearic Islands things are...

Glitz, glamour and a seething Ronnie Corbett – Giles Brown chronicles his misspent youth as Marbella’s Puerto Banus turns...

YOU can easily dismiss ‘The Port’ as full of the wannabes, the It girls, and the has-beens as well as the brash, blinged, blasted...

Lisa Burgess confronts her inner serpent during lockdown and puts it right back in its cage…

MENTAL health is often neglected in these dire times so to keep the brain firing on all cylinders I do frequent Zoom quizzes in...

Plenty of Brits will be committing to Spain post-coronavirus lockdown, predicts property expert Campbell Ferguson

WELL, well, well. Demand, no surprise, has virtually ceased in the Spanish property market, though a few committed buyers are hanging in there and...

COVID-19: The wrong camera angle on your Zoom call could leave you looking like Jabba the Hutt and don’t...

THERE seem to be several ways of dealing with the current coronavirus crisis. One option – sadly is no longer open to me – is...

Olive Press columnist Lisa Burgess finds strength in heroes to keep on going through coronavirus lockdown and finally gets...

I SAW with awe the sheer will and determination that 100-year-old Colonel Tom Moore showed when he began his 100 laps of the garden...

Amanda Butler is hoping Spain’s Balearic Islands can be a leader in eco-construction after coronavirus

I implore our governments, and our developers and builders, to learn from this

Mortgage enquiries are still coming in, but the Spanish market cannot sustain coronavirus lockdown much longer, warns the Finance...

THE mortgage market has still been functioning during the current crisis (albeit at a slightly slower pace), supporting the property sales that are still...

COVID-19: The Carrefour carers saved Belinda Beckett’s bacon when she was down to limp lettuce and her last drop...

EVERYONE else may be box set bingeing, social notworking or writing their novels. I wish.  We spent the first week of lockdown watching a matchstick...

Coronavirus will rip a few roof tiles off Spain’s property market but it’s resilient enough to escape structural damage,...

CORONAVIRUS AND ADVICE FOR SELLERS A crisis always creates opportunities. For real-estate buyers, this can be good news. For sellers, it may mean lower expectations,...

COVID-19: As Spain’s Ministry of Labour uncovers fraudulent redundancy schemes, Lawbird’s Antonio Flores explains ERTE

SPANISH ERTE schemes, following the trend of most European countries, allow employers to lay off or temporarily suspend workers in crisis situations. This can be...

Real estate agent Amanda Butler looks ahead to brighter days as Spain’s Balearic Islands emerge from the worst of...

WELL that’s what we’d all like to say, and will celebrate when it truly happens with gusto! I am not normally one wishing to spread...

COVID-19: The wheels of industry must start turning – goodbye China!

AND so it was that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the catastrophic de-industrialisation of the West. A combination of greed, neglect, complacency and laziness allowed this...

COVID-19: Marbella Town Hall initiates path to recovery by allowing thousands of Licenses of First Occupation to be approved...

MARBELLA municipal officials have approved a revolutionary measure that will greatly prop up property sales and short-term rentals, COVID-19 permitting. Last Monday, the spokesman for...

COVID-19 and the actions to slow its spread have changed Spain and the world, writes surveyor Campbell Ferguson in...

IT is firstly vital to thank the frontline staff, or worker bees, without whom our hive would not survive. But it is fairly obvious that...

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