Archives for May 2006

May 31st, 2006

Retirement is being redefined by the ‘baby boomer’ generation which is abandoning an afternoon’s gentle gardening or conundrum-solving with Des Lynam for adventure sports, exotic travel and personal re-invention.Trends show that those born in the ‘baby boom’ between 1945 and 1963 are ‘retiring’ from full-time employment only to take on ...

Continue reading Touching 60 and Opening the Throttle

May 30th, 2006

We’ve solved the riddle - now we know where the Spanish islands are and we’re ready to do a much better job of helping you discover them for yourself!First, thank you for your feedback, voicing your frustration about not being able to find properties within specific islands of the Balearics ...

Continue reading La Isla Bonita?

May 30th, 2006

Destinations in the Mediterranean region and Canary Islands remain the most searched for holiday destination among Brits, according to new research.The survey was assembled from one and a half million online searches completed on the directline-holidays website, from a quarter of a million UK residents. The biggest surprise was the ...

Continue reading Majorca Top Holiday Destination

May 29th, 2006

The Bank Holiday getaway is underway, with more than two million people heading abroad. Holidaymakers are heading abroad because of poor British weather, seeking instead sizzling temperatures and leaving at home those destined to face a mixed forecast of sunny periods and showers.Mainland Spain, the Canary and Balearic ...

Continue reading Millions set for Bank Holiday Getaway

May 26th, 2006

The Spanish economy is continuing to grow at an impressive rate, making it an increasingly attractive option for investment projects.In the first quarter of 2006, the economy expanded by 3.5 per cent, which compares to a rate of two per cent for the economies of the 12 nations sharing the ...

Continue reading Spain Leads European Economic Growth

May 25th, 2006

El Confidencial reported that between 2001 and 2004 in Madrid, house prices increased by 89%, while salaries only grew by 14.8%. These figures were presented by the trade union CCOO as part of a paper delivered on urbanism. The overall result of this growing disparity is ‘ever-increasing debt levels for ...

Continue reading Spanish Property News

May 24th, 2006

Spain’s decision to offer the most liberal amnesty to immigrants in Europe has provoked more concern over the future for migration to Spain. Critics say it is opening the flood gates, while supporters claim the government is confronting one of the country’s biggest challenges. We look at what the future ...

Continue reading The future of immigration in Spain

May 23rd, 2006

New crime figures for Spain show the country to be one of the safest in Europe with 49.3 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants. Secretary of State for Security, Antonio Camacho, said the number includes data from the National Police, Civil Guard, and regional police forces in the Basque Country and Cataluna, ...

Continue reading Spain: One of the Safest Places in Europe

May 22nd, 2006

More Britons are buying a home in the sun but they must note that conveyancing law and property taxes do not end at Dover.Sticking to the rules, just as you would at home, may appear to add to costs but cutting corners could prove penny-wise and pound-foolish. Apart from anything ...

Continue reading Laying the Foundation

May 19th, 2006

The company has held talks with Spanish officials about building on farmland near the town of Manilva, southwest of Marbella, although the two sides have given different accounts of the venture. Disney said it was in negotiation for various new schemes in Manilva, including a summer camp for children, offering ...

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May 19th, 2006

Maureen Marsh may be one of the first to take the fight against Spain’s notorious land-grab laws to court.The retired secretary, who lives with her husband Michael in Albatera, near Alicante, is one of the first Britons to consider taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights. The ...

Continue reading Land Grab – The Fight Continues

May 17th, 2006

Last year was a record one for the Costa del Sol as far as tourism was concerned, with more than 9 million visitors over the year, and an increase in numbers for the first time in three years. Total tourist spend was also up, by nearly 14% to €3.96 billion ...

Continue reading Record Year for Tourism on the Costa del Sol

May 16th, 2006

Is there still such a thing as “undiscovered” Spain, or have the British infiltrated every corner? Well, for a long time Extremadura seemed to fit the bill: big, open countryside, beautiful valleys and woods in the southern part, harsh landscapes to the north and - a few ancient towns apart ...

Continue reading Spain Without Brits – The Final Frontier

May 15th, 2006

Marbella’s caretaking committee has already made some important decisions regarding the proliferation of illegal construction in the town. Their main objectives is for Marbella to get back on the “legal path” as soon as possible. Their first step earlier this week was to cordon off the site of the four ...

Continue reading Marbella Caretakers Firm Stance

May 12th, 2006

The ruling that Barclays must disclose details of offshore accounts held by British residents is set to cause a headache for owners of offshore properties, accountants have warned.HM Revenue and Customs has won a legal battle against Barclays which means the bank will be forced to disclose details of thousands ...

Continue reading Taxman Closes in On Offshore Property Owners