THE BEST GOLF COURSES ON THE COSTA DEL SOL - PART I

There are many ways to enjoy nature while practising some sport or activity. Golf is a sport meant to enjoy a day wrapped in nature, peace and tranquility. To play golf on the Costa del Sol is to hit the ball in a field designed by the best professionals, go from hole to hole with the sea as a backdrop and play matches in a climate with enviable temperatures throughout the year. Few places in the world can offer similar conditions.

The Costa del Sol, with its more than 70 golf...
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5 STEPS TO REDUCE THE STRESS OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Christmas shopping is a challenge every year. Establishments full of people, exhausted items, the feeling of obligation to have to buy a gift but not knowing what... A race of obstacles in which we have to sharpen our expertise and our consumer savoir-faire. To help you in such an arduous task and to leave completely unharmed, we have prepared this small guide of tips and recommendations with which the Christmas shopping will be your favorite moment of these holidays. Just take note and,...
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TORCAL DE ANTEQUERA NATURAL PARK

The Torcal de Antequera is a unique natural site, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

It was the first Andalusian Protected Natural Area (1929). In 1978, it was declared a Natural Park, and nowadays it is considered a Natural Place since 1989. This way the great value that Torcal has in flora, fauna, geomorphology, and landscape has been recognized.

The Natural Park of El Torcal is located in the center of the province of Malaga, in the municipality of Antequera. On...
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EXPERIENCE THE CABLECAR OF BENALMADENA

ROUTES

An essential part of the visit to the Benalmadena Cablecar, in addition to its panoramic views, are its hiking trails in which to discover the rich flora and fauna of the Mediterranean hills with native protected species such as palm, rosemary, thyme, gorse, marjoram, etc....

TREKKING

The top of Mount Calamorro offers different routes to enjoy an environment full of contrasts in the countryside and...
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN ANDALUCIA

ALAJAR: HUELVA

It is difficult to choose which may be the most beautiful town in the "Sierra de Aracena" but perhaps this prize is taken by this suggestive maze of cobbled streets, whose houses are still preceded by the typical "plains" and which was declared a historical-artistic complex in 1982. It is surrounded by a dense forest of holm oaks, cork oaks, and chestnut trees, highlighting the enigmatic "Peña de Arias Montano". More information...
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CASTLE MONUMENT COLOMARES IN BENALMADENA

The story of the doctor who built a Castle.

Colomarea castle, in Benalmadena, was built at the end of the last century by Doctor Esteban Martin with the help of 2 masons, with the aim of honouring the memory of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America.

"The different ones are the ones that provide the best surprises. You have to leave people to execute their madness because it can result in something extraordinary" says his son today....
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CHRISTMAS IN MALAGA

Here are a few tips of what to do and see in Malaga at Christmas.

- IGNITION OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.

The streets of the historic centre of Malaga dress up to receive Christmas. Therefore, you should not miss taking a walk through the city and enjoy the lighting of the Malaga Christmas street lights. Calle Larios becomes the nerve centre of the area. This is also configured as one of the most photographed and crowded places at this time of the year.

Nor can you miss...
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NEW GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom will hold general elections on December 12 without having resolved the Brexit crisis. 

None of the UK parties are convinced of their fate when they have to face the polls, but the general conviction that there is no other way out to escape Brexit´s paralysis has weighed more than any doubt. A majority of deputies of the house of commons, 438 against 20, gave the green light this Tuesday to electoral advance proposed by Boris Johnson. British citizens...
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NEW LUXURY DESIGNER OUTLET IN PLAZA MAYOR

The opening of the luxury outlet was supposed to be on October 22nd but it has been postponed due to some unfinished road work that should give access to the shopping center. It seems that it will open before Christmas. The outlet will have a hundred stores in the first phase and will make available to the public a wide variety of medium-high and high-level brand products at more affordable prices since the products offered will have discounts of between 30% and 75%.

The new...
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HOMEAWAY VI BAROMETER OF VACATION RENTAL IN ANDALUSIA

In 50% of the trips made in Andalucia by the users of holiday homes, this was the only modality that they looked for.

Holiday rentals generated an economic impact of 1,167 million Euros in 2018 in Andalucia (836 million Euros correspond to expenses during the stay).

Tourist housing users spend on average 2,051 Euros, 1,134 Euros for hotels.

Tourist housing in Andalusia was used in more than 2.1 million trips in 2018. 

72.3% of vacation rental...
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THE WHY AND HOW TO RETIRE IN SPAIN

We could start by highlighting everything Spain has to offer. But let´s avoid the typical phrase of "sun, perfect weather, delicious food...". That is something we all know. So, now that we are convinced of how amazing Spain is, let´s dig into what is really important. The exact steps and considerations that you must follow to retire in this country. Why, in fact, it can be something really simple; provided you know all the information contained in this article....
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"EL CAMINITO DEL REY" A MUST TO VISIT IN MALAGA

Have you ever heard of the most dangerous path in the world? That is the name by which Caminito del Rey is known, a path located in the south of Andalucia, in the province of Malaga.

In the 90s many people made this route, assuming a great risk and even several Malaga...
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BEST SUMMER YET FOR THE COSTA DEL SOL

The Costa Del Sol has once again experienced the best tourist summer in its history, estimating a total arrival fo 7,368,000 visitors between the months of June to September of this year, 4,1% more than in the summer 2018 and, the maximum record reached in the history of the destination in this period.

The president of Tourism Costa Del Sol, Francisco Salado, has pointed out that, "although on the Costa Del Sol it can never be firmly stated that the summer is over because we...
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THE DREAM OF MANY FOREIGNERS: A SWEET RETREAT ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

Since the end of the 90s, Spain is a country of reference as a destination for many foreigner retirees, mainly from the European Union. The number of nationals from other countries seeking golden retirement in Spain has increased by 368% in 3 years.

Despite this remarkable growth, it should be noted that the percentage of European citizens who settle in other countries during their retirement remains a minority in those who after reaching that age remain in their country of origin....
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HOW TO SELL YOUR PROPERTY ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

Should you decide to sell your property in Spain, it is important to know that the process differs from what is usual in other European countries and also that it may take longer.

The transfer of ownership of a home in Spain is done before a Spanish Notary. The sales process in Spain can be more complicated and take longer than in other parts of Europe. Here are the different steps up until the last act before a Notary.

Information gathering:

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FUENGIROLA FAIR 2019

The municipality of Fuengirola is living the fair in honor of the "Virgen Del Rosario", patron saint of the city since Sunday 6th of October until the 12th of October.

It will be seven days in which the good atmosphere will not be lacking in the different booths (casetas) of the fairground, the Andalusian style of the horsemen and the colour and beauty of the women in their flamenco dresses, along with samples of folklore, performances and concerts in the "Palacio de...
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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE APPEALING WHEN YOU WANT TO SELL

If you are thinking of selling your property here are a series of tips that you can rely on that will help you attract a buyer without resorting only to the price as a weapon of seduction. These easy tricks will increase the value of your home and the starting point is fixing small damages that can capture the attention of the potential buyer.

OPEN UP SPACE

Remove any wall that does not contribute anything or move the furniture, any option to give amplitude is a good one....
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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

The Costa Del Sol has a wide variety of schools for people of all nationalities and budgets. Whatever the area of the Costa Del Sol in which you decide to live, you can be guaranteed that there will be a vast educational alternative that fits all types of children.

Spanish public schools are free for everyone. Children begin early with 3 years although schooling is not mandatory until the age of 6. Spanish schools are the perfect option for those who want to integrate, both parents...
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HOW TO BUY A HOUSE IN SPAIN BEING A FOREIGNER

When we talk about buying a house in Spain, whether buying a house in Madrid or buying a house in Barcelona (the two cities with more demand), the English are the biggest buyers of homes on Spanish soil, followed by French, Germans Russians and Italians, without forgetting the increase of Chinese citizens. Whether you are looking for a property in the coastal areas or if you want to enjoy the diversity of the big cities (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, etc..), the steps to follow are not always...
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SPAIN, AMONG THE CHEAPEST COUNTRIES TO LIVE IN EUROPE

Living in Spain is on average 11% cheaper than in other countries such as Germany, Ireland or the United Kindom. Thus, the cost of living in Spain amounts to 818€ per month, compared to the 920€ that it costs to live in other countries in Europe.

Spain stands out among the cheapest European countries to live. It is the conclusion of an analysis of SpotaHome, which has analysed the average monthly cost of seven European countries. Specifically, the firm has collected the...
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SKIES INCREASINGLY CLEAR FOR COASTAL HOUSING

To enjoy or to invest, or for both things at the same time, buying a house on the beach is still a very attractive alternative in light of the behavior that the second home real estate market is having on the coast: growing but without excesses. And that this means that this sector has definitely traced the hard years of the crisis: prices are rising moderately, buying and selling transactions continue to increase and the foreign investment appetite has not lost its interest in our sun and...
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THE HIGH PROFITABILITY OF BEACH PROPERTIES ATTRACTS FOREIGN INVESTORS

Housing on the coast is recovering the prominence it lost during the crisis. With double-digit price increase during the first quarter of the year in most of the main coastal destinations in Spain, the cities of sun and beach have positioned themselves among the most profitable to invest, with returns between 5 and 7 %, and this is calling the attention of a greater number of nationalities that bet on the Spanish brick to shelter their savings.

It is clear that the second residence...
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THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN MARBELLA

-Marbella Old Town

The old town of Marbella with its network of narrow and winding streets typical of Andalucia, where you will find shops, art, architecture, small squares flooded with bar terraces, restaurants and lots of life that gives this part of the city a unique and charming atmosphere, both during the day, where you can take refuge in their shade and at night where going out for dinner and having a drink is a pleasure.

-Alcazaba and the walls

Next to...
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WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF HOLIDAY RENTALS?

Much has been said, but little has been analyzed, about who owns the tourist homes that have transformed the country´s tourism industry. A report from a Malaga platform, dean in the sector, Spain-Holiday.com, puts a face to this business. The study, which is born with a vocation update each year, is based on data extracted from 526 online surveys conducted during the past month of December among owners and managers of a holiday rental in Spain that are part of the database from...
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THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MIJAS

Mijas is a municipality that has 2 main parts. The old town, with its charming whitewashed houses, is situated few hundred meters above sea level a short distance from Fuengirola. Mijas was a Moorish city, nestled around a castle of which very little is still remaining. The street plan is still the original one. Then there is Mijas Costa. It is the coastal part of the municipality that runs between Fuengirola and Marbella.

This area has all the features of a modern Mediterranean...
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NEW INHERITANCE TAX LAW FOR ANDALUCIA

The new political change in Andalucia has brought along a drastic change regarding inheritance tax. This new reform reduces considerably the inheritance tax. This will not only exempt those inheritances with an estate value under 1.000.000€ but will also apply a 99% reduction for the ones exceeding this amount. This means that anyone inheriting 1.650.00€ will pay nothing for the first 1.000.000€ and the remaining 650.000€ will have a 99% reduction applied to it.  The...
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2019 GREAT YEAR FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISM

Spain exceeded 38.2 million international tourists in the first half of 2019, 2.8% more than in the same period of 2018, according to the provisional data of the Survey os Tourist Movements in Frontier (Frontur) prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Until June, the expenditure of international tourists on their trips to Spain reached 40.380 million Euros, with an increase of 3.7% over the same period of 2018, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey, also...
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10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN RONDA

Ronda is a small city balanced on the edge of an escarpment in the province of Malaga. You may have never heard the name, but there is a good chance that you have seen pictures of the New Bridge (Puente Nuevo), an 18th-century structure that extends through the "El Tajo" Gorge, 120 meters deep, between the citadel and the new part of the city. It is one of the most impressive places in Spain.

Within the old citadel, there are many reminiscences of the 700-year-old...
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10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MALAGA

With 300 days of sunshine a year, an enviable cultural and gastronomic offer, Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and one of the most interesting cities in Spain. If you want to discover the very beautiful city of Malaga, here are some suggestions on what to do and see.

1.- Take a walk up to the Alcazaba. This palace complex was built in the 11th century in the place where a Phoenician fortification was located. Of course, it is not as grand as the Alhambra of Granada but it...
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THE TYCOON WARREN BUFFETT ENTERS THE LUXURY HOUSING MARKET IN SPAIN

The real estate division of Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, will team up with the Spanish consultancy Larvia, specializing in luxury housing, to expand its real estate marketing network.

The president of the housing sales subsidiary of the Buffett Group, Gino Blefari, said in a statement that "Spain has always been a priority objective in the expansion of the firm"

Under the alliance, Larvia will be renamed Berkshire Hathaway Home Services...
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THE COSTA DEL SOL CONFIRMS THE REAL ESTATE BOOM.

According to the valuation company TINSA, Marbella and Mijas repeat among the 5 coastal towns that sell more homes in Spain. TINSA points one more year to the Costa del Sol as one of the areas of the Spanish coast where there is a clear recovery of the housing market, which translates into a sustained increase in purchases, prices and new developments. The "Costa housing 2019" presented in Malaga and with data from the Spanish coast (in which the weight of holiday homes is very...
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10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN CORDOBA

Cordoba is known as the city of the 3 cultures, due to the great importance that Roman, Arab and Jewish culture had in different periods of its history. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, not only for its famous courtyards but also for its fascinating history.

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SPAIN: 4TH BEST COUNTRY TO EMIGRATE

Every year, HSBC draws a ranking of the best countries to emigrate to. Spain comes in 4th place in this ranking, behind Switzerland, Singapore and Canada, gaining 9 places compared to last year. Quality of life, climate, etc.. Spain has never been more attractive to foreigners. A survey was done to over 18.000 people comprising 27 questions.

The indicators are divided into 3 groups: quality of life, career aspirations and opportunities for children. 56% of those surveyed said...
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TOP 6 AREAS FOR BUYING A PROPERTY ON THE COSTA DEL SOL

When it comes to investing in a property on the Costa del Sol, there is a number of key areas to consider.

Casares

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PROPERTY MARKET TREND FOR THE COSTA DEL SOL IN 2019

Anyone that is going to purchase property on the Costa del Sol wants to have an understanding of what the 2019 markets trends are. People investing in the Costa del Sol, do so largely because of the lifestyle one can enjoy in this part of the world. At the same time, it is an important investment and one that they want to be sure will always retain its value. This is the reason why market trends are so important.

The Costa del Sol has an amazing reputation for being a prime...
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MALAGA REIGNS AMONG POSITIVE SPANISH PROPERTY STATS

Prices for properties in Spain have been rising at a steady rate recently. Both new build and second-hand propertites have increased in value. Prices across Spain have increased by 12.4% on average, though growth is still concentrated around Madrid and Cataluña. Overall, prices on a national level are still 34.1% below the highest ever recorded in 2007. According to reports, Andalucia has had a 5.2% residencial property price rise in the first quarter of 2009, slightly above the...
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MALAGA AMONG TOP 15 EUROPEAN CITIES

The southern region of Andalucia has always had a particular allure with foreigners, and has grown exponentially in popularity over the last 5 years. In fact, according to a new study the Costa del Sol's city of Malaga was found to be among the most Instragrammed cities in Europe. Determined by the number of posts and hashtags associated to each city that appeared on the social media network, London topped the list, followed by Paris and Barcelona, and Malaga among the top 15 with 4.5...
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MALAGA TOPS LIST RANKING BEST CITIES IN SPAIN FOR CULTURE

Malaga gained 5th place in a recent list ranking the top 10 cities in Spain with the best culture offerings.

Spain is known worldwide for its rich cultural heritage, top-quality gastronomic scene and some of the world’s finest architecture and monuments. Surveyed by a new German vacation rentals platform Holidu, cities were ranked according to the number of cultural landmarks located in each, and the favorable ranking of Malaga, beating cities like Granada and Bilbao, further...
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