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Record tourist numbers for Spain, world’s no3 tourist destination, plus Andalucia has top national attraction

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

[caption id="attachment_13639" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Fabulous seaside resorts and beaches are one of Spain's biggest draws for international visitors.[/caption] More foreigners visited Spain than ever before in 2015, as unsettled situations in North African countries caused European holidaymakers to take their holidays nearer to home. Record visitor numbers again - Spain is third-most-visited country ...

1 Billion Rising: Dance against violence

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9802" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="One Billion Rising: to support women."] [/caption] Today is a worldwide action day to draw attention to the problem of violence against women. All around the globe, events are being held where you can dance to show your support - they are called "risings". It's no coincidence ...

Important new law for residents with assets outside Spain

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9762" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Modelo 720 is a new form for declaring assets outside Spain worth over 50,000 euros."] [/caption] If you are residente in Spain - basically, those who spend more than 183 days a year here, or whose business is based here (if in doubt, check with your asesor ...

An independently-organised TEDx event in Marbella next month, featuring Michelle Chaplow

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9672" align="aligncenter" width="568" caption="TEDx offers a day of inspiring speakers, including andalucia.com's own Michelle Chaplow, bringing together innovative and creative ideas."][/caption] If you've heard of TEDx, you'll know this is exciting news. If you haven't, then here's the lowdown. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading"; it started ...

La Gran Recogida collects over 1,500 tons of food

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9053" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="Collection box for La Gran Recogida in our local supermarket. This was after half a day."] [/caption] As Christmas approaches, and people stock up on seasonal delicacies such as turron (almond nougat), polvorones , and mantecados, many of us think about those less fortunate, for whom getting ...

How Seville escaped UNESCO’s “in danger” list

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7064" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A recent view of the Torre Pelli, under construction, in Seville. Its projected height - nearly 180 metres - is considered by many to overshadow the historic city."][/caption] The Torre Pelli, and Seville's resulting endangered UNESCO World Heritage Status, is a topic I've written about often on ...

A letter to the Telegraph: Spotless Malaga

Monday, June 25th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Impressively well-kept: Calle Larios, Malaga's main shopping street."][/caption] Earlier this month, I saw a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the UK's favourite Tory broadsheet rag, reprinted in my favourite news magazine The Week in their "Pick of the week's correspondence". Since it was in praise of Malaga, ...

29M: general strike

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It's unusual for this blog to have three posts in a row about politics, but then this has been quite a week. First of all, the PP failed to win its widely-predicted majority in the Andalucian Parliament in last Sunday's elections, leaving the regional president in a political no-man's-land, since he ...

The Andalucian regional elections: the results

Monday, March 26th, 2012

So, the Andalucian people went to the polls yesterday to vote for a new regional parliament, and they went for... the PP, by a hair's breadth. It was a real cliffhanger - at 10pm, the PSOE was actually leading, but then their lead dropped, they went neck-and-neck with the PP, and ...

Andalucian Regional Elections: the background

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

GUEST POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW [caption id="attachment_5663" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Election posters galore: PP, PSOE and IU. But who will win a majority on Sunday?"][/caption] This Sunday elections for the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Parliament) will take place. A president will be chosen, who will then form a government responsible for an annual budget ...