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Spain approves mortgage relief scheme

Measures approved by Cabinet include cutting borrowing costs over five years to offset higher interest rates. After weeks of talks between the government and banks, Spain's cabinet is expected to approve the measures on Tuesday, which include cutting interest rates over a five-year grace period. The measures make Spain one of the first euro zone countries to cushion the blow from rising mortgage...

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New cruise ship will sail direct from Ireland to Spain

Brittany Ferries has announced the launch of the ship, which will ferry passengers from the southeastern tip of Rosslare to Bilbao twice a week. The Salamanca can carry more than 1,000 passengers from Europort, and can carry bicycles, pedestrians and dogs. The 214.5-meter ferry takes over the direct route from Rosslare to Bilbao twice a week on Wednesday and Friday mornings. The transit lasts 29...

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Protect Yourself From Pickpockets During the Holidays

Travel experts advise holidaymakers on how to keep valuables safe on their next trip to Spain Unfortunately, pickpockets are a common feature of some large cities, and while crime in Spain is relatively low compared to many other popular tourist destinations, street markets, shopping malls and beaches still offer great opportunities for crafty thieves. Great opportunity to outwit unsuspecting...

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Spain wants to scrap 90-day restrictions on Brits

Spain wants to lift a 90-day restriction on visitors from the UK, allowing them to stay in the country indefinitely, as they were allowed before Brexit. Currently, visitors from outside the EU, including the UK, can visit for 90 days in any 180-day period. Before the pandemic, Spain received around 84 million tourists a year, including 17 million from the UK, a figure that fell when pandemic...

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Dutch, Irish and Norwegians buy twice as many homes in Spain

The post-pandemic boom for foreigners to buy properties in Spain continues, with some new nationalities buying at record prices. Spain has long been a destination for foreigners buying family homes or holiday accommodation. Traditionally, the majority of these buyers came from certain countries - mainly the UK, Germany, France and the US. But a new trend has emerged in 2022, with increased buying...

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Spanish Village for sale €260,000 – Salto de Castro

For those dreaming of selling and moving to the countryside, how about buying an entire village as Salto de Castro in northwest Spain is up for sale. Salto de Castro is located in the province of Zamora on the border with Portugal, a 3-hour drive from Madrid, and has many of the buildings you'll find in a Spanish town. These include 44 apartments, a hotel, a church, a school, a municipal swimming...

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Importance of learning Spanish for coming to Spain

If you're thinking of moving to sunny Spain more permanently and you're under retirement age, chances are you'll need to work. The job market in Spain is complex, as is the bureaucracy and paperwork involved in finding a job, so knowing the jargon is a huge advantage. Given that it is a popular destination for English-speaking expats, many newcomers mistakenly believe that if they have sufficient...

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Thanks to new ‘grandchild law’ Spain expects wave of citizenship applications

Relatives of people exiled during Franco's dictatorship can claim citizenship under the Democratic Memory Act Hundreds of thousands of citizenship applications are expected in Spain as relatives of the country's exiles will benefit from a new historic memorial law aimed at addressing the legacy of Francisco Franco's dictatorship. The Democratic Memory Law, also informally known as the "Sun Tzu Law,"...

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Europeans are coming to Spain to escape rising energy prices

The Spanish city of Benidorm, on the Costa Blanca, has long been a popular tourist destination for people from all over Europe. It has also become a place where people can save on high energy bills due to the mild climate. The European Union has accepted Spain's so-called "Iberian exemption", allowing the country to decouple gas prices from electricity prices for a year. This option could halve...

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Spanish house prices to fall in 2023 and 2024

Experts predict Spanish house prices to fall 3% next year As the global economy continues to pick up, Bankinter's research and markets division released some positive news this week, saying that property prices in Spain could fall sharply next year and further into 2024. Specifically, according to market expert Ramón Forcada, global real estate prices are expected to fall by 3% in 2023 and a...

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