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Bubblegum lake city: Touring Torrevieja and taking it with a pinch of salt:

August 8th, 2022

SEEING the world through the proverbial rose-tinted spectacles is fairly typical when you're on holiday, and for newly-settled expats once they get the practical hurdles of a move abroad out of the way. Of course, it never lasts forever, but here in Spain, once the pink glasses come off, the full spectrum of colours awaits you at every turn.

Transport ministry explains how to get free frequent-traveller rail tickets:

August 6th, 2022

FREE rail passes for outer suburban and medium-distance lines can now be obtained online, and will become valid for use from September 1, confirms transport minister Raquel Sánchez.

Not dead yet: Man 'comes back to life' when funeral directors arrive:

August 6th, 2022

A MAN declared dead at his home in the province of Tarragona was on his way to the funeral parlour when he turned out to be alive, according to police sources.

'Library of Things': What a novel idea:

August 4th, 2022

YOU NEED to cut some tiles, you have a baby, you break a leg. Hopefully not all at once, of course, but it does mean you'll need an angle-grinder or tile-cutter, a pram and cot and baby-carrier – and to employ someone to do your sleeping for you, as you won't be doing much of your own – crutches, maybe a wheelchair depending upon how bad the fracture is.

All that jazz: The smouldering, soul-filled festivals rocking the Mediterranean:

August 2nd, 2022

JAZZING up your summer, Spain's east coast is aflame with music this August: Two much-loved festivals barely 10 kilometres apart mean the final full month of summer is always an excellent time to plan a trip to the beautiful, cosmopolitan enclave known as the Marina Alta.

Minimum wage review in autumn to bring fresh increase:

August 1st, 2022

SPAIN'S minimum wage is set to go up again by next year as part of a longer-term plan to bring it to 60% of the national mean average salary, in accordance with European Union guidelines.

Wine, yoga and song: Music festivals without the mud or madding crowds:

July 31st, 2022

IN A NON-COVID year, you can take your pick from about 800 music festivals in Spain – in some of which, the music is only part of a packed programme of completely unrelated activities that might even include yoga classes and wine-tasting – at least one in almost every province, featuring local or national bands which may or may not have made the mainstream music charts, and often with a handful of inter-galactic superstar singers or groups swinging by the western Mediterranean on a world tour.

Culture minister: “If I was 18 this year, I'd spend my voucher on Elton John records”:

July 29th, 2022

TURNING 18 is always either an exciting or absolutely terrifying time, depending upon the life you lead in general, but it's rarely 'just another birthday' or devoid of emotions – and, if you live in Spain and it's your 18th this year, the ministry of culture wants to help you celebrate it with €400 to spend on entertainment and arts, as we reported earlier this week.

'Casual day at the office' helps combat climate change, says Spanish president:

July 29th, 2022

DRESSING down at work is healthy for the planet – during heatwaves, at least – and Spain's president Pedro Sánchez hopes others will follow his own example.

Rosalía's surprise fan: Might Obama join Spanish star on world tour?:

July 27th, 2022

SPAIN'S most international new pop artist of the turn of the decade has an unexpected famous fan – former United States president Barack Obama.

Spain's gas market prices 'significantly cheaper' than rest of Europe for first time:

July 27th, 2022

SPAIN'S gas market prices are now 'significantly cheaper' than elsewhere in Europe for the first time in history, partly driven by the country's far lesser reliance on Russian supply, according to the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC).

Amazon opens new logistics hub in Castellón province:

July 26th, 2022

ONLINE retail giant Amazon has just opened yet another logistics centre in Spain – this time outside of its usual target areas in and around the country's biggest cities.

Orange and MásMóvil reveal merger plans:

July 26th, 2022

TELECOMMS and internet operators Orange and MásMóvil have announced a planned merger worth €18.6 billion, set to go ahead in the second half of 2023 at the latest.

Banca March buys major slice of BNP Paribas Wealth Management:

July 26th, 2022

NATIONWIDE high-street financial entity Banca March has completed its acquisition of BNP Paribas' personal banking portfolio for the previously-announced price of €100 billion.

Iberia and Air Europa 'most punctual' airlines in Europe:

July 26th, 2022

TWO Spanish airlines were found to be 'Europe's most punctual' in June, according to figures covering carriers across the continent.

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