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Are you a Spanish home owner? Spanish news in English.
Are you a Spanish home owner? Spanish news in English.

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The American hamburger chain Five Guys, which has a total of 1,300 outlets located worldwide, is set to open its first restaurant in Spain in October. It will be located at 44, Gran Vía in Madrid.

While the name may be a mystery to many, myself included, Five Guys’ claim to fame is that it is the preferred hamburger restaurant of none other than the current president of the United States, Barack Obama.

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The city in which I live often hits the headlines – but it’s not usually good news. Now, the coastal city of Torrevieja in the province of Alicante has made the news again, but in a much more pleasant way.

In concrete, Torrevieja, also known as the ‘city of salt’, has been named as the European city with the greatest number of residents that were born outside of Spain, according to statistics from Eurostat.

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Amazon has just launched a new shop that sells approximately 30,000 products that have been handcrafted by a number of artists from across Europe.

As the popularity of rival site Etsy, which sells handmade jewellery, clothes, toys and many other items, is clear to see, Amazon did not want to miss out on a business opportunity, so as of this week has launched its own site in Europe.

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Anyone who knows anything about music will have heard of the name ‘Café del Mar’. It is synonymous with Ibiza, the sun setting and chill out music by the sea.

For those that have visited the White Isle, they would have reserved an evening to spend on the premises sipping a few cocktails and watching the sun go down. It has become a must-do activity on everyone’s list.

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There are apps that many of us use on a daily basis and have found that not only simplify our lives but help us become more organised, saving time for the things that we enjoy. At the same time, there are others that are more of a novelty, but which we may find handy on the odd occasion.

RunPee is perhaps more of the latter, unless you happen to be an avid cinema-goer and film enthusiast.

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As a British citizen who has spent more than half of my life living in Spain, I have very few complaints about all these years residing in this country. While it has been tough on many occasions in some aspects, mainly financially, the positives for me, far outweigh the negatives.

And that is the opinion of a large number of the approximately 27,000 expatriates working for the HSBC bank who have been posted around the world due to their job.

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If you have ever wanted to travel to South America but have not done so because of the hefty price tag attached to a flight ticket, this special offer from Iberia might make you change your mind and finally go for it.

The Spanish airline is auctioning tickets to South America just this week on its website, with the motive of celebrating 70 years that it has been operating flights between Spain and the southern American continent.

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The largest shopping and leisure centre in Spain, which is still in the process of being built, is set to open early next year.

Sambil Outlet is located in Leganés, a satellite city situated just 11km southwest of Spain’s capital, Madrid.

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In a specially arranged visit to Jávea following the recent forest fires, British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris thanked authorities and local services for their handling of the situation and urged British nationals to always follow the instructions of the local authorities in an emergency situation.

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The commission some banks are charging at certain cash points is so large that we often resort to traveling some distance just to find a cash point belonging to our own in order to save on the commission.

All this could begin to change once we have the option of withdrawing money from our accounts in the form of an added service at certain stores. In the UK this is common practice, but here in Spain it’ll be a first!
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