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November 28th, 2012

Opting for car hire at Malaga Airport is an excellent option for independent travellers who want to get the most out of their trip. Having a private vehicle allows visitors the freedom to explore the city of Malaga and the enchanting Costa del Sol at their leisure without having to rely on public transportation. There are also a wide range of exciting daytrip destinations that can easily be reached by car from the southern Spanish city of Malaga, including the vibrant city of Torremolinos. The roads that run along the coastline near Malaga are exceptionally smooth and provide endless driving pleasure. There are also plenty of beaches here, where motorists can pause for a while to soak up the sun before climbing into their chosen vehicle once more.

Car hire at Malaga Airport is provided by a large number of internationally recognised car hire companies including Avis Auto Rental, Budget Rent-a-Car, Europcar, Hertz and Crown Car Hire. Rental desks can be found in both terminals 1 and 2 of the airport and the friendly staff that work their make the hire process smooth and simple.

Because there are such a large number of car hire booths at Malaga Airport prices tend to be very competitive, meaning that travellers who are prepared to take the time to shop around a little are sure to get a great deal. However, prices can vary dramatically between companies and vehicle models, so make sure that you don’t simply opt for the first deal you find.

The best way to ensure that you find quality car hire at Malaga Airport is to shop around. Most of the car hire companies that provide car hire at the airport provide websites, which allows motorists to reserve their choice of vehicle in advance. One of the main advantages of doing this is that you can specify the exact date and time that you will arrive at the airport, meaning that your vehicle will be ready and waiting for you as soon as you touch down. This removes the hassle of having to search for car hire after a long flight and allows you to start exploring Malaga and the surrounding area straight away.

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April 19th, 2011

Forget holidays at home and cut-price breaks to Turkey, if you’re looking for value for money the Spanish Costas are the most affordable destination in Europe.

Al fresco dining at yacht club El Candado, in Málaga city © Montes de Malaga Real Estate

British holidaymakers will get more for their cash on the Iberian Peninsula than any other hotspot, with prices in Spain dipping to a four-year low, according to a new survey.

Recession-hit Spain has slashed prices after the number of Britons visiting the country dropped by 15 to 20 per cent, due to the double whammy of financial woes at home and the buoyant euro.

Hotels, food and other everyday items are now more affordable in Spain than in any other holiday destination.

A three-course evening meal on the Costa del Sol costs on average £23.58 compared to £37.74 in Greece and £43.86 in the Turkish resort of Marmaris.

And when it comes to other items such as suncream, a bottle of beer, insect repellent and soft drinks, Spain’s Costas also come out on top, with prices often half those found in other holiday resorts.

According to the poll by Post Office Travel Money, Miami is the most expensive destination, with a meal and nine everyday items averaging a whopping £92.81.

The same items cost more than £80 in France and Italy and more than £70 in Brighton, Egypt and Cyprus. In Spain they came to just £42.15.

After years of high prices and low visitor numbers, Spain is now 36 per cent cheaper than it was in 2007.

Its affordability is making it a favourite holiday destination with Britons once more, with visitor numbers up 11 per cent year on year for 2011.

‘As we can see from the Post Office figures, Spain is offering extremely good value and it’s not just restaurateurs dropping prices, but hoteliers as well,’ said Sean Tipton, spokesperson for ABTA The Travel Association.

‘The pound has rallied against the euro, but the exchange rate problem has been completely wiped out by the low prices being offered.

‘Spain should be congratulated for recognising the problem and doing all it can to change it and encourage holidaymakers back.’

Story from Daily Mail

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September 8th, 2010

Seven out of ten Britons who have retired abroad are happy with their new country and likely to stay there, a recent survey said.

Fewer than one in five who have gone to live in France, Portugal or Spain are considering returning home, it found.

The poll also found that nine out of ten of expat retirees live among the natives of their adopted country rather than among fellow Britons in communities of exiles.

The survey, carried out for NatWest bank, suggested that the trick to a happy retirement overseas may be planning ahead.

The highest levels of satisfaction were found among those who were employed in their new country before giving up work.

Among those in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. who worked in their chosen country before retiring, fewer than one in ten thought they might go back to Britain.

Nearly 150,000 British citizens left the country last year to live abroad, many of them after giving up work.

According to the survey, there are now an estimated 900,000 expat pensioners, with nearly 300,000 in Australia, 115,000 moving to Spain and just under 75,000 in France.

Dave Isley, from NatWest International Personal Banking, said: ‘Retiring abroad is still very much a popular choice and expats are happy with their chosen life paths.

It’s encouraging to see that the majority of expats believe they made the right decision in retiring abroad and are living their chosen dream. It is enlightening that 92 per cent of expats chose not to retire to a designated expat community.

‘This seems to emphasise the notion that expats have retained a sense of adventure.’

‘They really do want to start afresh and experience life as a local rather than settle with other expats.’

‘By immersing themselves in a full, enriched life as a local, retired expats can certainly learn and gain more from their time abroad.’

The survey also revealed that nearly six out of ten retirees abroad feel their experience has been better than they expected.

Only one in ten said retirement in a foreign country had proved worse than they thought it would be.

Among expat pensioners in France, Spain and Portugal, who mainly left Britain after they retired, just 16 per cent thought they might return.

The survey was carried out by the Centre for Future Studies among 1,300 retirees.

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January 19th, 2010

It may have gone sour for some, but the coverage of the reality faced by second home owners like us omits some important truths. By a Citywire reader.

In the foreground there were sheep grazing on rough, undeveloped grasslands; in the background mountains.

When built, the bungalow would sit at the end of a row of white homes, with a triangle of land that would remain undeveloped at the end. There would be nothing across the road from us apart from a few buildings in the distance and then the mountains beyond that. We had our own part of the Spanish dream, having saved for decades to fulfil it.

Ten years later and everyone now knows how the developers got greedy, the cranes took over, promises were broken and property values plummeted; in some cases bizarre land laws meant that people lost their homes.

That story has been told over and over again. But this is not a piece complaining of the ruthlessness of the Spanish authorities, fraud on the Costas, nor the overzealous developers.

The value of our house has of course dropped and the weak pound has taken its toll. The developers’ broke their promises – high rises now obscure our view of the hills – and this is no sleepy Spanish idyll. But it is a place boasting the best climate in Europe. It remains five minutes from the beach, and provides a sanctuary we are fortunate to enjoy from the bitter grey British winter.

Thanks to Ryanair it is cheap and easy to get to. And while the British influence is increasingly widespread in this part of the world (the Costa Blanca since you ask), speak a little Spanish – and it doesn’t have to be fluent – and the locals will cheerfully speak it back. The pound is weak, but that wont last forever and the Menú del Dia is still a bargain.

The value of our home may have dropped but like most of the Brits with houses in the Med, but this is not our first home and it is not our retirement fund. This is not because we are loaded; far from it, we bought it to enjoy it, which we have many many times.

The newspapers may be full of reports that the dream of owning second homes in Spain is dead, but for the majority of people – at least those who are in it for the lifestyle not a money-making opportunity – it’s alive and well.

That is not to say that people in our situation haven’t been faced with property nightmares, but that over the years the coverage and hype surrounding this has been disproportionate: for the fortunate majority the Spanish property dream is not dead.

Story from Citywire

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October 14th, 2009

Britain has been designated the worst place to live in Europe, compared with nine other major countries, despite the fact that Brits earn by far the highest wages.

Life in sun-soaked Spain, where people retire earlier and live longer, was judged to be the best by researchers at uSwitch.com in the latest European Quality of Life index.

Earning 35,730 pounds ($56,410) a year on average, Brits are 10,000 pounds ($15,790) richer than their European neighbors, but that doesn’t translate into an easier life and they are getting a “raw deal” researchers concluded.

Shoppers in Britain pay higher prices for fuel, food, alcohol and cigarettes and receive poorer healthcare and education, the survey found.

“There is more to good living than money and this report shows why so many Brits are giving up on the UK and heading to France and Spain,” said Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com.

“We have lost all sense of balance between wealth and well-being,” she said.

British workers toil three years longer and die two years younger than their French counterparts.

The Spanish enjoy 2,665 hours of sunshine a year, compared with just 1,397 in Ireland and they pay five percent less taxes than their light-deprived Irish cousins.

The 10 major countries surveyed were ranked in the following order from best to worst quality of life: France, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Britain.

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September 14th, 2009

Op slechts twee vlieguren van Amsterdam ligt het plaatsje Huéscar, in het noordoosten van Andalusië. En daar kun je, midden tussen de authentieke bevolking van Spanje, de zigeuners, in een grotwoning overnachten.

Na het ‘witte’ kustplaatsje Nerja en het stadje Baeza, draaien we voorbij duizenden olijfbomen om een rots heen en ontvouwt er zich een prachtig panorama. Met uitzicht op de op twee na hoogste berg van Spanje, La Sagra (2350 m), kleurt de langzaam ondergaande zon het landschap van lichtroze tot grijswit en van groen tot okergeel. Via een oprit waar menig vorst zijn vingers bij aflikt, rijden we de vallei in en naderen het lieflijk ogende dorpje Huéscar met in het midden één enkele kerktoren.

Lees verder in de Reiskrant van de Telegraaf.

Of bekijk onze koophuizen in de buurt van Huéscar.

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September 14th, 2009

Waarom er in Andalusië zoveel gebouwen doen denken aan Arabië en Noord-Afrika? De moslims heerste ruim 800 jaar over dit gebied.

Om de restanten van het zogeheten Al Andalus te zien, moet je naar de stad Granada. Hier vind je alles over de Iberische geschiedenis in de tijd dat de Moren heersers waren.
Het begint allemaal in de ochtend op de markt van Plaza Larga in het historische Islamitische kwartier Albayzin.

Vanaf hier heb je talloze stijle trappen omhoog, de wijk in. Probeer aan het einde van de stenen trede de zogeheten Mirador de San Cristóbal te vinden. De beloning is een panorama uitzicht…

Lees verder in de Reiskrant van de Telegraaf.

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November 12th, 2008

Low cost carrier Ryanair has just opened up four new routes between Málaga and the UK, making the Costa del Sol accessible to even more potential homebuyers each year.

Ryanair already flies to 10 UK destinations from Málaga and will now add Glasgow Prestwick, London Stansted, Birmingham and Edinburgh to that list. The airline predicts there could be an extra 240,000 passengers a year on these new routes, including an extra 100,000 from Birmingham alone.

Ryanair has reported that just days since announcing the new routes 5,000 tickets have already been sold for Glasgow, 6,000 for London Stansted, 5,500 for Edinburgh, and 13,000 for Birmingham.

The new flights will also attract an increasing number of holidaymakers, boosting the buy-to-let market as well.

For more see www.ryanair.com

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November 4th, 2008
Met de flitstrein van Malaga naar Madrid in tweeënhalf uur

Met de flitstrein van Malaga naar Madrid in tweeënhalf uur

Behalve de AVE tussen Barcelona en Madrid via Tarragona rijden op het Iberisch schiereiland ook hogesnelheidstreinen tussen Madrid en Sevilla en Malaga via Cordoba. Ook tussen Madrid en Toledo en tussen Madrid en Huesca via Zaragoza. In de toekomst worden ook Santiago de Compostella in Gallicië en San Sebastian in Baskenland op het AVE-net aangesloten. De hogesnelheidslijn van Barcelona via Perpignan naar Montpellier in Zuid-Frankrijk is volop in aanleg. AVE rijdt vrijwel altijd op tijd. Renfe geeft, vanaf 15 minuten vertraging, de helft van de ticketprijs terug; bij meer dan een halfuur vertraging de volle ticketprijs. In Nederland te boeken bij NSHispeed, tel. 0900 – 9296. Kijk voor meer info en dienstregeling op www.renfe.com

Lees verder: De Telegraaf

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