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Pazo de Meirás

A judge in Spain's Galicia region has ruled that the Spanish state is the rightful owner of a rural property held for over 80 years by the family of the late dictator Francisco Franco. Franco's descendants must now relinquish the Pazo de Meirás without any compensation for the maintenance costs that they claim to have had over the course of eight decades. The family is ....

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Aug 19th, 2020

Hart Covid-19

The confinement caused by the covid-19 has instigated more than one citizen to rethink the type of home they want to live in. And after several months with low sales and buyer activity, due mainly to the lockdown making viewings all but impossible, August presents itself as a very good month to buy and sell. We have noticed an increase in requests for houses, penthouses, ....

Culture Lifestyle

Jul 15th, 2020

Hart Property Office Worker on the beach

With the coronavirus crisis keeping employees out of the office, many are escaping the heat in second residences on the coast and in the mountains The coronavirus crisis has normalised teleworking in Spain. Now, as the temperature begins to rise, many workers have begun looking for a place to take refuge from the July heat, where they can continue to work remotely. Almost all, regardless ....

Culture Lifestyle

Jul 15th, 2020

How to survive summer in Spain: Air conditioning or fans? As the thermometer starts to soar, EL PAÍS looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each device with respect to both environmental and health factors Fans or air conditioning, that is the question – one that resurfaces every summer in Spain when thermometers soar and we can't get away from the stifling heat.The fan, of ....

Culture Lifestyle

Mar 8th, 2020

March Fiestas in Spain

Spring has almost arrived, and folk music fills the air in most city squares, some the best March Festivals include the Sant Medir in Barcelona, the Las Fallas in Valencia and the burial of the sardine in Andalucia. For lovers of traditional flamenco and folk music the Jerez Flamenco festival is one not to miss. Jerez comes alive each March with the colour and sounds ....

Culture Lifestyle Gastronomy

Dec 17th, 2019

Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain is quite a treat. At Christmas there are celebrations and religious services from mid-December through January 6. There is the giant euro lottery, splendid nativity scenes, lots of great food, and one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations you are likely to see. As early as October, traditional sweets such as marzipan and turrón, an almond and honey confection, appear in ....

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Nov 15th, 2019

Retire to Spain

Spain has always been a favourite destination of those considering retiring in the sun. But what really makes Spain the "best country in Europe" to head to at the end of your working life? A new study has ranked Spain as the best country in Europe to retire to. The study, calculated by using weighted metrics of cost of living, crime rates, life expectancy, property ....

Culture Lifestyle

Oct 14th, 2019

Otzarreta Forest

Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Spain; the summer crowds have thinned, the insufferable temperatures have cooled and the country's landscapes are spectacular. From autumnal festivals to the best places to see the leaves change colour, explore the most beautiful locations to visit in Spain this autumn. Located in the Basque Country in Spain, Otzarreta Forest is a beautiful part of Gorbea ....

Culture Lifestyle

Oct 14th, 2019

Valley of the Fallen

Thousands of people are traveling to the Valley of the Fallen to take a selfie at the Spanish dictator's tomb before his body is transferred elsewhere A group of visitors next to Franco's tomb in the Valley of the Fallen. Santi Burgos A tall blonde woman hurries toward the booth located at the entrance of the Valley of the Fallen. "They're really pulling out all ....

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Sep 20th, 2019

Wine Tasting

Early autumn is also a lovely time to get out into the wonderful rolling hills of the local wine country. The Penedes region is full of first rate wineries, big and small, many of whom specialise in producing Cava... although you'll find excellent table wines as well. For a splash of luxury hire a private tour guide who will pick you up from your hotel ....


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