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PRICES of flights from the Iberian Peninsula to Mallorca are 33 per cent lower in 2015 than they were in 2013.

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Mallorca stays, for the third consecutive year, amongst the 10 favourite destinations for people in Spain, according to travel website liligo.es.

The data displayed in their report shows that prices to Mallorca have gone from an average of €182 in 2013 to €152 in 2014 and €122 this year.

“Mallorca continues to be a very popular destination, not only for European residents, but also for nationals. The island has high quality infrastructure and an ideal environment both for summer holidays and weekend holidays during the rest of the year,” said head of the website, Guillaume Bril.

This Friday, March 20th, there will be a total eclipse of the sun, and a partial eclipse will be visible in Spain. Between 8.57 and 11.29am on Friday morning Spain will enter a time of darkness, as the country experiences its most impressive eclipse in a decade.

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The passage of the moon in front of the sun, although spectacular, will not be a ‘total’ eclipse in this part of Europe – this will be visible only in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Greenland and far northern Europe. According to Spain’s National Astronomical Observatory, the maximum eclipse, of around 90 per cent, will be visible at just after 10.00am.

That should be the case – but this of course depends to a large extent on the weather, with current forecasts for the end of the week predicting unstable weather conditions.

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While the eclipse will be visible across the entire country, the intensity will differ depending on where in Spain you are. A Coruña, in Galicia in the north east of the country will enjoy the best views of the eclipse (76 percent darkness), with the experience decreasing in intensity the further south you go. The Canary Islands will experience the lowest intensity eclipse with around 45 percent darkness.

It is not a total eclipse, so the effect will be much more gradual than an end-of-the-world plunge into darkness. “If it was a total eclipse like it will be in the Faroe Islands, it would be very noticeable, but (here in Spain) it will be much more gradual,” astronomer Mario Tafalla told the Spanish Huffington Post.
 

 

The economic crisis affected countless areas of life in Spain and one of the hardest hit sectors was the food and services sector. Quite simply, a struggling economy meant families were eating out less and cutting down their weekly shopping bills. Restaurants failed as their clientele dwindled and Spain’s supermarkets saw sales drop by 2.9% in 2014.

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However, a new report from Kantar Worldpanel has shone a beacon of hope onto the Spanish supermarket sector, predicting a modest recovery in sales volumes over the course of 2015 as shoppers relax their budgets slightly and begin adding treats to the trolley once more.

The quest for value has seen many shoppers turn away from the big stores to local food outlets and markets instead, where they can shop more often and spend a little at a time. It’s a habit that promotes economy and reduces waste. Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, has observed the trend on his home island of Mallorca. He comments,

“There’s definitely a focus on buying local produce right now. For some shoppers, it makes sound economic sense. For others, it’s a matter of environmental concern, with buying local produce offering a way to reduce their carbon footprint. At this time of year, the spring fairs will soon be underway here on Mallorca, and many locals and visitors to the island will be keen to sample the tasty treats that the myriad local markets provide.”

Spring is also the time for Mallorca’s Pollensa Wine Fair, which allows visitors to try a range of wines from Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands in the atmospheric setting of the Claustre del Convent de Santo Domingo. Held in April each year, the event calls out to those who know their wines, from local connoisseurs to second home owners looking to stock up on refreshing local vintages.

Easter’s arrival is also an important time for the Spanish food industry. Rich, wine and honey-soaked torrijas, chocolate Monas de Pascua, sesame and honey pastries, Easter doughnuts and sweet, crunchy flores do Semana Santa provide a delicious gastronomic tour of this important event in the Spanish religious calendar.

One of the delights of owning a holiday home is the ability to experiment with cooking local produce, which those staying in hotels can only enjoy by eating out. Taylor Wimpey España’s homes have been designed with buyers’ stomachs firmly in mind, with high end kitchens encouraging families to enjoy the host of delicious produce on offer and outdoor terraces that are perfect for long, relaxing meals as day slowly melts into night.

At Cala Anguila II at Porto Cristo, where prices start at €245,000, the two bedroom apartments are part of one of the last remaining developments with direct beach access in Mallorca. This peaceful development is close to the bustling shops and supermarkets of Porto Cristo, ensuring that owners can enjoy shopping locally and stocking up their well-appointed kitchens. The coastal location means that locally caught seafood is in plentiful supply, though those who don’t fancy tackling a lobster in their own kitchen may prefer to opt for one of the area’s many excellent restaurants!

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will be opening Malaga City’s new Centro Pompidou museum on March 28.

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The world famous gallery Centre Pompidou is coming to Malaga. Without doubt the Pompidou art center in Paris is one of the greatest homes of twentieth century art. In line with the arresting appearance of the Pompidou in Paris the Malaga collection will be housed in the large glass cube, built with a cultural purpose in mind and which is situated at the corner which joins Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos of Malaga’s newly renovated port. The new Malaga Pop-Up museum will house a fine selection of its French mother. The museum that is at time of writing under full construction is expected to open on March 28th, just before the touristic season takes off.

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Until now the only offshoot of the Pompidou Centre has been in northern France, the Pompidou-Metz. The Malaga collection, provisionally called ‘Centro Pompidou de Málaga’ and open in 2015, is the first branch outside France and will add to the city’s already impressive range of art galleries – the Museo Picasso, the Museo Carmen Thyssen and the ‘Centro de Arte Contemporáneo’ (contemporary art centre or CAC). The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, says that the agreement which will last five years with the option of a further five years, is “great news for cultural Malaga, tourist Malaga and technological Malaga”.

The alliance, signed by the mayor and Alain Seban, the president of the Pompidou Centre, will cost the city council a million euros annually for the use of the name, the loan of artworks and a temporary exhibition once a year. This figure, according to De la Torre, is “acceptable even during an economic crisis”.

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The selection will fill 6,000 square metres and is going to be made over a three month period under the supervision of Jose María Luna, the director of the ‘Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal (the Picasso Foundation and birthplace museum) as well as a curator from the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The Málaga Port Cube will initially for five years, be the provisional headquarters of the French centre, the first to be installed outside France, and it will have three different parts; the museum with part of the collection form the Georges Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture, which will let the visitor journey though the XX and XXI centuries; another space is for temporary exhibitions – between two and three a year; and the third will be workshops aimed at children and adolescents.

The Málaga centre will hold some 80 paintings and photographs including Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Rineke Dijkstra, Tony Oursler, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Chirico, Alberto Guacometti and Sophie Calle, among others.

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In a dedicated area of 363 m² on level 0 of El Cubo, a programme of two or three temporary exhibitions will be laid on each year for visitors to the “Centre Pompidou Málaga». These exhibitions, lasting from 3 to 6 months (depending on the type of works on show), will be devised by curators of the Musée National d’Art Moderne and will draw on various segments of the Centre Pompidou collection, such as photography, design, architecture, video and more. The two visual arts exhibitions of 2015 will be dedicated to Joan Miro’s works on paper and to the works of women photographers in the 1920s and 1930s. Between these exhibitions, events open to other creative disciplines and the movement of ideas – such as dance, film and the spoken word

De la Torre says that he has suggested that the selection of a permanent collection for the Pompidou Malaga from the 76,000 artworks housed in Paris remains in keeping with and complements the modern art collections already in existence in the city. The mayor asserts that the initiative elevates Malaga to a “leading position in Spain and Europe in terms of the artworks it has on display”. The works required to get the cube ready for the ‘Centro Pompidou de Málaga’ are estimated to have a cost of five million euros. Half of that sum has been factored into the city hall’s budget for 2014.

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With regard to the outstanding 2.5 million euros, De la Torre refers to the long-standing interest of bank Unicaja, already prominent in various artistic projects in Malaga, in sponsoring the cube. There are also moves to secure funds from a joint initiative between private French and Spanish businesses. In case Unicaja, currently undergoing a rigorous process of financial cutbacks, decides not to partake in the cultural scheme, the mayor claims to have a Plan B. He does not, for the moment, wish to discuss it.

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Due to the rock bottom value of the Euro, the lowest Euribor mortgage rates in history and the recovering property market in Spain resulting in massively discounted property, Spain is once again the savvy buyers wisest investment opportunity.

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Timing is everything when buying a property and according to Winkworth Spain, the Spanish property Market is at one of its ripest levels. Looking into the past several years, records show that the British Pound to Euro was 1.10 at March 2011. It has gained a 21% increase as of March 2015 to a full 1.40 against 1 Pound. What this means is that a property investment of 181,000 Pounds in 2011 is now available for 142,000 Pounds representing a significant saving of over 40,000 Pounds.

In addition, Winkworth Spain has announced that information obtained from The Bank of Spain, due to the low level Euribor rates, variable rate mortgages have also fallen to a record low. This, along with the fact that the Euro is also currently at a record low, indicates that this is the perfect time to buy property in Spain.

Bernard Vent, who is the managing director of Winkworth Spain, shares the opinion with many other experts in the property industry that Spain currently offers the most value in regard to return on investment (ROI) for both potential new homeowners and other property investment enthusiasts. There are very few, if any, markets outside of Spain throughout Europe that offer this high of an ROI.