Author - Laurence Lemoine

Effects of Storm Gloria in Spain: “Recovery will be very tough”   Valencia leader Ximo Puig demands swift action from the central government to deal with the aftermath of a weather event that has killed at least 13 peopleA powerful storm that battered Spain this week has claimed at least 13 lives – four people remain missing – and devastated coastal areas along the Mediterranean with record rainfall, wind and waves.The latest fatality is a fisherman who was dragged out to sea in L’Ametlla de Mar (Tarragona) on Thursday. Authorities are [...]

Spanish nationality: on the road to a new law for the descendants

The agreements of the newly formed coalition government between PSOE and Unidas Podemos could allow a significant change in the acquisition of the Spanish nationality. Indeed, the new government’s program of agreement includes a measure to recognize Spanish nationality for people whose parents are Spanish but born abroad. The idea is to offer the possibility to any Spanish descendant, son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter, in the case that one of their relatives was born abroad. Even if the proposal still raises [...]

A multi adventure park for Valencia

The construction of the future adventure park, located just next to the famous Bioparc and the Cabecera park, will start now and within 2 years, Rainforest should open up to the public.Canyoning, abseiling, escalation, bungee jumping of more than 20 m height and a lot more sportive experiences to live, everything takes place in a kind of jungle in an idyllic set-up, at the foot of a restored South Cambodian temple.We can even find a real false beach with [...]

Lottery, logs and lights: What surprises foreigners about Spanish Christmas

The famous Catalan ‘Caganer’ figurine is by far the most-cited festive curiosity by members of the non-native community in Spain Verne has spent years asking Spaniards what they find strange when they go to live in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and China. But this time, we are asking foreigners to point out what they find odd about the Spanish – in particular during the festive holiday season. There are plenty of things that Spaniards take [...]

Is the avocado the new El Dorado ?

First European producer (way ahead of Greece and France), Spain increases its production of avocados every year, always adjusting to the demand and to the spectacular consumption growth of this fruit: in Europe, in only 10 years, it has been multiplied by three and the perspectives for the years to come creates total panic within the professionals.The main production zone in Spain is located in the region of Malaga, more precisely in l’Axarquía. But these last few years, the [...]

Remembering Lourdes: British ambassador learns of long-lost friend’s passing

The Spanish woman, who generously offered Hugh Elliott food and shelter 35 years ago, died from multiple sclerosis in 1997 Lourdes Arnáiz always shared what little she possessed, until multiple sclerosis took her away too soon, at age 32. But she will always be alive in the minds of the people who knew her all her life, such as her brother Alfonso. She will also not be forgotten by someone who only lived with her for five days many years [...]

Valencia embarks on medical tourism

“Visit Valencia”, the organization in charge of the promotion of the city, has created a programme which aims to place Valencia City as the destination of health and wellness excellency, in particular for seniors.  The third biggest city of Spain can indeed establish itself as an important player in this sector, thanks to its good network of health centres, of highly-qualified professionals, as well as a quality of life partly explained by its privileged location by on the edge [...]

Valencia Marathon: a record-breaking edition

This is the story of a legendary sports competition that is forever developing and that turns the city of Valencia into the perfect scenery for the runners as well as for their supporters. The 2019 edition is once again breaking new records: 25 000 athletes are expected, thus making this 29th marathon the biggest one that has ever taken place in Spain. The marathon bibs, which were put on sale as soon as the 2018 edition ended, are already sold out, [...]

Spain continues to have one of the worst levels of English in Europe

A new study places the country in 25th spot on a list of 33 European states with respect to its proficiency in the language Spaniards do not have a good level of English. In fact, surveys from the European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat, and a report from the foreign language company, Education First, place Spain close to the bottom of the ladder compared to the rest of Europe when it comes to English proficiency.According to experts, the poor result is explained in [...]

Valencia and Elche are ranking at the top of the property business profitability

As part of the 20 cities that are the most populated in Spain, Elche and Valencia are in pole position with profitability of respectively 5.78% and 5.57%, according to the study published this week by the platform Fotocasa specialized in property business announcements.        These data are based on the price of the properties available for sale and or rental. By the way, these figures are similar in most of the cities of the “provincia  Valenciana” which, therefore, becomes the most [...]