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Author Archive: Mark Eastwood

How to learn Spanish quickly and easily

Spanish is a very useful language to learn as it is the world’s second most widely-spoken language. Outside of the popular coastal tourist resorts a basic knowledge of Spanish is invaluable. Even in the tourist resorts you will find the Spanish will not go out of their way to speak English to you. If you […]

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Don’t stay in a hotel – rent a villa!

"Renting a villa is a brilliant alternative to staying in a hotel, especially if there are a few of you. There are many plus-points to consider." Mark Eastwood of Costa Blanca looks at the benefits of choosing a villa rather than a hotel as a temporary base in Spain.

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What made me up sticks?

What made me uproot my young family, say goodbye to friends, close my business and move to Spain? At least once a day I wonder how I and my young family ended up here. Life has changed completely. At times it feels frightening, and I wonder if our move was too impulsive, mad and stupid. […]

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Why property prices in Spain have gone through the roof

Some of the main reasons prices in Spain and in particular on the Costa Blanca have gone so crazy (generally acknowledged as doubling in the last four years) are: As the British have seen their house prices soar, they have remortgaged heavily and taken some of the equity out of their main home in order […]

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Essential tips on renting a villa in Spain

"A villa conjures up visions of luxury but the truth is that many villas are old and in need of updating. You can go from cheap and cheerful villa hire to a villa that would cost thousands a week and appeal to pop stars or movie stars." Mark Eastwood of helps you choose the right holiday villa to rent.

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