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Spanish royalty set to visit Benidorm and Valencia next week

The King and Queen of Spain will attend a business meeting in the municipality of Alicante, and in the afternoon, they will lead an awards ceremony in Valencia. The couple will visit the towns of Benidorm and Valencia next Friday, July 3, as part of the trip that they have started this week for all the autonomous communities, as confirmed […]

Gang boss arrested in Spain's Alicante along with 8 others
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Gang boss arrested in Spain’s Alicante along with 8 others

Alicante – A gang ‘boss’ has been arrested today along with 8 of his mob after a police operation. The operation codenamed ‘Chonko’ was set out by the Guardia Civil to finally put the group away. The gang had connections to a criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking, vehicle theft, electricity fraud and falsification of […]

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Spain – President of Benidorm’s and Valencia’s hotels predicts ‘cheaper’ summer

The President of The Benidorm, Costa Blanca and Valencia Region Hotel Association (HOSBEC) has announced that resorts could see “half a summer with lower prices.” Referring to a meeting between 11 states of the EU yesterday, which aimed to carve out solutions for air travel between the nations, President of HOSBEC Tony Mayor remains adamant […]

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Flat fares from December for Costa Blanca public transport

COMING into effect from December, Alicante is offering a flat rate for €40 a month to use all the buses and the TRAM service. The new 30 day voucher will allow unlimited trips on both services, and was announced following an agreement between Alicante Council, bus and TRAM operators, drivers and representatives of local business. […]

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Speed reductions will be applied to 2,000km of Costa Blanca roads from January

THE Spanish Traffic Department (DGT) has announced that it will be lowering the speed across 2,000 kilometres of roads across the Alicante Province. The reduction from 100kph to 90kph across secondary roads is part of a package of measures that will be implemented in January 2019 with the aim of curbing the amount of deaths. […]

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Latest update for Wikipedia Costa Blanca criminal

BRIAN CHARRINGTON, the “Wikipedia” criminal, was sent down for 15 years and six months by Alicante’s Provincial High Court. The 61-year-old British drug trafficker was arrested in his Calpe home, described as a “fortress”, in 2013.  He was charged with smuggling cocaine worth €192 million into Spain via Altea on a yacht sailing under false […]

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Further opportunities for Brexit info on the Costa Blanca

SINCE the beginning of this month the British Consulate in Alicante has been running a series of events for UK nationals on Living in Spain and Brexit where British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris and her team have updated residents with the latest information on Brexit and what this means for UK nationals living in Spain. Last […]

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LICENCE TO KILL: Beach bars on Spain’s Costas face uncertain futures

TWELVE beach bars (chiringuitos) in Marbella are facing uncertain times after a central government order that their licences cannot be renewed. The bars affected are all along the beaches in the eastern part of the city, including Alicante, Costabella, Real de Zaragoza, La Vibora, El Realejo, and Rio Verde. The government says that the beach […]

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Councillors questioned by locals on the Costa Blanca

WITH a good turnout of international residents, the recent meeting of the San Luis and Torrevieja Neghbourhood Watch was attended by three local councillors; Fanny Serrano, Carmen Morate and Carlos Gonzalez. There followed a heated debate about the lack of progress on completing the La Siesta Park, and the meeting expressed its disappointment that after […]

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Electrical goods thieves get a shock on the Costa Blanca

THREE men have been arrested by the National Police in connection with alleged drug trafficking offences and dealing in stolen goods. The trio – a Spanish national and two Moroccans – aged between 24 and 37 and understood to be related, were detained in one of the northern districts of Alicante city. It’s alleged that […]

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Migrants keep on coming to Spain’s Costa Blanca

THE number of migrant boats reaching the Costa Blanca doesn’t seem to be slowing down as the Guardia Civil are still intercepting craft on an almost daily basis. Over the weekend 21 migrants were taken to the Guardia Civil HQ in Torrevieja after they landed in Cabo Roig. Of these five claimed to be between […]

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Nigel loses his brave brain cancer fight and gains his angel wings

URBANISATION La Marina woke up to the very sad news that 10-year-old Nigel Watson died during the early hours of this morning. His mum, Jackie, posted on Facebook: “It’s with great sadness to tell you that Nigel gained his angel wings this morning.” Among the many tributes that have already been placed, one summed up […]

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JACKPOT: Costa Blanca slot machine cheater arrested

NATIONAL POLICE based in Alicante have arrested a man who allegedly falsely obtained more than €2,000 from a slot machine. According to reports, he manipulated part of the machine’s mechanism so that every time he put a note in the machine to obtain credits, he was able to retrieve the note. It is understood that […]

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Turkish tourism delights on the Costa Blanca

ALICANTE’S regional tourism secretary, Francesc Colomer, has led a visit to Istanbul to promote the tourism and cultural opportunities on offer within the Valencian Community to the Turkish market. Accompanied by other local and national dignitaries, he made a presentation at the Cervantes Institute located in Turkey’s capital. During the talk, attended by a number […]

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Spain to UK flight declares emergency after take-off

A FLIGHT from Spain to the UK declared an emergency after the landing gear failed to retract after take-off. The flight – BA2631 – had taken off at 10.55am without any apparent problem but moments later the alarm was raised when the landing gear wouldn’t retract. As the plane reached 6,000 feet, they stopped their […]

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Mother and child trapped in car wreckage on the Costa Blanca

A WOMAN and her five-year-old child were left trapped in a car after an accident in Albufereta. Just after 8am on Monday morning a car going towards Alicante on the Avenida de la Condomina was apparently hit by another with such force that the first car was turned on its side. Firefighters were quickly on […]

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‘Lost’ Costa Blanca parents leave three children alone

THREE young children were rescued from a car in the centre of Alicante after being locked inside, albeit with the windows open. The car with a French number plate, parked on Calle Tucuman close to the headquarters of the Alicante Provincial Government and a number of restaurants, caught the attention of several passers-by when they […]

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GRIM DISCOVERY: Brother finds ‘missing’ sister dead in other brother’s workplace

NATIONAL POLICE are investigating the death of a 40-year-old woman whose body was found in a building in the centre of Alicante. According to reports, it’s believed that the body could have been there for 24 hours before being discovered by a shocked brother after becoming concerned that he hadn’t seen or heard of her […]