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Controversial donkey taxi reforms on the Costa del Sol

MIJAS’s council has said it wants to change rules to improve conditions for animals working for the town’s donkey taxi service, with animal rights campaigners sceptical of the plans. Council officials unveiled their proposals following meetings last Tuesday. They include measures placing a maximum weight on passengers, regulations for working hours and the quality of […]

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BANNED: Cars to be prohibited near Costa Blanca beaches

ACCESS to La Barraca Bay and  Portitxol Playas in Javea will be closed to cars next summer to safeguard bathers. The tourism department claims the roads leading to the beaches have become increasingly clogged with traffic, much of it parked illegally, and ambulance access was proving increasingly difficult. There is also a risk to pedestrians, as […]

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Costa Blanca tourist guide told to pack in or pay up

AN unauthorised tourist guide was forced to quit or pay a fine of up to €600,000 in a move that will worry people all around Spain. The regional government of Valencia told Susana Meseguer to stop offering her informative sightseeing walks, or face the consequences. Finding herself out of work, Susana signed up to GuruWalk, […]

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TAXI STRIKE UPDATE: Better news for Benidorm

AFTER receiving a request from the Benidorm Council, striking taxi drivers have agreed in principle to review their indefinite strike policy in order to try to protect the long-term interests of the city. The council argued that there would be long-term damage to the essential tourist industry if visitors were unable to get to and […]

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Touristmolinos enjoys boom in visitors from across EU

TORREMOLINOS has experienced its strongest tourism figures since 2009, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE). From January to June 2018, the town welcomed 479,817 visitors, and saw 2,258,852 overnight stays in hotels. Even the figure from the month of June represents an increase of 2.54 per cent on the same period of 2017 […]

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Free tourist bus launched in San Pedro Alcantara to connect with town centre

DEPUTY MAYOR of San Pedro de Alcantara, Rafael Pina, together with tourism adviser, Silvia Ruiz, has announced that a free tourist bus will be launched in the town and will run from July 23 until the end of August. Mr Pina said that the aim of the bus is “to facilitate access, both for visitors […]

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Costa Blanca ‘selfie’ tourist still critical

THE tourist who fell close to 25 metres from the Santa Barbara Castle in Alicante while taking photographs is still in a critical condition one week later. The young 23-year-old Italian has remained in the intensive care unit of the Alicante General Hospital and, according to a report in the Spanish media, has shown no […]

Historic site chock-full
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Historic site chock-full

ANTEQUERA Council asks the local authorities to control tourist numbers to the Dolmens site. Juan Rosas, the local World Heritage councillor, has requested that access to the attraction be regulated after more than 9000 people swarmed on the archaeological site in December. Rosas pointed out that some visitors “had to wait more than two hours […]

It’s a cake mix of flour and eggs for the Ibi fiesta
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It’s a cake mix of flour and eggs for the Ibi fiesta

IBI CELEBRATES one of the weirdest and funniest fiestas of the region on December 28 every year to coincide with the Day of the Innocents; the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day. It is called the Els Enfarinats which, when roughly translated, means the Fiesta of the Floured One and is essentially a massive flour […]

Streets ahead
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Streets ahead

TEULADA-MORAIRA COUNCIL presented its new tool this week – the ‘Geoportal’. Georeferencing means to associate something with locations in physical space and may be applied to any kind of object or structure that can be related to a geographical location, such as points of interest, roads, places, bridges, or buildings Teulada-Moraira Mayor Carlos Linares, Alejandro […]

TOURIST OFFICE WINS ‘HAPPY’ PRIZE
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Tourist office wins ‘happy’ prize

TORREVIEJA’S tourist office located on the Paseo de Vista Alegre has been awarded first prize based on quality and service organised by the Valencian Tourism Agency.  Under the scheme called Una Visita Feliz 2017 (A Happy Visit), Torrevieja and the office on the beach of Benissa came out equal top with an average score of […]

Torremolinos´s glass elevator
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Torremolinos’ new glass elevator goes up

TORREMOLINOS COUNCIL is building a 30-metre high lift to Parque La Bateria. The €277,000 project is designed to be a tourist attraction as well as provide access between the park and Avenida Carlota Alessandri. The lift will be partially enclosed by glass, allowing passengers a view of the surrounding areas and will have room for […]

Foodie season comes to a close
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Benidorm´s foodie season comes to a close

BENIDORM’S gastronomic season draws to a close next week with the sixth‘Jornadas de Arroces de la Tierra’ event taking place tomorrow Saturday October 21 through to next Sunday October 29. The event is dedicated to the popular Valencian dish and 18 establishments throughout the city will participate, offering a special menu at only €20. Arroz […]

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Anti-terror measures tightened in Fuengirola

FUENGIROLA’S mayor has met with officials to discuss tightening anti-terror measures following attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. The meeting, which was attended by a sub delegate from Malaga’s Government, Miguel Briones, Ana Mula, the Mayor of Fuengirola, and high level figures from the National Police, Local Police, Guardia Civil, traffic officers and fire services after […]

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Tourist thieves banned from Puerto Banus

FOUR THIEVES, aged between 21 and 28, have been banned from Puerto Banus after stealing €98,000 in luxury watches from tourists. The group, who are of British, French and Moroccan nationalities, used violence and intimidation to steal high-end watches from tourists in at least seven separate incidents. One member of the group would grab the […]

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Blooming marvellous patios in Cordoba

COSTA DEL SOL residents plus many tourist visitors are flocking to Cordoba’s annual patio festival which runs until May 14. More than 200 homes have opened their patios and courtyards in a contest that sees awards given including for the most colourful display. The patio festival has been running in Cordoba for almost 100 years […]