Spain's Valencia to 're-open' from tomorrow
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Spain’s Valencia to ‘re-open’ from tomorrow

The Valencian community in Spain will see the re-opening of bars, beaches, shopping centres and restaurants from tomorrow, it has been confirmed. The regional health minister, Ana Barcelo, and the national health minister, Salvador Illa, both took to television to announce the news stating that ‘Valencia would be moving to phase two from Monday (tomorrow).’ […]

Spain lockdown lifting – full details of all phases one and two for all your regions
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Spain lockdown lifting – full details of all phases one and two for all your regions

As Madrid and Barcelona moved into Phase 1 today, half of Spain moved into the more privileged position of Phase 2. We discuss what these phases mean to you and your region?   For those in Andalusia –  The provinces of Almería, Córdoba, Cádiz, Huelva, Jaén and Seville moved to Phase Two as of today, […]

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Valencia and Baleraic Islands ask Sanchez to revive tourism

The presidents of the Valencia Community and the Balearic Islands have demanded a plan from Prime Minister Sanchez to reactivate tourism. They have also asked the EU for a European security protocol to minimize the impact of the pandemic on the movement of people and the arrival of foreign tourists. The tourism sector is one […]

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240 km/h online speeding teen caught

BE careful what you share on social media… you might end up getting arrested. That’s the fate of a reckless 19-year-old from Torrevieja whose exploits behind the wheel of his car as he sped along the A-35 motorway as he passed through Vallada in Valencia were proudly boasted across Facebook. Driving at 240 kph, he […]

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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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Costa Blanca cruising to a record-breaking year

ALICANTE has seen a substantial increase in the numbers of cruise passengers for the first six months of the year. According to data provided by the Puertos de Estado (Spanish Ports Association), a total of 42,201 people arrived up until the end of June representing an increase of 8.8 per cent when compared to the […]

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Ferry service from Cartagena to Balearic Islands ‘closer to reality’

A FERRY service between Cartagena and the Balearic Islands is becoming closer to being a reality. This follows the unanimous approval of a motion from the Partido Popular (PP) in the Murcia Regional Assembly that asks central government to establish a regular route between the two points. The aim is to look at attracting more […]

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SEE YA VALENCIA! A room with a view no more

THE Valencian government has announced plans to only allow holiday rentals in ground floor and first floor properties, so your city break penthouse with stunning panoramic views of the city could become a thing of the past. Following the news last week that Palma in Mallorca is to ban all holiday rental apartments in the […]

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Helicopter pilots to get more time to fight the forest fires

IN readiness for the next forest fire season, the Spanish government have issued a change to how they are fought… but it’s not been welcomed in all quarters. The change means that the aerial firefighters can now smother the wildfires more effectively by being legally allowed to work up to three consecutive hours as opposed […]

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Police smash drug smuggling ring in Alicante

AFTER several weeks of investigation, National Police in Alicante have dismantled an organisation allegedly dedicated to drug trafficking. Five people were arrested in Valencia – three men and two women aged between 28 and 49 – who were part of a criminal gang suspected of importing large quantities of cocaine from South America. The investigation […]

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Cancer activist helps little Olaya, little girl born with brittle bone disease

MARIA FERRER MIRALLES, the Javea resident and cancer activist who collected more than 200,000 demanding mammograms for younger woman is also focused on helping Olaya, the little girl from Javea who was born with brittle bone disease. Maria donated half of the funds raised from her Christmas raffle to 17-month old Olaya’s parents, Laura and […]

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Costa Blanca expat community thanked by friends of ‘missing’ Caz

FRIENDS of Caroline ‘Caz’ Williams, who went ‘missing’ for a month before being found in the Hospital Clinico de Valencia, have praised local charities and a care agency. MABS Cancer Support Group, HELP of Denia Marina Alta and the 3C Care and Nursing Agency have all assisted since Caz, 66, was found within 12 hours […]

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U3A Vall del Pop – What’s on in 2018

Thursday January 4 – General Meeting. Speaker Tobias Laube – Reflexology Friday January 26 – Trip to Benidorm Palace. Overnight stay at the Palm Beach hotel and show (Cost: €72) Thursday February 1 – General Meeting. Speaker Philip Ashley – Music Speaks Louder than Words Thursday March 1 – Annual General Meeting Monday March 19 […]

Stranded. 60 metres up!
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Stranded… 60 metres up in air as fairground ride breaks down

SEVEN PEOPLE were stranded 60 metres up in the air when an attraction at Valencia’s Christmas Fair broke down. The ‘Gigant Maxx’ ride experienced a mechanical failure and riders were left suspended for over an hour and a half. Police were on hand to calm users’ friends and family and firefighters assisted engineers to ensure […]

No such luck for cyclists
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No safety improvements for cyclists on N-332

THE N-332 as it passes through the Marina Alta shows no sign of improving for cyclists. Recent works undertaken on the road have done nothing to increase safety, with sections of the hard shoulder narrowed at some of the road’s most dangerous points. Richard Sixto, Deputy of the EsquerraUnida del Pais Valencia (United Left of […]

Marina Alta student awarded for 'excellence' in Vietnam
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Student awarded for ‘excellence’ in Vietnam

A 20-YEAR-OLD student from the University of Valencia travelled to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam recently, where she was awarded the prize for excellence in the Silk Road University Network (SUN)’s first ever writing contest. Young Estela Martí Simo – who is studying translation and mediation and lives in Denia – won the prize […]