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Tourist Jitters

Valencian President Ximo Puig has said that there is uncertainty over how Brexit would affect UK tourist numbers for the Valencia region and the Costa Blanca. Puig (pictured left) was speaking at the World Travel Market in London this week, which he was attending with Valencia Tourist Agency chief Francesc Colomer. “This is a delicate

Busy Times

Booming foreign tourist numbers have contributed to Costa Blanca hotel occupancy numbers shooting up by 17 percent last month compared to a year earlier. The figures produced by the local hotel association, Hosbec, show October occupancy at over 76 percent, compared to under 60 percent in the same month in 2015. The figures do not include

Torrevieja Ahead

Patients waiting for an operation at Torrevieja Hospital face an average wait of 31 days, which is substantially lower than other public hospitals across the Valencia region, according to figures released by the Valencian government’s health department. The figures apply to the third quarter of 2016, namely July to September, with Valencian health minister, Carmen Montón,

Tiny Tremors

A Sunday evening earthquake was recorded just after 9.00 pm, with the epicentre in Santomera, having a magnitude of two point two on the Richter scale. It was the second tremor in the region over the weekend, as a one point three magnitude quake hit the Torrevieja area in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Little Miracles

A 40-year-old British woman from the northern Costa Blanca has given birth to twins, some three months early, weighing in at just 700 grams each. Arlene Drysdale gave birth at the Jávea health centre last week, just 26 weeks into her pregnancy, but so far the twins, named Valentina and Isabella, are doing well. The

Hotel Bid

Santa Pola council is to make contact with major national and international hotel operators in a bid to get at least two new hotels in the area, including Gran Alacant. The municipality has been without a hotel since the three-star JM Marina Palace (pictured) closed six years ago, leaving a building that has been repeatedly

Holiday Scammers

Two Bigastro-based con men, who took bookings for non-existent holiday apartment rentals on the Mar Menor, have been detained by the Guardia Civil. At least five people are said to have been defrauded by the Spanish duo, who took deposits and offered nothing in return after advertising the properties through leaflets and contact cards. One

Head-On Crash

A collision between two cars on the CV-945 road in Los Montesinos close to the CV-90 roundabout left three people injured, one of them seriously, last Saturday lunchtime. Emergency teams from Almoradi and Torrevieja rescued three adults who were trapped in their vehicles, with a child escaping unhurt. The accident happened at around 1.15 pm, with

Forget The Rumours

British people living in Spain have been told not to listen to Internet rumours and misinformation in the aftermath of this year’s Brexit vote. Alicante’s British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris, on a visit to the Northern Costa Blanca, also encouraged British nationals to register on the local council padrons.  Morris hosted special meetings for the British

Earthquake Shakes Torrevieja

A 1.3 magnitude earthquake shook Torrevieja on Friday night, although no damage was reported.
The tremor occurred at around 02:30 with shakes and trembles reported by the residents of the Costa Blanca town.
Although the epicentre was out at sea, the ru…

Winning Pharmacy

Benijófar’s pharmacy has been presented with a special “Drugs and the Environment” award to recognise what it does in being environmentally friendly in terms of packaging and getting rid of unused medicines. The pharmacy was given the award by SIGRE Medicine and Environment, which is a non-profit organisation that was set up 15 years ago

Flood Future

An online map projecting which parts of the Vega Baja region could suffer from serious flooding has been produced by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS). Available via www.chsegura.es, the site looks at probability and projections every 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 500 years and suggests that places close to the Segura like Benejúzar,

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