Warm weekend weather in the Costa Cálida a year after the historic snowfall of January 2017
Temperatures set to top 20 degrees in many parts of Murcia on Saturday and Sunday A year ago this Friday the Region of Murcia was recovering from its heaviest snowfall in living memory, and from the..

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Murcia president forecasts massive growth in tourism when Corvera airport opens
Corvera airport and the high-speed rail network will double the number of visitors, says Fernando López Miras Fernando López Miras, the president of the regional government of Murcia, was in..

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Driver seriously injured in collision with tractor outside Cartagena
The accident occurred on the road between Cartagena and La Aparecida A female driver was seriously injured in a spectacular accident on the RM-F35 road between Cartagena and La Aparecida on Friday..

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Latest church restoration project in Lorca progressing well
The Iglesia de San Pedro in Lorca was first built in the 15th century Work is continuing in Lorca to restore various buildings which form part of the city’s cultural and historical heritage..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 19th January 2018
Corvera airport expected to bring Costa Cálida tourism boom and Lidl puts all its eggs in the free-range basket! The never-ending fiestas in Spain continued on Tuesday with the feast day of San..

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Church bells chime once more at the church of San Juan Bautista in Archena
Emilia and her iron companion are back in place in the bell tower of the Archena church After a repair operation in the south of France which has lasted for several months, the bells of the church..

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Archaeologists prepare to abandon the 4,000-year-old Argaric site of La Bastida in Totana
It is thought that La Bastida could have been built by Minoans from the island of Crete In the light of the lack of commitment on the part of the regional authorities to continuing the funding..

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Murcia property sales and prices both rose in the 3rd quarter of 2017
The notaries report a positive three months for the Costa Cálida real estate market The new year has seen a plethora of statistical bulletins being released in relation to the Spanish property market..

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Ten new defibrillators at Cartagena schools
Primary school teachers in Cartagena are to be trained in how to use the machines As more and more defibrillator machines are installed in public places throughout the Region of Murcia the Town..

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Cartagena police acquire new self-protection equipment
The Policía Local update their resources in the fight against crime The Policía Local in Cartagena has invested approximately 100,000 euros in new protective clothing and other devices to ensure..

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Drones to be used for wild fire detection and prevention in Murcia
Forests and woodland occupy 45 per cent of the Region of Murcia As the use of drones becomes more and more widespread the regional government of Murcia is constantly increasing its use of the technology..

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2018 San Javier Jazz Festival poster unveiled
The San Javier Jazz Festival on the shore of the Mar Menor lasts from late June to late July The start of the 2018 San Javier Jazz Festival, which this year celebrates its 21st edition, is still over..

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Mar Menor fishermen warn of the dangers of the Atlantic blue crab
In other parts of Spain the invasive species has made its way onto restaurant menus It is now five years since the Atlantic Blue crab arrived on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, and while in some..

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Bullas commemorates natives of the town who were sent to Nazi concentration camps
Tens of thousands of Republican Spaniards were tortured and killed in Mauthausen The Town Hall of Bullas in the north-west of Murcia held a special memorial service on Saturday for the six natives..

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Butane gas canister price up 1.6 per cent by this Tuesday
Canisters of butane now cost a maximum of 14.68 euros across Spain In September last year it appeared that there was good news regarding heating costs for the coming winter when the price of butane..

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Rain and snow provide no more than a temporary respite for Murcia crop farmers
Reservoirs in the Segura basin are still at under 15 per cent of capacity The rain which fell in Murcia on Sunday and Monday was especially welcomed by farmers, but having reached a total throughout..

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126 fines for contravening the smoking ban in Murcia last year
Smoking has been banned in bars and restaurants in Spain for over 6 years It is now over six years since the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants in Spain came into force on 2nd January 2011, and..

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Campo de Cartagena farmers angered by strengthening of Mar Menor protection legislation
As much as 600 million euros of revenue could be lost in Murcia’s agriculture sector The government of the Region of Murcia was given a reminder on Monday of the fact that it is in power despite..

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Spot checks on vehicle roadworthiness in Cartagena this week
Police are checking tyre tread, headlights and documentation throughout Cartagena The Policía Local in Cartagena are carrying out a campaign this week to contribute to ensuring that the vehicles..

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Former Cartagena Mayoress denies misusing public funds
Pilar Barreiro states that her image-improving campaign was to be paid for by the PP party Pilar Barreiro, who was Mayoress of Cartagena for 20 years from 1995 to 2015, appeared before Spain’..

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Murcia Town Hall proposes fairground and exhibition centre in Corvera
The facility near the new airport is one of various in the area of Corvera and Sucina Hot on the heels of the announcement that the new management contract at Corvera airport has been awarded to Aena..

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Van rescued from the snow on the road between Bullas and Lorca
Trouble on the roads all over the north-west of Murcia as snow ploughs get to work Having attempted to close of the Carretera de Aceniche, the road which leads from Bullas to Lorca, the emergency..

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Rose pruning season begins in Murcia!
Over 10,000 bushes are being cut back in public parks in and around the city of Murcia Keen gardeners moving to the Costa Cálida from the north of Europe may found it hard to accept, but here in the..

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Torre Pacheco postpones auction of seven Polaris World warehouses
The sale is expected to cancel over a million euros of the Polaris debt with Torre Pacheco Town Hall The municipality of Torre Pacheco, in the heart of “Polaris World country” in the hinterland..

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Worst flu epidemic in Murcia for a decade
Over 7,000 cases expected to have been confirmed in Murcia last week The flu epidemic which broke out in the Region of Murcia over the Christmas and New Year period is now officially the most virulent..

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Plans unveiled for ornithology path in the north of La Manga
The path will run from the Mar Menor to the Mediterranean in the San Javier end of La Manga Although these days La Manga del Mar Menor is chiefly known as an enormously popular beach tourism destination..

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Costa Cálida publicity campaign on the Madrid metro to coincide with Fitur fair
Poster campaign raises the profile of Murcia in the Spanish capital As the final preparations are completed for this year’s Fitur tourism fair in Madrid, which takes place this week and is one..

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Snow chains in use on Monday in the north-west of Murcia!
Disruption on the roads of Lorca and Moratalla as winter visits the south-east of Spain The snow which began to fall on higher ground in the north-west of the Region of Murcia on Sunday afternoon..

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One of the largest motor home parks in Europe opens in Santiago de la Ribera
The well-equipped Camper Park La Ribera can accommodate 210 vehicles Just a few months after the scheme was made public, businessman Antonio Fructuoso and members of the local council in San Javier..

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Snow returns to the north-west of Murcia
Delays on the roads on Monday morning as 10cm of snow accumulates on high ground While snowfalls such as the one which occurred just under a year ago in coastal areas of the Region of Murcia are..

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Cartagena police mobile speed trap locations 15th to 21st January
Radar speed gun locations in the city of Cartagena and the rest of the municipality The local police force of Cartagena operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality..

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Almost 1.2 million passengers at San Javier airport in 2017
A 9 per cent increase returned traffic to a level last seen six years previously As the airport of Murcia-San Javier begins what could be its last year in operation in terms of commercial passenger..

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Reminder: Ryanair hand luggage rules about to change
From Monday 15th January hand luggage allowance rules are changing From Monday 15th January hand luggage rules will be changing for all those using Ryanair flights, so be aware if you’re booked..

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1,000 euros returned to 92-year-old man in Santiago de la Ribera
The money fell from the man’s pocket while he cycled home along the Paseo de Colón A 92-year-old man in Santiago de la Ribera owes a debt of gratitude to a woman who demonstrated her honesty and..

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Murcia flu rate almost double the national average
Hospitals in Murcia unable to cope with the most virulent epidemic in recent years There has been much talk in the regional press this week, Murcia Today included, about the inability of the public..

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Important security alert: Protecting your system against the latest cyber threats, Spectre and Meltdown
Just what are Spectre and Meltdown, the latest cyber threats, and how can you protect your device? Recently, two new cyber threats, known as Spectre and Meltdown, were brought to light by cyber..

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Snow on the higher ground in the north-west of Murcia
Picture postcard scenes in outlying areas of Moratalla and Caravaca de la Cruz While the windy conditions in Murcia made most of the weather headlines on Thursday, in the north-west of the Region..

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Murcia highlights Corvera airport and its cultural heritage at the FITUR tourism fair
Gastronomy and sports activities in the Costa Cálida are also spotlighted in Madrid Next week one of the largest annual tourism fairs in the world, FITUR, is being held in Madrid, and for the..

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Marijuana grower arrested in Murcia after calling the police about donkey dispute
The arrested argued with his neighbours over their noisy donkey A 44-year-old man has been arrested by the Policía Nacional in the municipality of Murcia after he was found to be the owner of 69 marijuana..

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Discover the link between Corvera airport and a gastronomic speciality of San Javier!
The rival airports are connected through one of the most illustrious families in the modern history of Murcia The 10th January 2018 marks the 95th anniversary of one of the major achievements of..

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Flu epidemic causing chaos at A&E in the Santa Lucía hospital in Cartagena
Patients waiting for six hours and children barred from entering the building! The flu epidemic in the Region of Murcia is continuing to bring overcrowding and long delays to hospital A&E units..

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Car sales up in Murcia as economic recovery increases purchasing power
New vehicle sales up by 8.8 per cent but the average age of cars on the road is still rising The final figures for new and used motor vehicle sales in Spain during 2017 have now been confirmed, and..

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The first brown bears born in Murcia celebrate their 20th birthday
Yaqui and Nuca are among the star attractions at the Terra Natura Murcia wildlife park The Terra Natura wildlife park in the northern outskirts of the city of Murcia held a very special party this..

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Murcia property sales continued 6-month run of sharp increases in November
Sales in the second half of 2017 were 22 per cent higher than the year before As 2018 begins there is a sense in the Murcia property market that the recovery which began a couple of years ago in the..

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Recent rain has little effect on the drought situation in Murcia
Frustration for Campo de Cartagena farmers as aquifer extraction plans are delayed The rain and snow which fell in Murcia on Saturday has so far had little effect on the amount of water in the..

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New visitor number record for Murcia museums at the Roman Theatre in Cartagena
UK nationals account for the lion’s share of non-Spanish visitors to the Teatro Romano The Roman Theatre Museum in Cartagena cemented its position as the most visited museum in the Region of..

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Uncertainty over freight traffic prospects at Corvera airport
Aena views cargo flights at Corvera as unlikely, but the Murcia government is keen While the majority of the speculation regarding the new Region of Murcia international airport in Corvera concerns..

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Águilas leads the way in 2018 property tax reductions in 6 Murcia municipalities
The only increase in the IBI tax in Murcia this year is in Totana During 2017 the national government of Spain allowed around 20 per cent of the 8,000-plus municipalities across the country to undertake..

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A dozen more earthquakes near Mula in just one day!
Geologists play down the risk despite a tremor of 3.4 on the Richter scale The recent spate of seismic activity in the area of Pliego and Albudeite, between the towns of Mula and Alhama de Murcia..

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Murcia introduces car accident automatic emergency call system
Response times could be cut by 50 per cent at road accidents throughout Murcia From now on, it has been confirmed by the regional government this week, the 112 emergency services line in Murcia is..

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Historic San Javier windmill restoration project presented
The El Maestre mill was built to extract water in San Javier in the 19th century It was announced in late November that the regional government in Murcia is to invest 80,000 euros in the renovation..

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Desalination projects put forward as the solution to drought in Murcia
The management at Escombreras offers to double output in a matter of months Despite the arrival of rain and snow in the south-east of Spain over the last few days there is little sign of any significant..

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Murcia leads supermarket beer purchases in Spain!
One can a day places the Murcianos top of the beer-buying league A survey conducted by the AIS consultancy group has revealed that the average amount spent on beer by households in the Region of Murcia..

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Flu epidemic provokes visitor restrictions at Murcia hospitals
Surgical masks and hand-washing are advised as under-16s are urged not to visit patients It appears that the flu epidemic which brought chaos to A&E units at hospitals in Murcia last week abated..

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Aena president optimistic that Corvera airport could open this year
Jaime García-Legaz insists that Corvera will compete with Alicante-Elche and offer more flights than San Javier The announcement in December that the new management contract at the unopened airport..

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January sales extend to long-distance rail travel to and from Murcia
70 per cent discounts on trains travelling from Murcia to Barcelona and Madrid As the post-Christmas sales get into full swing all over Spain the national train services company Renfe has entered..

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Mar Menor green filter project cut from 40 hectares to just 9
The government will return expropriated land in the Campo de Cartagena to its former owners As the new year begins in Murcia it’s safe to say that certain topics will continue to feature prominently..

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Section of 18th century city wall uncovered in Cartagena
The landward side of the Muralla de Carlos III was obscured by trees and undergrowth Work continues in Cartagena to uncover the remains of the old city wall known as the Muralla de Carlos III and..

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Murcia flu cases treble in a week as the annual epidemic strikes early
It’s still not too late to get your annual flu jab in Murcia this winter! The annual flu epidemic in the Region of Murcia has already caused severe overcrowding in A&E units across the Costa..

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Murcia property professionals begin 2018 with confidence 
The confidence index in Murcia has risen by 3 points over the last year As the new year begins it is to be expected that there will be a flood of data providing summaries of developments during 2017..

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International tourism in Murcia heads for record year
British visitors are the mainstay behind continuing growth in the Costa Cálida tourism sector Statistics made public recently by the Spanish government’s central statistics unit show that November..

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17 minor earthquakes in Murcia in the last 4 days!
Tremors between Alhama and Mula as Murcia moves 2.8cm to the north-west every year! It is well known that the Region of Murcia is susceptible to seismic activity, particularly in the area of the Alhama..

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Snow on the mountains of Murcia as heavy falls bring chaos to the roads of Spain
Motorists rescued after 18 hours from the AP-6 motorway near Madrid As had been forecast, the Three Kings brought wintry weather with them to Spain this year when they arrived on the night of 5th..

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Attractively priced day trip to Sierra Nevada ski resort for residents of Alhama de Murcia
28th January; 65 euros for a fully inclusive trip to the largest ski resort in Spain! Following the success and popularity of similar schemes in the last two years, the Town Hall of Alhama de Murcia..

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Cueva del Arco in Cieza, prehistoric art and a site which was occupied by in Neanderthal times
The Cieza caves may help explain how and why the Neanderthals died out The Cueva del Arco in Cieza is a spectacular rock formation where a large arch has been formed by erosion, hence its name..

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Understanding water and the drought in Murcia and the Segura basin
Where our water comes from, what it is used for, and why there isn’t enough In late 2017 the Region of Murcia and the rest of the Segura basin are facing one of the most serious droughts in recent..

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San Javier Time Bank scheme resumes with 49 courses on offer
This fantastic initiative in San Javier offers a range of activities in return for your time The San Javier municipality has begun its autumn programme of Time Bank activities with 49 different..

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Holidays for Murcia and the rest of Spain in 2018
13 “red days” in Murcia in 2018, plus two extra in each municipality The list of public holidays in Spain for 2018 has been published this week in the Official State Bulletin, confirming that the..

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Reminder: depositing rubbish in the bin before 9pm is illegal in many areas
Bin abuse can lead to nasty fines It’s hot, it’s August and the higher temperatures inevitably lead to fresh fruit and veg going off quickly if damaged and the rubbish bins emitting an unpleasant..

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