Milder temperatures and an outside chance of rain in the Costa Cálida on Friday
More of the same forecast going into the weekend in the Region of Murcia Thursday saw a slight lowering of the maximum temperatures in the Region of Murcia, and by 15.30 only the weather station in..

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Hopes persist that the Barbary sheep may be allowed to survive in Sierra Espuña
The Murcia parliament requests that the species should no longer be considered invasive It appeared that the battle to save the Barbary sheep which live in the mountains of Sierra Espuña was finally..

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High-speed rail tunnel protests spread to the centre of the city of Murcia
The Mayor of Murcia seeks a solution after protests outside his home The discontent among residents in the south of the city of Murcia over plans to temporarily allow the AVE high-speed trains..

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Cabo de Palos lighthouse hotel plans scuppered by the Murcia parliament
The lighthouse will continue to be publicly owned and the keepers will still live there After months of protests, debate and disagreement it appears that the residents of Cabo de Palos have won..

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Aemet predicts higher temperatures and delayed rain this autumn in Murcia
The summer which ends on Friday was the sixth warmest on record in Murcia State meteorological agency Aemet has this week published its long-range weather forecast for the autumn of 2017, which starts..

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Man arrested in connection with a dozen robberies from Mazarrón shops
The robber threatened a shop assistant and a customer in one of the incidents in Mazarrón A habitual criminal well known to the forces of law and order has been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Mazarr..

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Murcia property prices reported to have dropped by 1.3 per cent in second quarter of 2017
Prices have been more or less steady in Murcia since early 2014 Property market analysts in Spain seem unable to agree at the moment on whether housing prices are on their way up or are still falling..

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Canine cops hailed as great success in Torre Pacheco
The three sniffer dogs add speed and efficiency to drugs searches in Torre Pacheco Earlier this month the Policía Local in Torre Pacheco welcomed new members in the form of the three dogs which..

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Load of rubbish shows increased numbers at 2017 Feria de Lorca
Three times as much litter as in 2016 was collected at the main Lorca fairground last weekend The success of the first weekend of this year’s September Feria in Lorca is hard to measure..

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The summer now ending has been the sixth warmest on record in Murcia
The absolute maximum temperature this summer was 41.8 degrees in Archena The Murcia delegation of Aemet, the State meteorological agency, has issued its summary of the weather in the Costa Cálida..

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Murcia makes progress towards at last altering Francoist street names
A decade after the Historical Memory Law 30 street names in Vistabella and Lobosillo are likely to change It has finally been decided by a special committee in the Town Hall of Murcia, almost ten years..

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Santomera axes Fiestas Queens due to alleged lack of interest
Locals suspect feminist ideology is being forced upon the annual fiestas in honour of the Virgen del Rosario In a move which is causing some controversy the Town Hall of Santomera, in the east..

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Lorca Town Hall aims to restore the church of San Juan
The church was damaged at the start of the Spanish Civil War As the reconstruction of monuments in Lorca nears its end following the damage caused by the earthquakes which hit the city in May 2011..

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Fuente Librilla fiestas in Mula accused of male chauvinism
Sensitive women’s rights campaigners offended by the all-female organizing committee The organizing committee of the annual fiestas in Fuente Librilla in the municipality of Mula have come..

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Mixed news for worried Mayors in Murcia as water reserves continue to decrease
The “wrong kind of rain” and increased tourism share the blame for dwindling supplies! Despite the relatively large amount of rain which has fallen in the Region of Murcia over..

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Residents of Murcia outlying districts complain about tiger mosquitos in the streets
August rain in Murcia brings out tiger mosquitos in Puente Tocinos and Beniaján Murcia councillor Margarita Guerrero is demanding that the Town Hall take immediate action against what she reports..

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Earthquake of 5.1 on the Richter scale planned for Thursday in Lorca and Mazarrón!
Don’t be alarmed by earthquake and flooding drills on Thursday morning! Residents of Lorca and Mazarrón should be aware that there are likely to be an unusual number of emergency services..

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Murcia to ban animal circus acts
A new law also limits the number of cats and dogs in any one home in Murcia to five A new law has been passed by the regional parliament of Murcia concerning the maltreatment of both domestic and..

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Torre Pacheco in period costume to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento
Sunday marked the 181st anniversary of independence from Murcia in Torre Pacheco The town of Torre Pacheco took a nostalgic trip down memory lane on Sunday, when the Modernists Association of Cartagena..

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2,000 items of stolen jewellery recovered from mountainside shelter in Cieza
The robber worked as a shepherd after his heist in Sevilla in August The investigation in to a stick-up and robbery at a jewellery shop in Pino Montano in the province of Sevilla has resulted in the..

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San Javier airport unaffected by Ryanair cancellations
Only two flights at Alicante-Elche are among the 2,000 cancelled Ryanair bit the bullet on Monday and announced that due to recent delays in their flights all over Europe and to staffing difficulties..

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Butane gas price goes down for the first time in a year
Canisters of butane now cost a maximum of 14.15 euros across Spain After six successive 5 per cent increases the latest butane gas price review has led to a similar-scale fall in the maximum sale price..

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Church of Santo Cristo in Cieza saved from wild fire
The church commemorates the arrival of the figure of the Cristo del Consuelo in Cieza in 1606 There was relief in Cieza on Monday when a wild fire which broke out just outside the town was halted in..

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Murcia leads Spanish table grape production
Only a small proportion of the 185,000 tons of Murcia table grapes is exported every year Within the agriculture sector of the economy of the Region of Murcia grapes play a very important role..

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Cartagena police mobile speed trap locations 18th to 24th September
Radar speed traps in the city of Cartagena and the rest of the municipality Cartagena police operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality every week with their mobile..

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Murcia landscape photography exhibition opens in the regional capital
The exhibition features the characteristic Ramblas and Encañizadas of the Region of Murcia An exhibition has been opened at the Archivo General of the Region of Murcia, located in the capital..

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Spiteful poisoning of dogs belonging to the last winner of the Toro de la Vega
Resentment spills over into hypocrisy and cruelty to animals in the province of León In what appears to be an act of supreme hypocrisy three of the dogs belonging to the man who killed the bull in..

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Pro-tunnel high-speed rail protesters in Murcia draw breath after an eventful week
The protests against temporary overground tracks into Murcia have hit the national press Residents of the south of the city of Murcia have been protesting against plans for the AVE high-speed rail..

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Totana restores 18th–century water fountain to working order
The Fuente de San Pedro stands at the foot of the Ollerías aqueduct in Totana Work has been completed in the north of the town centre of Totana on the restoration of the water fountain known as..

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Cartagena Mayoress begins 6 weeks of maternity leave
Ana Belén Castejón leaves a delicate situation in the Town Hall after becoming a second-time mother Congratulations and best wishes are due to Ana Belén Castejón, the Mayoress of Cartagena..

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Aguilas continues to decorate the staircases of the old town centre
The Escalart project now takes in nine of the stepped thoroughfares of Águilas A walk in the old town centre of Águilas, up to the top of the hill on which the Molino Sagrera windmill and viewing..

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Murcia and Spanish news round up week ending 15th September 2017
Murcia property sales running at highest level for almost six years as 90% of improved San Javier traffic is from the UK The first half of September ended on a high in Murcia as far as the weather..

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Spain faces serious drought as the 2017-2018 hydrological year nears its end
Reservoirs in the Segura basin and Murcia are at only 16.5 per cent of capacity Anyone doubting the effects of climate change – and surely there are not many left – could learn..

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Hybrid cars make inroads into the market as Murcia moves with the times
One in 25 of all new cars bought in Murcia this year has a hybrid engine The latest data produced by the motor vehicle concessionaries association Faconauto in the Region of Murcia show that although..

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Banks must offer social rentals to eviction victims in Murcia
Measures to protect energy poverty victims In Murcia are also approved by Spain’s Constitutional Court An important change to the law in Murcia regarding evictions as a result of the..

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Serial fraudster arrested in La Manga del Mar Menor
The same individual cheated people in Alicante and Almería before being caught in La Manga A man has been placed under arrest by the Guardia Civil in relation to a series of at least four frauds..

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Alleged police violence in Murcia at AVE high-speed train line protests
The Minister for Development failed to appease the pro-tunnel protesters in Murcia When Íñigo de la Serna, Spain’s Minister for Development, visited Murcia on Thursday it..

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4200-year-old walls in need of repair at La Bastida site in Totana
The Bronze Age settlement of La Bastida is thought to have been the most advanced in Europe Just last week it was reported that the Town Hall of Cehegín was undertaking repair work on parts of..

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2600-year-old gold pendant found in Puerto de Mazarrón
Experts speculate that Mazarrón could have been an important Phoenician port settlement A group of students from the University of Murcia found a gold pendant dating from approximately 620 BC..

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Murcia courts confirm return of deposits to eleven Trampolín Hills buyers
The courts are still dealing with Trampolín claims 8 years after the company filed for bankruptcy The appeals courts of Murcia have partially upheld an appeal by a savings bank against a sentence..

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Controversy over San Pedro del Pinatar beach by-laws proved a damp squib this summer
The beach police in San Pedro imposed 78 fines for taking animals onto the beach and only one for nudity There was a good deal of controversy earlier this summer over the new municipal ordinance..

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Spanish government Minister visits Murcia to hear concerns over AVE high-speed rail line
The government plan is for underground access to open in Murcia two years after the first trains arrive Such are the disagreements and uncertainties over exactly how the AVE high-speed rail line..

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Roadside drainage cleared across Murcia in anticipation of autumn rain
Ditches are being cleared on 1,700 kilometres of roads in the Region of Murcia With the official start of autumn only just over a week away the regional government of Murcia has embarked on its annual..

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Caught driving at over double the speed limit in the outskirts of Cartagena
A 24-year-old was clocked at 176 km/h in an area where the speed limit is 80 A 24-year-old man faces charges after being caught by the Guardia Civil driving at 176 km/h on the CT-32 road in the north..

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Traffic disruption in Cartagena during Romans and Carthaginians Fiestas next week
The Cartagineses y Romanos do battle once again for control of the city of Qart-Hadast or Cartago Nova! Next week the annual Cartagineses y Romanos fiestas will be in full swing in Cartagena, and as..

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Calnegre beaches in Lorca to be served by buses next summer
Overcrowding as more visitors discover the delights of the beaches of Lorca The three off-road beaches of Calnegre at the northern end of the 9-kilometre coastline of Lorca have received increasing..

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800,000 people accompany the Virgen de la Fuensanta in the Murcia Romería
Huge crowds follow La Morenica, the patron of Murcia, on the way back to her mountain sanctuary This Tuesday was an important date and a local holiday in the city of Murcia to coincide with the..

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Vandalism reported as tensions rise over the AVE high-speed rail tunnel into Murcia
Hooded intruders set fire to earth-moving machinery as Murcia prepares to welcome the AVE For most of the population of the Region of Murcia the big question concerning the long-awaited AVE high..

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The UK and Ireland account for over 90 cent of all passengers at San Javier last month
Passenger numbers up again in August at San Javier airport UK and Ireland acconut The number of passengers passing through the terminal at Murcia-San Javier airport has been higher than in 2016 during..

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Ryanair announce San Javier-Frankfurt flights for next summer
Germany returns to the arrivals and departures boards at San Javier It has become the norm at Murcia-San Javier airport in recent years for almost all of the traffic consists of flights to and from..

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Average age of cars on the roads of Murcia rises to 12.4 years
Statistics show that more people die while travelling in older cars than in new ones It might be expected that as the effects of the Spanish economic recovery filter through to the personal finances..

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Late summer rain in Murcia brings flies and mosquitoes out in force
The heat and moisture bring relief to farmers but not to residents in the Costa Cálida In many parts of the Region of Murcia the recent rainfall has come as a godsend, particularly to gardeners..

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Sky TV competes with Netflix and HBO in Spain
10 euros a month to subscribe to the new Sky channel in Spain As of this Monday Netflix and HBO have a new rival in Spain, with the launch of Sky’s first television venture in this country..

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Murcia president reiterates support for bullfighting
The statement coincides with annual September bull fights in the city of Murcia The city of Murcia is currently in the middle of its annual September fiestas, the culmination of which is the local..

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Mother and child cut free from wreckage after car accident on the Portmán road
Five taken to hospital after the intervention of the Cartagena fire brigade The fire brigade of Cartagena were called out on Monday afternoon to the scene of a road accident on the N-345, which..

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Cheese van catches fire in the northern outskirts of Murcia
A fright and the scent of smoked cheese for passers-by in Guadalupe Passers-by received a fright and possibly detected a scent of burnt fondue on Monday lunchtime in Guadalupe de Maciascoque in..

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Just 4,000 Murcianos have a combined fortune of almost 12 billion euros
Wealth Tax data for 2015 show that the super-rich of Murcia declare an average of 2.7 million euros The latest data provided by Hacienda on the topic of the controversial Impuesto de Patrimonio, or..

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Registration 2017-18 for courses at the Universidad Popular in Mazarrón
A range of activities from Spanish language classes to Ballroom Dancing and Tai Chi The full program of courses at the Universidad Popular in Mazarrón has been confirmed for the 2017-18 academic year..

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Registration for Mazarrón Unversidad Popular Spanish classes in Camposol 2017-18
Two groups are being formed in Camposol for beginners and post-beginners This academic year the Universidad Popular in Mazarrón is again offering Spanish classes for non-natives keen to get to grips..

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Half a million cubic metres of recycled waste water per year for Fuente Álamo farmers
Recycled water is needed by the irrigation farmers of the Campo de Cartagena In the Region of Murcia, where the amount of water available is consistently less than what is needed by irrigation farmers..

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Totana Town Hall signs 20-year rental contract for the La Santa hotel
The hotel is located next to the monastery of Santa Eulalia in the foothills of Sierra Espuña The serious doubts over the future of the hotel and tourist apartment complex of La Santa in the mountains..

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Los Cantos Roman statues to go on display in Bullas wine museum
The statues were found in Lorca and Cartagena last year after going missing in the 20th century The three Roman statues which were originally found at the Los Cantos archaeological site in Bullas..

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Three rescued after running aground on Isla de la Perdiguera in the Mar Menor
The three people on board were airlifted to Alicante by helicopter Protección Civil staff in San Javier were called out on Sunday morning to rescue the three people on board a sailboat which had..

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Woman hit by Totana-Lorca train
The woman died instantly a kilometre from the railway station of Totana A 40-year-old woman died on Sunday when she was hit by a train a kilometre from the station of Totana on the track leading south..

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Twitter account brings Murcia tourist bus to the attention of the public … at last!
The “Phantom Bus” in Murcia is usually practically empty as it tours the city Three years ago when the city of Murcia first launched its open-top double decker tourist bus it..

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Murcia property sales running at highest level for almost six years
A 22.6-per-cent increase was reported in Costa Calida real estate sales in July After many years of negative data following the bursting of the Spanish property market bubble in late 2007 and early..

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More unsettled weather on its way to Murcia this weekend
Showers all over Murcia on Saturday afternoon, lasting into Sunday morning in the south and east It may have appeared on Friday that the weather in the Costa Cálida had once again settled into a routine..

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Drama in Cartagena Town Hall as the Mayoress sacks the deputy Mayor
The decision follows alleged violence during the latest session of council in Cartagena Ana Belén Castejón, the current PSOE Mayoress of Cartagena by dint of a power-sharing agreement with the..

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Villanitos street repair and renovation contract put out to tender in San Pedro del Pinatar
Resurfacing and a change in the direction of traffic on Calle Campoamor in San Pedro The Town Hall of San Pedro del Pinatar is now awaiting bids for the contract to carry out re-surfacing work..

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Cartagena police speed trap locations 11th to 17th September
Radar speed traps in the city of Cartagena and the rest of the municipality Cartagena police operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality every week with their mobile ''..

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Restoration of historic Fuente del Oro in Lorca complete
The Fuente del Oro was built to supply water to the townsfolk of Lorca in the 18th century After an investment of 265,000 euros Lorca has this week re-opened another of its most treasure historical..

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Roman Theatre Museum in Cartagena continues to set new visitor number records
The Museo del Teatro Romano is the most visited museum in the Region of Murcia For some time now the Museo del Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre Museum) in Cartagena has been receiving more visitors..

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Yecla driver caught four times over the limit in his underpants
Driving in underpants is not a crime but it justifiably aroused police curiosity in Yecla Officers of the Policía Local in Yecla were given a surprise on Sunday during what at first promised to be..

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More signs of upward movement in Murcia property values
The latest data show a 1.1 per cent increase in the second quarter of 2017 alone It is notoriously difficult to produce fully reliable data regarding residential property price trends in Spain, but..

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Regional parliament building in Cartagena could offer educational visits in English
Murcia parliament joins the drive to make bilingual education work For the last 29 years there has been a scheme running which enables groups of schoolchildren to visit the Murcia regional parliament..

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Murcia Region records best July figures ever for international tourism
International tourist numbers were up by 35% during the seventh month of the year 43% of tourists were from the UK, which remains the principal foreign market for the Murcia Region. The number..

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British pensioners will continue to have access to healthcare in Spain after Brexit: provisional agreement
Brexit Secretary David Davis says citizen rights remains a top priority for the British Government Since UK voters decided to take the UK out of the European Union the biggest fear for UK nationals..

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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..

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Murcia school year dates for 2017-18
The first pupils return to class in Beniel and Murcia on 5th September As children throughout the Region of Murcia near the end of the 2016-17 school year in sweltering classroom temperatures the..

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Timetable changes on Cartagena-Alicante bus service
The route includes stops at San Javier, Los Alcázares and other Mar Menor locations On 3rd March 2017 the concession to operate the bus service which runs along the coast from Cartagena to Alicante..

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