Gale force wind alert extended to the whole of Murcia on Thursday and Friday
Winter weather arrives in the Costa Cálida, with some snow expected on higher ground The Spanish State meteorological agency Aemet has extended its bad weather warnings for Thursday and Friday..

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Passenger numbers up again at San Javier airport in its penultimate full month of flights
91 per cent of November passengers were on flights to and from the UK and Ireland During the first month of the last winter flight roster to come into operation at the airport of Murcia San-Javier..

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2,000-year-old Iberian dwelling to be reconstructed at Jumilla archaeological site
The work at Coimbra del Barranco Ancho is budgeted to cost over 90,000 euros The Town Hall of Jumilla has won a subsidy of almost 80,000 euros from the regional government of Murcia to develop..

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11 more African migrants brought ashore in Cartagena
Over 1,400 have been intercepted attempting to enter the EU via Murcia this year Despite the threat of adverse conditions at sea the maritime rescue services of Spain intercepted another 11 African..

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51 per cent increase in Murcia property sales in October!
Activity in the Costa Cálida market has grown by 72 per cent in 4 years This Wednesday saw the publication by the government’s central statistics unit of the residential property sales data..

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Gale warnings along the Costa Cálida on Thursday!
Rain is forecast to arrive in Murcia, falling as snow in higher ground inland According to State meteorological agency Aemet the warm sunny weather which has characterised December so far in the..

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Cartagena-Vera ghost motorway tolls to be cut by 30 per cent in January
The aim is to increase traffic on this and other bankrupt toll motorways José Luis Ábalos, the Minister for Development in the Spanish government, announced on Tuesday that the toll charges on..

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Man collapses and dies in Los Alcázares after throwing stones at mosque
The eastern European is believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol The Guardia Civil are investigating the case of a man who died on Monday evening in the streets of Los Narejos..

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Four boat launch ramps installed around the Mar Menor
The ramps provide facilities for boat owners and help to protect the marine environment of the lagoon One of the many improvements made recently to facilities around the coast of the Mar Menor..

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Controversial hotel project reactivated between La Manga Club and Calblanque
The Princesa de Atamaría development is on the border of the regional park of Calblanque It has been reported in regional newspaper La Verdad this week that the property development company Inmogolf..

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New charity shop opens in Los Alcázares: Asociación Únicos
Asociación Únicos rescues and re-homes abandoned dogs Asociación Únicos opened their new fundraising shop on the Oasis Bulevar in Los Alcázares. Headed up by Luisa Garcia Ramos, the Asociaci..

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Deafening noise and the whiff of gunpowder as the fiestas in Yecla reach their climax
There is still time to catch the final procession on Sunday 16th December The most important day in the annual fiestas of Yecla, which falls on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, fell on Saturday..

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44 per cent of road accident victims in Murcia this year had consumed drugs and/or alcohol
Special driver testing campaign until 16th December to deter pre-Christmas drink-driving The traffic police of the Guardia Civil are carrying out a special campaign between 10th and 16th December..

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2-year-old girl saved as she wandered alone on the main N-301 road in Cieza
The case is being treated as possible negligence on the part of the toddler’s parents The case of a 2-year-old girl who wandered unimpeded out of her family home in Cieza last Friday is now being..

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Foreign tourist spending in Murcia in 2018 reaches 1,000 million euros
42 per cent of all visitors from abroad in the Costa Cálida are from the UK The amount of money spent by visitors to the Region of Murcia from abroad continued to rise significantly during the..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 7th December 2018
Superb holiday weekend weather as the Costa Cálida prepares for Christmas and Corvera airport Image: Águilas basking in the December sunshine. Click on the blue links to read the full articles..

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Last month was the coolest and second wettest November in Murcia this century
Heavy rain in the middle of the month pushed the total up to over 3 times the average Last month, according to data compiled by State meteorological agency Aemet, was the coldest November so far..

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25 degrees in December: Christmas picnics on the beach this year in the Costa Cálida?
Fabulous weather in Murcia for the early December holiday weekend The first day of the long holiday weekend in Murcia on Thursday provided absolutely beautiful weather throughout the Region, with..

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Security and emergency plans finalized at Corvera airport
The protocols are designed for an 8-kilometre radius around the airport With the first flights at the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera scheduled to take off and land in under six..

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Murcia property prices show their sharpest rise in a decade
Only in Madrid and Catalunya did market values rise more sharply during the third quarter! The latest property price data released on Friday by the central statistics unit of the Spanish government..

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236,000 euros earmarked for improvements on the forest tracks of Sierra Espuña
The “green lung” of Murcia attracts thousands of visitors enjoying the clear air and spectacular scenery The regional government of Murcia has set aside over 236,000 euros next year for improvements..

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269 migrants brought ashore in Cartagena since Tuesday
Over 1,400 have arrived in Murcia this year out of a national total of almost 60,000! 49 more African migrants were intercepted as they made their way across the Mediterranean towards the coastline..

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3 kilos of coins found by rubbish bins in Murcia
Most of the coins were pesetas and of little value The Banco de España calculates that there are still over 273,000 million pesetas in the possession of members of the public, with an approximate..

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Muggers arrested in Mazarrón
The two men face charges related to a theft on 23rd November Two men aged 39 and 48 have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in connection with a mugging and theft in Mazarrón on the evening of..

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Estrella de Levante unveils its 2018 Christmas beer!
The beer can be tasted at the Christmas market in Murcia with all proceeds going to charity The 2018 Christmas beer produced at the Estrella de Levante brewery in Espinardo, in the north of the..

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Fog diverts flights away from Murcia-San Javier airport
A flight heading back to Belgium was delayed, while one to Gatwick was cancelled In most of the Region of Murcia Wednesday dawned clear and sunny, but thick fog along the shore of the Mar Menor..

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Gladiator and animal “prisons” found intact at the Roman amphitheatre of Cartagena
Guided tours for visitors are being held at the site over Christmas and the New Year The latest news from the archaeologists involved in the excavation of the Roman amphitheatre in Cartagena is that..

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Seats for the Murcia Three Kings parade on 5th January can be booked now
One of the largest parades of the year in the city of Murcia heralds the arrival of the Reyes Magos December has only just started, but in the city of Murcia the lights have already been switched..

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Griffon vulture released into the wild in Sierra Espuña
3 vultures have been discharged from the Wildlife Recovery Centre in El Valle in 6 weeks Another griffon vulture was re-released into the wild this Tuesday after receiving treatment at the Wildlife..

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4 restaurant licences awarded at Corvera airport
Subway and Costa Coffee transfer operations from San Javier to Corvera With the arrival and departure of the first flights at the new Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera growing ever..

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1,000 ancient coins and other relics confiscated from unauthorized Murcia collector
The coins were minted by Greek, Iberian, Roman and Moorish settlers in Spain Yet another operation against the unauthorized hoarding of archaeological relics has been reported in the Region of..

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11.3 million euros for liquefied gas refuelling and cattle loading quays at the port of Cartagena
The facilities at Escombreras are to be updated for the gas-powered ships of the future 11.3 million euros are to be invested at the port of Cartagena in two new docks, one of which will make it..

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11 Britons among 12 patients in Murcia to suffer adverse effects after taking Nolotil painkillers
REFUSE NOLOTIL AND DEMAND ALTERNATIVE PAINKILLERS: THIS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE! Despite one of the patients dying the drug is still being prescribed to north Europeans in Murcia As the word spreads..

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Expats join in with the Gran Recogida of food for the Murcian regional foodbanks
There are no language barriers to the season of goodwill! Across Spain on Friday and Saturday thousands of volunteers helped the national foodbanks network of 55 locally run outlets forming the..

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November unemployment figures: a slight rise in Murcia and a minimal fall in Spain
The Murcia total is 5.75 per cent lower than at this point in 2017 The autumn increase in unemployment figures in Spain generally continues until the end of November, but this year that trend was..

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Murcia property construction sector bursts back into life!
The figures are still low but twice as many licences are being sought as last year Figures published last week by the Ministry of Development illustrate once again the fact activity continues to..

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Zapatos Rojos in Cartagena highlights the ongoing problem of domestic violence worldwide
44 women have been killed this year in Spain by their partners On Saturday shoppers in Cartagena were invited to reflect about the issue of domestic violence, a topic which evokes uncomfortable..

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New motorway service area between Alhama de Murcia and Totana
A restaurant will be added to the facilities at kilometre 606 in March 2019 A new motorway service station opened at kilometre 606 on the A-7 motorway between Alhama de Murcia and Totana on Monday..

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Ready for the first flights at Corvera in January: the regional press begins to comment on the schedules for summer 2019
Four destinations in Norway and one in Asturias are added to those in the UK and Eire A report published in regional newspaper La Verdad on Tuesday appeared to celebrate the fact that by the start..

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Aerial bomb deactivated off the coast of La Manga
The device was discovered by an amateur diver close to Punta del Cocedor Spanish navy divers were called out on Friday to La Manga del Mar Menor to deactivate an old air-to-land bomb which had..

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180,000 euros for renovation and improvements in Cabo de Palos harbour and marina
Modernization at the jetties and other improvements at the fishing and leisure port The regional government of Murcia is investing 180,000 euros in a series of improvements to the fishing port..

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1.1 million euros on improvements on the road from San Javier to the motorways and Sucina
The RM-301 in San Javier is to become a dual carriageway The regional government of Murcia has put out to tender the contract to make improvements on the RM-301, the old road between leading out..

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Former Corvera airport management company still losing legal battles six weeks before the first flights
Aeromur maintain that there were irregularities in the process by which their contract at Corvera was rescinded With only six weeks remaining until the first flights take off and land at the Region..

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773,000 euros for the development of the business park alongside Corvera airport
600,000 square metres are ready to welcome commercial and logistical concerns in Corvera The budget at the disposal of the Department of Development and Infrastructures in the regional government..

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More chaos in Cartagena Town Hall: the 6th suspension of a session of council in 2 years
Arguments within the PSOE-MC alliance continue to undermine the local government in Cartagena and suggest an interesting local election campaign next spring! Thursday’s full session of council..

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Drummers in Mula and Moratalla join Jamaican reggae on UNESCO’s World Heritage list
22 towns in Spain form the consortium of drumming festivals declared to be Intangible Cultural Heritage The drumming events known as “tamboradas” which characterize the Easter Week celebrations..

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Murcia mortgage activity hits 6-and-a-half–year high!
The total loan capital involved was more than in any month in the last 7 years Figures published earlier this week showed that the number of residential properties bought and sold in the Region..

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More African migrants intercepted off the Murcia coastline: 76 on 6 boats in 36 hours
Among those on board the latest boat were a pregnant woman, two children and a baby Despite the onset of colder weather the latest wave of migrants flocking across the Mediterranean to southern..

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15 African migrants intercepted off the coast of Cartagena
Over 250 Africans were intercepted by maritime rescue vessels in the Spanish Mediterranean on Wednesday Just hours after eight African migrants were taken into custody having reached Spain at the..

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Giant anti-terrorist flowerpots in central Murcia over Christmas
Anti-terrorist attack measures also include road blockages and an HGV ban The council of Murcia has unveiled its annual security and public safety plan for the Christmas and New Year period, and..

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8 African migrants detained after reaching the beaches of Águilas
4 men and 4 women crossed the Mediterranean undetected and arrived at the beach of Matalentisco In a normal year the migratory flow of Africans attempting to cross the Mediterranean and gain unauthorized..

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Town Hall subsidy for the Cartagena auditorium reduced to just over 2 million a year
The auditorium is still unable to even put its events schedule into English in spite of these huge figures A cut of 1.74 per cent in the annual 2.14-million-euro support package. The Town Hall..

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5,000 locally grown poinsettias ready to be planted as Lorca prepares for Christmas
The Christmas lights budget has been increased this year throughout Lorca As Town Halls all over Spain prepare to install their annual Christmas and New Year decorations the city of Lorca is preparing..

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Former Camposol hotel owner enters liquidation
Manoli Hotels has been in receivership since 2015 Manoli Hotels, the former owner of the Sensol hotel in the Camposol residential development in the municipality of Mazarrón, has been placed in..

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Four bus services will connect Corvera airport to the remainder of the Murcia region
48 services a week will operate when the airport opens on January 15th Prices have been pre-set to offer cost-effective public transport from the new airport. This morning the regional Minister..

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San Javier Time Bank scheme resumes with 47 courses on offer
This fantastic initiative in San Javier offers a range of activities in return for your time The municipality of San Javier has announced the program of activities for the 2018/19 year of the Time..

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Temporary exhibition in the ARQUA examines the plundering of Spain's sunken treasures
Ciencia frente a Expolio: las campañas al yacimiento de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes The ARQUA National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Cartagena is the venue for an exhibition dedicated..

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Joining a Universidad Popular course can help with integration and new skills
There are courses all over the Murcia Region which will resume in the autumn The Ed's personal account of attending an esparto weaving course. If you live in the Murcia Region and would like to..

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Meaty Melva is an ideal fish for Mediterranean cazuelas and guisos
Pepita’s Cazuela de Melva Empanada is a local recipe from Isla Plana Melva is just one of the environmentally sustainable fish species which can be used for this family recipe. Much has been written..

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Wild tortoise ownership in Murcia and Spain: illegal but surprisingly common
How to get back on the right side of the law if you own a tortoise in Murcia Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain..

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Bonfire licences and disposing of garden rubbish in the Region of Murcia
Regional laws prohibit the lighting of bonfires in urban areas For expats moving to Spain one of the aspects of rules and regulations which it is very difficult to learn about is the issue of bonfires..

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The long shadow of Alicante-Elche looms large over Corvera airport
Fears over the viability of Corvera as the Spanish government continues to invest in growth at the airport in El Altet Mariano Rajoy, the president of the Spanish government, announced on Thursday..

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Another box ticked on the path towards the opening of Corvera airport
The new management company is officially inscribed on the Mercantile Register Another tiny step forward towards the opening of the new international airport in Corvera was taken on Wednesday, when..

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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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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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17th January, pianist Paris Tsenikoglou at the Auditorio Víctor Villegas in Murcia
Music by Borodin, Kodaly, Chopin and Tchaikovsky at the Murcia auditorium The Region of Murcia Symphony Orchestra (OSRM), under the baton of guest conductor Mario Ortuño, are joined by pianist..

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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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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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Corvera International airport articles
After a decade of controversy Corvera airport is on course to welcome its first flights in January 2019 The idea of a new airport in the Region of Murcia first began to be taken seriously in the..

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