Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 22nd February 2019
A late February heatwave this weekend in the Costa Cálida! The last weekend of February looks like being a good time to be in the Costa Cálida as a mini-heatwave hits practically the whole of..

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San Javier windmill restoration project nears completion
Other mills have already been restored in nearby San Pedro del Pinatar The 80,000-euros project to restore the “El Maestre” windmill in San Javier, financed by the regional government, is nearing..

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Swipe card machines alongside collection plates at churches in the Diocese of Cartagena
Quick and easy donations for members of the congregation in a pilot scheme in Cabezo de Torres While Pope Francis grapples with the issue of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church in Rome..

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Major restoration process continues on Santa Maria de Gracia in Cartagena
15,000 bricks are being repaired or replaced one by one at the 18th century church Work to restore and modify the church of Santa Maria de Gracia in Cartagena, which plays a hugely important role..

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Government study aims to make tourism compatible with preservation in Sierra Espuña
134,000 people visited the regional park of Sierra Espuña last year The Department of the Natural Environment in the regional government of Murcia has completed a study into making tourism compatible..

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Pipper the canine influencer reaches the Costa Cálida on his tour of Spain
Dog-friendly tourism in the spotlight as Pipper On Tour arrives in the Region of Murcia Canine influence Pipper, who is on a tour of Spain to campaign for more tourist attractions, hotels, restaurants..

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Property price rises in Spain but no significant movement in Murcia
Two reports conclude that Costa Cálida prices are not bouncing back despite higher demand Analysing current trends in the residential property markets of Murcia and Spain as a whole is not always..

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Rail services from Murcia to Lorca and Águilas suspended for five days more
The substitute bus service will continue to run until 28th February The Spanish railway management company Renfe has announced that the C-2 line linking the city of Murcia with Lorca and Águilas..

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Former Cartagena Mayor repeats demands for a separate province
MC in Cartagena believe that the Murcia government discriminates against Cartagena As Spain begins a 3-month period of what is likely to be fierce election campaigning and pre-campaigning the main..

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General election forces postponement of Cieza fiestas
The main events are put back a fortnight to 11th and 12th May The annual Fiestas del Escudo y la Invasión in Cieza, which usually start at the end of April, have been postponed due to a general..

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Mazarrón woman faces charges after reporting non-existent burglary
The version of events offered by the accused did not tie in with crime scene investigation findings A 64-year-old woman has been detained by the Guardia Civil in Mazarrón on charges of falsely..

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Disastrous scenes at Corvera airport in emergency simulation
2 dead and 53 injured in the scenario enacted at the airport on Wednesday There were scenes of disaster at the new Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera on Wednesday, as dozens of injured..

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Major overhaul for the San Pedro del Pinatar-Lo Pagán road
5,000 vehicles a day use the RM-F32 at the northern end of the Mar Menor To coincide with the holding of the weekly regional cabinet meeting in San Pedro del Pinatar on Wednesday Fernando López..

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Anger as Spain threatens to block visa-free travel for Brits after Brexit
A 60-euro travel visa may be needed by UK nationals in the EU as Gibraltar terminology dispute hits deadlock It is being widely reported in the British press that Spain is planning to derail plans..

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Chamber music concerts in the terminal building at Corvera airport!
Young musicians will air their talents in a series of mini-concerts at the new Murcia airport An initiative was presented on Wednesday by which musicians belonging to the Region of Murcia Symphony..

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Late February heatwave heading for the Costa Cálida!
Maximums in inland areas could reach 27 or 28 degrees by Saturday After weeks of stability in the weather in the Region of Murcia, with temperatures close to the average for the time of year and..

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New medical centre on the way in Lo Pagán
Staffing is also to be increased at the SMS centre in San Pedro del Pinatar It was confirmed during the weekly meeting of the regional government’s cabinet in San Pedro del Pinatar on Wednesday..

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Corvera airport name change approved by Congress committee
The civil aviation authority is expected to ratify the use of the name Juan de la Cierva It has taken longer than was originally anticipated, but on Wednesday a national Congress committee gave..

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More obstacles for the completion of the San Javier-Santomera motorway which ends in an orange grove
The latest objections relate to the environmental impact report which was compiled 15 years ago When construction work on the RM-1 motorway ground to a halt in 2011 it resulted in the road which..

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Mazarrón businesses urged to be wary of advertising fraudsters
Callers to businesses are falsely claiming to represent a magazine supported by the Town Hall The Town Hall of Mazarrón has issued an official statement warning establishments and businesses in the..

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Back up into the twenties at the weekend in Costa Cálida according to Aemet
Temperatures set to rise as the February drought continues in Murcia As we enter the last week of February it is looking increasingly likely that the amount of rainfall during the month could be..

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Free visits to the lighthouse of Cabo de Palos on 16th and 17th March
The first open days at the 150-year-old lighthouse last November were a great success Following the success of the first open days at the lighthouse of Cabo de Palos last November, when members..

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Regional park of El Valle y Carrascoy to be extended by 910 hectares
The park is located in the mountains just south of the city of Murcia The Regional Park of El Valle y Carrascoy, which occupies an area of 17,410 hectares in the mountains just south of the city..

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7-year-old rescued from open drainage pipe in the municipality of Cartagena
Open pipes and wells have been sealed in Cartagena and Alhama in light of the recent tragedy in Málaga After the tragic death of a 2-year-old boy in Málaga last month, when he fell down a well..

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Mar Menor smugglers arrested with 840 kilos of hashish
Drugs were being brought into Spain from Morocco via the lagoon Six people of Moroccan and Spanish nationality have been arrested by the Guardia Civil following the discovery of a group which..

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Emergency simulation on Wednesday at Corvera airport
No cause for alarm as numerous emergency service vehicles will be taking part Passengers flying into or out of the Region of Murcia International Airport on Wednesday 20th February should not be..

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23 per cent of homes sold in Murcia in the last quarter were bought by non-Spaniards
The property market in Murcia is among the most reliant in Spain on UK buyers Spain’s property registrars have added their voices to those reporting a positive year for the property market in..

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Green filters could protect the Mar Menor from harmful run-off from the Sierra Minera
Activists denounce harmful runoff from open mines every time it rains in the mountains A great deal of concern has been expressed lately regarding the possibility of there being unhealthily high..

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Águilas man faces hate crime charges after advocating violence against Muslims
Three years of Facebook activity led to two of his accounts being closed A 53-year-old resident of Águilas has been arrested by the Guardia Civil on charges of committing hate crimes after he..

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The winter flu epidemic looks to be dying out in Murcia
The number of new cases reported dropped by 30 per cent last week It now appears that the fall in the number of flu cases reported in the Murcia over the last couple of weeks is due not to a temporary..

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Emaciated American Staffordshire Terrier in Alhama, owner faces charges
The Guardia Civil call upon the public to report suspected cases of maltreatment of pets A resident of Alhama de Murcia is facing charges after he was found by the Seprona wildlife protection wing..

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24-hour bus services in Águilas during the main events of the 2019 Carnival
No need to take a taxi to get back to your Águilas hotel after a night of revelry! With the 2019 Carnival festivities about to get under way in Águilas the special urban bus timetables for the..

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Improvements at the Charco del Zorro beauty spot in Jumilla
A popular spot for a day out among locals just behind the castle of Jumilla Many visitors to the town of Jumilla in the north of the region of Murcia don’t have enough time to venture round to..

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Arsenic found in mining waste off the coast of Portmán
Portmán was the scene of one of the worst ecological calamities of the 20th century There has been considerable debate lately over the issue of soil contamination in areas where open-cast mining..

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Mar Menor seahorse population recovering spectacularly
A five-fold increase in a year but the numbers are still far lower than a decade ago The improvements in water quality and the marine environment of the Mar Menor over the last two years are having..

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100,000 tons of lemons are being left on the trees in Murcia
Bitterness for Murcia lemon growers, better news for artichoke farmers! As the harvest season continues for two of the most important crops in the Region of Murcia, lemons and artichokes, agriculturalists..

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Mallorca added to summer flight schedule at Corvera airport
5,500 flights on 22 routes at the Region of Murcia International Airport this summer It is reported in regional newspaper La Verdad that the flight schedule at the Region of Murcia International..

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Inflation in Murcia is the lowest in Spain
Prices in the Costa Cálida in January were just 0.6 per cent higher than last year The definitive statistics regarding inflation in Spain in January have been published by the government’s central..

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Cool and grey in the Costa Cálida but still no rain!
Barely a drop of rain in Murcia since mid-December The cloud cover of the weekend in the Region of Murcia looks set to continue at least during the early part of the week, according to State meteorological..

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Aviation museum and air displays for the old airport terminal building of San Javier
Regular vintage air shows are likely over the shore of the Menor! After a period of negotiations which began last April the Fundación Infante de Orleans (FIO) has confirmed to the Town Hall of..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 15th February 2019
Catalan separatists force a general election in Spain as the trial of their former leaders begins in Madrid In a week when a survey found that 73 per cent of the people of Murcia were suffering..

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Murcia ecologists oppose EU proposal to defer closure of aquifer wells
The 2027 deadline to close over-exploited wells could be extended Ecologists and non-governmental organizations in the Region of Murcia are demanding that the national government, in its last few..

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Tuna and swordfish prices soar in Cartagena due to reduction in fishing fleet
The sale of two longline fishing vessels has resulted in fewer tuna being brought ashore The fishermen’s guild in the port of Cartagena report that last year the total catch fell by approximately..

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Murcia animal shelter faces serious overcrowding as zero sacrifice law takes effect
Overcrowding at the Murcia zoonosis centre due to new zero sacrifice law The swift introduction of the “zero sacrifice” law for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in the Region of Murcia has..

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Drone boats to patrol and monitor marine reserves and fish farms in Murcia
The equipment is designed and built by a team at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena A team from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), with support from the regional government..

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Four arrested after 9 burglaries at rural properties in Mula
Spanish and Colombian youths detained by the Guardia Civil Four people have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in connection with a series of nine burglaries at country properties in the municipality..

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Águilas Town Hall removes single-use plastic cups from public buildings
A small but important step to combat plastic pollution in the seas and oceans Over the last two years the regional and local governments of the Region of Murcia have been stepping up their efforts..

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Bus service to link Corvera airport with Mazarrón, Lorca and Águilas
The route will come into operation for the summer and may include a stop in Camposol A month after the opening of the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera it has been confirmed that..

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73 per cent of Murcianos suffer Valentines Day stress
The number of people not celebrating the occasion is reported to have risen by 50 per cent this year As happy couples all over the world celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day it is worth remembering..

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Diamonds are a cancer sufferer’s best friend
Cartagena researchers publish a breakthrough in quantum technology Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) have developed a signal analysis technique using devices containing..

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Murcia irrigation farmers threatened by new EU recycled water regulations
The Region of Murcia is a pioneer in maximizing recycled water usage in agriculture Due to the inherent lack of water for irrigation purposes in south-eastern Spain the Region of Murcia has become..

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Doctors and hospitals in Spain banned from calling patients in by name
Confidentiality rules mean hospital staff may not inform visiting relatives of patients’ room numbers Amid concerns over data protection rights the public health service of the Region of Murcia..

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Corvera airport featured on ONCE lottery tickets
5.5 million tickets will be offered for sale all over Spain for the draw next Monday The Region of Murcia International Airport is to be featured on the ONCE lottery tickets sold for the draw..

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Brown bins for compostable waste to be introduced in the city of Murcia
The fifth container will be used to collect food for a protein-producing larvae farm Efforts are being intensified to encourage the recycling of waste in the Region of Murcia, and the Town Hall..

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Woman robbed of 20,000 euros outside Molina de Segura bank
The victim was distracted while the thieves snatched the cash and made off The Policía Nacional are searching for two men and a woman who stole 20,000 euros from a woman who had just taken the cash..

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Cartagena hospital car parking fees slashed
Daily rate cut to just 2.12 euros at the Santa Lucía hospital just outside Cartagena After years of argument and disagreement this week the long-awaited reductions in parking fees at the Santa..

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Marijuana plantation found in squatter property in Totana
Neighbours reported the characteristic scent of cannabis in a nearby playground A man and a woman are under investigation and face possible charges after a marijuana plantation was found by the..

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Col Romanesco in Murcian markets now
Is it broccoli or cauliflower???? This marvellous mountain of green peaks and spikes is incredibly versatile and excellent value. Shoppers at the region's street markets may have seen this peculiar..

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Ecofinca Torrecillas aims to plant 1,000 trees in the Sierra de Carrascoy by Easter
Britons and Dutch joining in the re-forestation scheme at in the Regional Park of El Valle-Carrascoy! Ecofinca Torrecillas, which offers open-air, wildlife discovery and experiences for all the..

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Murcia airport passenger numbers down by 8 per cent as flights switch from San Javier to Corvera
More flights but fewer passengers at Corvera than in January 2018 at San Javier Following the opening of the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera on 15th January, when existing flights..

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29th to 31st July, inaugural European Cricket League at La Manga Club this summer
Clubs from 8 countries compete in the Champions League of continental cricket in Europe! The prestigious resort of La Manga Club has been selected as the official venue first European Cricket League..

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More furtive fishermen detained on the Murcia coastline
Two men in a boat were caught red-handed by the Guardia Civil in Portmán The efforts of the Guardia Civil to clamp down on furtive fishermen casting their nets without a licence to do so appear..

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A million seeds a day planted by one machine in the Campo de Cartagena
Up to 1.4 million lettuces can be planted in a day by the machine in the fields of Balsapintada An illustration of the extent of leaf vegetable farming in the Campo de Cartagena, from where a..

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Murcia government withholds licences for gambling salons
330 gaming salons are already open in the Region of Murcia The problem of addiction to gambling is one which has been becoming more and more apparent over recent years, particularly as young people..

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Beware fake deaf-dumb con artists on the streets of Spain
A Rumanian woman posing as a charity collector stole a 1,700-euro bracelet from a man in Murcia The Guardia Civil have issued another warning that groups of fraudsters are operating the perennial..

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Don Simón launch fully recyclable fruit juice cartons
The Jumilla-based firm plans to extend the new containers to its whole range of drinks and soups The Jumilla-based drinks company J. García Carrión has launched a new range of fruit juices which..

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More property market growth in Murcia than anywhere else in Spain in 2018
The level of activity in the Costa Cálida market has increased by 76 per cent in 4 years! The publication of the December property sales figures on Tuesday by the government’s central statistics..

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Property sales figures in Spain up by 10 per cent last year
Slow-downs in Catalunya and the Balearics but the market recovery spreads to more regions This Tuesday saw the publication by the government’s central statistics unit of the residential property..

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Protests against cruelty to greyhounds all over Spain as the hunting season ends
Activists claim that over 50,000 greyhounds are abandoned or killed every year It has become traditional for early February to be a time of vociferous argument between hunters and animal protection..

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Wild boar made fair game for hunters in Murcia in response to swine fever threat
If swine fever spreads to Spain the armed forces could become involved! The risk of swine fever spreading to the Region of Murcia has led to the regional government declaring wild boar fair game..

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Flu cases dropped by 26 per cent in Murcia last week
7 more deaths related to the virus bring the total this winter to 40 The number of cases of flu reported last week in the Region of Murcia was 26 per cent lower than the week before, and although..

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Furtive fishermen reeled in by Guardia Civil in La Azohía
Two men were caught with octopus and grouper while fishing at night without a licence Two furtive fishermen have been caught red-handed by the Guardia Civil in La Azohía, at the eastern end of..

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30 cemetery graves found in the excavation of the Moorish San Esteban site in Murcia
An entire residential quarter of the 12th century city of Mursiya is being investigated Work goes on at the archaeological excavation of the site of San Esteban in the centre of Murcia, where the..

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One walker dies in Abarán while another is rescued near El Portús
Emergency services staff in action on Sunday in the Region of Murcia Emergency services staff in the Region of Murcia were called out on Sunday to deal with two incidents involving walkers in rural..

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Loggerhead sea turtle released into the Mediterranean in Bolnuevo
The second release this year for the same lucky turtle after earlier treatment in Valencia! Another loggerhead sea turtle was re-released into the wild last Friday after receiving treatment at..

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Gorgeous weather in the Costa Cálida, perhaps too gorgeous
Image: the winner of last year’s Floración photography competition, taken by Josefa Ruiz Pérez Climate change threatens wildlife as warm dry weather starts earlier and earlier in the year..

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Mercadona to eliminate single-use plastic shopping bags – but is this just a publicity stunt?
Customers in Spanish supermarkets are swamped with un-necessary packaging This week the environment has been a hot topic in the news, scientists from NASA announcing that 2018 was the fourth hottest..

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Credit card thieves arrested in Mazarrón
Two men spent 800 euros using cards belonging to supposed friends! Two men have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Mazarrón in connection with repeated instances of credit card fraud in the..

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Hash stash found at Lorca rubbish treatment plant!
Two 30-kilo packages were dumped in a bin somewhere in the west of the Region of Murcia The staff at the Limusa waste management plant in Barranco Hondo, in the municipality of Lorca, continue..

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New Lorca castle access road set open this month
Quicker and safer access to the Fortress of the Sun in Lorca Until now visiting Lorca castle by car has entailed a drive on the narrow winding access road which snakes its way up the hill on which..

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Notaries report 5.7 per cent December rise in Spanish property prices
Sales figures were stagnant across Spain for the second month in a row Spain’s notaries published their latest set of data regarding the residential property market on Friday, reporting year-..

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3 kilometres of palisade fencing to protect the sand dunes of San Pedro del Pinatar
The structures are funded within a budget of 1.8 million euros over 4 years It was confirmed last summer that the regional park of the salt flats and sand dunes of San Pedro del Pinatar is to receive..

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C-2 railway line between Águilas and Murcia City closed from 11th to 23rd February
This affects service stopping at Alhama de Murcia, Totana, Lorca, Puerto Lumbreras and Librilla Between midnight of Sunday10th (ie 00.01am on the morning of the 11th) and 06:00 on the morning of..

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Parts of Sierra Espuña closed to the public for 6 months to protect golden eagles
Popular walking routes will remain open although areas near them will be out of bounds The Nature Protection department of the regional government of Murcia has announced that paths and tracks..

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No-deal Brexit would mean UK passports losing validity before expiry date
Check your passport validity now to avoid travel nightmares after 28th March The UK government website is warning that in the event of the country leaving the European Union by means of a “no..

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Living in Spain with a UK driver’s licence? A no-deal Brexit could mean you have to pass your test again!
The UK government warns expats to exchange their driver’s licences as soon as possible With uncertainty growing over the situation regarding Brexit the UK government website updated its information..

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Bus routes and taxi information from Corvera airport
CLICK ON GALLERY IMAGE TO ENLARGE Corvera airport basic information including taxis, public transport, parking and car rental Basic information about parking at Corvera airport, road access..

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Local and bank holidays in the Region of Murcia and Spain 2019
Check now to find the long weekends on the calendar for 2019! Local holidays in all 45 municipalities of the Region of Murcia Although the official list of public holidays seldom contains any..

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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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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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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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