Covid safe bus services from Corvera airport to golf resorts and Costa Cálida towns 2020
How to book on the Interbus routes at the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera The bus or coach services linking the new Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera to the coastal..

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Lower temperatures on Friday with the possibility of storms in the north
Maximums remain in the low 30’s across the region Temperatures are set to cool down slightly on Friday following two days of intense heat as the warnings disappear from the region heading up..

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Spain Covid 2nd July: 5 deaths and 134 new cases in the last 24 hours
The UK has confirmed 829 new cases and 176 deaths in the same period Thursday 2nd July briefing: The national Ministry of Health has reported five deaths from Covid-19 in Spain during the last..

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Spanish tourist sector lost 15 billion euros of revenue in two months of covid lockdown
Zero income from international tourism in Spain for the second consecutive month The cost of the Covid crisis continues to rise and in financial terms one of the sectors hardest hit is that of..

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Hillside fire in Fuente Álamo as temperatures soar
70 firefighters and environmental agents worked on the ground with 3 helicopters in the air to extinguish the blaze With temperatures climbing into the high 30’s today and the hillsides covered..

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Unemployment rises by 1761 in the Murcia Region
Nationally Spain experienced the biggest June increase in unemployment since 2008 June concluded with 1,761 more unemployed in the Region of Murcia, a rise of 22.98% when compared to the same month..

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The Spanish economy declined by 5.2% in the first quarter due to the coronavirus crisis
The INE confirms an unprecedented drop since the statistical analysis began half a century ago The National Statistics Institute (INE) confirmed on Tuesday that the Spanish economy slumped by an..

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Weary municipal councils agree to clean deposits from Mar Menor themselves
The municipalities of the Mar Menor, see little option other than to take on the cleaning of sediment from the shorelines of the beaches. The long-standing arguments about who is responsible for..

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Tragedy on first day of bathing season as 50 year old dies in Águilas
The man was seen floating unconscious in the water by pleasure boaters Tragedy struck on the first day of the bathing season when a 50 year old man died in the Mediterranean off the Águilas coastline..

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Latest water quality measurements for the Mar Menor
Salinity remains low but the transparency and turbidity have improved The regional Minister for Water and Agriculture, Antonio Luengo, presented the latest water analyses relating to the physical..

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Three Los Alcázares beaches prohibit bathing due to Gota Fría damage
The council says it will not open beaches until it is sure that debris has been fully removed following the Gota Fría last September Image: Mari Luz@mluz All other beaches were flying green..

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Murcia exceeds 40 degrees and the heat alerts continue on Thursday
1 degree makes all the difference between a yellow and an orange alert Murcia topped 40 degrees Celsius in several places on Wednesday, Molina de Segura heading up the heat charts with 41 degrees..

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Wednesday Covid Murcia; six new positives bring active cases up to 68
Three of these relate to the Bolivian outbreak Daily Covid figures relating to the current situation in the Region of Murcia confirm that six new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the last..

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From 1st July travellers to Spain must fill out a Passenger Location Card prior to arrival
Aena has contracted 650 further personnel to ensure traveller safety in Spanish airports The Official State Gazette (BOE), has today (1st July) published details of the system of checks on international..

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Spanish families choose safe Spain for their summer holidays
Shorter “Staycations” are on the menu for Spanish families this summer On Friday 3rd July “Operation Summer” begins on Spanish roads, the first Friday in July traditionally the day on which..

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Spain reviewing EU list of safe countries: without reciprocation the list may be scrapped
Covid confusion continues in spite of EU agreement! Hours after the EU agreed a list of 15 "safe countries" to which it will open its external borders starting on Wednesday, the Spanish..

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Accident involving three lorries closes off A-30 Cieza-Albacete
Three lorries were involved in a multiple collision at km 94 on the A-30 in Cieza heading towards Albacete just after 12.30 on Wednesday lunchtime.   During the collision a number of people..

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EU funds to restore two more snow wells in the Sierra Espuña
The “pozos de nieve” supplied ice to the cities and towns of the region prior to the invention of the fridge! As the region swelters in 35 degree heat we take it for granted that the freezer..

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Help Murcia Mar Menor to re-open office on Monday 6th July
The charity has its main office in Los Alcázares but offers help to residents all around the Mar Menor in a multitude of ways. The HELP Murcia Mar Menor office in Los Alcazares will be re-opening..

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King and Queen of Spain to visit Murcia Region on 7th July
The royal couple will visit Murcia City and Cieza as part of a nationwide tour The King and Queen of Spain have begun a series of visits to every autonomous region of Spain to support the recovery..

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Roadside fire extinguished in Águilas
The incident occurred on the RMD-18 heading towards El Cocón Firefighters from the regional fire services (CEIS) of the Murcia Region extinguished a roadside fire on the RMD-18 road, in Águilas..

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Hottest place in Spain on Tuesday was Toledo with 39.9 degrees Celsius
Toledo and Ciudad Real, both in Castilla La Mancha topped the temperature charts on Tuesday Cáceres in Extremadura was next on the list and areas of Andalucía also exceeded 39 degrees celsius..

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!st July: EU borders re-open and summer flights rack-up across Spain
Although fears about the possibility of imported Covid cases continues, the economic situation within the tourist sector requires an injection of tourist cash A welcome sight for the tourist sector..

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Wednesday market resumes in Totana with 180 stalls
Strict safety measures will be in place  Totana returns to something approaching normality on Wednesday as the number of stalls in the weekly market increases to 180. The market is now back..

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Tuesday 30th June Covid cases Region of Murcia; 4 new positives, no deaths
There are now 65 active covid cases in the Region of Murcia Tuesday 30th June and tomorrow borders with 13 non-EU nations and Portugal will open, flights will rack up and the official holiday period..

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Turbulence ahead: Easyjet may close Stansted, Southend and Newcastle bases and lose 30 per cent of staff
The airline is examining its options but may need to shed one third of its workforce The problems for the travel and tourism sector are only just beginning as Covid looks set to be with us for..

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Isla Plana and Cavana (la Manga) consultorios re-open
It is hoped that Tallante, Perín and El Llano will re-open next week The gradual process of re-opening the Cartagena medical consultorios in outlying districts continues on Wednesday 1st July..

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New DGT drones can automatically issue fines; this country cannot bear any more deaths says DGT
15 camouflaged vans join the DGT traffic armoury for this summer and three of the new drones can automaticallty issue fines in the same way as a speed camera Normally the first weekend in July..

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Covid safety advice for Ryanair passengers from 1st July
From Wednesday around 1,000 flights daily will resume with new safety measures in place Ryanair Reminds Passengers Of New Health Measures As It Prepares Big Ramp-Up Of Flights From 1st July  ..

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Murcia government warns that it will reimpose lockdowns if outbreaks worsen
Regional president warns of drastic measures if the “serious irresponsibilities” continue The Murcian regional president, Fernando López Miras, has warned of “drastic measures” following..

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84 new Covid cases in Spain on Monday with 12 regions reporting outbreaks
The first week of new normality in Spain has been marked by outbreaks around the country The Spanish Ministry of Health reported 84 new cases on Covid-19 on Monday, a much lower figure compared..

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The EU will open its borders on 1st July but excludes the US, Brazil and Russia
The EU will open its external borders on 1st July, but not everyone will be welcomed in with open arms. On Tuesday morning a definitive list be published of the 15 countries from which it is considered..

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Three out of 108 illegal migrants detained off Cartagena coast are Covid positive
108 illegal immigrants detained off the Cartagena coastline Three have tested positive for Covid-19 so far Update: by late afternoon there were four positives and eight quarantined. The Salvamento..

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Covid outbreak in Murcia rises to 32 cases
A refrigerated frut and veg. exporter has closed its plant in Murcia city after the latest cases were detected Seven further cases of coronavirus were detected at the weekend relating to the outbreak..

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Alhama de Murcia street market returns in full on Tuesday
This includes clothing, shoes, household goods and food etc. Those who enjoy shopping in street markets will be relieved to hear that Alhama de Murcia is re-opening its street market on Tuesday..

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Alhama de Murcia was hottest place in Murcia on Sunday with 35 degrees
This was almost 5 degrees lower than temperatures in parts of Andalucía yesterday. It certainly felt like the first real day of summer on Sunday, temperatures obviously back to the levels more..

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Los Alcázares sports centre re- opens on 1st July
The sports centre is located at Avenida Joaquin Blume 5 in Los Alcázares, Telephone 968 58 32 40. Re-opening on 1st July after a full renovation and with full safety measures in place. Click..

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  Study says agricultural nitrate use around the Mar Menor must be reduced by 80 percent
It would then take 18 years for the nitrate contamination in the body of water beneath the Campo de Cartagena to recover from its current levels of pollution. Media coverage about the complicated..

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Spanish Government preparing aid package for airlines
It will take years for air travel to recover to current levels even if the Covid virus is brought under control swiftly On Thursday the Minister for Transport and Mobility, José Luis Ábalos..

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Agreement reached to extend ERTE scheme until the end of September
The ERTE scheme aims to protect permanent jobs during extraordinary circumstances After weeks of negotiation, agreement has finally been reached to extend the ERTE temporary redundancies scheme..

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Outdoor public swimming pools will open in 11 districts of the Murcia municipality this year
These are in Corvera, Murcia Parque, El Palmar, Puente Tocinos, Rincón de Seca, La Ñora, Aljucer, Sangonera la Verde, Sangonera la Seca, El Raal and Alquerías. The municipal summer swimming..

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Marijuana plantacion found in Totana second hand car sales unit
The strong smell of marijuana lead to his detention 142 marijuana plants were found inside a second hand car sales company in Totana, concealed inside a sealed area at the back of the sales unit..

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IMF: Spain will suffer a contraction of 12.8% of GDP in 2020, the deepest among advanced economies
A deeper recession in 2020 and slower recovery in 2021 is on the cards they say It only took a little over two months for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be forced to revise its World..

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Canary Islands will simulate covid outbreak to test new tracing app
Trials of the app begin on 29th June on the island of la Gomera and last for two weeks On Tuesday the Spanish cabinet approved a 330,537 euros contract with Indra to design, develop and evaluate..

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San pedro del Pinatar using posidonia to prevent erosion on La Llana beach
Posidonia dragged from the beaches of Torre Derribada and El Mojón is being used as a natural material to help prevent erosion of the Playa de La Llana The Department of the Environment is working..

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Blue flags hoisted over Murcia Beaches
The official presentation of the prized Blue Flags took place with the Region of Murcia flying 32 flags this year Click for the Murcia Beach Guide which contains maps, photos and details for all..

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Mar Menor: Backing for proposal to increase nitrate free strip to 1500 metres
The agricultural sector has presented its own list of amendments to the draft bill for the comprehensive protection of the Mar Menor During the last 24 hours two news stories relating to the ongoing..

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ARQUA sub-aquatic archaeology museum in Cartagena closed for filtration repairs
The museum will be closed for five months The Arqua, Spain’s national underwater archaeology museum in the port of Cartagena, is to close its doors to visitors for a further five months due to..

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King and Queen of Spain visiting every region to support post-Covid recovery
The visits began today in the Canary Islands The King and Queen of Spain have begun a series of visits to every autonomous region of Spain to support the recovery of the country now that the Covid..

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Driver of 40 ton lorry in Fortuna accident was 5 times over the limit
Two lorries collided leaving tons of lemons scattered over the road The driver of a 40 ton lorry is to face charges after being found to be 5 times over the legal alcohol limit . Police were called..

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Corvera airport ready to resume flights from 1st July
Aena has installed ample safety measures to guarantee social distancing for staff and passengers In spite of the continued uncertainty about whether the UK will relax its quarantine regulations..

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Turtle ahead; annual campaign underway as Murcia hopes for more baby turtles
Loggerheads could again lay eggs in the Region of Murcia this year It's turtle season! Last year a precious clutch of eggs laid by a loggerhead turtle hatched here in the Region of Murcia, the..

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Two cut out of overturned vehicle in Torre Pacheco
Two young people were taken to hospital Region of Murcia Emergency services rescued the two occupants of a vehicle which left the road and overturned in the Torre Pacheco municipality just before..

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Two detained for defacing Alhama de Murcia church with graffiti
The door of the iglesia de San Lázaro in Alhama was just one of the locations painted with slogans Agents of the Local Police of Alhama de Murcia have detained the alleged perpetrators of graffiti..

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Motorcyclists more than doubling the speed limit caught on Cartagena- Mazarrón road
One rider was travelling at 191 km/h in a section with a 70 km/h speed limit Local residents will be relieved to hear that finally the police have started to clamp down on motorcyclists who seem..

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Alhama de Murcia Tourist office re-opens on Wednesday 24th June
The tourist office will operate its normal summer hours between June 24th and September 15th The Tourist Information Office is re-opening on Wednesday 24th June and has been fully adapted according..

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Spain removes quarantine requirement for British travellers
Tourists arriving in Spain will not be obliged to quarantine, although at the moment the UK Government will still impose a 14 day quarantine on return to the UK On Saturday the first tourism flights..

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This spring was the wettest in Murcia for 16 years
March exceeded the average value for rainfall by 687%, making it the wettest March of at least the last 80 years It’s no wonder that hayfever sufferers have had more than just Covid-19 to cope..

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Bus routes to Cartagena beaches and La Manga halved for this summer
The council is to spend around 28,000 euros on a tourism promotion campaign on buses in the national Alsa network Alsa, the urban transport service concessionary for the Cartagena municipality..

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Public debt reaches record high at all levels of government in Spain
Spanish public debt has risen at all levels in response to the Covid crisis ; national and regional governments, as well as local councils Debts of public administrations in Spain overall rose..

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Five long weekends in the Murcia bank holidays calendar for 2021
In total, there are fourteen set holidays in the Region of Murcia In 2021 there will be five “puentes” or weekends preceded or followed by a bank holiday, giving workers the chance to enjoy..

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Cartagena continues to re-open outlying medical consultorios
The town hall stresses the need to pre-book appointments in order to minimise the risk Re-opening the large number of outlying medical consultorios in the Cartagena municipality has been a rather..

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Mazarrón installs buoys on two of its wild beaches closest to Bolnuevo
The council is also dumping its Posidonia on the dog beach to “return it to its natural environment” This year municipal councils on the Mediterranean coastline of the Murcia Region are hoping..

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Spanish Government offers subsidies for purchase of new vehicles: Plan Renove
Plan Renove (Plan PIVE) was used very successfully to support the auto sector during the economic crisis and was also extended to encourage the purchase of more energy efficient electrical domestic..

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Lorca Archaeological Museum re-opens
El Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Lorca can be visited on the same morning as a trip to the Lorca Visitor Centre and castle The Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Lorca is located just around the..

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House prices fall in the regions of Spain worst affected by Covid
Analysts say this is hardly surprising and expect prices to fall further this year in the wake of the crisis House prices in the Autonomous Communities of Spain which showed the highest incidence..

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 Terra Natura Murcia waterpark opens with extended hours
Pre-booking via the internet is highly recommended as capacity has been reduced in order to guarantee social distancing On Monday the Terra Natura Murcia wildlife park opened its waterpark for..

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To 6th October Juan Méjica in the Puerto de Mazarrón
Location: Paseo ‘Agustín Herrerín’ in the Puerto de Mazarrón Sculptural art in the open air has arrived in the Puerto de Mazarrón and can be visited until 6th October.   Juan Mé..

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Passenger registration cards and temperature testing only controls in Spanish airports for international travellers
On Monday the first secure tourist corridor will open between Germany and the Balearic Islands On Monday Spain will open the first “secure tourist corridor” between the Balearic Islands and..

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Jet2 delays flight restart to July 15th
Flights to Alicante resume in July and to Corvera airport in August 2020 Originally Jet2 had planned to resume flights from 1st July but this has now been re-scheduled for 15th July and has..

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Interbus from 6th June:  Los Narejos -Torre Pacheco-Los Alcázares- Murcia
Join the Mar Menor group on Facebook for info about Los Alcázares, San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar, Torre Pacheco, La Unión and Cartagena and keep up to date with all the latest news and events..

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1st June: Cooking points in Sierra Espuña close as summer fire risk increases
As a temporary measure the picnic areas have been cordoned off completely due to the impossibility of disinfecting them NB: The regional fire service put out a note this morning reminding the public..

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Post office opening times limited to 3 hours in the morning throughout Spain
Minimal services are being offered for the duration of the coronavirus crisis The 2,500 offices of Correos, the Spanish post office, are to open for only three hours a day and the number of staff..

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Over 17,000 cases of Covid-19 in Spain by Thursday lunchtime
A rise of over 3,431 cases over the last 24 hours as the death toll rises by 169 The latest official figures produced by the Spanish government show that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-..

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Spain approves 20 billion euro package of economic measures to prevent the destruction of employment
Credit is made available to businesses to improve liquidity and temporary redundancies are given greater flexibility The Spanish cabinet has approved a second package of economic measures designed..

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URGENT APPEAL  from Andreas Animal Rescue as coronacrisis deepens
81 donkeys and 37 dogs need food now The media is full of news about how the coronacrisis is going to affect our bank balances, the long-term economic effects for business, how much our pensions..

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ERTE temporary redundancy schemes and how they affect businesses and the workforce
ERTEs are likely to affect millions of employees in Spain during a prolonged coronavirus crisis As it becomes ever clearer that the coronavirus crisis in Spain and the strict measures imposed by..

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Coronavirus case totals in Murcia and Spain - official measures in place to combat the epidemic
The latest updates according to official sources throughout Spain NOTE: This page will be updated as new information becomes available The latest information regarding the number of coronavirus..

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Coronavirus, the facts – and a list of WHO myth-busters
Recommended precautions to reduce the risk of infection include frequent hand washing but not the use of facemasks The Covid-19 coronavirus which is rapidly spreading from China, where the current..

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Donald Trump amongst the bling at Águilas Carnival 2020
Glitter is back on the menu in Águilas this year As normal, the Carnival peñas in Águilas put on a  fabulous display for 2020, with a completely new set of costumes and dance routines...

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EU Property Solutions address foreign mortgage nightmares
Can they chase me in the UK? Are my UK assets under threat? They could be if you don’t act to solve the problem… Over the last few weeks the staff at EU Property Solutions have noticed a significant..

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Get your dog vaccinated against Leishmaniasis if you live in Spain
No fully effective vaccine has been developed but jabs are a sound investment in your dog’s health The hazards to the health of pet dogs are rather different in Mediterranean coastal areas of..

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Why some Spanish bank accounts are being blocked
Accounts are not being blocked because of anything to do with Brexit; account holders must re-affirm their identity every 2 years regardless of nationality Recently some readers have been expressing..

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Why it is so difficult to solve the current problems in the Mar Menor
The problems faced by the Mar Menor are caused by a complex combination of factors, making easy solutions equally difficult to find Anyone with even a passing interest in current affairs in the..

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So Brexit is finally happening – how the transition period affects expats in Spain
The UK leaves the European Union after 47 years at 23.00 on Friday Brexit is finally upon us and at midnight on Friday (mainland Spanish time) the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union..

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The climate emergency is making intense torrential storms more frequent in Murcia
Image: cars washed into the Mar Menor during the storm of September 2019 Aemet warn that events like Storm Gloria are becoming less exceptional Following the third instance of widespread flooding..

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Changing UK driving licences to Spanish as Brexit looms
Those who are resident in Spain MUST change their licences UPDATE: The following is based on information confirmed by the DGT in mid-January 2019. However, on 29th January the British Embassy in..

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Public and bank holidays in the Region of Murcia 2020
Check now to find the long weekends on the calendar for 2020! National, regional and local holidays in all 45 municipalities of the Region of Murcia Although the official list of public holidays..

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Murcia Gota Fría storm and flooding September 2019: overview
Three days of torrential storms which will live in the memory for many years Those whose familiarity with the Region of Murcia and the rest of south-eastern Spain goes back years have learnt never..

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4,000 episodes of flooding on the east coast of Spain in the last 1,000 years
Flooding has been exacerbated by the change in land use over the last millennium While it is important not to underestimate the intensity of the Gota Fría storm which has caused widespread flooding..

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DGT road closures information page
Up to date information about major road incidents and closures across Spain Click for link A very useful information point for road users during major weather incidents is the Spanish Government..

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How liable is your area of the Costa Cálida to flooding?
An online tool shows the "floodability" of the entire Segura basin in detail As the threat of torrential storms looms large in the Region of Murcia, with a red alert for possible downpours..

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Ripped off?????How to complain about car hire companies via Spanish consumer complaints offices
The advice applies to all Spanish airports and any car hire company although the specific complaints we received related to Corvera airport in Murcia This summer has seen a large number of dissatisfied..

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Check you are on the Padrón and that you have renewed within the last 5 years as no-deal Brexit looks increasingly likely
Padrón and voting rights for UK nationals will change significantly with Brexit This week developments in the UK could indicate that the country is heading for a no-deal Brexit, in which case..

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Alcohol and driving in Spain – legal limits and recommendations
There seems to have been some confusion lately over the legal limit in Spain for the alcohol level of drivers, but the laws have not changed for some time and the figures above which fines can be..

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Bus routes and taxi information from Corvera airport 2020
Last updated July 1st 2020 CLICK ON GALLERY IMAGE TO ENLARGE Corvera airport basic information including taxis, public transport, parking and car rental Airport parking at Corvera airport..

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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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