Jellyfish and strong currents cause yellow warning flags at Costa Cálida beaches
Bathers were urged to take care at 21 Murcia beaches on Sunday Changes in the behaviour of jellyfish off the Mediterranean and Mar Menor coasts of the Region of Murcia have brought good news to bathers..

READ MORE

Warm sunshine returns to the Costa Cálida after 5 days of storms
Localized flooding in Moratalla and Archivel on Saturday evening As the penultimate week of August begins it seems that clear skies and warm sunshine have returned to the Costa Cálida, but last..

READ MORE

Yecla police capture 1.5-metre snake in the town centre
The ladder snake appears intimidating but its bite is not poisonous The Policía Local of Yecla were called out to the town centre on Friday when a stray snake caused considerable alarm among passers..

READ MORE

Emergency surgery for Lo Pagán man to remove magnets from his testicles
Magnets attached to his bed clamped shut on the man’s genitalia! An unusual case at the Hospital Los Arcos del Mar Menor grabbed the headlines in Murcia over the weekend after a 53-year-old man required..

READ MORE

Injured walker rescued in Abanilla
The woman was injured while walking along the spectacular course of the River Chícamo A 45-year-old woman was rescued by helicopter from the gully of the River Chícamo in the municipality of..

READ MORE

Belgian caught red-handed stealing the holy chalice from Lorca church
The attempted theft took place at the Iglesia de San Mateo in Lorca A man has been arrested by the Policía Local in Lorca after stealing the holy chalice and the communion paten (the plate on..

READ MORE

Cartagena police mobile speed trap locations 20th to 26th August
Radar speed gun locations in the city of Cartagena and the rest of the municipality The local police force of Cartagena operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality..

READ MORE

More unsettled weather in the Costa Cálida over the weekend
Clear blue skies are not forecast in Murcia until Monday As of Friday afternoon no official weather alerts have been issued for the Region of Murcia over the weekend by State meteorological agency..

READ MORE

Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 17th August 2018
Extreme heat followed by destructive storms as the weather grabs the headlines in the Costa Cálida It is often said that the British are obsessed with talking about the weather, but this week..

READ MORE

Cartagena separatists broadcast their message over the beaches!
An airborne banner demands the creation of a separate province of Cartagena It is common at the beaches of Spain to see light aircraft trailing banners in the air to advertise products and local..

READ MORE

Dramatic rescue on the rocks of Cala Reona in Cabo de Palos
The fire brigade rescue a man who dislocated a shoulder in a fall Members of the Cartagena fire brigade were called out on Thursday to the beach of Cala Reona in Cabo de Palos in order to rescue..

READ MORE

Desert truffles doing well at experimental plot in Torre Pacheco
Research is under way into alternative crops in the Campo de Cartagena As farmers and agriculturalists in the Region of Murcia constantly strive to improve and vary their crops in order to make..

READ MORE

200 kilos of contraband tobacco confiscated in south-west Murcia
Arrests were made in Águilas, Lorca, Puerto Lumbreras and Mazarrón The Guardia Civil reports that officers have confiscated almost 200 kilos of illegally imported rolling tobacco during raids..

READ MORE

Fruit and veg growers in Murcia count the cost of Thursday’s storm
The worst damage is feared in Cieza, Alhama de Murcia and Lorca As the storms which hit Murcia on Thursday afternoon and evening gradually died down the first reaction of the press and emergency..

READ MORE

Widespread storm damage in Alhama and Librilla as hailstones batter Murcia
Over 100 millimetres of rain in under an hour in the mountains of Sierra Espuña Once again the weather forecasters at Aemet were proved right on Thursday afternoon when violent storms hit the..

READ MORE

Relief in Isla Plana as troublesome Mojón Hills squatters leave the area
The gypsy families left of their own accord after one was arrested on suspicion of theft Residents and holiday-makers in the Mojón Hills development in Isla Plana, in the bay of Mazarrón, are..

READ MORE

Over 1,600 speeding fines in a week in the Region of Murcia
Almost 10 per cent of all cars clocked were found to be travelling too fast The traffic division of the Guardia Civil and the mounted a special anti-speeding campaign in the Region of Murcia last..

READ MORE

Nine cases of drunk driving for HGV and bus drivers in Murcia so far this year
The latest arrest was of a man transporting barrels of beer from Málaga to Alicante! The Guardia Civil report that a truck driver was arrested on Sunday when he was found to be driving along the..

READ MORE

Águilas man wins greasy pole competition for the 16th successive year!
David García takes the first prize of a turkey and 150 euros in the port of Águilas The annual “cucaña” competition in Águilas, in which competitors attempt to scramble along a greasy pole..

READ MORE

Heavy storms and hailstones threaten the grape harvest in north-west Murcia
Yellow alert issued again on Thursday for storms in inland areas of Murcia Those enjoying Wednesday’s national holiday at the beaches of the Costa Cálida may not even have been aware of it..

READ MORE

Showers and hailstorms forecast in Murcia for the national holiday on Wednesday
Yellow alert status in the north-west of Murcia for the Feast of the Assumption Wednesday 15th August is a national holiday in Spain to honour the Feast Day of the Assumption - the climax of the..

READ MORE

Proposal to re-direct Camposol rambla accepted by the CHS and Mazarrón council
The Rambla de los Aznares runs beneath parts of the residential development of Camposol The Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS, the body which administers water courses and supplies in..

READ MORE

Gourd plants to protect tomatoes in the greenhouses of Murcia
Research shows that bottle gourd plants attract whitefly away from tomato plants Researchers at the IMIDA agricultural investigation centre in La Alberca are ready to publish the results of a study..

READ MORE

Molina de Segura the hottest place in Spain on Monday
39.5 degrees in Molina as the Region of Murcia tops the national temperature charts State meteorological agency issued a yellow alert warning for high temperatures in inland areas of Murcia on..

READ MORE

More smartphone addiction in Murcia than anywhere else in Spain
Almost a third of Murcianos spend 5 hours a day consulting their mobiles The results of a survey compiled by Rastreator.com have been made public this week, and they point to the alarming fact..

READ MORE

Information panels report latest water quality data in the Mar Menor
The panels are located in Santiago de la Ribera, Lo Pagán, Los Alcázares and La Manga As part of its efforts to raise awareness of the problems facing the marine environment of the Mar Menor..

READ MORE

1.8 million euros to protect the environment in the natural park of San Pedro del Pinatar
The salt production company in San Pedro will oversee protection of birdlife habitats It was confirmed on Monday that the regional park of the salt flats and sand dunes of San Pedro del Pinatar..

READ MORE

Albatera earthquake measuring 4.3 felt in central and eastern Murcia
The epicentre of the tremor was in Albatera, in the province of Alicante Many residents of central and eastern Murcia were given a fright on Monday afternoon when an earthquake measuring 4.3 mbLg in..

READ MORE

Passenger numbers at San Javier airport hit 5-year high
Almost 85 per cent of July passengers were on flights to and from the UK and Ireland As preparations advance for the closure of Murcia-San Javier airport to civilian traffic next January, when..

READ MORE

Mar Menor transparency measurement reaches 4.49 metres
The improvement comes despite water temperature rising to over 30 degrees in the lagoon The latest water quality measurement in the Mar Menor show that despite the usual increase in temperature..

READ MORE

Court obliges Caixabank to return instalment payments to Trampolín Hills buyers
The regional court of Murcia finds in favour of purchasers whose homes were never built It has been confirmed by the regional courts of Murcia that Caixabank must pay back 102,720 euros to the purchasers..

READ MORE

Former Corvera airport management company suffers another setback in the courts
Aeromur are denied the right to receive a copy of the airport inventory compiled prior to the awarding of a second management contract While preparations advance for the opening of the new Region..

READ MORE

Two bullfighters gored in the ring of Blanca
The annual fiestas of San Roque in Blanca produced an afternoon of high drama The traditional bullfights which are held during the August fiestas every year in Blanca in honour of San Roque, the town..

READ MORE

Sea temperatures reach 30 degrees in the Mediterranean
3 or 4 degrees higher than usual but experts play down link to autumn Gota Fría storms With the month of August well under way it is reported that the water temperature in the Mediterranean has..

READ MORE

Puppies rescued from Alguazas drainage pipe
5 young dogs were saved, a sixth was already dead The fire brigade of Murcia was called into action on Sunday morning after a member of the public alerted the Policía Local of Alguazas to the..

READ MORE

Baby dolphin rescued from El Estacio beach in La Manga
The disorientated dolphin is receiving treatment at the wildlife recovery centre of El Valle Lifeguards on the beach of El Estacio in La Manga del Mar Menor joined forces with staff from the Wildlife..

READ MORE

Motor home driver rescued from Mazarrón mountain track
The disabled driver was trapped among rocks near Playa Amarilla in the area of Bolnuevo A 65-year-old man had to be rescued from his motor-home by the emergency services of Mazarrón on Sunday..

READ MORE

Nolotil: this potentially lethal painkiller is still being prescribed in spite of 10 reported expat deaths
Evidence suggests that Nolotil may occasionally cause sepsis, sometimes leading to death, especially among people of Anglo-Saxon origin More and more evidence is emerging to suggest that Nolotil..

READ MORE

New helicopter added to Murcia forest fire-fighting unit
Murcia firefighters helped to extinguish this week’s blaze near Gandía in Valencia Following the participation of firefighters from the Region of Murcia in this week’s operation to control..

READ MORE

San Javier Jazz Festival awarded National Tourist Interest status
20 years on, the festival in San Javier is now an essential date in the cultural calendar of Murcia Having just celebrated its 21st edition, the San Javier Jazz Festival has gained official recognition..

READ MORE

New square and viewing points in La Manga could be ready for summer 2019
Work in the Galúa area will start before the end of this year Work on the construction of the new Plaza del Mar in La Manga, a public square and garden which is billed as affording the best views..

READ MORE

Lightning starts forest fire just outside Jumilla
Aerial support was needed to douse the flames in the Sierra del Molar The storm clouds which gathered over the north of the Region of Murcia on Wednesday afternoon brought little or no rain to..

READ MORE

Cleaning and security contracts put out to tender at Corvera airport
The terms of the new contracts will apply first to San Javier and then to Corvera On 9th August, 159 days away from the scheduled opening date at the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera..

READ MORE

Security van catches fire while on duty in Cartagena
The on-board fire extinguisher avoided further damage in Calle Jorge Juan The Cartagena fire brigade were called out on Wednesday to deal with an unusual incident at the corner of Calle Jorge Juan..

READ MORE

Neanderthal milk tooth the highlight of 2018 Sima de las Palomas excavation
The Neanderthal child died in the municipality of Torre Pacheco around 100,000 years ago The findings of this year’s dig at the Sima de las Palomas Neanderthal site on the mountain of Cabezo..

READ MORE

Playa Mistral becomes one of the first two “smart beaches” in La Manga
Free wi-fi for beachgoers at this popular San Javier beach as part of the La Manga 365 initiative As part of the efforts to modernize the attractions of the beaches of the Mar Menor and La Manga..

READ MORE

Totana waste collection plant dealt with over 500 tons of rubbish last year
Free garden cuttings collection is available in Totana and other municipalities Expats and holiday homeowners are often not aware of it, but most sizeable municipalities in the Region of Murcia..

READ MORE

2018/19 season tickets to watch Mar Menor FC on sale for just 50 euros!
Get behind your local team in San Javier for the forthcoming season! With the World Cup still fresh in the memories of football fans the new season is about to begin all over Europe, and even with..

READ MORE

Two deaths in two days at the beaches of Los Alcázares
Mar Menor drownings highlight the risk of bathing alone Two drownings in two days at the beaches of Los Alcázares have underlined the danger of elderly bathers being lulled into a false sense..

READ MORE

Humpback whale spotted off Cabo Tiñoso
The first ever sighting of the species off the coast of Cartagena! As many residents and visitors in the Costa Cálida will be aware, whales and dolphins are far from rare in the bay of Mazarró..

READ MORE

Hammerhead sharks to be housed in Murcia University aquarium
Whitetip reef sharks have already bred in captivity at Murcia University Work continues at the University of Murcia to modernize and amplify the aquarium, and among the projects currently under..

READ MORE

Parking controversy at the beach of Percheles in Mazarrón
The owner closes off his land and demands a paying car park at Percheles The popular semi-wild beach of Percheles, at the south-western end of the coastline of Mazarrón, has been the focus of..

READ MORE

San Javier leads the way in Costa Cálida disabled bathing services
Amphibious bathing chairs in Santiago de la Ribera and La Manga account for half of all disabled bathing in Murcia With the second month of the peak summer beach tourism season in the Costa Cá..

READ MORE

Spanish government authorizes closure of San Javier airport on 14th January
Another step forward towards the opening of Corvera airport Another small but crucial step towards the opening of the new Region of Murcia International Airport was taken at the end of last week..

READ MORE

Fried egg jellyfish steering clear of the Mar Menor again this year
Anti-jellyfish netting is barely required as marine biologists lament the absence of the jellyfish Every year great importance is given at the beaches of the Mar Menor to the anti-jellyfish netting..

READ MORE

Alhama Town Hall confirms the end of the Paramount theme park project
The re-classification of land for the Paramount park is now officially annulled If anyone was still harbouring lingering hopes that the failed Paramount theme park project in Alhama de Murcia might..

READ MORE

Reminder: free collection of garden waste and other unwanted items in Totana
Large items can be collected free of charge directly from your home The Town Hall of Totana has issued a reminder to residents about the municipal rules regarding rubbish disposal and collection..

READ MORE

Cabo de Palos lighthouse to open to visitors in September
The historic structure was built in 1862 on the site of an ancient temple to the god Ba’al There has been much debate in recent years over the use to which the historic lighthouse in Cabo de..

READ MORE

Reminder: there is a complete ban on the use of BBQs or camping stoves in the Sierra Espuña during the summer
The regional park is closely monitored during the hotter months of the year for obvious reasons Totana council and Protección Civíl have issued a reminder that it is prohibited to light fires..

READ MORE

Historic aircraft could replace commercial flights at San Javier airport
San Javier airport to become an aviation museum As preparations continue for the closure of Murcia-San Javier airport to civil aviation, which is scheduled for 14th January 2019 before operations..

READ MORE

Murcia property sales continue to soar
The 13th consecutive monthly increase as Costa Cálida homes attract more and more demand This Tuesday saw the publication by the government’s central statistics unit of the residential property..

READ MORE

Sudden 17-degree drop in temperatures as storms hit northern Murcia
Heavy showers and hailstones in Caravaca and Yecla bring relief from 40-degree heat The week-long heat wave in the Costa Cálida is expected to start receding on Tuesday, but a spectacularly sudden..

READ MORE

The Red Cross provides assisted bathing at beaches in the Costa Cálida
Amphibious bathing chairs and personal assistance to help those with limited mobility to take a dip in the sea For visitors to Murcia with mobility problems a visit to the beach might at first..

READ MORE

Summer 2018, free bus service between Condado de Alhama and Alhama de Murcia
The service is running until 2nd September 2018 Throughout the summer of 2018 Alhama de Murcia council is operating a FREE bus service between the Condado de Alhama golf resort and the town of..

READ MORE

Access to the beaches of Calblanque summer 2018: buses in service, cars banned
The wild beaches in the regional park of Calblanque are protected during the summer This summer there are once again strict rules governing the access of motor vehicles to the beaches in the regional..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE

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..

READ MORE