Fishermen call for fish farming rethink after winter storms destroy enclosures
Escaped sea bass and bream bring market prices down and threaten other species Following the damage done to various of the fish farm enclosures off the coastline of Murcia in recent months, firstly during the severe “gota fría” storm of last September and then in a second gota fría in December and as a result of Storm Gloria in January, the fishermen’s guild of Cartagena is reported..

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More lifeguards on the beaches of La Azohía and Isla Plana this summer
The new lifeguard services contract at Cartagena beaches is being put out to tender It may be only mid-February but already the Town Halls in coastal municipalities of the Region of Murcia are beginning to plan for the beach tourism season, which usually starts at Easter before hitting its peak in July and August, and in Cartagena the procedures for contracting lifeguard services on the shores..

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Warning: Gas maintenance conmen operating in Lorca
Gas scams are all too common in Spain – don’t allow inspectors in unless a pre-booked appointment has been made The company which manages and administers the supply of butane gas canisters in Lorca, Butano y Energía del Sureste SL, reports that it has received numerous complaints in recent weeks from customers who have been the victims of conmen posing as repair and maintenance technicians..

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Amazing make-up for the Suelta de la Mussona in Águilas
Stunning images from the Federation of the peñas showing how this extraordinary make-up is applied The Carnival festivities in Águilas, the largest and most spectacular in the Region of Murcia, are now moving up into top gear following the release of the “Mussona” on the Explanada of the Castillo de San Juan on Thursday evening. The Mussona is a hissing, spitting beast wearing..

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Huge beams arrive in Lorca for construction of a new V-shaped road bridge
The bridge over the River Guadalentín will be the first of its kind in the regional road network of Murcia Work is under way in the city of Lorca to build the first V-shaped road bridge in the regional road network of Murcia, crossing the bed of the River Guadalentín and joining the San Diego district in the east with the Avenida Santa Clara which skirts the historic city centre. The..

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Glut of zebra crossings sends Cartagena backstreet viral on social media!
24 crossings in 800 metres in Calle Floridablanca in the Barrio del Peral The modest street of Calle Floridablanca in the Barrio Peral district in the northern outskirts of the city of Cartagena has shot to nationwide fame over the last few days on account of the scarcely believable count of 24 zebra crossings distributed along its 800-metre length. National television presented Andreu..

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Two arrested after stealing items worth 20,000 euros from a home in Totana
Most of the stolen goods have been recovered by the Guardia Civil Two men in their forties have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Totana in connection with a burglary during which items worth approximately 20,000 euros were stolen from a property in the municipality, while at the same time most of the stolen goods have been recovered and returned to their rightful owner. The burglary..

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Cartagena buys new multacars to enforce parking regulations: more fines!
Multa means fine, so watch out for the multacars!!!!! The first multacar was responsible for 3,500 fines over a period of 14 years Drivers in and around the city of Cartagena may have been relieved when the news broke last year that the “multacar”, the vehicle equipped to photograph cars parked where they shouldn’t be and issue the appropriate fines, had been retired from service..

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Dolphins save the day for sailing fans after cancellation of Águilas regatta
The Carnival Regatta on Sunday was cancelled due to lack of wind There was disappointment for sailing fans in Águilas on Sunday when a lack of wind forced the cancellation of the first leg of the 2020 Carnival Regatta, but those who had been hoping to see the racing at first hand were treated instead to a display of aquatic dexterity by various dolphins enjoying the calm water close to the..

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Stolen plaque from Cartagena Semana Santa monument recovered
Damage to the Monumento al Procesionista has been constant since it was moved to its current location The bronze plaque which was stolen a couple of weeks ago from the plinth underneath the Monumento al Procesionista, a statue or monument in the pedestrian centre of Cartagena which stands in honour of those who take part in the city’s renowned Semana Santa processions, has been recovered..

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Mazarrón promotes dive tourism at major event in Catalunya
The marine reserve of Cabo Tiñoso attracts divers to the bay of Mazarrón all year round A delegation from Mazarrón was in the province of Barcelona over the weekend to promote dive tourism in the municipality at the 2020 edition of the “Mediterránea Diving Show”, which was held in Cornellá de Llobregat. This is one of the most important diving fairs in Spain, with a large number..

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Stunning paper costumes a taste of Águilas Carnival to come
On Sunday evening the paper costumes and bodypainting competition took place in the auditorium This coming weekend Carnival will explode across the Murcia Region, with vibrantly coloured costumes filling the streets, amongst them these stunning costumes made from paper which were unveiled last night in the annual paper costumes and body painting gala in the Infanta Elena Auditorium in Á..

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108th birthday for Totana resident: a lot to be said for the quality of life in the Costa Cálida
El Tío Juan Rita is the best known trovero in the Murcia Region and still participates in many musical events Last Friday was the 108th birthday of Juan Tudela Piernas, better known as “El Tío Juan Rita”, a well-known character in the town of Totana, where he received a visit from Mayor Javier Andreo at his home to mark the occasion. El Tío Juan Rita has for many years been admired..

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Totana Town Hall denounces motocross event at circuit where British rider died last year
The threat of closure hangs over the Los Balcones circuit near Cañadas de Romero The Town Hall of Totana has announced that legal action is to be taken against the organizers of the regional moto-cross championship which took place at the Los Balcones circuit in Cañadas de Romero on Sunday due to the official Town Hall logo having been used on posters advertising the event. The venue..

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Arqua underwater archaeology museum in Cartagena to close for six months
The museum is in danger of becoming an underwater exhibit itself due to leaks in the lower floor walls The Arqua, Spain’s national underwater archaeology museum in the port of Cartagena, is to close its doors to visitors for six months due to problems, ironically, of seawater seeping into the building on account of deficiencies in the construction which some sources are attributing to budget..

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Opposition in Lorca and Mazarrón to plans for huge offshore fish farm
Plans are pending approval for 80 enclosures to be located under 2 kilometres from the coast Considerable opposition is being expressed in Lorca to plans to create a massive fish farm area just off the coast of Puntas de Calnegre, with the Town Hall among those planning to present official objections to the proposals which are currently on public display. The most eye-catching feature of..

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The high cost of a little ray of sunshine
She may look cute but this adorable little pup is about to push up the monthly vets bill even higher Which is why she was unceremoniously dumped into the arms of Friends of Mazarrón Animals when they went to pick up three unwanted greyhounds from a local hunter. "The times they are a changing", the regional government has legislated to prevent the sacrifice of many thousands..

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Three minors under investigation in Mazarrón after spate of car vandalism
At least a dozen cars were damaged during a mindless spree on 9th December The Guardia Civil of the Region of Murcia has place three minors under investigation in Mazarrón following an investigation into various cases of vandalism to motor vehicles, relating the youngsters to at least twelve cases of damage being done to cars. The investigation began in December after a noticeable increase..

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New artisan centre opens in the Pósito building in Lorca
The 16th century building is now devoted to the promotion and display of traditional crafts Fernando López Miras, the president of the regional government of Murcia, visited the city of Lorca on Tuesday evening to officially open the new Casa del Artesano, a home and outlet for craftsmen and women and artisans in the south-west of the Region. The new centre is located in the old “Pó..

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Merchant vessel picks up 14 African migrants off Cabo Tiñoso
The interception took place on Tuesday morning 30 miles from the Costa Cálida 14 African migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into southern Spain were picked up on Tuesday morning by a merchant vessel 30 miles south of Cabo Tiñoso (the headland at the eastern end of the bay of Mazarrón) and taken ashore to the port of Cartagena on board a maritime rescue boat based in Garrucha..

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New free parking for Lorca weekly market
The town hall has organised free parking opposite the Huerto de la Rueda from this week The main weekly shopping market in Lorca is a good one, and is much larger than many other local municipal markets, held every Thursday at the Huerto de la Rueda next to the Santa Quiteria fairground and conference centre, except during the Feria de Lorca in September when it temporarily moves to Calle Tom..

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Black vultures nesting in Murcia for the first time in over a century
The species joins the griffon vulture in the mountains of Lorca and the north-west An article published in regional newspaper La Verdad on Monday highlights the return to the Region of Murcia of the black vulture, with ornithologists excited by the successful breeding and rearing of a chick for the first time in over 100 years. The chick hatched last year in the mountains of Sierra del..

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Cartagena Town Hall devotes land in Tallante to experimental desert truffle cultivation
The gastronomic delicacy is ideally suited to the climate of the Costa Cálida For a few years now various agriculturalists and chefs in the Region of Murcia have been extolling the virtues of the desert truffle as a gastronomic delicacy and a viable crop which requires very little water to prosper, and in this context the Town Hall of Cartagena has announced that a plot of 1,500 square metres..

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Sheraton hotel in Hacienda del Álamo denies having laid off staff
The company reports having maintained its full staff since the hotel re-opened It was reported on Monday that in the face of a downturn in tourism in the Costa Cálida following the effects along the coast of three major storms and the acceleration in the deterioration of the marine environment of the Mar Menor the 4-star Sheraton hotel in the Hacienda del Álamo golf resort had released approximately..

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500 pay homage in Cartagena to migrants who died crossing the Mediterranean
Flowers cast into the sea in memory of those who failed to reach Spain and southern Europe Approximately 500 people gathered on the seafront in Cartagena on Sunday to pay homage to the migrants who have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean from northern Africa to southern Europe, taking part in and witnessing an emotional event which was being held in the city for the sixth consecutive..

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A chance for Bremainers to fight for individual EU citizenship?
UK nationals opposed to Brexit believe they could apply for individual associate EU citizenship The UK has now left the European Union and the two sides have the remainder of 2020 to negotiate their future relationship, but a considerable number of British people, living both in the UK and abroad, regret losing their status as EU citizens. Unlikely as it may seem, though, there is still..

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Free parking at Águilas Plaza for the main Carnival parades
The edge-of-town mall offers 1,044 parking spaces free of charge As has been the case for a number of years the Águilas Plaza shopping mall is playing its part in the 2020 Carnival celebrations in the town, the most spectacular and best-attended of their kind in the Region of Murcia, providing free parking during the main events, which this year take place during the last week of February...

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Online booking for seats at the main 2020 Carnival parades in Águilas
Secure a guaranteed vantage point for the most spectacular Carnival parades in the Costa Cálida As the start of the spectacular Carnival celebrations in Águilas approaches the Town Hall and the Federación de Peñas have confirmed that once again seats in the stands lining the procession route can be booked online. The online booking facility can be found here and will be made operational..

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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 seldom contains any surprises, it always arouses great interest as people scan the calendar for “puentes” (bridges), as long weekends are referred to in Spanish. One peculiarity of the 2020..

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