King of Spain opens the Roman Forum museum in Cartagena
Felipe VI visits the museum at the largest city centre archaeological park in Europe King Felipe VI of Spain visited Cartagena on Thursday to officially open the Roman Forum Museum, the latest addition to the long list of important archaeological sites and monuments related to the Roman city of Carthago Nova. The opening ceremony began at 11.30 and despite restrictions on the number of people..

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Mass Covid vaccination in Mazarrón on 11th May for 60- to 79-year-olds
Second doses for those in their 70s, first jabs for those in their 60s at the La Aceña sports pavilion The SMS regional health service of Murcia is going ahead on Tuesday 11th May with the mass administration of the second dose of Covid vaccines to all 70- to 79-year-olds in the municipality of Mazarrón who received their first doses in April. The vaccines are to be given between 9.00..

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Águilas and San Pedro del Pinatar promote the Recicla Esperanza glass recycling campaign
741 tons of glass were collected for recycling in Águilas last year Águilas and San Pedro del Pinatar are among the municipalities taking part in a new glass recycling campaign entitled “Recicla Esperanza” (Recycle Hope), which combines the need to combat climate change with the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign is organized by the non-profit-making organization Ecovidrio..

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Saturday 8th May, Mazarrón rallysprint: the 38th Subida Playas de Mazarrón
Racing takes place on the N-332 between Puerto de Mazarrón and Los Ruices Petrol heads and racing fans enjoy the Mazarrón mountain sprint rally but residents will be unable to enter or leave their properties Residents of the Valdelentisco valley, which is the steep and twisting valley on the N-332, the inland road between the Puerto de Mazarrón and Cartagena, are advised that once again..

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Lorca prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the destructive 2011 earthquakes
Memorials are planned in remembrance of the 9 people who died in Lorca on 11th May 2011 Next Tuesday 11th May marks the 10th anniversary of one of the saddest dates in the recent history of Lorca, and the Town Hall will be holding a commemorative event for the victims of the earthquakes which reduced numerous buildings to rubble in the Plaza de España at 19.00. This will be just minutes..

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Lorca clamps down on illegal waste dumping
96 tons of rubble removed from a site on the outskirts of the city of Lorca The Town Hall of Lorca has removed 96 tons of rubble from an unauthorized tip in the La Viña district at a site close to a school for children with special educational needs and alongside the A-7 motorway on the outskirts of the city. Most of the materials removed were old bricks, tiles and other material from..

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Mazarrón rider makes motorbike racing history
Pedro Acosta has won three of his first four Grands Prix at the age of just 16 Just a few weeks shy of his 17th birthday Pedro Acosta, a young motorcycle racer from Mazarrón, made history at the weekend when he became the first rider ever to finish on the podium in his first four Moto 3 world championships. By winning the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez, Acosta extended a remarkable start to..

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Gebas residents win best critical Mayo prize at the 2021 Los Mayos in Alhama
The winning tableau reiterates complaints about the road to Gebas and El Berro The 2021 Los Mayos fiestas in Alhama de Murcia went ahead this year in a limited fashion due to the on-going pandemic, with the Corremayos events suspended and fewer concerts and other entertainments marking the start of May, but the Mayos themselves were on display in parks, squares and gardens and one of the winning..

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New Mazarron waste water treatment plant in Majada proceeding well
The Murcia region recycles more of its waste water than any other area of Spain The managing director of the Entity of Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment of the Region of Murcia (Esamur), Ignacio Díaz, visited the works of the new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the village of Majada, in the Mazarrón municipality on Monday to view the progress of the new installation. This new infrastructure..

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Cockfighting arena and badly injured birds found in Totana
The incriminating evidence includes wounded cocks and a blood-stained arena One person has been placed under investigation in the municipality of Totana and is likely to face charges related to cruelty to animals after the Guardia Civil found what appears to have been used as a cockfighting arena. The location was discovered during a drug trafficking operation involving 13 house searches..

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 14,000-euro restoration of traditional sheepfold completed in Sierra Espuña
The rudimentary structure in the mountains is described as being of great ethnological value 14,000 euros have been spent by the regional government of Murcia and the Agroeconatura association on the restoration of a traditional sheepfold in the Valdelaparra area of the mountains of Sierra Espuña. These rudimentary structures were used in the past by shepherds to shelter their flocks at..

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New management contract put out to tender for the social club bar in Isla Plana
The popular bar has been closed for two and a half years after allegations of irregularities by the previous management At long last the Town Hall of Cartagena has put out to tender a new contract to run and manage the bar-cafeteria in the social centre of the Asociación de Vecinos in Isla Plana, two and a half years after it was closed down by the local police amid allegations of irregularities..

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Hailstorm damage to fruit and vegetables in Murcia on Tuesday estimated at 3 million euros
The violent storm ruined crops from Totana in the south-west to Jumilla in the north The heavy hailstorm which battered many areas of the Region of Murcia on Tuesday afternoon is reported to have caused extensive damage to fruit orchards in the area, with the losses for agriculturalists potentially amounting to millions of Euros according to the UPA farmers’ union. The fruit affected..

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Minor earthquake between Lorca and Puerto Lumbreras
The tremor on Wednesday afternoon measured 2.1 mbLg A seismic tremor measuring 2.1 mbLg was felt by just a few residents in the El Consejero district of the municipality of Lorca and parts of Puerto Lumbreras on Wednesday afternoon, with the epicentre located in the north-east of the municipality of Puerto Lumbreras. The quake occurred at 16.03 close to the A-7 motorway and no related damage..

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Regional surveillance program finds no tiger mosquitos in Mazarrón
Over 500 georeferenced sampling points were installed across the Region of Murcia The regional ministry of Health in Murcia has carried out an Entomological Vigilance Program to measure the prevalence and distribution of the tiger mosquito and, in collaboration with the University of Murcia, carried out two sampling procedures during March and April.   In the first sampling, 284 georeferenced..

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Lorca embroidery loses out in bid for UNESCO World Heritage recognition
The gold and silk embroideries of Lorca are featured in the spectacular annual Semana Santa parades The latest bid to include the traditional gold and silk embroidery of the city of Lorca in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage has again ended in disappointment, following the news that Spain’s National Historical Heritage Council has decided instead to name manual bell-ringing..

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29th April to 9th May, Los Mayos fiestas in Alhama de Murcia
Click for Alhama de Murcia tourist information office Click for the Archaeological Museum Los Baños The 2021 fiestas make a partial return to Alhama after the online events of 2020 Throughout Spain and the rest of Europe, May Day celebrations are held to mark the spring and the arrival of a period of fertility and abundance. Their roots lie firmly in the pagan past, although in Spain..

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Health backtracks after anger over centralization of Covid vaccination in Murcia at 8 major centres
Complaints from angry mayors seem to have prompted a rapid back-peddling Various local Mayors in parts of the Region of Murcia expressed their disappointment and anger at the announcement by the regional government on Thursday that coronavirus vaccination was to be “prioritized” at just eight major centres, two of them in the city of Murcia (the Palacio de los Deportes and the Enrique Roca..

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Solar power projects in Murcia will be rejected if they are not integrated into the landscape
The regional government establishes aesthetic criteria for solar panels as well as ecological ones The solar power plants which are being installed in many parts of the Region of Murcia, taking advantage of the climate of the Costa Cálida while at the same time contributing to the all-important process of ecological transition, continue to be a source of considerable controversy, and the issue..

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Revised plans presented for massive solar power plant in Lorca
Little bustards in Zarcilla de Ramos contribute to the need for modification while tortoises delay the mega-plant proposed in Puerto Lumbreras The Chinese-owned company X-Elio remains firmly committed to expanding its network of solar power plants in the Region of Murcia, having recently presented the new installation in the municipality of Mazarrón, and has now presented its modified design..

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Murcia government to take ANSE naturalists to court over the purchase of Cabo Cope
The government bids to gain legal backing to gazump ANSE for ownership of the headland The cabinet of the regional government of Murcia decided on Thursday to insist on their right to “gazump” the naturalist group ANSE and purchase the emblematic headland of Cabo Cope in the municipality of Águilas, in the south-west of the Region, and to take the matter to court in order to own the 270..

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 Man killed by lightning in Fuente Álamo as storms sweep across Murcia
The 45-year-old was picking spinach in Balsapintada when lightning struck The heavy rain and thunderstorms which affected much of southern Murcia on Thursday claimed one life in the municipality of Fuente Álamo, where a 45-year-old man died when he was struck by lightning while working on crop fields, reportedly picking spinach, in the rural district of Balsapintada. The incident was reported..

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Migrant traffickers arrested in Cartagena, Mazarrón and Fuente Álamo
20 illegal immigrants were found in safe houses awaiting transport to northern Europe Over the course of the last year or so the pattern of unauthorized migrants crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa to the coast of southern Spain has started to change, and this has been particularly noticeable in the Murcia region where there has been a considerable increase in the numbers of Algerians..

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Driver arrested for transporting 135 kilos of hashish on the A-7 motorway in south-west Murcia
The French-Moroccan attempted to avoid the Guardia Civil in Puerto Lumbreras and Lorca A French national of Moroccan origin has been arrested by the La Guardia Civil following the interception of a vehicle which was found to be carrying 135 kilos of hashish on the A-7 motorway in the south-west of the Region of Murcia. The driver of the black car attempted to evade a police check on the..

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New auditorium planned for Mazarrón as the Town Hall purchases old Guardia Civil HQ
The abandoned building in the centre of Mazarrón has been purchased for 430,000 euros The Town Hall of Mazarrón has completed the purchase of the former Guardia Civil headquarters on Avenida Constitución in the centre of the town, a building which has been in disuse for many years, for 430,000 euros, and now intends to press ahead with plans to demolish it and build in its place an auditorium..

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Major restoration of the Embarcadero de Hornillo in Águilas set to begin this year
The emblematic jetty is a monument to British engineering dating from 1903 Restoration of the Embarcadero del Hornillo, the iconic loading jetty which was built by British engineers in the first years of the 20th century to facilitate the export of minerals from Águilas in the south-west of the Region of Murcia, will begin later this year, according to the local Mayoress, with the contract..

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2 stages of the 2021 cycling Tour of Spain in the Region of Murcia
On 21st August the riders will follow the shore of the Mar Menor to the finish line in La Manga The official presentation was made on Thursday of the 2021 Vuelta a España, cycling’s Tour of Spain, an event which is one of the highlights of the annual calendar along with the other major three-week Grand Tours (in France and Italy), and it was revealed that the route followed by the peloton..

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Masks must be worn in public areas when travelling to Spain
A few helpful hints for visitors travelling to Spain this summer and concerned about Covid regulations here Updated 18th July due to changing info about masks. Although Spain is open for tourist visitors this summer, there is no escaping the fact that Covid-19 is still very much amongst us, and visitors as well as residents are all painfully aware of the risks posed by travel.   ..

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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 are going to devalue, how many people will die, but what about the devastating effects on charities and all those who are such a backbone of our community life, what about them????????? Well, the..

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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. Last year costumes generally followed an environmental theme, many of them including recycled materials, but this year not a recycled lollipop stick was to be seen, with bling firmly back on the carnival..

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