Turre puts out tender for bars during the feria, puts limits on prices

Turre tower

In a surprise move, Turre council has put out to tender the two bars that will be permitted at this years feria. If you want to run one of them it will cost you 2,500€ plus 200€ flat fee for water & electricity. You’ll also need to have all your paperwork in order and a public liability insurance minimum of 50k. Each bar must have a minimum of 15 tables and 60 chairs. You’ll also Continue reading

Three saved from drowning on Mojacar beach

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Three people have been saved on La Rumina beach in Mojacar just hours after a man drowned on another nearby Mojacar beach. Emergency services were called at 18:20 after the three people were spotted struggling against currents offshore. Two of the people were rescued by Civil protection units and the third was rescued by other bathers. All were taken to the medical centre for a checkup, being exhausted and cold but are said to be Continue reading

Man drowns on Mojacar beach

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A 59 year old man from Madrid drowned on Bancal beach in Mojacar (down towards Hotel Best Indalo) this afternoon after he was dashed against rocks by strong currents. Other bathers raised the alarm when they realised the man was in trouble and lifeguards rushed to the area, but the man had suffered a severe head wound from the rocks. All they could do was bring him back to the beach and perform CPR. But Continue reading

Chap arrested for abusing underage family members in Turre

I am informed that a chap from Turre, believed to be of the gitano persuasion was arrested last weekend for abusing his under-age daughter and some of her friends. The Guardia Civil caught this alleged paedophile last Saturday after a series of complaints and he remains awaiting the decision of a judge. Meanwhile, other members of his community continue to circulate through Turre warning locals of his alleged crimes and of the community justice he Continue reading

Twit causes alarm and gets arrested after pretending to be carjacked

Almeria airport

A twenty four year old Spaniard has been arrested after he claimed to have been carjacked on the road outside Almeria airport. The man told police that whilst driving there another car blocked his way, forcing him to pull over, and two men jumped out to rob him. He claimed to have lost 200 euros in cash as well as his mobile phone. However, police detectives quickly realised that nothing in his story made sense. Continue reading

Cajamar offloads 400 million euros in bad loans for 7,5 M in cash

Cajamar local bank

Local cooperative bank Cajamar has rolled up some 400 million euros in bad loans into one big package and has sold them for seven and a half million euros in cash to Haya Real Estate, a mainly US backed investment vehicle. This is the second big operation with that company for the bank, after it sold Haya its real estate platform “Cimenta2” for 225 million euros last year. The loans in question were all granted Continue reading

New national newspaper launches next month

Here’s something you won’t have seen in the domestic press. Attacks on press freedom in Spain and a cowed domestic media have prompted a campaigning editor to set up an online newspaper in an effort to hold the country’s establishment to account. Pedro J Ramírez will launch El Español next month, with the aim of reviving Spain’s media, which he says have been neutered by a new security law and years of economic crisis. Mr Ramírez said Continue reading

Fire spotted outside Mojacar

A small fire has just been spotted behind the Mojacar campsite, fire brigade advised but it’s spreading. Not much wind fortunately. Stay safe out there and I’ll post updates as I get them if the situation warrants. LATER: Amazingly fast response from the bomberos according to a message I just got from someone down that way. They’re spraying everything with water. Fingers crossed! A BIT LATER: It’s out now thankfully. No damage apart from a Continue reading

Adra to let dogs onto a beach

La Rana beach Adra

Dogs will be allowed on the beach and in the sea on Adra’s La Rana beach after the city council voted to change the regulations there. The regulations must still be changed and approved before the animals forbidden signs are taken down. Dogs will be allowed on the beach 24 hours a day throughout the off season and during certain hours of the day during peak season. Manuel Cortés said that this was a momentous Continue reading

11 destinations including Birmingham abruptly dropped from Almeria airport

Almeria airport

Low passenger numbers have caused airlines to drop 11 routes from Almeria airport this month. We were supposed to have 29 routes across Europe this summer, but only 18 continue to function after airlines suddenly cancelled the rest for August. Five of the cancelled routes were low cost and charter flights to European cities: Birmingham, Belgrade, Helsinki, Rome, Oslo. The other six were all to other Spanish cities: Tenerife South, Bilbao, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Continue reading