Bisbal returns again to promote Costa de Almeria

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Local pop star David Bisbal has again agreed to lend his image to local tourism authorities to help attract more national tourists to the province. He fronted last years tourism campaign, and also promoted the province during his 2014 world tour in exchange for a token amount. He comes from El Ejido and is a hard working ambassador for the province, talking of his love for his native home. Javier Aureliano García from the county Continue reading

Local boy is almost windsurf world champ

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Local boy Víctor Fernández from Almerimar in El Ejido has come second in the Pozo Izquierdo windsurfing championships in Gran Canaria, widely considered be the “world cup” of windsurfing. It’s the ninth time in a row he’s been in the finals of this prestigious championship. He was just pipped to the winners post by Philip Köster after a grueling 90 minutes of aquatic acrobatics. Köster’s push loop forward received maximum points from the judges, just Continue reading

Luxury homes builders start work again in Spain

From the Sunday times today: When American entrepreneur Gregory Peters planted the first palm trees in the dusty soil of La Manga Golf Club more than 43 years ago he can have had no idea that the resort — and the country around it — would be in the rough more times than Tiger Woods’s comeback. La Manga Club, a holiday resort not far from Murcia in southern Spain, encapsulates the Spanish property market, mirroring Continue reading

Shellfish shoots up as catches sink – ouch, a prawn is expensive

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The latest data from the Andalusian fisheries ministry show a hefty increase of up to 40% in the price of local shellfish and blue fish as the amount of kilos caught drop by 35% across the province. Locally caught mackerel, sardines, sardinellas and swordfish have all gone up in price as stocks dwindle in local water. But the same effect is happening with shellfish, as the price of octopus and prawns also shoot up. Local Continue reading

Border police start busy summer campaign

The busy summer campaign “Operación Paso del Estrecho” which controls the hundreds of thousands of people using Spain’s ports has had a busy start in Almería province. The national police had checked 68,971 people with some 15,000 vehicles departing from Almería port in the first four weeks of the campaign. By last week 11 of these people had been arrested on European arrest warrants, and a further 49 people detained for questioning by Spanish police. Continue reading

Culture in the streets this summer

The Diputación, the county council has been busy organising some 350 street shows from July until September for the streets of the towns and villages of the province, under a programme called “Cultura en la calle” (culture in the streets). Public spaces such as squares and parks in villages everywhere will be appropriated for fun and games aimed at all ages this summer. There will also be live music sessions, with local jazz, rock, classic Continue reading

Turre Tapa Route 2015

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The Turre Tapa Route (Camino de tapas de Turre 2015) will be from the 31st of July to 14th of August. Collect your “passport” from the townhall or participating restaurants, then visit the 18 bars signed up to the route, sample their best tapas and get your passport stamped. This year, you can also vote for the nicest waiter! See the official facebook page for more.

Cold air sweeps into province – watch out for storms

Get ready to shiver and pull out those winter woollies as a mass of cold Atlantic air hits us today sending the thermometer plummeting, with a possibility of snow in Mojacar. Nah, I’m over excited. But the max temperature in expected to drop from the 38º it hit earlier in the week to just 30º or 31º over the next couple of days, as the hot front settled over us for the last two weeks Continue reading

Well behaved illegal homes can now become legal

The Andalusian ruling council has just approved a modification to the LOUA, the Andalucian land law, allowing illegal homes that haven’t been denounced to quietly be permitted. Three articles of this law will be modified. If your illegal home is not in a special protection zone, nor in a dangerous area, has not been denounced or is not involved in an investigation, is detached on its own parcel of land and generally being blameless, and Continue reading

Locals save dogs locked in car, but they’re the ones in trouble with the law

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Six residents of Almeria city saved two dogs from dying in a locked car yesterday afternoon, but they’re the ones in trouble with the law. The excitement started at around 3pm when a local man called José, according to local paper La Voz de Almería, was asked to call the local police by a youth who had spotted two dogs locked inside a car parked on the Rambla, the main Avenue in Almería. The car Continue reading