Spain is in the midst of its worst crisis since the civil war

Spain is rushing headlong into its worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War. And if Barcelona has its way, it will cause a crisis across the EU that makes Brexit look like an irrelevance. Madrid has shown itself to be incompetent and opportunistic in refusing to listen to the nationalists demands. Although this has distracted attention away from allegations of corruption levied at the very heart of the ruling PP party, Mariano Rajoy has only Continue reading Spain is in the midst of its worst crisis since the civil war

Cabrera land grab cancelled

Turre townhall has cancelled Martín Morales’s proposed “land grab” in Cabrera. Sitting in closed session last Tuesday (Sept 12), the ruling body (made up of 3 PSOE councillors and 1 IU, Martín) decided that the plan to change the way the mountain urbanisation is run is “not economically viable” and cancelled the project. All PSOE councillors voted in favour of the motion, and Martín voted against. Their decision may have been swayed by the vast Continue reading Cabrera land grab cancelled

ITV demands redundent documents to pass your car

The Andalusian ITV network has announced that as from today it will be obligatory to show your vehicle is insured in order to pass your (MOT) inspection. This redundent piece of paper that they are demanding must show proof of payment, period of insurance, type of cover, vehicle ID and the insurance company. VEIASA, the public company that owns the ITV network, says it is obliged to ask for the paperwork under the 2015 traffic Continue reading ITV demands redundent documents to pass your car

Solemn start to Almería’s feria but a good time is being had by all

Almería’s feria opened with a five minute’s silence last Friday (August 18) in honour of those killed in the Barcelona terror attacks of the previous day. The opening was low key, with many official acts being put off until Saturday as a sign of respect to the fallen. The official switching-on of the fería lights, the town-cryer’s announcement of the opening of the festivities and a free concert by Olé Olé were all delayed 24 Continue reading Solemn start to Almería’s feria but a good time is being had by all

Tourism tax can be implemented in cities across Andalucía

Andalucía has no plans to introduce a generic tourism tax, but will change the law to allow municipalities to levy their own tax if they so wish. The announcement was made today by regional president Susana Diaz at the annual meeting of the Consejo Andaluz de Turismo. She said that this would be a valuable tool for major cities to deploy in order to control tourist numbers during high season and would respect the “all Continue reading Tourism tax can be implemented in cities across Andalucía

Catalunya mis-spends €6,150 and is taken over; Turre €13 million, no-one cares

Catalonia has been advised that it will lose control of budgetary spending after Madrid spotted that it has over-spent the whopping amount of €6,150 towards the independence referendum (out of a total budget of €24 billion). To be precise, Catalonia said it would spend € 19.370 on “electoral control”. Madrid spotted that it had spent €25.520, €6.150 more than it should (yes, no million or billion mark), and has used this as an excuse to Continue reading Catalunya mis-spends €6,150 and is taken over; Turre €13 million, no-one cares

Nobody wants to carry out the Catalan referendum

In three months time Catalunya will run a referendum upon independence- that Madrid has ruled illegal. Tough, says the generalitat it’s going ahead anyway. Trouble is, El País newspaper today reports that no private company wants to help organise the referendum. Conspiracy theorists are muttering about how los madrileños have been leaning on the private sector….. Only two companies bid for the public tender to supply the urns and voting booths – and both bids Continue reading Nobody wants to carry out the Catalan referendum

IKEA comes to Almería

IKEA has confirmed it will build a super store in Almería city. The company signed a contract yesterday purchasing a massive plot of land on the outskirts of the city, and contracted a company to build a 27,000 square metre building on it. Construction company Carrida will start work in February 2018 with the grand opening expected to be in February 2019, according to the published timeline, which assumes planning consent within six months. Carrida Continue reading IKEA comes to Almería

Mónsul & Genoveses beach access closed for summer

The usual traffic restrictions are now in place preventing you from driving down to some of the Cabo de Gata’s most popular beaches until Sept 17. The roads are closed because otherwise thousands of cars turn up and do irreparable damage to the fragile local environment. They also cause huge congestion and prevent emergency services from getting to the beach in case they are needed. So the usual park and ride system is in place. Continue reading Mónsul & Genoveses beach access closed for summer

End of EU roaming is bad news for us this summer

The EU has abolished roaming mobile phone charges between countries. So you can use your phone in another EU country as if you were at home. Hurrah! Bad news for us down here in Spain. Why? A worse and more expensive service, basically. Because with an estimated 23 million EU tourists coming here in July alone, there are very real fears that the infrastructure will collapse. The number of phones connected to the network is Continue reading End of EU roaming is bad news for us this summer