A brief history of the first road between Los Gallardos & Garrucha

As we speed down the A370 towards Garrucha (or up towards Pedro’s petrol station at Los Gallardos) we often forget about the first ancient and twisting road between the two villages, the AL150, which heads off at the Alfaix motorway junction towards Turre. This article has been moved and updated. It is now available from this page or you can purchase the whole article in pdf format for just €1 by pressing the button below. Continue reading A brief history of the first road between Los Gallardos & Garrucha

Mojacar losing blue flags was “an error” says organisation – they’re back!

The organisation in charge of blue flags now says Mojacar shouldn’t have lost its blue flags, and apologises for the confusion. Yesterday ADEAC, in charge of blue flags, issued a press release withdrawing blue flags from 15 beaches across Andalucia due to health and safety issues, including all four blue flags issued to Mojacar. This morning, ADEAC told EFE (the news agency) that actually, Moajcar shouldn’t have been on the list and they’ve only withdrawn Continue reading Mojacar losing blue flags was “an error” says organisation – they’re back!

Mojacar loses ALL four blue flags for not upkeeping beaches

Mojacar has had all four blue flags withdrawn by the EU organisation in charge of issuing them after a spot check confirmed that the townhall had failed to maintain standards over the summer – dirty and no lifeguards, amongst other problems. In all, the EU ADEAC organisation has withdrawn 15 blue flags from beaches across Andalucia this week. Amongst the problems cited by the organisation were lack of lifeguards, and cleanliness issues. In all, the Continue reading Mojacar loses ALL four blue flags for not upkeeping beaches

219 Brits banned from Mallorca hotels

Hotels in Mallorca have got together and drawn up a list of guests they don’t want back. Anyone on the blacklist will be denied entry to all Mallorca hotels in the future. Rather sadly, it seems all 219 names on the list are British teenagers who misbehaved over the summer, according to Telecinco. One enthusiastic chap, obviously looking to fill a boring moment, entertained himself by ripping out the bathroom fittings and throwing them out Continue reading 219 Brits banned from Mallorca hotels

La Bodeguita de Alfaix

Long term reader and occasional restaurant informant Hudson Stubbs writes to tell me that: As residents of Los Rodriguez we were delighted last night to try out La Bodeguita de Alfaix a delightful bar and restaurant recently opened in the village of Alfaix (just outside Los Gallardos). We shared a tasty pizza for starter followed by Chicken Pedro Ximenes for my partner while I had an excellent John Dory. The vegetables were perfectly cooked and Continue reading La Bodeguita de Alfaix

Berja big cat scare

Berja is in a state of panic after the Mayor hit the emergency button, after seeing a “panther” in the park. The small town (above and to the left of Almeria city) has been running around in a panic ever since residents started reporting a large feline roaming loose in the local park. The Mayor went down to investigate, claims to have spotted it, and reckons that it’s a large black panther. The local park Continue reading Berja big cat scare

Tarifa townhall in trouble for selling protected sanddune to Gib

Tarifa townhall is in trouble for selling off tons of sand from a protected sand dune to the Gib authorities. The public Prosecutor (hey, they don’t have much else to do) has opened an official investigation after an ecologist group made a complaint. It seems a local Spanish company won a contract to supply hundreds of tons of sand to Gib to infill reclaimed land from the sea. Using a permit from Tarifa townhall, the company was Continue reading Tarifa townhall in trouble for selling protected sanddune to Gib

How many Brits live within 50 miles of Mojacar? Fewer than 7,000!

I was wondering how many Brits are actually living in this area. So I turned to the net. Here’s my unscientific study, done over a coffee and on the back of (two) envelopes. I setup a targeted advertising campaign on Facebook. I looked for people whose first language is English (UK) and live within 50 miles of Mojacar (Almeria). Facebook reckons there are 5,600 people matching that criteria. What percentage of the population could that Continue reading How many Brits live within 50 miles of Mojacar? Fewer than 7,000!

10 Spanish public airports served fewer than 1,000 passengers last month…

Despite it being summer, 10 Spanish public airports served fewer than 1,000 passengers last month, according to El Economista newspaper, which asks why these expensive, loss making airports aren’t closed. Huesca-Pirineos is the worst performing airport in Spain, having lost 97,83% of its air traffic since last year. In July, it received just 9 passengers. It was built in 2011 at a cost of 60 million euros and was expected to serve 160,000 passengers a Continue reading 10 Spanish public airports served fewer than 1,000 passengers last month…

Gib’s “artifical reef” is in waters offlimits to fishing, according to the Junta’s maps

Thought it was worthwhile reproducing this map which clearly shows the location of the new artificial reef created by the Gibs. This particular map was drawn up by ElMundo.es, one of the more right wing newspapers, but even they admit that the Junta de Andalucia official maps (the ones sent to the EU) agree that the area where the blocks were dumped are “off limits” to all fishermen. What seems to have happened is that Continue reading Gib’s “artifical reef” is in waters offlimits to fishing, according to the Junta’s maps