9 lighthouses across Almería mooted for hotel use

Puertos de España, the public company that owns and operates Spanish lighthouses, has proposed 9 lighthouses across Almería province for conversion into hotels. It’s part of a project setup by the company to change the use of some of its historic lighthouses in order to save the buildings. Adra, Punta de Los Baños, El Sabinal, Roquetas de Mar, Castillo de San Telmo, Cabo de Gata, La Polacra, Mesa Roldán and Garrucha lighthouses have all been Continue reading 9 lighthouses across Almería mooted for hotel use

Thousands of jellyfish close Carboneras beaches – Mojacar or Cabo de Gata next?

A massive bank of thousands of jellyfish have washed up on the beaches of Carboneras, forcing the beaches to be closed. The Mayor made an urgent appeal for volunteers from local residents to help clean up the mess on the beaches. And about a dozen people needed non-urgent medical attention for jellyfish stings before the beaches were closed, reports La Voz. They started appearing yesterday in the waters offshore, but it was this morning that Continue reading Thousands of jellyfish close Carboneras beaches – Mojacar or Cabo de Gata next?

Algarrobico hotel painted black by Greenpeace

The Algarrobico hotel is being painted black today by over a hundred Greenpeace activists who turned up unannounced early this morning. Greenpeace say it’s the largest combined operation ever undertaken by volunteers in Spain, showing the depth of feeling from across all layers of Spanish society against this corrupt urban speculation that has blighted the country. “El Algarrobico is an international sign of the impunity under which corruption allowed the destruction of the Spanish coast” Continue reading Algarrobico hotel painted black by Greenpeace

Carboneras will get a marina

Carboneras will get a new marina, or sports port, before 2020. The Junta confirmed yesterday in a meeting with the Mayor that the new marina will be included in the 2015-2020 “Ports of Andalucia” development plan, although no firm timescale has been announced. It’s been on the cards for the last 20 years, but the port of Carboneras has always been firmly industrial and fishing. The Mayor says it’s all part of his plan to Continue reading Carboneras will get a marina

Doña Paquita dies at a 103 – Almeria mourns for the “grandma of the park”

Doña Paquita has died at 103 years of age. Doña Francisca Díaz Torres, named hija predilicta de Andalucia, “favourite daughter of Andalucia” by the Parliament of Andalusia in 2010, Doña Paquita is considered to be one of the first feminists and ecologists in Almería, and the “grandmother” of the Cabo de Gata natural park. She was born in Almeria city to local Judge Andrés Díaz, and Josefina Torres, from a well off family in Nijar. Continue reading Doña Paquita dies at a 103 – Almeria mourns for the “grandma of the park”

Supreme Court rejects Algarrobico Hotel compensation request

Just knock the bloody thing down is the message in the Judgement published today by the Supreme Court of Andalucia. No appeal can be made. The Judges rejected all compensation claims from the promoters of the build, Azata del Sol, and ruled that the land it was built on is natural park property which belongs to Andalucia as part of the public domain, and must be transferred at once to ownership of the State. It’s Continue reading Supreme Court rejects Algarrobico Hotel compensation request

Cabo de Gata golf course planning permission denied

The Junta has refused planning permission for a new golf course in the Cabo de Gata area. ‘Promociones y Propiedades Inmobiliarias SA wanted to build 2,500 homes, 1000 hotel rooms and a 27 hole golf course in Nijar. The Junta, however, says that this would “favour a new urban settlement to the detriment of the natural area”. How times change… Ideal.es

A day at the beach

Beaches aren’t my idea of fun. I rarely venture past the bottom patio of the chiringuito, unless my hat blows away or a lady in distress requests my assistance. After all, getting sand off the leather soles is a nightmare. But a day at the beach was mooted, in a firm sort of way, by the GF, who seems to enjoy them, and so I was given to understand that my Sunday was going to Continue reading A day at the beach

Does the Algarrobico hotel break the Costal protection law? Supreme court votes today!

Exciting!!! *girlish squeal We all remember the Algarrobico Hotel, the concrete monstrosity on the way to Carboneras that everyone (except the townhall, the promotor and the Junta de Andalucia) agrees was corruptly built with illegal permits in a doubly protected area (on the coast, and in a natural park of [previously -ed]  outstanding beauty). Anyho, them sheriffs up at the Supreme Court are going to be deciding on whether the cattle rustlers over at Azata Continue reading Does the Algarrobico hotel break the Costal protection law? Supreme court votes today!