Toyomotor 2014, Almería’s largest motor show, has opened today and runs until Sunday 19th in the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de El Toyo, open to all and showing off the wares of the modern market for anyone looking for a new vehicle. Over 500 types of car are on show, along with 200 motorbikes, loads of bicycles and an assortment of electric vehicles, from 30 different dealerships across the province. It’s not just new Continue reading Looking for a new motor? Almería motor show opens
The Junta has discovered that the golf capacity of Andalucía is for 1,14 million tourists a year, although the annual average of visitors is just 425.000. So, instead of saying that we’ve got three times as much golf courses as we need, the Junta has bravely stepped up and said “here’s an opportunity to cram another 700.000 tourists a year into Andalucía”. The report says it should be possible to play 5,24 million rounds of Continue reading Where I see overdevelopment, the Junta sees opportunity!
The Junta has stunned people by announcing a 5 million euro investment into a public golf school at El Toyo II complex, just outside Almería city. The amazement doesn’t stem from the fact that they are finally investing something into the “failed” urbanisation -it’s been vitually abandoned since the crisis and the few residents there keep saying the place is a ghost town with no public infrastructure – but rather that there is already a Continue reading Junta to spend 5million building a new golf school in Almeria – 200m down the road from the other one!
El Toyo, the “model” urbanisation outside of Almeria that has been compared as a prototype of our projected Llano Central, is facing a 100% strike of all public workers. It seems that since the hotels have closed, half the houses have not been built, the commercial centre not even started and the place falling apart, budgets have been slashed and there are only 18 public workers (used to be more than 30) to look after Continue reading El Toyo goes on strike
A cornerstone of El Toyo (the luxury residential and commercial area between Almería and Cabo de Gata, and a model for our own Llano Central) was going to be 120,000m2 of shopping – a centre that would rival Murcias Nueva Condomina. A proposal was sent, with a flourish, to Ikea and El Corte Ingles. Now that reality has settled in, the promotors have quietly asked the Diputación for permission to slightly scale down the proposal. Continue reading No shopping mall for El Toyo
If El Toyo is “failing” – what future “Llano Central”? There’s a report in La Voz de Almería today about how El Toyo, the large luxury tourism complex behind Almería Airport, first built for the Mediterranean Games in 2005 and now mooted as the template for the ambitious “Llano Central”, is failing, if not already failed. Readers will remember how central administration and Almería townhall have allowed El Toyo to fall into disrepair, with the Continue reading If El Toyo is “failing” – what future “Llano Central”?
Matinesa-Fadesa, the huge construction and real estate group that was one of the main movers behind El Toyo (they built the Olympic Village, one of the main hotels and a bunch of houses) has just gone into administration after failing to renogatiate a debt of 5100 million euros. Another nail in the coffin! What was going to be El Toyo II, between El Toyo I and Retamar, has now been mooted to be council houses Continue reading El Toyo promotors go bust
The mayor of Almería was refreshingly honest and open about the crisis in El Toyo . “I have sent several urgent communications to Costas [the coastal authorities who the mayor claims are in charge of looking after the beaches in the area] and they have not yet replied to me” he said. “As regards the rest of it” [unbuilt commercial centres, lack of infrastructure, half built roads and plazas, etc etc etc] “we have no Continue reading I don’t have a magic wand, says mayor of Almeria
El Toyo was to be Almerias showcase leisure and tourist region to the east of the city (just before Cabo de Gata natural park, past the airport). Eager to get in from the beginning, a number of large hotel companies built 4 and 5 star hotels in the area, two golf courses were planned, shopping centres, marinas, conference centre and much more. Now, due in part to the incompetence of the Junta and the infighting Continue reading Thomas Cook threatens to pull out of El Toyo