Tour operator Thomas Cook has been forced to upgrade the aircraft it uses for the popular Manchester to Almeria route due to increased demand from passengers. An Airbus A330-200, which seats over 300 passengers and has a double aisle, was used on the 23rd of July as the standard 200 seater plane had insufficient capacity. Sources from Almeria airport said that it was probably the largest passenger plane that has ever landed there. Thomas Cook Continue reading Thomas Cook, Monarch increase capacity to Almeria→
Famous politicians from across Spain will be joining us here in the province this August as they come to the beaches to kick back and relax for a few weeks. Firebrand Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau is visiting her father in Isleta del Moro, in the Cabo de Gata natural park, where Colau senior resides and she is bringing her four year old son along with her. According to local sources, Ada knows the area Continue reading Politicians kick back on their hols in Almería→
Chaos for holidaymakers after four partial strikes were announced today by the Spanish union of air traffic controllers. The strikes will happen on the 8,10,12&14th of June. The strikes have been called as a protest measure after Catalan 61 air traffic controllers were fined earlier this year for taking part in the 2010 wildcat strikes that paralysed Spanish air traffic that December. Update The strikes have been confirmed, but will be limited to two hours Continue reading Four days of air traffic control strikes across Spain next month→
This (very precise) figure comes from the stats office, who add that the average length of stay is 4,18 days, the longest in all of Andalucia and the fifth longest in all of Spain. Ignoring that fact that nobody stays for 4,18 days (they don’t teach the art of rounding in Spanish mathematical courses) a distressing number (from the expat viewpoint) of these holidaymakers were Spanish : 842.624 of them were Spanish nationals. That means Continue reading 1.053.666 tourists came to Almeria in 2013→
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Yep, La Voz today identifies the two arrested this week for scamming holidaymakers out of at least 150K as John Anthony T and Amanda Jane T, both Brits resident in Mojácar. Rumour has it that their surname is “Treagust”. Popular people – check out www.costablancalive-complaints.co.uk or http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews253757.html for more on them!
A couple from Mojácar have been asked to pop down to the local nick in connection with the selling of fake holidays on the net. The couple advertised a random villa (in the Costa Blanca) for short holidays on internet websites, asking for a cash deposit upfront. Once the happy holidaymakers had coughed up, the couple would break contact. Several couples -mainly French- actually turned up expecting the home to be ready for them. At Continue reading 2 from Mojacar arrested for selling fake holidays→
One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one victim. The study, by the country’s Medical Research Council, also found three out of four who admitted rape attacked for the first time while in their teens. The MRC spoke to 1,738 men in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces. The research was conducted in both rural and urban areas and included Continue reading And people ask why I don’t want to visit South Africa→
Tomorrow is “La Vieja”, a local holiday where schoolchildren are given the day off to go into the fields and throw stones at figures of old ladies (la vieja) until they burst and scatter sweets across the ground. Its a holiday that is only really celebrated in Turre, Mojacar, Los Gallardos, Bedar, Vera, Garrucha, Antas and Cuevas. It’s always the third Thursday in March. Rumour has it that it celebrates the crucifiction and stoning of Continue reading La Vieja!→