Mojacar on the ONCE lottery ticket

Mojacar features as the image on today’s ONCE lottery ticket. It’s part of ONCE’s profiling of the “35 prettiest towns of Spain” line, which will see one town a week appear on 5,5 million lottery tickets across the nation. Last Sunday was Lucainena de las Torres, also on the list. Not the first time Mojácar has appeared – it was last featured on the 14th April 2008 ticket:

Mojacar cracks down on noise and nuisance – again

Mojacar council has put forwards a new suggested bylaw that extends and amplifies its previous and controversial bylaw on noise and public nuisance. A plenary meeting is scheduled for this Thursday 26 November at 10am to approve it or not. The meeting is open to the public so anyone who wishes to attend would be very welcome. Some interesting things I spotted from a first reading: Anyone using a public space for a meeting, demonstration, Continue reading Mojacar cracks down on noise and nuisance – again

Why the name Abundio was so popular in Mojacar in the 40’s

I was told today of an interesting historical footnote which explains away the popularity of the name “Abundio” amongst elderly Moqueros. It’s a great story, whether it be true or not, and so I recount it here. It seems that in the mid 40’s the registrador civil, the civil servant in charge of the civil registrar, was a man of sensible practical humour who had a wish to immortalise himself. Never having achieved anything of Continue reading Why the name Abundio was so popular in Mojacar in the 40’s

Mojacar art exhibition

From the council: The exhibition of paintings by Teresa Nájera will be inaugurated next Sunday, November 15, at 12 noon at the Mojácar Centro de Arte. Visitors will be able to enjoy the thirty oil paintings and watercolours by the famous painter, Teresa Nájera, up to the 30th of this month. The artist, who was born in Logroño in the La Rioja region, is a great admirer of Mojácar and a lover of painting. She Continue reading Mojacar art exhibition

Truancy in Mojacar drops

Truancy in Mojacar has fallen to its lowest level in eight years according to the council, who don’t actually go into details of %’s. A special task force setup has had its desired effect of identifying problem students and helping them improve their study habits. Social services, school authorities, the local police and council representatives all sit on the body, which was pioneering in the region when it was first established. The truancy council sits Continue reading Truancy in Mojacar drops

Can we finally kill off the Walt Disney born in Mojacar myth?

I’ve been researching the beginnings of the Walt Disney was born in Mojacar myth for my column in the Costa Almeria News. It’s one of the great stories of Mojacar, that Walt Disney was the illegitimate son of a Mojaquero and a washerwoman. It has many variations, but the basic story is this: The woman, Isabel Zamora, fled local opprobation with her baby to live with family in Chicago, USA. Jose Guirao Zamora, as the Continue reading Can we finally kill off the Walt Disney born in Mojacar myth?

Mojacar illegal payments case dropped by Judge

The Judge investigating complaints of abuse of power in Mojacar council regarding the attempt to pay an irregular Christmas bonus to town workers in 2014 has decided to drop the case. The case was launched by opposition councillors, especially Jessica Simpson from Somos Mojacar, after Mayor Rosa Maria decided to pay all town workers a Christmas bonus averaging one months wages, despite having received a report from her legal advisers warning such a payment was Continue reading Mojacar illegal payments case dropped by Judge

A look at music and noise laws in Mojacar – what’s the real deal?

I have written a number of times recently on problems with establishments and people getting into trouble with the local police over noise and music. But what’s the truth of the matter, legally? The problem appears to be that small bars claim to continue to experience problems in obtaining permission to have any sort of live music in their bars, whilst the big discos and hotels are perceived to be allowed to blare out noise Continue reading A look at music and noise laws in Mojacar – what’s the real deal?

No live music even with a permit in Mojacar

You can’t even have live music in Mojacar with a permit it seems, after reports reach me today of an live music incident in Scottie’s Bar in Mojacar. Scottie’s is a nice little bar restaurant in a square off the main paseo along Mojacar beach front. It seems that the place had a live music license* from the council for today, and had hired a singer (his name was not vouchsafed to me) with some Continue reading No live music even with a permit in Mojacar

Youths fined 5 grand for making noise in Mojacar

Eight 20 year old girls from Seville on holiday in Mojacar have been fined 601 euros apiece for “making excessive noise” in their rented villa on the very first day of their holiday, after they had been conned by their rental company. They rented an apartment over the internet from a local firm and when they got here it was “so squalid” they refused to stay in it and filed a denuncia against the company Continue reading Youths fined 5 grand for making noise in Mojacar