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Torrevieja Tourist Accommodation Bookings Up by Almost 20% Over Easter

Torrevieja Tourist Accommodation Bookings Up by Almost 20% Over Easter

Torrevieja’s tourism councillor, Fanny Serrano, has claimed a 16-percent increase in tourist accommodation bookings during the Easter period compared to last year’s Easter holiday dates. With Easter being later this year, a rise was anticipated, and that has been echoed by neighbouring municipalities like Orihuela. Serrano said that the average occupancy figure for three and

Tours of Guardamar’s Naval Base Communications Tower to Start Soon

Tours of Guardamar’s Naval Base Communications Tower to Start Soon

Guided tours are to start at the site of one the southern Costa Blanca’s most notable landmarks, namely the Spanish naval base communications tower at Guardamar. The 370-metre-tall Torre de los Americanos entered service in 1965 as a communications base for the US Navy’s submarine fleet, with up to 17 Americans working at the facility,

Motorway Robbery Gang Who Targeted the Elderly and Tourists Have Been Apprehended

Motorway Robbery Gang Who Targeted the Elderly and Tourists Have Been Apprehended

An eight-strong Romanian gang that robbed tourist cars at service areas on the AP-7 has been rounded up by the Guardia Civil. The crooks, who operated at areas on the motorway between Alicante in the south and Castellón in the north, have been charged with theft, violence, and possession of fake documents. The Guardia realised

Pensioner Brit Arrested for Attempting to Kill His Son with a Hammer

Pensioner Brit Arrested for Attempting to Kill His Son with a Hammer

A 70-year-old British man has been arrested on the northern Costa Blanca last week for trying to kill his son with a hammer when he was asleep in bed. His wife was also injured as she tried to prevent the attack at their home in the Denia area, which took place on Easter Day. The

Swarm of Bees Scare Off La Marina Pub Goers

Swarm of Bees Scare Off La Marina Pub Goers

A swarm of bees got people running out of their seats outside a La Marina village bar on Monday lunchtime. The swarm appeared close to premises on the main Avenida de la Alegría in the village at around noon, with customers fleeing as the swarm approached. Emergency services were called, with a beekeeper (picture from

Rise in British Tourists to the Valencia Region Over the Last Year

Rise in British Tourists to the Valencia Region Over the Last Year

Over 430 thousand foreign tourists visited the Valencia region in February, a rise of 24 percent over a year, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics. Seventy-five percent of the visitors based themselves on the Costa Blanca, with 150 thousand tourists coming from the United Kingdom, a yearly increase of nearly 13 percent. The

Orihuela Cop Injured by Suspect Robber

Orihuela Cop Injured by Suspect Robber

An Orihuela local police officer was injured on Monday night, after he was hit by a man who was suspected of robbing a Villamartin shop. The man, said by the police to be South American, was spotted walking around the area, after two patrol cars were sent to investigate reports of two men breaking into

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Get On the Padron!

Orihuela council claim that six thousand unregistered foreigners live in the area, and that’s costing them vital regional and national grants.   A campaign has been launched which will run until mid-April to get people onto the municipal padron and to make sure that EU nationals, including British residents, have renewed their padron documentation, which they

Climber Killed in Callosa

A 33-year-old runner died on Saturday morning when he fell from the top of the Sierra de Callosa de Segura. The athlete from Elda had sent his wife pictures via his mobile phone at around 9.00 am, but when she had not heard from him three hours later, she got in touch with authorities to report his disappearance.

Heredades Residents Surprised at Home by 150 Centimetre-Long Snake

Heredades Residents Surprised at Home by 150 Centimetre-Long Snake

Residents of a Heredades home got a surprise visitor recently when they discovered a one and half metre-long horseshoe whip snake in their property on Calle Nido.   Rojales local police were called in to remove the snake, which is native to Spain, Portugal, andNorth Africa, and had it taken to an animal sanctuary in