35 new covid cases in Murcia during the last three days
The figures have reached a level not seen since 3rd June Image: Testing in Totana of staff working at the residencia Friday 10th July: 79 active cases, 61 in home isolation, 18 in hospital, 2 in..

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Use of face mask in public mandatory in the Region of Murcia from Monday
The measure will be approved in a special session of the regional cabinet on Monday and be published in the BORM Image: Environmental agents overseeig the Calblanque bus service this weekend..

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Covid Spain Friday10th July; huge rise in new cases to 333
The majority are in the areas which are already known to have major outbreaks On Friday the Spanish Ministry of Health announced a huge rise in the number of new cases during the last 24 hours..

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40 Murcian beaches flying Q for Quality flags this summer
Cartagena has 12; Mazarrón, seven; Los Alcázares and Águilas, six; San Javier, five; and San Pedro, four A total of 40 beaches in six municipalities in the Region of Murcia will fly "Q..

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Totana hottest place in Murcia on Thursday with 35 degrees
Lorca, Archena, Cieza and Molina de Segura were also in the top 5 Click to see forecast for Friday Join the Murcia Weather Watch group on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest forecasts..

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Forest fire in Caravaca de la Cruz extinguished
The fire in Cerro Gordo in Caravaca de la Cruz which broke out on Thursday afternoon was declared "officially extinguished" at 10:00 on Friday morning. 60 people and 1 helicopter remain..

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Spain Covid cases; Thursday 9th July; 241 new cases and 5 deaths
Nobody can doubt that 28,000 deaths is a pretty good reason in itself for taking precautionary measures against Covid-19, but the rising number of new cases reported in the last few days and the number..

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Murcia Covid round-up for Thursday 9th July
Active cases 76, Murcia considering compulsory wearing of mask in public, 5 illegal immigrants test positive, six escaped immigrants detained, 14 municipalities have active cases Image: Normality..

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150 fighting first major forest fire of the summer in Caravaca de la Cruz
The fire broke out on Thursday afternoon It is believed that lightning could be the cause of the first major forest fire of the summer which broke out shortly after lunchtime in Caravaca de la..

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 Three-month extension for ITVs expiring between June 21st and August 31st
There is a backlog of some 5 million vehicles which ITV centres have to wade through On Tuesday the Council of Ministers approved a three-month extension for the validity of Technical Inspection..

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More than 3,000 firearms were destroyed in Murcia last year
9th July is International Gun Destruction Day During the last year the Guardia Civíl destroyed a total of 86,566 weapons in Spain, 3,493 of which were confiscated in the Murcia region.  ..

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20 workers to keep Mazarrón clean this summer
20 workers will maintain and clean the port and urban areas this summer The concejalía de Servicios of the Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón has increased cleaning and maintenance work in the municipality..

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Agricultural fire extinguished in Calasparra
The fire risk was high-extreme on Wednesday due to hot weather Firefighters from the Consortium for Fire Fighting and Rescue of the Region of Murcia (CEIS) and Environmental Agents extinguished..

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Three fires overnight caused by lightning strike
These were spread across Molina de Segura, Abanilla and in the Sierra Minera between Cartagena and La Unión Members of the Infomur regional firefighting plan controlled three forest fires in the..

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New easy walking route from Cartagena port to Cala Cortina
The “Sendero Azul” runs alongside the port and past the docks Cartagena council has completed signage and surfacing on a new gentle walking route which runs from the Yacht club (next to the..

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Complaints as major roadworks begin on La Manga causing tailbacks
Residents yet again question the logic of undertaking major roadworks in the busiest weeks of the year With temperaturas soaring into the 30s, and the narrow la Manga strip packed with holidaymakers..

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Blue parking areas in Cartagena free during July at weekends
Payment is only applicable Monday to Friday during July During the month of July, the ORA blue parking service in Cartagena will not be operational on Saturdays, which basically means that drivers..

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Murcia Covid figures Weds. 8th July; 69 active cases
The number of cases related to the Bolivian outbreak has now risen to 46 The outbreak related to the flight from Bolivia on 3rd June in which three infected people landed at Madrid Barajas airport..

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Message from British Consulate about the New TIE Residency Card
Letter from British Consulate There are a few things to update you on, most importantly the introduction of the TIE.   TIE: As I’m sure many of you will have seen, on Monday the Spanish Government..

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Illegal immigrant problem continues in Murcia Region with 70 new arrivals
On Wednesday afternoon nine of the new arrivals escaped from the marquee in which they were being temporarily held and disappeared off into Cartagena The problem of irregular migration continues..

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Archena and Lorca both exceeded 38 degrees on Tuesday
Andalusia was hottest place in Spain with 43 degrees It certainly felt hot yesterday and it was! Archena ended up as the regional victor on Tuesday with 38.4 degrees Celsius, followed closely..

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Spanish Covid figures Tuesday 7th July
124 new cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours The number of positive coronavirus cases in Spain confirmed during the last 24 hours has rebounded this Tuesday to 124, 46 more than on Monday.  ..

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Covid figures Region of Murcia Tuesday 7th July
Two new Covid cases in Murcia, bringing active total to 74 The number of active case in the Murcia region has dropped from the 79 of Monday to 74, as although there are two new positives, 7 people..

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Calblanque 4:40 bus service begins on 11th July to beaches of Calblanque regional park
4:40 means four wheels can carry as many as 40 wheels if individual cars were to be allowed to drive into the park Click for more information about the beautiful beaches in Calblanque The..

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King and Queen of Spain visit Murcia and Cieza on Tuesday
The royal couple visited an agricultural co-operative and the Murcian Institute of Biosanitary Research The King and Queen of Spain visited the Murcia Region on Tuesday as part of a nationwide..

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13 illegal migrants detained after landing in La Azohía
It’s believed that two are still at large although the number could be higher Police are searching for at least two illegal immigrants who came ashore Tuesday morning on Playa de la Chapineta..

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Safety showers to prevent monster trees collapsing in Murcia City
Three years ago branches broke without warning on the monumental ficus tree in Plaza Santo Domingo Murcia City Council is undertaking a “health check” on 700 specimen trees and the nearly 120..

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Lorca council unhappy that Covid positive illegal immigrants have been transferred to Lorca hospital
On Sunday morning one of the patients climbed out of the window of the Santa Lucia hoispital in Cartagena and escaped The Lorca councillor for health, José Ángel Ponce, has requested an explanation..

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Los Alcázares council hoping to open red flag beaches soon
Underwater seabed inspection brigades are to clean Carrión and Manzanares beaches Los Alcázares town council is coming under increasing pressure from local businesses to get three of its principal..

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Rapid intervention prevented cigarette butt fire in Caravaca de la Cruz from spreading
This could so easily have become a dangerous forest fire in a heavily forested part of the region Rapid intervention by environmental agents and a forestry patrol in the area of Los Royos in Caravaca..

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Calasparra hottest place in Murcia Region on Monday with 36.7 degrees C.
Just 0.4 of a degree separated Calasparra, Alhama de Murcia, Murcia City, Caravaca and Molina de Segura These temperatures are considered average for July so the Murcia Region had no temperature..

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Covid Murcia Monday 6th July: 79 active cases in the Murcia Region
3 new cases in the last 24 hours and one recovery 79 active cases, 66 of which are in domestic quarantine (an increase of 3), and 13 in hospital (one less than yesterday), 2 in intensive care (..

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5 new drone vigilance pilots qualify in Aledo as fire season hots up
Drones have become as essential for vigilance services as being able to swim is for lifeguards 5 new qualified and licensed drone pilots are now ready and willing to join the ranks of Protecció..

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Mula cancels fiestas patronales in September
All summer fiestas have also been cancelled The municipality of Mula has cancelled all summer fiestas in the outlying districts of the municipality as well as the main fiestas patronales in honour..

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Ferry resumes between Santiago de la Ribera - La Manga del Mar Menor
The ferry has been closed since March due to the Covid virus Although several of the normal boat trip operators in the Mar Menor and Mazarrón have cancelled services this year the regular ferry..

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Turtle comes ashore in La Manga but leaves without laying eggs
The tortuga boba was sighted on the playa de Eurovosa in La Manga In the early hours of Saturday morning a large adult female loggerhead turtle came ashore on the beach of Eurovasa in La Manga..

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Video from fire services showing why you should never pour Coca Cola onto a cooking fire
It's summertime and the BBQ is calling, but if there's a fire DON¨T grab the nearest bottle of something fizzy and pour it over the flames....... Small fire extinguishers can be purchased in many..

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Another drug plantation dismantled, this time in Mula
Green-fingered murcians have certainly been busy during lockdown! Police have uncovered yet another marijuana plantation, this time in Mula, hidden inside an industrial unit in the El Arreaque..

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 Only 1.6 per cent of Murcians have Covid antibodies; the lowest level on mainland Spain
The Region of Murcia, the second lowest seroprevalence in Spain,and the lowest on the mainland The idea of being able to gain herd immunity against the Covid virus in Spain is gradually being shown..

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Corvera airport bus service temporarily suspended
The operator says that flight cancellations are making it impossible to run a service and cover their costs.   Just days after publishing the new timetables for golf resort services from Corvera..

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Murcia government has paperwork ready to issue confinement notice if necessary
This is ready to go and can be implimented “within hours” Image: Military Emergencies Unit at work On Monday the Murcian regional government held a meeting of the regional Covid Monitoring..

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Four active outbreaks in the Region of Murcia
Two new outbreaks are in Cartagena and Murcia; one from an incoming flight On Monday following a meeting of the regional Covid Monitoring Committee, the regional Minister of Health Manuel Villegas..

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Media in a muddle over new Spanish lockdowns
Several media worldwide said that La Marina in Alicante province had been locked down, not A Marina in Galicia! At the weekend two areas of Spain announced that they would be re-confining residents..

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Escaped Covid positive migrant recaptured in Cartagena
The 25 year old, who climbed out of a 4th floor window in the hospital using bedsheets, was found in the Escombreras industrial area The Covid-positive illegal migrant who escaped from the fourth..

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Covid positive illegal migrant climbs out of hospital window at 3am in Cartagena
This is one of the 108 illegal migrants who arrived in Cartagena last weekend in a small boat and was hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19. The last week has been a difficult one for..

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Catalan Government confines 200,000 residents as Covid outbreak intensifies
Just four hours notice was given for people to move in and out of the comarca before barriers were erected and movement prohibited On June 21st the state of emergency in Spain concluded, permitting..

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Covid positive irregular migrants cause a rumpus in Murcia this week
Migrant transit centres are temporarily closed so the Spanish government has no mechanism by which to repatriate those reaching Spanish soil illegally in small boats During the state of alarm decreed..

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La Quinta Club in La Manga Club reopens on July 11th 2020
The prestigious multi-ownership club will welcome owners and visitors again through out the summer After over 30 years offering the very best in self-catering accommodation within La Manga Club..

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Masks must be worn in public areas when travelling to Spain
A few helpful hints for visitors travelling to Spain this summer and concerned about Covid regulations here Although Spain is open for tourist visitors this summer, there is no escaping the fact..

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Covid safe bus services from Corvera airport to golf resorts and Costa Cálida towns 2020
How to book on the Interbus routes at the Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera The bus or coach services linking the new Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera to the coastal..

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Spanish tourist sector lost 15 billion euros of revenue in two months of covid lockdown
Zero income from international tourism in Spain for the second consecutive month The cost of the Covid crisis continues to rise and in financial terms one of the sectors hardest hit is that of..

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Hillside fire in Fuente Álamo as temperatures soar
70 firefighters and environmental agents worked on the ground with 3 helicopters in the air to extinguish the blaze With temperatures climbing into the high 30’s today and the hillsides covered..

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Unemployment rises by 1761 in the Murcia Region
Nationally Spain experienced the biggest June increase in unemployment since 2008 June concluded with 1,761 more unemployed in the Region of Murcia, a rise of 22.98% when compared to the same month..

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The Spanish economy declined by 5.2% in the first quarter due to the coronavirus crisis
The INE confirms an unprecedented drop since the statistical analysis began half a century ago The National Statistics Institute (INE) confirmed on Tuesday that the Spanish economy slumped by an..

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Weary municipal councils agree to clean deposits from Mar Menor themselves
The municipalities of the Mar Menor, see little option other than to take on the cleaning of sediment from the shorelines of the beaches. The long-standing arguments about who is responsible for..

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Tragedy on first day of bathing season as 50 year old dies in Águilas
The man was seen floating unconscious in the water by pleasure boaters Tragedy struck on the first day of the bathing season when a 50 year old man died in the Mediterranean off the Águilas coastline..

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Latest water quality measurements for the Mar Menor
Salinity remains low but the transparency and turbidity have improved The regional Minister for Water and Agriculture, Antonio Luengo, presented the latest water analyses relating to the physical..

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Three Los Alcázares beaches prohibit bathing due to Gota Fría damage
The council says it will not open beaches until it is sure that debris has been fully removed following the Gota Fría last September Image: Mari Luz@mluz All other beaches were flying green..

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From 1st July travellers to Spain must fill out a Passenger Location Card prior to arrival
Aena has contracted 650 further personnel to ensure traveller safety in Spanish airports The Official State Gazette (BOE), has today (1st July) published details of the system of checks on international..

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Spanish families choose safe Spain for their summer holidays
Shorter “Staycations” are on the menu for Spanish families this summer On Friday 3rd July “Operation Summer” begins on Spanish roads, the first Friday in July traditionally the day on which..

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EU funds to restore two more snow wells in the Sierra Espuña
The “pozos de nieve” supplied ice to the cities and towns of the region prior to the invention of the fridge! As the region swelters in 35 degree heat we take it for granted that the freezer..

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Help Murcia Mar Menor to re-open office on Monday 6th July
The charity has its main office in Los Alcázares but offers help to residents all around the Mar Menor in a multitude of ways. The HELP Murcia Mar Menor office in Los Alcazares will be re-opening..

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!st July: EU borders re-open and summer flights rack-up across Spain
Although fears about the possibility of imported Covid cases continues, the economic situation within the tourist sector requires an injection of tourist cash A welcome sight for the tourist sector..

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Turbulence ahead: Easyjet may close Stansted, Southend and Newcastle bases and lose 30 per cent of staff
The airline is examining its options but may need to shed one third of its workforce The problems for the travel and tourism sector are only just beginning as Covid looks set to be with us for..

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New DGT drones can automatically issue fines; this country cannot bear any more deaths says DGT
15 camouflaged vans join the DGT traffic armoury for this summer and three of the new drones can automaticallty issue fines in the same way as a speed camera Normally the first weekend in July..

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Covid safety advice for Ryanair passengers from 1st July
From Wednesday around 1,000 flights daily will resume with new safety measures in place Ryanair Reminds Passengers Of New Health Measures As It Prepares Big Ramp-Up Of Flights From 1st July  ..

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Alhama de Murcia street market returns in full on Tuesday
This includes clothing, shoes, household goods and food etc. Those who enjoy shopping in street markets will be relieved to hear that Alhama de Murcia is re-opening its street market on Tuesday..

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Los Alcázares sports centre re- opens on 1st July
The sports centre is located at Avenida Joaquin Blume 5 in Los Alcázares, Telephone 968 58 32 40. Re-opening on 1st July after a full renovation and with full safety measures in place. Click..

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Outdoor public swimming pools will open in 11 districts of the Murcia municipality this year
These are in Corvera, Murcia Parque, El Palmar, Puente Tocinos, Rincón de Seca, La Ñora, Aljucer, Sangonera la Verde, Sangonera la Seca, El Raal and Alquerías. The municipal summer swimming..

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ARQUA sub-aquatic archaeology museum in Cartagena closed for filtration repairs
The museum will be closed for five months The Arqua, Spain’s national underwater archaeology museum in the port of Cartagena, is to close its doors to visitors for a further five months due to..

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Turtle ahead; annual campaign underway as Murcia hopes for more baby turtles
Loggerheads could again lay eggs in the Region of Murcia this year It's turtle season! Last year a precious clutch of eggs laid by a loggerhead turtle hatched here in the Region of Murcia, the..

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Five long weekends in the Murcia bank holidays calendar for 2021
In total, there are fourteen set holidays in the Region of Murcia In 2021 there will be five “puentes” or weekends preceded or followed by a bank holiday, giving workers the chance to enjoy..

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Spanish Government offers subsidies for purchase of new vehicles: Plan Renove
Plan Renove (Plan PIVE) was used very successfully to support the auto sector during the economic crisis and was also extended to encourage the purchase of more energy efficient electrical domestic..

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Lorca Archaeological Museum re-opens
El Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Lorca can be visited on the same morning as a trip to the Lorca Visitor Centre and castle The Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Lorca is located just around the..

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House prices fall in the regions of Spain worst affected by Covid
Analysts say this is hardly surprising and expect prices to fall further this year in the wake of the crisis House prices in the Autonomous Communities of Spain which showed the highest incidence..

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 Terra Natura Murcia waterpark opens with extended hours
Pre-booking via the internet is highly recommended as capacity has been reduced in order to guarantee social distancing On Monday the Terra Natura Murcia wildlife park opened its waterpark for..

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To 6th October Juan Méjica in the Puerto de Mazarrón
Location: Paseo ‘Agustín Herrerín’ in the Puerto de Mazarrón Sculptural art in the open air has arrived in the Puerto de Mazarrón and can be visited until 6th October.   Juan Mé..

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Jet2 delays flight restart to July 15th
Flights to Alicante resume in July and to Corvera airport in August 2020 Originally Jet2 had planned to resume flights from 1st July but this has now been re-scheduled for 15th July and has..

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Interbus from 6th June:  Los Narejos -Torre Pacheco-Los Alcázares- Murcia
Join the Mar Menor group on Facebook for info about Los Alcázares, San Javier, San Pedro del Pinatar, Torre Pacheco, La Unión and Cartagena and keep up to date with all the latest news and events..

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1st June: Cooking points in Sierra Espuña close as summer fire risk increases
As a temporary measure the picnic areas have been cordoned off completely due to the impossibility of disinfecting them NB: The regional fire service put out a note this morning reminding the public..

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Post office opening times limited to 3 hours in the morning throughout Spain
Minimal services are being offered for the duration of the coronavirus crisis The 2,500 offices of Correos, the Spanish post office, are to open for only three hours a day and the number of staff..

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Over 17,000 cases of Covid-19 in Spain by Thursday lunchtime
A rise of over 3,431 cases over the last 24 hours as the death toll rises by 169 The latest official figures produced by the Spanish government show that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-..

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Spain approves 20 billion euro package of economic measures to prevent the destruction of employment
Credit is made available to businesses to improve liquidity and temporary redundancies are given greater flexibility The Spanish cabinet has approved a second package of economic measures designed..

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URGENT APPEAL  from Andreas Animal Rescue as coronacrisis deepens
81 donkeys and 37 dogs need food now The media is full of news about how the coronacrisis is going to affect our bank balances, the long-term economic effects for business, how much our pensions..

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ERTE temporary redundancy schemes and how they affect businesses and the workforce
ERTEs are likely to affect millions of employees in Spain during a prolonged coronavirus crisis As it becomes ever clearer that the coronavirus crisis in Spain and the strict measures imposed by..

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Coronavirus case totals in Murcia and Spain - official measures in place to combat the epidemic
The latest updates according to official sources throughout Spain NOTE: This page will be updated as new information becomes available The latest information regarding the number of coronavirus..

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Coronavirus, the facts – and a list of WHO myth-busters
Recommended precautions to reduce the risk of infection include frequent hand washing but not the use of facemasks The Covid-19 coronavirus which is rapidly spreading from China, where the current..

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Donald Trump amongst the bling at Águilas Carnival 2020
Glitter is back on the menu in Águilas this year As normal, the Carnival peñas in Águilas put on a  fabulous display for 2020, with a completely new set of costumes and dance routines...

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EU Property Solutions address foreign mortgage nightmares
Can they chase me in the UK? Are my UK assets under threat? They could be if you don’t act to solve the problem… Over the last few weeks the staff at EU Property Solutions have noticed a significant..

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Get your dog vaccinated against Leishmaniasis if you live in Spain
No fully effective vaccine has been developed but jabs are a sound investment in your dog’s health The hazards to the health of pet dogs are rather different in Mediterranean coastal areas of..

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Why some Spanish bank accounts are being blocked
Accounts are not being blocked because of anything to do with Brexit; account holders must re-affirm their identity every 2 years regardless of nationality Recently some readers have been expressing..

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Why it is so difficult to solve the current problems in the Mar Menor
The problems faced by the Mar Menor are caused by a complex combination of factors, making easy solutions equally difficult to find Anyone with even a passing interest in current affairs in the..

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So Brexit is finally happening – how the transition period affects expats in Spain
The UK leaves the European Union after 47 years at 23.00 on Friday Brexit is finally upon us and at midnight on Friday (mainland Spanish time) the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union..

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The climate emergency is making intense torrential storms more frequent in Murcia
Image: cars washed into the Mar Menor during the storm of September 2019 Aemet warn that events like Storm Gloria are becoming less exceptional Following the third instance of widespread flooding..

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Changing UK driving licences to Spanish as Brexit looms
Those who are resident in Spain MUST change their licences UPDATE: The following is based on information confirmed by the DGT in mid-January 2019. However, on 29th January the British Embassy in..

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Public and bank holidays in the Region of Murcia 2020
Check now to find the long weekends on the calendar for 2020! National, regional and local holidays in all 45 municipalities of the Region of Murcia Although the official list of public holidays..

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Murcia Gota Fría storm and flooding September 2019: overview
Three days of torrential storms which will live in the memory for many years Those whose familiarity with the Region of Murcia and the rest of south-eastern Spain goes back years have learnt never..

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4,000 episodes of flooding on the east coast of Spain in the last 1,000 years
Flooding has been exacerbated by the change in land use over the last millennium While it is important not to underestimate the intensity of the Gota Fría storm which has caused widespread flooding..

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DGT road closures information page
Up to date information about major road incidents and closures across Spain Click for link A very useful information point for road users during major weather incidents is the Spanish Government..

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