Tag: local news

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

Torrevieja Wants Businesses to be Pet Friendly

Torrevieja council wants more local businesses to welcome pets as a boost for trade and tourism, with 40 establishments already signed up for the authority’s ‘Pet Friendly’ scheme.   Animal welfare councillor Carmen Morate, and business councillor Manuela Osuna say that traders, including those who offer holiday accommodation, can get registered with the council and pick up more information.

Torrevieja Council Inherited ‘Financial disaster’ from PP

Torrevieja’s finance councillor, José Hurtado, says that the coalition authority inherited what he described as a “financial disaster” when they took over from the Partido Popular in the summer of 2015.   Hurtado claims that council budgets have been hamstrung by previous late payments and interest provisions, which has meant that the authority has had to cough up nine

Starbucks Opens in Torrevieja’s Habaneras Centre for the Second Time after Document Mix Up

Torrevieja’s new Starbucks Coffee outlet at the Habeneras Shopping Centre opened at the start of the month without having submitted any legal documentation to begin trading there, according to Torrevieja activities councillor Fanny Serrano.   Serrano said that the first the authority had heard of Starbucks opening was when she was invited to the official

Torrevieja Animal Shelter Expansion Plans

Torrevieja council is planning to spend 350 thousand euro on a new expanded municipal animal shelter. Subject to approval of the authority’s 2017 budget, animal protection councillor Carmen Morate says that the current site would be redisgned and expanded with the land having an area of just over three thousand square metres. There would be

Cannabis Production and Distribution Operation Closed Down in Elche with 27 Arrests

A massive cannabis production and distribution operation has been smashed by the Guardia Civil with 27 people of Dutch, Spanish, and Columbian nationalities being arrested in the Elche, Orihuela, Rojales and Torrevieja areas. Eleven-hundred marijuana plants were seized, along with twelve-hundred kilos of seeds to grow the plants, plus a range of equipment, including kits