Tagged: National

Slight Rise in Short and Long-Distance Train Ticket Prices

High-speed AVE train ticket costs for services between Alicante, Villena, and Madrid, and those across the country, plus those for general long-distance journeys have gone up by one percent, in the first rise in five years. Rail company RENFE says that only the basic price of these two types of train journey will be affected,

C&A Announce Closing of 23 Stores in Spain

Budget clothing chain C&A has announced plans to close down 23 ‘loss-making’ branches across the country, which will involve 16 percent of its staff being made redundant, but the bad news is not going affect outlets in the southern Costa Blanca and Murcia regions. The Dutch firm, which has been operating in Europe for 175


Almost 100 Migrants Rescued on Spanish Coastlines Last Saturday

Authorities say that 92 migrants travelling in five makeshift boats were rescued off Spain’s coast on Saturday, with nine Algerians being picked up in a boat off the coast of Torrevieja (pictured). Officials said that amongst those rescued were were 63 people from sub-Saharan Africa and 29 Algerians. The migrants also landed at Cabo de


Red Cross and English speaking charities encourage Brits to volunteer

One year after signing an agreement with the British Embassy, the Red Cross has taken fresh steps to get English speaking charities to work more closely with their local groups and to encourage more English speakers to volunteer. The British Consulate, along with Pedro Dominguez, newly hired by the Red Cross as European residents’ coordinator,

The Con Is Over

A serial conman wanted by police for a £21,000 fraud in the UK has been arrested on the Costa Blanca. Norman Fowler went missing in 2014 after being sentenced to nine months in jail at Norwich Crown Court. The 38-year-old, from Colchester, was later arrested by the Guardia Civil for unrelated gun licensing matters, but


Agent Arrested

A National Police officer has been taken into custody and had bail refused by an Alicante police court, after being accused of crimes of sexual abuse and assault involving under age teenage boys. Extensive investigations by the National Police led to the arrest of the 32-year-old agent, with indecent images of children found on his

Turning Turtle

20 of a batch of loggerhead turtle eggs that were found on La Mata beach in Torrevieja during the summer have hatched at La Albufera beach in Valencia. The eggs were discovered by tourists and were transferred to the safety of La Albufera. A total of 85 eggs have been monitored by volunteers since then and the Read More …

Square Eyed

Spain is television crazy, with average figures showing that people watch TV for 226 minutes a day, putting it in one of the highest viewing brackets in the world. Figures from Kantar Media say that the Costa Blanca and the Valencia region are the hotbed for viewing, with the largest amount in Spain, clocking in Read More …


Summer Sizzler

With the arrival of autumn, Valencia region weather experts have been reflecting on the summer of 2015, which overall was the fourth hottest since 1950, with temperatures around one point two degrees above average figures.  July was the month when all the records tumbled, yet there were still substantial variations across the whole of the Read More …